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Pro tip: When flushing weed to dodge cops, don't include container

Cannabist - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 13:45
A city of Aspen parks employee helped police by retrieving a black container with marijuana inside from the "waste collector" beneath the men's bathroom.

Study: Topical Marijuana Effective for Managing Pain Associated With Wounds, Can Reduce Opioid Use

The Joint Blog - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 07:04
Topical marijuana has the potential to improve pain management associated with wounds, according to a study published in the Journal of Pain Management and e-published ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

“Pain associated with integumentary wounds is highly prevalent yet it remains an area of significant unmet need within healthcare”, states the study’s abstract. “Currently, systemically administered opioids are the mainstay of treatment. However, recent publications are casting opioids in a negative light given their high side effect profile, inhibition of wound healing, and association with accidental overdose, incidents that are frequently fatal.” Thus, “novel analgesic strategies for wound-related pain need to be investigated”.

Researchers state that the ideal methods of pain relief for wound patients are “modalities that are topical, lack systemic side effects, non-invasive, self-administered, and display rapid onset of analgesia”, and; “Extracts derived from the cannabis plant have been applied to wounds for thousands of years”. The discovery of the “human endocannabinoid system and its dominant presence throughout the integumentary system provides a valid and logical scientific platform to consider the use of topical cannabinoids for wounds.”

In this study researchers “are reporting a prospective case series of 3 patients with Pyoderma Gangrenosum (PG) that were treated with Topical Medical Cannabis (TMC) compounded in non-genetically modified organic sunflower oil.”

They conclude that; “Clinically significant analgesia that was associated with reduced opioid utilization was noted in all 3 cases. TMC has the potential to improve pain management in patients suffering from wounds of all classes.”

The full study can be found by clicking here.

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US KY: Judge Questions Kentucky's Marijuana Ban

MAP - Hemp - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 07:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 22 Aug 2017 - Other states allow medical marijuana. Judge asks why Kentucky shouldn't join them. A Franklin Circuit Court judge on Tuesday asked attorneys for the state why Kentucky should not make medical marijuana available to patients who believe it might help them, given that "we've pretty much decriminalized" the drug around much of the nation and even in parts of the state.

Connecticut Board of Physicians Recommends Two New Medical Marijuana Conditions

The Joint Blog - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 05:16
The Connecticut Board of Physicians has voted to add two new medical conditions that qualify someone to become a legal medical marijuana patient.

The Board of Physicians on Friday unanimously approved adding both  “intractable headache syndromes” and “neuropathic facial pain” to the list of medical marijuana conditions for those 18 and older.  The commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection now has the final say in whether the conditions are actually added to the state’s list of medical marijuana conditions.

If the commissioner does approve of the conditions, they will join 22 other conditions, including:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Cachexia
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy
  • Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder

There are currently over 19,000 patients registered to legally use medical marijuana, and over 700 physicians making recommendations.

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In Defense of Philando Castile & Smoking Cannabis

The Weed Blog - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 23:20

In Defense of Philando Castile & Smoking Cannabis For the rest of my life, I will remember the name of Philando Castile, a 32 year old African American man who was racially profiled, pulled over and hastily, recklessly shot to death by former St. Anthony (Minnesota) police department officer Jeronimo Yanez. Yanez irrationally feared for [...]

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California county dampens plans to make entire town 420-friendly tourist destination

Cannabist - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 22:14
It appears that San Bernardino County may burn a company's plans to turn Nipton, California into a marijuana tourism mecca.

Translating A Victory From Citywide to Statewide

NORML Blog - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 20:57

NORML KC

Originally, NORML KC formed to focus on the criminal penalties. We looked towards fellow Missouri towns such as Columbia and St. Louis which had already decriminalized, and we wanted Kansas City to join those municipalities on a more progressive and tolerant path. Our initial goal was to reduce the current penalties in Kansas City for cannabis possession, remove the threat of jail time, and significantly lower the fine amount for less than 35 grams.

On April 4th of this year, after months of building our coalitions, speaking at town halls, and utilizing media and community outreach, Kansas Citians came out to show their support at the ballot box. We all watched as the results came in and Question 5 was overwhelmingly supported by 75 percent! That number is a remarkable achievement, especially considering the local newspaper, The Kansas City Star, and Mayor Sly James came out against the measure.

Question 5 Passed With Over 75% of the VoteNow, as we approach our chapter’s two-year anniversary at the end of August, we have a victory in hand and our sights are now set statewide for access.

Our grassroots group had little funding and was mainly supported by a core group of dedicated volunteers and activists who worked tirelessly gathering petition signatures to place the initiative on the ballot. We had many roadblocks and opportunities to give up, but instead, we chose to fight harder. Not only did we prove that Kansas Citians were ready to reform the city’s unjust marijuana laws, we also proved what a small group of committed activists could accomplish with passion and support from the National NORML chapter.

But we’re not going to stop there, because the result at the voting booth on April 4th is only the beginning of our success in Kansas City, and across the state of Missouri.

