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Nevada Gaming Commission worried about legal weed drawing federal attention

Cannabist - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 21:05
The Nevada Gaming Commission hopes to address problems the state's legalization of recreational marijuana may present during an upcoming special meeting.

Marijuana Container Planting: A Primer

The Weed Blog - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 19:07

Marijuana Container Planting: A Primer Container planting is one of the most common methods of growing cannabis. Aside from convenience, container planting allows for better and much more thorough maintenance operations. This method has paved the way for the development of special cannabis plant containers for optimized gardening. Now, growing your own supply of cannabis [...]

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To solve the opioid crisis, go after Big Pharma, not drug users

Cannabist - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 17:17
Op-ed: The “round ’em up and corral ’em” approach didn’t work. Let’s not go down that path again. Here are some simple alternatives.

Legal firms walk line on state and federal marijuana laws

Cannabist - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:48
A number of Philadelphia-area law firms are setting up practices to serve the cannabis industry despite concerns of an uncertain future.

Social use marijuana clubs will soon be legal in Denver, but how many will open?

Cannabist - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 15:02
Colorado's largest city is on the brink of licensing some of the nation's first legal marijuana clubs, but Denver's elaborate hurdles for potential weed-friendly gathering places may mean the city gets few takers for the new licenses.

NFL players consider cannabis for concussions

The Leaf Online - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 14:54

As the NFL awaits the response of the NFL Players Association, determining whether they will accept their offer to work together to study the potential use of medical marijuana as a pain management tool for players — marking a possible change in the NFL’s attitude toward marijuana—questions about the drug’s safety remains. Is it safe? […]

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Spreads Marijuana Myths

NORML Blog - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 14:36

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Giving remarks to the Native American Housing Association, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson strayed into the marijuana reform debate. Unfortunately, the doctor did not know his facts.

Per the Flathead Beacon:

The HUD secretary briefly strayed from his prepared remarks to note that he believed marijuana use was just as problematic as opiate abuse.

“I’m not all that enthusiastic about marijuana because there have been numerous studies that show exposing a developing brain to marijuana can lead to lower IQs,” he said. “We already have enough people with a low IQ, and we don’t need anymore.”

The ongoing stereotype of marijuana consumers may be funny in movies, but it runs counter to evidence based science.

NORML has reported on three studies over the last year and a half that have come out dispelling this myth.

In London, United Kingdom, researchers concluded, “In summary, the notion that cannabis use itself is causally related to lower IQ and poorer educational performance was not supported in this large teenage sample.”

Data published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences led researchers to conclude: “In the largest longitudinal examination of marijuana use and IQ change, … we find little evidence to suggest that adolescent marijuana use has a direct effect on intellectual decline. … [T]he lack of a dose-response relationship, and an absence of meaningful differences between discordant siblings lead us to conclude that the deficits observed in marijuana users are attributable to confounding factors that influence both substance initiation and IQ rather than a neurotoxic effect of marijuana.”

Researchers published in the journal Addiction wrote: “[W]e found that youth who used cannabis … had lower IQ at age 18, but there was little evidence that cannabis use was associated with IQ decline from age 12 to 18. Moreover, although cannabis use was associated with lower IQ and poorer executive functions at age 18, these associations were generally not apparent within pairs of twins from the same family, suggesting that family background factors explain why adolescents who use cannabis perform worse on IQ and executive function tests.”

Investigators concluded, “Short-term cannabis use in adolescence does not appear to cause IQ decline or impair executive functions, even when cannabis use reaches the level of dependence.”

Their findings are consistent with those of several other studies – including those here, here, and here– finding that cannabis use alone during adolescence does not appear to have a significant, direct adverse effect on intelligence quotient.

Further, as to Secretary Carson’s remarks in the context of the nations opioid epidemic, it is important to note that medical marijuana access is associated with reduced rates of opioid use and abuse, opioid-related hospitalizations, opioid-related traffic fatalities, and opioid-related overdose deaths.

