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Study: 24% of Cancer Patients Use Medical Marijuana, 74% Want More Info

The Joint Blog - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 18:35
According to a new study published in the journal Cancer, nearly one in four cancer patients have consumed medical marijuana in the past year, with more than one in five having consumed it in the past month.

“Cannabis is purported to alleviate symptoms related to cancer treatment, although the patterns of use among cancer patients are not well known”, states the study’s abstract. “This study was designed to determine the prevalence and methods of use among cancer patients, the perceived benefits, and the sources of information in a state with legalized cannabis.”

For the study, “A cross-sectional, anonymous survey of adult cancer patients was performed at a National Cancer Institute–designated cancer center in Washington State. Random urine samples for tetrahydrocannabinol provided survey validation.”

926 cancer patients completed the survey, with a median age of 58 years. “Most had a strong interest in learning about cannabis during treatment”, with 74% wanting “information from cancer providers.”

Previous cannabis use was common (66%), 24% used cannabis in the last year, and 21% used cannabis in the last month.” Researchers state that; “Random urine samples found similar percentages of users who reported weekly use (27 of 193 [14%] vs 164 of 926 [18%]). Active users inhaled (153 of 220 [70%]) or consumed edibles (154 of 220 [70%]); 89 (40%) used both modalities.” Cannabis was used primarily for “physical (165 of 219 [75%]) and neuropsychiatric symptoms (139 of 219 [63%]).” Legalization significantly increased the likelihood of use in more than half of the respondents.

Researchers conclude by stating; “This study of cancer patients in a state with legalized cannabis found high rates of active use across broad subgroups, and legalization was reported to be important in patients’ decision to use. Cancer patients desire but are not receiving information about cannabis use during their treatment from oncology providers.”

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Massachusetts High Court: Field Sobriety Tests Are Not Valid Measures For Determining Marijuana-Induced Impairment

NORML Blog - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 18:16

Standard roadside field sobriety tests (FST) are not reliable indicators of marijuana-induced impairment, according to a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

Justices determined that there is a lack of scientific consensus as to the validity of FSTs for determining whether a subject is under the influence of cannabis. They opined: “There is ongoing disagreement among scientists, however, as to whether the FSTs are indicative of marijuana impairment. In recent years, numerous studies have been conducted in an effort to determine whether a person’s performance on the FST is a reliable indicator of impairment by marijuana. These studies have produced mixed results. … We are not persuaded … that the FSTs can be treated as scientific tests establishing impairment as a result of marijuana consumption.”

As a result, justices ruled that police may only provide limited testimony with regard to a defendant’s FST performance. An officer “may not suggest … on direct examination that an individual’s performance on an FST established that the individual was under the influence of marijuana,” the court determined. “Likewise, an officer may not testify that a defendant ‘passed’ or ‘failed’ any FST, as this language improperly implies that the FST is a definitive test of marijuana use or impairment.”

The court further ruled that a police officer may not testify “without being qualified as an expert [as] to the effects of marijuana consumption [or] offer an opinion that a defendant was intoxicated by marijuana [because] no such general knowledge exists as to the physical or mental effects of marijuana consumption, which vary greatly amongst individuals.”

Attorneys Steven Epstein and Marvin Cable filed an amicus curiae brief in the case on behalf of national NORML.

The case is Commonwealth v. Gerhardt.

Cannabis Industry Experts Share Advice on Successful Career Transitioning

The Weed Blog - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 18:13

Cannabis Industry Experts Share Advice on Successful Career Transitioning “Can you give me any advice on how to transition to the Cannabis Industry?” This is the question I get asked most. Let me start by saying that opportunities in the cannabis Industry are vast and the numbers are enticing. Entrepreneur Magazine says that 283,000 Cannabis [...]

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How Vail Valley ranchers created a zero-carbon footprint marijuana farm

Cannabist - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 17:06
Pot Zero farm says they grow the most environmentally conscious marijuana products in Colorado and beyond, an outdoor operation with no carbon footprint.

Drug abuse -- and testing -- in workforce a growing challenge for American businesses

Cannabist - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 16:23
29 percent of employers reported impaired job performance due to painkiller use, while 15 percent cited an injury or near miss they attributed to drugs.

