Vermont Governor Announces Public Hearing on Cannabis Legalization

Vermont Governor Peter Schumlin’s administration has announced that they’ll be holding a public hearing on November 12th as part of the state’s continuing examination of cannabis legalization.vermont

According to a press release sent out by the administration, the hearing will “provide Vermonters with the ability to contribute comments for a legislatively-mandated study on the issues involved with possible legalization of marijuana production, distribution and possession in the State of Vermont.”

Shumlin has stated that he wants to see how cannabis legalization works out in Washington State and Colorado before approving such a move in Vermont, but legislation passed this spring requires Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding to report to the Legislature in January on issues regarding cannabis legalization.

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Cannabidiol May Treat Inflammatory Lung Diseases, According to New Study

Cannabidiol has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, and can also improve lung function in those with acutelung lung injury, indicating that it may be a viable treatment option for inflammatory lung diseases, according to a new study published in the journal Immunopharmacology Immunotoxicology.

According to the study; “We have previously shown that the prophylactic treatment with cannabidiol (CBD) reduces inflammation in a model of acute lung injury (ALI). In this work we analyzed the effects of the therapeutic treatment with CBD in mice subjected to the model of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced ALI on pulmonary mechanics and inflammation.”

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Report: Cannabis Would Be An $130 Million Annual Market In Washington D.C. If Legalized

Financial officials in Washington D.C. have determined that if thecannabismoney district legalized cannabis, the market would be worth $130 million annually. This is based on 122,000 users purchasing cannabis priced at $350 an ounce.

The figures, given during testimony to the D.C. Council over a cannabis legalization and regulation bill, was presented before the Council’s Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulator Affairs, and the Committee on Finance and Revenue. The bill being discussed was Bill 20-466, Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2013, a proposal to legalize cannabis, taxing it at 15%. The study was commissioned by Council member Vincent B. Orange.

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Study: Cannabis May Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A study publishedairway this week by the journal PLoS One, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis may provide a treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

For the study, researchers at the University of Illinois took rats with a form of sleep apnea and injected them with cannabis receptor antagonists (meant to mimic the effect of cannabinoids), as well as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

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Cannabis Expungement Bill Unanimously Approved by Cincinnati City Council

The Cincinnati City Council gave unanimous approval03.18.13news-flickr-marijuana-edit Wednesday to a measure allowing for the expungement of cannabis possession misdemeanors. The proposal, put forth by Councilmember Charlie Winburn, is supported by Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell.

The proposed law, which now heads to Mayor John Cranley for consideration (though the Council has well more than enough votes to override a veto), would allow those who’ve receive a charge for possessing up to 200 grams of cannabis within the city to have it sealed from their record, so that it won’t appear on a background check.

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Texas Cop Arrested for Telling Woman He’d Drop Cannabis Charges if She Let Him Smell Her Feet

By Associated Press

HOUSTON, TX — Houston-area authorities say theytexas believe a school district police officer who pulled over a motorist and then asked to smell her feet may have made similar demands of others.

Twenty-six-year-old Patrick Quinn is charged with two counts of “official oppression.” He’s free on $2,000 bond.

The Harris County district attorney’s office says Quinn stopped the woman in August and said he found marijuana paraphernalia. Authorities say Quinn told her he has a foot fetish and would release her if she let him smell her feet. He later said he wouldn’t need to smell them if she gave him her underwear. Investigators say he then changed his mind and let her go.

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New Study Suggests THC Can Treat Non-Cardiac Chest Pain

A new study conducted by Temple University has found that chestpainTHC (tetrahydrocannabinol) may provide a novel treatment option for non-cardiac chest pain.

Non-cardiac chest pain is chest pain that doesn’t come from the heart. An estimated 200,000 Americans each year experience this type of pain, which can involve painful swallowing, discomfort and anxiety.

“Non-cardiac chest pain can be frightening for patients and result in visits to the emergency room because the painful symptoms, while often originating in the esophagus, can mimic a heart attack”, according to a Temple University press release about the study. “Current treatment — which includes pain modulators such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) — has a partial 40 to 50 percent response rate in alleviating symptoms.”

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Poll: 62% of Florida Voters Have Already Voted or Will Vote in Favor of Amendment 2

A new poll conducted by the research firm Anzalone Liszt Groveyeson2 has found that 62% of Florida voters have either already voted in favor of Amendment 2 (early voting began last week), or they plan to do so. According to the survey, only 35% plan to vote against the proposal, with just 3% being undecided.

Amendment 2, put forth by the organization United for Care, would legalize medical cannabis in Florida by making it a constitutional right. If approved into law, those who receive a recommendation from a physician would be authorized to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, and dispensaries would allowed as a means of patients obtaining safe access to the medicine.

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2014 Election a Week Away

A week from today, on Tuesday, November 4th, the 2014 cannabisleafgeneral election will occur, and voters in numerous locales will be given the opportunity to strike a blow to the absurd prohibition on cannabis.

Below is a quick overview of the cannabis-related proposals being voted on:

Oregon:

Measure 91 would legalize the possession of up to 8 ounces of cannabis, in addition to the private cultivation of up to 4 plants. The proposal would also authorize state-licensed cannabis retail outlets, which anyone 21 and older could purchase cannabis from. The outlets would be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Commission, and cannabis would be taxed at $35 an ounce.

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Michigan Court: Patients Can Receive Unemployment Compensation if Fired Over Cannabis

In a groundbreaking decision, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Fridaymichigancourt that workers in the state who are authorized medical cannabis patients should receive unemployment compensation if they were fired solely because they tested positive for cannabis.

“It’s a very favorable decision for the civil rights of employees in Michigan,” says Matt Abel, an attorney in Detroit who operates as the execusitve director of Michigan NORML. “This decision is another acknowledgment that medical-marijuana users’ rights have been unfairly infringed.”

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