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Texas mothers seek marijuana to treat their children’s seizures


Texas Mothers Seek Marijuana to Treat Their Children’s Seizures

Originally posted on Texas Cannabis Report:

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Two mothers in Texas are now lobbying for medical marijuana after seeing positive results in other states which have allowed children with seizures to be treated with cannabis.

Jeannie Camp and Michelle Bartlett are two mothers who are hoping cannabis oil might be the treatment that, if it doesn’t bring an end to their sons’ seizures, could at least reduce the frequency.

Camp and Bartlett recently traveled to Austin to speak with the staff of Sen. Roy Fraser, R-Marble Falls. They talked about seizures and the relief their children and others could experience if cannabis oil were legal in Texas.

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History of the cultivation of hemp in the U.S. (article)


History of the cultivation of hemp in the U.S. (article)

Originally posted on Alcohol and Drugs History Society:

“The Smothered History of Hemp.” American History 49, no. 3 (August 2014): 10–10. Discusses the history of the cultivation of hemp in the U.S. from about 1701, with attention to Texas agricultural commissioner candidate Kinky Friedman and botanist Lyster Dewey.

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Herbal Healing as a Fundamental Human Right & Religious Freedom


Herbal Healing as a Fundamental Human Right & Religious Freedom

Originally posted on Garden Healing Church:

Thank you, Sayer Ji of GreenMedInfo, for this excellent article:

The future of medicine rests on the the fundamental right we all have to use things that spring from the Earth naturally as healing agents. Why should cannabis, used for at least 10,000 years by humankind to alleviate suffering, be excluded from this inexorable mandate?

The politics of cannabis are exceedingly complex, and yet the truth is simple: this freely growing plant heals the human body – not to mention provides food, fuel, clothing and shelter, if only we will let it perform its birthright. In a previous article, we investigated the strange fact that the human body is in many ways pre-designed, or as it were, pre-loaded with a receptiveness to cannabis’ active compounds — cannabinoids — thanks to its well documented endocannabinoid system….

The notion that marijuana has no ‘medicinal benefits’ is preposterous, actually. Since time…

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Cannabics Pharma (CNBX): Breakthrough in Medical Marijuana Industry


Cannabics Pharma (CNBX): Breakthrough in Medical Marijuana Industry

Originally posted on Cannabis Stock Reports:

Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CNBX) headquartered in Maryland and founded in 2012 by Dr. Zohar Koren and Dr. Eyal Ballan, is quickly becoming a dominant player in the fast-growing medical marijuana industry.  The company’s flagship patent-pending product, Cannabics SR, is a sustained release capsule containing a pure concentrate of cannabinoid extract that is specifically designed as a palliative care treatment for cancer patients.  This amazing medical breakthrough provides relief for 10-12 hours and only needs to be taken once per day.  Cannabics SR will be available in 4 strengths including 6.5mg, 10mg, 25mg, 40mg with doses based on severity of symptoms and tolerance levels.

The genius behind Cannabics Pharma lies in Dr. Koren (CEO) and Dr. Eyal (CTO), reknowned experts in their fields and highly seasoned entrepreneurs.  Dr. Koren holds a Ph.D.  in Computational Biology and a M.Sc. in Evolutionary and Environmental Sciences from the University of Haifa…

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California Governor Vetoes Bill to Revise School Textbook Content Standards

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, September 19, 2014 (HPI): California governor Jerry Brown vetoed Senate Bill 1057 which would have called for the revision of the “Content Standards” which guide the creation of the state’s history-social science books for grades K-12. The Hindu-American community was disappointed with the veto as the bill could have improved the presentation of Hinduism and Indian history in the state’s school system.

In vetoing the bill, the governor said, “This bill would require the State Board of Education to adopt history-social science content standards by July 30, 2018. I agree that providing up to date instructional guidance to educators for use in their classrooms is important. This is precisely why the State Board of Education is currently updating the history-social science framework which is on track to be adopted next spring. I am concerned that this bill may slow progress that is already underway, and does not include a role for the Instructional Quality Commission. For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill.”

For the full text of the original bill, go to: … l?bill_id=201320140SB1057

***Note from Anna; when a governor regularly and deliberately strives to keep his citizens uneducated it’s always for the purposes of making sure they are never smart enough to fight back when they have been abused. States with more educated people means more states with healthier, stronger, crime-free out the politicians who seek to harm their constituents.

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American CEOs Earn *354* Times More Than Their Average Workers

Chief executives of the nation’s largest companies earned an average of $12.3 million in total pay last year — 354 times more than a typical American worker, according to the AFL-CIO.


The average worker made $34,645 last year, according to the group that represents over 50 trade unions.

Oracle(ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison’s $96.1 million pay package topped the list, followed by $54.3 million earned by Credit Acceptance Corp (CACC).’s Brett Roberts and Discovery Communications (DISCA) CEO David Zaslav’s $50 million, according to the union’s pay project.

The one stand out was Apple (AAPL) CEO Timothy Cook, whose pay dropped to $4.2 million from $376 million in 2011, when his compensation package got a boost from long-term stock awards.

The dip in Cook’s pay was enough to lower the overall average for CEOs of top companies by 5% from 2011.

