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Vertical Companies And Viola Extracts Form Strategic Alliance

Weed News - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 16:00
Viola Extracts, an innovator in the application of medical cannabis established by former NBA star forward Al Harrington, and Vertical, one of the country’s leading vertically integrated...

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Inhaled Marijuana Augments Analgesic Efficacy Of Opiates According To Study

Weed News - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 15:30
The co-administration of inhaled cannabis and sub-therapeutic doses of oxycodone produces enhanced analgesic effects in human subjects, according to clinical trial data published in the...

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Marijuana odor could be "public nuisance" under proposed Vermont bill

Cannabist - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 15:22
Democratic state Rep. Cindy Weed says lawmakers may be “jumping the gun.”

What Was The Average Price For A Legal Pound Of Marijuana In 2017?

Weed News - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 14:56
Cannabis Benchmarks®, a division of New Leaf Data Services, LLC and the cannabis industry’s only independent assessor of wholesale prices, has released its Annual Review & Outlook:...

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Alaska marijuana tax collections hit new high in January

Cannabist - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 14:42
The state says it has hauled in roughly $7.4 million in marijuana taxes since collections began in October 2016.

Illinois lawmakers approve cannabis legalization ballot measure (Newsletter: March 2, 2018)

Marijuana Moment - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 12:47

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In televised remarks from the White House, President Trump strongly implied he supports executing people who sell illegal drugs.

The Illinois Senate voted to place a marijuana legalization question on the state’s November ballot.

A new Rhode Island bill would place a marijuana legalization question before voters in November. Lawmakers in at least right other states are weighing similar cannabis referendum proposals.

/ FEDERAL

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed the Drug Enforcement Administration to consider amending regulations governing aggregate productions quotas for Schedule I and II drugs.

President Trump nominated four people to serve on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

The White House hosted a summit on responding to opioid issues.

A recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit opinion highlights uncertainties surrounding bankruptcy proceedings involving marijuana-related assets.

An analysis suggests that the U.S. State Department is shifting away from a hardline stance on drug production in Colombia.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) said he doesn’t support legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana but does back the right of states to set their own laws.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) cited marijuana reform as an area where he can work with Republicans.

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted, “There have been far too many lives destroyed by the ‘war-on-drugs.'”

New Jersey Republican senatorial candidate Bob Hugin says he opposes legalizing marijuana but supports decriminalization.

A onetime aide to former Congresswoman Janice Hahn (D-CA) was convicted in federal court  of promising to “make things happen” for an unlicensed medical cannabis business business and taking a $5,000 bribe.

/ STATES

The New Jersey Assembly Regulatory Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee will hold a hearing on marijuana legalization on Monday. On a train trip to Washington, D.C., several legislators spoke about their position on ending prohibition.

The Vermont House of Representatives preliminarily approved a bill allowing police to test saliva for marijuana during traffic stops.

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally (R) is predicting that medical cannabis legislation will fail.

The New Hampshire House Ways and Means Committee may kill a marijuana legalization bill that already passed the full chamber.

The Connecticut General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee filed a bill directing state officials to “develop a plan to legalize and regulate the retail sale of marijuana in the state.”

The Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on legislation proposed by Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) to allow reciprocity for out-of-state medical cannabis patients, quintuple the number of dispensaries and add acute pain as a qualifying condition. Separately, a representative filed a bill to expand employment protections for patients.

Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidates all agreed on opposition to legalizing marijuana during a debate.

Minnesota lawmakers are considering legislation to let medical cannabis providers deduct business expenses from taxes.

Illinois lawmakers delivered petition signatures in support of adding intractable pain as a medical cannabis qualifying condition to the office of Gov. Bruce Rauner (R).

The chair of the Kentucky Senate Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection says he is working to move medical cannabis legislation forward.

Arkansas regulators released information about successful medical cannabis cultivation license applicants.

/ LOCAL

The Savannah, Georgia City Council approved a marijuana decriminalization ordinance.

A Denver County, Colorado judge declared a mistrial in a case against the founders of the International Church of Cannabis after prosecutors determined they couldn’t seat an impartial jury.

