Author: Ian

Patients Find Freedom From Fibromyalgia Pain With Cannabis

When I first met Vicki, I connected with her right away. Comfortable in her own skin, I knew that if it weren’t for our professional relationship, we might have been friends. She was struggling when I met her, taking several medications and strapped financially as she had no decent health insurance to cover her pre-existing conditions after being laid off. Despite her serious medical conditions, she was very positive with a great attitude. As a business development consultant and one of the few women in an industry dominated by men, Vicki had sought medical help 20 years earlier for...

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7 Unconventional Cannabis Products Baby Boomers Will Love

You might not consider “smoking a joint with friends” being on most Baby Boomers’ to-do list this summer, but you’d be surprised how open minded the 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 are when it comes to cannabis these days. As we enter the smack-dab middle of July, here are the seven offbeat cannabis products that keep the greatest generation glowing all summer long. Who couldn’t use a little stardust? Stardust Instant THC is a fascinating instant tea crafted by Ed Rosenthal; this powder infusion agent offers 15mg of THC per single serve packet. A comfortable potency...

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Nanos Research Poll Shows Ontario Wants Dispensaries

The question of the day is, how many times can Ontarians say they want dispensaries before the government starts listening? As Canada walks the path toward legalization, each province is deciding how legal cannabis should be sold. The Ontario Provincial Government has gone on record showing their interest in having marijuana in government-controlled liquor stores such as the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). Yesterday, Toronto Mayor John Tory sent out an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne. As part of the letter, Tory stated that he is against dispensaries in various residential and commercial areas in Canada’s largest...

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UK Member of Parliament Calls for Medical Cannabis Protest

Today, the House of Commons in the United Kingdom debated the newly re-elected Conservative Government’s drug strategy. The policy paper released last week was met with the usual back-and-forth banter between party lines, with no real dramatic highlights to speak of except one. Elizabeth Brice, who had multiple sclerosis, campaigned for legalising medicinal cannabis. Prohibition is stupid & cruel #drugsdebate pic.twitter.com/sjEPLDzMc6 — Paul Flynn (@PaulFlynnMP) July 18, 2017 The comments of interest came from Labour Party MP and drug policy reform advocate Paul Flynn. “I call on people, and I know we aren’t supposed to do this, to break...

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Tell AAA To Stop Lying About Legalization

by NORML July 18, 2017 Over the first six months of 2017, the American Automobile Association (aka AAA) has been spreading misinformation and propaganda in a lobbying effort to defeat marijuana legalization legislative efforts in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and other states. As reported by Leafly.com, AAA representatives have recently preyed upon unsubstantiated fears regarding the alleged “increased plague of drugged driving” and the claim that “more babies will be born high” on marijuana in their lobbying efforts against adult use regulatory reforms. The distortions do nothing to advance the public debate surrounding legalization, but they do tarnish the organization’s reputation. Send a message to AAA telling them to put the brakes on lobbying against legalization efforts According to federal data, auto accident fatalities have fallen significantly over the past two decades – during the same time that a majority of US states have legalized marijuana for either medical or social use. In 1996 when California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there were an estimated 37,500 fatal car crashes on US roadways. This total fell to under 30,000 by 2014. Further, a recently published study in the American Journal of Public Health reports that fatal traffic accident rates in legal marijuana states are no different than those in states where cannabis remains illegal. A separate study published last year in...

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New Hampshire: Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Signed Into Law

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 18, 2017 Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed legislation today decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses. House Bill 640, which takes effect in 60 days, eliminates criminal penalties for the possession of up to 3/4 of an ounce of cannabis and/or up to five grams of hashish for those age 18 or older. Under the new law, first time offenders will receive a civil violation punishable by a $100 fine. Presently, first-time marijuana possession is punishable by up to one year in prison, a potential $2,000 fine, and a criminal record. “New Hampshire will soon join the chorus of states that recognize the baseline level of dignity for it’s citizens and tourists who choose to consume marijuana,” said Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director. “Soon, throughout New England, individuals will be able to freely travel without the threat of jail time for possession of marijuana.” New Hampshire is the only New England state that presently treats minor possession offenses as a criminal...

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Dutch Cannabis Social Club Applies for Legal Cannabis Cultivation

The Tree of Life, Amsterdam’s first and only cannabis social club, recently filed a request for an exemption from the Dutch Opium Act to the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. The club applied to grow cannabis for scientific research purposes. The association of recreational and medical users believes this can be accomplished in compliance with the Opium Act because the law states that the production of narcotics can be allowed for “medical and scientific purposes.” “We want to study the needs of users as they know the composition of cannabis due to it is being listed and labeled,”...

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Monterey County: Forget “Cannery Row,” This is Cannabis Row Now!

Monterey County represents a lot of things to a lot of different people. For some, Monterey evokes visions of epic surf, world-class golf, and shamefully expensive car shows. For others, it’s all about the hedonistic pleasure of fine dining and lounging around their multi-million-dollar “cottages.” But for some, Monterey County and the Salinas Valley are all about cultivating legal cannabis and building a sustainable business model for California’s fast-growing marijuana industry. First made famous by John Steinbeck in the early 1960s as the backdrop for such literary masterpieces as “The Grapes of Wrath” and “East of Eden,” Monterey County has...

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Colorado: The Scent of Weed is NOT Sufficient Reason for Vehicle Search

Kilo is the catchy name of Moffat County, Colorado’s now infamous drug-sniffing dog. Trained to sniff out cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamine, and marijuana, Kilo can’t tell cops which drug he’s sniffed out. Now, thanks to a job “well-done,” Kilo is staring an early retirement in the face — because of Kilo, the scent of legal weed in Colorado no longer warrants a car search. A scapegoat for his fellow dog sniffers or a consequence of legalization, Kilo’s case and inability to enunciate just set a landmark precedent for drug searches in Colorado. In February 2015, Kilo sniffed out contraband...

