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Drug czar nominee pulled amid opioid scandal

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:52

U.S. Representative Tom Marino (R-PA) was nominated as the Trump administration’s director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, or “drug czar,” despite having no background in health or treatment. He pulled his name from such a consideration on October 17, amid revelations from a Washington Post/60 Minutes investigation that he had spearheaded passage […]

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Vets likely to choose medical cannabis; VA blocks access

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 22:37

Nearly half of military veterans who report having used cannabis in the past year did so for medical purposes, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Addictive Behaviors. A team of investigators from the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor VA Center for Clinical Management Research assessed the prevalence of […]

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Cannabis use reduces opioids, Pharma meds

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 14:59

Chronic pain patients enrolled in a statewide medical marijuana program are more likely to reduce their use of prescription drugs than patients who don’t use cannabis, according to data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org Investigators […]

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Cannabis health benefits for aging, HIV

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 14:55

While one recent study suggests that cannabis consumers live longer and with a better quality of live, two pieces of good news also arrived on the HIV front, with data showing that cannabis use is associated with a boost in immunity without any increase in mortality. Better living with cannabis Marijuana use is associated with […]

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House GOP slams cannabis twice

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:53

Patients beware. The Republican party may be ready to follow through on its 2016 election platform threat to “roll back medical marijuana” and, in September, the GOP-dominated house threw a quick punch to the gut of the hemp industry, as well. For several years now, Congress has limited DEA funding to go after medical marijuana […]

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California to publish new rules in November

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 14:49

To no one’s surprise, California’s three cannabis licensing agencies announced on September 29 the withdrawal of the pending medical cannabis regulations that were proposed in late spring. They also named the individuals who were appointed to the state’s advisory board. The much-anticipated withdrawal will officially occur on October 6, according to a statement on the […]

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California offers cannabusinesses assistance

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:31

California’s new Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) will  host three free public workshops on cannabusiness licensing in mid-October. These workshops will focus on what information is needed and what resources are available for people who are planning to apply for state commercial cannabis licenses. The three public licensing workshops will take place in Los Angeles […]

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Oakland reformer Appel seeks Assembly seat

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:40

Long-time Oakland cannabis reform advocate Judy Appel kicked off her campaign to represent the 15th Assembly District as a legislator in Sacramento. Having spent three decades as a thoughtful, progressive leader in the local community, Appel’s deep roots and long-standing commitment to the district make her an early front-runner. Checks may be made payable to: […]

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Rhode Island: Too much pot commission power?

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 15:30

Nearly 60 percent of Rhode Islanders now support legalization, and the legislature has created a commission to study how this can be done. Reform activists are now questioning whether the commission might have been given too much power in making its recommendations. Regulate Rhode Island advocates want that process moved into the sunlight of the […]

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HIA brings global industry to Kentucky hemp fields

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 14:25

The Hemp Industries Association took the federal DEA back to court earlier this year and then brought hundreds of people to the Kentucky hemp fields this Fall for a field trip the day before the 2017 convention in Lexington. It has been a remarkable year for the expansion of the hemp industry, and the 24th […]

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Cannabis among top US job creators

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 14:55

While Democrats and Republicans jostle over what policies might create more jobs, the domestic cannabis industry is doing the work of adding hundreds of thousands of new job opportunities for more Americans. The obvious answer for both parties should be to embrace cannabis as a new powerhouse for the flagging  US economy, yet it comes […]

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Three times more arrests for drugs than for violence

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:20

Is the Drug War really winding down? Earlier this year, the United Nations and World Health Organization released a joint statement calling for repeal of laws that criminalize drug use and possession. They join an impressive group of national and international organizations who have endorsed drug decriminalization that includes the International Red Cross, Organization of […]

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Cannabis POW: Open letter from a federal prison

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 14:13

By Luke Scarmazzo Some of you may be familiar with my story, for those of you who aren’t, I am serving 22 years in federal prison for running a state-compliant marijuana dispensary. In the federal system, with good behavior, I must serve 19 years of it. Federal cannabis prisoner Luke Scarmazzo speaks from solitary confinement. […]

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Cannabis reform moves uptown to Manhattan

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 14:34

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. announced a shift in his office’s policy for New Yorkers arrested for low level marijuana possession. This policy change was created in an effort to reduce the number of New Yorkers, mostly young people of color, who face lasting collateral consequences as the result of a marijuana possession arrest […]

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More adults smoke cannabis; teens just say, “Later”

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 15:03

Once gain the anti-legalization naysayers have been proved wrong. One of the federal government’s first broad statistical review of marijuana use among various age groups following several states’ legalization of non-medical adult use of cannabis has identified 14-year highs in consumption by adults — and a 14-year low in use by children ages 12-17. Fewer […]

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Cal drug sentencing reform heads to Governor

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 14:50

The California State Assembly has passed a bill to repeal sentence enhancements for prior drug convictions. Senate Bill 180, authored by Senators Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles and Ricardo Lara of Long Beach, repeals a three-year sentence enhancement for prior drug convictions, including petty drug sales and possession of drugs for sales. The bill passed […]

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Brown should veto beach ban on smoking, vaping

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 14:37

Remember the days when people would gather on the beaches, build a little wood fire, toast marshmallows and make smores to eat? That was fun, but this is now. California parks and beaches may soon be off-limits to people smoking tobacco or marijuana or even vaporizing with electronic cigarettes under legislation sent to Gov. Jerry […]

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American Legion endorses VA access for cannabis

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 14:40

The American Legion National Convention assembled in Reno, Nevada, August 22 – 24, 2017 resolved that “The American Legion urge[s] the United States government to permit Department of Veterans Affairs medical providers to be able to discuss with veterans the use of marijuana for medical purposes and recommend it in those states where medical marijuana […]

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Comment: Testing, research benefit cannabis consumers

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 15:10

 The commercial sale of marijuana products began in 2014, following the historic vote in Colorado and Washington in November of 2012. The economic impact has been significant and wide-spread throughout the two states ever since. Now in 2017, we are up to eight states that have legalized marijuana for recitational use, and 20 others where […]

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Maine legislature acts to implement legalization

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 14:19

The Maine Legislature has passed a bill to fund the implementation of the successful 2016 marijuana legalization initiative, Question 1, and change the agency that will regulate marijuana for adult use. The personal use elements of the initiative are already in effect (see below). The Senate subsequently passed LD 243 unanimously May 25, 2017 “under […]

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