/ INTERNATIONAL

Greek lawmakers approved a bill to legalize medical cannabis production.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte ordered police and military personnel not to cooperate in investigations into the country’s bloody “war on drugs.”

Singapore’s health minister said the country should not decriminalize drugs.

/ OPINION & ANALYSIS

A Pew Research Center analysis, using data from a poll the organization conducted in January, shows that 71% of Millennials support legalizing marijuana.

/ BUSINESS

Organizers of the 1969 Woodstock music festival are suing the Woodstock American Products marijuana company over alleged trademark violations.

Alaska collected more than $1 million in marijuana tax revenue in January.

Bloomberg looks at the valuations of marijuana stocks.

Rolling Stone examines evolving efforts to test marijuana for contaminants.

Here’s a look at the tobacco industry’s evolving interest in marijuana.

/ CULTURE     

Texas Wesleyan University fired a baseball coach who said he wouldn’t recruit students from Colorado due to its marijuana legalization law.

Jimi Hendrix’s fingerprint card from when he was arrested for heroin and marijuana in 1969 is being auctioned.

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Baton Rouge Lawmakers Vote to Lower Marijuana Possession Penalties

The Joint Blog - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 09:37
An ordinance to make the possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana punishable by a fine rather than jail time has been approved by the Baton Rogue (Louisiana) Metropolitan Council.

The proposed law makes the first-time possession of up to 14 grams of marijuana a $40 fine. Second offenses would be a $60 fine, third offenses an $80 fine, and fourth and subsequent offenses an $100 fine. The ordinance now goes to Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome for consideration.

Broome says she  plans to “extensively review” the proposal, though she also says she has “no plans to veto” it. The measure could become law either through Broome’s signature, or her  inaction.

“My position aligns with BRPD and Chief Murphy Paul”, says Broome. “This ordinance will allow us to rededicate resources to felony offenders. It also attaches penalties to possession without the stigma of prison.”

Unfortunately once the law takes effect Baton Rogue police would still have the option of arresting those caught with marijuana under state law.  However, Baton Rouge Police Department Chief Murphy Paul said on Wednesday that police would only arrest individuals if they were not cooperating or refused to give identification to police.

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The Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act That Won’t Pass

Weed News - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 03:00
Tom Howard, a financial attorney advising institutions on the federal marijuana laws from before adult use was a thing, is back to discuss another non-answer that is floating its way through...

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Putting The Sesh In Sessions

Weed News - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 02:47
By Spencer Ward The marijuana industry is notoriously creative. Perhaps the best known example of this is the wild and wacky nomenclature of marijuana strains. Some are wholly original and...

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Hawaii Resolution Urges NFL to Allow Injured Players To Use Cannabidiol In Lieu Of Opioids

The Joint Blog - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 01:34
A resolution urging the National Football League (NFL) to allow players to use cannabidiol for medical purposes has been filed in Hawaii’s Senate.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 34 was filed today in the Hawaii Senate by Senator William Espero (D) along with seven cosponsors. The resolution states; “BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-ninth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2018, the House of Representatives concurring, that the National Football League is urged to allow injured National Football League players to use cannabidiol in pill or liquid form, in lieu of opioids, to address the pain from work-related injuries”.

The resolution also states; “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Commissioner of the National Football League and the respective General Managers of each of the teams that compose the National Football League.”

Senate Concurrent Resolution 34 has been assigned to the Senate Labor Committee. The full text of the measure can be found by clicking here.

