Never Underestimate The Power Of A Single Face To Face Interaction

Legalize marijuanaCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is following through on his 2015 pledge to legalize and regulate the adult use of cannabis. Presently, Liberal Party backed legalization legislation is making its way through Parliament, which hopes to implement the new public policy by mid-2018.

But, as Toronto Star reporter Susan Delacourt writes, Trudeau was not always a supporter of marijuana policy reform. In fact, it wasn’t until he met face to face with NORML representatives that the Canadian Premiere ultimately changed his mind for good.

[Excerpt] When marijuana becomes legal in Canada next year, it will be mainly because Justin Trudeau had a change of mind in 2012.

… Five short years ago, Trudeau was not a fan of legalized pot. As he wandered around the 2012 Liberal policy convention in Ottawa — the same one in which a majority of party members voted in favour of legalization — Trudeau was a dissenting voice.

He told one interviewer that marijuana “disconnects you a little bit from the world” and that it was “not good for your health.” For those reasons alone, Trudeau said he wasn’t in favour of any measures that could make pot use more widespread.

“I don’t know that it’s entirely consistent with the society we’re trying to build,” Trudeau said in an interview that still lives on YouTube, where it’s immediately clear he hasn’t had his run-for-leadership makeover: he still sports a moustache and the long, unruly hair.

By the end of 2012, a lot of things had changed for Trudeau — beyond his appearance. He had changed his mind about running for Liberal leader, officially launching his campaign in October, and he was also starting to see that legalization was better than the decriminalization option he’d long favoured.

Today, Trudeau and his advisers trace the shift to a meeting with two women in his office in November of that year, who armed him with some of the pro-legalization arguments that he’s still using today — now, as prime minister. The two women were Kelly Coulter and Andrea Matrosovs, then representing what was known as the women’s alliance of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

Coulter, who now lives in Victoria, remembers the meeting well, and is heartened to hear that Trudeau traces his conversion to this encounter.

“I actually saw the ‘aha’ moment,” Coulter says. It had been an emotional meeting in Trudeau’s tiny Parliament Hill office; the three of them talked about their own personal experience with marijuana. Trudeau talked about his mother using pot, and his brother, Michel, who had been charged with possession not long before he died. (Trudeau has subsequently told the story publicly of how his father used connections to get the charges dropped so that his son didn’t have a criminal record.)

Coulter told Trudeau flatly that decriminalization would not keep gangs and organized crime out of the marijuana business. “Al Capone would have loved it if alcohol had only been decriminalized,” she said — a line she often used when talking to politicians.

“I saw the light go on in his eyes,” Coulter said. “He was seeing this as a politician, realizing ‘I can sell this,’ ” she recalled.

Trudeau could see how this argument would blunt Conservative attacks on him as being soft on crime; with legalization, he could simultaneously seem liberal about marijuana but conservative about gangs and criminals. It helped persuade Trudeau that legalization, would be the best way for the government to regulate its use and keep it safe, especially for kids.

As we approach NORML’s upcoming National Conference and Lobby Day — taking place September 10-12 in Washington, DC — it is important to emphasize how influential a single face to face meeting with your elected officials can be. NORML’s interactions with lawmakers, whether its at town meetings or in the halls of Congress, are changing minds and shaping public policy.

Be part of the marijuana revolution. Get active. Get NORML.

Buy Your Tickets for the NORML Mid-Atlantic Conference on March 16th

NORML is pleased to announce the first ever Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Philadelphia, PA is just over a week away.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

The conference will feature a day of enlightening panel discussions and speakers on topics ranging from new reform strategies, recent legislative efforts, the science of medical cannabis, and much more. Hear from some of the most experienced and insightful marijuana law reformers working the the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York area.

Pennsylvania State Senator, and sponsor of PA’s legalization bill, Daylin Leach will be giving a keynote address discussing his work on the issue, his recent legislation, and experience working for reform as a sitting politician. Don’t miss it!

