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Marijuana may be able to curb opioid dependence for some people with chronic pain, reports new study

4/29/2016 - Opioids are being over prescribed in America, resulting in 47,000 deaths a year, mostly from pain prescription overdoses. The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that the US makes up 5 percent of the world's population but devours 75 percent of all prescription drugs. Considering all this, could...

The DEA used $18 MILLION in taxpayer money to destroy marijuana plants, attack legal businesses, arrest medical patients

4/27/2016 - The Obama Administration and Congress continue to send conflicting messages about the cultivation and recreational use of marijuana. While such use of the drug remains against federal law, the government has been expending taxpayer dollars to wipe out entire crops. As reported by The Washington Post,...

Modern day prohibition: Will Colorado put a strict limit on how strong cannabis is, just as they did to beer?

4/27/2016 - It's a rather ironic twist that, as Colorado appears to be on the verge of rescinding its self-imposed limits on alcohol content in beer (which date back to the Prohibition era), the state may soon begin capping the THC content of marijuana. Colorado is one of only five states that still limit alcohol...

Canada sets its sights on making the sale of marijuana legal nationwide

4/23/2016 - The Canadian government plans to introduce legislation in 2017 that, if approved, would make the sale of marijuana legal throughout the country, the nation's health minister said. As reported by the BBC, if the law is enacted it would make Canada one of the largest Western countries to permit widespread...

Modern-day 'reefer madness' propaganda appears in Senate hearing after lawmakers 'morally' condemn two-fifths of Americans who use marijuana

4/18/2016 - It has been noted that, before a new idea or concept can be fully accepted and integrated into society, the oldest generation must first die off. That's why it is perhaps not too surprising that the two oldest members of the United States Senate are among the most rabid foes of marijuana legalization. Chuck...

Could cannabis freedom be closer than you think? Each of the presidential candidates support some kind of reform

3/31/2016 - When Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., dropped out of the presidential race in recent weeks, that left every other viable candidate supporting at least a state's right to legalize marijuana if its voters chose to do so. And while recreational pot use remains against federal law – something that Congress...

Marijuana sales in Colorado beginning to surpass alcohol sales - could this shift in consumption lower cancer rates?

3/26/2016 - Sales of legal marijuana have begun to surpass those of alcohol in at least one Colorado city, a trend which could lead to – among other benefits – a corresponding drop in cancer rates. Statistics gathered by the City of Aspen, and published in the Aspen Times, reveal that during two...

CBD oil from hemp legalized in Texas to treat epilepsy, as marijuana puts Big Pharma to shame

3/23/2016 - Texas Governor Greg Abbott took a step closer toward health freedom recently, when he signed new legislation permitting epileptic patients access to the powerful, healing CBD oil from hemp. Thousands of Texas families who deal with epilepsy will now be given legal access to medical marijuana. This means...

North Dakotans struggle to legislate full marijuana rights in the Peace Garden State as oil price collapse threatens economy

3/4/2016 - At the beginning of 2016, freight costs were so low that nearly every cargo ship around the world was anchored. Goods were so cheap that their prices didn't cover the expenses of transportation. Now it's happening to oil. The fracking industry literally helped the economy drill through the 2008 crisis....

Elizabeth Warren calls on CDC to combat opioid addiction epidemic by embracing medical marijuana nationwide

2/22/2016 - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has sent a letter to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asking the agency to look into ways to combat the growing epidemic of prescription opioid abuse, in part by examining the impact of increased use of medical marijuana as a substitute...

REPORT: Legal marijuana would be a $10 billion industry for Canada

2/17/2016 - According to the latest report by CIBC World Markets, legalizing marijuana in Canada could create a $10 billion a year industry. Whilst it's understandably difficult to get real data on marijuana use, a survey by Statistics Canada suggests that 12% of Canadians have admitted to smoking pot. In British...

It's time to end the era of oppressive government censorship of natural medicine, medical marijuana and holistic cancer treatments

2/15/2016 - In this important note to all Natural News fans and readers, I explain why every branch of holistic and naturopathic medicine will be criminalized or banned if we don't stop the government's 100-year censorship of natural medicine, medical marijuana and healing foods. Sadly, most people who promote...

Maryland decriminalizes smoking marijuana in public

2/15/2016 - The Maryland General Assembly has overturned a veto by Governor Larry Hogan on a bill that decriminalizes possession of paraphernalia and the smoking of marijuana in public. The bill, known as SB 517, which makes public use of marijuana a civil rather than criminal offense, was voted into law on January...

Hillary Clinton sides with Big Pharma, against marijuana

2/9/2016 - Well, once again, as in 2008, the Iowa Caucus was not the coronation that she and her supporters thought it was going to be. Nominal Democrat presidential "frontrunner" Hillary Clinton barely made it out of the nation's first caucus as the technical victor (though the campaign her main opponent,...

Jesus Christ healed the sick using medical marijuana, researchers claim

2/9/2016 - Although some may find the idea a bit challenging to their traditional religious beliefs, there is ample historical and scientific evidence that Jesus Christ was a cannabis user and that he used the plant to heal the sick. In 2003, High Times published an article written by Chris Bennett titled "Was...

Florida ballot to feature medical marijuana in November

2/4/2016 - A constitutional amendment that will allow the medical use of marijuana will be proposed in Florida's November ballot later this year. Organizers say that there is growing public support for the proposal, and that the predicted larger number of voters in this year's presidential election should help...

Deputies fired for not supplying sheriff with marijuana for dying aunt

2/4/2016 - For any number of reasons known only to him, President Obama has neglected to enforce federal drug laws that classify marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, and thus, ban its recreational use. Three states – Washington, Oregon and Colorado – openly defy the federal ban, after citizens there have...

Pharmaceutical companies fight marijuana legalization to keep patients addicted to opioid painkillers

1/27/2016 - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is constantly finding ways to bypass state laws that sanction medical marijuana and harass providers who are operating under those state laws. They are overt and obvious with their application of federal laws. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which...

