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California Moves Big Step Closer to MMJ Regulations

Key lawmakers in California have agreed on the specifics of a proposal to regulate the state’s medical marijuana industry, raising hopes that the Legislature can push through MMJ rules before it adjourns today. The proposal involves a package of three bills that will need to be amended and passed by both the state Senate and Assembly today before going to Gov. Jerry Brown, according to a press release from state…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Majority Of Voters In Iowa, New Hampshire Want Feds To Respect State Marijuana Laws

Portland Press Herald via Getty Images Voters in the two earliest presidential voting states overwhelmingly agree: states should be able to set their own marijuana laws without federal interference. Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling asked voters in Iowa and New Hampshire if states should be able to execute their own marijuana laws without the involvement of the federal government, or if the feds should arrest and prosecute those who are following state…

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Brandon Deroche: The Movers, Shakers and Bakers in the Cannabis Revolution

Entrenched stoner culture often treats newcomers with a raised eyebrow. Maybe the old guard fears mainstream change and convention, and indeed progressive brands continue to modernize the culture with fresh ideas and innovations. The traditionalists represent the foundation, but what about the other 86 percent of cannabis consumers who have a more casual relationship with the plant? These individuals might not have the same High Times savvy, yet they certainly…

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Tony Newman: 'The Real History of Drugs' Educates Millions

The United States’ longest, unwinnable war is the “war on drugs.” Despite decades of arrests and locking up millions of Americans, politicians and PSA’s urging us to “Just Say No,” illegal drugs are still as available as ever. But why are some drugs legal and some prohibited? Why do we arrest approximately 600,000 Americans each year for marijuana possession, but sell tobacco and alcohol on most corners? Why do we…

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As Legal Marijuana Expands, States Struggle With Drugged Driving

Washington State Patrol Sgt. Mark Crandall half-jokingly says he can tell a driver is under the influence of marijuana during a traffic stop when the motorist becomes overly familiar and is calling him “dude.”  The truth in the joke, Crandall says, is that attitude and speech patterns can be effective markers for drugged driving. And, according to legalization advocates and some in law enforcement, they can be more reliable than…

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Larry Harvey, Famed Washington Medical Marijuana Patient, Dies From Cancer

MCT via Getty Images Larry Harvey, a Washington state medical marijuana patient who had faced 10 years in prison in a high-profile federal pot case, died Thursday at age 71, a family spokeswoman said.  Harvey succumbed to pancreatic cancer in Colville, Washington, Kari Boiter, a medical marijuana activist and spokeswoman for the family, told HuffPost. Federal prosecutors dropped all charges against Harvey six months ago in the medical marijuana case…

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Advocates Say Marijuana Legalization In Arizona Could Generate $40 Million A Year For Schools

Bloomberg via Getty Images The backers of a proposed 2016 Arizona ballot initiative that would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol in the state estimate that if the measure makes it on the ballot and is passed, it could raise more than $40 million a year for schools. “Marijuana should be sold by businesses that pay taxes and follow laws, not by cartels and criminals that evade them,”…

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Pioneer Pot States Have Collected More Than $200 Million In Marijuana Taxes

Craig F. Walker via Getty Images The first two states to legalize recreational marijuana have collectively raked in at least $200 million in marijuana tax revenue, according to the latest tax data — and they’re putting those dollars to good use. In Colorado, after about a year and a half of legal recreational marijuana sales, the state has collected more than $117 million in excise taxes from both the recreational…

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Dr. Michael Laitman: Is Your Baby Restless? Give Her Cannabicetamol!

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, was not invented in the 1960s. It’s been around for at least 10,000 years. It was just as widespread then as it is today, and for most of that time, it was legal. Cannabis has been outlawed for many years, yet now there seems to be a worldwide campaign to make it legal again. But if it is harmless and can be legalized, why was…

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Judge Says Video Allegedly Showing Cops Eating Marijuana Candy Can Be Used As Evidence

LOS ANGELES — An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that a controversial surveillance video allegedly showing three police officers eating marijuana-infused candy and mocking a disabled woman during a May dispensary raid can be used in an internal investigation by the Santa Ana Police Department.  The unidentified officers and their union, the Santa Ana Police Officers Association, filed a temporary restraining order earlier this month to block the video from…

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Marijuana Conviction Overturned By Colorado Appeals Court

Credit: Portland Press Herald via Getty Images A state appeals court has overturned the marijuana conviction of a Colorado woman who was sentenced and convicted for marijuana possession just days after voters approved a measure legalizing recreational marijuana in the state almost three years ago — retroactively applying the law to her case.  Citing a decision in a previous case, the appeals court ruled that convicted criminal defendants should receive…

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Idaho Thwarts Stoners By Replacing Mile Markers

Kathy Plonka/The Spokesman-Review via AP BOISE, Idaho (AP) — If you’re looking for milepost 420, you won’t find it in Idaho. Idaho transportation officials say the mile marker has been replaced with 419.9 signs to curb thieves eager to own a number associated with marijuana enthusiasts. Turns out, Idaho isn’t alone in this problem. States like Washington and Colorado have also replaced 420 signs with 419.9 after consistently having to…

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Idaho Joins Colorado In Replacing 420 Mile Marker, Because Weed

Associated Press / Kathy Plonka BOISE, Idaho (AP) — If you’re looking for milepost 420, you won’t find it in Idaho. Idaho transportation officials say the mile marker has been replaced with 419.9 signs to curb thieves eager to own a number associated with marijuana enthusiasts. Turns out, Idaho isn’t alone in this problem. States like Washington and Colorado have also replaced 420 signs with 419.9 after consistently having to…

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Reboot Illinois: Illinois Medical Cannabis: 6 Things You Need to Know Before Applying

Major changes have been made in Illinois regarding medicinal marijuana. Former Governor Pat Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act in early August of 2013. Following this, it took a signature from new Governor Bruce Rauner on the rules for growers and dispensers and 17 months for patients to qualify for the use of medical cannabis. As of early August 2015, more than 23,700 people had…

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Alice O'Leary Randall: Medical Marijuana Arrests: When Will It End?

