Would you give your dying child weed?

It’s no secret that getting stoned is kind of a North American pastime — almost half of all Americans have used marijuana at least once. The state of Colorado made history when it decriminalized marijuana for recreational use in 2012. Now, between full decriminalization and decriminalization for medical use or possession, there are only 23 states where marijuana use is totally illegal. And although federal law is still blocking marijuana decriminalization in Canada, surveys have shown that almost 60% of Canadians are for making it legal, and for some legit reasons. Lauded for its therapeutic properties for relaxation and pain relief, millions of people are able to cope with a chronic illness or medication condition thanks to marijuana. It’s been especially popular among those suffering from cancer, making harsh treatments like chemotherapy much more bearable.

Source: factimages.com

Source: factimages.com

But the lines get kind of blurred when it comes to kids. Is it okay for an adult to give a child any kind of mind-altering substance? Minnesota mom Angela Brown started giving her son medical cannabis oil to ease his discomfort from a traumatic brain injury. Brown reported that after just a few drops of oil daily, her son’s muscle spasms were relieved, as well as his tendencies to self-harm. Laws decriminalizing the medical use of marijuana are set to come into effect in Minnesota in July of 2015, but since Brown openly admitted to giving her son doses of oil before this, she facing two gross misdemeanor charges, including child endangerment. Each charge carries a penalty of one-year imprisonment and a $3,000 fine — yikes.

“I mean, you finally find something that works for your child, that takes the pain away, and I had to give it up because I had a fear of going to jail,” Brown explained, “because how am I supposed to take care of my child?”

“I’m going to be the best example that I can be of what medicinal cannabis can do, not only for my son but anybody that is suffering,” she said in an interview with a Twin Cities news outlet.

Source: elitedaily.com

Source: elitedaily.com

Similarly, earlier this month an Australian father is facing imprisonment after giving his 2-year-old, cancer-stricken daughter cannabis oil in food to relieve her pain. Marijuana possession, sale and use continues to be totally illegal in Australia, even if for medicinal purposes. He was charged with supplying a dangerous drug to a minor and faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted. An online petition for his pardon has garnered over 155,000 signatures since.

The interesting thing about these parents is that they are totally open about their decisions, choosing to be accountable to the public as they see nothing wrong with administering what they see as a natural, healthier and more effective alternative to harsh pharmaceutical alternatives, including opiates.

Source: healthimpactnews.com

Source: healthimpactnews.com

VICE magazine released a documentary entitled “Stoned Kids” in 2013, wherein this debate is addressed. It’s been viewed over 3 million times on YouTube, opening an online discussion about whether or not it’s okay to put mild hallucinogens into not-fully-formed bodies. Is it alright even if the parents themselves are arguing that weed quells epileptic episodes and literally shrinks tumors?

It’s definitely a gray area. On the one hand, If we get legalistic with this line of thinking, you could even argue that letting your kid drink caffeinated soda or giving your child painkillers is questionable. On the other hand, parents are charged with the health, safety and comfort of their children, but to what end? Is it okay for adults to break laws and administer unregulated substances so kids can live pain-free? Where should we draw the line?

Source: cartoonstock.com

Source: cartoonstock.com

CmdStore readers from outside North America, what are the laws and attitudes towards cannabis use like in your countries? Would you give your chronically ill kid a toke or two to help them enjoy being a kid?

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Minecraft + Lego : A Match Made in Heaven

Well, it’s happened.

From Kotaku

The most popular Lego-like video game ever is getting official Legos. We’re getting Minecraft Lego sets, people.

Back in December, the people who make Minecraft petitioned LegoCuusoo, an official branch of the Lego company, to make some Minecraft Lego. That’s what the Cuusoo people are there for. You ask. They count the amount of people who petition.
Today, the people at Lego Cuussoo said there is enough support (more than 10,000 people on board!) and the idea passes muster:

We’re happy to announce that the Minecraft project on LEGO CUUSOO has passed the LEGO review and we are now developing a concept that celebrates the best aspects of building with the LEGO system and in Minecraft. We can’t wait to show it to you-but it isn’t ready just yet. These things take time, so we appreciate your patience. More details are to come.