We are now taking the lessons of the ballot initiative and working with New Approach Missouri, a statewide medical cannabis initiative. The campaign is off to a strong start and has already collected over 50,000 signatures statewide. NORML KC is excited to be supporting this important effort, together with the other Missouri NORML chapters. United, we will bring positive change to our community and beyond.

Click here to support NORML KC’s work with a contribution

As part of this effort, we will be joining our fellow activists from across the country this September for the National NORML Conference and Lobby Day.

There, we will participate in a day of panels, trainings, and briefings to both better equip us with the knowledge and confidence we need to engage members of Congress and bring back the experiences from NORML chapters throughout the country back to Missouri to be more effective in our home state.

At this critical time in our nation’s history, we have reached an inflection point and it is essential to build the organization and power. If we could do it in KC – why not MO or DC?

Thanks for all that you have done, are doing, and will do in the future. We’re only going to win when we work together.

Jamie Kacz is the Executive Director of NORM KC, and the architect of the successful 2017 ballot initiative which decriminalized marijuana in Kansas City.

Click here to support NORML KC’s work with a contribution

You can follow NORML KC on Facebook and Twitter

Virginia Action Alert – Attend The Marijuana Decriminalization Commission Meeting

Weed News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 19:25
I received the following alert out of Virginia today: The Virginia State Crime Commission has rescheduled its meeting to present its findings on marijuana decriminalization. It’s important that...

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Former NFL-er Nate Jackson: Cannabis safer, more effective than opioids

Cannabist - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 19:10
It’s in the NFL’s interest to recognize now what its players did long ago: Cannabis is a far safer and more effective treatment for pain than the powerful and dangerous opioids the league is doling out.

Minnesota tribe banking on hemp

Cannabist - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:56
There's a lot of expectation invested in a few acres of hemp growing on the edge of the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota.

Michigan cannabis legalization advocates have raised half a million dollars to get on 2018 ballot

Cannabist - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:04
Michigan marijuana legalization organizers need to collect hundreds of thousands of signatures to get an initiative on the November 2018 state ballot.

Banks In Uruguay Are Refusing To Work With The Legal Cannabis Industry

Weed News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:00
In late 2013 Uruguay became the first country to pass a national cannabis legalization policy. It took a while for Uruguay to get its legal cannabis sales system into place, with legal sales not...

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Federal DOJ taskforce leak: Leave cannabis law to states

The Leaf Online - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:36

Ever since US Attorney General Jeff Sessions took power, one big question has been how his anti-cannabis bigotry would affect marijuana reform. Those concerns intensifed when Sessions surrounded himself with hand-picked prohibitionists. He then lobbied Congress to fund a new war on medical marijuana and revealed that his agency plans to step up property seizures […]

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California Marijuana Industry Is Putting Its Money On Gavin Newsom

Weed News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:30
By Phillip Smith Marijuana is already a multi-billion dollar a year business in California, and with recreational sales to adults coming online next year, it’s about to get even bigger. Now,...

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Second Meeting Of MMFLA Licensing Board Is Today

Weed News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:52
At 1:30 today in East Lansing the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will host the second public meeting of the MMFLA’s Licensing Board. The Licensing Board consist of five members, all...

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Op-ed: Colorado officials should speak out on fake marijuana data used by feds

Cannabist - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 13:37
Ricardo Baca guest commentary: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman should join Washington in calling out federal data as unreliable, misleading and inaccurate.

US MI: Communities Dilemma: Yes Or No To Medical Marijuana Businesses

MAP - Cannabis - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 07:00
Detroit Free Press, 21 Aug 2017 - To weed or not to weed? That is the question for Michigan's communities. As the state board that will regulate Michigan's new medical marijuana law begins to craft the rules that will govern the multimillion dollar industry, the state's cities, townships and villages must decide whether they want in or out.

Indiana Lawmaker to Introduce Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

The Joint Blog - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 06:17
A lawmaker in Indiana says he plans to introduce a bill to legalize medical marijuana.

Republican State Representative Jim Lucas (Seymour) says he has “every intention of introducing a bill that legalizes medical marijuana”, according to the Indy Star.

“I can’t comprehend how we can deny people something that provides them with relief that’s not addictive and is not killing anyone when we know for a fact that prescription opioids are killing people,” says Lucas, who has been seeking feedback from doctors, veterans organizations, cannabis advocacy groups like NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), and Facebook users.

According to Lucas, he still has “a lot to learn on this”, and that; “Right now, I’m drinking from a fire hose, reaching out to credible groups and individuals.”

Lucas would be the first Republican lawmaker to introduce a measure to legalize medical cannabis in at least five years.

“I understand this is going to be a minefield,” says Lucas. “My plan is to make this such an issue with the media and the people that the state will be forced to give it a proper hearing.”

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How Much Does Cannabis Cost Where You Live?

Weed News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 02:40
Cannabis has intrigued me since the first time I consumed it in the early 1990’s. Since that time I, as many others had before me, got particularly fascinated in the types of cannabis that...

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Cannabis industry "deluged" with résumés from millennials

Cannabist - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:06
Millennials are the first generation of college graduates who can job-hunt in the legal marijuana industry, and many are showing an interest.
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