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Study: No Link Between Chronic Cannabis Use in Teens and Physical/Mental Health Issues

A 20-year study with over 400 participants has found that cannabis use among teens, even chronic long-term use, is not associated with physical and mental health problems later in life. “What we found was a little surprising,” says lead researcher Jordan Bechtold, a psychology research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “There were …

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Seattle Hempfest 2015 is Less than Two Weeks Away

Seattle Hempfest, one of the world’s most attended free speech events, is less than two weeks away. This year’s event takes place on August 14th, 15th and 16th, starting at noon on the 14th and 10am on the 15th and 16th; it ends at 8pm on all three days. Seattle Hempfest – often referred to …

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Survey Finds 79% of U.S. Mayors Support Decriminalizing Cannabis

A new survey conducted by Politico Magazine has found that an overwhelming majority of U.S. mayors support decriminalizing cannabis. “The surveyed mayors, themselves uniquely positioned to feel the brunt of the federal drug policies, overwhelmingly encouraged the decriminalization of marijuana, with 79 percent of the mayors suggesting that the federal government follow the lead of …

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The 300+ Outlets Allowed to Sell Recreational Cannabis Starting October 1st in Oregon

Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently signed into law a bill that allows medical cannabis dispensaries to sell recreational cannabis to anyone 21 and older beginning October 1st. According to Oregon’s official website, there are currently – as of this publication – 310 medical cannabis dispensaries approved to operate in the state. Oregon’s website includes a …

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Hemp Now Legal in North Dakota

Industrial hemp is now legal in North Dakota, due to House Bill 1436 becoming law on Friday, August 1st. House Bill 1436, which was approved by the Senate with a 46 to 1 vote, and by the House of Representatives with an 87 to 5 vote, was signed into law by Governor Jack Dalrymple in …

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Colorado Cannabis Bank Sues Federal Reserve

Colorado’s Fourth Corner Credit Union has filed lawsuits against the Federal Reserve and the National Credit Union Administration for denying it the right to operate within the banking system. The Fourth Corner Credit Union, located in Denver, was created specifically to serve the legal cannabis industry. It got state approval back in November, but has …

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Historic day in Nevada: First Legal Medical Cannabis Sales Take Place

By Scott Sonner and Michelle Rindels, Associated Press SPARKS, Nev. — Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno. Dressed in polo shirts, tie-dyes and button-downs, about 75 …

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Michigan Panel Votes to Allow Medical Cannabis for Autism

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel voted 4 to 2 today to add autism as a condition that qualifies an individual to become a medical cannabis patient. The panel’s recommendation now heads to Mike Zimmer, Director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, who has final say over whether or not autism is …

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Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to Open Throughout New York Within 6 Months

The New York State Department of Health issued licenses today to five organizations giving them the authority to cultivate and distribute cannabis for medical use. Each of the five organizations will be allowed to open four dispensaries and four cultivate centers, with the dispensaries mandated to be open within six months (putting the deadline at …

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D.A.R.E. Comes Out in Support of Legalizing Cannabis

D.A.R.E., an international substance abuse prevention education program formed in 1983, has come out in support of legalizing cannabis. “People like me, and other advocates of marijuana legalization, are not totally blind to the harms that drugs pose to children,” said deputy sheriff Carlis McDerment in an op-ed published on D.A.R.E.’s website. “We just happen …

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National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Says Cannabidiol is Safe and Nonaddictive

Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), says that cannabidiol (CBD) – a compound found in cannabis – is “a safe drug with no addictive effects.” The comments were made in an op-ed for The Huffington Post. “[P]reliminary data suggest that [cannabidiol] may have therapeutic value for a number of …

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Mississippi Initiative Filed to Legalize Cannabis for Everyone 18+

An initiative to legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 18 and older has been filed in Mississippi. According to an official summary of the measure, Initiative Measure 52 “would amend the Mississippi Constitution to include the Mississippi Cannabis Freedom Act (‘the Act’). The Act legalizes cannabis for persons eighteen years of age and older, legalizes cannabis …

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South Dakota Indian Tribe Set to Begin Selling Recreational Cannabis this December

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Indian tribe, located in South Dakota, is set to begin selling recreational cannabis to anyone 21 and older this December, the first Indian tribe in the nation to do so. “The fact that we are first doesn’t scare us,” says tribal president Anthony Reider, who’s led the tribe for five years. …

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WA Bar Association: Lawyers Can Use Cannabis, Operate Cannabis Businesses

The Washington State Bar Association’s Ethics Committee has advised that attorneys are free to use cannabis for personal use, and to operate cannabis businesses. Recently Washington’s Supreme Court made a ruling (Comment [18] to Rule 1.2) that lawyers “who advise clients on marijuana-related activities permitted under state law” aren’t violating Washington’s Rule of Professional Conduct. …

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Oregon Governor Signs Bill Allowing Recreational Cannabis Sales to Begin October 1st

As expected, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed Senate Bill 460 into law, allowing recreational cannabis sales to begin on October 1st. The new law allows currently operating medical cannabis dispensaries to begin selling cannabis – including seeds and immature plants – to anyone 21 and older starting October 1st. Cannabis sales won’t be taxed. …

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