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Congressman proposes budget amendment to protect marijuana research from DOJ

Cannabist - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 16:00
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, has proposed an appropriations amendment to provide safe harbor for medical marijuana research in the majority of U.S. states.

Missouri Medical Cannabis Campaign Raises Over $250k

Weed News - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 14:15
By John Payne As of late last week, we have officially raised more than $250k to place medical cannabis on the Missouri ballot in 2018! Because we hit that benchmark, we received $100k from Drug...

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Full Video Of Michigan Licensing Board Meeting Now Available

Weed News - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 13:33
All major news outlets in Michigan have covered the controversial effort to shut down all testing facilities, processors, cultivation centers and dispensaries in the state, which was announced during...

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Scotts Miracle-Gro sells off international operations to focus on core business and hydroponics

Cannabist - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 22:24
The lawn-and-garden giant's sale of international operations allows the firm to focus on ambitions in hydroponics, an ancillary sector of the cannabis industry.

Norton Files Amendment To Strike Anti-Home-Rule Rider For DC

NORML Blog - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 21:09

Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) has introduced an amendment to strike all four anti-home-rule riders from the House fiscal year 2018 District of Columbia Appropriations bill. This amendment would strike the riders that prohibit DC from spending its local funds on marijuana commercialization and on abortions for low-income women, as well as those that repeal D.C.’s medical aid-in-dying law, the Death with Dignity Act, and budget autonomy referendum. Norton’s marijuana amendment has already received bipartisan support in Congress and there should be no reason to prohibit DC from spending money in their local politics.

In 2015, D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 71, which legalized the cultivation and possession of limited amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and older. However, because D.C. cannot control its own budget, Congress was able to block the District from legalizing, taxing, and regulating the sale of marijuana. This lack of regulation of non-medical marijuana has caused D.C. to lose out on millions of dollars in tax revenue and hundreds of good jobs in the marijuana-market. Additionally, because residents cannot legally purchase non-medical marijuana, this has lead to more grey and black market sales. The District should have full control over its budget to implement and regulate the sale of marijuana.

In a press release statement, Norton stated, “The anti-democratic interference in D.C.’s purely local affairs flies directly in the face of the oft touted Republican principle of local control, and I am making sure no Member gets a free pass on abusing congressional authority over the District. Republican Members from states where medical aid in dying and recreational marijuana are legal should particularly apply the same right of local autonomy that their states have used to the District of Columbia. In addition, I am prepared to fight any and all new anti-home-rule riders introduced by Republicans later this week. We will not be used as political fodder for overeager Members who would rather spend their time meddling in the District’s affairs than working on behalf of their own constituents.”

Cannabis Consumers Walk Differently than Non-Consumers, Finds Study

The Joint Blog - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 20:45
Those who consume marijuana walk differently than those who don’t, according to a new study published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

According to its abstract, the aim of the current study was to “investigate balance and walking gait in adults with a history of cannabis use”. To determine this researchers had cannabis consumers and non-consuming controls complete “screening tests, a gait and balance test (with a motion capture system and in-built force platforms), and a clinical neurological examination of movement.”

Compared to controls, cannabis users “exhibited significantly greater peak angular velocity of the knee (396±30 versus 426±50°/second, P=0.039), greater peak elbow flexion (53±12 versus 57±7°, P=0.038) and elbow range of motion (33±13 versus 36±10°, P=0.044), and reduced shoulder flexion (41±19 versus 26±16°, P=0.007) during walking gait. However, balance and neurological parameters did not significantly differ between the groups.”

In other words, cannabis consumers tended to move their elbows more, but their shoulders less, while swinging their knees in a quicker fashion.

According to researchers; “The results suggest that history of cannabis use is associated with long-lasting changes in open-chain elements of walking gait, but the magnitude of change is not clinically detectable.”

They conclude by stating that “Further research is required to investigate if the subtle gait changes observed in this population become more apparent with aging and increased cannabis use.”

The full study can be found by clicking here.

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German Drug Czar Does Not Appreciate American Cannabis Activists

Weed News - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 20:39
Marlene Mortler, the Drug Czar of Germany, sounds like she has taken a cue from the garbled logic of US Drug Enforcement Administration and Kevin Sabet of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a man I think...

