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Could the chemicals found in marijuana prevent and even heal several deadly cancers? Discover the truth about this ancient medicine as world-renowned scientists in the field of cannabinoid research illustrate their truly mind-blowing discoveries.

What if Cannabis Cured Cancer explains how we are all born with a form of marijuana already in our bodies, and when pot is consumed, the endocannabinoids inside us, along with any cannabinoids we ingest, fit together like a key in a lock.

Thereby promoting the death of cancer cells without harming the body’s healthy cells. A powerful and eye-opening film about the future of cannabis, and perhaps even the future of medicine.

What If Cannabis Cured Cancer summarizes the remarkable research findings of recent years about the cancer-protective effects of novel compounds in marijuana and brings to light a host of recent findings that have potentially game-changing implications for the future of marijuana as a medicine. Narrated by Emmy-winning actor Peter Coyote.

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The Seattle Times is calling for the Washington Legislature to legalize marijuana. In an editorial for Sunday’s editions, the newspaper says the time has come for the states to lead a push against federal prohibition. The editorial was posted Friday on The Times’ website. (The Seattle Times is the largest daily newspaper in Washington state.)

The newspaper endorses state House Bill 1550, which would legalize marijuana and sell it through state liquor stores to customers over 21 who consume it in private. Times Editorial Page Editor and Associate Publisher Ryan Blethen says the newspaper understands that “a good number of citizens may disagree with our call on this.”

The Times editorial board says the prohibition of marijuana has not worked and wastes the resources of the police, the courts and the jails. The editorial suggests it is better to legalize pot, regulate it and tax it.

“MARIJUANA prohibition is more than a practical failure; it has been a misuse of both taxpayer dollars and the government’s authority over the people.”

“It is critical that we get these details right. Ending marijuana prohibition isn’t a panacea, but it’s a necessary step in the right direction, and the specifics of a rational regulatory system for marijuana are important.”

“Ending marijuana prohibition is pro-law enforcement because it would enhance the legitimacy of our laws and law enforcement. As Albert Einstein said of Prohibition in 1921, “Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.”

“Even if marijuana remains illegal under federal law, it is still time for Washington state to act. As with alcohol prohibition, collective action by the states will help us end the federal marijuana prohibition and transition to a rational and functional system for regulating and taxing marijuana.
The state of Washington should not use the continued existence of the federal prohibition as an excuse for leaving our misguided and wasteful state prohibition system in place.”
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They’ve got killer careers and enviable social lives. They’re also major potheads. Why are so many smart, successful women lighting up in their off-hours? and what are they putting on the line?

“I hate the term pothead-it connotes that I’m high 24/7, which I’m not,” Pelham says, wincing. “I don’t need it to get through my day. I just enjoy it when my day is over.” Her nightly ritual costs only $50 a month, a pittance compared with the cost of her monthly gym membership or a Saturday night out with her fiancĂ©, an investment banker, who occasionally smokes with her. At 5’4″, slim and athletic-she ran three miles a day while in law school-Pelham insists that pot is the ideal antidote to a hairy workday: It never induces a post-happy-hour hangover and, unlike the Xanax a doctor once prescribed for her anxiety, never leaves her groggy or numb. “Look, every female attorney I know has some vice or another,” Pelham shrugs, tucking her long brown hair behind her ears, her 3-carat cushion-cut engagement ring catching the light. “It’s really not a big deal.”

Most of us know someone like Jennifer Pelham, a balls-to-the-wall career animal whose idea of decompressing after a grueling day isn’t a glass of Chardonnay but a toke (or three) of marijuana-not just every now and again, but on a regular basis-the type who stashes a pack of E-Z Wider rolling paper in the silverware drawer or keeps a pipe at the ready next to a pile of bills. According to a recent study by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an estimated 8 million American women smoked up in the past year-a lowball figure that reflects only those willing to cop to it. Among them is the upper-middle-class Pottery Barn set: One in five women who admitted to indulging in the previous month lives in a household earning more than $75,000 a year. They cut a wide swath across the professional spectrum, including lawyers, editors, insurance agents, TV producers, and financial biggies, looking nothing like the blotto hippie teens of Dazed and Confused or the unemployed, out-of-shape schlubsters who are a staple of the Judd Apatow canon. By all outward appearances, they are card-carrying, type A workaholics who just happen to prefer kicking back with a blunt instead of a bottle.

“I love to have a glass of wine now and again, but going out and downing sugary cocktails isn’t fun for me. And drinking is so much more expensive,” says Debbie Schwartz, a 28-year-old reality-show production manager who recently moved to New York from Los Angeles. Her job is relentless-15-hour days spent coordinating a million moving pieces, managing expenses, setting production schedules, and mollifying gimme-gimme talent. Her company just slashed her budget in half, which has left Schwartz scrambling to cut costs so that she won’t have to lay off employees. After work, she can’t think of anything she’d rather not do than throw on a pair of heels and some makeup to hit the local bars. “I’ll go to the gym for an hour, then come back home and smoke a joint while I listen to jazz and read a book-I just finished The Fountainhead. It’s my moment for myself before I have to get up and do it all over again tomorrow. It’s my bubble bath,” Schwartz explains. She doesn’t keep her illicit habit under wraps, either. There’s no need, since several people in her office use the same “dealer”-a colleague who takes orders for their department.

If Schwartz’s example proves anything, it’s how ridiculously easy it is to procure pot these days. In some cities, it’s as simple as ordering a pizza, delivered right to the door.

