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Illinois Won’t Expand List of Qualifying Conditions for MMJ

The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced that it won’t add new qualifying conditions to the state’s medical cannabis program at this time, a big blow to cannabis businesses that were hoping officials would help expand the market for MMJ. The decision comes after a state panel recently recommended adding 11 new conditions – including post-traumatic stress disorder, migraines and irritable bowel syndrome – to the list of qualifying…

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Detroit Crafting Proposed Regulations on Dispensaries

Detroit officials are finalizing a draft of proposed regulations on the city’s dispensaries, which continue to pop up like dandelions even though they are technically illegal under state law. Councilman James Tate said he’s putting final touches on an ordinance to govern the city’s growing number of unregulated dispensaries amid concerns that the businesses are fostering violence and engaging in unscrupulous activities. Proposed regulations in an early draft would require…

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First Maryland County Adopts MMJ Rules

Maryland cannabis entrepreneurs scored a victory this week after the Baltimore County Council adopted zoning regulations that are much more favorable for medical marijuana businesses than the initial draft of proposed rules. The council voted to pass zoning laws that specify where dispensaries, marijuana growing operations and processing facilities are allowed to operate, according to the Baltimore Sun. Baltimore County is now the first Maryland jurisdiction to mete out zoning…

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Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.: Corruption in Latin America and Marijuana Legalization: The Case of Ex-President Molina

Co-authored by Jeff Zinsmeister, Member of the Council on Foreign Relations The rapid fall of the (now ex-) Guatemalan president Otto Fernandez Pérez Molina has already reverberated through the Americas. Its ultimate impact will surely be multifaceted, not just as an example of a possibly rising intolerance for corruption in parts of Latin America, but also of the beneficial synergy possible when an international organization like the United Nations works…

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Bernie Sanders: 'Not Acceptable' To Jail Young Pot Smokers And Let Big Bank CEOs Walk

Credit: Scott Olson via Getty Images WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders isn’t terribly impressed with a new Department of Justice pledge to get serious about white-collar crime. After years of shrugging off criminal prosecutions for Wall Street activity that fueled the 2008 financial crisis, the Department of Justice said Thursday that it will more aggressively target white-collar crime going forward. In a memo, the DOJ said it would now seek…

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Expansion, Pesticides and Colorado’s Marijuana Tax Holiday: Q&A With LivWell Owner John Lord

By John Schroyer LivWell has quickly built a cannabis empire in Colorado, growing from one dispensary in 2010 to nearly a dozen medical and recreational marijuana storefronts that generate tens of millions of dollars in sales annually. It’s now one of the largest marijuana retail chains in the state – and in the country, for that matter. While navigating its meteoric growth, the company has had to adjust to new…

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What The Marijuana Lobby Could Offer Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton says she has never smoked pot, not even as a bell-bottom-wearing undergraduate in the 1960s. Her husband’s administration went nuclear in the War on Drugs. During the 2008 campaign, she publicly opposed marijuana legalization. But it’s now seven years later, and the marijuana industry isn’t selling baggies and answering beepers. It’s a $2.7 billion business—the fastest-growing in the United States—and one that operates without any legal sanction in four…

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Teen cannabis users have poor long-term memory in adulthood

Teens who were heavy marijuana users — smoking it daily for about three years — had an abnormally shaped hippocampus and performed poorly on long-term memory tasks, reports a new study. The hippocampus is important to long-term memory, which is the ability to remember life events. The brain abnormalities and memory problems were observed during the individuals’ early twenties, two years after they stopped smoking marijuana. Source link

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Harborside Wins Third CA Dispensary License

Harborside Health Center has officially been granted its third dispensary license in California, extending the reach of one of the most well-known businesses in the medical cannabis industry. The San Leandro City Council voted unanimously at its Tuesday night meeting to grant the municipality’s lone dispensary license to Harborside San Leandro. The new dispensary is technically a partnership between Harborside Health Center and Dark Heart Nursery. Harborside’s first dispensary is…

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4 Colorado Extracts Companies Pass Pesticide Test, One Fails

Several extracts manufacturers passed a pesticide test commissioned recently by The Denver Post, but one company’s products reportedly contained controversial – and possibly toxic – substances. Mahatma Concentrates, a Denver-based extracts company, was found to be selling products that contain three pesticides the state has prohibited from use on commercial marijuana. Mahatma purchased the tainted cannabis from a separate grower, Treatments Unlimited, which also runs the Altitude chain of rec…