Below is the reasoning behind the proposal:

WHEREAS, every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids, including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as illicitly manufactured fentanyl; and

WHEREAS, the misuse of and addiction to opioids is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare; and

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total economic burden of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78,500,000,000 per year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and involvement with the criminal justice system; and

WHEREAS, in 2015, more than 33,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose and an estimated 2,000,000 individuals in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, and 591,000 suffered from a heroin use disorder; and

WHEREAS, approximately 21 to 29 percent of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them; between eight and 12 percent develop an opioid use disorder; an estimated four to six percent of individuals who misuse prescription opioids transition to heroin; and about 80 percent of individuals who use heroin first misused prescription opioids; and

WHEREAS, this situation has become a public health crisis with devastating consequences, including increases in opioid misuse and related overdoses as well as a rising incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome due to opioid use and misuse during pregnancy; and

WHEREAS, the increase in injection drug use has also contributed to the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C; and

 WHEREAS, many National Football League players suffer from serious injuries during their careers due to the nature of their work and are often prescribed opioids to help alleviate the pain from their injuries; and

WHEREAS, the dangers of overuse and abuse of opioids have been well-documented; and

WHEREAS, however, research studies have demonstrated that cannabidiol is non-intoxicating but exerts a number of beneficial pharmacological effects–for instance, cannabidiol is anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory, antiemetic, and antipsychotic; and

WHEREAS, although cannabidiol is a component of marijuana, it does not produce the psychoactive effects that have made marijuana attractive for recreational use; and

WHEREAS, it may be preferable for and beneficial to the health and well-being of injured football players to be allowed to use cannabidiol in pill or liquid form, in lieu of opioids, to address the pain from their work-related injuries

 

A companion measure (House Resolution 40) was also filed in the House of Representatives by Representative John Mizuno.

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Marijuana Legalization Measure Approved by Full Illinois Senate

The Joint Blog - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 01:21
Legislation to place a marijuana legalization ballot measure on this November’s general election ballot has been passed by the Illinois Senate.

The Senate voted 37 to 13 today to approve Senate Bill 2275, sending it to the House of Representatives for consideration. The measure would ask voters; “Shall the State of Illinois legalize the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”

Unfortunately the proposal is nonbinding, meaning its passage wouldn’t actually legalize marijuana. Instead, it’s meant to give state lawmakers a gauge of how voters in the state feel about legalization. If the measure is approved by voters, it’s likely to lead to lawmakers giving the issue serious consideration during the 2019 session.

If Senate Bill 2275 is passed by the House of Representatives, it will be sent to Governor Bruce Rauner for consideration. In this instance Rauner would have the option of signing the measure into law, allowing it to become law without his signature (either approach would subsequently place the question on the November ballot), or veto it.

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New Studies Show Legal Access to Marijuana is Consistently Linked With Reduced Opioid Use

The Joint Blog - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 01:12
Two recently published studies have reaffirmed the relationship between legal access to marijuana and a reduction in opioid use.

In the first study, published by the Minnesota Department of Health, researchers assessed the prescription drug use patterns of 2,245 intractable pain patients participating in the state’s medical marijuana program. Among the patients known to be taking opiates upon enrollment in the program, 63 percent “were able to reduce or eliminate opioid usage after six months.”

“The consensus of the available data indicates that cannabis may play a potentially valuable role in mitigating the opioid public health crisis”, says Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of NORML.  “It is time to set aside canna-bigotry and to stop placing politics ahead of American lives.”

In the second study, Israeli researchers assessed the safety and efficacy of cannabis in a cohort of over 1,200 cancer patients over a period of six months. 96% of patients “reported an improvement in their condition.” Nearly half of respondents reported either decreasing or eliminating their use of opioids during the treatment period.

A third recently published clinical trial provides insight into explaining this relationship. Investigators from the United States and Australia and assessed the efficacy of inhaled cannabis and sub-therapeutic doses of oxycodone on experimentally-induced pain in a double-blind, placebo-controlled model. Researchers assessed subjects’ pain tolerance after receiving both substances separately or in concert with one another. While neither the administration of cannabis nor oxycodone alone significantly mitigated subjects’ pain, the combined administration of both drugs did so effectively.

Authors determined, “Both active cannabis and a low dose of oxycodone (2.5 mg) were sub-therapeutic, failing to elicit analgesia on their own; however, when administered together, pain responses … were significantly reduced, pointing to the opioid-sparing effects of cannabis.” They concluded, “Smoked cannabis combined with an ineffective analgesic dose of oxycodone produced analgesia comparable to an effective opioid analgesic dose without significantly increasing cannabis’s abuse liability.”

