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Michigan Legalization Petition Submission Delayed Due To Finances

Weed News - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 15:00
A speech to the Michigan NORML  group (MINORML) by one of the officers of the Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) emphasized a pushed-back date for submission of...

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$10 million in Colorado cannabis taxes targeted to address teacher shortage

Cannabist - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:45
Gov. John Hickenlooper earmarked $10 million in marijuana sales tax money in his proposed 2018-19 budget to address problems of hiring and retaining teachers in Colorado, where as many as 3,000 teaching jobs are unfilled.

Illinois Senator Introduces Measure That Provides Cannabis As Alternative To Opioids

Weed News - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:30
Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) plans to introduce a measure aimed at tackling the opioid crisis by providing medical alternatives to prescription painkillers. The Alternatives to Opioids Act would...

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Op-ed: Curbing Colorado's opioid epidemic with cannabis

Cannabist - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:24
The Colorado opioid committee is reviewing legislative initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic, which fail to mention the use of cannabis as a potential treatment for addiction, and at minimum a solution for pain management that is proven to be less deadly.

BioTrackTHC Launches Traceability System To Preserve Washington Cannabis Industry

Weed News - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 13:48
BioTrackTHC, in cooperation with several competitors and Washington State’s cannabis industry at large, has successfully deployed the Universal Cannabis System (UCS), a statewide...

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Michigan Gubernatorial Candidates Holding Forum To Discuss Cannabis Issues

Weed News - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 16:47
Five candidates for Governor of Michigan will engage in a forum-style discussion in Ypsilanti on November 14 to discuss marijuana legalization, medical marijuana and law reform On Tuesday the issue...

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Study: CBD a “Therapeutic Candidate for Stroke Prevention”

The Joint Blog - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 09:00
Cannabidiol (CBD) may help to prevent strokes, according to a new study published by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) regulates functions throughout human physiology, including neuropsychiatric, cardiovascular, autonomic, metabolic, and inflammatory states”, begins the study’s abstract, which was published in-print by the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. “The complex cellular interactions regulated by the ECS suggest a potential for vascular disease and stroke prevention by augmenting central nervous and immune cell endocannabinoid signaling.”

Cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychoactive constituent of Cannabis, “is an immediate therapeutic candidate both for potentiating endocannabinoid signaling and for acting at multiple pharmacological targets.” According to reseachers, this “speculative synthesis explores the current state of knowledge of the ECS and suggests CBD as a therapeutic candidate for stroke prevention by exerting favorable augmentation of the homeostatic effects of the ECS and, in turn, improving the metabolic syndrome, while simultaneously stalling the development of atherosclerosis.”

The full study, conducted by researchers at Mayo Clinic’s Department of Neurology, can be found by clicking here.

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New York Adds PTSD As A Qualifying Condition For Medical Marijuana

Weed News - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 00:01
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill today that adds PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions for New York’s medical marijuana program. Today’s news out of New York is...

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New York Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medical Cannabis for PTSD

The Joint Blog - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 20:21
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that allows the medical use of cannabis for those with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The bipartisan legislation (A7006) adds PTSD to New York’s medical cannabis program, allowing those with the condition to become legal medical cannabis patients. As with other conditions that are part of the state’s medical cannabis program, those with PTSD will need to receive a recommendation from a physician and register with the state before they can legally purchase and use medical cannabis. Governor Cuomo signed the bill today, on Veterans Day.

A7006 received widespread, bipartisan support in New York’s Legislature. It was approved by the Assembly in May with a vote of 131 to 8, and was subsequential passed by the Senate 50 to 13. New York now becomes the 28th state to allow medical cannabis for PTSD.

“We thank Gov. Cuomo for his support of this compassionate bill. No one should have to leave the state to have access to a treatment that might help them have a better quality of life,” said Landon Dais, political director for the Marijuana Policy Project of New York.

Assembly Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried, sponsor of the bill, said, “Governor Cuomo’s action reflects growing recognition of the value of medical marijuana, and is another welcome step in the expanding and strengthening of New York’s medical marijuana program.”

“Gov. Cuomo should be applauded for helping thousands of New York veterans find relief with medical marijuana,” said Bob Becker, legislative director for the New York State Council of Veterans Organizations. “PTSD is a serious problem facing our state, and now we have one more tool available to alleviate suffering.”