Don’t let those who speak in outdated rhetoric fool you. Stay vigilant against those who maintain the systems of prohibitionist oppression.

Click here to tell your member of Congress to join the newly formed Congressional Cannabis Caucus, to find real policy solutions to reforming our nations marijuana laws in our quest to deschedule the plant. 

Alaska Proposes Rules For On-Site Consumption At Cannabis Establishments

Weed News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 14:30
Permitted social cannabis use is part of what I often refer to as the ‘second phase of legalization.’ A lot of people think that just because voters (or eventually a legislature) pass a...

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Lagunitas teams up with cannabis vape company to brew new IPA

Cannabist - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 14:19
Last week, Lagunitas debuted SuperCritical, an IPA made with marijuana terpenes provided by CannaCraft, a company that makes cannabis vape cartridges.

Study Suggests Increased Medical Cannabis Access Reduces Prescription Drug Use

Weed News - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 13:59
Prescription drug use is a big problem in America. The United States accounts for 34 percent of the world market for pharmaceutical drugs, even though America only makes up 5 percent of the...

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Pro tip: When flushing weed to dodge cops, don't include container

Cannabist - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 13:45
A city of Aspen parks employee helped police by retrieving a black container with marijuana inside from the "waste collector" beneath the men's bathroom.

Study: Topical Marijuana Effective for Managing Pain Associated With Wounds, Can Reduce Opioid Use

The Joint Blog - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 07:04
Topical marijuana has the potential to improve pain management associated with wounds, according to a study published in the Journal of Pain Management and e-published ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

“Pain associated with integumentary wounds is highly prevalent yet it remains an area of significant unmet need within healthcare”, states the study’s abstract. “Currently, systemically administered opioids are the mainstay of treatment. However, recent publications are casting opioids in a negative light given their high side effect profile, inhibition of wound healing, and association with accidental overdose, incidents that are frequently fatal.” Thus, “novel analgesic strategies for wound-related pain need to be investigated”.

Researchers state that the ideal methods of pain relief for wound patients are “modalities that are topical, lack systemic side effects, non-invasive, self-administered, and display rapid onset of analgesia”, and; “Extracts derived from the cannabis plant have been applied to wounds for thousands of years”. The discovery of the “human endocannabinoid system and its dominant presence throughout the integumentary system provides a valid and logical scientific platform to consider the use of topical cannabinoids for wounds.”

In this study researchers “are reporting a prospective case series of 3 patients with Pyoderma Gangrenosum (PG) that were treated with Topical Medical Cannabis (TMC) compounded in non-genetically modified organic sunflower oil.”

They conclude that; “Clinically significant analgesia that was associated with reduced opioid utilization was noted in all 3 cases. TMC has the potential to improve pain management in patients suffering from wounds of all classes.”

The full study can be found by clicking here.

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US KY: Judge Questions Kentucky's Marijuana Ban

MAP - Hemp - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 07:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 22 Aug 2017 - Other states allow medical marijuana. Judge asks why Kentucky shouldn't join them. A Franklin Circuit Court judge on Tuesday asked attorneys for the state why Kentucky should not make medical marijuana available to patients who believe it might help them, given that "we've pretty much decriminalized" the drug around much of the nation and even in parts of the state.

Connecticut Board of Physicians Recommends Two New Medical Marijuana Conditions

The Joint Blog - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 05:16
The Connecticut Board of Physicians has voted to add two new medical conditions that qualify someone to become a legal medical marijuana patient.

The Board of Physicians on Friday unanimously approved adding both  “intractable headache syndromes” and “neuropathic facial pain” to the list of medical marijuana conditions for those 18 and older.  The commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection now has the final say in whether the conditions are actually added to the state’s list of medical marijuana conditions.

If the commissioner does approve of the conditions, they will join 22 other conditions, including:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Cachexia
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome with Chronic Radiculopathy
  • Severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Irreversible Spinal Cord Injury with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
  • Terminal Illness Requiring End-Of-Life Care
  • Uncontrolled Intractable Seizure Disorder

There are currently over 19,000 patients registered to legally use medical marijuana, and over 700 physicians making recommendations.