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Linda Harding-Bond: Cannabis & Wellness: The Spa Connection

Cannabis aka marijuana prohibition is entering its 78th year in the United States. But attitudes toward the plant are changing. Compared to 1968 when only 12% of the population supported legalizing marijuana, today the majority supports legalization. Earlier this year I was very surprised to read that spa and wellness authority Spa Finder had listed “Cannabis: New spa and wellness connections” as their number two trend for 2015. To gain…

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Drug to control appetite could also fight anxiety

Did you know that our body produces its own marijuana-like compound to protect us against anxiety? A study reveals a new biological pathway that regulates this system and suggests that a drug currently in clinical trials to treat obesity might also provide an attractive way to combat anxiety disorders. Source link

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Alaska Recreational Cannabis Rules Taking Shape

Recreational marijuana shops in Alaska will likely be prohibited from giving away branded merchandise and coupons, and they could be required to install pricey security systems. Those are just two points from new draft rules that the Alaska Marijuana Control Board is considering as the state prepares to launch its rec program next year, according to the Alaska Dispatch News. The board, which met last week to go over the…

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Rob Kampia: On Marijuana Policy, Congress Needs to Pick Up Where It Left Off

Now that Congress has returned from its August recess, it’s time for members to debate and vote on the annual budget that will fund the federal government from October of this year through September of next year. And various marijuana amendments will be a part of these discussions. Much has been made of the way same-sex marriage moved rapidly from unthinkable to inevitable to achieving the ultimate victory. But there’s…

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Solid Support for Medical Marijuana in Arkansas

Arkansas could become a pioneering medical cannabis state in the South if a potential ballot initiative to legalize MMJ qualifies for the 2016 general election. At this point, support for such a measure appears high: A poll released last week found that 84% of registered voters in the state support the idea of allowing adults to use marijuana for medical reasons if a doctor prescribes it. The poll represents a…

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An alternative to medical marijuana for pain?

Medical marijuana is proliferating across the country due to the ability of cannabis ingestion to treat important clinical problems such as chronic pain. However, negative side effects and the development of tolerance limit the widespread therapeutic use of THC, the major psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. THC’s side effects are produced via its actions at cannabinoid CB1 receptors in the brain. Thus, scientists theorized that an agent with similar mechanistic actions,…

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Study identifies teens at-risk for synthetic marijuana use

One of the first American national studies to examine risk factors for use of synthetic marijuana among a large, nationally representative sample of teens. Popular among teens, in 2011, synthetic marijuana was used by more than one out of ten (11.4%) high school seniors in the US, making it the most commonly used drug after real marijuana. Source link

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Women twice as likely to see pot as risky

A study on the perceived risk of using cannabis and characteristics associated with these perceptions found that non-white, low-income women over 50 were most likely to perceive a risk in using the drug. Least likely were those 12 to 25, with a high school diploma or more, and family income above $75,000. The study is the first to describe changes across time in perceived risk of regular cannabis use among…

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Cannabis: A new frontier in therapeutics

While debate about recreational marijuana use continues, researchers are investigating the effectiveness of cannabis for treating pain, spasticity, and a host of other medical problems. Experts share their perspectives on the therapeutic potential of medical cannabis and explore the emerging science behind it. Source link

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Pro-marijuana 'tweets' are sky-high on Twitter

Analyzing every marijuana-related Twitter message sent during a one-month period in early 2014, researchers have found that the ‘Twitterverse’ is a pot-friendly place. In that time, more than 7 million tweets referenced marijuana, with 15 times as many pro-pot tweets sent as anti-pot tweets. Source link

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Cannabis Group Gains Entry to Oregon State Fair

The Oregon Cannabis Business Council scored a spot at the 2015 Oregon State Fair, indicating that more mainstream organizations are warming to the industry in states that have legalized marijuana. Although the group wasn’t allowed to sell or hand out cannabis products or samples, it did promote the industry with educational literature and the like, according to the Oregonian. The council has big ideas for featuring marijuana products at the…

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Minnesota MMJ Company Delays Opening More Dispensaries

Minnesota Medical Solutions, one of just two companies licensed in the state to produce and sell medical cannabis, announced this week that it’s delaying opening its final two dispensaries until the spring because of low patient numbers. The company, also known as MinnMed, has so far opened two of its four locations allowed under state law, one in Rochester and one in Minneapolis. But the state’s lower-than-expected patient count, which…

