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Massachusetts cannabis board taking shape, but anti-legalization members alarm advocates

Cannabist - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 16:43
A former business executive who opposed Massachusetts marijuana legalization was tapped Thursday to head the state Cannabis Control Commission.

Tiny Colorado town has a weed store for every 170 people

Cannabist - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 15:24
Parachute, a community of only about 1,200 people just off Interstate 70, has approved its seventh recreational marijuana store.

Rhode Island police looking for man who left $40K of marijuana in building

Cannabist - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 15:12
Police in Rhode Island say they have seized marijuana worth more than $40,000 and are now looking for the man who leased the building where it was found.

Santa Fe Mayor To Introduce Resolution To Establish A Municipal Drug Strategy Task Force

Weed News - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 14:45
Tonight at the Santa Fe City Council meeting, the Mayor of Santa Fe, Javier M. Gonzales, will introduce a resolution establishing a Municipal Drug Strategy Task Force charged with recommending...

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Learn from Colorado's mistakes, says former cannabis czar

Cannabist - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 14:22
If he had to do it all over again, Colorado's former marijuana czar Andrew Freedman would approach cannabis legalization by seeking out loads of data.

Michigan Patients And The Intended Consequence Of Action

Weed News - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 14:15
During a controversial meeting of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board on August 21, a proposal was made to order the closure of all businesses handling cannabis in the state of Michigan....

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Funeral March Planned To Demand Government Action On Overdose Awareness Day

Weed News - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 13:43
On August 31st, International Overdose Awareness Day, overdose prevention advocates will unite in their grief to demand more action from local and State government to decrease drug overdose deaths....

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How Does Medical Marijuana Affect Metabolism?

The Joint Blog - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 23:44

By GreenDoorWest

How Does Medical Marijuana Affect Metabolism?

One of the more relatable side effects of smoking marijuana is feeling hungry. Getting the munchies has always been a natural part of getting high, but it turns out that the influence of medical cannabis on the human digestive system is much more complicated than we initially thought. More specifically, it seems that marijuana can have a profound impact on the body’s metabolism, and could lead to better overall health as a result.

Lower Obesity and Diabetes Rates

At first glance, one would assume that eating junk food while stoned is a surefire way to gain a ton of weight and become unhealthy, but the fact is that there is plenty of evidence to suggest otherwise. In fact, despite plenty of stories of stoners eating food that would make a sober person think twice, it seems that those who partake are far less likely to become obese or diabetic. This is according to several recent studies, including one of the Inuit people, who are common marijuana smokers.

Cannabis and Metabolism

Overall, patients that smoke marijuana regularly seem to have an improved carbohydrate metabolism than nonsmokers and have less risk of developing high blood sugar, retaining fat, and having high cholesterol. But what gives?

Well, one leading theory as to why this happens is because of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Endocannabinoids are naturally produced by the body, and they can help regulate all kinds of internal systems such as digestion, mood, and movement.

Overall, it seems that smoking weed contributes to both increase one’s enjoyment of food while also reducing one’s appetite and ability to gain weight.

While more research needs to be conducted, it seems like smoking weed can have a net positive effect on your metabolism and lead to both weight loss and improved blood sugar.

Medical Marijuana Delivery

Although you should consult your doctor before trying any kind of alternative treatment, if you are taking weed for any reason, you should look into getting it delivered. Whether you smoke it or use other methods like a cannabis Epsom salts bath, delivery makes it easier for you to get what you need.

So, if you were looking for another reason to get high, it seems like your waistline may thank you for taking up the habit.

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AAA Is Doubling Down On Their Marijuana Distortions

NORML Blog - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 21:48

First, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of you who responded to NORML’s request to contact the American Automobile Association and urged them to “stop lying about marijuana legalization.”

But even as public and media pressure grows, AAA affiliates are doubling down on their reefer madness rhetoric.

At a recent AAA Texas-sponsored event, attendees were falsely told that drivers testing positive possess a 25-fold risk of accident compared to sober drivers. But the actual study cited by AAA concluded nothing of the sort. Rather, the study in question — conducted by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — determined that THC-positive drivers possessed virtually no statistically significant risk of motor vehicle accident compared to drug negative drivers.

Similarly, AAA Mid-Atlantic is continuing to distort the truth about cannabis. Despite having been provided with peer-reviewed evidence to the contrary, a recent reply by their Director of Public and Government Affairs office shows that the agency is refusing to listen to the facts with regard to cannabis regulation and traffic safety.

“We are deeply concerned that lawmakers are considering the legalization of recreational marijuana,” the AAA’s response states. “AAA opposes the legalization … of marijuana for recreational use because of its negative traffic safety implications.”

Yet, recent studies of federal crash data find that changes in the legal status of cannabis are not associated with a rise in traffic fatalities – and, in some instances, regulating cannabis has been associated with a reduction in deadly motor vehicle crashes.

