Ron Paul Says Jeff Sessions Should Step Down

RepublishReprint Former GOP Congressman Ron Paul has called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step down after he moved to repeal an Obama-era policy of restricting federal enforcement of marijuana laws in states where the drug is legal. Sessions announced he would be rescinding the Cole Memo on Thursday, giving federal prosecutors the opportunity to go after… Click here for reuse options!Copyright 2018 The Cultured Weed™

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January 8, 2018

Here’s what you should know before medical cannabis lights up in the Lone Star State

RepublishReprint Since Governor Greg Abbott signed the Compassionate Use Act, the wheels of the medical marijuana industry began turning in Texas, with Knox Medical reportedly set to begin selling its product in December. According to click2houston.com, the company, with locations in Florida and now outside of Houston, is already subject to weekly inspections by the Department… Click here for reuse options!Copyright 2017 The Cultured Weed™

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November 26, 2017

Inside Paraguay’s illegal cannabis plantations

RepublishReprint Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay – Cowboy hats and flasks adorned with imitation jaguar and snakeskin prints dot the market of the Paraguayan border town of Pedro Juan Caballero. Cross the two-lane avenue outside and one will have entered Brazil. Not far away, one will find casinos, motels and brothels typical of a crime-ridden frontier. The town… Click here for reuse options!Copyright 2017 The Cultured Weed™

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November 26, 2017

Veterans are key as surge of states okay medical cannabis for PTSD

RepublishReprint NEW YORK (AP) – It was a telling setting for a decision on whether post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana. Against the backdrop of the nation’s largest Veterans Day parade, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this month he’d sign legislation making New York the latest in a fast-rising tide of states to OK therapeutic… Click here for reuse options!Copyright 2017 The Cultured Weed™

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November 26, 2017

California Cracks Down On Churches Selling Tax-Exempt Cannabis

RepublishReprint Several California law enforcement and district attorney’s offices are cracking down on churches posing as dispensaries to sell marijuana products. The Coachella Valley Church in San Jose, the Oklevueha Native American Church in South Bay and The Citadel Church of La Puente in Los Angeles are among the houses of worship being targeted for selling weed.… Click here for reuse options!Copyright 2017 The Cultured Weed™

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November 20, 2017

How Many Countries Have Legalized Marijuana?

RepublishReprint The president of Peru signed a bill on Thursday legalizing medical marijuana across the country, a historic move that came a few weeks after the Peruvian Congress voted to approve it. The legalization allows possession, sale, and transport of cannabis for medical purposes, but it’s still illegal to cultivate the plant. The government will develop a… Click here for reuse options!Copyright 2017 The Cultured Weed™

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November 19, 2017

History in the making: Texas may be days away from its first legal pot sale

RepublishReprint Israel Pioneers Use Of Medical Marijuana A company known as Knox Medical (KM) will soon be the first to legally sell medical marijuana in the state of Texas. According to ABC, the company already blazed a similar trail in Florida, where they operate a fully functional greenhouse to grow their medical marijuana. You must have medical… Click here for reuse options!Copyright 2017 The Cultured Weed™

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November 19, 2017

Unfounded Cannabis Hysteria Spreads on the Internet

RepublishReprint A local Colorado NBC-affiliated news station recently ran a misleading story with the headline, “Colorado doctors claim first marijuana overdose death.” In reality, experts have drawn no scientific link or otherwise solid correlation between cannabis and the death in question. The story is based on a recent case report on the death of an 11-month-old who… Click here for reuse options!Copyright 2017 The Cultured Weed™

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November 19, 2017

“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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