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Minnesota MMJ Company Delays Opening More Dispensaries

Minnesota Medical Solutions, one of just two companies licensed in the state to produce and sell medical cannabis, announced this week that it’s delaying opening its final two dispensaries until the spring because of low patient numbers. The company, also known as MinnMed, has so far opened two of its four locations allowed under state law, one in Rochester and one in Minneapolis. But the state’s lower-than-expected patient count, which…

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1,500 Customers in 2 Months for First MA Dispensary

The first medical cannabis dispensary in Massachusetts has served as many patients in its first two months of operation as it originally expected to serve in its first year. Alternative Therapies Group (ATG), which opened on June 24, served 1,500 customers in July and August, according to The Boston Globe. It has been the state’s only operating dispensary until today, when a second one opened, the Boston Business Journal reported.…

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New Mexico Whittles Down List of MMJ Producer Applicants

New Mexico’s medical cannabis industry is about to get bigger, though it’s unclear by how much. The state’s health department has chosen 17 finalists out of 86 applicants for new MMJ producer licenses, according to The Associated Press. There’s no word yet on how many of those 17 will actually be awarded licenses. But Retta Ward, New Mexico’s secretary of health, is expected to make a decision on the matter…

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Patient-Physician Communication

Most doctors are not disinterested in you, but they are busy-so busy that many patients complain that their doctor cannot or will not listen to them. This is a problem because according to the American Society of Internal Medicine, 80% of correct diagnoses depend on what you tell your doctor. In a study of 74 visits to seven doctors, researchers found that only 16 patients were allowed to explain the…

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Maryland Shaping Up to Be the Next Big Medical Marijuana Market

By John Schroyer Amid the noise and excitement surrounding high-profile emerging medical cannabis states such as Illinois, Nevada, New York and Massachusetts, another upcoming market with vast potential has drawn surprisingly little fanfare: Maryland. The next East Coast state to join the ranks of formal MMJ markets, Maryland’s relatively inviting medical cannabis rules open the door to marijuana investors and existing companies looking to expand. To be sure, the overall…

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Harborside Poised to Open Third Dispensary

It appears that Harborside Health Center, one of the most well-known names in the medical marijuana business, is about to get formal permission for its third dispensary in California’s bay area. The San Leandro City Council is slated to vote next week on a resolution to award its lone dispensary permit to Harborside, which would be required to pay a hefty $60,000 annual licensing fee and meet other regulations. The city…

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Violence and Drug Abuse in South Africa

Alcoholism and multiple drug abuse have been associated the alarming rate of crime and violence in South Africa. There has been an increase in access to drugs among adolescents. The widespread availability of drugs and drug use in most of South Africa has heightened young individuals’ participation and exposure to violence. There are many predictors of sexual assault. Socio-demographic factors, anti-social and suicidal behaviors, substance abuse and psychosocial factors are…

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Legal Marijuana In Arizona Would Generate Over $60 Million In Taxes Annually, Study Predicts

Credit: Ed Andrieski/Associated Press Arizona stands to generate more than $60 million in marijuana tax revenue annually, if voters decide to legalize and regulate the plant for adult recreational purposes in 2016.  That’s according to an independent analysis released Monday by Arizona’s nonprofit Grand Canyon Institute. It found the state would rake in about $64 million per year from legal marijuana taxes, including $51 million that would go to K-12 education…

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Testing Failures Lead to MMJ Shortages, Losses in Nevada

Strict testing standards have led to a shortage of medical cannabis in Nevada, with pounds of marijuana destroyed after testing too high for pesticides, mycotoxins and heavy metals. That’s already forced at least one dispensary to delay its opening, according to the Las Vegas Sun. “Several batches” of MMJ have failed to meet testing standards, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in financial losses for growers, the paper reported.…

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3 Marijuana Addiction Facts

Dispelling myths is important, but individuals, parents and society also need to know the cold hard facts about Marijuana usage. It can lead to problems lasting much longer than adolescence. Here are some facts that you and your loved ones should know! Fact #1: Five times more likely to have a heart attack For up to one hour after smoking pot, the user is five times more likely to have…

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Marijuana Social Networking Site Applies for Nasdaq Listing

