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Kratom Becomes Illegal Friday, Petition to the White House Reaches Signature Goal

At the end of August the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it will be adding kratom as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, placing it alongside substances such as heroin and cannabis. The move will be made official starting Friday, September 30th. Kratom, for those who don’t know, is a tree indigenous to Southeast Asia …

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Donald Trump’s Bizarre Explanation for Charlotte Unrest: “Drugs”

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org Donald Trump’s efforts to reach out to the black community took yet another stumble-footed turn Thursday when he went off-script to blame the unrest shaking Charlotte this week not on police violence or racial inequality, but drugs. “If you’re not aware, drugs are a very, very big factor in what you’re …

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Study: THC can Prevent Inflammation Induced by Airway Diseases

A new study published in the journal Biochemical Pharmacology, and epublished ahead of print by the National Institute of Health, has found that THC – a compound found in cannabis – is beneficial in preventing inflammation caused by various airway diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema. “Despite pharmacological treatment, bronchial hyperresponsiveness continues to deteriorate as …

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Bill to Legalize Cannabis for Everyone 19+ Filed in New Jersey

Republican Assemblymember Michael Carrol has introduced legislation that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis for everyone 19 and older, similar to how the state handles tobacco. Assembly Bill 4193 would “legalize marijuana by removing all criminal liability associated with marijuana from the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, Title 2C of the New Jersey …

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Judge Orders Illinois to Add Post-Operative Pain as Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition

Cook County Judge Neil Cohen has ordered the Illinois Department of Health to add post-operative chronic pain as a condition that qualifies people to become legal medical cannabis patients. The state’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board recommended earlier this year that the condition be added to the medical cannabis program, but the Department of Health has …

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Michigan Governor Signs Legislation Legalizing Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder today signed a trio of bills (House Bills 4209, 4210 and 4827) that will legalize licensed and regulated medical cannabis dispensaries, which will be authorized to sell cannabis and cannabis-infused products (such as edibles) to qualified patients. “This new law will help Michiganders of all ages and with varying medical conditions …

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Seattle Set to Become the Home of the First Safe Injection Sites in the U.S.

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org Seattle and surrounding King County are on a path to establish the country’s first supervised drug consumption sites as part of a broader campaign to address heroin and prescription opioid misuse. A 99-page report released last week by the Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force calls for setting up at …

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Nashville Council Gives Final Approval to Cannabis Decriminalization

With a 35 to 3 vote, the Nashville Metro City Council has given final approval to an ordinance that will decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis. Mayor Meagan Barry says she will sign it into law. Under the proposed ordinance, which will go into effect immediately following Mayor Barry’s signature, the possession of …

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California Bill to Allow Landlords to Ban Medical Cannabis Use Now Dead

Legislation that would have allowed landlords to prohibit medical cannabis patients from smoking their medicine at home is officially dead, as Assemblymember Jim Wood (D- Healdsburg) has dropped it after failing to garner the support necessary to move it forward. Assembly Bill 2300 would have expanded a 2011 law that allows landlords to ban cigarette …

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New Study: Cannabinoids a Promising Tool in Treatment of Breast and Prostate Cancer

A new study being published in the upcoming issue of the journal Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs, and published online ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that cannabinoids may be a promising tool for the treatment of breast and prostate cancer. According to the study’s abstract; “The aim of …

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