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Study: National Medical Marijuana Could Save Thousands of Lives Annually

A new study published by the University of Indiana (IU) indicates that medical marijuana, if legalized nationally, could be a true lifesaver. Per the Indiana study, approximately 47,500 American lives could be saved annually if medical marijuana were legalized nationally. Authored by Dr. Thomas M. Clark, the IU research scrutinized studies published since 2000 and evaluated the impact of legalized medical marijuana on potentially fatal diseases and American “mortality.” Research methodology: “The effects of Cannabis use on mortality from effects on organ systems and disease states considered most likely to be influenced by Cannabis were investigated. These were cancer,...

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Trump Protects State Medical Marijuana Laws With Budget Extension

Crucial medical marijuana protections at the federal level were scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, potentially jeopardizing the therapeutic relief of millions of patients — not to mention putting countless businesses and industry jobs at risk. On a larger note, Sept. 30 would also mark the start of a government shutdown if a budget agreement or extension were not agreed upon and signed by President Trump. On Friday, the House of Representatives submitted a budget proposal that would raise the debt limit as part of a short-term spending package, effectively postponing the government shutdown from Sept. 30 until at...

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Canadian Dispensaries and the Opioid Substitution Program

Despite the fact that Ontario officials recently announced a government monopoly on pot sales, dispensaries in the province are proving to be a necessity in the fight against opioid addiction. Marijuana facts billboard in Boston, Massachusetts North America and much of the Western world are gripped in a deadly opioid epidemic that takes hundreds of lives each day. Data has shown that in places where cannabis is legal, people have been successful at curbing opioid abuse. With that in mind, the Eden Dispensary chain has taken it upon themselves to combat the opioid crisis. “[Eden] previously had done [its...

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Congress Passes Three Month Budget Continuation – Marijuana Protections Included

by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director September 11, 2017 In a quick deal between President Trump and Congress, a three-month budget continuing resolution will be in effect until December 8, 2017, maintaining current spending levels. While this seems mundane (it is), it is important for marijuana policy because it guarantees a temporary extension of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer protections for lawful medical marijuana programs from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In context, this comes on the heels of the House Rules Committee, led by prohibitionist Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX), blocking multiple amendments related to marijuana from receiving consideration by the full House earlier this week, thus ending their consideration for the 2018 House CJS Appropriates bill. Amendments included: ending the federal incentive to revoke drivers licenses from those charged with marijuana offenses; protections for states that have implemented hemp programs; a reduction in funding for the DEA’s cannabis eradication program; expanded access to researchers; protections for banks to provide services to marijuana businesses; allowing the District of Columbia to implement adult-use sales, and expanded protections to the eight states that have outright legalized marijuana. Most notably, Chairman Pete Sessions also blocked the amendment offered by Representatives Dana Rohrabacher, Earl Blumenauer, and other allies in the House This language has been included in budgets since 2014, with language maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.” Eariler this year, Senator Patrick...

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25 Most Popular Marijuana Strains in August

The transitory popularity of marijuana strains in North America ebbs and flows on a monthly basis. Conscious of that consumer-driven fact, Marijuana.com scours the menu activity of collectives and dispensaries on Weedmaps to ascertain North America’s most popular strains at the end of the month. Maintaining her lofty #1 position during the month of August, Blue Dream burned the competition, yet again. Down $1 an eighth from June, Blue Dream’s average asking price for the month of August was $37 per eighth. Another high achiever for the month of August, Master Kush blazed a trail past 15 strains to...

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Is Minnesota on the Fast Track to Legalization?

Typically, conversations centering on which state will legalize cannabis next do not find their way to Minnesota, where current Governor Mark Dayton is a staunch opponent of cannabis legalization. In a 2014 poll on the topic, just 30 percent of Minnesotans who responded believed marijuana should be legalized for adults in the state. But things have certainly changed in the last few years. During the 12-day Minnesota State Fair, the House of Representatives conducts a wide-ranging poll of fair-goers to gain insight into trends among the state’s population. One of the questions Minnesotans were asked was if they would support...

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Using Weedmaps to Find the Best Marijuana Investments

Cannabis consumers around the globe love using Weedmaps. Weedmaps is the largest and most comprehensive marijuana directory and discovery app in existence. With listings throughout the US, Canada, and Europe – Weedmaps helps you locate doctors, deliveries, storefronts, and deals near you. Besides real-time dispensary menus, pricing, and more … what else can you use Weedmaps for? Due diligence! Peter Lynch, famed investor and former manager of Fidelity’s Magellan Fund, once wrote a whole book centered on his thesis: “Invest in what you know.” This mantra couldn’t possibly be more applicable to cannabis consumers. Never before on Wall Street...

