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Study: Alcohol 10 Times More Likely to Cause Fatal Accident than Cannabis

The Joint Blog - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:44

By Bruce Barcott, Leafly.com

Researchers who examined drug tests from drivers involved in more than 3,600 auto crashes have found that alcohol is about ten times more likely to cause a fatal crash than cannabis.

In a study published earlier this month in the journal PLOS-One, scientists at the University of Lyon looked at data from all fatal accidents that occurred in France during 2011. They estimated the heightened risk of driving under the influence of various substances and found that “drivers under the influence of alcohol are 17.8 times more likely to be responsible for a fatal accident,” when compared to completely sober drivers. Drivers under the influence of cannabis, by contrast, are 1.65 times more likely to be responsible for causing a fatal accident.

Those findings are in line with most recent studies of alcohol and cannabis and driving risk. Earlier this year David Bienenstock investigated the sciencebehind drugged driving estimates, and found that THC-positive drivers have a 5% greater crash risk than drivers with no drugs or alcohol in their system. That figure came from the largest domestic case-control study to date, which was published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a federal agency. That same study found that drivers with a blood alcohol level of .08, the legal limit in most states, were 293% more likely to be involved in a crash. Texting drivers were 310% more likely to crash. 

Past investigations “have shown a decreased capacity of drivers under the influence of cannabis, in particular a decrease in attention, increased reaction time and reduced ability to control direction,” the French researchers noted. Drivers under the influence of alcohol “tend to drive faster, which goes hand in hand with an over-estimation of their own capacities,” the researchers added, “whereas drivers under the influence of cannabis tend to drive more cautiously.”

For a deeper look at the most widely respected and cited studies on driving under the influence, check out David Bienenstock’s feature, “Taking Drugged Driving Seriously: What Does the Science Say?” published earlier this year by Leafly.

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CN SN: A Little Pot On The Prairies

MAP - Hemp - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:00
Moose Jaw Times-Herald, 18 Nov 2017 - Saskatchewan Government looking to privatize marijuana Saskatchewan's government is not interested in operating pot shops. Instead, they want to concentrate on regulating the product.

Canada: OPED: Cannabis Is Canada's Moment To Lead

MAP - Cannabis - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 18 Nov 2017 - Sometimes it takes someone from outside Canada to make us realize what a great thing we have going. A few years ago, a Brazilian investment firm, 3G Capital, bought Canadian coffee icon Tim Hortons. In 1995, Labatt Brewery was swallowed up by Interbrew from Belgium, which was in turn merged with AmBev, also from Brazil. Richard Baker, an American, saw the potential in Hudson's Bay Co., which was struggling at the time, and paid more than $1.1-billion in 2008 for the 80 per cent of the chain that he didn't own (although his stake has since been reduced). While much has been written about the varying degrees of success each of these deals has had, one thing is clear: The buyers saw Canada and Canadian companies as worth investing in.

Michigan: Enough Signatures Gathered to Put Marijuana Legalization to a Public Vote

The Joint Blog - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 23:15
Marijuana legalization advocates in Michigan have gathered enough signatures to place the issue to a vote of the people during the November, 2018 general election.

The Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced this week that it’s gathered over 360,000 signatures on their initiative to legalize marijuana for everyone 21 and older. This is well more than the 252,523 valid signatures required by state law to place a ballot initiative on the ballot. However, before the group can submit the signatures they must first pay $30,000 to professional signature gatherers in order to obtain the petitions, something spokesperson Josh Hovey says should be accomplished by Thanksgiving.

The proposed initiative would legalize the possession, cultivation and use of marijuana for those 21 and older, while establishing a system of licensed marijuana retail outlets. Cannabis would be taxed with a 10% excise tax and a 6% sales tax, with funding going towards schools, local governments and road repairs.

If the initiative is placed on the ballot (which will come after the state verifies the signatures) and is passed by voters, Michigan would become the 9th state to legalize marijuana for personal use.

The Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is a partnership between the Marijuana Policy Project, the ACLU of Michigan, the Drug Policy Alliance, the National Patients Rights AssociationMichigan NORMLMI Legalize, the Michigan Cannabis Coalition, and lawyers from the State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section.

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California extraction rule helps scores of hash oil cases

The Leaf Online - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:22

The Bureau of Cannabis Control has released Emergency Regulations including a common sense rule change that provides relief for potentially hundreds of hash oil extraction cases with patients facing years in prison for using alcohol to make concentrates. Ethanol and CO2 extraction are officially non-volatile processes. “These regulations have provided the clarification we sought regarding […]

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Florida Man Calls 911 During Police Chase After Cops Smell Weed, Asks For Trump

Toke Signals - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:24

A Florida man called the cops to report the cops were chasing him on Tuesday morning, after officers smelled marijuana in his vehicle. The man asked the 9-1-1 operator for Donald Trump. It all started, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, when Aric Frydberg started acting suspiciously. A deputy went up to Frydberg’s car […]

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Connecticut: NORML Affiliate To Co-Host Gubernatorial Debate

NORML Blog - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 18:48

The Connecticut state chapter of NORML and the Yale University branch of the group Students for Sensible Drug Policy will co-host the inaugural gubernatorial candidate debate of the 2018 governor’s race. Candidates will be asked to weigh in on questions specific to adult use marijuana legalization, criminal justice reform, hemp production, and the state’s current medical marijuana program, among other issues.

Confirmed to appear at the event are: Middletown Mayor Dan Drew (D), former state Sen. Jonathan Harris (D) of West Hartford and Afghanistan war veteran Micah Welintukonis (R). Organizers are actively reaching out to additional candidates.

The debate is scheduled for Tuesday November 28, 2017, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Yale University’s Sheffield Sterling Strathcona, Room 114 at 1 Prospect Street in New Haven. The debate will be moderated Aaron J. Romano, legal advisor for Connecticut NORML and a member of NORML’s Legal Committee. The event will be live-streamed on the Connecticut NORML facebook page here.

Several legislative proposals to regulate the adult use and sale of cannabis in Connecticut were debated during the spring 2017 session. However, momentum for these efforts stalled after Democrat Gov. Dan Malloy publicly expressed his opposition to legalizing cannabis.

According to statewide polling, 63 percent of registered voters favor permitting adults to legally possess personal use quantities of cannabis. When considering new sources of tax revenue in Connecticut, 70 percent of voters support the idea of “legalizing and taxing marijuana.”

Congressman Burns Jeff Sessions For His ‘Good People Don’t Smoke Marijuana’ Comment

Toke Signals - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 20:20

Sessions Does The Usual: He Tries To Lie Out Of It Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) just burned Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a notorious pot-hater, for his “Good people don’t smoke marijuana” comment.   Rep. Steve Cohen just burned Jeff Sessions on his ‘good people don’t smoke pot’ comment pic.twitter.com/yLsLI1LUgh — NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 14, 2017  […]

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Study Finds Cannabinoids May Effectively Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The Joint Blog - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 02:25
Results of a new study “support the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids in patients with OSA [obstructive sleep apnea]”.

For the study, published in the journal Sleep and epublished ahead of print by the National Institute of Health, “73 adults with moderate or severe OSA received either placebo (N=25), 2.5mg dronabinol (N=21) or 10mg dronabinol (N=27) daily, one hour before bedtime for up to 6 weeks.” Dronabinol, also called Marinol, is a synthetic THC meant to mimic the effects of natural, cannabis-based THC.

‘These findings support the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids in patients with OSA” states the study’s abstract. “In comparison to placebo, dronabinol was associated with lower AHI [Apnea–hypopnea index], improved subjective sleepiness and greater overall treatment satisfaction. Larger scale clinical trials will be necessary to clarify the best potential approach(es) to cannabinoid therapy in OSA.”

The full study can be found by clicking here.

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Hemp Foods Now Legal in Australia

The Joint Blog - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 02:16
As of yesterday, November 12th, hemp food products are legal in Australia.

Toasted hemp seeds.