What’ll we get? Hopefully some sets that look as terrific as the concepts that Mojang submitted to get the ball rolling. We’ve got images of two of them here, one up top from Michael Thomas (suparMacho) and one here from the talented koalaexpert.

Some people hope that their favorite games will be turned into major motion pictures? For others, I think a Lego set will do just fine.

 

SIDESHOW PRESENTS: THE JOKER

It’s about time. DC Comics has offered up the license to Sideshow at long last, meaning we can now expect a ton of amazing figures and Statues to come out in the next few months. Starting with…this:

Standing 24 inches tall, the Joker is the launch statue for the DC Comics Collectibles line. It’s an amazing rendering of the Clown Prince of Crime and represents one of the coolest pieces of merch a Joker fan is likely to find.

Each piece is individually painted and finished to exacting standards, each with its own unique quality and detail that is the trademark of a handcrafted Sideshow Collectibles product. Captured in approximately 1:4 scale, with an intricate real fabric costume that features a fully lined topcoat with pose-able tails, The Joker Premium Format Figure is an outstanding addition to any display, the perfect beginning to Sideshow’s DC collection.

Anne Hathaway talks CATWOMAN in The Dark Knight Rises

From the Coventry Telegraph comes the first Catwoman-related words from the set of The Dark Knight Rises. It’s not much, but it’ll have to do for now…

THERE are whispers that Warner Bros will soon follow its unveiling of Tom Hardy’s Bane with an image of Anne Hathaway clad as Catwoman.

But until the day of that revelation – which is sure to make the interwebs melt, judging from the current levels of hysteria – there have been a few items of gossip about Hathaway’s performance as the feline felon in The Dark Knight Rises.

We’ve heard about the actress accidentally giving an actor a black eye with a gun during a fight scene, not to mention talk of multiple wardrobe changes because of Anne’s vigorous exertions splitting the seams of her outfit.

Now comes another report in which she offers a few other tidbits about her involvement in Christopher Nolan’s final Batman flick.

Hathaway says many other contenders had auditioned to play Catwoman, though we don’t yet know who they were.

She revealed: “Chris Nolan tested dozens of girls. I got the audition and then I just had to sit at home and wait for him to decide.”

The interview is on Swedish news site Nojes Bladet in which – with the aid of Google and the correction of some clumsy auto-translation – she adds that she has enjoyed the challenge of taking on the comic book role.

She is well aware that comparisons will be made with other iconic portrayals of Catwoman, such as Eartha Kitt (who purred so perfectly in the 1960s Batman TV series, along with Julie Newmar and – in its film spin-off – Lee Meriwether) and Michelle Pfeiffer (who was so sensuously slinky in latex in Tim Burton’s 1992 feature Batman Returns).

Hathaway isn’t worried by having so much to live up to, explaining: “It makes you work harder. I am taking a chance that something may not work. But there is a certain satisfaction that, at the end of the day, I did everything I could.”

And what about the physical preparations for the role, especially in the light of all those reports of intense action scenes that resulted in ripped costumes?

Hathaway admits to having lost weight for the part but on the training aspect she only has this to say: “That’s a little embarrassing”, she says, laughing nervously. “It’s a bit personal. I’d rather talk about the acting than my training.”

It’s not clear exactly what she means but it no doubt adds to the mystique surrounding the production.

Word is all positive though and over at Hollywood Life, a source on the film set is quoted as saying: “Everything from the looks in her eyes, her head movements, her body – everything is so feline. The role is taking her to new places.”

“It’s really unbelievable how realistic she is in this role, I never expected it.”

We’ll get chance to see for ourselves when The Dark Knight Rises is released on July 20, 2012.

A Fan Manipulation of Hathaway as Catwoman

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City CONFIRMED!

