Cannabis Church SUES San Diego After Police Raid For Violating Religious Freedom

RepublishReprint A Cannabis Church in California is suing their local sheriff’s department for raiding their church and seizing $30,000 worth of marijuana. Cannabis is accepted by the church as central and vital to their beliefs, and want the authorities who raided them to be held accountable for violating their right to religious freedom. Ring of Fire’s Mike… Click here for reuse options!Copyright 2018 The Cultured Weed™

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March 30, 2018

Cannabis is nowhere near as dangerous to the brain as alcohol

RepublishReprint Because of the powerful psychoactive effect of marijuana, many have always assumed that prolonged use can hurt the brain in a similar way to alcohol but while the effects of alcohol on the human brain have been thoroughly documented, the same can’t be said about marijuana. Luckily, we’re seeing a marijuana research revival in… Click here for reuse options!Copyright 2018 The Cultured Weed™

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March 30, 2018

Plot twist: Cannabis component might actually help fight addiction, study concludes

RepublishReprint A new study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology has revealed that a non-psychoactive and non-addictive ingredient of the Cannabis sativa plant can help reduce the risk of relapse among cocaine and alcohol addicts. According to lead author Friedbert Weiss, non-psychoactive cannabinoids could have important medical benefits in the fight against substance addiction. Image via Pixabay/futurefilmworks Addiction… Click here for reuse options!Copyright 2018 The Cultured Weed™

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March 27, 2018

Cannabis Church Claims Religious Freedom After Police Raid – America’s Lawyer

RepublishReprint To learn more about this topic, visit AL.Law Via America’s Lawyer: Mike Papantonio is joined by Mollye Barrows to talk about a Marijuana Church that is suing the police department that raided their church and confiscated $30,000 worth of cannabis. Transcript: Mike Papantonio: A cannabis church in California is suing their local sheriff’s department for raiding… Click here for reuse options!Copyright 2018 The Cultured Weed™

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Medical cannabis in N.J. is now available for chronic pain, anxiety, migraines

RepublishReprint Effectively immediately, doctors in New Jersey can recommend their patients use medical marijuana to treat anxiety, various forms of chronic pain, migraines and Tourette’s syndrome. The conditions have been added under the first stage of a wide-ranging expansion of the medicinal marijuana program announced Tuesday by Gov. Phil Murphy . Patients will also pay less to… Click here for reuse options!Copyright 2018 The Cultured Weed™

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Hemp Farming Bill Hits US Senate Next Week With Powerful Bipartisan Support for Legalization

RepublishReprint U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell met leaders from Kentucky’s hemp industry and the state’s Department of Agriculture Commissioner on Monday for a dialogue about the future of industrial hemp. Following the meeting, Leader McConnell announced strong support for removing hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, a benchmark moment for the growing hemp economy and a… Click here for reuse options!Copyright 2018 The Cultured Weed™

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“Marijuana” and Harry Anslinger

Across the country, voters are pushing to decriminalize marijuana. Some cite overcrowded prisons as their reason. Others want less government regulation of leisure time. There is also a huge movement of Americans who want the plant to be treated like a medicine. Still, despite a plethora of studies finding that marijuana is not addictive, does not have any long-term health effects and is quite helpful for many sick people, the plant is still federally classified as a Schedule I substance, meaning it has no medicinal purposes and therefore remains illegal.

America seems to be torn about its feelings towards marijuana. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, 104 million Americans over the age of 12 have smoked marijuana. That is 41.5% of the total population. A YouGov poll commissioned by the Economist in February of 2011 found that 58% of respondents thought marijuana should not only be decriminalized, but legalized. Yet, there still seems to be a great deal of fear surrounding marijuana. That fear might be a byproduct of a generation who grew up during the “War on Drugs” in which marijuana was dubbed a “gateway” drug that leads young people into lives of crime and dereliction. It could also be a simple morality play in which people associate all illegal drugs with evil.

People forget that until 1937, marijuana was legal. It was not considered dangerous and most Americans were wholly unaware of its existence. Today, everyone knows what marijuana is, but their opinions about the drug might be misinformed. DrugWarRant.com’s Peter Guither writes, “Many people assume that marijuana was made illegal through some kind of process involving scientific, medical, and government hearings; that it was to protect the citizens from what was determined to be a dangerous drug.” However, this ideology could not be further from the truth. For thousands of years, humans have been using the hemp plant for all sorts of everyday tasks and for medicinal, ritual and recreational purposes. So the question is, when did marijuana become evil?

Harry J Anslinger

Enter Harry J. Anslinger, who in the 1930s was head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Deemed an ambitious man by his peers, Anslinger led many campaigns against alcohol and narcotic use and addiction. Anslinger was known for his “Gore Files”, which were a case-by-case account of terrible acts of mania and violence committed by individuals who smoked marijuana. Here are some examples put together by reefermadness.org:

  • A man under the influence of the drug attempted to shoot his wife but killed her grandmother instead and then committed suicide.
  • A man 25 years old, charged with criminally assaulting a 10-year-old girl, entered a plea of not guilty because of insanity. He was convicted and sentenced to death.
  • A young boy who had become addicted to smoking marihuana cigarettes killed his father, mother, two brothers and a sister, wiping out the entire family except himself.

Surely these crimes are horrendous, yet historians have found no documented evidence that any of them actually occurred. Likewise, it seems that Anslinger’s opinions about marijuana might have been swayed by some of his fantastic personal beliefs. Here or some of his thoughts from the Gore Files (organized by Guither):

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”

“…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”

“Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”

“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

“Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing”

“You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.”

Clearly, it would seem that Anslinger wanted to believe that marijuana was evil, and in fact, he may have had to believe it for the furthering of his career.

Following Anslinger’s charge, the Marijuana Tax Act was passed in 1937. Anslinger himself drafted the legislation, which was designed to levy a tax of one dollar onto anyone who purchased, sold or possessed hemp or hemp byproducts. The Tax Act did not criminalize marijuana directly, but because there were so few people who grew or used the plant, they became easy targets for the Anslinger’s Bureau of Narcotics and soon found themselves harassed and bankrupt.

It was not until the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 that marijuana became federally criminalized along with heroin, LSD and other mind altering drugs for which there are believed to be no medicinal uses.

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