Marijuana myths go up in smoke: Study shows IQ, academic performance not impacted by cannabis use

1/20/2016 - Cannabis, a wonderful food-medicine, has been demonized for decades. No plant has ever been fraught with such extreme controversy. Police raids are conducted to seize and burn this plant and to lock growers away. Innocent people are shot and killed in their own homes because of the war on this plant. Fraudulent...

Marijuana overdose fatality rates remained at constant level throughout 2015

1/7/2016 - In late December 2015, the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its yearly statistics regarding overdose death rates from various legal and illegal drugs. Although overdose death rates are on the increase for several types of drugs, overdose...

Marijuana use could prevent weight gain, study shows

12/23/2015 - While it's not unusual for marijuana users to engage in food binges during or after smoking, a new study has surfaced showing that such behaviors don't negatively impact their waistlines. One might think that marijuana users would be obese due to all the food consumption they're said to indulge in,...

Michigan senator kicks marijuana activist veteran out of hearing

12/14/2015 3:28:11 PM - During a Michigan state Senate hearing discussing medical marijuana, state Senator Rick Jones cut short the words of a military veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As a result, the veteran was removed from the hearing, undoubtedly causing many people – not just marijuana...

Forensic science lab pressured by law enforcement to falsify marijuana THC test results

12/2/2015 - Attorneys and advocates of medical marijuana are accusing the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division of wrongly classifying origins of THC – the active ingredient in pot, found in hash oils and marijuana edibles – as "origin unknown." As reported by The Intercept, Michigan prosecutors...

Just say no: FDA-approved drugs causing an epidemic among teens, while marijuana kills no one

11/1/2015 - Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that more Americans are dying from legally prescribed drugs than from heroine and cocaine, combined (and from marijuana, of course, which doesn't kill), classifying the situation as an "epidemic." As reported by The New...

The science behind cannabinoids is clear: marijuana helps brain achieve breakthroughs in learning, consciousness and understanding

9/14/2015 - A great misunderstanding regarding the therapeutic value of the cannabis plant persists, even within some reform circles. Marijuana is often lumped into the same category as cigarettes, hard drugs, and even alcohol, with the latest trend being to designate cannabis as "less harmful" than these other...

Why Big Pharma hates legalized marijuana; painkillers, chemotherapy and psych drugs could be made obsolete

8/18/2015 - When certain politicians and so-called health experts bellyache over the legalization of cannabis, it's not because they're worried about the children. It's because cannabis is arguably the safest and most widely effective natural medicinal herb in existence, and its widespread acceptance would immediately...

Colorado health panel votes against will of the people and chief med director to keep vets drugged with pharmaceuticals instead of relieving PTSD with marijuana

8/18/2015 - For a state where voters recently chose to run afoul of federal drug laws and "legalize" recreational marijuana, this one truly is a head-scratcher. As reported by Reuters and other sources, Colorado health officials have just tossed a bid by medical pot advocates to place cannabis on the list of...

Fake pharmaceutical company that illegally dispensed deadly chemo drugs gets less punishment than marijuana dealer

8/12/2015 - You know the American justice system is utterly broken when murderers and rapists are receiving lesser jail sentences than a man convicted of merely having cannabis flowers in his possession. Even large-scale pharmaceutical drug crimes, including the incredible saga of fake pharmaceutical company "Gallant...

Scientists separate medical benefits of cannabis from unwanted side effects

8/11/2015 - With very few exceptions, almost no medical issue in recent times has been more controversial in the United States than that of medical marijuana. Proponents of this issue believe that the bioactive ingredients in marijuana should be used as or in medications due to its many health benefits - and indeed,...

Marijuana helps heal broken bones, and even makes them stronger, scientists discover

8/7/2015 - A marijuana chemical known as cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) helps fractures heal faster and even make the bones stronger than they were before, according to a study conducted by researchers from Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University and published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. CBD...

Are you inhaling pesticides as you get high? Investigation finds excessive pesticide residue in marijuana products

8/6/2015 - Following their recent legalization of recreational marijuana use, a handful of U.S. states are turning their attention to the business of regulating marijuana agriculture. And those regulators have made some shocking discoveries: Dangerous pesticides are being used in excess of legal limits, and growers...

Oklahoma veteran could get life in prison for treating PTSD symptoms with marijuana instead of toxic drugs

7/29/2015 - Kristoffer Lewandowski, a US Marine Corps veteran, is one of the thousands of soldiers who have returned home suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. More than 13 percent of Gulf War veterans have PTSD. Lewandowski served three tours of duty; Afghanistan and Iraq were two of the countries...

Marijuana growers are decimating California's ecosystem, killing fish, destroying forests and draining streams

7/27/2015 - As California continues to bake in the throes of a historic, multi-year drought, concerns over the state's remaining water supplies have risen dramatically. State and local officials have been working in tandem to create conservative programs that, thus far, are having a mostly positive effect. Overall,...

Pharmaceutical painkiller deaths drop 25% in states with medical marijuana according to study

5/12/2015 - Groundbreaking research published in the respected journal JAMA Internal Medicine has revealed new benefits to the denouement of marijuana prohibition throughout the U.S. It turns out that states where medical cannabis use is no longer a criminal offense are reporting substantially fewer deaths associated...

Son advocates for marijuana legalization in school - Police invade home

5/8/2015 - The phrase "If you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about" is now meaningless to most Americans as they see the true nature and purpose of our police thanks to the widespread use of camera phones and social media. Shona Banda, a woman living in Kansas, found that her dollars...

Medicinal marijuana is now healing pets too! Harmless plant miraculously cures chronic issues in dogs

5/8/2015 - National re-legalization of marijuana is closer than it's ever been. The majority of Americans are starting to realize that cannabis is NOT an addictive, immoral and destructive drug. Americans are starting to see cannabis for what it truly is -- a harmless, useful plant with several healing virtues....

Bipartisan federal bill recognizing merits of medical cannabis must go further; tell congress to remove marijuana from controlled substances list

4/29/2015 - Things are heating up on Capitol Hill in the realm of sensible cannabis policy, with a new bipartisan bill that seeks to further relegate federal prohibition of marijuana to the dustbin of embarrassing and unjust history. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act,...

