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Watch: Cannabis ad a pitch-perfect parody of dire pharmaceutical commercials

Cannabist - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 01:51
Ad for Oregon delivery service Briteside reminds: "Sometimes you need to stop worrying and take a deep breath. Sometimes, you need cannabis."

Colorado marijuana shops maintain $136M pace for third straight month

Cannabist - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 23:11
Colorado marijuana shops sold a little more than $136.6 million in flower, edibles, concentrates and accessories for September 2017, according to The Cannabist's calculations on state tax statistics.

Liquid gold: Doctors rack up profits by drug testing urine

Cannabist - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 22:28
For Medicare and private insurance nationwide, spending on urine screens and related genetic tests quadrupled from 2011 to 2014 to an estimated $8.5 billion a year.

Cops shut down dispensary, then arrest workers who try to re-open it

Cannabist - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 18:10
About 40 pounds of marijuana were seized and seven people arrested after they re-entered a marijuana dispensary closed earlier in the day by police, Santa Ana authorities said.

Op-ed: Maine's governor wants to ignore the will of voters. He's not alone.

Cannabist - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 16:51
State legislators across the country, including Maine, are resisting the will of the people by gutting or even repealing citizen initiatives.

Maine officials say they will start surprise inspections on medical marijuana

Cannabist - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 15:53
Maine is cracking down on the distribution of medical marijuana by allowing surprise inspections and implementing a new patient tracking system.

Pennsylvania medical marijuana sign-ups continue at fast pace

Cannabist - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 15:21
More than 3,800 patients and 200 caregivers have registered for Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program in its first week.

CBD oil helps Colorado teen pursue dream of driving, racing

Cannabist - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:50
The availability and use of cannabis oil have given Chase Rief the opportunity to sit in the driver's seat and steer the direction in which his future will go.

Study: Low-Doses of THC May Reverse Cognitive Impairment in Aging Humans

The Joint Blog - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:17
According to an important new study published by the journal Neurobiology of Aging has found that low-doses of THC “may provide a safe and effective treatment for cognitive decline in aging humans”.

“This study was designed to test our hypothesis that an ultra-low dose of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) reverses age-dependent cognitive impairments in old mice and to examine the possible biological mechanisms that underlie this behavioral effect”, states the study’s abstract. “Old female mice aged 24 months that had been injected once with 0.002 mg/kg THC (3-4 orders of magnitudes lower than doses that induce the conventional cannabinoid effects in mice) performed significantly better than vehicle-treated old mice and performed similarly to naive young mice aged 2 months, in 6 different behavioral assays that measured various aspects of memory and learning.” The beneficial effect of THC lasted for at least 7 weeks.

The study states that; “The single injection of THC increased the level of Sirtuin1, an enzyme that has been previously shown to be involved in neuroprotection and neuroplasticity, in the hippocampus and in the frontal cortex of old mice”.

The study concludes by stating that; “These findings suggest that extremely low doses of THC that are devoid of any psychotropic effect and do not induce desensitization may provide a safe and effective treatment for cognitive decline in aging humans.”

The study, epublished ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health, can be found by clicking here.

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Study: Cannabis May Treat Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders

The Joint Blog - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:09
Cannabis have be an effective treatment option for those with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, according to a new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

“Cannabis and related compounds have recently been studied as promising therapeutic agents in treatment of neurodegenerative and movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease”, begins the study’s abstract. “In this review we have examined the potential benefits of medical marijuana and cannabinoids in the treatment of both motor and nonmotor symptoms as well as in slowing the progression of the disease. We have looked into any scientific evidence that indicates the potential use of marijuana and/or related compounds for the treatment of PD.”

According to researchers; “Current treatments of PD provide only relief of motor symptoms and are associated with adverse effects such as dyskinesia. In addition, these therapies do not slow the progression of the disease.” Therefore, “there is an urgent need for safer drugs that can treat both motor and nonmotor symptoms of PD as well as drugs that slow the progression of the disease.”

The study states that research studies “have provided evidence for the potential effectiveness of medical marijuana and its components in the treatment of PD as cannabinoids act on the same neurological pathway that is disrupted in Parkinson’s disease. Involvement of the endocannabinoid system in the regulation of motor behavior, the localization of the cannabinoid receptors in areas that control movement, and the effect of cannabinoids on motor activity indicate that cannabinoids can be potentially used in the treatment of movement disorders.”

Researchers claim that cannabis “has been shown to improve nonmotor symptoms of PD such as depression, pain, sleep, and anxiety. Moreover, components of cannabis have been demonstrated to have neuroprotective effect due to their anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, and antiexcitotoxic properties.”

The study concludes that; “Due to combination of the above mentioned beneficial effects, cannabis may provide a viable alternative or addition to the current treatment of Parkinson’s disease.”

The full study can be found by clicking here.

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Wisconsin Senate Unanimously Approves Bill to Legalize Hemp

The Joint Blog - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 09:46
The Wisconsin Senate has unanimously approved a measure that would legalize the production and cultivation of industrial hemp.

The Senate approved the hemp legalization measure with a vote of 33 to 0, sending it to the state’s Assembly. The Assembly is expected to pass the bill, which could happen as soon as today. If approved by the Assembly the measure would be sent to Governor Scott Walker who would have the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature or vetoing it (though a veto could be overturned by a 2/3rds vote in the legislature).