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Study: THCA May Treat Neurodegenerative and Neuroinflammatory Diseases

The Joint Blog - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 19:32
According to a new study, tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), a compound found in cannabis, may be useful in treating neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases.

“While the biological effects of decarboxylated cannabinoids such as Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) have been extensively investigated, the bioactivity of Δ9-THCA is largely unknown, despite its occurrence in different Cannabis preparations”, states the study, published in the British Journal of Pharmacology. “The aim of this study was to determine whether Δ9-THCA modulates the PPARγ pathway and has neuroprotective activity”.

For the study; “The effects of six phytocannabinoids on PPARγ binding and transcriptional activity were investigated. The effect of Δ9-THCA on mitochondrial biogenesis and PGC-1α expression was investigated in N2a cells.” The neuroprotective effect “was analysed in STHdhQ111/Q111 cells expressing a mutated form of the huntingtin protein, and in N2a cells infected with an adenovirus carrying human huntingtin containing 94 polyQ repeats (mHtt-q94).” In vivo neuroprotective activity of Δ9-THCA “was investigated in mice intoxicated with the mitochondrial toxin 3-nitropropionic acid (3-NP).”

After conducting the above-mentioned research, researchers conclude that; “Δ9-THCA shows potent neuroprotective activity, worth consideration for the treatment of Huntington´s Disease and possibly other neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases.”

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Could Trump's threat get his border wall built?

Cannabist - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 18:27
President Donald Trump is threatening a government shutdown unless he gets Congress to pony up cash for his border wall with Mexico. But he will need a few Senate Democrats to go along.

California Senator Kamala Harris Contends The War On Drugs Is In The Past

Weed News - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 16:51
California’s new rising star U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, former Attorney General from California and a rising star in the Democratic Party, continues to imply that the war on drugs is over, and...

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Massachusetts cannabis board taking shape, but anti-legalization members alarm advocates

Cannabist - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 16:43
A former business executive who opposed Massachusetts marijuana legalization was tapped Thursday to head the state Cannabis Control Commission.

Tiny Colorado town has a weed store for every 170 people

Cannabist - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 15:24
Parachute, a community of only about 1,200 people just off Interstate 70, has approved its seventh recreational marijuana store.

Rhode Island police looking for man who left $40K of marijuana in building

Cannabist - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 15:12
Police in Rhode Island say they have seized marijuana worth more than $40,000 and are now looking for the man who leased the building where it was found.

Santa Fe Mayor To Introduce Resolution To Establish A Municipal Drug Strategy Task Force

Weed News - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 14:45
Tonight at the Santa Fe City Council meeting, the Mayor of Santa Fe, Javier M. Gonzales, will introduce a resolution establishing a Municipal Drug Strategy Task Force charged with recommending...

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Learn from Colorado's mistakes, says former cannabis czar

Cannabist - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 14:22
If he had to do it all over again, Colorado's former marijuana czar Andrew Freedman would approach cannabis legalization by seeking out loads of data.

Michigan Patients And The Intended Consequence Of Action

Weed News - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 14:15
During a controversial meeting of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board on August 21, a proposal was made to order the closure of all businesses handling cannabis in the state of Michigan....

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Funeral March Planned To Demand Government Action On Overdose Awareness Day

Weed News - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 13:43
On August 31st, International Overdose Awareness Day, overdose prevention advocates will unite in their grief to demand more action from local and State government to decrease drug overdose deaths....

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How Does Medical Marijuana Affect Metabolism?

The Joint Blog - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 23:44

By GreenDoorWest

How Does Medical Marijuana Affect Metabolism?

One of the more relatable side effects of smoking marijuana is feeling hungry. Getting the munchies has always been a natural part of getting high, but it turns out that the influence of medical cannabis on the human digestive system is much more complicated than we initially thought. More specifically, it seems that marijuana can have a profound impact on the body’s metabolism, and could lead to better overall health as a result.

Lower Obesity and Diabetes Rates

At first glance, one would assume that eating junk food while stoned is a surefire way to gain a ton of weight and become unhealthy, but the fact is that there is plenty of evidence to suggest otherwise. In fact, despite plenty of stories of stoners eating food that would make a sober person think twice, it seems that those who partake are far less likely to become obese or diabetic. This is according to several recent studies, including one of the Inuit people, who are common marijuana smokers.