Some people try to forget the day they were arrested for marijuana possession but, with the hindsight of four decades, I can say it was one of the best things that ever happened to us. It was August 24, 1975 and my husband, Robert C. Randall, and I were living a rather ordinary life, just eight blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. in a neighborhood that could kindly…

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Novak Djokovic Complains Of Marijuana Smell During Match

For the world’s No. 1 ranked tennis player, marijuana smoking in the stands was one toke over the line. In the video above, Novak Djokovic complains to an umpire about the smell of weed wafting from the spectators during his semifinal match Saturday against Jeremy Chardy at the Rogers Open in Montreal. “Somebody’s getting high,” he says to a smiling umpire. “No, honestly… The whole stadium smells.” Djokovic later makes a…

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The Next 11 States to Legalize Marijuana

 Marijuana prohibition is entering its 78th year. Colorado’s marijuana law went into effect at the beginning of last year in the wake of changing attitudes. Compared to 1969, when only 12% supported legalizing pot, today a majority of Americans support legalizing recreational use of the drug. It is legal to purchase marijuana in four states — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington — as well as in the District of Columbia.…

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Russ Belville: Top 6 Reasons Why Pot Smokers Should Vote For ResponsibleOhio

This may seem like a strange post for most of Huffington Post’s readers. Why wouldn’t someone who smokes pot want Ohio to legalize marijuana in 2015? If you ask some marijuana activists, they’ll sum it up in two words: constitutional cartel. See, ResponsibleOhio, the group that may pass marijuana legalization in Ohio before California does it next year, raised the money to get on the ballot by promising only the…

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Ohio Voters Will Get To Decide On Legalizing Marijuana

CLEVELAND, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Ohio voters will decide in November whether to legalize marijuana use for treating illnesses and for getting high. Secretary of State Jon Husted said on Wednesday he had certified the group ResponsibleOhio had gathered enough valid signatures to place a constitutional amendment before voters in November. The proposed amendment’s language still needs approval by the Ohio Ballot Board, he said. The measure would establish a…

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This Man Is Serving More Than 13 Years In Prison For Two Joints’ Worth Of Marijuana

Bernard Noble Bernard Noble, before being sentenced to more than 13 years in prison, appears in this photo with his daughter. This summer, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signed a bill that significantly decreases criminal penalties for marijuana possession in the state. But for some prisoners already serving time on marijuana charges, the state’s old draconian drug laws continue to apply. Take the case of Bernard Noble. A 49-year-old father of seven,…

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10 Diseases Where Medical Marijuana Could Have Impact

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(CNN) Dr. Sue Sisley noticed an unexpected trend among her patients. The psychiatrist works with veterans who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD. Many don’t like how they feel on all the meds they take to manage their anxiety, sleeplessness, depression and the flashbacks. “There’s just a few medications on the market that work, and even these can be inadequate,” Sisley said. “They end up getting stuck…

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AIDS / HIV & CBD’s Does it Work?

Medical Marijuana is NOT for everyone and is often a last resort for people that have tried a variety of pharmaceutical medications with little relief or too many side effects. Strong anecdotal evidence exists for the support of medical marijuana in treating symptoms associated with HIV/AIDS. We strongly suggest you discuss the potential benefit of medical marijuana with your doctor or specialist. Condition Description When diagnosed with Human Immunodeficiency Virus…

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Cannabinoid receptor 2: Potential role in immunomodulation and neuroinflammation Review

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An accumulating body of evidence suggests that endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors type 1 and 2 (CB(1), CB(2)) play a significant role in physiologic and pathologic processes, including cognitive and immune functions. While the addictive properties of marijuana, an extract from the Cannabis plant, are well recognized, there is growing appreciation of the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids in multiple pathologic conditions involving chronic inflammation (inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, multiple…

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Medical Marijuana and Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s & CBD’s

Statistics indicate that Alzheimer’s is one of the top ten leading causes of death among the elderly in the United States. The characteristic signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, a neural degenerative disease are diminishing intellectual facility and a continuous decline in memory. The underlying cause of this degenerative condition that triggers is the formation of sticky amyloid plaques or protein deposits that lead to speech problems, spatial disorientation, severe loss…

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Meet the 14-Year-Old Who Helped Legalize Medical Marijuana In NY [Documentary]

On July 7th New York became the 23rd state in the US to legalize medical marijuana. Though Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill, it will be at least another 18 months before medical marijuana becomes available in New York for patients, something parents of children in need of the treatment fear. Missy Miller is an Atlantic Beach resident and mother of two children, Oliver and Katy. Her 14-year-old son, Oliver,…

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Marijuana Compound Found Superior To Drugs For Alzheimer’s

Written By: Sayer Ji   Could the active ingredient in marijuana, responsible for its characteristic “high,” help turn the tide against the accelerating Alzheimer’s epidemic?A remarkable study published in the journal Molecular Pharmacology in 2006, found that this long vilified plant contains a compound with not one, but two therapeutic properties ideal for addressing both the surface symptom (memory problems) and root cause (brain plaque) of Alzheimer’s disease.[i]  This is an ironic finding, considering that the…

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