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Gambia Lawmakers Reduce Penalties for Cannabis Possession

On Monday the Gambia National Assembly passed a bill reducing the penalties for cannabis possession in the country. Under the previous laws enacted in 2010, any person found guilty of possessing cannabis would be subject to a D250,000 (about $6,300 USD) fine and/or a three-year jail term. With the enactment of the new law, penalties …

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Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program to Begin Accepting Applications for Patients and Businesses in September

On September 2nd, the State of Illinois will begin accepting applications from residents who would like to become registered medical cannabis patients or caregivers in the state’s newly-launched Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. Applicants with last names that begin with letters A through L will have until the end of October to submit an application; patients …

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Cannabidiol May Treat Acne, Finds Study

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 …

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Study: Cannabis Can Improve Quality of Life, Decrease Need for Help in Those With Cerebral Palsy

A new study out of Finland, published by the U.S. National Institute of Health and the journal Duodecim, has found that cannabis significantly improved the quality of life for a patient with cerebral palsy. “Cannabinoid was licensed in 2012 for the treatment of spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis in Finland”, states the study. “Spasticity is …

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Enough Signatures Submitted to Put Cannabis Legalization to a Vote in York

Activists in York, Maine submitted over 900 signatures yesterday to put their proposal to legalize cannabis to a vote, more than the 640 required. Once the city verifies that enough of the 900-plus signatures are valid (from registered York voters), the proposal will be sent to the City Council, which can either pass it into …

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New Study: THC May Slow, Halt Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

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 …

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Uruguayans Can Now Grow Cannabis Legally At Home

As of Wednesday, adults in Uruguay wanting to grow their own cannabis at home are legally authorized to do so once they register with the government, as part of the nation’s new cannabis legalization law. Under the new law, which took effect in May, those in Uruguay who are 18 and older can register to …

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Sante Fe City Council Passes Proposal to Decriminalize Cannabis, Takes Effect Next Month

The Sante Fe City Council has voted in favor of decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of cannabis after activists submitted enough signatures to put the issue to a vote this November. Earlier this month the Sante Fe City Clerk verified that 5,754 valid signatures were submitted to put an initiative to decriminalize cannabis to …

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Survey: 75% of NFL Players Believe Cannabis Isn’t More Dangerous Than Alcohol

A new survey released by ESPN.com’s NFL Nation has found that 75% of players in the National Football League believe that cannabis is no more dangerous than alcohol. The poll asked the question as such; “Do you agree with President Obama that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol?” Of the 100-plus players surveyed, 82 …

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U.S. Government to Grow Over 1,400 Pounds of Cannabis in 2014

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced Tuesday that it is drastically increasing the amount of cannabis the federal government plans to grow this year for research purposes; from 46.3 pounds, to 1,433 pounds. The DEA put this move up for public comment on May 5th after giving it initial approval; only one person submitted an …

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