In another sign that the cannabis industry is moving towards the mainstream, the popular marijuana-focused social networking site MassRoots announced on Monday that it has applied for its stock to be listed on the Nasdaq. If approved, it would become the first marijuana-related technology company to trade on the Nasdaq Capital Market and could pave the way for other cannabis firms to get listed on a major exchange. “Uplisting to…

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How to Give Up Marijuana – A Short Guide

Marijuana is an often misunderstood drug, not harmful enough to be classed as a hard drug where the effects of addiction are clear and easy to see but not completely accepted like alcohol and amazingly cigarettes despite their clear addictive chemicals. The politics behind cannabis has also distorted people’s view of it and how it affects people’s lives for everyone’s detriment! How to quit marijuana becomes difficult sometimes because of…

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How to Get What You Want From Your Doctor

Here are some statistics that underscore this issue: These statistics, sourced from the US Food and Drug Administration and the National Council on Patient Information and Education, reveal some terrible habits. Spot which ones you share and do something about them. o As many as one in five patients do not fill their prescriptions o One in ten adolescent pregnancies is the consequence of not having complied with birth control…

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Optimism Running High in California Over Chances of Statewide Medical Cannabis Regulations

By John Schroyer After years of failed attempts, California could be just days away from approving statewide regulations on its enormous medical cannabis industry. The legislative session adjourns on Sept. 11, which gives lawmakers and dozens of stakeholders involved in negotiations a chance to strike an agreement at the eleventh hour. The key now is appeasing all of those stakeholders – which include industry leaders, law enforcement representatives and healthcare…

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FILE - In this May 5, 2015, file photo, a marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. The number of patients approved to use medical marijuana has been climbing, but slowly. Illinois sent about 100 approval letters in June to patients who qualify for the program. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Federal Drug Classifications

The Federal government has made up a classification for different drugs, and although the laws vary in different states, the federal law almost always comes first. Most drug offenses happen with Schedule I and Schedule II drugs. The Controlled Substances Act regulates the making, selling, and use of all drugs in the US. The Federal Drug Administration as well as various other departments help to classify all drugs into categories…

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Missouri Man Sentenced To Life In Prison Over Marijuana Is Set Free

Jeff Mizanskey, a 61-year-old man who was serving life in prison for nonviolent marijuana offenses, walked out of a Missouri prison a free man on Tuesday morning.  Mizanskey had already spent 21 years behind bars, but was notified by the Missouri Department of Corrections in August that his application for parole had been granted.  “The Jeff Mizanskey case simply shows that the war on drugs has reached the pinnacle of…

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The Hemp Network Review – For Real?

Dude, are you serious? What the Hemp? Hemp Network? Yes, an MLM Company that sells hemp products! Read on, brothers and sisters! What is it? The Hemp Network is the “MLM” division of Medical Marijuana Inc (founded in March of 2009), which concentrates on providing a well-organized and protected structure for the newly popular Medical Marijuana industry. The Hemp Network will provide customers hemp products utilizing the MLM business model,…

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Informed Consent and Medical Procedures

When a patient requires medical attention, a healthcare provider has permission to diagnose the patient to get to the root of his or her medical problems. The medical professional does not, however, have permission to perform any procedure or administer treatment that may correct these problems without the patient’s informed consent. As with any rule, the informed consent rule has its exceptions. In most cases, though, it is required. Informed…

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Daily Pot Smoking On College Campuses Is At 35-Year High

Chris Hondros via Getty Images People gathered on the campus of CU Boulder for a 4/20 celebration.  The number of U.S. college students smoking marijuana every day or nearly every day is greater than it has been in 35 years, according to a study released on Tuesday. Nearly 6 percent of college students reported using pot daily or near-daily in 2014, up from 3.5 percent in 2007 but less than…

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Spice: Marijuana’s Evil Stepchild

There is a legal drug on the streets and teenagers are at risk! The drug looks like marijuana and mimics its effects but is much more dangerous. Spice, K2, Serenity, Genie…these are just a few of the names that this marijuana imitator is called. It’s available in head shops, gas stations and tobacco stores and is sold as “incense.” There are usually disclaimers on the packaging stating that it is…

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FILE - In this May 5, 2015, file photo, a marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. The number of patients approved to use medical marijuana has been climbing, but slowly. Illinois sent about 100 approval letters in June to patients who qualify for the program. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