AGENDA
(subject to change)

11:00 – 11:10
Conference Welcome – Kevin Clough, Executive Director (Philly NORML)

11:15 – 12:15
New Strategies for Reform
Moderator: Derek Rosenzweig (PhillyNORML)

Speakers:
Erik Williams, Executive Director (CTNORML & CampaignsWon)
Stacia Cosner, Associate Director (SSDP)
Diane Fornbacher, Vice-Chair (NORML Women’s Alliance), NORML Board of Directors

12:15-1:00
BREAK FOR LUNCH

1:10 – 2:10
Medical Marijuana Moving Forward
Moderator: Mike Liszewski, Policy Director (Americans for Safe Access)

Speakers:
Mallory Loflin, Graduate Student (SUNY)
Jahan Marcu, PhD Candidate (Temple Medical School)
Ken Wolski, Executive Director (Coalition Medical Marijuana New Jersey)

2:10 – 3:00
KEYNOTE: Pennsylvania State Senator. Daylin Leach

3:00 – 3:10
BREAK

3:15 – 4:15
Pot and Politics 2013
Moderator: Erik Altieri, Communications Director (National NORML)

Speakers:
Patrick Nightingale, Executive Director (PittsburghNORML)
Evan Nison, Executive Director (NJ NORML)
Gabriel Sayegh, State Director (DPA New York)

4:20 – 5:20
Cannabis, Canvas, and Culture
Moderator: Joe Forte, Secretary (PhillyNORML)

Speakers:
Rob Cantrell, Comedian
Marc Connuck, Activist (Pennsylvania Farmers For Industrial Hemp)
Rick Cusick, Associate Publisher (HighTimes) and NORML Board of Directors

5:20-5:50
Closing Remarks: Allen St. Pierre (National NORML)

Panel sessions will be held during the day in Claudia Cohen Hall at the University of Pennsylvania and the night will end with a private fundraiser featuring live entertainment from comedian Rob Cantrell and local musical act Cultureal. There will also be food, drink, a silent auction, and more at a private venue nearby. Ticket holders will receive fundraiser details prior to the event.

Reserve your tickets today, space is limited and going fast!

Hope to see you in the City of Brotherly Love next week.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Register Today for the First NORML Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

NORML is pleased to announce the first ever Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Philadelphia, PA on March 16th, 2013!

The conference will feature a day of enlightening panel discussions and speakers on topics ranging from new reform strategies, recent legislative efforts, the science of medical cannabis, and much more. Hear from some of the most experienced and insightful marijuana law reformers working in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York area. Speakers include Ken Wolski (CMMNJ), Stacia Cosner (Associate Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy), Erik Williams (CampaignsWon, Executive Director CT NORML), Gabriel Sayegh (NY State Director, Drug Policy Alliance), Mallory Loflin (Graduate Student, SUNY-Albany), Evan Nison (Executive Director, NJNORML), Patrick Nightingale (Criminal Defense Attorney, Executive Director Pittsburgh NORML), Erik Altieri (Communications Director, National NORML), Allen St. Pierre (Executive Director, National NORML) and more to be announced soon…

PA State Senator Daylin Leach

PA State Senator Daylin Leach

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Pennsylvania State Senator, and sponsor of PA’s legalization bill, Daylin Leach will be giving a keynote address discussing his work on the issue, his recent legislation, and experience working for reform as a sitting politician. Don’t miss it!

Panel sessions will be held during the day in Claudia Cohen Hall at the University of Pennsylvania and the night will end with a fundraiser featuring live entertainment, a silent auction, and more at a local venue to be announced shortly.

Reserve your space today. You can purchase tickets to the panel sessions for $40 and tickets to the fundraiser for $20. A limited quantity of combo-passes are also available for $50, giving you access to both events.

Further information, including agenda, more speakers, entertainment and more will be forthcoming.

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

Hope to see you in the City of Brotherly Love this March.

