Indulge with Confidence, Says Willie Nelson Posted by on July 22, 2016 at 12:40:26 PT By Randall Roberts Source: Los Angeles Times USA -- Country music icon Willie Nelson, long an advocate of marijuana legalization, is putting his money where his mouth (and joint) is by launching Willie’s Reserve, a new marijuana brand to be introduced in Washington and Colorado over the next few months.
The writer of such classics as “Crazy,” “Always On My Mind” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” is following the lead of rappers including Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg and Freddie Gibbs, all of whom have entered the weed game with personalized strains. Read More... Marijuana Ingredient Found in U.S. Town Well Posted by CN Staff on July 22, 2016 at 04:51:34 PT By Keith Coffman Source: Reuters Denver -- Residents of a small farming community in eastern Colorado have been warned to avoid drinking the town’s water after THC, the psychoactive agent in marijuana, was found in one of its feeder wells, authorities said on Thursday.
A public works employee in Hugo, a town of about 800 people 90 miles southeast of Denver, detected the chemical and health officials believe it is “marijuana THC-related,” the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook posting. Read More... Researchers Got People Drunk or High Posted by on July 20, 2016 at 15:16:50 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- Public health researchers generally agree that on balance, marijuana is a less harmful drug than alcohol. Booze, for instance, is more addictive than pot, and from a chemical standpoint, it's far more toxic — and hence lethal — than marijuana.
Alcohol isn't just more harmful to individuals than marijuana is; it's more harmful to society, too. Drunken driving is a big factor in this — studies generally show that alcohol impairs driving ability much more than just about any other drug does. Alcohol also makes people aggressive, and is a factor in roughly 40 percent of violent crimes committed today. Read More... Why Pharma Companies Fight Legal Marijuana Posted by on July 13, 2016 at 08:06:13 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- There's a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed that when medical marijuana is available, pain patients are increasingly choosing pot over powerful and deadly prescription narcotics. But that's always been just an assumption.
Now a new study, released in the journal Health Affairs, validates these findings by providing clear evidence of a missing link in the causal chain running from medical marijuana to falling overdoses. Ashley and W. David Bradford, a daughter-father pair of researchers at the University of Georgia, scoured the database of all prescription drugs paid for under Medicare Part D from 2010 to 2013. Read More... Democrats Call for Pathway To MJ Legalization Posted by on July 10, 2016 at 05:04:16 PT By David Weigel Source: Washington Post Orlando -- The Democratic Party endorsed a "reasoned pathway to future legalization" of marijuana and called for the drug to be downgraded in the Controlled Substances Act, in a tense and unexpected victory for supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Going into the platform committee meeting, Sanders's campaign had no new language about marijuana. The senator from Vermont had favored state-to-state legalization efforts, and the language approved by the drafting committee called for "policies that will allow more research on marijuana, as well as reforming our laws to allow legal marijuana businesses to exist without uncertainty." Read More... CEO Explains Why He’s Investing In MJ Industry Posted by on July 08, 2016 at 10:59:02 PT By Sam Levine, Associate Politics Editor Source: Huffington Post USA -- The lawn care company Scotts Miracle-Gro is making a huge investment in the pot business. Jim Hagedorn, the company’s CEO, told Fobes in a recent interview that his company plans to invest “like, half a billion” in the industry. “It is the biggest thing I’ve ever seen in lawn and garden,” he said.
Hagedorn has already invested more than $250 million and plans to spend an additional $150 million by the end of the year an amount bigger than any other single transaction in the history of Scotts Miracle-Gro, Forbes reported. The money has been invested in two California companies that sell fertilizers and soils to marijuana growers and a hydroponics company in Amsterdam, according to Forbes. Read More... Big Question in MJ Research Has Been Answered Posted by on July 07, 2016 at 10:42:19 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- 0.32 grams. That's how much marijuana is in the typical American joint, according to a rigorous statistical analysis recently published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence by drug policy researchers Greg Ridgeway of the University of Pennsylvania and Beau Kilmer of the Rand Corp.
The amount of weed in the typical joint is actually an important quantity for researchers and policymakers to know. Marijuana is often sold by the joint in both legal and illegal markets. If you want to know how much weed people are consuming — which is highly important for things such as tax projections and public health studies — you need to know how much weed is in those joints. Read More... The Pot Law That Could Be Deal-Breaker Posted by on July 05, 2016 at 20:31:30 PT By Madison Margolin Source: Rolling Stone California -- Last week California's pot legalization initiative, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, qualified for the ballot in November, setting the stage for a vote that will have ramifications far beyond California's borders.