Sound reckless? Not when you consider that marijuana has already been decriminalized in 13 states. In cities like Boston and Denver, small-time pot busts are minor offenses on a par with parking violations; first-time offenders earn a token fine-$100 or so-and a talking-to from law enforcement. In California, where the distribution of marijuana for medicinal purposes was legalized in 1996, some 31,000 residents carry cards that make purchasing locally grown weed from any of the state’s estimated 500 dispensaries as easy as filling a prescription at the local pharmacy. Abuse of the system is rife: “Everybody has a friend who has a card,” says Gabrielle Doron, a 29-year-old L.A.-based event planner. “My friend will call me up and say, ‘I’m going to the store, you want anything?’ It’s just not very hard to get.”

Nor does getting high carry the same social stigma it did in the Reagan-era “Just Say No” heyday-back when smoking a joint was the de rigueur “special episode” of countless family-friendly sitcoms. “When I was in high school, there were certain behaviors associated with pot: promiscuity, not being career-minded, not wanting a relationship,” says Schwartz. “My mom told me that people would lace pot with PCP and that I’d get hooked, or that I’d get the munchies and get fat.” All baloney, Schwartz learned once she became a bona fide pothead eight years ago. She even managed to drop 25 pounds despite smoking regularly. Her secret: She eats a healthy meal right before she smokes, which seems to curb her appetite. “The munchies are absolutely something you don’t have to get into,” Schwartz maintains. “Of course, the desire to eat is always there. But even when I’m not smoking, I still want a cupcake.”

Another myth debunked by pantsuit-clad pot lovers: that devotees hole up in their apartments in a thick cannabis stupor, blowing off friends and social commitments. “I almost never smoke alone,” says 28-year-old Gina Bridges, a grants administrator for a Seattle-based nonprofit. Bridges sometimes hosts low-key dinner parties with her husband and friends, punctuated by dessert and bong hits. (She stopped smoking when she recently became pregnant.) “Alcohol makes you feel more social, but weed works in a different way. You’re quieter, more contemplative. My friends and I get more in depth about specific issues,” she says. What’s more, Bridges says sex was much better when she was high, helping her to shed her inhibitions. “Sometimes I’d wonder, Am I doing the right thing? Am I getting him off? When I smoke, it’s all about me. I’m not worried so much about what he’s thinking. And it helps him enjoy it more, too, because I’m not psyching myself out,” she says.

Last year, Rachel Murphy, a 36-year-old entertainment industry publicist in New York and mother of a toddler, temporarily gave up her nightly weed habit a week before taking a required urine test to secure a life-insurance policy. (She only smokes once her daughter is in bed.) Hours after the exam, she lit up. Two days later, the clinic called to say there was a glitch in the test (unrelated to drugs) and that she would have to retake it. “I was totally back on this bandwagon of smoking a lot, and I didn’t want to be bothered to have to do this again,” Murphy says. With three days until the test, she frantically called her cousin, an insurance agent herself, who advised Murphy to buy Ready Clean, a 16-ounce fruit punch that claims to flush out the THC in urine if ingested within 48 hours of a drug test. Rachel paid $50 and had the drink overnighted. “My husband was standing over me the morning of the test saying, ‘Drink! Drink! Chug it!’ I was like, ‘I can’t drink that fast.’ He said, ‘Rachel, this is serious shit. We need life insurance-we have a baby-and we can’t get it because my wife smokes pot?'” One agonizing week later, Murphy got the word that she’d passed her urine test.
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The Union – The Business Behind Getting High – A very well built documentary about cannabis and drug prohibition. Does the drug prohibition work? Have a look and think for yourself. Professionals (lawyers, law-enforcers, teachers, scientists etc) speak out!

Ever wonder what British Columbia’s most profitable industries are? Logging? Fishing? Tourism? Ever think to include marijuana? If you haven’t, think again.
No longer a hobby for the stereotypical hippie culture of the ’60s, BC’s illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into an unstoppable business giant, dubbed by those involved as ‘The Union’. Commanding upwards of $7 billion Canadian annually, The Union’s roots stretch far and wide. With up to 85% of all ‘BC Bud’ being exported to the United States, the BC marijuana trade has become an international issue with consequences that extend far beyond our borders.

When record profits are to be made, who are the players, and when do their motives become questionable?
– Why is marijuana illegal?
– What health risks do we really face?
– Does prohibition work?
– What would happen if we taxed it?
– Medicine, paper, fuel, textiles, food, etc. Are we missing something?

Follow filmmaker Adam Scorgie as he dives head first into Canada’s most socially acceptable illegal activity. Along the way, Adam demystifies the underground market and brings to light how such a large industry can function while remaining illegal.
By interviewing experts from around the globe, including growers, clippers, police officers, criminologists, economists, medical doctors, politicians and pop culture icons, Scorgie examines the cause and effect nature of the business behind getting high.
Nobody’s innocent in this exploration of an industry that may be profiting more by being illegal. Join Adam Scorgie as he unravels the mystery of The Union.

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Riki “Garfunkel” Lindhome and Kate “Oates” Micucci sing a song about getting a medical marijuana card in California.

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LEAP – Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Founded on March 16, 2002, LEAP is made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies. Those policies have failed, and continue to fail, to effectively address the problems of drug abuse, especially the problems of juvenile drug use, the problems of addiction, and the problems of crime caused by the existence of a criminal black market in drugs.

Although those who speak publicly for LEAP are people from the law enforcement and criminal justice communities, a large number of our supporting members do not have such experience. You don’t have to have law enforcement experience to join LEAP.

By continuing to fight the so-called “War on Drugs”, the US government has worsened these problems of society instead of alleviating them. A system of regulation and control of these substances (by the government, replacing the current system of control by the black market) would be a less harmful, less costly, more ethical and more effective public policy.

Please consider joining LEAP and helping LEAP to achieve it’s goals: 1) to educate the public, the media and policy makers about the failure of current policies, and 2) to restore the public’s respect for police, which respect has been greatly diminished by law enforcement’s involvement in enforcing drug prohibition.

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