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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.



Vermont MMJ Dispensaries Expecting Big Jump in Patient Counts

By Omar Sacirbey Vermont’s small medical marijuana industry could see its patient count more than double after the state added chronic pain to the list of conditions treatable with MMJ. Medical cannabis businesses in the state are now weighing how best to ramp up production to meet the increased demand. In addition to chronic pain, a …
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RI Cannabis Oil Firm Strikes Research Partnership

Two Rhode Island companies – a cannabis oil manufacturer and a biotech farm – are collaborating on tests to see if cannabis oils can be used to treat respiratory diseases. The collaborative effort teams Providence-based Nature’s Comfort Meds, the cannabis oil maker, with Beech Tree Labs, which is developing therapies to treat pulmonary disease, fibrosis, …
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Judge Forces Denver to Issue Rec Marijuana License

For perhaps the first time, a Colorado judge has ruled that a municipality erred in not granting a recreational marijuana business license to an entrepreneur. According to Colorado Public Radio, Denver medical cannabis dispensary the Pig ‘N Whistle was granted a business permit to start selling adult-use marijuana only after a Denver district court judge …
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Bank Nixes Marijuana Firm’s Crowdfunding Hopes

Crowdfunding may not be the simple solution that cash-starved marijuana start-ups can turn to for funding. In May, the Securities and Exchange Commission implemented new rules permitting small businesses to raise up to $1 million annually through crowdfunding. The move was hailed in the cannabis sector as a major breakthrough that would help entrepreneurs raise …
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Chart of the Week: Sales of Marijuana Concentrates, Edibles Surging in Colorado

By Marijuana Business Daily staff Demand for cannabis concentrates and edibles is exploding in Colorado, offering a window into trends that will likely play out in the larger marijuana industry over time. Retail sales of concentrates in the medical and recreational markets surged 125% in the first quarter of this year from the same period in …
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Governor Signs Law Making Pennsylvania the 24th Medical Marijuana State

Surrounded by hundreds of patients and advocates at the state capitol, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law a bill on Sunday afternoon that will make the Keystone State the 24th state in the nation, plus the District of Columbia, to pass a law creating an effective, comprehensive medical marijuana program. The bill, Senate Bill 3, …
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PAX 2 Vaporizer / Titan 2 Review – The Good, The Bad, The Hidden

Sponsored by Hydra Vapor Tech – Most people are familiar with [or have at least heard of] PAX — and for good reason. The San Francisco-based startup found jaw-dropping success in 2007 when they released the original PAX as one of the first portable, dry-leaf vaporizers of its kind. In a Fortune interview last year, the company boasted about how it generates more …
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The Dangers of Spice & Other Forms of Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic Marijuana Is Not The Same As Naturally Grown Cannabis Synthetic cannabinoids laced on plant material were first reported in the U.S. in December 2008, when a shipment of “Spice” was seized and analyzed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Dayton, Ohio. Spice or some other 500 names of synthetic drugs being marketed as …
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The Importance of Personalized Medicine and Its Role in the Cannabis Industry

Also known as “precision medicine, P4 medicine, and/or stratified medicine,” personalized medicine is the practice of tailoring medical decisions, prescriptions, practices, and interventions to a particular individual. The concept is simple, really: no two people share the same exact genetic content; seeing as genetics play a significant role in the efficacy of pharmaceuticals, why should two …
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Medical Marijuana Legalized in Australia

The Australian Parliament passed a measure Wednesday legalizing medical marijuana. The amendments to the Narcotic Drugs Act will allow cannabis to be legally grown for medical and scientific purposes for the first time in Australia. So How Will Australia’s New Medical Marijuana System Work? Up until this point, The Commonwealth had laws in place that permitted the importation of …
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Will Luxury Weed Rule the Legal Landscape of Tomorrow?

There are cars, and then there is Bentley. There are suits, and then there is Armani. There are secret agents, and then there is James Bond. Now, as we stand on the precipice of legalization in Canada, marijuana can and will be branded in a variety of ways, and one of them will be to …
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Changes In State Marijuana Laws Associated With Declining Teen Use

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director The passage of statewide laws regulating the consumption of cannabis by adults and/or qualified patients is not associated with increased rates of teen marijuana use, according to a statistical analysis of results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. CDC data reports that …
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Portland’s Marijuana Oversight Team Is Meeting Tonight

As I have stated several times before, Portland, Oregon is home to one of the best marijuana communities on the planet. Despite cannabis being legalized, there is still a lot of work to be done in Portland to improve marijuana laws. One thing in particular that needs to be fixed is allowing cannabis clubs. Below …
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Report: Too Few Patients Can Access Medicine Through New York’s Medical Marijuana Program