There are several reasons why if the AUMA passes, it will make California the heaviest domino to fall in the nationwide effort to legalize marijuana, the most obvious being the state's size and the sheer number of people who would have access to legal weed. One in 10 Americans lives in California, while the Los Angeles basin alone is home to more people than Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska — the four states that have so far legalized adult use marijuana — combined. California also has the sixth largest economy in the world, allowing the rest of the country to draw solid conclusions about the financial impact of legalization. Read More... Marijuana Exhibit at Oakland Museum Posted by on July 04, 2016 at 11:06:21 PT By The Associated Press Source: Los Angeles Times California -- It's been known as Mary Jane, ganja, Chronic and even the sticky icky and has been featured in countless movies, including one that warned of its dangers, "Reefer Madness." Now, marijuana is the subject of a contemporary history and science exhibit.
"Altered State: Marijuana in California," a one-of-its-kind museum exhibition focusing on the topic, is open through the summer at the Oakland Museum of California. Read More... Californians Seek Pot of Gold in MJ Legalization Posted by CN Staff on July 03, 2016 at 06:35:53 PT By Sharon Bernstein Source: Reuters Sacramento, CA -- There is no guarantee California will vote to legalize recreational marijuana in November, but political operative and father of four Daniel Conway has already staked his future on it. Conway left his job as chief of staff to Sacramento's celebrity mayor, former Phoenix Suns NBA basketball star Kevin Johnson, to help start the marijuana investment company Truth Enterprises.
He is one of hundreds in the most populous U.S. state already pushing ahead with plans to enter a market experts say will be worth $4 billion by 2020. Read More... Calif. To Vote on Legalization of Marijuana Posted by on June 29, 2016 at 05:30:01 PT By Patrick McGreevy Source: Los Angeles Times California -- An initiative that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California officially took its place on the Nov. 8 ballot on Tuesday as its campaign took a commanding lead in fundraising to battle the measure’s opponents.
The Secretary of State’s Office certified that a random sample showed sufficient signatures among the 600,000 turned in to qualify the measure. The initiative is backed by a coalition that includes former Facebook President Sean Parker and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Read More... Pastor and Rabbi Want To Grow Medical Marijuana Posted by on June 26, 2016 at 11:36:06 PT By Fenit Nirappil and Aaron Gregg Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- Heard the one about the rabbi and the pastor who want to sell medical pot? The vast list of applicants for one of up to 15 licenses to grow marijuana for medical purposes in Maryland includes at least two religious leaders, Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn and Pastor Gareth E. Murray.
Kahn is a longtime fixture in the District’s medical cannabis community, serving about 1,000 patients at the Takoma Wellness Center dispensary in the city’s northern tip. Read More... Democratic Senators Push DEA to Downgrade MJ Posted by on June 24, 2016 at 14:15:23 PT By Kate O' Keeffe Source: Wall Street Journal Washington, D.C. -- A group of Democratic lawmakers is renewing pressure on the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove marijuana from its current position on a list of the most dangerous drugs, a category that includes heroin and ecstasy.
Marijuana’s classification as a “Schedule I” drug is “a main barrier” to research on its potential health benefits and conflicts with a decision by half of the states to approve medical marijuana laws, eight Democratic senators wrote this week in a letter to the DEA and the Department of Justice, its parent agency. Read More... Colorado Survey Shows What MJ Legalization Will Do Posted by on June 21, 2016 at 06:17:40 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post Colorado -- Rates of marijuana use among Colorado's teenagers are essentially unchanged in the years since the state's voters legalized marijuana in 2012, new survey data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows.
In 2015, 21 percent of Colorado youths had used marijuana in the past 30 days. That rate is slightly lower than the national average and down slightly from the 25 percent who used marijuana in 2009, before legalization. The survey was based on a random sample of 17,000 middle and high school students in Colorado. Read More... Rep. Andy Harris, Foe of Legalized Marijuana Posted by on June 20, 2016 at 10:11:05 PT By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun Source: Baltimore Sun Washington, D.C. -- Two years after Rep. Andy Harris put himself in the center of a controversy over legalizing marijuana in the nation's capital, the conservative Republican is emerging as a leading voice advocating for more research into the drug's medicinal value.
Harris, a Johns Hopkins-trained anesthesiologist who hangs a white lab coat in his waiting room on Capitol Hill, has been working for roughly a year to build a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers who want to ease restrictions on marijuana for the purpose of studying its effect on debilitating diseases. Read More... Marijuana’s Biggest Adversary on Capitol Hill Posted by on June 20, 2016 at 08:10:52 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) is Congress's most vocal opponent of legal marijuana, having single-handedly spearheaded a provision blocking legal pot shops in the District of Columbia in 2014. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), on the other hand, was recently named Congress's "top legal pot advocate" by Rolling Stone.
