WEED Day is an unofficial celebration dedicated to cannabis that is marked in various locations around the world every year. Revellers gather to smoke or consume marijuana (cannabis) together, with some using the occasion to push for the legalisation of the drug - here is everything you need to know... When is 420 Day and why is it celebrated? Weed Day falls on April 20 every year. In the US calendar, this date is written as 4/20 – digits that have become synonymous with cannabis culture. In nine US states the recreational use of cannabis is legal for people aged 21 and over. It is a day half of celebration and half a call to action - calling for the decriminalisation of the drug. What relevance does 420 have to smoking cannabis? Urban legend suggested that 420 was formerly the penal code that Californian police used to categorise marijuana cases. However, this theory has been discredited as the digits are linked to trespassing offences. Many believe that 420 culture first … [Read more...] about 420 Day 2019 is TODAY! What’s the meaning behind it, how is it celebrated by cannabis users and how did ‘Weed Day’ start?
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Like Bill Clinton, most people have smoked the odd joint. And perhaps like Barack Obama, they’ve even inhaled. After all, cannabis has been around for more than 4,000 years and thrives all over the planet. It was not used for medicinal purposes until well into the 20th century. And in 1961, it was deemed by the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs to be as dangerous as heroin. Around 113 cannabinoids have been identified in a cannabis plant. These themselves are composed of a hundred different substances, most of which have not yet been put under the microscope. Decades of stigmatization has meant the plant has received little research, unlike opioids, which have been heavily studied and whose medicinal use in the US has led to a myriad of addictions and 60,000 deaths a year – more than the number of US casualties in the Vietnam War. Paradoxically, Spain has some of the world’s most active research teams looking into cannabis, even though it is still … [Read more...] about The battle to legalize cannabis in Spain
The Russian Health Ministry has drafted a bill authorizing the importation of cannabis for the purpose of studying the drug’s “addiction-causing capacities.” New amendments to the legislation propose importing 1.1kg of marijuana, 300g of hashish, and 50g of hash oil. The legislation would also increase the importation quota of tetrahydrocannabinol – the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects – from 10g to 50g per annum. Also on rt.com Flower power: Russian govt mulls bill to lift poppy plant production ban to grow for medical use The document emphasizes that imported cannabis could be only used for scientific purposes, and that its use for medicinal purposes would remain prohibited in Russia. However, the Health Ministry noted that the medical use of marijuana is “on the table” for the WHO and other international bodies. There are claims that medical cannabis has several health benefits, such as … [Read more...] about New Russian bill may legalize importation of cannabis for medical research
There is no confirmed scientific link between success and cannabis use - but Paula Bennett claims she's never met a successful person who had smoked weed every day. Ms Bennett was appointed the National Spokesperson for Drug Reform on Tuesday, and appeared on the AM Show on Wednesday morning to discuss the role and her opinions on the legalisation of cannabis. "I'm yet to meet someone who's incredibly successful and having a great life that smokes dope every day," she told host Duncan Garner. Hundreds of celebrities and successful people in the world have used or currently use marijuana, but multiple studies from all over the world still argue whether success is related to cannabis use. New Zealand's cannabis hotspots New Zealanders 'don't need' legal cannabis - Mark Richardson Support for legalising cannabis getting higher - NZ Drug Foundation A report released in 2017 by a Californian research firm said that cannabis smokers made up a higher percentage of master's degree … [Read more...] about Five successful people who smoked weed
Americans can legally buy high quality marijuana in most states, but when scientists want to study pot in a lab, they’re basically stuck with schwag. A little-known research facility at the University of Mississippi is the only place in the country that is authorized to grow and test marijuana for medical research purposes. But this effort is stymied by a slow process for certifying scientists, a lack of funding and according to pot experts, an inferior product compared to what the booming cannabis sector has rolled out in recent years. “It’s brown, muddy garbage,” said Peter Grinspoon, a physician and board member of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, describing the Mississippi stock. Meanwhile, 33 states now allow medical marijuana, including 10 states and the District of Columbia, which have taken further steps to decriminalize or legalize pot for recreational use. This major disconnect between the federal government’s oversight of marijuana and the … [Read more...] about Legal weed is everywhere in the US — unless you’re a scientist