“Measure 91, far from revolutionary, would simply allow Oregon adults to obtain something they may obtain now, but without having to stroll through a “medical” loophole or drive over a bridge to a neighboring state”, states the editorial, written by the Oregonian Editorial Board. “The measure would be worth supporting for reasons of honesty and convenience alone, but it also would raise millions of dollars per year for schools and other purposes. For that reason, it deserves support even from those who aren’t normally high on taxes.”
A new study published online yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine has found states that have legalized medical cannabis have seen a drastic reduction of opioid overdose mortality rates. Researchers from the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the University of Pennsylvania, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Johns …View full post
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that mandatory minimum sentences – including those imposed on nonviolent drug crimes – are unconstitutional, a ruling which will have a large and immediate impact on the state’s legal system. The court made the ruling as part of a case against a Montgomery County man, James Newman, who received …View full post
In 72 Days Alaska, Oregon, D.C. and Several Cities to Vote on Legalization, Florida to Vote on Medical
In a little over 10 weeks, on November 4th, voters in several cities and states will have the opportunity to continue the growing momentum behind the movement to end cannabis prohibition, and they’ll be able to do so in a big way. In Oregon, voters will be deciding the fate of Measure 91, an initiative …View full post
A new study has found evidence that cannabis may help treat osteoporosis, specifically in men suffering from prostate disease. According to researchers from Konkuk University, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, a substantial portion of men with prostatic disease have an increased risk of bone loss, but activating cannabinoid receptors can help combat these effects. Scientists …View full post
66% of Americans believe that adults should be able to legally possess and consume cannabis in their own homes, according to a HuffingtonPost/YouGov survey released earlier this month. According to the poll, 72% of Democrats and 70% of Independents believe that the private consumption of recreational cannabis should be legal. Republicans are also in support, …View full post
A new study being published in the upcoming issue of the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, and e-published ahead of print by the National Institute of health, has found that a cannabinoid receptor agonist can successfully help against some of the primary symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), indicating that cannabis, which is a natural agonist to …View full post
A study published this month by the Journal of Alzheimher’s Disease has found that both THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) may provide a viable treatment option for Alzheimer’s Disease, and combining the cannabis compounds is even more effective. “Several recent findings suggest that targeting the endogenous cannabinoid system can be considered as a potential therapeutic …View full post
On Thursday Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel gave approval to the 2016 Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act, an initiative to legalize medical cannabis put forth by the group Arkansas for Compassionate Care. McDaniel’s approval leads the way for the group to begin collecting signatures, roughly 65,000 of which are required to put the proposal to a …View full post
The Argentina federal government, with support from President Cristina Kirchner, has begun work on two proposals aimed at legalizing the personal possession of all drugs, and to legalize the private cultivation of cannabis. The plan is to have the proposals finished, and in front of Congress, by the year’s end, according to Argentine newspaper La …View full post
A new poll conducted by Keystone Analytics has found that a large majority of Pennsylvania voters support a reformation of the state’s cannabis policies, with only 27% supporting the current prohibition on cannabis. “Sixty-nine percent of voters would like to see the legalization of marijuana, with 47 percent in favor of use for medicinal purposes …View full post
Marc Emery, the founder of Cannabis Culture who is commonly referred to as the Prince of Pot, is officially back home in Canada as of Tuesday, August 12th, and was able to embrace his wife as a free man for the first time in five years. “After five years of prison you can’t scare me,” …View full post
The combination of legal recreational cannabis sales, which began on January 1st in Colorado, and legal medical cannabis sales, have earned the state $29.8 million in taxes in the first half of the year, according to data released from the Colorado Department of Revenue. In total, there was over $24.7 million in recreational cannabis sold …View full post
Voters in Guam will have the opportunity this November to legalize medical cannabis. On Thursday, July 7th, the Guam Election Commission decided to put the Joaquin “KC” Concepcion II Compassionate Cannabis Use Act on the ballot this November. The proposal would legalize the use and possession of cannabis for medical purposes, and would also allow …View full post
Initiative 71, a proposal to legalize recreational cannabis in the U.S. Capitol, has been officially placed on this November’s ballot in the District of Columbia. The initiative, titled the Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014, was introduced by the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, and would legalize the possession …View full post
Voters in Hazel Park and Oak Park, Michigan, have approved initiatives to legalize recreational cannabis. In Hazel Park the initiative was approved 62% to 38%, and in Oak Park it was approved 52% to 48%. Both initiatives were introduced by the Safer Michigan Coalition. As with initiatives approved last year in the Michigan cities of …View full post
Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed into law Council Bill 20-0876 late last week. The proposal, titled the Medical Marijuana Expansion Emergency Amendment Act of 2014, allows a physician to recommend medical cannabis to anyone they believe will benefit from it, regardless of the underlying condition. The bill was passed as “emergency legislation”, meaning it …View full post