EVENT: Medical Cannabis Conference – January 22nd 2011

www.cbdconference.com | The Orange County Chapter of NORML, Apothecary Genetics, GGECO University, Kush Media will be holding a one day Medical Cannabis Conference for Seniors, Medical Professionals and the Community. This conference will take place on Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 9 AM to 8 PM in Orange County, CA. California voters passed Proposition 215 in 1996, which allowed qualified patients with a physician’s recommendation to use medical marijuana legally. In 2003 Senate Bill 420 was passed and allowed patients who are not able to grow their own medicine to join patient collectives providing safe access to their medicine. In the last couple years there has been an increase in Medical Cannabis. In an effort to help further state, county, & city agencies educate and protect the public, about the proper safe use and governing legislation regarding Medical Cannabis. Educating the public about safe use with various routes of administration, dosage forms, and methods of usage are known and that correct information is being received by the public and medical community this conference is being held. The Medical Cannabis Conference will be bringing two renowned Physicians to Orange County for their first presentations ever in this area, Dr. William Courtney and Dr. Donald Abrams. William Courtney, MD, has an extensive medical education; he received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan, his Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University, and his Post

Via The Raw Story: “A man who was refused a liver transplant by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles because he used medical marijuana to cope with his symptoms is hoping his story will change the transplant policies of hospitals around the country…”.* Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur discuss on The Young Turks. * www.rawstory.com Subscribe to The Young Turks: bit.ly Find out how to watch The Young Turks on Current by clicking here: www.current.com The Largest Online New Show in the World. Google+: www.gplus.to Facebook: www.facebook.com Twitter: twitter.com
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Alison Sterling Nichols – Emerald Growers Association at the California Unity Conference

Alison Sterling Nichols from the Emerald Growers Association electrifies the audience at the California Unity Conference: Tells everyone to Grow their own pot! Video by Cheryl Shuman (www.BeverlyHillsCannabisClub.com) California Unity Conference & Lobby Day -Saturday, May 19 — Monday, May 21, 2012 This series of videos are vitally important to empower citizens and activists to lobby their elected officials with skills and tools that will help reform cannabis laws. Thank you to everyone who made the California Unity Conference & Citizen Lobby Day a huge success! More than two hundred people spent the weekend building skills and relationships, and over three hundred and fifty joined us for the largest medical cannabis lobby day in California history. Participants visited every legislative office in the state capitol to support sensible medical cannabis regulations. Sponsors and co-hosts included Americans for Safe Access, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 5, Abatin Wellness, SPARC, BerkeleyPatients Group, Harborside Health Center, Bhang Chocolates, Pro-Cann, BASA, Crusaders for Patients Rights, Farmers Daughter, J Street Wellness, Tahoe Wellness Collective, Debby Goldsberry, the Drug Policy Alliance, Emerald Growers Association, California NORML, Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, and a generous anonymous donor. Special thanks to our friends at UFCW Local 8 and the Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. About Cheryl Shuman: Referred to as the “Martha



The Stranger’s Dominic Holden Delivers a Passionate Defense of I-502 at NORMLCON 2012

At this year’s NORML Conference, which was held the first week of October, much emphasis was placed on the upcoming legalization initiatives in Washington, Colorado, and Oregon. One of the featured speakers was former NORML Board Member and writer for The Stranger in Washington, Dominic Holden. Dominic delivered an impassioned speech defending Washington’s marijuana legalization initiative, I-502, and spoke at length at the importance of winning initiatives and how we can progress towards full legalization in America.

You can watch the video below:

“The first [complaint of the opposition] is they don’t like a provision…that says if you have 5ng active THC in your blood for every mL of whole blood then you are guilty of DUI.

What the opponents have been saying, is that someone who has used marijuana, a regular marijuana user…a medical marijuana user, will test positive for exceeding that level a day later, two days later, a week later. Well guess what? They don’t have a single f***ing scientific study to back them up. In fact, the science proves them wrong. What science shows is the vast majority of marijuana users drop below that 5ng level within a few hours and none within 12-24 hours and certainly not a day later, two days later, a week later. Their argument is fundamentally flawed, because it’s a lie.

They are also concerned about a federal challenge, they say, “If we pass I-502 the federal government is going to challenge us on legalizing pot.”

News Flash: That’s the damn point.”

Click here to view the embedded video.