Cannabis and Metabolism

Overall, patients that smoke marijuana regularly seem to have an improved carbohydrate metabolism than nonsmokers and have less risk of developing high blood sugar, retaining fat, and having high cholesterol. But what gives?

Well, one leading theory as to why this happens is because of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Endocannabinoids are naturally produced by the body, and they can help regulate all kinds of internal systems such as digestion, mood, and movement.

Overall, it seems that smoking weed contributes to both increase one’s enjoyment of food while also reducing one’s appetite and ability to gain weight.

While more research needs to be conducted, it seems like smoking weed can have a net positive effect on your metabolism and lead to both weight loss and improved blood sugar.

Medical Marijuana Delivery

Although you should consult your doctor before trying any kind of alternative treatment, if you are taking weed for any reason, you should look into getting it delivered. Whether you smoke it or use other methods like a cannabis Epsom salts bath, delivery makes it easier for you to get what you need.

So, if you were looking for another reason to get high, it seems like your waistline may thank you for taking up the habit.

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AAA Is Doubling Down On Their Marijuana Distortions

NORML Blog - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 21:48

First, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of you who responded to NORML’s request to contact the American Automobile Association and urged them to “stop lying about marijuana legalization.”

But even as public and media pressure grows, AAA affiliates are doubling down on their reefer madness rhetoric.

At a recent AAA Texas-sponsored event, attendees were falsely told that drivers testing positive possess a 25-fold risk of accident compared to sober drivers. But the actual study cited by AAA concluded nothing of the sort. Rather, the study in question — conducted by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — determined that THC-positive drivers possessed virtually no statistically significant risk of motor vehicle accident compared to drug negative drivers.

Similarly, AAA Mid-Atlantic is continuing to distort the truth about cannabis. Despite having been provided with peer-reviewed evidence to the contrary, a recent reply by their Director of Public and Government Affairs office shows that the agency is refusing to listen to the facts with regard to cannabis regulation and traffic safety.

“We are deeply concerned that lawmakers are considering the legalization of recreational marijuana,” the AAA’s response states. “AAA opposes the legalization … of marijuana for recreational use because of its negative traffic safety implications.”

Yet, recent studies of federal crash data find that changes in the legal status of cannabis are not associated with a rise in traffic fatalities – and, in some instances, regulating cannabis has been associated with a reduction in deadly motor vehicle crashes.

Send AAA the facts in a message now

Nonetheless, AAA Mid-Atlantic opines, “The problem of drugged driving … will only get worse if [a] state legalizes it for recreational use.”

AAA further argues that a 2015 Governors Highway Safety report finds that “drugs were present in … fatally-injured drivers with known test results, appearing more frequently than alcohol.” However, AAA fails to acknowledge that the Governors report was primarily highlighting a rise in the presence of prescription medications and over-the-counter medications in fatally injured drivers. As acknowledged by the paper’s authors: “For this report, a drug is any substance that can impair driving. There are four categories of drugs: illegal drugs, legal non-medical drugs, prescription medications, [and] over-the counter medicines.” The Governors’ report also fails to identify whether the drug-positive drivers identified by the study were either impaired at the time of the crash or even culpable for the accident.

Further, the Governors’ report has fallen under scathing public criticism from other traffic safety groups, including MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), who publicly repudiated its interpretations. “There is no way you can say that drugs have overtaken alcohol as the biggest killer on the highway,” MADD responded. “The data is not anywhere close to being in a way that would suggest that.”

They’re correct. Specifically, a 2014 review of US fatal traffic accident data by researchers at the Pacific Research Institute in Maryland reported definitively that alcohol remains a greater contributor to crash risk than all other drugs combined, concluding: “Alcohol was not only found to be an important contributor to fatal crash risk, … it was associated with fatal crash risk levels significantly higher than those for other drugs. … The much higher crash risk of alcohol compared with that of other drugs suggests that in times of limited resources, efforts to curb drugged driving should not reduce our efforts to pass and implement effective alcohol-related laws and policies.”

If we are going to achieve sane policy solutions in regards to cannabis reform, it is essential that we call out those who seek to deceive the public, even if we appreciate their roadside assistance.

Take Action:

Tell AAA to stop spreading disinformation on the impacts of legalization.

Maryland medical marijuana licensee under federal investigation

Cannabist - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:15
The Maryland medical marijuana commission says it was unaware one of its dispensary licensees is under federal investigation for workplace discrimination.
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