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Weedmaps Athletes Smoke the Competition At X Games Minneapolis 2017

On fire over the weekend, Elliot Sloane, Tyler Bereman, and Stephanie Pietz – all Weedmaps sponsored athletes – elevated the 2017 X Games as they lit up the crowd at Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium. A first for Minneapolis, the X Games initially cultivated their traveling roadshow of hybridized competitors in 1995. Produced by ESPN sports, athletes participating in the X Games excel in three thrill seeking arenas: skateboarding, BMX, and motocross – a.k.a. Moto X, for the uninitiated. Sloan Pulls Off First-Ever Indy Tail Grab 900 An annual summertime showdown for today’s adrenaline fueled millennials, the Minneapolis X Games were...

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Canadian Dollars Are Funding Global Cannabis Expansion

Anyone who has grown up in Canada is well aware of the international stereotypes that exist about the Great White North. We are known to be a peaceful, polite country that supplies the world with maple syrup, hockey, and poutine. Although that’s all correct, Canada, like other countries, tries not to be pigeonholed with blanket labels based on its culture and exports. Now in the 21st-century, marijuana is finally getting its due as an incredible medicine. To that end, Canada is building upon its reputation as a pot-loving country by funding the international cannabis industry. “We are not going...

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Analysis: Criminal Justice Referrals Driving Youth Marijuana Treatment Admissions

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 17, 2017 Over half of all young people entered into drug treatment for marijuana are placed there by the criminal justice system and this percentage is increasing, according to data published online in the journal Substance Use & Misuse. A team of researchers from Binghamton University in New York and the University of Iowa reviewed youth marijuana treatment admission data (TEDS-A) during the years 1995 to 2012. Investigators reported that youth admissions for cannabis rose 65 percent during the study period – from 52,894 annual admissions in 1995 to 87,528 in 2012. Admissions rose most precipitously among Latinos (an increase of 256 percent since 1995) and African American youth (an increase of 86 percent). Criminal justice system referrals rose 70 percent during this same period, and now account for 54 percent of all substance abuse admissions by young people. Among those in treatment, half exhibited little if any evidence of suffering from marijuana dependence. Specifically, 30 percent of all young people admitted into marijuana treatment since 2008 had no record of having consumed cannabis in the 30 days prior to their admittance. Another 20 percent of those entered into treatment had use cannabis three times or fewer in the month prior to their admission. Prior evaluations of TEDS data among adults have yielded similar results. “Our findings indicate that the severity of...

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Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Patients’ Afforded Workplace Protections, High Court Rules

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 17, 2017 State-registered medical cannabis patients may sue a private employer for discrimination if they are fired for their off-the-job marijuana use, according to a first in the nation ruling issued today by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Opining for the court, Chief Justice Ralph Gants determined that it is “not facially unreasonable” for employers to make exceptions to their substance abuse policies in instances where employees are using cannabis at home to treat a debilitating condition. “The fact that the employee’s possession of medical marijuana is in violation of federal law does not make it per se unreasonable as an accommodation,” he wrote. The defendant in the case was fired on her first day on the job for testing positive for carboxy-THC on a company drug test. The former employee possessed a doctor’s recommendation to use cannabis to treat symptoms of Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Qualified patients may legally obtain cannabis in Massachusetts under a 2012 voter-initiated law. The unanimous verdict reverses a lower court decision and is contrary to rulings in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. In each of those states, the supreme courts ruled that employees had no legal protections if they were fired without cause for their state-sanctioned use of medical cannabis. “Patients should never have to choose between their heath and their job and for...

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Nevada Marijuana Distribution Licenses Issued, Weed Shortage Avoided

Nevada’s potential marijuana drought has been resolved. Under Nevada’s voter approved marijuana law, alcohol distributors were initially given an 18-month monopoly on the transportation of all recreational cannabis. Creating a palpable panic across the Las Vegas Valley and causing a shortage of recreational products, the state has now issued two marijuana distribution licenses. Nevada, which officially rolled out a recreational marijuana program on July 1, sold approximately $3 million in recreational products over the extended holiday weekend. Initially great news for the state’s coffers – raising approximately $500,000 in new tax revenue – the state’s lack of planning for adequate...

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Green Party New Zealand Ramps Up Their Personal Use Campaign

After years of stagnation, it seems that talk of marijuana reform in New Zealand is gaining real momentum. At the beginning of June, the country’s Associate Health Minister, Peter Dunne, announced that doctors are permitted to prescribe CBD for patients in need. A week later, a private member’s bill put forth by the Green Party was chosen for debate within the government. When Marijuana.com interviewed the author of the bill, Julie Anne Genter, she said that the bill carried weight because of a “groundswell of public support” on the issue. At the beginning of July, in an effort to move...

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How to Make a Pain-Relieving Herbal Salve for Migraines

Headache disorders are among the most common nervous system disorders, and they aren’t going away anytime soon. There is nothing worse than an excruciating migraine where the only relief seems to be hiding under a blanket for hours until the throbbing subsides. According to The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), as many as 70% of Americans suffer from disabling, chronic headaches severe enough to seek medical attention. Over-the-counter or prescription painkillers are often the first treatment step for headaches and migraines, but while they are effective at relieving immediate pain, these harsh pharmaceuticals come with a myriad of...

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