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Marijuana (Cannabis) Information and News Wire

Currently there are 20 states and DC that allow for the use of medical marijuana and the tide for legalizing recreational use is on the rise.  Here you will find informative articles on the state of marijuana legalization and it’s potential health benefits from around the country.



DPA Report: NY Medical Cannabis Program Hard to Access

The Drug Policy Alliance issued a report saying patients and caregivers in New York State face significant obstacles to obtain medical marijuana because of geographic barriers, high product costs, and a dearth of physicians certified to recommend MMJ. The findings raise questions about the viability of New York’s medical cannabis industry as it’s currently structured, and whether …
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Hawaii Marijuana Activist Sues to Stop Dispensaries

A longtime cannabis activist in Hawaii has filed suit in U.S. District Court in an attempt to stop state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries from opening later this year. The suit is the brainchild of activist Mike Ruggles, who also faces criminal charges for illegally selling cannabis through a now-defunct MMJ collective, West Hawaii Today reported. Ruggles’ …
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Group Asks DEA to Make It Easier to Grow Hemp

A group of entrepreneurs, a former United States Attorney, farmers, state legislators, scientists, and environmentalists have petitioned the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to change its definition of marijuana to make it easier to grow a wider variety of industrial hemp plants. The current DEA definition of marijuana is too broad, and wrongly includes hemp, said Andy Kerr, …
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Can the CEO of Texas Cannabis Soften the State’s Approach to Pot?

Mark Graham Patrick Moran, CEO of Texas Cannabis, plans to turn the former cotton gin in Gunter into a facility to produce cannabis oil. The old cotton gin on the west edge of Gunter seems an odd place to launch an economic boom. A breeze blows through broken windows and holes in its rusting, corrugated …
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Competing Medical Cannabis Measures in AR Could Fail

Two campaigns to legalize medical cannabis in Arkansas could wind up killing each other in November if both of them somehow qualify for the ballot. “It will be enough to split the vote and both will fail,” one MMJ campaign manager told the Associated Press. Arkansans have already rejected medical cannabis once before, in 2012, when …
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Results of Unprecedented Cannabis Study Unveiled at Jerusalem Health Conference

5/29/2016 UPDATE: The Israel National Institute For Health Policy Research has provided us with a copy of the initial results from the study Health Utilization and Characterization of Patients Using Medical Cannabis in Israel. Here are the real facts of the study: Israel is seeing a significant increase in the use of medical cannabis. The law …
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Results of Unprecedented Cannabis Study Unveiled at Jerusalem Conference

The 6th International Jerusalem Conference on Health Policy, held May 23-25, provided a platform for exploring the dynamic evolution of health policy worldwide and acknowledging its complex, uncertain and interactive nature. Pesach Shvartzman, one of Israel’s leading family physicians and a prominent expert in both pain control and palliative medicine, took this opportunity to unveil …
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Cannabis Infused Cooking Oil

Cannabis infused cooking oils, commonly referred to as canna oils, are popular among patients and caregivers looking to infuse everything from salad dressings to sauces to baked goods. Most oils are vegan-friendly and extremely easy to add into recipes, making marijuana-infused cooking oils a must-have when it comes to cooking with cannabis at home. Additionally, infused cooking oils may …
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Germany to Completely Legalize Medical Marijuana by 2017

Germany is working towards legalizing marijuana for medical purposes by the spring of next year.  Under a draft proposal introduced this week by German Health Minister Hermann Gröhe, seriously ill patients will qualify for medical marijuana if they have no other treatment options or existing treatments are ineffective. Under the proposal, which was given preliminary approval …
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How Much is a Gram, Eighth, Quarter, Half, and Ounce of Weed?

Unless you’re one of the fortunate ones able to purchase cannabis in person at a local dispensary, you’ll generally get your medication from a delivery service, on a street corner, or from a friend [or even a friend of a friend]. Present laws and politics in most jurisdictions differ significantly so there is little chance …
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OLCC Approves Cannabis Tracking System 3rd Party Software Providers

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission and Metrc (TM) have approved four software solution providers whose products are compatible for integration with the Oregon Recreational Marijuana Program Cannabis Tracking System (CTS). These products will allow OLCC recreational marijuana licensees to electronically transmit inventory and sales data into the CTS, a time-saving step that eliminates the need for …
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Plenty of 420: Enjoy Your Smoke Sesh with a Very Stoned Nick Jonas, the Most Intimate Radiohead Show Ever, and Larry David

