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Licensed Oregon marijuana supplier arrested in Nebraska with van full of cannabis products

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:58
An Oregon marijuana processor was arrested in Nebraska on drug trafficking allegations after deputies reported discovering cannabis products in his U-Haul.

Global Statement Calls For International Action On Philippine Drug War Killings

Weed News - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:46
By David Borden A global coalition released a statement today calling for urgent measures to stop Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s murderous drug war and to seek justice. The...

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Six people pose as cops to rob a marijuana grow of 500 plants, cash and a truck

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 15:50
One of at least six people who allegedly posed as law enforcement to tie up and rob victims at a Calaveras County marijuana grow last month was arrested after a day day-long standoff with SWAT on Wednesday.

Maryland medical marijuana commission needs a new director

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 14:40
The executive director of Maryland's medical marijuana commission, Patrick Jameson, is resigning, effective November 30.

A melted mess of gold, silver: Marijuana farmers' savings plans all too vulnerable

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 14:01
Despite new California marijuana laws, many farmers remain uninsured and trapped in a cash economy that leaves them vulnerable to natural disasters.

Save The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, Save Cannabis

Weed News - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 11:20
Words followed by actions is what makes America great, your ability to make a difference. With so many agendas on cannabis policy from State to Federal, it’s hard to know how or what makes a...

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CN YK: Pro-Cannabis Respondents Smoke Dissidents

MAP - Hemp - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 08:00
Whitehorse Star, 10 Nov 2017 - A significant majority of Yukoners are behind the federal government's plan to legalize marijuana for recreational use A significant majority of Yukoners are behind the federal government's plan to legalize marijuana for recreational use and believe it's acceptable to occasionally use the drug for exactly that reason.

Voters in Athens, Ohio Vote to Depenalize up to 200 Grams of Marijuana, 10 Grams of Hash

The Joint Blog - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 04:14

By NORML

The Athens Cannabis Ordinance – better known as “TACO” – to completely remove all penalties for possessing, cultivating, and gifting of up to 200 grams of marijuana was approved by voters on election day by a vote of 77 percent to 23 percent.

In November 2016, four Ohio municipalities – Newark, Logan, Roseville, and Bellaire – passed similar depenalization ballot measures. Under Ohio state law, minor marijuana possession offenses are classified as a minor misdemeanor, punishable by a fine, but no jail time or criminal record.

“Voters overwhelmingly approved of TACO because the continued criminalization of adult marijuana use is out-of-step with the views of the vast majority of adults in the United States, 64 percent of whom now endorse legalizing and regulating cannabis,” said Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director. “While politicians continue to drag their feet, citizens are showing leadership at the local and state level in jurisdictions where the ability to achieve marijuana reform is possible at the ballot box.”

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Another state on brink of joining hemp farming ranks -- but will gov sign bill?

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 02:50
The legislation would establish state licenses for farmers who want to grow industrial hemp. People with drug convictions wouldn’t be eligible for the licenses.

Watch: Cannabis ad a pitch-perfect parody of dire pharmaceutical commercials

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 01:51
Ad for Oregon delivery service Briteside reminds: "Sometimes you need to stop worrying and take a deep breath. Sometimes, you need cannabis."

Colorado marijuana shops maintain $136M pace for third straight month

Cannabist - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 23:11
Colorado marijuana shops sold a little more than $136.6 million in flower, edibles, concentrates and accessories for September 2017, according to The Cannabist's calculations on state tax statistics.

Liquid gold: Doctors rack up profits by drug testing urine

Cannabist - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 22:28
For Medicare and private insurance nationwide, spending on urine screens and related genetic tests quadrupled from 2011 to 2014 to an estimated $8.5 billion a year.

Cops shut down dispensary, then arrest workers who try to re-open it

Cannabist - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 18:10
About 40 pounds of marijuana were seized and seven people arrested after they re-entered a marijuana dispensary closed earlier in the day by police, Santa Ana authorities said.

Op-ed: Maine's governor wants to ignore the will of voters. He's not alone.

Cannabist - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 16:51
State legislators across the country, including Maine, are resisting the will of the people by gutting or even repealing citizen initiatives.

Maine officials say they will start surprise inspections on medical marijuana

Cannabist - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 15:53
Maine is cracking down on the distribution of medical marijuana by allowing surprise inspections and implementing a new patient tracking system.