How THC Kills Cancer

At the microscopic level, our bodies are made up of trillions of cells. Cells are continuously dividing and replicating themselves and as new cells develop, old ones die. Cancer cells, however, are different. They don’t die a natural death, but continue to divide and grow. The challenge to cancer researchers has always been to find a way to selectively kill cancer cells without killing healthy cells. So far, medical science…

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Alex Thiersch: Only Comprehensive Regulation Protects Cannabis Businesses

Nearly half of all states in the U.S. have some form of cannabis legalization on the books, but that has not been enough to protect businesses from prosecution by both local and federal authorities. Broad and undefined state laws have allowed the industry to grow very quickly in many parts of the country, but have left businesses with little-to-no direction as to standards for legal compliance. This has left them…

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How To Wipeout Cushing’s Disease

Cushing’s Syndrome is a disease caused by an excess of cortisol production or by excessive use of cortisol or other similar steroid (glucocorticoid) hormones. With advances in science, new products are being developed each year, such as an all natural product called Seratrin, which provides daily dietary management of cushing’s disease or cushing’s syndrome. Cortisol is a normal hormone produced in the outer portion, or cortex, of the adrenal glands,…

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FILE - In this May 5, 2015, file photo, a marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. The number of patients approved to use medical marijuana has been climbing, but slowly. Illinois sent about 100 approval letters in June to patients who qualify for the program. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Quitting Marijuana – Why Did You Start in the First Place?

Marijuana has been around for many centuries and through many cultures. Many people enjoy smoking marijuana on a casual basis. I am not here to give marijuana a bad name. However, for some people marijuana can be very addictive and destructive their lives. It is estimated that somewhere between five and 10% marijuana smokers will become dependent on the drug. I am one of those people. Are you? Below is…

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Medical Labels

In the medical industry, perhaps what matters more than the medicine is what is written on the bottle. After all, how does one know what is being prescribed if there’s no label on the medicine? This is where the role of Medical Labels comes in. Labels for Medical Equipment act as alert mechanisms for patients and doctors. They not only provide information on the name of the medicine, but also…

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Marijuana Attorneys Should Keep Themselves Up-To-Date With the Decriminalization Debate

As opinions concerning the legality of cannabis continue to change from one side of the spectrum to the other, marijuana attorneys become subject to constantly changing legislative acts of decriminalization and criminalization. Following the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, there are twelve states that propose state-level decriminalization of non-medical cannabis. However, use of the psychoactive drug is still considered illegal under federal law. The current Commerce Clause of the United…

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Company Begins Selling CBD Pills Across Europe

An Australian medical cannabis firm has started selling hemp-derived CBD pills online in Europe, highlighting potential international opportunities for companies that make cannabidiol-infused products. MMJ PhytoTech is now selling 30-pill boxes of the capsules – called Satipharm – for 89 Euros, or just under $100, according to The Independent. The pills are manufactured in Switzerland and registered in Germany, and they are produced from hemp, not marijuana. MMJ PhytoTech says on…

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Medical marijuana is shown in a jar at The Joint Cooperative in Seattle, Washington January 27, 2012. Efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use are gaining momentum in Washington state and Colorado, despite fierce opposition from the federal government and a decades-long cultural battle over America's most commonly used illicit drug.   Photo taken January 27, 2012   REUTERS/Cliff DesPeaux (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY) ORG XMIT: LOA03

College Students and Pennsylvania Criminal Charges

Whether this is their first year or their last, all students need to be aware of the serious consequences they could face if a night of seemingly innocent fun ends in an arrest. Criminal charges for using a fake ID, underage drinking or marijuana possession can follow students around long after they have received their degrees. Convictions for certain types of crimes, like marijuana possession, may result in the creation…

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FILE - In this May 5, 2015, file photo, a marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. The number of patients approved to use medical marijuana has been climbing, but slowly. Illinois sent about 100 approval letters in June to patients who qualify for the program. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

How to Give Up Pot – Motivation Before Method

The focus of this article is not to lecture you about marijuana use and how it is bad, nor is it about giving you a list of tips to help you overcome cravings because while that is important how to give up pot has something much larger you must master before you apply any methods to overcome cravings and your addiction and that is motivation! Not just any old motivation…

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Major Canadian MMJ Merger Closes

Tweed Marijuana has completed its blockbuster acquisition of Bedrocan Cannabis, creating a dominant force in Canada’s MMJ industry. The all-stock deal between the publicly traded companies was valued at roughly $61 million Canadian dollars when it was announced earlier this year. Bedrocan shareholders own about 40% of the new company, while Tweed shareholders own 60%, according to 24/7 Wall St. The merged company has more than 5,600 MMJ patients as…

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Alternative Vs Conventional Medicine – Which Would You Choose?

