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New York Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medical Cannabis for PTSD

The Joint Blog - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 20:21
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that allows the medical use of cannabis for those with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The bipartisan legislation (A7006) adds PTSD to New York’s medical cannabis program, allowing those with the condition to become legal medical cannabis patients. As with other conditions that are part of the state’s medical cannabis program, those with PTSD will need to receive a recommendation from a physician and register with the state before they can legally purchase and use medical cannabis. Governor Cuomo signed the bill today, on Veterans Day.

A7006 received widespread, bipartisan support in New York’s Legislature. It was approved by the Assembly in May with a vote of 131 to 8, and was subsequential passed by the Senate 50 to 13. New York now becomes the 28th state to allow medical cannabis for PTSD.

“We thank Gov. Cuomo for his support of this compassionate bill. No one should have to leave the state to have access to a treatment that might help them have a better quality of life,” said Landon Dais, political director for the Marijuana Policy Project of New York.

Assembly Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried, sponsor of the bill, said, “Governor Cuomo’s action reflects growing recognition of the value of medical marijuana, and is another welcome step in the expanding and strengthening of New York’s medical marijuana program.”

“Gov. Cuomo should be applauded for helping thousands of New York veterans find relief with medical marijuana,” said Bob Becker, legislative director for the New York State Council of Veterans Organizations. “PTSD is a serious problem facing our state, and now we have one more tool available to alleviate suffering.”

Twenty-eight of the 29 states with medical marijuana programs will now allow patients with PTSD to qualify. In the only state that does not, Alaska, marijuana is legal and regulated for adults 21 and older. Bills to add PTSD to state medical marijuana programs were signed into law in Colorado, New Hampshire, and Vermont this year.

“Now, PTSD patients will have access to medical marijuana everywhere it is legally available,” Dais said. “Over the past two years, New York has made important strides toward having an inclusive, workable medical marijuana program. We urge legislators, Gov. Cuomo, and the Department of Health to continue improving the program. To better serve patients, the state should expand qualifying conditions, allow patients to use the type of cannabis products that work best for them, and reduce burdensome rules that drive up prices.”

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Why Does Rep. Pete Sessions Lack Compassion For Military Veterans?

Weed News - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 18:54
Like many Americans, I have friends and family that have served in the military. I always make sure to thank them for their service to our country, and not just on Veteran’s Day (although I...

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Maine Governor vetoes cannabusiness regulations

The Leaf Online - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 16:02

Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed legislation to initiate a regulated cannabis market that state voters called for in 2016 when they approved Question 1. On November 6, the Maine House let the veto stand. In his veto message, LePage said that he “cannot in good conscience support any scheme in state law to implement expansion of […]

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Cannabis May Treat Migraines, Finds New Study

The Joint Blog - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 06:59
Findings from a new study published in the journal European Journal of Pharmacology shows that cannabis may serve as an effective treatment for migraine headaches.

“Current anti-migraine treatments have limited efficacy and many side effects”, begins the abstract of the study. “Although anecdotal evidence suggests that marijuana is useful for migraine, this hypothesis has not been tested in a controlled experiment.” Thus, the present study “tested whether administration of ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) produces anti-migraine effects in the female rat.”

The results from the study “suggest that: 1) THC reduces migraine-like pain when administered at the right dose (0.32mg/kg) and time; 2) THC’s anti-migraine effect is mediated by CB1 receptors. These findings “support anecdotal evidence for the use of cannabinoids as a treatment for migraine in humans and implicate the CB1 receptor as a therapeutic target for migraine.”

The full study, conducted by researchers at Washington State University and Washington State University Vancouver, can be found by clicking here.

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ICBC Kauai Tickets Go Up At Midnight

Weed News - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 22:43
The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Kauai, Hawaii, is coming up this December 1st! Now is the time to cement your plans for the biggest and best cannabis-related...

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Op-ed: Colorado legalization anniversary nothing to celebrate

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 20:48
Colorado Springs Gazette editorial: It's the fifth anniversary of marijuana legalization, and the state remains an embarrassing cautionary tale.