Expect much more video coverage of this year’s NORML Conference in the coming days and be sure to visit www.newapproachwa.org to learn more about the effort to tax and regulate cannabis in Washington State this November.

Last Chance To Register For NORML’s 41st Annual National Conference

These are the last days to register online to attend NORML’s 2012 national conference, ‘The Final Days of Prohibition,’ taking place Thursday, October 4th through Saturday, October 6th at The Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

Former CA Assemblyman and peace activist Tom Hayden will speak on Thursday morning. Best-selling travel author and TV host Rick Steves and NORML Founder Keith Stroup will address attendees at Friday’s Keynote luncheon, "Observations on the Final Days of Prohibition".

Round-table sessions and plenary speeches at NORML’s 41st annual conference include:

  • Pot-n-Politics 2012: A Review of Statewide Reform Initiatives Impacting Cannabis Consumers
  • Cannabis and the ‘Demo’ Gap: Who Does Not Support Cannabis Legalization and What Can We Do About It
  • Cannabis Legalization and Taxation: What Might It Look Like?
  • Broken Promises: Obama Administration and Federal Blowback Against Medical Cannabis Industry
  • The Changing Face of the Medical Cannabis Community
  • Seventy-Five Years of Cannabis Prohibition in America: A Review of the Cannabis Prohibition Epoch in America
  • Past is Prologue – Women’s Role in Ending American Prohibition[s]

States NORML’s Executive Director Allen St. Pierre: “2012 marks the beginning of the end of cannabis prohibition. A majority of Americans for the first time now acknowledge wanting to end marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system of legalization and regulation, and this November, voters in a handful of states are poised to embrace this common sense policy. The 2012 national NORML Conference reflects upon the decades of failure imposed by prohibition, celebrates our recent progress at amending this policy, and looks forward to the very near future when cannabis prohibition is abolished once and for all.”

Social events include a Wednesday night welcoming reception, a Thursday night Activist Awards Ceremony, a joint High Times/NORML party and ‘Not-So-Silent’ Auction, a NORML Women’s Alliance Luncheon, and a Saturday night fundraiser at ‘The Hemp Museum’ in downtown Los Angeles.

NORML invites the public to join hundreds of like-minded marijuana law reformers at the nation’s only annual conference dedicated to ending cannabis prohibition.

Online registration and day passes, as well as details regarding conference speakers, agenda, and social events, is available at here.

California Unity Conference Cheryl Shuman Steph Sherer Grow Your Own Pot

Steph Sherer electrifies the audience at the California Unity Conference: Tells everyone to Grow their own pot! Video by Cheryl Shuman (www.BeverlyHillsCannabisClub.com) California Unity Conference & Lobby Day -Saturday, May 19 — Monday, May 21, 2012 This series of videos are vitally important to empower citizens and activists to lobby their elected officials with skills and tools that will help reform cannabis laws. Thank you to everyone who made the California Unity Conference & Citizen Lobby Day a huge success! More than two hundred people spent the weekend building skills and relationships, and over three hundred and fifty joined us for the largest medical cannabis lobby day in California history. Participants visited every legislative office in the state capitol to support sensible medical cannabis regulations. Sponsors and co-hosts included Americans for Safe Access, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 5, Abatin Wellness, SPARC, BerkeleyPatients Group, Harborside Health Center, Bhang Chocolates, Pro-Cann, BASA, Crusaders for Patients Rights, Farmers Daughter, J Street Wellness, Tahoe Wellness Collective, Debby Goldsberry, the Drug Policy Alliance, Emerald Growers Association, California NORML, Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, and a generous anonymous donor. Special thanks to our friends at UFCW Local 8 and the Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. About Cheryl Shuman: Referred to as the “Martha Stewart of Marijuana,” Cheryl Shuman announces
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Dale Sky Jones at the California Unity Conference: Video by Cheryl Shuman (www.BeverlyHillsCannabisClub.com) California Unity Conference & Lobby Day -Saturday, May 19 — Monday, May 21, 2012 This series of videos are vitally important to empower citizens and activists to lobby their elected officials with skills and tools that will help reform cannabis laws. Thank you to everyone who made the California Unity Conference & Citizen Lobby Day a huge success! More than two hundred people spent the weekend building skills and relationships, and over three hundred and fifty joined us for the largest medical cannabis lobby day in California history. Participants visited every legislative office in the state capitol to support sensible medical cannabis regulations. Sponsors and co-hosts included Americans for Safe Access, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 5, Abatin Wellness, SPARC, BerkeleyPatients Group, Harborside Health Center, Bhang Chocolates, Pro-Cann, BASA, Crusaders for Patients Rights, Farmers Daughter, J Street Wellness, Tahoe Wellness Collective, Debby Goldsberry, the Drug Policy Alliance, Emerald Growers Association, California NORML, Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, and a generous anonymous donor. Special thanks to our friends at UFCW Local 8 and the Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. About Cheryl Shuman: Referred to as the “Martha Stewart of Marijuana,” Cheryl Shuman announces the formation of Green Asset International Inc.. Shuman brings
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UK Cannabis Social Club Meetings, 420 London Hyde Park, SSDP Conference | Cannabis Cure UK

