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An Updated Look at Medical Cannabis in the United States

By Allen St. Pierre, NORML. WASHINGTON, DC — Currently in the United States, 35 states have reformed their laws via legislation or binding voter approved ballot initiative to allow qualified patients medical access to cannabis products. This time last year, 21 states and the District of Columbia had medical cannabis laws on the books–a sixty …

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Motorist Fatalities Have Occurred Less Often in Colorado Since Legalization of Cannabis

By Wes LePage Data from 2013 and 2014 reveals a slight decrease in fatal accidents Despite recent headlines concerning (and perhaps manufacturing) a “stoned driving epidemic” it seems the first five months of Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry has not led to an increase of total motorist fatalities, which are, in fact, in slight decline from …

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Study: Cannabidiol Mitigates Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

By Paul Armentano, NORML The administration of cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychotropic cannabinoid, controls sleep disorders in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to a series of case summaries published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics. An international team of investigators from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and the University of Minnesota Medical School …

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The Crime of Prohibition

By Michael Taillard, professional economist and board member of NORML Nebraska The prohibition of alcohol during the 1920s facilitated the rapid growth of criminal organizations in the United States, giving birth to infamous names as Al Capone. It is largely for this reason that alcohol prohibition was universally deemed a spectacular failure. Nearly a century …

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DEA Settles Suit Alleging Lie-Detector Abuses

By Marisa Taylor, McClatchy DC The Drug Enforcement Administration has agreed to pay 14 contractors $500,000 to settle a lawsuit that accuses the agency of illegally requiring them to undergo highly intrusive lie detector tests to keep their jobs as translators. The settlement appears to be the first time that a federal government agency has …

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Legislation to Research Hemp for Remediation and Biofuel Approved by Hawaii Senate

By Dave Smith, A bill that would authorize the dean of the University of Hawaii’s agricultural school to establish a hemp research program was approved today by the state Senate and sent over to the House. Introduced by seven senators, including Big Island Sen. Josh Green, Senate Bill 2175 would allow the Dean of the College of …

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Marijuana – Dangerous, or a Miracle Drug?

By Michelle L. Dunbar, Executive Director of St. Jude Retreats Is marijuana a dangerous drug that can lead to brain damage and addiction, or is it a miracle drug that can alleviate pain and fight disease? Earlier this year Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a physician and CNN medical analyst released a documentary that asked these questions. …

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Kansas Woman Left to Die In Jail Over Small Amount of Marijuana

By Amanda Warren, Brenda Sewell and her sister Joy Biggs had recently purchased a motor home from a Colorado couple. The couple delivered it to them in Kansas City and the sisters drove the couple back to Colorado. It was on their way home, just after crossing the Colorado-Kansas border, when a Kansas Highway …

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62% of Georgia Voters Support Cannabis Decriminalization, 54% Support Legalization

By Sabrina Fendrick, Director of NORML Women’s Outreach A newly released poll found that over half of Georgia voters support a marijuana legalization policy similar to that of Colorado and Washington (54%), however that same report found that even larger majority supports decriminalization.  62% of respondents believe that the state should remove criminal penalties for …

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End Marijuana Prohibition Demonstration in Phoenix Arizona

By Steve Muratore, Safer Arizona Cannabis activists working to put the Safer Arizona citizens initiative, to legalize marijuana possession and use, on the 2014 general election ballot will gather at the Arizona State Capitol for an “End Marijuana Prohibition Demonstration,” on Monday, January 13, 2014 from 9 am until 11 am.

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