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Study: No Longitudinal Association Between Cannabis Use and Depression

By Paul Armentano, NORML TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Cannabis use is not associated with increased incidences of major depression, according to longitudinal data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Affective Disorders. An international team of investigators from Israel and Canada assessed the association between cannabis use, major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar …

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New York Governor Signs Hemp Proposal Into Law

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this week signed into law a proposal that legalizes the cultivation and production of hemp for research purposes. The proposal, put forth by Assemblymember Donna Lupardo and Senator Tom O’Mara, passed the state’s House and Senate earlier this year. Under the new law, New York’s Department of Agriculture, as …

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Campaign to Legalize Cannabis Launches in Ohio

Activists in Ohio are beginning their campaign to put the legalization of cannabis to a vote in 2015. ResponsibleOhio says it will soon be putting forth an initiative to “end marijuana prohibition”, and will “pursue [the initiative] in 2015 to give voters the opportunity to let adults 21 and older use marijuana for medical and …

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Top 10 Cannabis Studies of 2014

2014 has been an incredible year for the cannabis reform movement, with two more states, several cities and the District of Columbia voting in favor of legalization. In addition, it’s been an excellent year for cannabis science, with numerous studies being released that demonstrate its medical potential and diversity, and the benefits of its legalization. …

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Lebanon Agriculture Minister Calls for Nation to Legalize Cannabis Farming

Lebanon Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb on Friday called for the legalization of cannabis farming in order to allow the nation and its farmers to benefit from the revenue it could earn from exports. “We are conducting studies on [how to] organize this type of agriculture so that it becomes monitored by the state, and thus …

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Missouri: Legislation Filed to Legalize Cannabis Possession, Cultivation and Distribution

Missouri State Representative Brandon Ellington has prefiled House Joint Resolution 15, to be discussed in the upcoming legislative session which begins on January 7th. The proposal, which is a constitutional amendment modeled after Colorado’s successful Amendment 64, would legalize the possession, private cultivation and state-licensed sales of cannabis for those 21 and older. If approved …

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New York State Lawmakers Hold Public Forum on Taxing and Regulating Cannabis Like Alcohol

By Drug Policy Alliance Hearing Follows Historic Votes to Legalize Marijuana in Alaska, Oregon and D.C. Statement by the Drug Policy Alliance: It’s Time to Fix New York’s Broken Marijuana Policies New York — Today, Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblyperson Crystal Peoples-Stokes sponsored a public forum about the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, a bill …

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Colorado Agrees to Fund Over $8 Million in Cannabis Studies

The Colorado Board of Health has given approval to over $8 million in state-funded research on the benefits of medical cannabis. The studies will examine whether cannabis can treat a variety of conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and pediatric brain tumors. “This is new and uncharted territory,” says Dr. Larry …

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Virginia Lawmakers to Consider Decriminalizing Cannabis Next Month

By Robert Capecchi, Deputy Director of State Policies, Marijuana Policy Project When the Virginia Legislature convenes in January, a bill to stop criminalizing those who simply possess marijuana will be awaiting consideration. Today, an individual convicted of marijuana possession in Virginia can be thrown in jail for up to thirty days, fined up to $500, …

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President Obama Officially Signs Into Law Legislation That Defunds Medical Cannabis and Hemp Raids

President Obama signed into law Wednesday morning a massive national spending bill which includes a provision to prevent the federal government from interfering with state-sanctioned medical cannabis and hemp research programs. The proposal was approved Saturday by the U.S. Senate, a day after the measure was passed by the House of Representatives. The proposal defunds …

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