New numbers from Statistics Canada show marijuana arrests jumped dramatically last year. According to its annual crime report, pot possession arrests increased 14% last year, and accounted for more than half (54%) of all drug arrests in Canada. That has advocates crying foul.
August 2nd 2011
USA: Governor of New Jersey approves law on the medical use of cannabis
Doctors in New Jersey will be allowed to prescribe cannabis to seriously ill people after Governor Chris Christie said on 19 July he will let new legislation originally signed by his predecessor be implemented. New Jersey will join 15 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing cannabis for medical use, although the New Jersey legislation is more restrictive than elsewhere.
Only patients in New Jersey suffering from specific ailments such as HIV, cancer and multiple sclerosis can be prescribed cannabis, and then only after other treatments have failed. The law also is the first in the nation to prohibit patients from growing their own crop at home.
USA: California Marijuana Legalization Initiative Approved for Petitioning
A California marijuana legalization initiative was approved Monday to start seeking signatures to place it on the 2012 ballot. The Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act of 2012 campaign is being led by former Judge Jim Gray, Libertarian Party and pot legalization figure Steve Kubby, and activist William McPike.
According to the state attorney general's official summary, the act would "decriminalize marijuana, sales, distribution, possession, use, cultivation, processing, and transportation by persons 21 or older." The initiative would also halt pending pot prosecutions for actions that would be legal if it were in effect, prohibit advertising (except for medical marijuana), and prohibit zoning restrictions on pot cultivation and processing.
Existing agricultural taxes and regulations would be applied to commercial marijuana cultivation. Individuals could produce up to 25 plants or 12 pounds of marijuana a year under a non-commercial exemption. An accompanying fiscal impact statement said passage of the initiative could bring "savings of potentially several tens of millions of dollars annually" in not prosecuting and jailing pot people and "potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in net additional tax revenues."
Proponents have until December 19 to collect the signatures of at least 504,760 registered voters. That kind of massive effort is almost impossible to do without a large campaign treasure chest, but it's hard to know what kind of resources the campaign has because proponents have not yet filed any campaign finance activity reports with the secretary of state.
Science: Similar to THC other cannabinoids of the cannabis plant readily penetrate into the brain
The pharmacokinetics (behaviour of a substance in the body) of cannabidiol (CBD), cannabidivarine (CBDV), delta-9-tetrahydrocannabivarin (delta-9-THCV) and cannabigerol (CBG) in mice and rats were investigated at the University of Aberdeen, UK.
Researchers determined concentrations in the brain after intraperitoneal (injection into the abdomen) and oral administration. The effects of CBD were further investigated in an animal model of obsessive compulsive behaviour.
All phytocannabinoids readily penetrated the blood-brain barrier. In rats, oral administration offered higher brain concentrations for CBD and CBDV, but not for delta-9-THCV and CBG, for which the intraperitoneal route was more effective. CBD inhibited obsessive-compulsive behaviour in a time-dependent manner matching its concentration in the brain.
Brought to you by The Greenish Warbler