Media renews calls for marijuana prohibition in "Reefer Madness" hysteria after pot-related suicide

4/11/2015 - Following a tragic incident in which a young man killed himself after consuming five times the safe level of edible marijuana, media outlets raised the question of whether recent legalization measures should be rolled back. Unfortunately, such a slant reflects neither the facts of the case nor the real...

School emotionally traumatizes gifted 11-year-old for possessing a leaf at school

4/10/2015 - Before public school officials and teachers actually accuse a student of possessing something they are not supposed to have, perhaps it would be a great idea for them to actually know what they are talking about first, lest they inadvertently cause emotional pain and angst to the hapless student. As...

Improved safety and efficacy testing for legal cannabis provides huge business opportunities for entrepreneurs

3/23/2015 6:10:21 PM - A prominent marijuana research and testing facility in Denver, Colorado, claims that a surprising amount of legal cannabis currently on the market in the Centennial State is contaminated with toxins like mold, heavy metals and pesticides. Dr. Andy LaFrate of Charas Scientific, reporting his findings...

Colorado school confiscates student's life-saving medicine thanks to draconian prohibition laws

3/22/2015 - Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently recognize the vast therapeutic potential of the cannabis plant, which millions of people across the country rely on for safe relief from chronic pain, neurological disease, seizures, paralysis, sleeping disorders, anxiety, poor appetite, gut...

We can't test medical marijuana to treat children because it hasn't been tested yet, biased researchers claim

3/5/2015 - An article titled "Medical Marijuana for Children with Developmental and Behavioral Disorders?" and subtitled "Despite lack of evidence, some are advocating cannabis for children with autism" was published in a February 2015 issue of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. The words...

Congress ends federal ban on medical marijuana and protects industrial hemp cultivation

12/21/2014 8:41:46 PM - The Justice Department no longer has the funds to raid medical marijuana establishments. Not long ago, it seemed the movement to legalize marijuana was never going to gain traction. The federal government was eager to override any state law that legalized its use, for any reason. It seemed the only...

Federal government finally loosens restrictions on Native Americans' right to grow, sell marijuana

12/18/2014 - The federal government issued a statement that the Justice Department's DEA would not be going after federally sanctioned reservations if they wanted to grow and sell their own marijuana. This decision was based on Oregon U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall's expressed concern from tribal members about...

Study finds medical marijuana helpful for 92 percent of Californians

12/2/2014 - Medical marijuana is often steeped in controversy, with some saying it's a giant con and others saying it's a necessary treatment to help alleviate or even reverse certain health conditions.(1) For example, several law enforcement officials in California are not in favor of its legalization,...

Legal marijuana shops targeted by IRS, often forced to give 70 percent or more of their profits to the federal government

11/26/2014 - On November 4, the citizens of Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use. But unless Congress acts to reform or repeal War on Drugs-era federal tax laws, businesses that wish to sell marijuana may find it nearly impossible to survive. As marijuana vendors...

Federal government conducting police raids, confiscating medicinal plants, depriving sick children of medication

11/12/2014 - You wouldn't think that two small regions of a large state that was the first to legalize medical marijuana would be raiding fields of marijuana that have less THC and more CBD than other cannabis plants. THC is the compound that gets one "high" or elevates conscious awareness. CBD is a compound...

Marijuana legalized in Oregon, Alaska and DC as voters realize healing potential of harmless, natural plant

11/9/2014 - Two more states and the District of Columbia have put an end to cannabis prohibition, positioning themselves as the true champions of individual liberty in a sea of mindless tyranny. The states of Oregon and Alaska, as well as Washington, D.C., will no longer target individuals who use or possess a...

Dispensaries must give out free medical marijuana to low-income prescription holders, Berkeley City Council says

9/8/2014 1:53:46 PM - Any actions forwarding medical marijuana or cannabis is bound to be met with derisive comments that portray anyone who uses pot for any reason as a deadbeat, a "stoner," contributing to ripping our social fabric and moral fiber. The UK's Daily Mail certainly did a decent job of selling that tone. Bishop...

Medical marijuana legalization reduces painkiller overdose deaths

9/3/2014 - A massive joint study (no pun intended) by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City was conducted to determine the impact on reducing prescription opioid deaths in states...

Federal government considers marijuana to be as bad as heroin, but drug 15x stronger than heroin is still legal

8/28/2014 - A new deadly designer drug has hit the streets of America, and other countries across the globe, that experts say is five to 15 stronger than heroin, according to a new study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. The drug is particularly worrisome because of its inability to be detected. In fact, it...

Medical marijuana advancements: New York legalizes as California and Arizona expand

8/2/2014 - New York is now the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana, but there is a catch - patients will not be able to smoke it. The Compassionate Care Act legalizes non-smokable forms of the herb, such as pills or vapors for patients with cancer, epilepsy, and other serious illnesses. According to USA Today,...

Feds aggressively prosecute family for medical marijuana and insist state laws don't matter

7/1/2014 - Shortly after voters in Colorado and Washington approved ballot measures decriminalizing the possession and recreational use of small amounts of marijuana, Natural News editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, wrote a piece in which he made a prediction about the federal government's reaction: "According...

Feds aggressively prosecute family for medical marijuana and insist state laws don't matter

7/1/2014 - Shortly after voters in Colorado and Washington approved ballot measures decriminalizing the possession and recreational use of small amounts of marijuana, Natural News editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, wrote a piece in which he made a prediction about the federal government's reaction: "According...

Medical cannabis helps heal chronic disease

6/19/2014 - Back in 2700 BC, according to Chinese legend, the emperor Shen Nung -- also known as Chen Nung, considered the Father of Chinese medicine -- discovered the healing properties of marijuana as well as ginseng and ephedra. Throughout history, the use of medical cannabis has been linked to the ancient Egyptians,...

Want some pot with your coffee buzz? Startup infuses coffee with marijuana

6/13/2014 - The latest java trend is coffee meets cannabis. The most recent buzz is a cannabis-infused beverage going mainstream. Mirth Provisions, a company based in Washington State, is launching a new and innovative line of cannabis-infused (extract), cold-brewed coffee under the "Legal" label, which underscores...

