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Exclusive: Snoop Dogg bankrolls marijuana crop in stoner comedy "Grow House"

Cannabist - 5 hours 9 min ago
Sneak Peek: DeRay Davis and Lil Duval play entrepreneurs trying to get into the marijuana biz. But when everything that can go wrong does, they call on The Doggfather.

Marijuana Arrest Data Absent From Latest FBI Crime Report; Arrests Up 6%

Toke Signals - 5 hours 19 min ago

Arrests for marijuana are up 6 percent since 2015, but you’d never know that from the latest FBI report. Tabulations calculating the percentage of annual cannabis “violations” nationwide are absent from the 2017 edition of the FBI Uniform Crime Report, which the agency released on Monday, September 25. The table, ’Arrests for Drug Abuse Violations: Percent […]

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Potency, Packaging, Price: Getting It Right With Lowell Smokes Pre-Rolled Joints

Toke Signals - 5 hours 59 min ago

There’s no mistaking Lowell Smokes pre-rolls for anything other than a craft cannabis product. That impression begins with the tasteful and attractive packaging, but it doesn’t stop there. While some elaborately packaged upmarket marijuana products don’t quite measure up to their presentation in terms of potency, Lowell’s ready-rolls have that most important of follow-throughs covered: […]

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Developmentally disabled man evicted from group home for using medical marijuana

Cannabist - 6 hours 30 min ago
A developmentally disabled man in Maine was evicted from a federally funded group home for using medical marijuana to help calm seizures.

Habu Health: Data Driven Research and Education in Cannabis

The Weed Blog - 6 hours 30 min ago

 Habu Health and Smart Cannabis With cannabis legalization comes the opportunity for cannabis education.  We are currently living in a society (in the U.S. anyway) where we have been fed decades of propaganda and conjecture by the federal government, and actual studies and research about cannabis (much less factual public education) have been virtually impossible. [...]

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Marijuana Arrest Data Absent From Latest FBI Uniform Crime Report

NORML Blog - 7 hours 12 min ago

Tabulations calculating the percentage of annual marijuana arrests nationwide are absent from the 2017 edition of the FBI Uniform Crime Report, which the agency released today.

The table,’Arrests for Drug Abuse Violations: Percent Distribution by Region,’ had for decades appeared in the section of the FBI report entitled ‘Persons Arrested.’ It was one of over 50 tables eliminated from this year’s edition of the Crime report. NORML had relied on the table in order to extrapolate and publicize annual marijuana arrest data, which it has tracked since 1965.

According to the latest FBI report, police made 1,572,579 arrests for illicit drug offenses in 2016. This total represents nearly a six percent increase in arrests since 2015.

Although data with regard to what percentage of these drug arrests were marijuana-related was absent from this year’s report, the FBI did provide percentages by request to Marijuana Majority‘s Tom Angell, who summarized the data in a column for Forbes.com.

The unpublished data estimates that police made 653,249 arrests for cannabis-related violations in 2016. Of these, 587,516 arrests (90 percent of all marijuana arrests) were for possession-related offenses.

The arrest total is an increase from 2015 figures and marks the first year-to-year uptick in nationwide marijuana arrests in nearly a decade. The uptick comes at a time when eight states have enacted laws to regulate the adult use of cannabis and when public support for legalizing the plant is at a record high.

“The recent uptick in the number of marijuana arrests is unprecedented in recent years, especially given the rate of state-level reform we have seen. This combined with the FBI’s disturbing change of protocol and lack of transparency in the publishing of arrest records only further demonstrates the need for state lawmakers to respect the will of the majority of their constituents and end the practice of marijuana prohibition once and for all,” said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal.

Nevada cuts off Las Vegas cannabis testing lab

Cannabist - 7 hours 59 min ago
Officials confirmed that Las Vegas marijuana testing laboratory G3 Labs was suspended but the Department of Agriculture determined no product recalls were necessary.

New FBI Report Shows Drug Arrests Increased In 2016

Weed News - 8 hours 2 min ago
According to the FBI’s latest Uniform Crime Report released today, law enforcement agencies in the US made more than 1.57 million arrests for drug law violations in 2016, a 5.63% increase over the...

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Study: 24% of Cancer Patients Use Medical Marijuana, 74% Want More Info

The Joint Blog - 8 hours 54 min ago
According to a new study published in the journal Cancer, nearly one in four cancer patients have consumed medical marijuana in the past year, with more than one in five having consumed it in the past month.

“Cannabis is purported to alleviate symptoms related to cancer treatment, although the patterns of use among cancer patients are not well known”, states the study’s abstract. “This study was designed to determine the prevalence and methods of use among cancer patients, the perceived benefits, and the sources of information in a state with legalized cannabis.”

For the study, “A cross-sectional, anonymous survey of adult cancer patients was performed at a National Cancer Institute–designated cancer center in Washington State. Random urine samples for tetrahydrocannabinol provided survey validation.”