You Can Always Eat More, But You Can’t Eat Less On Monday night, Nick Jonas stopped by the Tonight Show to let Jimmy Fallon in on a little secret he’d been holding back for years. The youngest of the Jonas Brothers was set to present at the Young Hollywood Awards back in 2014 but decided …
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Cannabis and Breastfeeding: What They Don’t Want You to Know

We’re about to dive into a polarizing topic: cannabis and breastfeeding. I am not a doctor, so I’m not here to give you medical advice. Instead, I’m going to walk you through the various arguments for and against consuming cannabis while breastfeeding and then relay some first-hand testimonials exclusive to Marijuana.com. The trickiest part about …
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Anti-Drug-War Activist to Testify Before US Senate

The head of the nation’s leading drug policy reform organization will testify before a key Congressional panel on Wednesday. Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), will appear before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs as part of a roundtable looking at America’s demand for drugs and alternative policy approaches. …
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Colorado State University To Study Marijuana Legalization’s Impact On Communities

In the lead up to the successful marijuana legalization vote in Colorado in 2012, marijuana opponent Kevin Sabet made the outlandish claim that for every dollar that marijuana legalization would generate for Colorado, there would be ten dollars in ‘social costs.’ These ‘social costs’ include policing stoned drivers, dealing with an uptick in addiction, and a …
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Cool Consultations: Seeking MD or DO

Dr. Beverly A. Mikuriya is looking to add another MD or DO to work part time at her Medical Cannabis practice, Cool Consultations in Cool, CA. Continue to source Cool Consultations: Seeking MD or DO Physicians and Allied Professionals Employing Medical Cannabis in Patient Care    
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Integr8 Health: Seeking Physicians and Nurse Practitioners

A progressive integrative medicine practice is now seeking Full or Part time Physicians (DO or MD) and Nurse Practitioners to join our Manchester, Maine practice. Continue to source Integr8 Health: Seeking Physicians and Nurse Practitioners Physicians and Allied Professionals Employing Medical Cannabis in Patient Care    
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Clinic Ananda: Seeking Healthcare Provider (MD, DO, or PA)

We are looking for a healthcare provider (MD, DO, or PA) who is licensed and in good standing in the state of California. Continue to source Clinic Ananda: Seeking Healthcare Provider (MD, DO, or PA) Physicians and Allied Professionals Employing Medical Cannabis in Patient Care    
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Healthcare Provider (MD, DO, or PA)

Continue to source Healthcare Provider (MD, DO, or PA) Physicians and Allied Professionals Employing Medical Cannabis in Patient Care    
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Use of Prescription Pain Medications Among Medical Cannabis Patients

In 2015, researchers at the University of Michigan published the first systematic comparison among medical cannabis users who use and do not use prescription pain medications (PPMs). PPM users and nonusers did not exhibit any difference in either lifetime or past-3-month use of other drugs, including cocaine, sedatives, street opioids, and amphetamines. PPM users rated …
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U.S. AG Holder Grilled by Congressman Over Rescheduling Cannabis

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder found himself awash in a sea of congressional divide as members from both sides of the aisle addressed him regarding the reclassification of marijuana and as to why the Justice Department is failing to enforce the Controlled Substances Act. During a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Republicans were quick …
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Washington Senate passes bill merging medical, recreational marijuana regulations

In a bi-partisan vote on Saturday, the state Senate passed a bill that would make sweeping changes to the state’s marijuana laws. The bill would merge the state’s medical and recreational marijuana regulations. It would create a marijuana registry and require medical marijuana users and their providers have an authorization card. It would also rename …
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Washington Now Backpedaling on Number of Legal Pot Grows

The state Liquor Control Board received more than 2,800 applications from people hoping to grow the weed that will supply Washington’s recreational marijuana stores when they open later this year. In all, the applications would have covered 36 million square feet of marijuana plants, vastly more than the 2 million the board wanted produced initially. …
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Top Cops Issue Warning About Loosening Marijuana Laws

Prosecutors, police chiefs and sheriffs gathered Tuesday in Annapolis to push back against the growing movement to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana or to legalize recreational use of the drug altogether. At a news conference and at a Senate hearing, law enforcement leaders warned that loosening marijuana laws would undermine drug enforcement across …
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CBS New is Latest Pollster to Find a Majority Back Marijuana Legalization

86 percent of Americans think doctors should be able to prescribe marijuana for medical use The number of national pollsters confirming that a majority of Americans want marijuana legalized continues to grow. The latest is a new poll from CBS News which found 51 percent of Americans think the use of marijuana should be legal. Only 44 percent still think it should remain illegal. This represents an impressive swing in support for legalization in just the past few years. Just three years ago the same poll found support for legalization at only 40 percent with opposition at 51 percent. This CBS poll also Continue to full story....
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