The new changes to the Food Standards Code were approved in April. The changes legalizes sale of low-THC hemp seed for use as food or to be placed in food products (such as cereals and baked goods). For hemp seed to be legally used as food, it  must contain less than 0.5% THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient found in the cannabis plant and found in minuscule amounts in hemp plants.

“Historically, hemp has been used as a source of fibre and oil”, states a press release from the Australian government. “Hemp seeds and oil are used in other countries, including in Europe, Canada and the United States of America, in a range of foods. Hemp seeds contain protein, vitamins, minerals and polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly omega-3 fatty acids.”

In Australia hemp has been legal for some time now for various uses including textiles and body care products. However, now is the first time hemp has been legal for consumption.

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Brace Yourself: CannaCon is Coming

Weed News - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 23:20
2017 is coming to an end and what better way to start the new year than to plan your next cannabis adventure. Last year Cannacon had a successful run throughout the country and next year will be no...

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"Show some compassion for people that are suffering": Cannabiz CEO Mason Walker asks Jeff Sessions

Cannabist - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 22:20
Mason Walker, CEO of East Fork Cultivars, an Oregon craft cannabis farm, talks about his work, the future of the cannabis industry, and the federal government.

Marijuana Industry Digital Marketplace Connects Businesses

Weed News - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 21:00
Today the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and Brainsy, Inc. unveiled the Cannabis Industry Digital Marketplace, the industry’s first comprehensive, SEO-enhanced, online platform...

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Massachusetts: Vote NO On The Brewster Cannabis Business Ban

Weed News - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 20:29
I received the following action alert out of Massachusetts today. If you live in the area, make sure to vote ‘no’: At Town Meeting tonight, Brewster voters will decide whether to ban...

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Maryland medical marijuana bill could boost African American businesses

Cannabist - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 20:24
Some Maryland lawmakers said they are planning to introduce a bill early next session to grant cannabis licenses to African-American business owners.

NORML France Conference: Think Change or Change The Bandage?

NORML Blog - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 19:45

Fresh off of an organizational restructuring, NORML France will be hosting their conference entitled “Cannabis: Think Change or Change the Bandage?” about the failure of French cannabis prohibition at Université la Sorbonne in Paris.

Their credo is simple, to explain that reform will benefit everyone, not only cannabis consumers.

From their website:

The “NORML France” Organization is aiming to inform citizens and give support to cannabis users by facilitating the access to the defence of their rights and reach health programs, promote scientific researches and bring together civil society actors in favor of a more comprehensive drug policy reform. Evidence of the failure of the so called “war on drugs” is no longer needed. Together, we are building a fair and effective regulatory model that focuses on health, safety, employment, social justice and human rights, with an inclusive strategy based on the cross-expertise of the cannabis users and involved professionals.

 

Speakers include Viola Ridolfi, Secretary General of Ceryx; Geneviève Garrigos , Former President of Amnesty International France; Nathalie Latour, Delegate General of the Addiction Federation; Fabrice Olivet, Director General of the Self-Support of Drug Users; and Katia Dubreuil, Magistrate at the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris, National Secretary of the Union of Magistrates.

More information about their conference can be found HERE.

You can follow the efforts of NORML France on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Massachusetts moratoriums may mean long drives for legal marijuana

Cannabist - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 18:05
Although retail sales of recreational marijuana can begin in July, many customers across northern Massachusetts may have to travel significant distances or wait several months to acquire the substance.

Now available in Vegas: drive-thru weed

Cannabist - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 17:17
The Nuwu Cannabis Marketplace offers fast food-style drive-thru on tribal land near downtown Las Vegas , including 15 popular flower, edible and concentrate products.

NY governor signs bill on Veterans Day to allow medical marijuana for PTSD

Cannabist - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 15:52
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Saturday to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana.

Budweiser's ex-marketing chief sees cannabis as the new craft beer

Cannabist - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 15:15
The former chief marketing officer for Anheuser-Busch is moving from barley and hops to cannabis as the alcohol industry casts its sights on the burgeoning market for state-sanctioned marijuana.
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