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Re: “Where Have All the Flower People Gone?

Just a matter of time......

Corporations have taken over every aspect of our lives.

Do you really think that the legalized pot industry will be any different?

Dream on, dude. Fire one up. That sound? Oh, that's the wolf knockin' at your door.

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Posted by Mr. Geezer on 12/18/2014 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Tea Party

Great call out! The one candidate in the past decade with any logical and rational sense gets scorned again because of something that was ghostwritten with his named attached to it from like 30 years ago. It's funny (and sad), that the only real skeleton in Ron's closet is this, and just shows that Scott is no different that the mainstream media, repeat the same old mantras, blah blah blah. And now... the only skeleton you drag from Rand's closet is some hearsay hijinx story from the 80s. I disagree with Rand on many fronts, however, I'd vote for him over a Clinton, Bush, Romney or Obama any day. It's sad that Rand is our best hope, however, he's still our best hope.

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Posted by taco cat on 12/17/2014 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Tea Party

I added a clarifying link.

Posted by Grant Scott-Goforth on 12/15/2014 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Tea Party

What makes Ron Paul a racist? What makes him a nutjob?

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Posted by pravda on 12/13/2014 at 12:26 AM

Re: “Cannabis Commercialization

Lots to think about there. Good writing :)

Posted by Dwain1 on 11/21/2014 at 6:48 PM

Re: “'A Platform for a Cause'

Mike Wilde is innocent.

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Posted by puffinz on 11/17/2014 at 12:09 AM

Re: “'A Platform for a Cause'

Mike wilde is innocent

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Posted by puffinz on 11/17/2014 at 12:09 AM

Re: “Legalized It

Good post Herb Reese.

Posted by Charles Bean on 11/15/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Legalized It

:::"a recent report in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences"

This is more fear-mongering over a small NIDA funded study showing a correlation with small changes of unclear clinical significance. Many things can be correlated with structural changes in the brain including exercise, alcohol use, tobacco use, even caffeine. Changes in and of themselves are meaningless. Also, the study author admitted: "While our study does not conclusively address whether any or all of the brain changes are a direct consequence of marijuana use"

There may be short-term effects but there are no reputable studies proving any permanent brain damage in adults who use cannabis, unlike alcohol.

There are many peer reviewed studies published in respected medical journals that show cannabis does not have permanent adverse effects on the adult brain. [34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43] In fact, adolescent drinkers who also smoke cannabis may suffer less brain damage than drinkers who do not smoke cannabis. [30,31] In a recent study researchers observed teen's brains over a 1.5 year period. They found that teens who used alcohol during this period had reduced white matter integrity. These changes were not observed in cannabis users.[32]
Even the U.S. Government has a patent on the cannabinoids found in cannabis for protecting the brain. Cannabinoids have shown to be neuroprotective against damage from stroke and trauma, and effective in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia.[33] Cannabis has also been shown to reduce the mortality of those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. [44]

This extensive review of studies which examined the long-term cognitive effects of using cocaine, (meth)amphetamines, ecstasy, opiates, alcohol, and cannabis, sums it up:

"All substances of abuse, except cannabis, were associated with sustained deficits in executive functioning, especially inhibition..."
"There was little evidence for sustained cognitive impairments in adult abstinent cannabis users."
van Holst RJ and Schilt T. Drug-related decrease in neuropsychological functions of abstinent drug users. Curr Drug Abuse Rev. 2011. Review.


SOURCES:

30. Mahmood et al. Learning and memory performances in adolescent users of alcohol and marijuana: interactive effects. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2010.
31. Jacobus et al. White Matter Integrity in Adolescents with Histories of Marijuana Use and Binge Drinking. Neurotoxicology and Teratology. 2009.
32. Bava et al. Longitudinal changes in white matter integrity among adolescent substance users. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2013.
33. Patent 6630507 - Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants. Filing date: Apr 21, 1999.
34. Schreiner, A. M & Dunn, M. E. Residual effects of cannabis use on neurocognitive performance after prolonged abstinence: A meta-analysis. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. 2012.
35. Delisi et al. A preliminary DTI study showing no brain structural change associated with adolescent cannabis use. Harm Reduct J. 2006.
36. Block et al. Effects of frequent marijuana use on brain tissue volume and composition. Neuroreport. 2000.
37. Tzilos et al. Lack of hippocampal volume change in long-term heavy cannabis users. Am J Addict. 2005.
38. Pope et al. Neuropsychological performance in long-term cannabis users. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2001.
39. Fried et al. Neurocognitive consequences of marijuana--a comparison with pre-drug performance. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2005.
40. Grant et al. Non-acute (residual) neurocognitive effects of cannabis use: a meta-analytic study. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2003.
41. Institute of Medicine. Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base. The National Academies Press. 1999.
42. Hooper et al. Intellectual, neurocognitive, and academic achievement in abstinent adolescents with cannabis use disorder. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2014 .
43. van Holst RJ and Schilt T. Drug-related decrease in neuropsychological functions of abstinent drug users. Curr Drug Abuse Rev. 2011. Review.
44. Nguyen et al. Effect of marijuana use on outcomes in traumatic brain injury. Am Surg. 2014.