House votes to prohibit DEA from spending funds to target medical marijuana patients and providers

6/3/2014 - For several weeks, medical marijuana advocate groups encouraged medical cannabis proponents to cheer on their federal congressional representatives to vote "yes" on restricting the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) from raiding state-approved cannabis dispensaries. Their efforts were rewarded by the House...

Deconstructing 6 major marijuana myths

5/16/2014 - Over the recent past few decades, the social stigma from the over-the-top absurdities of 1938's Reefer Madness have mostly evaporated. Millions have asserted they have at least tried marijuana without going insane and looking for stronger drugs to get "higher." Yet, today cannabis, a.k.a. marijuana,...

Colorado rolls out state-of-the-art medical marijuana vending machines

5/5/2014 - With all the astounding therapeutic benefits of cannabis, and its subsequent legalization in a number of states, it was only a matter of time before a resourceful entrepreneur seized the opportunity to create a technologically advanced (and secure) way to obtain medicinal marijuana. And this is exactly...

Colorado driver profiled, searched for marijuana over having Colorado license plates

4/27/2014 - A Colorado resident has filed suit against an Idaho police department, alleging that he was profiled by cops during a road trip through the state last year because of his license plate. The suit, filed by Darien Roseen recently, comes more than a year after he says he was unlawfully detained and...

Florida stock broker proves you can use lots of medical marijuana and still be a responsible, productive citizen

4/16/2014 - Meet Irvin Rosenfeld, a South Florida financial consultant and stock broker who openly smokes 10 or so joints daily without legal harassment in a state that still hasn't approved marijuana for medical use. He does this for a rare bone disease and unusual thyroid condition. He smokes that much pot...

Cannabis oil from marijuana is having success treating COPD

4/10/2014 - COPD is the often used term for "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease," a rather clumsy and vague description for most of us. It includes a few different lung issues, such as emphysema, bronchiectasis and chronic bronchitis. The scary part is that it's a mystery to our pharmaceutical-dependent medical...

Public Health Service approves marijuana testing for PTSD treatment

4/6/2014 - From flashbacks and insomnia to anxiety and depression, veterans are coming home to America in need of help on many levels, and the last thing they need is "chemical" medicine. Though "psych" meds are prescribed almost across the board for "psychological" issues, the psychiatric manual DSM-5 doesn't...

Shock study: Medical marijuana DECREASES violent crime, homicides and assault

4/1/2014 - If you've ever seen any unintentionally comedic clips from the old propaganda movie Reefer Madness, you'll witness a mindset that persists today. This mindset is most prevalent among those with vested interests: the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) -- which includes...

Judge allows Arizona boy to be treated with marijuana extract

3/28/2014 - Last Friday, an Ariz. judge made a significant decision that could potentially revolutionize the way Americans utilize medical marijuana. Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper of Maricopa County ruled in favor of allowing five-year-old Zander Welton, who was suffering from debilitating epileptic...

Americans agree: Sugar, alcohol and tobacco are more dangerous than pot

3/21/2014 - If politicians and law enforcement are so eager to protect Americans from themselves, then they should break in and raid people's homes, taking their boxes of sugar cookies, sugar cereals and sugar jars instead, because, frankly, sugar is way more dangerous and addictive than pot. The American majority...

More American states on fast track to decriminalize or legalize marijuana

2/18/2014 - Two months have passed since the states of Colorado and Washington made history by legalizing cannabis, and like dominoes, the rest of America is slowly falling in line with this burgeoning movement to end a senseless war on a plant. With Washington, D.C., the nation's capital, poised to decriminalize...

Marijuana can help decrease the spread of HIV in patients

2/18/2014 - Today, one of the hottest topics in the news is marijuana. Not only is it garnering a healthy amount of media and legal attention, but it is also becoming more widely studied by the scientific community. One such study was recently published by Louisiana State University which found that the active...

Rhode Island could be next state to legalize pot

2/16/2014 - Following a growing trend across the country, Rhode Island could be the next state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, if legislation recently proposed is passed and signed into law by the governor. A bill introduced by state Sen. Joshua Miller and state Rep. Edith Ajello, both Democrats,...

Marijuana legalization leads to fewer suicides

2/11/2014 - In a culture so saturated in chemicals and synthetics, pesticides and plastics, fragrances and heavy metals, it can be very easy for a person to accumulate a toxic overload in the body and not even know it. Environmental toxins wearing people thin This toxic overload shows up in people's facial...

Federal government to set new regulations allowing banks to serve marijuana sellers

2/4/2014 - Champions of states' rights may have even more to get excited about as the federal government announces plans to back off and allow cannabis businesses in Colorado and Washington to access and use banking institutions. Politico.com reports that the Obama administration will soon unveil updated federal...

Pot-infused 'snacks' are becoming big business - And a big concern for parents

2/3/2014 12:32:29 PM - As you might have expected, the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington State this year has created new markets for pot-infused products, not the least of which are snacks and treats that customers eat to get high. According to a recent New York Times report, stores that...

Health Ranger reveals three imminent victories for humanity: the fall of marijuana prohibition, mandatory GMO labeling and mercury-free vaccines

2/1/2014 - We've got good news on three fronts where victories for humanity are now imminent. I've posted a new video at YouTube covering these announcements. It's all good news because the corrupt, evil governments and corporations of the world cannot stop these powerful grassroots movements. Humanity will achieve...

Yet another US senator, Bill Nelson, comes out in support of ending cannabis prohibition

1/31/2014 - With both Colorado and Washington having recently made history by legalizing the sale of recreational cannabis, the race is on for the rest of the country to see which states will either follow in their footsteps and reap unprecedented economic rewards or flounder on the wrong side of history by continuing...

Shona Banda cured her terminal Crohn's disease with cannabis

1/31/2014 - Crohn's disease can affect the entire gastrointestinal tract, not just the bowel. And unlike ulcerative colitis, it can affect the entire thickness of the bowels, not just the inner lining. Western medicine is just beginning to discover what Chinese and Ayurveda medicine has known for centuries: All...