Related: 20 top-paid CEOS

The discrepancy in pay between CEOs and the average worker has skyrocketed over the years, peaking in 2000, when the gap was 525 times. In 1980, CEO pay was 42 times that of the average worker.

The AFL-CIO each year highlights the pay disparity between workers and chief executives from companies that are part of Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index.

Did Apple’s CEO really get a 99% pay cut?

Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president, said he hopes the project will remind Washington leaders that most workers “continue to struggle.”

“They struggle every day to make ends meet, their wages are stagnant, their companies are trying to take away their health care and pensions, and they’re angry,” Trumka said. “And very few them know what’s happening with CEO (pay).”

The union wants regulators to enforce an outstanding rule from Wall Street reforms for publicly traded companies to reveal CEO pay compared to their average employees. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has delayed efforts to craft that rule, in part because of heavy lobbying by companies.

The labor group unveiled an updated website database on Monday compiled from 327 companies based on SEC filings. The site will post CEO pay for all 500 companies as the data is made public.

Trumka himself makes $302,000 in total compensation, according to federal records, or 8.7 times the average worker.

Tita Freeman, spokeswoman for CEO lobbying group The Business Roundtable, would not comment on the pay gap. She said CEOs represented by her group support efforts to tie executive pay to performance.

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How Insurers Are Finding Ways to Shift Costs to the Sick

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California City Mandates Free Medical Marijuana for Low-Income Residents

Posted: Sep 04, 2014 8:50 AM PST Updated: Sep 04, 2014 8:50 AM PST

Weed welfare?

That’s what the Berkeley City Council in California has unanimously approved, ordering medical marijuana dispensaries to donate 2 percent of their stash to patients making less than $32,000 a year.

The new welfare program in the liberal-leaning city is set to launch in August 2015.

The ordinance, which passed in August and is the first of its kind in the country, comes at a time when several states are debating how to handle a growing movement to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use.

But Berkeley’s decision to effectively order weed redistribution is prompting a vocal backlash.

Bishop Ron Allen, a former addict and head of the International Faith Based Coalition, told Fox News he doesn’t understand why the California city would want to dump pot on the impoverished.

“It’s ludicrous, over-the-top madness,” Allen said. “Why would Berkeley City Council want to keep their poverty-stricken under-served high, in poverty and lethargic?”

John Lovell, a lobbyist for the California Narcotic Officers’ Association, agrees.

“Instead of taking steps to help the most economically vulnerable residents get out of that state, the city has said, ‘Let’s just get everybody high,’” Lovell told The New York Times.

But others, like Mason Tvert, director of communications at the Marijuana Policy Project, say it’s a community program.

Tvert told Fox News that the decision to provide the drug to some of its low-income residents is up to the community.

“So it’s a matter of the democratic process, people following the state’s laws, and this law appears to accommodate both of those,” he said.

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana nearly 20 years ago.

California dispensaries are prohibited by law from turning a profit. But some places have been giving pot away to patients who couldn’t pay for years.

One of Berkeley’s largest dispensaries, Berkeley Patients Group, has been doing it for a decade, The New York Times reports. One recipient, Arnie Passman, a poet and activist, said he’s couldn’t remember exactly how long he had been given medical marijuana or why.

“It could be for my allergies, or my arthritis — you know what happens to us folks: We forget,” Passman, 78, told the newspaper.

***Note from Anna: That is the way you create total legalization for the United States.

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Fukushima Lessons: Updating Earthquake Hazards at U.S. Nuclear Plants


Fukushima Lessons: Updating Earthquake Hazards at U.S. Nuclear Plants

Originally posted on U.S. NRC Blog:

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The NRC is examining new earthquake-related information from U.S. nuclear power plants, and we’re making that information available over the next week or so. We’d like to summarize how we got here and what the next steps are.

seismicgraphicNuclear power plant designs set a basic standard for reactors to completely and safely shut down after an earthquake, based on site-specific information. Plant construction methods and other design factors add to a reactor’s capacity to safely withstand stronger motions than what the basic design describes.

The end of March marked an important milestone for our post-Fukushima activities. We received 60 reports from central and eastern U.S. nuclear power facilities updating the seismic hazard at their individual reactors. The NRC staff is making these reports available through its normal process. The NRC will post each plant’s report on the agency website’s Japan Lessons-Learned Activities page.


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NNSA hazard map Fukushima Dai-ichi NNP region + Expanded Evacuation Zone


NNSA hazard map Fukushima Dai-ichi NNP region + Expanded Evacuation Zone

Originally posted on Not All Alleged Is Apparent...:

  • “The U.S. Department of Energy released the estimation as part of a hazard map on cumulative radiation in areas near the Fukushima plant created by an affiliate, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).  The hazard map shows that the annual exposure dose of radiation could exceed 1 millisievert in some areas within an 80-kilometer radius of the plant …” SOURCE (with article):
  • Long after fallout data were already in, several weeks after Greenpeace and other monitoring groups called for an expansion of the evacuation zone North-West of the Fukushima Dai-ichi NNP…  Tada:  Japanse government catches up.   They seem to need an extra 3 weeks for just about everything: INES-7, admitting meltdowns, and now finally this one…  I’m wondering when they’ll send in the army to fully take over the command and mobilize hundreds of thousands of volunteers for radiation-exposure clean-up shifts, as happened for Chernobyl…

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