Marijuana tax revenues start in 2018, but the real work starts now, proponents say

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 20:28
The Eagle County tax on recreational marijuana could generate an estimated $2 million annually, with the first $1.2 million earmarked for mental health and substance abuse programs in the Eagle River and Roaring Fork valleys.

Drive-Thru Marijuana Dispensary Opens Today In Las Vegas

Weed News - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 19:06
The cannabis consumer experience has evolved so much this decade. I remember in the 1990’s when I first started purchasing cannabis, and I would have to meet people in parking lots. The options...

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Canada Announces Consultation On Proposed Excise Duty Framework For Cannabis Products

Weed News - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 17:45
The current approach to cannabis is not working, and the Government of Canada is committed to legalizing, regulating and restricting access to cannabis to keep it out of the hands of kids, and...

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New Report Highlights Alarming Racial Disparities In Buffalo’s Marijuana Arrests

Weed News - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 17:15
On November 14th, the Partnership for the Public Good will release a report highlighting marijuana prohibition enforcement practices in Buffalo and their disparate impact on communities of color. The...

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New Jersey panel calls for expansion of medical marijuana conditions

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 17:13
The list of ailments that qualify a patient to use marijuana in New Jersey should cover more people, says a panel of doctors and health professionals that studied the issue for 19 months.

More veterans parlaying their military skills into cannabis careers

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 17:00
Meet the veterans in the cannabis industry: The skills they developed in the military, including discipline and work ethic, are welcomed by businesses.

Licensed Oregon marijuana supplier arrested in Nebraska with van full of cannabis products

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:58
An Oregon marijuana processor was arrested in Nebraska on drug trafficking allegations after deputies reported discovering cannabis products in his U-Haul.

Global Statement Calls For International Action On Philippine Drug War Killings

Weed News - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:46
By David Borden A global coalition released a statement today calling for urgent measures to stop Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s murderous drug war and to seek justice. The...

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Six people pose as cops to rob a marijuana grow of 500 plants, cash and a truck

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 15:50
One of at least six people who allegedly posed as law enforcement to tie up and rob victims at a Calaveras County marijuana grow last month was arrested after a day day-long standoff with SWAT on Wednesday.

Maryland medical marijuana commission needs a new director

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 14:40
The executive director of Maryland's medical marijuana commission, Patrick Jameson, is resigning, effective November 30.

A melted mess of gold, silver: Marijuana farmers' savings plans all too vulnerable

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 14:01
Despite new California marijuana laws, many farmers remain uninsured and trapped in a cash economy that leaves them vulnerable to natural disasters.

Save The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, Save Cannabis

Weed News - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 11:20
Words followed by actions is what makes America great, your ability to make a difference. With so many agendas on cannabis policy from State to Federal, it’s hard to know how or what makes a...

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Voters in Athens, Ohio Vote to Depenalize up to 200 Grams of Marijuana, 10 Grams of Hash

The Joint Blog - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 04:14

By NORML

The Athens Cannabis Ordinance – better known as “TACO” – to completely remove all penalties for possessing, cultivating, and gifting of up to 200 grams of marijuana was approved by voters on election day by a vote of 77 percent to 23 percent.

In November 2016, four Ohio municipalities – Newark, Logan, Roseville, and Bellaire – passed similar depenalization ballot measures. Under Ohio state law, minor marijuana possession offenses are classified as a minor misdemeanor, punishable by a fine, but no jail time or criminal record.

“Voters overwhelmingly approved of TACO because the continued criminalization of adult marijuana use is out-of-step with the views of the vast majority of adults in the United States, 64 percent of whom now endorse legalizing and regulating cannabis,” said Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director. “While politicians continue to drag their feet, citizens are showing leadership at the local and state level in jurisdictions where the ability to achieve marijuana reform is possible at the ballot box.”

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Another state on brink of joining hemp farming ranks -- but will gov sign bill?

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 02:50
The legislation would establish state licenses for farmers who want to grow industrial hemp. People with drug convictions wouldn’t be eligible for the licenses.
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