Texas pilot gets 3 years for weed smuggling flight

Cannabist - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:19
A Texas pilot who flew from Oregon to Arizona to Texas drew law enforcement attention must serve three years in federal prison for marijuana smuggling.

Another Colorado town considers lifting ban on retail marijuana businesses

Cannabist - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:11
Longmont could lift its years-old pot-shops ban and allow up to four businesses to sell marijuana and marijuana products this week.

Vermont officials finalize medical marijuana license applicants

Cannabist - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 14:32
Five groups remain in the running for medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation licenses in Vermont.

Weed replacing alcohol as substance of choice for some teens

Cannabist - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 13:47
A recent study found teens are increasingly avoiding alcohol consumption. For some of them, it is because they prefer the effects of marijuana.

Drug Policy Alliance To Host 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

Weed News - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 04:19
How will the Trump Administration impact drug policies in America? What will happen with states that have legalized marijuana and those that are considering similar policies? What can be done to...

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Washington State Should Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol

Weed News - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 23:20
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board have announced a date to hear from the public in regards to homegrows and in that email, they pose three options they are considering. Three...

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Minnesota: Public Hearing Next Week On Expanding Medical Marijuana Conditions

Weed News - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 16:45
I received the following alert out of Minnesota: This is a reminder that the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program will be holding its second New Condition Review Panel Meeting on Tuesday, September 26,...

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Former Republican Senator Joins The Marijuana Policy Project

Weed News - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 16:03
By Phillip Smith Former Republican US senator from New York Alphonse D’Amato will be a lobbyist for the Marijuana Policy Project, the New York Daily News reported last week. The marijuana law...

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US PA: Medical Marijuana Appeals Expose Flaws In Application Scoring

MAP - Hemp - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 07:00
Morning Call, 23 Sep 2017 - More than 130 administrative appeals have been filed against the state Department of Health's Office of Medical Marijuana over a secret evaluation committee's handling of applications to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. More than 130 administrative appeals have been filed against the state Department of Health's Office of Medical Marijuana over a secret evaluation committee's handling of applications to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. (HARRY FISHER / THE MORNING CALL)

Report: Marijuana Legalization May Have Led to Drop in Murder and Rape Rates in Washington and Oregon

The Joint Blog - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 06:49
A new report by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) has found that marijuana legalization may have helped to reduce rape and murder rates in both Washington and Oregon.

In their second assessment report on the impact of marijuana legalization, WSIPP also found no evidence that marijuana legalization has increased marijuana usage rates among adults or adolescents, and found legalization to have no impact on hard drug use, property crimes or  violent crimes.

“[A]mong respondents under age 21, those living in counties with higher sales were significantly less likely to report use of cannabis in the past 30 days”, says Justin Strekal, poliyical director for NORML, speaking on the report. Stekal says the report shows “evidence that nonmedical legalization in Washington and Oregon may have led to a drop in rape and murder rates”.

For the full WSIPP report, click here.

The report is the second of four WSIPP is required to do, the first being in 2015, the next being in 2022, and the final one in 2032.

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Cannabist Show: They run a 420-friendly radio station

Cannabist - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 21:07
Guests Larry Ulibarri and Kathie J., Denver radio personalities and founders of Blazin Hit Radio, talking about marijuana media cashing in on the cannabis craze.

Denver gets a little help from other states, nations as it hosts annual marijuana regulatory conference

Cannabist - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 19:57
Denver once again will play both host and marijuana authority to policy makers from around the globe seeking to learn the nuts and bolts of cannabis legalization.

Russian state media says Morgan Freeman's marijuana use behind his critique of Putin

Cannabist - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:32
Official Russian media has attacked Morgan Freeman, saying he is "sick" from marijuana use, which is why he made a video questioning Russia's involvement in the 2016 U.S. election.

Oregon cops get more complaints about marijuana grows than they can handle

Cannabist - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:43
When investigating complaints about cannabis grows, Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement has to determine whether they are for medical, retail, hemp or personal consumption.

Long Islanders will have two medical marijuana home delivery options

Cannabist - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 16:55
A second New York medical marijuana company said Thursday it plans to expand home delivery to Long Island patients in Nassau and Suffolk.
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