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Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoes marijuana bill, saying federal future of legalization uncertain

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 16:09
Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill passed by the Maine legislature 11 days ago to regulate the retail sale of marijuana.

Alaska's marijuana sales continue to grow

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 14:49
Alaska's legal marijuana industry continues to grow, with the state collecting more than $720,000 in excise taxes from cultivators in September.

Men seeking medical marijuana bombard Pennsylvania gynecologist's office

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 14:27
A Pennsylvania gynecologist says she has been inundated with calls from men trying to set up appointments after hearing she was permitted to "prescribe" medical marijuana.

California Approves First Commercial Insurer For Marijuana Businesses

Weed News - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 14:00
Cannabis businesses licensed by the State of California may now purchase commercial insurance coverage from an admitted commercial insurance company. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has approved...

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Missouri Medical Marijuana Campaign Gathers 100k Signatures

Weed News - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 13:25
I received the following good news out of Missouri this morning: I am excited to let you know that our petitioners have now collected more than 100,000 signatures and submitted to the campaign! That...

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Garden store a front for career criminal's marijuana ring, Colorado police say

Cannabist - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 00:53
After months of investigation, Colorado police Wednesday arrested three people in connection with a marijuana trafficking ring they say used a Greeley business as a front.

Pete Holmes: The Most Important Cannabis Lawyer

Weed News - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 23:20
I live on the edge of Seattle and love it here. It’s not perfect, but it’s safer than most places I’ve traveled to in America as an American with a permanent tan. A place not just...

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Poll: Military Veterans Overwhelmingly Support Cannabis Reform

Weed News - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 21:00
American military veterans sacrifice a lot for their country. I have had friends and family serve in the military, and what they have to go through is something that no civilian could ever...

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Florida congressman slams Gov. Chris Christie for "outrageous" medical marijuana position

Cannabist - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 20:59
"The federal government has lied to the American people for a generation about cannabis in asserting that it has no medical value," Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz said.

MJ Freeway software firm fights cyberattacks, outages, missed deadlines and negative press

Cannabist - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 20:41
The groundbreaking cannabis software company struggles to maintain its mission despite high-profile setbacks in Washington and Nevada and negative press.

Friday Press Conference: New Mexico To Consider Adding Opioid Use Disorder To Medical Cannabis Program

Weed News - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 20:30
On Friday, November 3rd, New Mexicans will come together to urge the NM Department of Health to add opioid use disorder (OUD) as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis in the state. The petition...

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Connecticut Budget Signed, Marijuana Legalization Left Out

Weed News - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 20:00
I received the following disappointing news out of Connecticut today: On Tuesday, Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law a $41.3 billion, two-year state budget that increases taxes by approximately...

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Cops sentenced to community service for petty theft and vandalism during pot shop raid

Cannabist - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:54
Three Santa Ana police officers pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges and were sentenced to community service in connection with a pot shop raid caught on surveillance video in 2015.

American Legion: One in Five Veterans Use Marijuana To Alleviate A Medical Or Physical Condition

NORML Blog - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 18:46

In a new poll of US service veterans conducted by The American Legion and presented today on Capitol Hill, one in five veterans self-reported using marijuana to alleviate a medical or physical condition.

Flanked by lawmakers including Reps Tim Walz, Mark Takano, Julia Brownley, and Matt Gaetz, veterans presented their own personal stories of the efficacy of marijuana as a therapeutic treatment for a litany of conditions.

Other notable data points revealed by the survey:

  •  81% of veterans support federally-legal treatment
  • 60% of respondents do not live in states where medical cannabis is legal
  • 40% of respondents live in states where medical cannabis is legal
  • And the partisan divide is nearly non-existent:
    • 88% of self-identified conservative respondents support federally legalized medical
      cannabis
    • 90% of self-identified liberal respondents support federally legalized medical
      cannabis
    • 70% of self-identified non-partisan respondents support federally legalized medical
      cannabis

My favorite data point from their poll: 100% of respondents aged 18-30 support federally legalized medical cannabis.

You can support the same legislation that the American Legion supports, the Veterans Equal Access Act, which would allow those who have served our country to discuss and be recommended medical marijuana in the states that have implemented programs by CLICKING HERE. 

DYK: 83 percent of #veterans households surveyed support legalizing #MedicalCannabis use. #Vets4MMJResearch #PTSD #Cannabis #TBI pic.twitter.com/GhJxv4MgyC

— The American Legion (@AmericanLegion) November 2, 2017

American Legion poll: Veterans overwhelmingly support medical cannabis research, legalization

Cannabist - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 17:57
A new survey by the American Legion showing strong support in the military veterans community for medical marijuana research and legalization.

US: Stop Saying Marijuana Cures Cancer, FDA Warns

MAP - Hemp - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 07:00
New York Times, 02 Nov 2017 - WASHINGTON - Everyday Advanced Hemp Oil, Bosom Lotion and CBD Edibles Gummie Men may have their fans, but the Food and Drug Administration is not among them. Four companies selling those and dozens of other marijuana-derived dietary supplements have been warned by the F.D.A. to stop pitching their products as cures for cancer, a common but unproven claim in the industry.

US MI: Editorial: Vote No On 2 Detroit Medical Marijuana Ballot

MAP - Cannabis - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 07:00
Detroit Free Press, 02 Nov 2017 - Nine years after Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative that permits doctors to prescribe marijuana for therapeutic purposes, state and local lawmakers are still struggling to design a regulatory scheme that balances the interests of patients, providers and residents. Earlier this year, Michigan legislators finally adopted a new regime that establishes distinct licensing criteria for growing, processing, testing, transporting and distributing the drug, which is still forbidden by federal law, and dividing the tax revenues generated by those activities between the state and local governments.

US: Stop Saying Marijuana Cures Cancer, FDA Warns

MAP - Cannabis - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 07:00
New York Times, 02 Nov 2017 - WASHINGTON - Everyday Advanced Hemp Oil, Bosom Lotion and CBD Edibles Gummie Men may have their fans, but the Food and Drug Administration is not among them. Four companies selling those and dozens of other marijuana-derived dietary supplements have been warned by the F.D.A. to stop pitching their products as cures for cancer, a common but unproven claim in the industry.

Two-Thirds of Patients Stop Opioid Painkillers After Using Medical Marijuana: New Study

Toke Signals - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 22:52

Two of every three patients who start medicinal cannabis stop using opioid painkillers, according to preliminary results of a new study from Aclara Research. Aclara, which specializes in patient and consumer insights within the cannabis industry, on Wednesday released the preliminary results of their latest study examining patient usage of medical cannabis and the impact […]

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Court Rules New Jersey Must Consider Reclassifying Marijuana

The Joint Blog - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 22:25
The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court has ruled that the state must consider reclassifying marijuana due to the fact that marijuana’s health benefits are “abundantly and glaringly apparent now”.

The court ruled that Steve Lee, former director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, had the legal authority to reclassify marijuana away from Schedule 1 when he denied a request in 2014. The ruling says states that since New Jersey has now had a long-running medical marijuana program, the government must revisit the issue and again consider whether marijuana should be removed as a Schedule 1 drug, which indicates it has no medical value and is as dangerous as substances such as heroin.

According to Attorney Joseph Linares of Newark, who brought forth the case on behalf of inmate Steven Kadonsky, the state may decide to keep marijuana a Schedule 1 drug following the ruling, though they can’t do so because the substance has no medical value.

Linares says the ruling is “an important incremental step” toward reclassifying marijuana. “What this decision does recognize is the widespread acceptance of marijuana use in medical treatment,” says Linares.

To view the full 42-page ruling, click here.

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