Under the proposed law, a system of state licenses would be established that could be obtained by farmers in order to legally grow and cultivate hemp. The legislation initially labelled hemp as having no more than 1% THC, but the Senate amended it so that the maximum THC is 0.3%; hemp being grown above this level would be illegal.

If the measure becomes law, Wisconsin would join theover 30 states that have legalized hemp.

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CN NS: Column: Strictly Regulated Legal Pot Environment Expected

MAP - Cannabis - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 08:00
The News, 09 Nov 2017 - Nova Scotians thinking that next July they'll be able to nip down to the corner pot shop whenever they want, might want to chill until they see the province's plan. Cannabis will be legal next summer, but the rules and regulations are yet to come and Nova Scotia, along with the other Atlantic Provinces, will create tightly controlled, strictly regulated environments.

CN ON: OPED: Still Much To Learn About Pot

MAP - Cannabis - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 08:00
The Sun Times, 09 Nov 2017 - Many Canadians can hardly wait for the day that the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal. As a doctor, I'm far less enthusiastic. I worry about two things: the experimental nature of marijuana in medical practice, and the public health consequences of legalized marijuana. Before you write me off as overly prudish or an anti-marijuana conservative, let me say that I'm not opposed to legalized marijuana in principle. I'm just paying attention to the evidence, or rather, the lack of it. My concern is that as marijuana becomes more easily available, Canadians may become more inclined to self-medicate with this drug.

New Jersey Governor-Elect Vows to Legalize Marijuana in First 100 Days

The Joint Blog - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 07:34
New Jersey voters have elected Philip D. Murphy as their next governor.

New Jersey Governor-elect Philip Murphy.

The election of Governor-elect Murphy comes as amazing news to advocates of marijuana legalization; the former Wall Street banker says he has a plan to legalize marijuana in his first 100 days in office. If successful, New Jersey would become the 9th state to legalize marijuana for personal use.

Governor-elect Murphy’s position on legalizing marijuana couldn’t be further from the position of outgoing Governor Chris Christie, who staunchly opposes legalization and has done everything in his power to weaken the state’s medical cannabis program. Christie is leaving office with the lowest approval rating for a governor in New Jersey history.

In May, State Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) unveiled a proposal that would legalize marijuana for those 21 and older, establishing a system of licensed and regulated cannabis retail outlets and cultivation centers. According to statewide Rutgers-Eagleton poll, 58% of voters in New Jersey support the move to legalize marijuana for adults.

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Marijuana Could Be Biggest Winner Of 2017 Election

Toke Signals - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:33

And 2018 Is Looking Nice, Too More politicians are realizing that marijuana reform is a winning issue. Tuesday’s election was a resounding win for cannabis law reform efforts. And in 2018, with all 435 Congressional seats up for grabs, along with 33 seats in the Senate and 36 governorships, the stakes will be even higher. The […]

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States Where Marijuana Is Legalized, Decriminalized or Medicalized

Celeb Stoner News - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:00
There are now eight states that have legalized marijuana (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington), 14 more with decriminalization laws and 46 with medical-marijuana laws.

CN ON: Bylaw Change For Pot Dispensary Denied

MAP - Cannabis - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:00
The Daily Press, 08 Nov 2017 - MOONBEAM - The town has snuffed out a request to amend its business licensing bylaw in order to accommodate a medical marijuana dispensary within the municipality. Robert Neron, a long-time user and advocate of medical marijuana, made a presentation to town council Monday night, with the hopes of opening a marijuana dispensary in Moonbeam by the spring of 2018.

CN MB: Legal Pot Dealers Lining Up At Government Door

MAP - Cannabis - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:00
Winnipeg Sun, 08 Nov 2017 - There's plenty of interest in selling legal pot in Manitoba. The province notes an expression of interest on the subject attracted more than 60 responses. Premier Brian Pallister said that bodes well for his government's goal to ensure official marijuana stores are accessible enough to undermine the black market.

Election: Ohio City Completely Depenalizes Marijuana

NORML Blog - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 04:24

Athens, OhioThe 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.”

Election: Pro-Legalization Phil Murphy Wins NJ Governor Race

NORML Blog - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 01:08

Trenton, NJ: After making the legalization of marijuana a core issue in both his primary and general election campaigns, Democratic candidate Phil Murphy has claimed victory in the New Jersey gubernatorial election over Republican Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno.

In fact, in his primary victory speech, Phil Murphy proclaimed his desire to sign a marijuana legalization bill within his first 100 days in office.

“Candidates across the country should take notice, as Phil Murphy won the Governor’s seat soundly because of, not in spite of, his open and vocal support for legalizing marijuana – a position supported by 65% of New Jersey voters and 64% of Americans nationwide,” said NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri, “NORML looks forward to working with Governor-Elect Murphy and other stakeholders in the state to end the disastrous policy of marijuana prohibition and to implement the moral, economic, and scientifically sound policy of legalization and regulation in the Garden State.”

Polling data released this week by Predictwise/Pollfish Survey revealed that a 65% of New Jersey voters support legalizing marijuana outright.

Currently in New Jersey, a possession conviction of anything under 50 grams of marijuana can carry a sentence of 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The ACLU-NJ found that police make a marijuana possession arrest in New Jersey on average every 22 minutes and that black New Jerseyans were three times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, despite similar usage rates.

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