Prohibition is dead: 54 percent of Georgians want marijuana fully legalized

1/30/2014 - The somewhat surprising results of a new survey recently conducted by Public Policy Polling, one of the nation's premier research groups, have once again realigned the national conversation on marijuana reform, especially in the South. A whopping 54 percent of Georgia voters, it turns out, are now in...

Obama admits marijuana isn't any more dangerous than alcohol

1/30/2014 - The push to once and for all end cannabis prohibition nationwide is expected to gain significant momentum following new reports that President Barack Obama sees marijuana as no more of a threat than alcohol. During an extensive interview with The New Yorker's David Remnick, Obama recently confessed...

Recreational pot now legal to buy in Colorado; the nation is watching to see results

1/5/2014 - The state of Colorado has become the first state in the nation to open its doors to the retail sale of marijuana for recreational purposes. Two referendums passed in the November 2012 elections in both Colorado and Washington state have effectively legalized marijuana, officially allowing for the...

2014 a big year for marijuana as advocates push to eradicate prohibition nationwide

12/20/2013 - With Washington and Colorado set to make history by ending cannabis prohibition for adults beginning in January, momentum is building at an unprecedented rate for many other states to follow suit in the coming months and years. And to help them along is a major groundswell of public support, backed...

Thanks to sweeping legalization measures, marijuana is fastest growing industry in US

12/18/2013 - As the American economy continues to limp along in near-stagnancy, the few states that have repealed their nonsensical prohibition of cannabis are experiencing major economic boons. A new report released by the marijuana advocacy group Arcview Market Research reveals that the legal marijuana market...

Map reveals multi-billion dollar economic growth potential for states that legalize marijuana, hemp

12/6/2013 - It is a fact that, legal or illegal, marijuana will always be around. Those that grow, sell and buy it will always find a way to, well, grow, sell and buy it, no matter how the government feels about the issue. The question is, do the individual states want in on this lucrative industry and the immense...

Pet owners increasingly using medical marijuana to help their pets feel better

11/27/2013 - As the social stigmas and taboos about marijuana that largely emerged during the "Reefer Madness" generation continue to be stripped away from the public consciousness, an increasing number of people are beginning to look at this all natural herb with fresh eyes, recognizing its incredible potential...

Young man arrested for marijuana possession dies in jail after guards ignore his severe food allergies

11/26/2013 - The mother of a 22-year-old man who died in jail after being arrested for non-violent possession of all natural cannabis (marijuana) is suing Snohomish County in Washington state for the careless neglect of its jail's staff. According to reports, Michael Ryan Saffioti's pleas for medical assistance...

Portland, Maine, legalizes marijuana possession

11/12/2013 - One by one, like dominoes, cities and states all across the country are finally waking up to the fact that marijuana is a completely harmless plant with legitimate medicinal benefits and not the dangerous "drug" that the federal government still mindlessly claims it is. And the first place on the eastern...

Parents sue Arizona for right to use medical marijuana that relieved child's seizures and autism symptoms

11/10/2013 - Protecting your children from harsh medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, and having them healed with alternative means is often considered child abuse by Child Protective Services and the Medical Mafia. Even in a state that now allows medical marijuana use, if your child is being healed with cannabis,...

'Potted' pork: Pig farmers in legal marijuana states feeding leftover cannabis greens to animals

11/5/2013 - The definition of "grass-fed meat" is expanding in Washington state, where a fresh new source of all-natural animal feed has emerged from the unlikeliest of places: the booming recreational marijuana industry. William von Scheneidau of BB Ranch butcher shop in Seattle is one of the first livestock farmers...

'High-less' medical marijuana now being grown at Israeli plantation

10/23/2013 - An Israeli company that has been producing medical marijuana for patients since 2004 has developed a new strain of the healing plant that it says contains minimal levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and thus does not elicit the "high" feeling typically associated with smoking recreational cannabis. At...

Mexico City moves to decriminalize marijuana

10/17/2013 - Irony of ironies. In the late 1930s, former prohibition bureaucrat Henry J. Anslinger took over the newly formed Bureau of Narcotics in Washington, DC, to create the case against cannabis and hemp. Only he constantly and zealously used the Mexican slang term "marijuana" for his fear mongering lies...

Research shows marijuana can be effectively used to treat multiple sclerosis

10/15/2013 - Israeli researchers have once again confirmed the healing potential of marijuana (cannabis), a natural, medicinal plant loaded with dozens of disease-fighting cannabinoids and other beneficial compounds. A recent announcement by American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU) explains the findings of...

Dr. Sanjay Gupta apologizes, admits cannabis is a healing plant that should be legalized

10/6/2013 - It's not every day that a major media figure admits he was wrong about something important and comes out publicly to apologize for it. But CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has done just that, having recently published a formal apology renouncing his role in denying the medical legitimacy...

Protesters march on South Carolina congressional offices, capitol to legalize marijuana

9/21/2013 - Twenty states and the District of Columbia have passed laws in recent years decriminalizing marijuana for medical use, but not a single state in the Southeast is yet included among these. However, that could soon change, as activists from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)...

South Carolina man charged with 'marijuana trafficking' for growing natural medicinal herb for his ailing wife

9/18/2013 - The federal government's nonsensical "war on drugs" has obstructed yet another honest, sovereign American citizen from utilizing the many benefits of the natural marijuana plant for medicinal purposes, this time in South Carolina. As reported by TheState.com, 66-year-old Frank Dennis Peters from Bluffton...

CPS threatens to take sick child away from mother for choosing medicinal marijuana over toxic chemotherapy

9/12/2013 - The medical establishment loathes when free-thinking people stray from its prescribed methods of disease treatment, which is why this imperious beast is aggressively trying to force a Colorado mother, who for more than a year has been successfully treating her leukemic son with healing, non-psychoactive...

DEA raids Washington medical marijuana clinics

8/24/2013 - Last November, shortly after voters in Colorado and Washington State approved measures legalizing marijuana use in their states, President Barack Obama - who has admitted to smoking pot in the past - signaled that the federal government did not have much interest in pursuing the matter, despite the...

