Weekend Unlimited Wins Lottery To Trade Under “POT” Symbol On CSE

POT lottery raises awareness and demand, OTC listing provides US investor access and broadens shareholder base

CANADA: Weekend Unlimited announced that it will begin to trade today on the CSE under the symbol POT. In addition, the Company is trading on the OTC Pink Open Market with ticker symbol WKULF.

The Company, which has just announced that it won the Canadian exchanges’ lottery for the trading symbol POT, believes that the addition of the OTC Pink Open Market will provide enhanced investor benefits including easier access and greater liquidity in the United States.

“We anticipate that in addition to our new CSE symbol POT, trading on the OTC Pink Market will raise our visibility within the investment community and will help to broaden our shareholder base,” said Mr. Brian Keane, Weekend Unlimited, Director.

Being Moody: Growing Pot Next Door To Congress

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The latest Washington showdown isn’t over budgets or confirmation hearings — it’s over pot.

Marijuana has been legal in the District of Columbia for nearly two months now, despite ongoing warnings from Congress that the city’s voter-approved experiment violates federal law.

Voters in Washington overwhelmingly approved an initiative last November that allows adults to possess up to two ounces of marijuana. They can also cultivate up to six cannabis plants within their homes at one time. But Congress has direct oversight over the District’s laws, so the controversial new law is facing heavy scrutiny from Capitol Hill.

As states that have previously legalized marijuana quickly discover, green-lighting a substance the federal government places in the same category as heroin requires some legal jiujitsu. But in many ways, Washington’s challenge is more complex.


Church Members Protest Seattle Pot Shop As Too Close For Comfort

WASHINGTON:  When a new retail shop started constructing its location at 23rd Avenue and East Union Street in Seattle’s Central District, the Mount Calvary Christian Center had no problem allowing the business to excavate under part of the church’s property.

The primarily black church has been happy to see once rampant crime at the intersection dwindle over the last decade while new businesses pop up and thrive, said Wayne Perryman, a former associate pastor at the church.

But at least 150 churchgoers shouted “shut it down” Sunday afternoon on 23rd Avenue because Perryman says the church realized just two weeks ago that the shop would open as Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop, the second legal place to buy weed in Seattle.

The store opened last Tuesday just a few feet from the south wall of the church and conducts business Sunday during the church’s services.


Retired Justice John Paul Stevens: Marijuana Should Be Legal

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Retired Justice John Paul Stevens made some news in an interview with NPR’s Scott Simon on Thursday.

Scott asked him if the federal government should legalize marijuana.

“Yes,” Stevens replied. “I really think that that’s another instance of public opinion [that’s] changed. And recognize that the distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages is really not much of a distinction. Alcohol, the prohibition against selling and dispensing alcoholic beverages has I think been generally, there’s a general consensus that it was not worth the cost. And I think really in time that will be the general consensus with respect to this particular drug.”

Stevens’ comments are perhaps not particularly surprising. Stevens was, after all, considered part of the court’s liberal wing.

Study of Pot Smokers’ Brains Shows That MRIs Cause Bad Science Reporting

This week a study of cannabis consumers published by The Journal of Neuroscience provided powerful evidence that MRI scans cause shoddy science reporting. Researchers at Northwestern University and Massachusetts General Hospital used MRIs to compare the brains of 20 young adults who reported smoking pot at least once a week and 20 controls who had used marijuana no more than five times in their lives and had not consumed it at all in the previous year. The pot smokers had higher gray-matter densities in the left nucleus accumbens, and there were “significant shape differences” between subjects and controls in that area and in the right amygdala. The differences were more pronounced in subjects who reported smoking marijuana more frequently. “Because this is a cross-sectional study,” the authors noted, “causation cannot be determined.” In other words, it is not clear whether the brain differences were caused by marijuana. It also is not clear how long the differences last or whether they have any functional significance.

Those nuances generally were lost in press coverage of the study, which presented the MRI scans as evidence that smoking pot causes brain damage. News outlets claimed the study found that “marijuana re-shapes brains of users” (NBC News), that “even casually smoking marijuana can change your brain” (The Washington Post), that “casual pot use impacts brains of young adults” (The Oregonian), that “recreational pot use” is “harmful to young people’s brains” (Time), that “casual marijuana use” is “bad for young adults” (The Times of India), and that “even ‘casual’ marijuana use can knacker bits of your brain” (Gizmodo UK). Medical News Today headline quoted the researchers as saying “casual marijuana use changes the brain,” although that statement does not appear in the article under the headline, in the study itself, or in press releases about the study issued byNorthwestern UniversityMassachusetts General, and the Society for Neuroscience, which publishes The Journal of Neuroscience. Similarly, an MSN NZ headline had the study claiming that “cannabis use ‘alters brain regions,'” another phrase that is absent from the study and the press releases.