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Cannabis Movement of St. Lucia invites all to march

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PRESS RELEASE – The Cannabis Movement of St. Lucia is inviting everyone to participate in its 2nd annual 420 March on Sunday, April 20.

We will assemble from 3 p.m. by the Vigie Field. The march starts at 4:20 p.m.

The march is smoke-free, meaning that there will be no smoking during the march. We must respect the authorities if we want the authorities to respect us.

The route takes us east along the John Compton highway, then west along Nelson Mandela drive, and ends on the Vigie beach, just down from the cemetery.

There will be presentations and music on the beach.

There will be a petition to be signed and we are encouraging all to become members of the Movement.

Please bring your signs and dress in colourful clothes.

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4 comments

  1. I have great respect for the Cannabis Movement, especially the educational aspect of it and the fact that they are spearheading the region in decriminalizing the natural plant that was given as a gift by the Creator, Itself.
    Andre, I can't be there on Sunday, but I support y'all until the goal is achieved. BTW, I don't smoke but I support a logical, good cause.
    Kids, don't smoke until your brain is fully developed.

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  2. I will be there too - people need to be educated on the many/various/useful products we can get out of the hemp plant

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  3. Even casual use of cannabis alters brain, warn scientists
    Smoking marijuana once or twice a week for a matter of months found to have effects on the brain in sections that govern emotion, motivation and addiction
    Experts have said that cannabis is far from being a “safe” drug and no one under the age of 30 should ever use it
    Experts have said that cannabis is far from being a “safe” drug and no one under the age of 30 should ever use it Photo: Stuart Aylmer/ Alamy
    Rebecca Smith By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor9:18AM BST 16 Apr 2014Comments1161 Comments
    Experimenting with cannabis on a casual basis damages the brain permanently, research has found.
    It is far from being a “safe” drug and no one under the age of 30 should ever use it, experts said.
    People who had only used cannabis once or twice a week for a matter of months were found to have changes in the brain that govern emotion, motivation and addiction.
    Researchers from Harvard Medical School in America carried out detailed 3D scans on the brains of students who used cannabis casually and were not addicted and compared them with those who had never used it.
    Two major sections of the brain were found to be affected.
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    The scientists found that the more cannabis the 40 subjects had used, the greater the abnormalities.
    Around 10 million people in Britain, almost a third of the population, have used illegal drugs, with cannabis the most popular. The research author, Dr Hans Breiter, professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said: “This study raises a strong challenge to the idea that casual marijuana use isn’t associated with bad consequences. Some people only used marijuana to get high once or twice a week.
    “People think a little recreational use shouldn’t cause a problem, if someone is doing OK with work or school. Our data directly says this is not the case.
    “I’ve developed a severe worry about whether we should be allowing anybody under age 30 to use pot unless they have a terminal illness and need it for pain.”
    The team examined sections of the brain involved in emotion, motivation and addiction in 20 students who had used cannabis and 20 who had not. Anne Blood, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, said: “These are core, fundamental structures of the brain. They form the basis for how you assess positive and negative features about things in the environment and make decisions about them.”
    The changes are thought to be the first steps towards addiction as the brain alters the way it perceives reward and pleasure, making ordinary experiences seem less fulfilling compared with drug use.
    Jodi Gilman, a researcher in the Massachusetts General Center for Addiction Medicine, said: “It may be that we’re seeing a type of drug learning in the brain. We think when people are in the process of becoming addicted, their brains form these new connections.
    “Drug abuse can cause more dopamine release than natural rewards like food, sex and social interaction. That is why drugs take on so much salience, and everything else loses its importance.” The study is published in the Journal of Neurosciences.
    Mark Winstanley, chief executive of Rethink Mental Illness, said: “For too long cannabis has been seen as a safe drug, but as this study suggests, it can have a really serious impact on your mental health.
    “Research also shows that when people smoke cannabis before the age of 15, it quadruples their chance of developing psychosis. But very few people are aware of the risks involved.”
    Prof David Nutt, from Imperial College, London, said a sample of 40 was not big enough to draw conclusions.
    Prof Nutt, who was sacked as a government drugs adviser for his views, added: “Whatever cannabis does to the brain its not in the same league as alcohol which is a proven neurotoxin.”

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  4. elishius estephen

    I really like the movement ,, I wanner join as well .use to be in the same movement in Canada

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