Marijuana legalization in California on the horizon?

8/22/2013 - Californians may soon have the freedom to grow, buy, sell, transport, and, of course, use all varieties of marijuana and cannabis hemp products in their state, thanks to the committed efforts of a vast network of grassroots activists that are right now seeking to re-legalize the natural plant species...

Medicinal marijuana halts child's life-threatening seizures

8/18/2013 - Charlotte Figi's parents thought they had tried everything to save their daughter from a life marked by constant seizures and the gradual decline of all her motor skills and cognitive abilities. That is, until they stumbled upon the amazing healing power of medicinal marijuana, which effectively reduced...

Oregon readies to legalize retail medicinal marijuana following passage of House bill

8/3/2013 - The state of Oregon is about to join the ranks of about a dozen other states that have defied the federal government's onerous prohibitions on marijuana by allowing it to be sold in state-sanctioned retail stores for medicinal use. According to new reports, the Oregon House recently passed H.B. 3460,...

New wave of business opportunities involving medicinal, nutritional marijuana sweep Colorado

6/24/2013 - New business opportunities abound in the state of Colorado, where Amendment 64 to legalize the recreational sale and use of marijuana was recently passed with flying colors by 1.36 million enthusiastic Colorado voters. An entire sector of the market that was formerly limited to only licensed marijuana...

Three out of four doctors would prescribe medical marijuana to patients: Study

6/15/2013 - New York City Mayor Michael "Nanny" Bloomberg thinks medical marijuana is a hoax, but as far as I know he's never been to medical school, which is obvious based on the results of a new survey that found more than three-quarters of physicians would prescribe it to their patients if they could. The...

Nanny state control freak Bloomberg declares medical marijuana a 'hoax'

6/12/2013 - Mr. Nanny State himself, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is at it again, making ridiculous statements about subjects in which he knows next to nothing about. This time, the subject is medical marijuana, and the anointed one says there are no medical benefits from its use. In fact, hizzoner said as much...

Father successfully treats son's epilepsy with medical cannabis (marijuana)

5/28/2013 - A California father's desperate quest to find a viable solution to his young son's rare form of epilepsy has led him to incredible success in medicinal marijuana. The Los Angeles Times (LAT) reports that Jason David's son Jayden now functions normally, eats solid food, and takes only four prescription...

Marijuana cannabinoids slow brain degradation and aging, reverse dementia: here's how

5/23/2013 - The human brain contains an extensive network of special receptor sites that modulate nervous system function only when activated by the appropriate cannabinoid compounds, many of which are found in abundance in the marijuana plant. And emerging research continues to uncover the unique role these cannabinoids...

Marijuana - A cure for cancer?

4/24/2013 - If you're over 21, marijuana is legal to smoke and have in possession (under 1 ounce) here in the state of Washington. Many users do so for the effects the THC found in marijuana has on the body. THC is the substance in marijuana that gets you "felling high". But recently, through some breakthrough...

United Nations agency demands U.S. government sue states over marijuana decriminalization laws

3/5/2013 2:25:45 PM - Americans have differing opinions about the wisdom of marijuana legalization but most of us would agree that no matter what we think about it personally, it is an issue for Americans to decide. So, an admonishment by a United Nations agency urging the U.S. government to sue the states of Colorado...

Marijuana dispensaries sue Long Beach police for illegal, unconstitutional actions to put them out of business

2/19/2013 - We here at Natural News didn't think it would be long after voters in the states of Washington and Colorado approved measures legalizing possession and use of marijuana in November before the lawsuits would start. In the weeks following passage of the measures, the Department of Justice announced...

Medical marijuana reduces chronic pharmaceutical use, study finds

1/30/2013 - Medical marijuana may help reduce the use of pharmaceutical drugs among the elderly, providing a safer alternative to drugs that often carry serious side effects, according to a study conducted by researchers from Tel Aviv University. The researchers also found that elderly participants who took medical...

Article updated with new message from the Health Ranger

1/16/2013 - The article which originally appeared here has been removed because it is no longer aligned with the science-based investigative mission of Natural News. In late 2013 / early 2014, Mike Adams (the Health Ranger), editor of Natural News, transitioned from outspoken activist to environmental scientist....

The Feds don't care about pot smokers; they just keep HEMP illegal in order to maintain the power, medicine, and fuel monopolies

1/5/2013 - The Feds (federal government) couldn't care LESS about pot smokers, and a bunch of people feeling happy and eating nachos late at night while talking about the universe and maybe a little "green" peace. In fact, the U.S. government only cares about keeping HEMP FARMING ILLEGAL because that, my friends,...

Pot gets legalized in Washington as more cannabis health benefits are confirmed

12/29/2012 - In a U.S. premiere, the use of marijuana for recreational purposes has been legalized in the states of Washington and Colorado. Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Seattle to celebrate the event, but not everyone is happy with the change. The new law sparked controversy as it allows the possession...

Crowds gather in downtown Seattle to celebrate historic marijuana legalization in Washington state

12/14/2012 - Washington state made more history on December 6 when it became the first American state to officially legalize the recreational use of marijuana. As reported by Reuters, Initiative 502 became law at the stroke of midnight that day, prompting hundreds of excited Washingtonians to gather at the downtown...

Recreational marijuana officially legalized in Colorado following governor's signature

12/13/2012 - Coloradans for the decriminalization of marijuana had a lot to celebrate on December 10 when Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed an executive order much earlier than expected that officially recognizes the passage of Amendment 64, making Colorado the second state in the union to legalize marijuana...

United Nations threatens Colorado, Washington state over marijuana decriminalization laws

11/29/2012 - Likely empowered by a U.S. administration that favors the kind of nanny state politics a ruling global entity would no doubt embrace, the head of the United Nations' International Narcotics Control Board feels comfortable telling federal officials they should move to challenge measures in Colorado and...

Cops across America tell federal government to end marijuana prohibition

11/28/2012 - A cohort of law enforcement officials and long-time law enforcement veterans has had enough of the federal government's continued prohibition of marijuana, and is demanding that the rogue entity back off and respect the people's sovereign right to grow and use the natural plant as they see fit, particularly...