Today, the Drug Policy Alliance issued a report assessing the first four months on the state’s medical marijuana program. The report is in response to demand for information in the face of the absence of all but the most limited public information from the New York State Department of Health. The report, the first systematic …
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Press Conference: Pennsylvania House Judiciary Plans To Raise Marijuana Fines

The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote on a bill, HB 1422, that seeks to massively increase fines for marijuana possession. Although HB 1422 downgrades 30 grams of marijuana or less from a misdemeanor to a summary, those convicted will live with the burden of a criminal record. Legislators, marijuana reform advocates and …
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Treating Adult ADHD with Cannabis

The medical certificates of 30 patients with adult ADHD, who were granted approval by the German Health Ministry to use cannabis flowers between 2012 and 2014, were analysed with regard to course of disease, previous treatment efforts, and effects of self-medication with cannabis or therapy with cannabis-based medications. For adult patients with ADHD, who experience …
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Fatty Acid Binding Proteins (FABPs)

A presentation to the SCC in December 2015 by Cannabis researcher Dale Deutsch, Professor of BioChemistry and Cell Biology at Stony Brook University. Continue to source Fatty Acid Binding Proteins (FABPs) Physicians and Allied Professionals Employing Medical Cannabis in Patient Care    
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Minor Cannabinoids and Cannabis Terpenoids

A presentation to the SCC in December 2015 by research pioneer Ethan Russo MD, a board-certified neurologist and psychopharmacology researcher, and former Chairman of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines. Continue to source Minor Cannabinoids and Cannabis Terpenoids Physicians and Allied Professionals Employing Medical Cannabis in Patient Care    
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Cannabinoids and Epilepsy

A study recently published in Neurotherapeutics by researchers at the New York University School of Medicine reviews scientific evidence from pre-clinical and clinical trials of cannabinoids in epilepsy, which suggest that CBD avoids the psychoactive effects of the endocannabinoid system to provide a well-tolerated, promising therapeutic for the treatment of seizures. However, with many questions …
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Marijuana Use in Epilepsy: The Myth and the Reality

Researchers at Yale University published this review in Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports in 2015 with the goal of addressing the most important questions a clinician may have regarding the use of marijuana in epilepsy. They review data for the anticonvulsant properties of the different cannabinoids, mainly tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) and explore the …
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The Anti-Legalization Movement Has Become Self-Parody

You can't make this up. During testimony on a proposed bill to legalize marijuana in Maryland, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop cited a parody story about marijuana overdoses to make his case against legalization. From the Capital Gazette: Testifying against bills proposed to legalize and decriminalize marijuana in the state, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop cited a hoax story that claimed 37 people had died the first day marijuana was legalized in Colorado. “The first day of legalization, that's when Colorado experienced 37 deaths that day from overdose on marijuana,” Pristoop testified at Tuesday's Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing. “I remember the Continue to full story....
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Maryland Police Chief Cites Fake News Report in Senate Hearing

At a Maryland State Senate hearing to discuss decriminalizing marijuana Tuesday, a high-ranking law enforcement official betrayed his total ignorance about marijuana when he claimed that decriminalization would cause a slew of overdoses throughout the state. From the Capital Gazette: “The first day of legalization, that's when Colorado experienced 37 deaths that day from overdose on marijuana,” [Annapolis Police Chief Michael] Pristoop said in testimony at Tuesday's Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing. “I remember the first day it was decriminalized there were 37 deaths.” That information is straight from the Daily Currant, a well-known satirical news site, which claimed that Colorado hospitals were Continue to full story....
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These 5 Numbers Show Marijuana Legalization Is Going Well in Colorado

Limited marijuana possession has been legal for over a year in Colorado and retail shops have been open for almost two months. This means there is now real data showing that legalization is going well and mostly as its backers intended. These five numbers tell the story: 1) 77 percent decrease in state court marijuana cases - Legalization has caused marijuana arrest to plummet saving the state money. This drop is remarkable given that Colorado already had fairly liberal marijuana laws before Amendment 64 was approved. The Denver Post found, “the number of cases filed in state court alleging at least Continue to full story....
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MPP’s Mason Tvert Discusses Colorado Marijuana Tax Revenue On CNN

Last week, new estimates of the tax revenue that Colorado stands to gain from legal marijuana sales were released, and they are significantly greater than originally thought. Watch MPP's Mason Tvert discuss these revenue projections and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's plans for the extra money on CNN: Continue to full story....
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The Myth That America Was Once Close to Legalizing Marijuana

One persistent myth I keep encountering in marijuana policy is the idea America was really “close” to legalizing marijuana in the late 70′s before there was a backlash. The rehashing of this myth was the one big problem in what was otherwise a good Washington Post article about the history of the legalization. From the Washington Post: America has been at the edge of marijuana legalization several times during the past half-century, but never as close to mass acceptance of the drug as the nation is today. [...] The skies looked bright for legalization at several other points in recent decades, and Continue to full story....
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