Monthly Archive: May 2013

76% of Physicians Worldwide Support Medical Marijuana Legalization

According to a survey published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine, 76% of physicians approve of the use of medical marijuana, despite its illegality in most countries, indicating that they’re in support of legalizing the substance for medical purposes. The study included responses from 1,446 doctors from 72 different countries including from every …

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New Research Finds Marijuana May Combat Brain Damage


New research published in the journals Behavioural Brain Research and Experimental Brain Research has found that even miniscule amounts of marijuana may help fight brain damage. Pharmacologist Josef Sarne of Tel Aviv University, the lead researcher of the study, found that tiny amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may protect the brain after injuries from seizures, as …

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Oregon Senate Approves PTSD as Qualifying Medical Marijuana Condition, Heads to Governor

By a vote of 36 to 21, Oregon’s full Senate has approved Senate Bill 281 to add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a condition that qualifies someone to become a medical marijuana patient. The state’s House approved the measure recently with a 19 to 11 vote, meaning the measure will now head to the …

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New Hemp Documentary Premiers in Hollywood During Hemp History Week


On Wednesday, June 5th in Hollywood, CA, organizers of Hemp History Week will be hosting a special premiere of “Bringing It Home, a documentary film about industrial HEMP, healthy houses, and a greener future for America,” a new hour-long documentary about industrial hemp that examines why the cultivation of a crop with so many widespread …

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Colorado Governor Signs Measure Legalizing Hemp

Hemp cultivation is now officially legal in Colorado, and licensed production could begin as soon as the end of the summer. Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 13-241 yesterday, a measure which fixes a provision in Amendment 64 which legalizes hemp only if the legislature and governor takes action to approve it, which they did with …

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Activists Submitting Double the Signatures Required to Qualify Legalization for Vote in Portland, Maine


Local cannabis advocates celebrate today, as more than 3,000 signatures (more than double the amount needed) will be turned in to city officials in Portland, Maine, to qualify an initiative that would legalize personal possession of 2 1/2 ounces for adults 21 and older. Residents of Portland, the largest city in Maine, have been collecting …

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Nevada Senate Approves Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries


Nevada’s Senate approved Senate Bill 374 today, a measure to legalize state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. The vote signified overwhelming support for such a move with 17 voting in favor, and only 4 voting in opposition. The measure passed through two Senate committees unanimously in the weeks leading up to the vote. In …

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Louisiana House Approves Measure Lowering Marijuana Possession Penalties


A measure to significantly reduce the penalties associated with marijuana possession in Louisiana passed he full House today with a vote of 54 to 38. House Bill 103, which was filed in March by State Representative Austin Badon, passed its initial committee – the House Criminal Justice Committee – with a unanimous 14 to 0 vote …

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New York Lawmakers Approve Measure Decriminalizing the Public Display of Marijuana


By a vote of 80 to 59 New York’s full Assembly has approved Assembly Bill 6716-A, a measure which decriminalizes the public display of up to 15 grams of marijuana, changing it from an arrestable misdemeanor to a simple civil infraction of $100. The measure would be a huge step towards ending to the travesty …

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Congressman Introducing Bill to Allow Marijuana Businesses to Take Federal Tax Deductions

Congressman Earl Blumenaur, a Democrat from Oregon, will be holding a press conference on June 5th with medical marijuana industry leaders to formally introduce a measure – the Small Business Tax Equity Act of 2013 -which would fix Section 280E of the U.S. tax code, which disallows marijuana access points from taking standard tax deductions. …

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Over 600 New York Physicians Urge Lawmakers to Approve Medical Marijuana Legalization


On Thursday a newly-formed group – New York Physicians for Compassionate Care – will hold a press conference to announce that over 600 physicians in New York have signed a letter of intent urging state lawmakers to approve medical marijuana legalization. The announcement comes as legislators discuss legislation – Assembly Bill 6357 and Senate Bill …

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Governor Signs Measures Making Colorado First to Regulate Recreational Marijuana


Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper officially signed House Bill 1317, House Bill 1318, and Senate Bill 283 today, making Colorado the first state in the nation in which its elected officials voted for and approved regulations and taxes for recreational marijuana sales. Under the proposals, marijuana would be regulated from “seed to sale”, where licensed cultivators would …

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Whole Foods Market to Celebrate Hemp History Week


Whole Foods Market, the largest chain of natural grocery stores in the nation, has announced today in a press release that they’ll be celebrating hemp history week – June 3rd through June 9th – by promoting a wide range of hemp products, as well as educating on the importance of the diverse crop. “Hemp is …

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Israel to More than Double the Amount of Physicians Prescribing Medical Marijuana


Likud MK Haim Katz, Chair of the Knesset Labor, Social Welfare and Health Committee, has announced that the number of physicians authorized to prescribe medical marijuana in Israel will more than double by the end of this year. Currently there are only 9 doctors allowed to prescribe cannabis to patients in Israel, resulting in over …

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New Los Angeles Mayor Supports Recreational Marijuana Legalization


On Tuesday Los Angeles voters approved Measure D, which puts a severe cap on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. At the same time, voters elected councilman Eric Garcetti their new mayor. During the campaign Garcetti was considered the most friendly towards medical marijuana, and in a recent interview after the election, Garcetti has made …

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