Send AAA the facts in a message now

Nonetheless, AAA Mid-Atlantic opines, “The problem of drugged driving … will only get worse if [a] state legalizes it for recreational use.”

AAA further argues that a 2015 Governors Highway Safety report finds that “drugs were present in … fatally-injured drivers with known test results, appearing more frequently than alcohol.” However, AAA fails to acknowledge that the Governors report was primarily highlighting a rise in the presence of prescription medications and over-the-counter medications in fatally injured drivers. As acknowledged by the paper’s authors: “For this report, a drug is any substance that can impair driving. There are four categories of drugs: illegal drugs, legal non-medical drugs, prescription medications, [and] over-the counter medicines.” The Governors’ report also fails to identify whether the drug-positive drivers identified by the study were either impaired at the time of the crash or even culpable for the accident.

Further, the Governors’ report has fallen under scathing public criticism from other traffic safety groups, including MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), who publicly repudiated its interpretations. “There is no way you can say that drugs have overtaken alcohol as the biggest killer on the highway,” MADD responded. “The data is not anywhere close to being in a way that would suggest that.”

They’re correct. Specifically, a 2014 review of US fatal traffic accident data by researchers at the Pacific Research Institute in Maryland reported definitively that alcohol remains a greater contributor to crash risk than all other drugs combined, concluding: “Alcohol was not only found to be an important contributor to fatal crash risk, … it was associated with fatal crash risk levels significantly higher than those for other drugs. … The much higher crash risk of alcohol compared with that of other drugs suggests that in times of limited resources, efforts to curb drugged driving should not reduce our efforts to pass and implement effective alcohol-related laws and policies.”

If we are going to achieve sane policy solutions in regards to cannabis reform, it is essential that we call out those who seek to deceive the public, even if we appreciate their roadside assistance.

Take Action:

Tell AAA to stop spreading disinformation on the impacts of legalization.

Maryland medical marijuana licensee under federal investigation

Cannabist - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:15
The Maryland medical marijuana commission says it was unaware one of its dispensary licensees is under federal investigation for workplace discrimination.

Will Colorado's second-largest city vote on recreational cannabis sales in 2018?

Cannabist - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 19:02
Advocates for legalized recreational marijuana sales in Colorado Springs are setting their sights on a 2018 ballot proposal.

Spending bill would slash disaster relief by $1B to fund Trump's border wall

Cannabist - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 18:19
On its return next week, the House will take up a massive spending bill that would slash almost $1 billion from disaster accounts to help finance Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall.

What is the Best Way to Do Dabs? A Little Dab Will Do!

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 16:38

What is the Best Way to Do Dabs? Dabbing is the common terms for smoking or vaping concentrated cannabis. While it has been around for nearly a decade, there are still some uncertainties as to how to perform this technique.  TWB has posted about dabs before, but we wanted to give you the lowdown on [...]

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Anti-legalization group urges feds to "systematically shut down" cannabis industry

Cannabist - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 16:25
On the fourth anniversary of the Cole Memo, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) announced it had sent a report to Attorney General Jeff Sessions detailing how states that have legalized cannabis have failed to live up to that Obama-era guidance on enforcement priorities.

Sessions: "We must create and foster a culture that's hostile to drug use"

Cannabist - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 15:56
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called drug overdose deaths "the top lethal issue" in the U.S. and urged law enforcement and social workers to "create and foster a culture that's hostile to drug use."

NORML hosts national cannabis conference, federal lobby day

The Leaf Online - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:35

With a focus on expanding recent legalization gains, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws announced the schedule of its 2017 NORML Conference, expected to bring hundreds of cannabis reform advocates to Washington DC September 10 and 12. The conference is set for September 12. Early bird pricing ends soon, so right now […]

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Marijuana store splits residents in Alaska tourist town

Cannabist - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:22
The presence of a marijuana retail store has caused a deep divide in the quirky tourist town of Talkeetna, Alaska.

For Those Who Want to Lead Find Some Weed

The Weed Blog - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:06

For Those Who Want to Lead, Find Some Weed Looking at the world around me right now I have noticed, as I am sure many of you have, that people are angry. Just so happens there is an excellent relief for aggression out there. It can help people to chill out that temper a little [...]

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Connecticut: End The Budget Stalemate – Tax And Regulate Cannabis

Weed News - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 13:45
I received the following alert out of Connecticut. If you live in Connecticut, do your part: As fall approaches, Connecticut lawmakers are still struggling to reach a budget compromise. In May, both...

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WSLCB: Its High Time for Homegrow

Weed News - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 03:51
As each State goes through its legalization aches and pains Washington State is the only one that has not legalized homegrows. Originally slated for September 6th in Olympia but rescheduled to the...

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