CURE Stash Jars and Tees NOW HAVE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING! shop.cannabiscure.co.uk Loved meeting everyone at the Berkshire Cannabis Community meeting! It was great seeing some new faces! I want to put particular emphasis on the SSDP UK Conference and hope to see many of the London Cannabis Club there and see the event on the 22nd for extra cannabis content! So here it goes… • 13th April Mark Lucas — Epilepsy patient charged with possession of cannabis at his first Crown Court appearance in Lewes, East Sussex. • 14th April: Manchester Grow Show — Not too sure on the details of this one but I have been asked by many members of the wider cannabis community if I am going to make this one…o is the answer unless someone wants to Hele-lift me in from the South East…but I have been to some great regular grow shows out in the states and you would be surprised at how many techniques are used throughout all gardening not just to do with cannabis. You might meet some other folks like yourself. • 19th April: Winston Matthews — Court Of Appeal hearing for medicinal cannabis activist and legaliser who refused to stop growing his medicine despite 6 consecutive arrests in total. • 20th April: 420 Celebrations in several parts of the UK. London will see a picnic in Hyde Park where we will peacefully smoke and all have a good time. Leeds are also have a peaceful gathering at Park Square. In the evening SSDP UK (Students for Sensible Drugs Policy) will be having their reception and
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Support NORML — Help End Cannabis Prohibition and Get a Vintage Conference Poster

2007 Conference Poster

Dear NORML Supporters,

Please consider making a donation of $25 or more in support of NORML’s longstanding cannabis law reform efforts and for providing assistance to the victims of the current laws and regulations.

A visit to NORML’s archives finds vintage NORML national conference posters designed by California artist Sonia Sanchez for the 2007 conference held in Los Angeles. These prints are now collector items that provide vivid color to any room or office. BTW, the names in the faux ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ stars memorialize noted cannabis law reformers who’d passed away in the prior year.

Please make a tax-deductible donation today to the NORML Foundation for $25 or more and receive a 2007 NORML conference poster!

2012 Conference

2007 was the last time NORML held a national pro-cannabis law reform conference for the public in Los Angeles…and we return this year to one of America’s most cannabis-friendly cities (culturally speaking more so than politically these days) with a forward-looking three-day conference called ‘The Final Days of Cannabis Prohibition’.

Hundreds of like-minded cannabis consumers, cultivators and activists have already pre-registered and procured room reservations at the host hotel. Please join us for the 41st annual NORML conference in Los Angeles, Oct. 3-6, make your plans now to receive price discounts for both rooms and conference registration (a recent check of roundtrip, non-stop airfare from Washington DC to Los Angeles finds very reasonable airfares starting at $325).

Vending table and conference sponsorships opportunities are still currently available–but not for long–for cannabusinesses, lawyers and other professional services, non-profit organizations and other cannabis-related businesses.

Get two NORML conference posters this year…one from 2007 and come to the 2012 conference in Los Angeles.