Why state budget deficits are self-inflicted delusions: Here's how any U.S. state could become a wellspring of riches almost overnight

11/28/2012 - State budget deficits are self-inflicted delusions. Any state in the USA could almost instantly eliminate all budget deficits and start rolling in billions of dollars in state revenues by embracing freedom for farmers, holistic health practitioners and other groups (see below). All that's needed...

Hundreds of marijuana possession cases already dismissed in Washington

11/15/2012 - There is a legal showdown brewing between the federal government and two states whose residents voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana earlier this month, as local prosecutors in one of those states - Washington - have already begun dismissing hundreds of cases involving persons who were caught...

Marijuana decriminalized in Washington and Colorado as voters reject police state 'War on Drugs'

11/7/2012 - Here's some good news in the election results: Voters in Washington and Colorado have decriminalized small quantities of marijuana for recreational use. This is an attempt to end the insane waste of law enforcement resources on small-time pot users who pose no threat to society. Although I'm personally...

Washington could soon become first state to (sort of) legalize retail sale of marijuana

10/23/2012 - The state of Washington could soon make history as the first U.S. state to legalize the sale of marijuana at the retail level, albeit with some very serious restrictions and heavy control by the state government. CBS Seattle reports that, if Initiative 502 passes on November 6, Washingtonians over the...

Marijuana cannabinoids found to help combat autism

10/6/2012 - The cannabinoid compounds naturally found in many varieties of cannabis, also known more commonly as marijuana, may help children with autism spectrum disorders experience dramatic behavioral improvements, and potentially even full recovery from their symptoms. These are the findings of a new study...

Wal-Mart fires brain cancer employee for using doctor-recommended medical marijuana; federal court affirms medical discrimination

9/29/2012 - A Michigan man was recently fired from his managerial position at a Walmart store in Battle Creek, Michigan, after it was discovered that he had been using medical marijuana outside of work hours in accordance with his doctor's recommendations for treating an inoperable brain tumor. The American Civil...

Natural Cannabis found in Marijuana helpful for MS but the patent is held by U.S. government

8/17/2012 - Twice as many patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) that were prescribed cannabis reported relief from muscle stiffness over the placebo while cannabis also provided better relief of body pain, muscle spasms, and sleep disturbances. In the MS study published online on July 12 in the Journal of Neurology,...

Alcohol - not marijuana - is the gateway drug, study shows

7/21/2012 - For years Americans have been told that marijuana should remain illegal because it is the ultimate "gateway" drug - that is, the drug that most often leads to the abuse of other, more potent drugs. Not so, according to a new study which says alcohol - not marijuana - is the true gateway drug. Of...

Cannabinoids, like those found in marijuana, occur naturally in human breast milk

7/20/2012 - Woven into the fabric of the human body is an intricate system of proteins known as cannabinoid receptors that are specifically designed to process cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the primary active components of marijuana. And it turns out, based on the findings of several major...

How convenient - Police claim Miami zombie cannibal was on marijuana, not bath salts

7/7/2012 - The Miami man who chewed the face off another man back in May was high on marijuana, not "bath salts." This is the claim now being made by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner's Department, anyway, which is conveniently targeting marijuana at a time when many American states continue to advance decriminalization...

At last, Connecticut takes the plunge and partially legalizes medical marijuana

6/7/2012 - Legislation that allows certain medical patients to access marijuana for medicinal use has been signed into law in Connecticut, making the Constitution State the 17th in the nation to at least partially deregulate marijuana for medical use. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has officially signed into...

Three out of four Americans want to end medical marijuana raids

5/21/2012 - The federal government's continued "War on Drugs" is no longer getting a warm reception from the vast majority of Americans. A recent poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research (MDPR) reveals that three out of every four Americans now oppose needless federal prosecution of medical marijuana dispensaries,...

Marijuana eases painful MS muscle cramping

5/18/2012 - A recent Reuters write-up of a marijuana for an MS pain and spasticity trial highlighted positive results for the MS (muscular or multiple sclerosis) patients after using marijuana. They felt less pain and spasticity, which consists of extreme muscular tension, cramps and uncontrollable muscle spasms. MS...

Learn about the amazing health benefits of juicing raw cannabis (marijuana) leaves

5/4/2012 - Contrary to popular belief, the marijuana plant is a whole lot more than just a psychoactive drug that "stoners" use to get high. In raw form, marijuana leaves and buds are actually loaded with a non-psychoactive, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer nutrient compound known as cannabidiol...

Connecticut House approves medical marijuana bill

5/3/2012 - With a nearly two-to-one approval ratio, Connecticut House Bill 5389, which would legalize at the state level small amounts of medical marijuana for patients in need, has been passed by the Connecticut State House of Representatives. And if passed by the State Senate, Governor Dannel Malloy has indicated...

Hundreds of economists agree marijuana legalization could save US taxpayers $13.7 billion per year

4/23/2012 - Marijuana prohibition currently costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year to enforce, and it accomplishes little or nothing beneficial in terms of economic benefits. On the contrary, legalizing marijuana would not only save taxpayers billions of dollars a year in unnecessary costs, but it would also...

Spanish town decides to grow marijuana to generate much-needed revenue

3/3/2012 - With a national unemployment rate that now hovers around 23 percent, the European country of Spain is in dire straits economically. But one local town, Rasquera, population 900, has come up with a plan that will not only save itself from economic ruin, but also pay off the more than $1.7 million worth...

FDA may legalize pot medicine, but only for Big Pharma

1/28/2012 - The pressure is on for researchers and pharmaceutical companies to develop drug-based, non-synthetic versions of marijuana for medical use, as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is poised to approve such varieties in the near future. But this potential approval appears to be reserved only for...

Medical marijuana activist app launched

1/14/2012 - The largest medical cannabis advocacy group in the country, Americans for Safe Access, recently launched a free iPhone app for marijuana activists. The new app provides tools for activists including immediate updates on local, state and federal marijuana issues. There are existing activism apps for...