Good news for Resident Evil fans from Capcom Unity! Read on:

Capcom® a leading worldwide developer and publisher of videogames, today announced Resident Evil®: Operation Raccoon City, is in development for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft® and PC. In addition it was also confirmed that the forthcoming Nintendo 3DS™ title, Resident Evil®: The Mercenaries 3D, will ship with a playable demo of Resident Evil® Revelations.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is collaboration between Capcom and Vancouver based studio Slant 6 Games and is scheduled for release this Winter. Since the launch of the first title 15 years ago the Resident Evil® series has enjoyed phenomenal success, selling over 45 million units worldwide to date. This latest offering will take the series in a completely new direction and offer a style of gameplay yet to be seen from the franchise.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City delivers a true third person team based shooter experience set within the dark and sinister Resident Evil universe and a reinterpretation of the events depicted in Resident Evil® 2 and Resident Evil® 3. The setting of the Resident Evil universe not only provides a rich backdrop to the action but delivers a unique and thrilling triple threat battle. Zombies and Bio-Organic Weapons (B.O.W’s) add to the mix as players not only compete against an opposing squad but also tackle this third unpredictable element, creating a brand new style of gameplay and breaking the conventions of traditional team based shooters.

It is September 1998 and the action centres once more on the ill-fated Raccoon City and the horrific consequences of the deadly T-virus outbreak from the Umbrella facility. With a cover up required, Umbrella orders an elite team into Raccoon City to destroy all evidence of the outbreak and eliminate any survivors. Hearing of this plan, the US Government dispatches its own special forces to uncover any evidence that exposes the cause of the viral infection and Umbrella’s actions. Players take on the role of an Umbrella Security Services soldier (U.S.S.), competing alone or in four player co-op in a battle against all the competing forces at play in Raccoon City.

Expect the return of original Resident Evil enemies, iconic landmarks such as the Raccoon City Police Department and fan favourite characters, including Leon S. Kennedy, who as a rookie police officer in Raccoon City is on your hit list to eliminate. Players will experience a retelling of classic moments from past titles Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 and watch the events unfolding from the menacing perspective of the Umbrella Security Service, giving fans the chance to rewrite the history of the Raccoon City outbreak.

In addition, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City will deliver a number of competitive online multiplayer modes. Each one of these will provide a unique gaming experience thanks to the three way combat between the Umbrella Security Service, US Special Ops and threat of zombies and B.O.W’s that could only exist in the deadly and twisted Resident Evil Universe.

Purchasers of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, scheduled for release in the coming months, will get an extra taste of horror thanks to the addition of a playable demo of Resident Evil Revelations. Set on board an ocean liner, the demo lets players take control of one of the full game’s characters, Jill Valentine, as she explores the ship’s dark interior, killing any mysterious creatures that emerge from the shadows. A brand new title built from the ground up for the Nintendo 3DS, further details on Resident Evil Revelations will be revealed at this year’s E3.

Of course, we’re an action figure blog so we also recommend checking out our selection of Resident Evil toys from NECA, Square Enix and Sideshow! Click the pic below!

Anonymous does something…good?

Internet warfare? The WBC website was hacked today and the culprits are more than a little proud. This letter met visitors to the site today!

From The Washington Post:

Anonymous, the loosely organized group of Web “hacktivists,” and the Westboro Baptist Church, known mainly for soliciting publicity through protests at funerals, have been locked in a war of words for the last few weeks. Thursday, Anonymous put those words in actions, taking down the Westboro Baptist Church Web sites. Advantage: Anonymous.

The battle began when a letter posted to AnonNews.org, a message board for Anonymous, said the group would go after Westboro Baptist Church for their “unrelenting cascade of disparaging slurs, unfounded judgments, and prejudicial innuendos.” On Sunday, Westboro responded on the church’s Web site, telling the “crybaby hackers” to “bring it.”

A second press release appeared on the Anonymous site implying that the Westboro Baptist Church had a hand in posting the first letter. “You thought you could play with Anonymous. You observed our rising notoriety and thought you would exploit our paradigm for your own gain.”

However, just days later, Anonymous did, in fact, attack the site. During a live radio interview, a member of Anonymous challenged Westboro spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of Pastor Fred Waldron Phelps, on the origins of the first press release. Anonymous then said the group had tired of the Westboro Baptist Church’s antics and broken into the site.

“Take this defacement as a simple warning: go away. The world (including Anonymous) disagrees with your hateful messages,” a letter posted to the Westboro Baptist Church’s Web site read.

Phelps-Roper shrugged off the attack, “You cannot shut us up.”

Advantage: no one?