University of Alabama Receives FDA Approval to Produce, Administer and Study Cannabis Extracts

Cannabis tincture.

Cannabis tincture.

The University of Alabama has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin cultivating, administering and studying the impact of low-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), high-CBD (cannabidiol) cannabis extracts on childhood and adult seizure disorders.

In April, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law Senate Bill 174 which authorizes the University of Alabama’s Department of Neurology to prescribe, produce and distribute low-THC cannabis extracts – such as cannabis oil and tinctures – to those with seizure disorders. The oil must be primarily CBD, and can contain no more than 3% THC.

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U.S. Justice Department to Allow Native Americans to Grow and Sell Cannabis on Their Own Lands

The U.S. Justice Department is releasing a memorandumplant today to U.S. attorneys requesting that they allow Native Americans to grow and sell cannabis on their own sovereign lands, even in states that don’t allow it, so long as they follow certain guidelines such as not distributing to minors.

The announcement, which comes just a year after the Justice Department’s decision to stop federal cannabis prosecutions in states that have legalized the substance, opens the doors to a potential new industry for Native Americans across the country. However, tribes wishing to allow sales of cannabis must still have “robust and effective regulatory systems in place”, meaning primarily that cannabis is kept out of the hands of children, and not transported to areas that prohibit it.

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Oregon Approves Funding to Begin Implementing Cannabis Legalization

Oregon’s Emergency Board approvedoregon a loan of $583,000 yesterday to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission so that it can begin implementation of an initiative approved by voters in November which legalizes the possession, private cultivation and state-licensed sales of recreational cannabis.

The money will help the Oregon Liquor Control Commission – the entity tasked with regulating the new industry – with hiring new staff, procuring legal advice and beginning outreach efforts. The goal is to have the Commission pay back the money to the state by the end of the 2015-17 budget cycle.

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Poll: 72% of Wyoming Residents Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis, 62% Support Decriminalization

A large majority of those residing in Wyoming, one of the nation’sSOURCE: Cannabis Now Magazine most conservative states, are in support of legalizing medical cannabis and decriminalizing cannabis possession, according to new polling conducted by the University of Wyoming.

According to the poll, 72% of residents in Wyoming support the use of medical cannabis if recommended by a physician, with just 25% opposed. The survey also found a majority – 62% – to be in support of removing the possibility of jail-time for those caught in possession of cannabis.

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Congress Prohibits Justice Department from Undermining State Medical Cannabis Laws

By Drug Policy Alliance

WASHINGTON, DC — Thecannabud final “must pass” federal spending bill that Congress will consider this week, also known as the “cromnibus,”and released by senior appropriators last night includes an amendment that prohibits the U.S. Justice Department from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws. The spending bill also includes a bipartisan amendment that prohibits the DEA from blocking implementation of a federal law passed last year by Congress that allows hemp cultivation for academic and agricultural research purposes in states that allow it. It also contains an amendment blocking marijuana law reform in Washington, D.C., although it is unclear what exactly the amendment blocks.

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Nevada: Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Officially Placed on November, 2016 Ballot

Nevada Secretary of Statelegalize_cannabis Ross Miller has certified an initiative to legalize cannabis, officially placing it on the November, 2016 ballot.

State Senator Richard Segerblom and Joe Brezny of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association submitted roughly 200,000 signatures for the initiative in November, nearly double the 102,000 required. Now that the state has verified that enough of the signatures were from registered Nevada voters, the issue will be officially put to a vote of the people.

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B.C. Judge Discharges Man Caught Growing 414 Cannabis Plants

A judge in British Columbia has given an absolute discharge to a man charged with trafficking cannabis after police raided his home and found 414 cannabis plants, around half of which were seedlings.judge

The man, Michael Santos – an audio engineer with no criminal record – pleaded guilty to possessing around 6.5 pounds of cannabis for distribution

Provincial Court Judge Joanne Challenger was told that Santos used the cannabis for medical purposes, despite never seeking an official medical exemption to grow the plant. Santos asked the judge to not make his medical condition public record, which the judge agreed to, sealing a letter that explained his expectation to develop a life-threatening genetic disease, given his family history.

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California Medical Association Votes Against Denying Organ Transplants for Medical Cannabis Patients

The California Medical Association (CMA) has voted to approve a resolution urging clinics in the state against removing patients from organ transplant lists based on their use of medicalcma cannabis. Resolution 116-14 was approved with a unanimous vote, which took place during the CMA House of Delegates’ annual meeting this weekend in San Diego.

The resolution opposes “utilization of marijuana use and positive cannabis toxicology tests as a contraindication for potential organ transplant recipients,” and calls on the use of “evidence-based medical findings to guide any alterations in this CMA policy.”

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Survey: Majority of Healthcare Professionals Would Advise Using Cannabis for Epilepsy

A survey conducted by the journal Epilepsia has found that a large thumbs upmajority of healthcare professionals support the use of cannabis for those with epilepsy, and believe there’s sufficient data to label it as a safe and efficient medicine.

According to the study of 776 individuals (58% being patients from North America, and 22% being epileptologists and general neurologists from Europe and North American);  “nearly all patients and the public said there were sufficient safety (96%) and efficacy (95%) data, and 98% would recommend medical marijuana in cases of severe epilepsy.”

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Cannabinoids Have Strong Antitumor Capabilities, Says New Study

Cannabinoids have strong antitumor capabilitiesmmjplant according to a new study being published in the upcoming issue of the journal Histology and Histopathology, and e-published ahead of print by the National Institute of Health.

“Cannabinoids are a class of chemical compounds with a wide spectrum of pharmacological effects, mediated by two specific plasma membrane receptors (CB1 and CB2)”, says researchers. “Recently, CB1 and CB2 expression levels have been detected in human tumors, including those of brain.”

According to the study; “Cannabinoids-endocannabinoids exert anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative, anti-invasive, anti-metastatic and pro-apoptotic effects in different cancer types, both in vitro and in vivo in animal models, after local or systemic administration.”

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