Using data from the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health, below is a list of all 50 states in the U.S. based on the percentage of residents that consume cannabis on at least a monthly basis, starting with the state with the least consumers. 50. Kansas: 4.06% 49. Utah: 4.41% 48. Louisiana: …View full post
A new study published last week by the journal Biochemical Pharmacology, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabinoids can increase a cancer cell’s susceptibility to cytolysis, which occurs when a cell bursts due to an imbalance. “Cannabinoids have been shown to promote the expression of the intercellular adhesion molecule …View full post
In a little over three months, voters in Alaska and Oregon, as well as voters in the nation’s capital (Washington D.C.), will have the opportunity to legalize cannabis through citizen’s initiatives which will be up for a vote on November 4th. In Alaska, voters will be given the chance to approve Ballot Measure 2. Similar …View full post
New numbers released Tuesday by Washington State’s Liquor Control Board show that there has been over $2.4 million in recreational cannabis sold in the first three weeks of legal sales, which began on July 8th with just six outlets open. These sales have resulted in $614,985 in excise taxes for the state, which doesn’t include local …View full post
A new report released by the Seattle Police Department has found that of the 83 tickets given out for public consumption of cannabis this year in Seattle, 80% were distributed by one officer. That officer has since been put on administrative leave and is being reassigned. In Washington state the possession, use and state licensed …View full post
A study published this month by the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin has found that cannabis use doesn’t negatively impact the symptoms of schizophrenia in those with the condition. Although this may come as no surprise to many, it helps to combat the prohibitionist argument that cannabis use is a detriment to those with schizophrenia. “There are …View full post
Six members of a Detroit police narcotics unit that raided a suspected drug house that the owner claims is a medical cannabis dispensary have been suspended after a surveillance video caught them taking a box from the house that they never logged as evidence.
The investigation is part of an Internal Affairs probe into Detroit’s Narcotics Section, which was retooled last month after allegations of major misconduct. In total, one sergeant and five officers have been suspended (with pay, unfortunately) while Internal Affairs investigates what was in the box, according to Detroit Police Chief James Craig.
A new study has found evidence that cannabis may help treat osteoporosis, specifically in men suffering from prostate disease.
According to researchers from Konkuk University, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, a substantial portion of men with prostatic disease have an increased risk of bone loss, but activating cannabinoid receptors can help combat these effects. Scientists induced prostatic hyperplasia (enlargement of the prostate gland) in rats and administered a cannabinoid agonist. The enhanced cannabinoid receptor expression caused an upregulation of osteoblastogenesis, or an increase in bone growth, while inhibiting the prostatic hyperplasia.
The Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party will seek to legalize the medical use of cannabis if it wins the election this November, according to the party’s leader Daniel Andrews.
Andrews plans to ask the Law Reform Commission to advise on how cannabis should be prescribed and regulated, with the goal of having a bill before Parliament by next year.
“I’ve spoken to many families with children who suffer forms of epilepsy, for instance, who have gone from having hundreds of seizures every day, to – once they’ve taken a liquid form of medical cannabis, a drop under the tongue – now suffer no seizures at all”, says Andrews, “You’ve got parents, and I’ve met some of them, who are put in this terrible position where they can do the right thing by their child, or they can obey the law. That’s not a choice that any parent should have to make.”
The official Democratic Party of Oregon has endorsed Measure 91, a proposal to legalize recreational cannabis for adults which will be on this November’s ballot.
“A majority of Americans and large majority of Democrats now support state regulation of legal marijuana use”, says Andrew Gorry, a spokesman for the Oregon Democratic Party. “Measure 91 is the right approach to legalization in Oregon, strictly regulating use while funding law enforcement and schools. Vote Yes on 91.”
Measure 91, put forth by New Approach Oregon, would legalize the possession and use of up to eight ounces of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to four cannabis plants. State-licensed cannabis retail outlets will also be authorized and regulated by the Oregon Liquor Commission.
66% of Americans believe that adults should be able to legally possess and consume cannabis in their own homes, according to a HuffingtonPost/YouGov survey released earlier this month.
According to the poll, 72% of Democrats and 70% of Independents believe that the private consumption of recreational cannabis should be legal. Republicans are also in support, 50% to 39%.
55% of the survey’s respondents, including 62% of Democrats and 60% of Independents, also stated that they support statewide laws which seek to legalize, tax and regulate the production and retail sale of cannabis to adults, such as laws approved in 2012 in Colorado (Amendment 64) and Washington State (Initiative 502).
By Paul Armentano, NORML
The administration of a single dose of whole-plant cannabis via a thermal-metered inhaler is effective and well tolerated among patients suffering from neuropathy (nerve pain), according to clinical trial data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy.
Israeli investigators assessed the efficacy of a novel, portable metered-dose cannabis inhaler in eight subjects diagnosed with chronic neuropathic pain. Researchers reported that the device administered an efficient, consistent, and therapeutically effective dosage of cannabinoids to all participants.
Recently activists submitted more than enough signatures to put their legalization proposal in front of the City Council, which had the option of passing the measure into law, or sending it to a vote of the people this November; they chose the latter.
The initiative, submitted by the group Citizens for a Safer Maine and supported by the Marijuana Policy Project, would legalize the possession and use of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older.