The organization Grow4Vets is hosting events in Denver and Colorado Springs where they’ll be giving away tens of thousands of dollars of free cannabis to veterans. At these events, veterans will be given cannabis products worth more than $200, for absolutely no charge. Non-veterans will be able to pay a $20 donation, and in exchange, organizers say they’ll be given over $100 worth of cannabis.
The Philadelphia City Council voted Thursday to decriminalize cannabis, approving a proposal which will now go to Mayor Michael Nutter, who has stated he will sign it into law after the council made some alterations to the measure. The vote was 14 to 2, and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has agreed to abide by the …View full post
Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced his support for the legalization of medical cannabis. “I have no problem with the medical use of cannabis, just as I have no problem with the medical use of opiates,” Mr Abbott wrote in a recent letter sent to radio host Alan Jones. “If a drug is needed …View full post
New York Senator Liz Krueger has announced that she will soon file legislation aimed at legalizing recreational cannabis for those 21 and older. According to Krueger, she’ll push for the bill in the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January. “I will push for taxation and regulation of marijuana,” said Krueger at a campaign rally …View full post
Justice Minister Mark Golding says Jamaica’s Cabinet has approved a plan to decriminalize cannabis, and legislators are expected to approve it before the end of the year. Approval by the nation’s Cabinet is the first major step towards the decriminalization bill becoming law, as it put it’s before the Legislature. If approved by the Legislature, …View full post
A study being published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and e-published ahead of print by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabidiol exposure enhances the ability of arteries to relax, which may help explain how it decreases insulitis, inflammation, neuropathic pain and myocardial dysfunction.View full post
New data released by the Washington State Liquor Control Board has revealed that the state garnered approximately $1.75 million in taxes from $6.9 million of legal recreational cannabis sold in the month of August. The numbers are up substantially from July, where sales reached $3.8 million, bringing in around $1 million in taxes for the …View full post
Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has called for the dismissal of dozens of tickets for consuming cannabis in public given by an officer who was found to have distributed over 80% of the tickets in the city in the first 7 months of the year. The announcement came from Sergeant Sean Whitcomb, spokesman for the …View full post
The NFL players Association (NFLPA) voted Friday to increase the threshold for positive cannabis tests, raising the level from 15 ng/ml to 35 ng/ml. The move will be applied retroactively, and will effect cases currently under appeal. “This is an historic moment for our players and our league,” NFLPA President Eric Winston said. “We have …View full post
Iowa’s bipartisan, bicameral Cannabidiol Implementation Study Committee has voted in support of legalizing the distribution and private cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes. The committee also voted to recommend that the federal government and the Iowa Board of Pharmacy reschedule cannabis away from its current scheduling (schedule 1) which declares it as dangerous as heroin …View full post
A study published this month by the journal Cell Biochemistry and Function, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found promising evidence to suggest that delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may provide a safe and effective treatment option for those with diabetes. For the study; “Rats were randomly divided into four groups: control, Δ9 …View full post
A New Hampshire man facing felony charges for the cultivation of cannabis was declared “not guilty” on Friday because the jury found that punishing him would be unjust. Doug Darrell, who’s 59-years-old, was arrested in 2009 after a National Guard helicopter found that he was cultivating 15 cannabis plants in his backyard. Despite there being …View full post
Italy’s army will soon begin growing cannabis to help meet the country’s needs for cannabis-derived medications. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Defense have reached an agreement that will put the military in charge of operations to cultivate cannabis and to produce cannabis-based medicines, according to the Italian newspaper La Stampa. According to …View full post
Senate Bill 364, a proposal to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis, will officially take effect on October 1st in Maryland. The measure, signed into law by the state’s governor in April, decriminalizes the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis, making it a simple $100 ticket for someone’s first offense. A second offense will …View full post
A new study published by the Journal of Headache and Pain has found that activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors – something done naturally by cannabis – may treat migraines. The study, titled Activation of CB2 receptors as a potential therapeutic target for migraine: evaluation in an animal model, used male rats to study the …View full post
A new survey of over 450,000 Americans, conducted by the polling firm CivicScience, has found that a strong majority of Americans are in favor of legalizing cannabis. Of those polled, 58% stated they support cannabis legalization, with just 39% opposed, and 7% undecided. The survey asked the following question; “Would you support or oppose a …View full post
A new Gravis Marketing poll of registered Florida voters has found that a strong majority are in favor of Amendment 2, an initiative to legalize cannabis which will be voted on this November. The poll shows support at 64%, more than the 60% required to pass the initiative into law; it requires 60% rather than …View full post
A study published recently in the Journal of Clinical Investigation and the National Institute of Health has found that the cannabis compound cannabidiol, often referred to simply as CBD, may provide a potential treatment for acne. For the study, researchers used cannabidiol derived from cannabis on human sebaceous gland function, and determined that CBD behaves …View full post
Extremely low doses of the cannabis compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may slow or even halt entirely the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study from neuroscientists at the University of South Florida (USF) shows. Findings from the research were reported online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. For the study, researchers from the USF Health Byrd …View full post
A new study published by the National Institute of Health has found that cannabis use reduces the risk of domestic violence in both men and women, with the risk being lowest when both partners are consumers of the plant. “Research on the association between marijuana use and intimate partner violence (IPV) has generated inconsistent findings, …View full post