926 cancer patients completed the survey, with a median age of 58 years. “Most had a strong interest in learning about cannabis during treatment”, with 74% wanting “information from cancer providers.”

Previous cannabis use was common (66%), 24% used cannabis in the last year, and 21% used cannabis in the last month.” Researchers state that; “Random urine samples found similar percentages of users who reported weekly use (27 of 193 [14%] vs 164 of 926 [18%]). Active users inhaled (153 of 220 [70%]) or consumed edibles (154 of 220 [70%]); 89 (40%) used both modalities.” Cannabis was used primarily for “physical (165 of 219 [75%]) and neuropsychiatric symptoms (139 of 219 [63%]).” Legalization significantly increased the likelihood of use in more than half of the respondents.

Researchers conclude by stating; “This study of cancer patients in a state with legalized cannabis found high rates of active use across broad subgroups, and legalization was reported to be important in patients’ decision to use. Cancer patients desire but are not receiving information about cannabis use during their treatment from oncology providers.”

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Massachusetts High Court: Field Sobriety Tests Are Not Valid Measures For Determining Marijuana-Induced Impairment

NORML Blog - 9 hours 13 min ago

Standard roadside field sobriety tests (FST) are not reliable indicators of marijuana-induced impairment, according to a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

Justices determined that there is a lack of scientific consensus as to the validity of FSTs for determining whether a subject is under the influence of cannabis. They opined: “There is ongoing disagreement among scientists, however, as to whether the FSTs are indicative of marijuana impairment. In recent years, numerous studies have been conducted in an effort to determine whether a person’s performance on the FST is a reliable indicator of impairment by marijuana. These studies have produced mixed results. … We are not persuaded … that the FSTs can be treated as scientific tests establishing impairment as a result of marijuana consumption.”

As a result, justices ruled that police may only provide limited testimony with regard to a defendant’s FST performance. An officer “may not suggest … on direct examination that an individual’s performance on an FST established that the individual was under the influence of marijuana,” the court determined. “Likewise, an officer may not testify that a defendant ‘passed’ or ‘failed’ any FST, as this language improperly implies that the FST is a definitive test of marijuana use or impairment.”

The court further ruled that a police officer may not testify “without being qualified as an expert [as] to the effects of marijuana consumption [or] offer an opinion that a defendant was intoxicated by marijuana [because] no such general knowledge exists as to the physical or mental effects of marijuana consumption, which vary greatly amongst individuals.”

Attorneys Steven Epstein and Marvin Cable filed an amicus curiae brief in the case on behalf of national NORML.

The case is Commonwealth v. Gerhardt.

Cannabis Industry Experts Share Advice on Successful Career Transitioning

The Weed Blog - 9 hours 16 min ago

Cannabis Industry Experts Share Advice on Successful Career Transitioning “Can you give me any advice on how to transition to the Cannabis Industry?” This is the question I get asked most. Let me start by saying that opportunities in the cannabis Industry are vast and the numbers are enticing. Entrepreneur Magazine says that 283,000 Cannabis [...]

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How Vail Valley ranchers created a zero-carbon footprint marijuana farm

Cannabist - 10 hours 23 min ago
Pot Zero farm says they grow the most environmentally conscious marijuana products in Colorado and beyond, an outdoor operation with no carbon footprint.

Drug abuse -- and testing -- in workforce a growing challenge for American businesses

Cannabist - 11 hours 6 min ago
29 percent of employers reported impaired job performance due to painkiller use, while 15 percent cited an injury or near miss they attributed to drugs.

Texas pilot gets 3 years for weed smuggling flight

Cannabist - 12 hours 10 min ago
A Texas pilot who flew from Oregon to Arizona to Texas drew law enforcement attention must serve three years in federal prison for marijuana smuggling.

Another Colorado town considers lifting ban on retail marijuana businesses

Cannabist - 12 hours 18 min ago
Longmont could lift its years-old pot-shops ban and allow up to four businesses to sell marijuana and marijuana products this week.

Vermont officials finalize medical marijuana license applicants

Cannabist - 12 hours 57 min ago
Five groups remain in the running for medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation licenses in Vermont.

Weed replacing alcohol as substance of choice for some teens

Cannabist - 13 hours 42 min ago
A recent study found teens are increasingly avoiding alcohol consumption. For some of them, it is because they prefer the effects of marijuana.

Drug Policy Alliance To Host 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

Weed News - 23 hours 10 min ago
How will the Trump Administration impact drug policies in America? What will happen with states that have legalized marijuana and those that are considering similar policies? What can be done to...

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Washington State Should Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol

Weed News - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 23:20
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board have announced a date to hear from the public in regards to homegrows and in that email, they pose three options they are considering. Three...

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Minnesota: Public Hearing Next Week On Expanding Medical Marijuana Conditions

Weed News - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 16:45
I received the following alert out of Minnesota: This is a reminder that the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program will be holding its second New Condition Review Panel Meeting on Tuesday, September 26,...

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