• Study: Marijuana Useful for Various Medical Conditions

    Study: Marijuana Useful for Various Medical Conditions

    Submitted by NORML on Aug 9, 2012 For the second time in recent months, a scientific paper published in a peer-reviewed journal has thoroughly rebutted the present Schedule I status of cannabis under US federal law, which states that the plant and its organic constituents possess a “high potential for abuse,” and that they lack “accepted medical use” and “accepted safety … under
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  • Delaware governor renews medical marijuana effort

    Delaware governor renews medical marijuana effort

    DOVER, Del. — Gov. Jack Markell said Thursday that he is moving forward with a medical marijuana program in Delaware after halting plans last year over fears that state officials could be subject to federal prosecution. Markell signed a medical marijuana bill in 2011 but halted implementation after federal officials indicated that people involved in
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  • Doctors Call On DEA To Reschedule Marijuana For Medical Research Purposes

    Doctors Call On DEA To Reschedule Marijuana For Medical Research Purposes

    The American Academy of Pediatrics is requesting that the Drug Enforcement Administration reclassify marijuana as a less harmful substance in order to facilitate research of the substance for medical use, according to a policy statement released Monday. “The AAP strongly supports research and development of pharmaceutical cannabinoids and supports a review of policies promoting research
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  • Marijuana causes brain damage: study

    Marijuana causes brain damage: study

    Michelle Henderson, AAP National Medical Writer Pot smokers may want to think twice before lighting up their next joint. Australian scientists have proved the long-held suspicion that persistent heavy marijuana use damages the brain’s memory and learning capacity. Researchers also showed for the first time the earlier people developed their cannabis habit, the worse the
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  • Two dead from synthetic cannabis: What new drugs are doing to our bodies

    Two dead from synthetic cannabis: What new drugs are doing to our bodies

    BLUEBERRY Haze, Hawaiian Hybrid, Nitro, Magma, Panama Red Ball — it sounds like a list of cocktails. They are in fact the colourful street names for synthetic cannabis and they mask a truly deadly drug. Two Queenslanders died this week, a 33-year-old man and a 41-year-old man, after taking drugs marketed as a “natural high”.
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  • Economist magazine hails Uruguay for legalising cannabis and gay marriage

    Economist magazine hails Uruguay for legalising cannabis and gay marriage

    British magazine The Economist has chosen Uruguay as its country of the year. The title, explaining its decision (registration maybe required), praised the country’s “path-breaking reforms” that “might benefit the world”. Uruguay has passed a law to legalise and regulate the production, sale and consumption of cannabis. It also legalised gay marriage – a policy The Economist said had “increased the
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  • Controversial Weed Growing iOS Game Pulled from App Store

    Controversial Weed Growing iOS Game Pulled from App Store

    A new iOS game called “Weed Firm” has been pulled out from the App Store for containing controversial content, reports App Advice. The game enjoyed top ranking on the Top Free iPhone Apps chart on Tuesday just before being removed from the App Store. Industry observers are now wondering how the game, with its controversial content, was
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  • Marijuana use `doubles` stroke risk in young adults

    Marijuana use `doubles` stroke risk in young adults

    Washington: Smoking marijuana may double the risk of stroke in young adults, according to new research. In a New Zealand study, ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients were 2.3 times more likely to have cannabis, also known as marijuana, detected in urine tests as other age and sex matched patients, researchers said. “This
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  • Ohio Attorney General Rejects Proposed Marijuana Legalization Amendment

    Ohio Attorney General Rejects Proposed Marijuana Legalization Amendment

    COLUMBUS, OH — Ohio’s Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana saying the language in the bill was not “fair and truthful” and omitted key information. The petition for the proposed amendment, the End Ohio Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012 [sic], was submitted by Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis on August 2, with 2,304 signatures from registered
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  • Feds seek to legalize marijuana industry banking

    Feds seek to legalize marijuana industry banking

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department and federal banking regulators will help clear the way for financial institutions to transact business with the legitimate marijuana industry without fear of prosecution, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told Congress on Tuesday. The issue has taken on greater urgency now that Colorado and Washington have become the first
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  • Cannabis being used in makeup products is on the rise