A new study published online yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine has found states that have legalized medical cannabis have seen a drastic reduction of opioid overdose mortality rates. Researchers from the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the University of Pennsylvania, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Johns …View full post
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that mandatory minimum sentences – including those imposed on nonviolent drug crimes – are unconstitutional, a ruling which will have a large and immediate impact on the state’s legal system. The court made the ruling as part of a case against a Montgomery County man, James Newman, who received …View full post
In 72 Days Alaska, Oregon, D.C. and Several Cities to Vote on Legalization, Florida to Vote on Medical
In a little over 10 weeks, on November 4th, voters in several cities and states will have the opportunity to continue the growing momentum behind the movement to end cannabis prohibition, and they’ll be able to do so in a big way. In Oregon, voters will be deciding the fate of Measure 91, an initiative …View full post
A new study has found evidence that cannabis may help treat osteoporosis, specifically in men suffering from prostate disease. According to researchers from Konkuk University, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, a substantial portion of men with prostatic disease have an increased risk of bone loss, but activating cannabinoid receptors can help combat these effects. Scientists …View full post
66% of Americans believe that adults should be able to legally possess and consume cannabis in their own homes, according to a HuffingtonPost/YouGov survey released earlier this month. According to the poll, 72% of Democrats and 70% of Independents believe that the private consumption of recreational cannabis should be legal. Republicans are also in support, …View full post
A new study being published in the upcoming issue of the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, and e-published ahead of print by the National Institute of health, has found that a cannabinoid receptor agonist can successfully help against some of the primary symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), indicating that cannabis, which is a natural agonist to …View full post
The Herald Sun Primary School Parents’ Survey released earlier this week found that 80% of moms, and 67% of dads, support allowing doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to children with illness that can benefit from the medicine.
These results are in line with a 7-News / ReachTEL poll released in July, which found that only 14% of those in Australia oppose legalizing medical cannabis.
A new survey of over 1,000 young adults living in the United States has found that cannabis usage rates among the age group (those aged 18 to 25) hasn’t increased in Colorado since voters legalized the plant – including state-licensed sales – in 2012.
The study, conducted by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, found that; “Despite the recent legalization of the sale of recreational marijuana in the state, young adult respondents from Colorado do NOT show much difference in marijuana use and attitudes. For example, 48.7% of youth surveyed in Colorado admitted they have used marijuana [similar to previous years] compared to 40.7% of the rest of the country.”
A new NBC4/Washington Post/Marist poll has found that a large majority of voters in Washington D.C. are in favor of Initiative 71, a proposal to legalize cannabis which will be voted on this November.
According to the poll, 65% of D.C. Voters support Initiative 71, with just 33% opposed. The highest support was from those aged 30 to 44, with 79% from that age group favoring the measure.
Initiative 71, which will be up for a vote on November 4th, would legalize the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis for those 21 and older, as well as the private cultivation of up to six plants.
The Florida chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has officially endorsed Amendment 2, a constitutional amendment to legalize medical cannabis which is being voted on this November 4th.
“Today is an exciting day for everyone working to pass Amendment 2 this November, especially for patients with debilitating diseases who could potentially benefit from compassionate care,” says Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager for United for Care, the group behind Amendment 2. “It is welcome news to have earned the support of an organization that has such an incredible history of fighting for the rights of the people.”
The Philadelphia City Council voted Thursday to decriminalize cannabis, approving a proposal which will now go to Mayor Michael Nutter, who has stated he will sign it into law after the council made some alterations to the measure. The vote was 14 to 2, and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has agreed to abide by the new law.
Under the approved proposal, the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis for those 21 and older will be decriminalized, making it a simple $25 ticket; if someone is caught smoking in public, the ticket will be raised to $100, with the individual being given the option of doing 9-hours of community service if they can’t afford the fee.
“I have no problem with the medical use of cannabis, just as I have no problem with the medical use of opiates,” Mr Abbott wrote in a recent letter sent to radio host Alan Jones. “If a drug is needed for a valid medicinal purpose though and is being administered safely there should be no question of its legality. And if a drug that is proven to be safe abroad is needed here it should be available.”
A new study published in the September issue of the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism has found strong evidence that cannabidiol, or CBD, may offer highly effective treatment for symptoms known to trigger addiction relapse.
The study, conducted by researchers from the Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Department of the Scripps Research Institute, and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacology, examines the effect of CBD on animal models of alcohol and cocaine addiction.
New York Senator Liz Krueger has announced that she will soon file legislation aimed at legalizing recreational cannabis for those 21 and older. According to Krueger, she’ll push for the bill in the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January.
“I will push for taxation and regulation of marijuana,” said Krueger at a campaign rally for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “I continue to work with experts around the country and to evaluate laws and regulations being put into place now.”
Approval by the nation’s Cabinet is the first major step towards the decriminalization bill becoming law, as it put it’s before the Legislature. If approved by the Legislature, as expected, it will go to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who has proposed decriminalizing cannabis in the past as a way of unclogging courts.