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Posted by Herb Reese on 11/13/2014 at 7:28 AM

Re: “A Big Stick

This just might be a good idea if whoever is in charge isn't a crazed, anti-pot abolitionist.
Pollution is pollution across the board and we all know that this Earth is definitely polluted enough. I'm all for environmental laws that protect our air, land and water as long as they are fair and enforced for everyone systemically and effectively without prejudice. Big, rich manufacturing polluters should not get special treatment or tax breaks or anything that the small time grower doesn't get too. It's about time we all realized that once we destroy this planet we're basically screwed. Everything we ALL do matters and we are ALL in this mess together.

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Posted by Ladybounty on 11/07/2014 at 2:26 AM

Re: “Locals

ty juliette monroe the words are sadly to true but I gota do what I feel is right this is not the humboldt I grew up in and loved tainted by people with no soul

Posted by Diana Bailey on 10/21/2014 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Locals

Drug culture sucks and the people suck too, they think they are so high and mighty. They do nothing, empty, worthless people.

Posted by Juliette Monroe on 10/21/2014 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Checking Out

All of these kinds of charges are just management skimming $$$ from clients. $300 to spray the room with 1 dollar scent, hahahaha... Greed is good huh? I hope he prevails on his credit card dispute with his credit card company. I'll also be sure to tell visitors not to stay there.

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Posted by 2Salty on 10/16/2014 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Checking Out

Based on the information in this article, the Hampton Inn hit that guy with a punitive charge.

If all the above facts are true and the guy really just rolled a couple of doobies, then the hotel is way out of line.

Doobie?---http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?…

There are some amusing reviews on Yelp including one where someone else got hit with the same type of illicit charge. Same circumstances....same rude woman.
In fact, several of the Yelp reviews mentioned a rude, obnoxious woman at the front desk. She certainly isn't doing any positive service for the hotel.

For me, well, now I know a hotel I won't be using nor recommending.....and no, I'm not even a pot smoker.

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Posted by Mr. Geezer on 10/09/2014 at 9:15 AM

Re: “'A Platform for a Cause'

Tony Serra is such an inspiration to lawyers, at least to lawyers like me. He is just amazing.

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Posted by ED Denson1 on 10/02/2014 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Stoned Love

I totally agree my husband went through that phase of growing I never got involved cause I hate the industry and think it is morally wrong. So much ugliness so many thieves con artists looking to make fast money. I could write a book and the end well the battle is still not over with the criminals that it brought into his life the jury is still out if he will live through the mistakes hes made cause each year it got darker and he smokes so he was not able to see how evil the people were that he was getting involved with. We have been in and out of court with gang members who are sill trying to take everything he has. I saw it coming and tried to warn him as I have saw this industry all my life. Lots of innocent lives lost or ruined.

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Posted by Kim Colegrove Ferris on 08/17/2014 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Stoned Love

Sorry, Martin Anderson, for not really giving a shit about the author's love life. Everybody's got stories. The author is also a journalist in Humboldt, however, and I do really give a shit about the health of the environment in which I live. So having just read this editorial from this journalist, in which she rallies over concern for the environment, I can't help but speak some contempt toward her own decision to print a pre-fabricated PR piece for the logging industry. That's my two cents.

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Posted by Double standard alerter. on 08/15/2014 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Stoned Love

Well done, Linda!

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Posted by KenMalcomson on 08/14/2014 at 11:33 PM

Re: “Stoned Love

This is so good.

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Posted by Jennifer Savage on 08/14/2014 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Stoned Love

What a moving article. It speaks to one of a countless and growing number of polarities our society is struggling to reconcile.

As for your comment, "Double Standard Alert": way to minimize the positive impact of an article, just because you were dissatisfied with an entirely different, earlier article of hers. That accomplishes so much.

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Posted by Martin Anderson on 08/14/2014 at 7:55 PM

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