There is some confusion on the reasons why people would choose an alternative procedure over conventional medicine when they are sick. One person highlighted this issue recently when he asked why, when modern medicine is available, would people even consider using an alternative medicine program. There are a lot of reasons why people use alternatives instead of relying on medical doctors. Some people don’t trust doctors. Are these doctors getting…

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Chart of the Week: 4,500+ Enforcement Actions on WA Marijuana Businesses in 10 Months

By Becky Olson The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) engaged in over 4,500 enforcement actions involving licensed recreational marijuana producers, processors and retailers from September 2014 to early July 2015, according to reports from the agency. The most common types of enforcement efforts were phone calls and premises checks, which together accounted for 65% of all actions during that time period. An additional 13% were for final license inspections, while…

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The Debate of a Grow Box or Hydroponic System

As the United States of America becomes increasingly friendly towards medical marijuana many are taking a serious interest in amateur botany and growing plants at home. The presence of a battered economy also gives many incentive to seek out the cheapest methods possible for acquiring their medicine. At a time when medical marijuana is sold in the United States for $400.00 an ounce it is clear that saving money on…

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Georgia May Open Up CBD Program to Business Opportunities

Georgia is considering expanding its CBD program to allow for the production and distribution of cannabis-derived medicine, which could create opportunities for businesses to get involved. A state medical cannabis commission is studying ways to provide CBD-based products to registered patients and determining whether Georgia should move forward in this regard, according to the Associated Press. The commission will make recommendations to state by the end of the year. Georgia’s…

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Colorado Revises Proposed Edibles ‘Stop Sign’ Rule

Edibles companies in Colorado won’t have to stamp their products with a red stop sign after all. Officials crafting new regulations on marijuana edibles initially proposed a rule that would have required manufacturers to include a symbol resembling a stop sign, emblazoned with the letters “THC,” on such products. But they have since tweaked those plans. Instead of the stop sign, regulators now want edibles companies to use a diamond-shaped…

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Marijuana Addiction Treatment – Why is it So Hard to Quit Smoking Weed?

Marijuana addiction treatment is difficult for a number of reasons. If you are struggling to quit smoking weed, it may not be your fault. There are a number of different factors that combine to make marijuana addiction treatment difficult. The first problem is the programs themselves. Most drug rehabilitation treatment programs are designed after the Alcoholics Anonymous model. AA works for some people, but for many more it does not.…

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Miley Cyrus Reminds Us Ad Nauseam She Smokes Pot During The VMAs

Miley Cyrus brought up marijuana so often during this year’s VMAs, you’d think she was a freshman during orientation week at college. She’s totally cool, guys. She’s down with Mary Jane. She likes the ganja. The reefer. The chronic. What she’s saying is that she knows what drugs are and isn’t afraid to wear that knowledge on her sleeve. We don’t judge stars for their legal recreational drug use around here…

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Week in Review: Controversial Cannabis Mascot + Potential Big Break in MN & Florida Rec Push

By John Schroyer A legalization campaign takes flak for its new mascot, Minnesota considers expanding its list of qualifying conditions, and more details emerge about a possible recreational marijuana measure in Florida. Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. PR Blunder in Ohio ResponsibleOhio, the group that’s attempting to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana with a single ballot initiative in…

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FILE - In this May 5, 2015, file photo, a marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. The number of patients approved to use medical marijuana has been climbing, but slowly. Illinois sent about 100 approval letters in June to patients who qualify for the program. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Stop Marijuana Smoking – How to Make it Easier Than Ever

If you are considering stop smoking marijuana then you may be at a point where you are collecting information about ways to do so. Overcoming any addiction to drugs is something that is always best to do with others, however, there are also things you can do by yourself in the interim. Certainly having a support network is crucial if you are serious about successfully giving up marijuana smoking, and…

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Understanding Marijuana Addiction

Physical Marijuana Addiction does not exist. This fact is the only honest way to start any article on Marijuana addiction. Former marijuana smokers stand in stark contrast to former cigarette smokers, just ask a former smoker. The marijuana smoker (or Cannabis smoker, as they are called in legal/medical circles) answer to how they stopped smoking Cannabis is generally along the lines of “I just stopped smoking Cannabis”, seems simple, because…