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In Defense of Philando Castile & Smoking Cannabis

The Weed Blog - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 23:20

In Defense of Philando Castile & Smoking Cannabis For the rest of my life, I will remember the name of Philando Castile, a 32 year old African American man who was racially profiled, pulled over and hastily, recklessly shot to death by former St. Anthony (Minnesota) police department officer Jeronimo Yanez. Yanez irrationally feared for [...]

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California county dampens plans to make entire town 420-friendly tourist destination

Cannabist - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 22:14
It appears that San Bernardino County may burn a company's plans to turn Nipton, California into a marijuana tourism mecca.

Translating A Victory From Citywide to Statewide

NORML Blog - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 20:57


Originally, NORML KC formed to focus on the criminal penalties. We looked towards fellow Missouri towns such as Columbia and St. Louis which had already decriminalized, and we wanted Kansas City to join those municipalities on a more progressive and tolerant path. Our initial goal was to reduce the current penalties in Kansas City for cannabis possession, remove the threat of jail time, and significantly lower the fine amount for less than 35 grams.

On April 4th of this year, after months of building our coalitions, speaking at town halls, and utilizing media and community outreach, Kansas Citians came out to show their support at the ballot box. We all watched as the results came in and Question 5 was overwhelmingly supported by 75 percent! That number is a remarkable achievement, especially considering the local newspaper, The Kansas City Star, and Mayor Sly James came out against the measure.

Question 5 Passed With Over 75% of the VoteNow, as we approach our chapter’s two-year anniversary at the end of August, we have a victory in hand and our sights are now set statewide for access.

Our grassroots group had little funding and was mainly supported by a core group of dedicated volunteers and activists who worked tirelessly gathering petition signatures to place the initiative on the ballot. We had many roadblocks and opportunities to give up, but instead, we chose to fight harder. Not only did we prove that Kansas Citians were ready to reform the city’s unjust marijuana laws, we also proved what a small group of committed activists could accomplish with passion and support from the National NORML chapter.

But we’re not going to stop there, because the result at the voting booth on April 4th is only the beginning of our success in Kansas City, and across the state of Missouri.

We are now taking the lessons of the ballot initiative and working with New Approach Missouri, a statewide medical cannabis initiative. The campaign is off to a strong start and has already collected over 50,000 signatures statewide. NORML KC is excited to be supporting this important effort, together with the other Missouri NORML chapters. United, we will bring positive change to our community and beyond.

Click here to support NORML KC’s work with a contribution

As part of this effort, we will be joining our fellow activists from across the country this September for the National NORML Conference and Lobby Day.

There, we will participate in a day of panels, trainings, and briefings to both better equip us with the knowledge and confidence we need to engage members of Congress and bring back the experiences from NORML chapters throughout the country back to Missouri to be more effective in our home state.

At this critical time in our nation’s history, we have reached an inflection point and it is essential to build the organization and power. If we could do it in KC – why not MO or DC?

Thanks for all that you have done, are doing, and will do in the future. We’re only going to win when we work together.

Jamie Kacz is the Executive Director of NORM KC, and the architect of the successful 2017 ballot initiative which decriminalized marijuana in Kansas City.

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Virginia Action Alert – Attend The Marijuana Decriminalization Commission Meeting

Weed News - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 19:25
I received the following alert out of Virginia today: The Virginia State Crime Commission has rescheduled its meeting to present its findings on marijuana decriminalization. It’s important that...

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Former NFL-er Nate Jackson: Cannabis safer, more effective than opioids

Cannabist - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 19:10
It’s in the NFL’s interest to recognize now what its players did long ago: Cannabis is a far safer and more effective treatment for pain than the powerful and dangerous opioids the league is doling out.

Minnesota tribe banking on hemp

Cannabist - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:56
There's a lot of expectation invested in a few acres of hemp growing on the edge of the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota.
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