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Laura Benson: "Quote" [CNN]

Laura Benson:
“I just want to put their minds at ease, and let them know it’s maple syrup”
[CNN]

Overzealous law enforcement agents continue to take the War On Drugs to what we’d call a deeply silly level — if it didn’t so easily, and so often, result in tragic consequences.

A family in Union County, Illinois found themselves in a sticky situation — staring down the business end of a SWAT team’s machine guns — after cops mistook their maple syrup for a meth lab.

The raid happened last week when heavily armed drug agents swarmed the home, armed with military-grade weapons and a warrant, based on nothing more than the speculation of bored, nosy neighbors, reports Counter Current News.

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Ergot fungus growing on a grass spikelet from the middle Cretaceous, about 100 million years ago [Oregon State University]

Ergot fungus growing on a grass spikelet from the middle Cretaceous, about 100 million years ago
[Oregon State University]

A psychoactive fungus like the one used to produce LSD has been discovered growing on the earliest grass specimen ever discovered — about 100 million years old, on a perfectly preserved amber fossil from Myanmar.

Even then, the grass was topped by a fungus very similar to ergot, which for eons has been intertwined in human history, since it grows on the grasses that form most of the diet of the human race, reports David Stauth at Oregon State University.

Ergot, you see, is the precursor of LSD has been variously used as a medicine, as a toxin, and as a hallucinogen. It may even, according to some historians, have been a factor in the Salem Witch Trials.

And since the fossilized grass was 100 million years old, putting it all the way back in the Cretaceous Period, that means huge grass-eating sauropod dinosaurs would likely have been tripping balls on a regular basis. In other animal species, the fungus can cause hallucinations, delirium, gangrene, convulsions, and staggering. That could be a pretty compelling sight if the creature in question were a multi-ton dinosaur.

The findings and analysis surrounding the amber fossil are published in the journal Paleodiversity, by researchers from OSU, the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Survey, and Germany.

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Packets of recreational marijuana named "Space Needle" during packaging operations at Sea of Green Farms in Seattle [KPLU]

Packets of recreational marijuana named “Space Needle” during packaging operations at Sea of Green Farms in Seattle
[KPLU]

The press blitz began months ago, and it became absolutely inescapable once 2015 started. Article after article has appeared in the mainstream press about the supposed need to extinguish medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington.

The largely untold side to this story is that of mom-and-pop marijuana businesses, serving seriously ill patients, that are seen as “the competition” and are thus slated for extinction by greedy I-502 interests. Supporters of “folding” medical marijuana into the recreational system claim that safe access would be unaffected by suddenly doubling, tripling or quadrupling the price patients have to pay, even while reducing the number of safe access outlets in Seattle, for instance, from about 200 to about half a dozen.

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Larry Duke is serving a sentence of life without parole -- for marijuana.

Larry Duke is serving a sentence of life without parole — for marijuana.

By Cheri Sicard

“We hope you go home soon Larry.”

These  are words Larry Duke, serving two life sentences without possibility of parole for a nonviolent marijuana offense, hears from the most unlikely of sources… the federal prison guards who are paid to keep the 68-year-old grandfather incarcerated.

It’s easy to understand why even the prison guards would be on Larry Duke’s side.  When you get to know the man even a little bit, the colossal waste of his incarceration becomes readily apparent.

A decorated combat veteran of the Viet Nam war, the assassination of John F. Kennedy prompted Duke to quit high school in his senior year and join the Marines, where he served with Delta Company 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, 1965-1966, before being honorably discharged. Read Full Article →

“Veterans Equal Access Act” would allow VA physicians to recommend medical marijuana without federal censure

earl blumenauer

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon):
“We should be allowing these wounded veterans access to the medicine that will help them survive and thrive, including medical marijuana — not treating them like criminals and forcing them into the shadows. It’s shameful.”

U.S. House Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and eight bipartisan Congressional cosponsors on Tuesday introduced the “Veterans Equal Access Act,” marking a concerted federal effort to allow our country’s veterans to become medical marijuana patients in states where it’s legal.

The bill, which is modeled after similar legislation introduced in November, would simply allow Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians to discuss and recommend medical marijuana to their patients, a right enjoyed by physicians outside of the VA system.

“Post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury can be more damaging and harmful than injuries that are visible from the outside,” said Rep. Blumenauer in a prepared statement. “And they can have a devastating effect on a veteran’s family. We should be allowing these wounded veterans access to the medicine that will help them survive and thrive, including medical marijuana — not treating them like criminals and forcing them into the shadows. It’s shameful.”

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