    Cannabis being used in makeup products is on the rise

    With cannabis becoming legalised in Canada and US state Oklahoma voting to legalise medicinal marijuana recently, there has been much discussion about the health benefits of the plant. Further to its use as an ingredient used to treat various health conditions, cannabis has also recently been having quite a moment within the beauty industry. CBD, the non-psychoactive chemical compound
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  • Newsom’s marijuana commission to hold first forum at UCLA

    Newsom’s marijuana commission to hold first forum at UCLA

    LOS ANGELES (AP) – A panel established by California lieutenant governor and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom is scheduled to hold its first public forum. Newsom’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy will have an open meeting at UCLA on Tuesday, and the public is encouraged to contribute either in person or online. Newsom, who was
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  • New Mexico Decriminalizes Adult Use Cannabis

    New Mexico Decriminalizes Adult Use Cannabis

    Santa Fe, New Mexico — The Midwestern state of New Mexico is poised to become the 24th to decriminalize cannabis. Local Albuquerque station KRQE reports that “Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation last week that will decrease penalties for cannabis possession from a criminal to civil violation. Individuals caught with less than half an ounce of cannabis will face a $50 fine, instead of jail or prison time.
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  • The world’s largest cannabis dispensary just opened in Vegas—and it has an entertainment complex attached

    The world’s largest cannabis dispensary just opened in Vegas—and it has an entertainment complex attached

    The world’s largest cannabis dispensary opened in Las Vegas. But it’s no ordinary dispensary — it’s also an entertainment complex where customers can do things like interactive laser graffiti. Opened Nov. 1, Planet 13 is the largest cannabis dispensary in the world according to the company, at 115,000 square feet. The 24-hour dispensary, which accounts for
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  • Washington cities slow to implement legal marijuana

    Washington cities slow to implement legal marijuana

    Though Washington voters approved growing and selling recreational marijuana, few cities have taken steps to implement the law. SEATTLE — Sales of recreational marijuana are due to start in Washington around late spring, but there’s no welcome mat — at least not yet — for pot businesses in dozens of cities around the state. A
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  • California Tribe Building $10 Million Indoor Pot-Growing Facility

    California Tribe Building $10 Million Indoor Pot-Growing Facility

    A month after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said it did not have an objection, in principle, to Indian tribes growing marijuana on their trust-held land, Mendocino, California’s Pinoleville Pomo Nation (pdf) announced it was building a $10-million greenhouse facility on its 99-acre rancheria in Ukiah. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat said county officials
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  • Israel pushing ahead in medical marijuana industry

    Israel pushing ahead in medical marijuana industry

    MOSHE RUTE SURVIVED the Holocaust by hiding in a barn full of chickens. He nearly lost the use of his hands after a stroke two years ago, and became debilitated by recurring nightmares of his childhood following his wife’s death last year. “But after I found this, everything has been better,” said the 80-year-old, as
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  • Colorado, Washington approve recreational marijuana use

    Colorado, Washington approve recreational marijuana use

    Voters in Colorado and Washington on Tuesday approved measures allowing adults to use marijuana for any purpose, NBC News projected, marking an historic turning point in the slow-growing acceptance of marijuana usage. In Massachusetts, voters also approved an initiative allowing people to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, NBC News projected. In Arkansas, a similar initiative
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  • Can Uruguay hash out a progressive model for cannabis reform?

    Can Uruguay hash out a progressive model for cannabis reform?

    If Uruguay’s cannabis policies succeed in curbing illegal drug trafficking and promoting responsible public use of the substance, other nations have no excuse not to experiment with alternative models of narcotics regulation. The small Latin American nation of Uruguay has taken the brave step of becoming the first country in the world to fully legalize
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  • Pathetic Pot Prohibitionists

    Pathetic Pot Prohibitionists

    Legalization in Colorado reveals the intellectual poverty of the war on marijuana. On Monday, less than a week after Colorado’s state-licensed marijuana shops beganserving recreational consumers, the anti-pot group Project SAM thanked three public figures who “have galvanized our movement.” One of them was Tina Brown, former editor of Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Daily Beast, whose contribution consisted of this
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