Twenty-eight of the 29 states with medical marijuana programs will now allow patients with PTSD to qualify. In the only state that does not, Alaska, marijuana is legal and regulated for adults 21 and older. Bills to add PTSD to state medical marijuana programs were signed into law in Colorado, New Hampshire, and Vermont this year.

“Now, PTSD patients will have access to medical marijuana everywhere it is legally available,” Dais said. “Over the past two years, New York has made important strides toward having an inclusive, workable medical marijuana program. We urge legislators, Gov. Cuomo, and the Department of Health to continue improving the program. To better serve patients, the state should expand qualifying conditions, allow patients to use the type of cannabis products that work best for them, and reduce burdensome rules that drive up prices.”

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Why Does Rep. Pete Sessions Lack Compassion For Military Veterans?

Weed News - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 18:54
Like many Americans, I have friends and family that have served in the military. I always make sure to thank them for their service to our country, and not just on Veteran’s Day (although I...

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Maine Governor vetoes cannabusiness regulations

The Leaf Online - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 16:02

Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed legislation to initiate a regulated cannabis market that state voters called for in 2016 when they approved Question 1. On November 6, the Maine House let the veto stand. In his veto message, LePage said that he “cannot in good conscience support any scheme in state law to implement expansion of […]

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Cannabis May Treat Migraines, Finds New Study

The Joint Blog - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 06:59
Findings from a new study published in the journal European Journal of Pharmacology shows that cannabis may serve as an effective treatment for migraine headaches.

“Current anti-migraine treatments have limited efficacy and many side effects”, begins the abstract of the study. “Although anecdotal evidence suggests that marijuana is useful for migraine, this hypothesis has not been tested in a controlled experiment.” Thus, the present study “tested whether administration of ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) produces anti-migraine effects in the female rat.”

The results from the study “suggest that: 1) THC reduces migraine-like pain when administered at the right dose (0.32mg/kg) and time; 2) THC’s anti-migraine effect is mediated by CB1 receptors. These findings “support anecdotal evidence for the use of cannabinoids as a treatment for migraine in humans and implicate the CB1 receptor as a therapeutic target for migraine.”

The full study, conducted by researchers at Washington State University and Washington State University Vancouver, can be found by clicking here.

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ICBC Kauai Tickets Go Up At Midnight

Weed News - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 22:43
The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Kauai, Hawaii, is coming up this December 1st! Now is the time to cement your plans for the biggest and best cannabis-related...

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Op-ed: Colorado legalization anniversary nothing to celebrate

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 20:48
Colorado Springs Gazette editorial: It's the fifth anniversary of marijuana legalization, and the state remains an embarrassing cautionary tale.

Marijuana tax revenues start in 2018, but the real work starts now, proponents say

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 20:28
The Eagle County tax on recreational marijuana could generate an estimated $2 million annually, with the first $1.2 million earmarked for mental health and substance abuse programs in the Eagle River and Roaring Fork valleys.

Drive-Thru Marijuana Dispensary Opens Today In Las Vegas

Weed News - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 19:06
The cannabis consumer experience has evolved so much this decade. I remember in the 1990’s when I first started purchasing cannabis, and I would have to meet people in parking lots. The options...

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Canada Announces Consultation On Proposed Excise Duty Framework For Cannabis Products

Weed News - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 17:45
The current approach to cannabis is not working, and the Government of Canada is committed to legalizing, regulating and restricting access to cannabis to keep it out of the hands of kids, and...

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New Report Highlights Alarming Racial Disparities In Buffalo’s Marijuana Arrests

Weed News - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 17:15
On November 14th, the Partnership for the Public Good will release a report highlighting marijuana prohibition enforcement practices in Buffalo and their disparate impact on communities of color. The...

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New Jersey panel calls for expansion of medical marijuana conditions

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 17:13
The list of ailments that qualify a patient to use marijuana in New Jersey should cover more people, says a panel of doctors and health professionals that studied the issue for 19 months.

More veterans parlaying their military skills into cannabis careers

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 17:00
Meet the veterans in the cannabis industry: The skills they developed in the military, including discipline and work ethic, are welcomed by businesses.
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