Category Archive: News

Report: Cannabis Stores Less Likely to Sell to Minors than Stores Selling Liquor or Tobacco

According to a new report by Washington State’s Liquor and Cannabis Board, minors have an easier time purchasing liquor and tobacco from retail outlets than they do buying cannabis. According to Justin Nordhorn, the Liquor and Cannabis Board’s enforcement officer, 90% of the time licensed cannabis retail outlets were found to pass a test designed …

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Nevada Senator to Introduce Bill Allowing Legal Recreational Cannabis Sales to Begin Right Away

Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom (D-Las Vegas) has announced that he’s drafting legislation that would allow medical cannabis dispensaries to begin immediately selling cannabis to everyone 21 and older, until licensed cannabis retail outlets are operating throughout the state (likely sometime in 2018). Oregon lawmakers approved a similar law after voters passed legalization in 2014; …

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Texas Lawmaker Files Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Texas State Senator Jose Menendez has filed legislation that would legalize medical cannabis, including a system of licensed dispensaries. “Doctors, not politicians, should be determining what is best for Texas patients,” says Senator Menéndez. “This is legitimate medicine that can help a of variety people, from the grandmother suffering from cancer to the veteran coping …

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Study: Cannabis Use Among “Baby Boomers” Up 71% Since 2006

Via New York University Press Release The recent legalization of recreational marijuana (cannabis) use in California, Colorado, and Washington reflect the sweeping changes in the attitudes and perceptions towards marijuana use in the United States. Eight states have voted in favor of legal recreational marijuana and 26 states in total allow medicinal marijuana. There is …

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Poll: 92% in Ireland Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis

When it comes to medical cannabis, virtually no one in Ireland is opposed to its legalization. According to a new poll, 92% of those in Ireland support legalizing medical cannabis; support was highest in the Munster counties, with 94% in favor of the move. In terms of gender, 93% of women support medical cannabis legalization, …

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Report: Beer Sales Declining in States Where Cannabis is Legal

Beer sales are down in states that have legalized cannabis, according to a new report from Cowen and Company. The report found that sales among some of the top beer distributors have declined significantly in Colorado, Oregon and Washington; all states where the licensed distribution of cannabis is legal. According to Vivien Azer, Cowen and …

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New York to Add Chronic Pain as Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition

New York’s Health Department has announced that chronic pain will soon become a qualifying medical cannabis condition. Once the change takes effect chronic pain will become the most far-reaching medical cannabis condition in the state in terms of the number of people it effects. “After conducting a thorough review of the scientific literature it became …

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Over $1.28 Billion in Legal Cannabis Sold in Washington State this Year

There has been nearly $1.3 billion in legal cannabis sold in Washington state so far this year. This is according to new data released by Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board. From January 1st of this year, to the end of November, there was $1,285,567,300 worth of legal cannabis sold. With a full month still remaining, …

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Studies: Magic Mushrooms Reduce Depression and Anxiety in Cancer Patients

By Kai Kupferschmidt, Science Magazine (republished with special permission) Could a psychedelic drug help people who are dying of cancer face their fears? Two long awaited studies suggest that the hallucinogenic compound in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, could do just that. “They are the most rigorous double-blind placebo-controlled trials of a psychedelic drug in the past …

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F.D.A. Approves New Phase 3 Studies for Ecstasy as PTSD Treatment

The Food and Drug Administration has given approval to Phase 3 clinical trials of MDMA (ecstasy) for the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is the final step before the potential approval of ecstasy as a prescription drug. The move comes after several successful Phase 2 studies of ecstasy, which included 130 PTSD …

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