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Luxembourg Prime Minister Promises Medical Marijuana

According to comments made on Friday by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg will become the next European country to end their prohibition on medical marijuana.

Shortly after his weekly meeting of the ministers, Prime Minister Bettel declared that cannabis could be used therapeutically by patients “in exceptional situations,” such as those suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases causing severe pain or muscle spasms.

“This is not a solution for everyone, but we will work on a suitable plan,” said Bettel.

Bettel cited positive results in other European countries like Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands while explaining how the proposed legislation could work once the framework is laid out.

Minister of Health Lydia Mutsch will be tasked with formulating a framework to support the announcement, but Bettel assured the council that “there will be strict prescribing conditions” and cannabis products would be available exclusively through pharmacies within hospitals.

Local publication Le Quotidien is reporting the authority to prescribe cannabis medicine will be limited to immunologists, oncologists, and internists.

Currently, the possession, use, or transportation of marijuana is illegal in Luxembourg, though possession of small personal amounts was decriminalized almost 20 years ago.

Should Luxembourg follow through on the Prime Minister Bettel’s wishes and legalize medical cannabis, the small country that rivals the state of Rhode Island in size — with about half the population — would join others in Europe like Poland and Greece that have also lifted bans on medical marijuana this year.

 

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This Weed in Hollywood

Gwyneth Paltrow has portrayed a wide range of characters on the big screen for years, but her latest project finds her telling her own story. In the debut issue of goop magazine, a physical iteration of Paltrow’s lifestyle and wellness blog of the same name, the celebrated actress offers a strong show of support for marijuana legalization and the utilization of the plant for healing.

“What’s really interesting to see, with all the legalization of marijuana happening, is how there’s evidence that it can be helpful in a medicinal sense for people. That it can really be an alternative pain management system, and, in some cases, helpful for depression.

“I think there is a lot of pushback against [medical marijuana], because I don’t think we can monetize it with the same kind of margin you can with an anti-anxiety pill that you get from behind the counter. But it’s incredible to see people who can’t sleep, or people who have chronic pain, report really positive results, and it’s a natural substance.”

Paltrow doesn’t just advocate medical marijuana for others to benefit from the versatile herb — she uses it herself, too.

“Oh, I’ve tried it, and yes, I inhaled!”


Gucci Mane released his highly-anticipated autobiography today, most of which was written during the almost three years he spent behind bars recently. Those its pages contain a treasure trove of stories, one from 2012 certainly stands out from the rest.

On the set of the James Franco and Selena Gomez-led “Spring Breakers,” Guwop became tired of smoking the piles of fake prop weed provided by the film crew and found some “strong.” But that wasn’t the only reason Gucci was fatigued, as he went on to explain.

“We were working 12-hour days, and then I was going out at night,” the adored Atlanta rapper explained in the New York Post’s Page Six. “The last scene I shot was my big sex [scene], and by that point I was exhausted. There had been pounds of this fake herbal weed on set, but that junk gave me a headache, so I stuck to smoking Kush.

“It was 4 in the morning, and even with these two naked b**ches on me – one was riding me while the other sucked my toes – I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I was knocked out, snoring… [Director] Harmony [Korine] kept having to wake me up for takes.”

He must have had some of that same OG Kush we just reviewed. But fear not, Gucci knows not to get too lost in the sauce.

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He still picked up plenty of acting tips on set — besides avoiding Indicas before your most pivotal scene.

“I learned a lot watching Franco do his thing. The whole way he approached his character was super impressive,” added Mane.


Legendary actress and singer Olivia Newton-John suffered a relapse of her breast cancer in May. The excruciating pain was so intense that she was unable to walk — let alone take the stage — causing her to cancel half of her tour. The debilitating pain was only subsided after the “Grease” star began utilizing a new method of therapeutic relief — medical marijuana.

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“My husband’s a plant medicine man so he grew cannabis for me and made tinctures for me to take for pain and inflammation and so many other things that cannabis can do,” Olivia said in an interview with “60 Minutes.”

“It’s a magical miracle plant.”


Netflix is gearing up to release a documentary showing a never-before-seen side of Lady Gaga, one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. The trailer for the upcoming film “Gaga: Five Foot Two” was recently released, and right in the middle we get a sneak peek of the singer’s smoking style.

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As Gaga leads the camera crew to a vintage light blue Mercedes Benz sedan, she says, menacingly, “Let’s get stoned in Grandpa’s car,” signaling that no amount of money or extravagant life experience can replace the simple pleasures of an old-fashioned backseat hotbox.


As one season of great HBO entertainment comes to a fiery end, something great is always right around the corner. Two of the premium cable network’s elite-level comedies, Vice Principals and Curb Your Enthusiasm, have either started back up or are about to very soon (Curb returns Oct. 1).

Danny McBride, who stars in Vice Principals, went on Late Night with Seth Meyers recently to discuss, among other things, how far he’d come in his acting career.

While discussing his big break in Andy Samberg’s 2007 cult classic, “Hot Rod,” McBride admitted that the daredevil comedy represented the first time he received traditional compensation for his acting.

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“This was the first film I had ever participated in where I wasn’t paid with a case of beer and a quarter of weed,” said the man also known as Kenny Powers.

An actor with McBride’s star power should at least be able to command a few pounds for his hilarious work, that’s ridiculous.

 

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Arkansas marijuana legalization hot ballot issue, but is competition bad thing?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Canvassers around the state are in a month-long sprint to gather thousands of signatures for proposed ballot issues. Depending on how things fall, voters might have a chance to consider multiple Arkansas marijuana-related proposals this fall.

The marijuana measures, a plan to legalize casinos in three counties, an effort to impose strict term limits on legislators and new limits on lawsuit damages are the half-dozen proposals vying for a spot on the ballot ahead of a July 8 deadline to submit petitions.

Two ballot issues under consideration would legalize medical marijuana, and the prospect of competing proposals on the ballot worries advocates.

“It will be enough to split the vote and both will fail,” said Melissa Fults, campaign director for Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which is trying to put an initiated act on the ballot.

Fults says her group has already gathered more than 70,000 valid signatures from registered voters, more than the 67,887 needed to get the proposed initiated act on the ballot. David Couch, the Little Rock lawyer behind a competing medical marijuana proposal, says he’s not worried about the prospect of both measures being on the ballot.

Couch said he’s gathered support from more than 40,000 registered voters, nearly half of the 84,859 he’ll need to put his plan on the ballot as a proposed constitutional amendment, which requires more signatures.

“I think that if the debate is about whether or not someone is sick and dying or has some sort of illness that marijuana can actually help with that and the doctor prescribes it, nobody has a problem with it,” Couch said.

The proposals are also vying with a wider measure to legalize marijuana for recreational and medical purposes. Mary Berry, the Summit woman behind that proposal, didn’t return a message about her proposal last week.

Arkansas voters in 2012 narrowly rejected legalizing medical marijuana after a campaign that drew attention and money from national legalization advocates. It’s unclear whether either medical marijuana proposal will draw that kind of support this time if they make the ballot, but they’re likely to face stiff opposition. The Family Council, a conservative group that campaigned against the 2012 measure, has filed paperwork with the Ethics Commission to oppose any legalization efforts. A separate group, the Coalition for Safer Arkansas Communities, has also formed to oppose the marijuana proposals.
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Andrew DeMillo has covered Arkansas government and politics for The Associated Press since 2005. Follow him on Twitter: @ademillo

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