University of Vermont professors craft first course on medical cannabis

By Hannah McDonald   Medical marijuana will be the subject of a new class at the University of Vermont in the spring. Two college of medicine professors crafted the course on cannabis, which is possibly the first academic program of its kind in the country. “We’ve been doing this for all kinds of different drugs, […]

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New Business Aims to Teach D.C. Residents How to Smoke Weed

by Tim Regan   When marijuana was legalized in the District last year, many people rejoiced, but some with less smoking experience scratched their heads. “Weed is legal, great!” they might have mused. “But how do I grow it? Where do I find it? How do I smoke it?” Just a few months ago, the answer to […]

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John Trudell, poet, activist for American Indian rights, dies at age 69 – In 2012, Trudell and singer Willie Nelson co-founded Hempstead Project Heart, which calls for the legal cultivation of hemp for clothing, biofuel and food.

Jill Leovy and Robert Jablon   John Trudell, then 25, speaks to reporters about a 1971 Native American occupation of a remote former Nike site near Richmond, Calif. (Richard Drew / Associated Press)   John Trudell, a Native American activist who became a spokesman for American Indian protesters during their 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island — […]

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Board game introduces pathways to a competitive bioeconomy using hemp & bamboo

Derek Markham (@derekmarkham)   “In order to transition our economy from one based on nonrenewable and energy intensive resources, we’ll need to make a shift to other, more eco-friendly, materials which can be grown sustainably and sourced locally. In short, we need to establish and grow a ‘bioeconomy’ that is both regenerative and economically viable. […]

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Is Smoking Weed the Secret to a Successful Relationship?

by Abbie Stutzer   Next time you want to feel close to someone, make sure you have a joint handy, because smoking weed may actually be the secret to a healthy relationship. Some interesting research has come out of the University of California that reveals there’s a link between oxytocin, the chemical produced in the […]

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Why Legalization Could Save the Earth

By James McClure   The 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris is currently underway, bringing world leaders together to discuss ways to preserve the environment. Marijuana isn’t on the agenda this year, but as Canadamoves toward becoming the first G7 country to legalize and regulate cannabis, and more states consider legalization, future conferences will need […]

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The Rise of the Stoner Bride

SOPHIE SAINT THOMAS   “I never wanted to be drunk on my wedding day.” Jerilyn is a medical marijuana dispensary manager and writer living in Detroit, dreaming of her wedding to her musician true love.”It’s a day I want to remember and feel completely connected to. Marijuana has always been a tool of mine to […]

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Students learn ‘green’ skills – Hempcrete!

By Liz Wylie SUSTAINABLE: Duncan Sinclair of Black Pine Architects demonstrates the making of environmentally-friendly insulation to students at St Johns Hill School. PHOTO/SUPPLIED   As part of their study on energy efficient buildings, children at St Johns Hill School recently got to experiment with Duncan Sinclair of Black Pine Architects who visited the school […]

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Layer uses large hemp tiles to create Scale partition system

  Benjamin Hubert‘s London studio Layer has designed a modular screen system made up of triangular hemp tiles for Australian textile company Woven Image (+ slideshow).   Full Article: http://www.dezeen.com/2015/12/04/layer-benjamin-hubert-large-hemp-tiles-hexagonal-scale-partition-system-woven-image/

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Bio-aggregates sow the seeds for a revolution in building materials

  The new materials not only improve upon the performance of conventional materials, they also offer new features. Hemp shiv, which is the core of the hemp stalk, for example, has a porous structure that provides moisture buffering to maintain humidity at a more constant level.   Full Article: http://cordis.europa.eu/news/rcn/124438_en.html

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