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Powerful treatment for addiction, ibogaine, banned in US

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 15:47

State legislators, medical marijuana patients, doctors and adult cannabis consumers have been stymied in many ways by the federal listing of cannabis as a schedule 1 controlled substance. However, cannabis is not unique in that regard. For example, another powerful medicine plant, the iboga shrub, is likewise banned from medical use. What makes iboga a special case […]

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College students may do better with weed

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 23:04

Marijuana use among college students has taken another spike upward, according to a new survey, but these students’ grades may have likewise climbed. “As part of Inhale Labs’ Cannabis in College study, a series of surveys shows that daily or near-daily marijuana use among college students is accelerating faster than ever before, reaching 10.1% in […]

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Open letter: Gov. Brown, please give general amnesty for cannabis

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 15:58

Dear Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Governor of California. California voters legalized marijuana via Proposition 64 and you are no doubt aware that its provisions are retroactive. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act allows people to clear their court records going back 40 years. Certainly, you see the paradigm shift this implies: Not only cannabis legalization […]

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Federal report: Legalization lowers teen cannabis use

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 20:38

Have you heard the one about the state that legalized marijuana for adults and discovered that teens stopped using pot? Turns out it’s not a joke, according to the latest federal statistics on drug use. “Every time a state considers rolling back marijuana prohibition, opponents predict it will result in more teen use. Yet the […]

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Open letter: Obama, please deschedule cannabis before you go

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 18:16

Dear Barack Obama, President of the United States, You have only a few weeks left in office to make your final substantive, lasting changes on these United States of America. Please take five minutes, the sooner the better, to order the head of the DEA to remove marijuana from the CSA drug schedule, or alternatively […]

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Ban on CBD meds in DEA’s sights: Sign petition to deschedule

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 21:35

The argument as to whether or not CBD (cannabidiol) is a lawful product of hemp or marihuana / marijuana has been simmering on the back burner of the body politic, especially in that the Farm Bill passed by Congress allows products made from domestically grown industrial hemp, as long as that crop has less than […]

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Cannabis patients sue over DEA’s deception

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 15:45

Fake news has not only severely damaged the outcome and public confidence in the nation’s 2016 elections, deceit has been a foundation of Drug War politics for over 100 years. When President Obama signed an executive order in 209 requiring that his policies be based on science instead of politics, it sounded promising but has done very little to end […]

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Tomorrow is the Free-Ross-A-Thon, Support Ross Ulbricht Creator of The Silk Road

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 16:57

  Tomorrow, will be the Free-Ross-A-Thon, which aims to raise money to pay for Ross Ulbricht’s appeal. In case you have forgotten who Ross Ulbricht is, he is the creator of the deep web site The Silk Road, and three years ago he was arrested by federal agents and is now facing a double-life sentence […]

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Tennessee cities feud with state over cannabis ban

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 15:26

A new feud is shaping up in the state of Tennessee over cannabis, this time between state and local policies. Recently approved marijuana decriminalization ordinances in Memphis and Nashville conflict with Tennessee state drug laws and therefore may not be enforced, according to an opinion issued in November by the Office of the Attorney General. More to the point, state […]

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Thousands of CA marijuana prisoners being released

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 19:33

“I cannot overstate the significance of this,” said attorney Joe Rogoway of Santa Rosa, California. “It really is a paradigm shift.” Rogoway was talking about the shift caused by passage of Proposition 64, legalizing small amounts of marijuana for California adults and retroactively reducing penalties for tens of thousands of people with marijuana convictions. First […]

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Federal AG nominee raises concern for voters

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 15:52

President-Elect Donald Trump, who lost the popular vote in November but will take office anyway in what he calls a “rigged election,” took another misstep when he tapped Republican Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama for the position of United States Attorney General. The selection of Sessions, a long-time opponent of marijuana law reform whose positions contradict those taken […]

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National medical marijuana conference set for Berkeley

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 08:58

Faculty from around the world and across the US will present on their state-of-the-art scientific and medical research findings and clinical experiences, as well as cutting edge legal strategies and organizing tactics, at the 2017 National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics set for Berkeley, California. Cannabis: Protecting Patients and Reducing Harm On May 18-20, 2017, Patients Out […]

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Texas eyes relaxing marijuana possession penalty

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 15:48

By Heather Fazio. * A week after the tidal wave of legalization initiatives swept the nation in November 2016, HB 81, a bill to reduce penalties for simple marijuana possession was introduced in the Texas House of Representatives by Rep. Joe Moody of El Paso. It would remove the current criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana […]

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Women of Cannabis Respond to Altai’s Sexist ‘MeatGate’ Incident

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 18:24

  If a recent lawsuit brought by a defrauded, former Altai investor, wasn’t enough to ruin CEO Rob Weakley’s week, then his company’s decision to use a woman as a living meat-platter at a recent Las Vegas investors conference is the icing on his cake. As a man who has been involved in the cannabis legalization […]

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