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Italian Army Growing Medical Cannabis to Help Drive Down Prices

By Gabriel Samuels, The Independent The Italian army is growing large crops of cannabis in order to force the price of the drug down to about €8 per gram, according to the colonel overseeing production. In September 2014, the country’s government announced the army would help increase the production of medical marijuana, with the first secure growing facility …

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King County, WA Lifts Ban on Cannabis Businesses

The King County Council has voted 5 to 3 to lift their ban on legal cannabis businesses. Under the new law, cannabis businesses that are licensed with the state will be authorized to operate within unincorporated King County. There are some restrictions, however, such as cannabis grow operations being required to be on parcels of …

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What To Do When Your Marijuana Plant is Knocked Down

By Robert Bergman, ILoveGrowingMarijuana.com A marijuana plant that’s been knocked down has to be put in a place where it will be firmly supported. There are a few things to do to pull this off. First, put support stakes in the ground and get some rope. Even tape will work. Place your plant in the …

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THC Stimulates Toxic Plaque Removal in the Brain, Blocks Inflammation, Finds Study

A new study published in Nature Partner Journals has found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) stimulates toxic plaque removal in the brain; toxic plaque in the brain is common in Alzheimer’s disease. The study also found that THC blocks inflammation in the brain, which can damage neurons. “It is reasonable to conclude that there is a therapeutic …

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Poll: 77% of Florida Voters Support Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis

New polling conducted by Anzalone Liszt Research has found that a vast majority of voters in Florida support Amendment 2, an initiative to legalize medical cannabis which will be voted on this November 8th. According to the poll, 77% of Florida voters sat that they support Amendment 2 with just 20% opposed. Only 3% of …

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Study: Medical Cannabis Legalization Decreases Workplace Absences

According to a new study published in the journal Health Economics, the legalization of medical cannabis is associated with a decrease in the total number of workplace absences that are caused by sickness. For the study, researchers analyzed workplace data in 24 states that have enacted laws allowing for the medical use of cannabis. “Utilizing …

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Italian farmers Using Hemp to Decontaminate the Land

By Sara Manisera, Slate.com The road into Taranto is dotted with 100-year-old olive trees and low stone houses. The town, in the region of Puglia, is in the heel of the boot-shaped Italian peninsula. “The city between the two seas” straddles the southern Mediterranean, known as the Mar Grande, and a small inlet known as …

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Italian Parliament to Debate Legalization Bill Monday, Poll Shows 70% in Support

Italy’s Chamber of Deputies will debate a bill to legalize recreational cannabis on Monday, July 25th. Specifically, the measure would legalize the possession of up to 15 grams of cannabis, and the personal cultivation of up to 5 plants; cannabis clubs and retail outlets would also be allowed. “[T]his bill, if it becomes law, will …

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Pennsylvania: After 233 to 0 Vote in Legislature, Governor Signs Hemp Bill

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed into law a bill that legalizes the cultivation and production of industrial hemp for research purposes. House Bill 967 was given unanimous approval by both the House of Representatives (184 to 0) and Senate (49 to 0). The new law allows those who receive a license from the Pennsylvania …

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Poll: 61% of New Hampshire Voters Support Legalizing Cannabis

A new WMUR Granite State Poll has found that a strong majority of voters in New Hampshire support legalizing recreational cannabis. According to the poll, just 24% of voters in the state favor keeping cannabis illegal. Unsurprisingly, support for legalization was strongest among liberals at 79%, and lowest among conservatives at 41%. Among those who …

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Puerto Rico Makes Medical Marijuana History (Interview with First Doctor Allowed to Prescribe it)

By John Hiltz, Marijuana.com The first Doctor in Puerto Rico has just been awarded certification to prescribe medical marijuana, setting this U.S. Territory on a historical path forward.  Puerto Ricans are now going to enjoy a freedom that most countries around the world still don’t possess. Further to that, Puerto Rico’s “parent company,” the United States of …

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Florida’s First Medical Cannabis Dispensary to Open Next Week

The first state-sanctioned medical cannabis dispensary in Florida’s history will open on Tuesday, July 26th in Tallahassee. Trulieve announced today that they’ve received approval from the Florida Department of Health to begin dispensing low-THC cannabis products such as tinctures, oils and pills. They’re the first outlet in the state to receive such approval, which is …

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Alcohol Use Increases Aggression, Cannabis Use Decreases It, Finds Study

A study published in the most recent issue of the journal Psychopharmacology has found that alcohol significantly increases aggression while cannabis significantly decreases it. The study was a random controlled trial, typically refereed to as the “gold standard” for research studies. “This study investigated the acute effects of alcohol and cannabis on subjective aggression in …

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Los Angeles County Lawmakers Vote to Help Homeless with Cannabis Tax

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted 3 to 2 to give approval to an initiative that would establish a 10% tax on cannabis sales that would go towards homeless services, the Cannabist reports. The proposal now goes to a vote of the people this November. The initiative would establish 10% tax on …

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Rhode Island Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Hemp

A bill legalizing hemp has been signed into law by Governor Gina Raimondo after being overwhelmingly approved by the state’s legislature with a 97 to 7 vote. House Bill 8232 makes it so that hemp in Rhode Island “is an agricultural product which may be grown as a crop, produced, possessed, distributed, and commercially traded”. …

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