The two lawmakers couldn't be farther apart on marijuana policy, but they're teaming up this week to introduce a significant overhaul of federal marijuana policy that would make it much easier for scientists to conduct research into the medical uses of marijuana. Read More... Microsoft: First Company Serving Legal MJ Trade Posted by on June 16, 2016 at 13:14:12 PT By Nathaniel Popper Source: New York Times USA -- As state after state has legalized marijuana in one way or another, big names in corporate America have stayed away entirely. Marijuana, after all, is still illegal, according to the federal government. But Microsoft is breaking the corporate taboo on pot this week by announcing a partnership to begin offering software that tracks marijuana plants from “seed to sale,” as the pot industry puts it.
The software — a new product in Microsoft’s cloud computing business — is meant to help states that have legalized the medical or recreational use of marijuana keep tabs on sales and commerce, ensuring that they remain in the daylight of legality. Read More... A Marijuana Reporter Walks In To a Pot Shop Posted by on June 11, 2016 at 08:07:29 PT By Emily Gray Brosious Source: Chicago Sun-Times Colorado -- As someone who writes about marijuana for a living, it recently started to seem a little strange I hadn’t actually been to the promised land of legal cannabis that Colorado has become over the past couple of years. So on Memorial Day weekend, I flew to Denver on a mission to buy weed . . . legally.
I already knew the rules. Dispensaries close promptly at 7 p.m. You must be 21 or older to buy recreational cannabis; public consumption is a no-no. And so forth. My first stop would be Pure Marijuana Dispensary. I expected to get carded at the door or during checkout, like bars and liquor stores in Chicago do. Read More... Trudeau May Have Made Best Case for Legal Pot Posted by on June 10, 2016 at 10:11:19 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post Canada -- Speaking Wednesday at an economic conference, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made one of the more buttoned-down, straight-edged arguments for marijuana legalization I've heard in recent years. It's worth quoting at length so I've done that below:
Look, our approach on legalizing marijuana is not about creating a boutique industry or bringing in tax revenue, it’s based on two very simple principles: Read More... 25 States Call Marijuana Medicine Why Not DEA? Posted by on June 09, 2016 at 13:51:57 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- John Kasich signed Ohio's medical marijuana bill into law yesterday, making it the 25th state (26 counting Washington, D.C.) to allow some form of medical marijuana use.
Ohio's measure is more restrictive than medical marijuana bills in many other states. It does not allow patients to smoke marijuana -- they must ingest it orally via edible products, or use a vaporizer. It doesn't allow patients to grow their own marijuana, and only a handful of conditions, including epilepsy, chronic pain and cancer, qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation. Read More... Majority of U.S. Voters Favor Legalizing Marijuana Posted by on June 06, 2016 at 06:20:58 PT By David Sherfinski, The Washington Times Source: Washington Times USA -- A majority of U.S. voters support legalizing marijuana in general, and nearly nine in 10 say VA doctors should be able to prescribe it in pill form to veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, according to polling released Monday.
Fifty-four percent said marijuana should be made legal in the United States, compared to 41 percent who said it should not be, according to the Quinnipiac poll. More than 60 percent of Democrats and independents favor legalization, while 62 percent of Republicans are opposed. Read More... Chronic Marijuana Use Not Bad for Your Health Posted by on June 02, 2016 at 07:07:32 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- Long-term marijuana use is not associated with a raft of physical health problems, according to a new study, with one surprising exception: gum disease.
Researchers led by Madeline H. Meier of Arizona State University tracked the marijuana habits of 1,037 New Zealanders from birth to middle age to see what effect those habits have on some common measures of physical health, including lung function, systemic inflammation, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, body weight, blood sugar and dental health. Read More... Group Suspends Effort To Get MMJ Issue On Ballot Posted by on May 30, 2016 at 08:16:38 PT By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch Source: Columbus Dispatch Ohio -- With an Ohio medical marijuana law awaiting Gov. John Kasich’s signature, backers of a similar constitutional amendment decided it wasn’t worth it to go forward. Ohioans for Medical Marijuana announced Saturday that they folded their campaign after gathering “hundreds of thousands” of signatures on a petition asking Ohioans to approval medical marijuana — including growing and smoking it.