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Moratorium on Hemp Cultivation Licenses in Oregon

Oregon won’t issue any new licenses to grow hemp until March of next year at the earliest, the state’s agriculture department announced this week. The agency also notified the 11 hemp growers with licenses that they won’t be allowed to expand their grow operations or add new farms to their existing permits, according to the Bend Bulletin. That throws the future of those hemp operations into question, since some aren’t…

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Little Hope for Cannabis Legalization in UK Anytime Soon

Fat chance. That’s essentially how government officials in the United Kingdom responded to a petition calling for the legalization of marijuana. “Substantial scientific evidence shows cannabis is a harmful drug that can damage human health,” the government’s formal response to the petition reads. “There are no plans to legalize cannabis as it would not address the harm to individuals and communities. Cannabis can unquestionably cause harm to individuals and society.”…

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Hemp Network Review – Is it Legitimate?

Hemp Network is a new network marketing company. The thing that really sets this company apart from all other network marketing companies, is that their product is marijuana. The Hemp Network is a division of Medical Marijuana Inc. and is set to launch on June 1, 2010. The cost to pre-enroll is $100 for which you will receive your first order of marijuana. At this time you must have a…

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Minnesota Considers Adding Intractable Pain to MMJ List

Some good news might be on the horizon for Minnesota’s two medical cannabis producers. The state Department of Health is considering adding intractable pain to the relatively small list of qualifying conditions for MMJ. That could mean a huge boost in the potential customer base for the two firms, as the number of registered patients right now stands at just 361, according to a Minneapolis TV station. Allowing individuals to…

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FILE - In this May 5, 2015, file photo, a marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. The number of patients approved to use medical marijuana has been climbing, but slowly. Illinois sent about 100 approval letters in June to patients who qualify for the program. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Marijuana Vs Tobacco

The healthiest lifestyle is one that is totally smoke free, avoiding both marijuana and tobacco. Many tobacco smokers feel that as long as they don’t engage marijuana use, their habit isn’t that bad because it is legal. Conversely, marijuana users believe that tobacco smoke is way more harmful than cannabis smoke and thus they feel as though their lifestyle is less of a health problem. It seems as though both…

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Punishment for Growing Marijuana

Since selling marijuana is a crime in most states, it stands to reason that growing this illegal drug is also a crime. In states where medicinal marijuana is not legal, no individuals are allowed to grow marijuana. If caught, these individuals may face significant punishments. Marijuana cultivation may be tried as a state or federal offense. In general, the state offense for cultivation is significantly less severe than the federal…

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Let States Regulate Marijuana, GOP Voters Say

Republicans generally don’t like the federal government telling them what they can and can’t do, and that ideology apparently carries over into the cannabis realm for many. A new study released this week found that 64% of Republicans in Iowa and 67% in New Hampshire want the next president of the United States to respect state marijuana laws. Iowa and New Hampshire are generally considered bellwether states for how a…

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The Legalization of Marijuana – Part 1 of 2

On July 30, 2001, the ‘Narcotic Control Regulation’ was amended and the ‘Marijuana Medical Access Regulation’ came into force. This sparked the beginning of a heated national debate, the subject in question being the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes in Canada. While marijuana is still considered an illegal substance in Canada, it is approved for use under certain circumstances. It is available for applicants who have a terminal illness…

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First Dispensary Registered in Illinois

The first medical cannabis dispensary in Illinois is now formally registered with the state. The dispensary, called Harbory, is located in the southern Illinois town of Marion, closer to St. Louis and Nashville than Chicago. Although it has not announced an opening date – largely because cultivators are just starting to grow medical cannabis – the registration means the state inspection process is complete and Harbory can begin serving customers…

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Marijuana Possession Charges in Texas

Charges for marijuana are common in Texas, especially as medical uses become more commonplace, but the penalties involved can be confusing for those facing them. Offenders can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances, and penalties include high fines and / or jail time and a criminal background on record. According to Texas Health and Safety Code statute 481.121, possession of marijuana is defined as…

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Florida Recreational Marijuana Campaign Might Pose Threat to MMJ Legalization