Marijuana smoking better for lungs than cigarettes

1/13/2012 - Marijuana smoking, at least at moderate levels, does not harm lungs but actually improves airflow rates and lung capacity. That's the finding of a recent study published in the January 11, 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Large-scale study compares impact of cigarette...

Dr Mark Sircus to release new book on Medical Marijuana

1/12/2012 - A medicinal marijuana user should not be considered a criminal in any state. Most major medical groups, including the Institute of Medicine, agree that marijuana is a compound with significant therapeutic potential. - Dr. Gregory T. Carter The United States government is at war with its own people...

Snoop Dogg's marijuana drug bust highlights idiocy of the failed War on Drugs

1/10/2012 - Snoop Dogg has been busted with marijuana possession at a west Texas border agent checkpoint. It's the same checkpoint where Willie Nelson was recently caught with marijuana. After being questioned by agents, Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus) readily admitted the marijuana cigarettes were his, as he has a...

Juicing medical marijuana the latest trend in amazing cures

1/9/2012 - There have been a few articles written about the multitude of environmentally sustainable industrial applications of hemp. There have been perhaps many more written about the medical applications of cannabis. Now there is a formerly skeptical California doctor who has found the optimal method of using...

Feds covertly attack state-sanctioned medical marijuana

12/28/2011 - Obama promised to let the states decide medical marijuana use. But federal agencies began paramilitary style raids on state-sanctioned, legal medical marijuana dispensaries around October of 2011. The rights that Obama promised to uphold have thus far been violated in 16 states. Federal agencies...

Marijuana cannabinoids - oral and transdermal methods

12/17/2011 - (NaturalNews )The research indicates that cannabinoids hold the secret to helping heal many of the chronic diseases we are facing. From cancer to diabetes, and from autism to Alzheimer's, medical marijuana helps, and sometimes dramatically so. Cannabinoid medicine holds a great power to alleviate human...

Gingrich wants what never was and can never be - a more aggressive drug war policy that works

12/11/2011 - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is rising in the polls and could very well wind up being the next Republican presidential nominee. Like him or despise him, one knock against him is his publicly stated desire for something that hasn't worked and can never work - a more "aggressive" drug policy and...

ASA sues Obama Administration for interfering with state, local medical marijuana laws

11/26/2011 - The battle continues to rage between the individual states and the federal government over the legalized cultivation and use of medical marijuana. Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation's largest medical marijuana advocacy organization, has now filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration's...

Medical marijuana legal efforts are being crushed by the DEA - who benefits?

10/25/2011 - The state of California agreed on a referendum in 1996 to legalize medical marijuana in their state. A referendum is a citizen generated ballot that is then put to popular vote. So a majority of California's voting citizens agreed that openly selling marijuana for medical purposes is okay. Unfortunately,...

Son of former LA fire chief arrested for bribing TSA agent, smuggling marijuana on plane

10/22/2011 - Authorities recently took Millage Peaks Jr., son of former Los Angeles, Cal., fire chief Millage Peaks, into custody on charges of bribing a public official and attempting to smuggle marijuana onto a commercial airline flight. CBS 2 News in Los Angeles reports that Peaks confessed to bribing US Transportation...

PBS documentary highlights marijuana's amazing ability to treat disease

10/10/2011 - The advent of the internet and the free flow of information that has enlightened the minds of millions, the mainstream media can no longer simply ignore or deny the truth about marijuana's medicinal capacity. This was made evident in a recent PBS documentary that highlighted marijuana's ability to...

Legalizing marijuana would hinder the multi-billion dollar empire of Mexican drug cartels, say some

8/1/2011 - The prohibition of marijuana in the US has led to an "underground" cannabis industry in Mexico run primarily by violent gangster cartels like the ones wreaking havoc at the southern borders of Texas, Arizona, and California. These cartels reap anywhere from $1 to $20 billion a year illegally selling...

Miracle-Gro to sell special nutrient formulations for growing marijuana

7/27/2011 - Once known primarily for its weed-killing formulas, now Miracle-Gro wants to try its hand at growing killer weed. Jim Hagedorn, chief executive of Scott's, the company that manufactures Miracle-Gro, said he's going to target the medical marijuana industry as a way of boosting overall sales of his...

Denied: DEA refuses to reclassify marijuana, claims it's as dangerous as heroin

7/25/2011 - The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has finally acknowledged a nine-year-old petition filed by The Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis to reclassify marijuana as a schedule III, IV, or V drug, rather than its current, and more-serious, schedule I classification. The acknowledgment, however, was...

Cannabinoid Medicine

7/21/2011 - Raw marijuana is illegal in the United States and is not approved by the FDA for medical uses though many states have broken away from the Union preferring to help rather than hurt people, as the federal government seems to prefer. The federal government is ignoring the science that has repeatedly demonstrated...

Why legalizing marijuana would be a very good thing (Opinion)

7/6/2011 - Legalizing marijuana in the USA projects a bigger picture than easing the drug war tyranny on harmless pot smokers. What is overlooked is the medicinal value that marijuana offers, which threatens Big Pharma. If the THC compounds in marijuana that cure as well as get you high are removed, then why isn't...

US spends billions every year prosecuting marijuana violations while economy tanks

7/5/2011 - The US economy is rapidly unraveling, vital services are being cut, and millions of Americans are losing their jobs and struggling just to survive. Meanwhile, the federal government continues to spend billions of taxpayer dollars every year to fight its endless "War on Drugs," which includes spending...

GM marijuana booms in South America, growers reap ten times market value

6/30/2011 - Business is booming for sales of marijuana that has been genetically-modified (GM) to contain up to nine times more tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than normal marijuana, according to a recent report by AFP. The South American country of Colombia, which is known for its illicit drug trade, is apparently...

Four decades of drug war tyranny may come to an end with Ron Paul's new effort to legalize marijuana

6/23/2011 - Four decades of the so-called "War on Drugs" has led only to the suffering of millions of innocents, the crowding of our prisons with non-violent citizens, the utter waste of billions of dollars on law enforcement and the (in)justice system, and the enriching of underground drug gangs who thrive on...

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