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Medical marijuana states cautiously optimistic Congress will resist Sessions

Cannabist - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 17:20
Congress will likely renew protections next month for state medical marijuana laws but advocates are nervous Attorney General Jeff Sessions could still sabotage.

RICO Civil Lawsuits Threaten Cannabis Industry

Weed News - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 16:37
By Art Cosgrove In Beavercreek, Oregon, sits a beautiful patch of 11 acres with horses and forestland that is adjacent to two properties that cannabis producers have been using to cultivate crops...

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Oregon gov, police chief say Sessions' marijuana claims based on flawed, leaked, draft report

Cannabist - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 15:19
Oregon's governor and head of the state police have responded to a letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, critiquing cannabis legalization in the state.

Michigan: LARA Calls For Participants In MMFLA Licensing Workgroups

Weed News - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 14:40
The state of Michigan wants to hear your thoughts on the development of licensing programs for the new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act- and they want your participation, too. A press...

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Sessions/Trump Make The DEA Look Reasonable By Comparison

Weed News - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 14:09
By Phillip Smith The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has never been known as forward-thinking place when it comes to drug and crime policy, but these days, the hide-bound drug fighting agency...

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Florida police arrest parents after teacher reports kid's backpack smells of weed

Cannabist - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 14:03
A student's backpack that smelled like marijuana led police in Florida to his house, where they found a small grow house run by his parents.

Indiana marijuana case leads to court restricting police seizures

Cannabist - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 13:42
Two court rulings have limited police seizures in the state of Indiana, after police seized the truck of a man charged with dealing marijuana.

Proposal Would Shut Down All Michigan Cannabis Dispensaries

Weed News - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 03:58
Within ten minutes of the start of the second meeting of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board, former MSP Sergeant Don Bailey made a motion to close ALL medical marijuana dispensaries and...

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Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Report Released

Weed News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 22:03
Under Justin Trudeau’s leadership, Canada is preparing for a fully regulated, adult-legal cannabis market, beginning in July 2018. On Monday, August 14, the Canadian Mental Health Association...

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Cannabis life hacks: Five reasons you probably shouldn't smoke weed before a blind date

Cannabist - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 21:54
A bong rip would help you relax, you think. Yet the angel on your shoulder tells you: Smoke later, after your date ends. Listen to the angel

Nevada Gaming Commission worried about legal weed drawing federal attention

Cannabist - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 21:05
The Nevada Gaming Commission hopes to address problems the state's legalization of recreational marijuana may present during an upcoming special meeting.

Marijuana Container Planting: A Primer

The Weed Blog - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 19:07

Marijuana Container Planting: A Primer Container planting is one of the most common methods of growing cannabis. Aside from convenience, container planting allows for better and much more thorough maintenance operations. This method has paved the way for the development of special cannabis plant containers for optimized gardening. Now, growing your own supply of cannabis [...]

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To solve the opioid crisis, go after Big Pharma, not drug users

Cannabist - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 17:17
Op-ed: The “round ’em up and corral ’em” approach didn’t work. Let’s not go down that path again. Here are some simple alternatives.

Legal firms walk line on state and federal marijuana laws

Cannabist - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:48
A number of Philadelphia-area law firms are setting up practices to serve the cannabis industry despite concerns of an uncertain future.

Social use marijuana clubs will soon be legal in Denver, but how many will open?

Cannabist - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:02
Colorado's largest city is on the brink of licensing some of the nation's first legal marijuana clubs, but Denver's elaborate hurdles for potential weed-friendly gathering places may mean the city gets few takers for the new licenses.

NFL players consider cannabis for concussions

The Leaf Online - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 14:54

As the NFL awaits the response of the NFL Players Association, determining whether they will accept their offer to work together to study the potential use of medical marijuana as a pain management tool for players — marking a possible change in the NFL’s attitude toward marijuana—questions about the drug’s safety remains. Is it safe? […]

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Spreads Marijuana Myths

NORML Blog - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 14:36

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Giving remarks to the Native American Housing Association, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson strayed into the marijuana reform debate. Unfortunately, the doctor did not know his facts.

Per the Flathead Beacon:

The HUD secretary briefly strayed from his prepared remarks to note that he believed marijuana use was just as problematic as opiate abuse.

“I’m not all that enthusiastic about marijuana because there have been numerous studies that show exposing a developing brain to marijuana can lead to lower IQs,” he said. “We already have enough people with a low IQ, and we don’t need anymore.”

The ongoing stereotype of marijuana consumers may be funny in movies, but it runs counter to evidence based science.

NORML has reported on three studies over the last year and a half that have come out dispelling this myth.

In London, United Kingdom, researchers concluded, “In summary, the notion that cannabis use itself is causally related to lower IQ and poorer educational performance was not supported in this large teenage sample.”

Data published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences led researchers to conclude: “In the largest longitudinal examination of marijuana use and IQ change, … we find little evidence to suggest that adolescent marijuana use has a direct effect on intellectual decline. … [T]he lack of a dose-response relationship, and an absence of meaningful differences between discordant siblings lead us to conclude that the deficits observed in marijuana users are attributable to confounding factors that influence both substance initiation and IQ rather than a neurotoxic effect of marijuana.”

Researchers published in the journal Addiction wrote: “[W]e found that youth who used cannabis … had lower IQ at age 18, but there was little evidence that cannabis use was associated with IQ decline from age 12 to 18. Moreover, although cannabis use was associated with lower IQ and poorer executive functions at age 18, these associations were generally not apparent within pairs of twins from the same family, suggesting that family background factors explain why adolescents who use cannabis perform worse on IQ and executive function tests.”

Investigators concluded, “Short-term cannabis use in adolescence does not appear to cause IQ decline or impair executive functions, even when cannabis use reaches the level of dependence.”

Their findings are consistent with those of several other studies – including those here, here, and here– finding that cannabis use alone during adolescence does not appear to have a significant, direct adverse effect on intelligence quotient.

Further, as to Secretary Carson’s remarks in the context of the nations opioid epidemic, it is important to note that medical marijuana access is associated with reduced rates of opioid use and abuse, opioid-related hospitalizations, opioid-related traffic fatalities, and opioid-related overdose deaths.

Don’t let those who speak in outdated rhetoric fool you. Stay vigilant against those who maintain the systems of prohibitionist oppression.

Click here to tell your member of Congress to join the newly formed Congressional Cannabis Caucus, to find real policy solutions to reforming our nations marijuana laws in our quest to deschedule the plant. 

Alaska Proposes Rules For On-Site Consumption At Cannabis Establishments

Weed News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 14:30
Permitted social cannabis use is part of what I often refer to as the ‘second phase of legalization.’ A lot of people think that just because voters (or eventually a legislature) pass a...

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Lagunitas teams up with cannabis vape company to brew new IPA

Cannabist - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 14:19
Last week, Lagunitas debuted SuperCritical, an IPA made with marijuana terpenes provided by CannaCraft, a company that makes cannabis vape cartridges.

Study Suggests Increased Medical Cannabis Access Reduces Prescription Drug Use

Weed News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 13:59
Prescription drug use is a big problem in America. The United States accounts for 34 percent of the world market for pharmaceutical drugs, even though America only makes up 5 percent of the...

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