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Arkansas’ Green Crawl: Why Farmers Don’t See Cannabis as a Cash Crop

On Nov. 8, voters passed the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 to implement medical marijuana in the state of Arkansas. The floor was open for cultivators and retailers to request a seat at the table. But applications came in at a trickle. The state began taking medical marijuana patient applications on June 30. Since then, more than 800 patients have requested access to obtain medical cannabis when the program launches “early next year.” The state received its first cultivator application on Aug. 30. As of Friday, 7 cultivation applications and 13 applications to sell cannabis products had been...

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‘Cansortium Texas’ Granted First Medical Marijuana License in TX

On Wednesday, officials announced that Cansortium Texas would be the first company to receive a medical marijuana license issued by the state of Texas, after a scrutinizing review from the state Department of Public Safety. #Texas issues first medical marijuana license https://t.co/QamQ3hqmW3 pic.twitter.com/IlRX48QDak — KPRC 2 Houston (@KPRC2) September 6, 2017 Endorsed by the Texas Republican Party earlier this year, the GOP requested the Texas legislature update and modify the state’s 2015 Compassionate Use Act, allowing physicians to prescribe medical marijuana to qualified patients at their discretion, according to the GOP’s platform. “Compassionate Use Act – We call upon...

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The Number of Dogs Police Kill on Marijuana Raids is Staggering

The relationship between law enforcement and the American people may be the most strained it has ever been. Between the War on Drugs claiming generations of nonviolent Americans as prisoners and the social media era exposing actions taken by uniformed officers that have likely been going on for many decades, it’s difficult for America’s younger generations to imagine a time when those entrusted with protecting and serving us have been trusted less. Even though cannabis itself poses no deadly threat to its users, the prohibition of the plant has left a trail of destruction in its path for over...

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Federal Survey: Youth Marijuana Use Continues To Decline

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director September 7, 2017 Fewer young people today identify as current users of cannabis as compared to 2002, according to national survey data released today by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report finds that 6.5 percent of respondents between the ages of 12 and 17 report having consumed cannabis within the past 30 days – a decrease of 21 percent since 2002 and the lowest percentage reported by the survey in 20 years. Adolescents’ use of alcohol and tobacco also declined significantly during this same period. The findings are similar to those compiled by the University of Michigan which also reports long-term declines in young people’s marijuana use, which have fallen steadily nationwide since 1996. The new SAMHSA data acknowledges an increase in the percentage of respondents ages 18 or older who report using cannabis, a trend that has similarly been identified in other national surveys. By contrast, rates of alcohol abuse have been steadily declining for over a decade among this same age group. Rates of problematic cannabis use by those over the age of 18 have largely held steady since 2002, and have fallen substantially among...

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America’s Best (and Worst) Colleges for Getting a “Higher” Education

Gone are the days when college students only selected their schools based on campus size, graduation rate, and accreditation. Though still important benchmarks, today’s students contemplating a higher education have a slightly more nuanced set of criteria. While some students prefer universities that focus on careers in political science, economics, or chemical engineering – others would simply like to be surrounded by a like-minded student body. Rolled out in advance of the 2018 school year, a report from the Princeton Review has just unveiled their list of the 20 best colleges for students that enjoy relaxing – when not...

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The Evolution of Cannabis Activism in Canada

Cannabis activists from the Great White North come in all shapes and sizes, sharing the one common goal of ending marijuana prohibition. Now that legalization is almost a reality in Canada, what do these dedicated individuals who have spent decades fighting for personal freedoms do next? Marijuana.com spoke with three legendary figures in the world of cannabis activism to see what their plans are post-legalization. “I’ve been an activist for 27 years and been to jail three major times,” said Don Briere, owner of Weeds Glass + Gifts. Don has opened well over a dozen dispensaries in British Columbia...

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Flying High With Curren$y on the Pilot Talk Trilogy Tour

The modern age of music has brought along quite a few welcome advancements, such as virtual reality music videos and streaming services that grant you access to a world of musical possibilities for one low monthly price. But the fight for subscribers has created a war over streaming rights fought with licenses and exclusive releases that sometimes leave fans in the dark. For example, I’ve written countless strongly worded letters to the offices of Spotify in an attempt to get three of my favorite projects finally added to the streaming platform. For the record, those three elusive projects were...

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House Rules Committee Blocks Marijuana Amendments

Late Wednesday night, the House Rules Committee led by prohibitionist Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX) blocked multiple amendments related to marijuana from receiving consideration by the full House, thus ending their consideration and silencing the ability for the lower chamber to offer protections from Attorney General Jeff Sessions when it comes to...

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Teen Use of Marijuana Did Not Rise in Washington State After Legalization

“Preliminary” findings from a new report cultivated by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) indicate that youthful marijuana consumption did not increase after voters passed the state’s adult use marijuana initiative in 2012. As part of the passage of Initiative 502, the WSIPP is obligated to produce recurring reports for the legislature’s review in “2015, 2017, 2022 and 2032.” These insightfully compiled data points are intended to provide a glimpse of the overall cost-benefit analysis of Washington state’s legalization efforts, examining teenage marijuana use and the state’s drugged driving data, as well as looking for any increased...

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