Pennsylvania medical marijuana sign-ups continue at fast pace

Cannabist - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 15:21
More than 3,800 patients and 200 caregivers have registered for Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program in its first week.

CBD oil helps Colorado teen pursue dream of driving, racing

Cannabist - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:50
The availability and use of cannabis oil have given Chase Rief the opportunity to sit in the driver's seat and steer the direction in which his future will go.

Study: Low-Doses of THC May Reverse Cognitive Impairment in Aging Humans

The Joint Blog - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:17
According to an important new study published by the journal Neurobiology of Aging has found that low-doses of THC “may provide a safe and effective treatment for cognitive decline in aging humans”.

“This study was designed to test our hypothesis that an ultra-low dose of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) reverses age-dependent cognitive impairments in old mice and to examine the possible biological mechanisms that underlie this behavioral effect”, states the study’s abstract. “Old female mice aged 24 months that had been injected once with 0.002 mg/kg THC (3-4 orders of magnitudes lower than doses that induce the conventional cannabinoid effects in mice) performed significantly better than vehicle-treated old mice and performed similarly to naive young mice aged 2 months, in 6 different behavioral assays that measured various aspects of memory and learning.” The beneficial effect of THC lasted for at least 7 weeks.

The study states that; “The single injection of THC increased the level of Sirtuin1, an enzyme that has been previously shown to be involved in neuroprotection and neuroplasticity, in the hippocampus and in the frontal cortex of old mice”.

The study concludes by stating that; “These findings suggest that extremely low doses of THC that are devoid of any psychotropic effect and do not induce desensitization may provide a safe and effective treatment for cognitive decline in aging humans.”

The study, epublished ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health, can be found by clicking here.

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Study: Cannabis May Treat Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders

The Joint Blog - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:09
Cannabis have be an effective treatment option for those with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, according to a new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

“Cannabis and related compounds have recently been studied as promising therapeutic agents in treatment of neurodegenerative and movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease”, begins the study’s abstract. “In this review we have examined the potential benefits of medical marijuana and cannabinoids in the treatment of both motor and nonmotor symptoms as well as in slowing the progression of the disease. We have looked into any scientific evidence that indicates the potential use of marijuana and/or related compounds for the treatment of PD.”

According to researchers; “Current treatments of PD provide only relief of motor symptoms and are associated with adverse effects such as dyskinesia. In addition, these therapies do not slow the progression of the disease.” Therefore, “there is an urgent need for safer drugs that can treat both motor and nonmotor symptoms of PD as well as drugs that slow the progression of the disease.”

The study states that research studies “have provided evidence for the potential effectiveness of medical marijuana and its components in the treatment of PD as cannabinoids act on the same neurological pathway that is disrupted in Parkinson’s disease. Involvement of the endocannabinoid system in the regulation of motor behavior, the localization of the cannabinoid receptors in areas that control movement, and the effect of cannabinoids on motor activity indicate that cannabinoids can be potentially used in the treatment of movement disorders.”

Researchers claim that cannabis “has been shown to improve nonmotor symptoms of PD such as depression, pain, sleep, and anxiety. Moreover, components of cannabis have been demonstrated to have neuroprotective effect due to their anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, and antiexcitotoxic properties.”

The study concludes that; “Due to combination of the above mentioned beneficial effects, cannabis may provide a viable alternative or addition to the current treatment of Parkinson’s disease.”

The full study can be found by clicking here.

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Wisconsin Senate Unanimously Approves Bill to Legalize Hemp

The Joint Blog - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 09:46
The Wisconsin Senate has unanimously approved a measure that would legalize the production and cultivation of industrial hemp.

The Senate approved the hemp legalization measure with a vote of 33 to 0, sending it to the state’s Assembly. The Assembly is expected to pass the bill, which could happen as soon as today. If approved by the Assembly the measure would be sent to Governor Scott Walker who would have the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature or vetoing it (though a veto could be overturned by a 2/3rds vote in the legislature).

Under the proposed law, a system of state licenses would be established that could be obtained by farmers in order to legally grow and cultivate hemp. The legislation initially labelled hemp as having no more than 1% THC, but the Senate amended it so that the maximum THC is 0.3%; hemp being grown above this level would be illegal.

If the measure becomes law, Wisconsin would join theover 30 states that have legalized hemp.

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