Kind regards,

-Allen St. Pierre
Executive Director
NORML / NORML Foundation
Washington, D.C.
director@norml.org

Medical Cannabis Conference in Europe Highlights Science, Cannabinoid Medicines

 Naturopathic Doctor, Michelle Sexton, writes about the IACM 6th Conference on Cannabinoids in Medicineand 5th European Workshop on Cannabinoid Research that took place this September 8-10 at the University of Bonn, Germany.Naturopathic Doctor, Michelle Sexton, writes about the IACM 6th Conference on Cannabinoids in Medicineand 5th European Workshop on Cannabinoid Research that took place this September 8-10 at the University of Bonn, Germany.

 

 

 

Cannabinoid Conference 2011 in Bonn, Germany..Courtesy of medicalmarijuana411

Inflammation and neuro-excitation flared and were then calmed by the endogenous cannabinoid signaling system (eCBss) recently in the birthplace of Beethoven, Bonn, Germany.

This signaling is ubiquitous across systems including the brain, bulk, bone, bowel, blood, and bugs.

“Thus the exciting promenade from plant natural products to animalphysiology,” as Vincenzo di Marzo said, and which could be a theme, as pharmacology and pharmacognosy united, but I’ll get to that!

As a revolution in the re-emergence of plant compounds, Cannabis sativa has provided a wealth of ethnobotanical information on a molecular scale.

But let the brain lead the way, as it is a servant of it’s master, the peripheral systems.

The periphery to the CNS is a gateway, largely on an immune level, the two in close simpatico, communicating through the eCBss.

Program: Part 1

Brain Functions

 Small genetic alterations that lead to functional changes in cannabinoid receptor can lead to an enhanced eCBss, Ken Mackie reported.

He is just starting to inquire about what this means in the development of tolerance or for addictive tendencies.

Of course this is only in mice, however because of genetic similarities to humans, it is not entirely implausible that similar things may happen in a homosapien.

These findings do speak to the starring role of the eCBss, which is “biochemistry in balance” in the body.

Beat Lutz told of regulation of social behavior by CB1 expression on excitatory neurons.

Loss of this most highly-expressed protein in the brain apparently leads to a very nervous mouse (to the point of seizures, even).

Animals who lost this receptor on dopaminergic neurons, where the two receptors walk hand-in-hand, were a bit melancholy and easily startled Ana Luiza Terzain told us.

You might know someone like this, perhaps whose brain has been toyed with using modern pharmaceuticals. Maybe they need a eCBss tune-up?

On the other hand, the eCBss may be in orbit, as in schizophrenia, requiring a decrease in the eCBss cellular component.

The curious thing about Cannabis, the plant, is that it is considered to be an adaptogen.

So depending on ‘things,’ something that is agonism in one biochemical system may be antagonism in another (sort of like one man’s poison is another man’smedicine).

Apparently just the right amount of eCB ‘tone’ may lead you to be playful.

Maybe it was that a lack of playfulness led to enhanced CB1 receptor in the thalamus (which does, well lots of ‘things’… such as telling you where you are in space, what you feel, where your consciousness is)?

Damage to this part of the brain can lead to coma, which reminds me of a number of precious old people I saw recently who have been reduced this way by means of hyper-pharmaceutical-ization (Israel has a better model for this, however).

The thalamus really is a relay station, particularly for sensation on the gross and fine levels. Hypersensitivity in this part of the brain may lead to the experience of a lot of physical/visceral pain, at least in the human model of this rat borderline personality disorder.

To sum it up, if one ascribes to the hypothesis of the triune brain,  the thalamus is parcel of a very old division of the central nervous system.  It  regulates behavior that is a product of sensory input.

These components are purported to be the early structures of the limbic system associated with social and nurturing behavior, and reciprocity- just general benevolence. The eCBss has a starring role in these structures, indicating that there is a lot of tuning up to do out in the world!

Dr. Michelle Sexton is a Naturopathic Doctor based in Washington and is doing groundbreaking cannabinoid research through her lab, Phytalytics.org

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