Neither of those things is permitted under medical marijuana legislation passed last week by the General Assembly, but much of the rest is the same. Kasich has not said whether he will sign the bill into law. Read More... Legal Weed is Not Dumbing Down Nation’s Teens Posted by on May 30, 2016 at 05:23:14 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post USA -- The marijuana policy landscape changed rapidly between 2002 and 2013. During that time, 13 states passed medical-marijuana laws, 10 states relaxed penalties for marijuana use, and Colorado and Washington became the first states to fully legalize recreational pot use.
Opponents of marijuana liberalization warned that these changes would bring devastating consequences, particularly for kids: "But what about the children?" was the common refrain. The president of National Families in Action, an anti-drug group, warned that commercial marijuana would "literally dumb down the precious minds of generations of children." Psychiatrist Christian Thurstone, an outspoken opponent of Colorado's marijuana legalization, argued in 2010 that "the state's relaxed laws have made the drug widely available — and irresistible — to too many adolescents." Read More... Lawmakers Send Medical Marijuana to Kasich Posted by on May 26, 2016 at 06:07:17 PT By Alan Johnson & Jim Siegel Source: Columbus Dispatch Ohio -- After passing a reluctant Senate by just three votes, Ohio is poised to become the latest state to legalize medical marijuana, so long as Gov. John Kasich signs it into law.
After more than a day of uncertainty about whether the bill had enough support in the Senate, the chamber voted 18-15 Wednesday afternoon, passing the bill despite opposition votes from the top two members of Senate Republican leadership — Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina, and Sen. Larry Obhof, R-Medina. The House concurred 67-28 late Wednesday night. Read More... A GOP Congressman Says He Used Medical Marijuana Posted by on May 26, 2016 at 05:55:44 PT By Christopher Ingraham Source: Washington Post Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) just made a striking admission: Speaking to a group of marijuana activists on Capitol Hill, Rohrabacher said he had recently turned to medical marijuana to help deal with arthritis pain, and it worked.
Two weeks ago, Rohrabacher said, he tried a topical wax-based marijuana treatment. That night, it was "the first time in a year and a half that I had a decent night’s sleep because the arthritis pain was gone," Rohrabacher said. Read More... MMJ Bill May Not Have Enough Support Posted by on May 25, 2016 at 09:28:22 PT By Alan Johnson & Jim Siegel Source: Columbus Dispatch Ohio -- A legislative vote on medical marijuana is coming down to the wire with the outcome in doubt today in the Ohio Senate. A Senate committee voted 7-5 this morning for House Bill 523, legislation that would allow Ohioans with certain medical conditions to legally obtain medical marijuana from a doctor.
The bill, with a few minor amendments, is expected to be voted on the Senate floor in an afternoon session, but the legislative sources are not at all certain the votes are there for passage. About a dozen of the 23 Senate Republicans and two or three of 10 Democrats saying they are willing to vote for the bill. At least 17 votes are needed for passage. Read More... Vets Will Still Smoke at White House Posted by CN Staff on May 19, 2016 at 12:26:25 PT By Steven Nelson, Staff Writer Source: U.S. News & World Report Washington, D.C. -- Marijuana reform advocates celebrated Thursday as the House of Representatives approved a spending bill amendment aiming to allow Veterans Health Administration doctors to authorize medical marijuana use for patients – but activists pressing for deeper reform still intend to smoke illegally and lay in the street in acts of civil disobedience outside the White House on Friday.
The legislative win follows a Senate committee’s April passage of the same amendment in a 20-10 vote. The House’s Thursday vote, 233-189, featured 57 Republicans joining all but five Democrats in favor. Last year, the House narrowly rejected the measure, but the Senate then passed it as part of the underlying bill and is expected to do so again. Read More... Increasing Numbers Of Americans Support Marijuana Posted by on May 19, 2016 at 04:56:11 PT By Bob Tognetti, The Huffington Post Source: Huffington Post USA -- A wave of recent polls shows that majorities of voters in five states, and a majority nationwide, support legalizing medical marijuana. Many voters also support legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
Eighty percent of Florida’s registered voters would support a state constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana. While support drops when voters are asked about recreational use, the issue still garners a majority with 56 percent for it and 41 percent against. Read More... If CA Legalizes MJ, Consumption Will Increase Posted by on May 16, 2016 at 06:13:56 PT By Beau Kilmer Source: Los Angeles Times California -- In six months, California will join Maine, Nevada and probably a few other states in deciding whether or not to legalize the large-scale commercial production of marijuana. Residents will be inundated with wild claims about the promises and pitfalls of these initiatives.
You will hear debates about government revenue, criminal justice benefits, the environment, and the effect of legalization on Mexican drug-trafficking organizations. Public health conversations may prove especially contentious. Some will claim that legalization will constitute a net gain for health. Others will say the exact opposite. Read More...
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