By John Schroyer The latest potential obstacle to medical cannabis legalization in Florida is coming from an unexpected source: marijuana advocates themselves. A group is attempting to get a measure on the state’s ballot next year to legalize recreational marijuana, and one of its key executives is the deputy director of the Florida NORML chapter. If the measure makes the ballot, it could derail MMJ legalization and cost Florida cannabis…

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Amos Irwin: The People the Pot Laws Forgot

In 2012, Lucy, a certified nurse’s assistant (CNA) and single mother of two young children, was riding home on the train when a mentally disturbed woman began shouting at her. Police officers in the next car noticed the commotion. They searched Lucy and found a few joints’ worth of marijuana in her purse. Lucy was arrested and spent four days in jail. She lost her job and was sentenced to…

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Cannabis Controversy

Perhaps not any time since the 1960s and 70s has there be more of a call to legalize marijuana. Celebrities, politicians, and even Presidents all admit to having either tried it in the past or to currently using it for recreational purposes. Medical marijuana is available in more states than ever, and fewer states are bothering to prosecute those found to possess the substance. So how did we get to…

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Oregon Wedding Featuring Weed Bar Was A Huge 'Hit' With Guests

This wasn’t your typical weeding… er, wedding.  For their matrimonial ceremony this summer, Oregon couple John Elledge and Whitney Alexander decided to augment the standard open bar with a “weed tent.” The experience included transportation to and from the event (safety first!) and a budtender to help guests in need of a little guidance. @JessicaHillPhotography Guests browse the marijuana bar at the Elledge-Alexander wedding earlier this summer. Thanks to Oregon Measure…

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FILE - In this May 5, 2015, file photo, a marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. The number of patients approved to use medical marijuana has been climbing, but slowly. Illinois sent about 100 approval letters in June to patients who qualify for the program. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

What to Expect for Use of Marijuana in Arizona

November 15, 2010, 6:56 am For many years people have used Marijuana on a daily basis. But recently the use of Marijuana has passed the passage of Proposition of 203, and is now the 15th state of the U.S. to have Marijuana legalized in their state. Since the legalization of Marijuana in the state of Arizona, there are a few supplies that we will mentioning through out the remainder of…

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Marlon Regis: 'Rudimental in Jamaica' for We The Generation !

In 2013, they hit us with Home, which became a #1 debut album in the UK for this global-platinum selling electronic act Rudimental. Since then, we’ve seen them raising the desert temperature at Coachella and back-to-back statewide sold out shows. Even their previous hit, “Give You Up” made it bigger landing on the FIFA 15 soundtrack, not to mention “Not Giving In” being used in several ESPN Sports promos and…

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The Side Effects of Marijuana – Is the Gateway Drug All It’s Cracked Up to Be? You May Be Surprised

According to the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug. This means that, under this act, marijuana is said to be highly addictive and has no possible medical uses. However, most people now know both of these statements to be untrue. Is it time to remove this substance from the Schedule I category or are there really horrible side effects of marijuana that the public needs to…

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Federal Government is Impelled to Support Medical Marijuana by the American Medical Association

The American Medical Association, which is the largest doctors’ organization in the USA, has reconsidered its position towards marijuana and currently supports exploration and medical research on marijuana for medicinal use. On Tuesday, the group has persuaded the federal government to re-evaluate its controlled substance categorization of marijuana in Schedule I, which unfairly maligns the plant alongside with some of the most hazardous narcotic substances, such as LSD and heroin.…

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These Influential Marijuana Users Defy The Stoner Stereotype

ASSOCIATED PRESS Now that nearly one out of every two Americans admits to having tried marijuana at some point in their lives, more than half of all states have moved away from draconian prohibition-style marijuana policies and the legal marijuana industry’s savvy entrepreneurs are running businesses that are generating billions in sales (and millions in taxes), the “stoner” stereotypes of the past seem more obsolete than ever before. To help quash those myths for…

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FILE - In this May 5, 2015, file photo, a marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. The number of patients approved to use medical marijuana has been climbing, but slowly. Illinois sent about 100 approval letters in June to patients who qualify for the program. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Prescription

Medical marijuana, otherwise named medical cannabis is the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes either as herbal or medical therapy. Cannabis or marijuana in layman’s term has a long history of medical use and is also one of the most commonly abused illicit drugs. Marijuana is classified as Schedule I drug under federal laws and therefore its possession is strictly prohibited. Just like any typical drug dispensed in the market,…

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