The new studies add to the growing body of research finding that cannabis access is associated with reduced rates of opioid use and abuse, opioid-related hospitalizations, opioid-related traffic fatalities, opioid-related drug treatment admissions, and opioid-related overdose deaths.

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Nebraska State Patrol seizes 199 pounds of marijuana in I-80 traffic stop

Cannabist - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 00:13
Officials estimated street value of the marijuana at $600,000.

Trump Talks Up Death Penalty For Drug Dealers

Marijuana Moment - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 21:07

President Trump, speaking at the White House on Thursday, seemed to imply he supports executing people who sell illegal drugs.

“Some countries have a very, very tough penalty. The ultimate penalty,” he said. “And by the way they have much less of a drug problem than we do. So we’re going to have to be very strong on penalties.”

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Report Cards Grading State Medical Marijuana Laws Released

Weed News - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 21:00
Today the medical cannabis advocacy organization, Americans for Safe Access, released its annual report entitled “Medical Marijuana Access in the United States: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the...

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All charges dismissed for Tennessee stores accused of selling CBD candy

Cannabist - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 20:35
Cops called the sting "Operation Candy Crush."

Marijuana Access Consistently Linked With Lower Opioid Use

Weed News - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 20:16
Patients routinely reduce or eliminate their use of prescription opiates following the use of medical cannabis; two recently published studies reaffirm this relationship. “The consensus of the...

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Illinois voters may be able to voice opinion on marijuana legalization under legislative proposal

Cannabist - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 20:07
A non-binding question on the November ballot would let voters say whether they support legalizing recreational marijuana.

Cannabis Access Consistently Linked With Lower Opioid Use: Studies

NORML Blog - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 19:26

Patients routinely reduce or eliminate their use of prescription opiates following the use of medical cannabis; two recently published studies reaffirm this relationship.

In the first study, published by the Minnesota Department of Health, investigators assessed the prescription drug use patterns of 2,245 intractable pain patients participating in the state’s medical cannabis access program. Among those patients known to be taking opiates for pain upon enrollment in the program, 63 percent “were able to reduce or eliminate opioid usage after six months.” The findings are similar to those of registered patients in other states’ medical cannabis programs, including Illinois, Michigan, and New Mexico, among others.

In the second study, Israeli researchers assessed the safety and efficacy of cannabis in a cohort of over 1,200 cancer patients over a period of six months. Ninety-six percent of patients “reported an improvement in their condition.” Nearly half of respondents reported either decreasing or eliminating their use of opioids during the treatment period.

A third recently published clinical trial provides insight into explaining this relationship. Investigators from the United States and Australia and assessed the efficacy of inhaled cannabis and sub-therapeutic doses of oxycodone on experimentally-induced pain in a double-blind, placebo-controlled model. Researchers assessed subjects’ pain tolerance after receiving both substances separately or in concert with one another. While neither the administration of cannabis nor oxycodone alone significantly mitigated subjects’ pain, the combined administration of both drugs did so effectively.

Authors determined, “Both active cannabis and a low dose of oxycodone (2.5 mg) were sub-therapeutic, failing to elicit analgesia on their own; however, when administered together, pain responses … were significantly reduced, pointing to the opioid-sparing effects of cannabis.” They concluded, “Smoked cannabis combined with an ineffective analgesic dose of oxycodone produced analgesia comparable to an effective opioid analgesic dose without significantly increasing cannabis’s abuse liability.”

The new studies add to the growing body of research finding that cannabis access is associated with reduced rates of opioid use and abuse, opioid-related hospitalizations, opioid-related traffic fatalities, opioid-related drug treatment admissions, and opioid-related overdose deaths.

Additional information regarding the association between cannabis and opioids is available from NORML’s fact-sheet here.

Minnesota medical marijuana patients report significant pain reduction

Cannabist - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 18:34
Officials say more than 60 percent of the state's 2,200-plus medical marijuana patients report significant reductions in pain.
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