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DEA refuses to reclassify marijuana, claims it has no medicinal value

The Drug Enforcement Administration has ruled marijuana should remain classified as a dangerous drug like heroin because studies have not confirmed its medicinal value, but the agency may itself be to blame for the lack of evidence. The DEA denied a 9-year-old petition to initiate proceedings to reschedule marijuana in…

Liz Taylor ordered her burial to take place 15-minutes behind schedule

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Elizabeth Taylor had the last laugh on Thursday: she was buried a day after her death aged 79 — but exactly 15 minutes behind schedule, on her strict orders. The Hollywood legend was laid to rest at the Forest Lawn celebrity cemetery outside Los Angeles, where…

IRS looks to destroy the entire medical marijuana industry, Calif. seller warns

Tax lawsuit could force reclassification of cannabis to Schedule III The founder of one marijuana dispensary in California is taking action to prevent the IRS from destroying the entire medical marijuana industry. Lynette Shaw, the owner and founder of Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana (MAMM) in Fairfax, California, was stunned…

CA/Fed clash over medical marijuana clubs

It may be the IRS and not the DEA that puts the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana out of business. Alliance founder Lynette Shaw was stunned when the IRS audited her 2008 and 2009 tax returns and disallowed the foundation’s business deductions, then demanded millions of dollars in back taxes.…

Palin to make rare foreign trip to India

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US conservative champion Sarah Palin, who has faced charges of a lack of foreign policy experience as she considers a White House run, will visit India next month, an aide said. Rebecca Mansour, a top adviser to the former Alaska governor, tweeted that Palin would visit India…

DEA to legalize marijuana only for ‘Big Pharma,’ NORML claims

A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) proposal to reclassify the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana as a Schedule III substance would allow pharmaceutical companies to market the drug while still penalizing common recreational use, according to marijuana law reform advocates. The main psychoactive chemical in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is currently a…

Study: Jet lag causes long term memory loss

WASHINGTON — International travelers may feel tired and forgetful for up to a month after returning to a normal schedule because jet-lag causes long term changes in the brain, a US study said Wednesday. Similar brain disruptions could be experienced by anyone who works alternating night-day shifts or unusual schedules,…

Dodges, decoys flummox those seeking Sharron

Desperately seeking Sharron: Nevada GOP candidate largely a no-show in campaign’s final weeks Sipping beers and sporting Sharron Angle t-shirts, Republican partisans mingled with the happy hour crowd at Shari’s rock n’ roll diner one recent evening and waited to cheer their candidate. Waited and waited and then waited some…

Senate candidate Carly Fiorina hospitalized

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was admitted to a hospital on Tuesday for treatment of an infection but was expected to make a quick recovery and return to the campaign trail in California, her staff said. Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO who successfully battled breast cancer,…

US ‘on target’ to end Iraq combat mission this month

The United States is on schedule to wrap up combat operations as planned on August 31 despite a recent flare-up in violence, the White House said on Wednesday. “We’re on target by the end of the month to end our combat mission” in Iraq, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told…

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