Study: THC can Prevent Inflammation Induced by Airway Diseases

lungA 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 airway remodelling persists in airway inflammation”, states researchers. “Previous studies have demonstrated that the phytocannabinoid Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) reverses bronchoconstriction with an anti-inflammatory action. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of THC on bronchial epithelial cell permeability after exposure to the pro-inflammatory cytokine, TNFα.”

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

newjerseyRepublican 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 Statutes, as well as its regulation as a controlled dangerous substance under the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances Act”.

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

illinoisCook 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 declined to do so.

The judge, who ruled in June that the state must add PTSD as a medical cannabis condition (which was followed by Governor Bruce Rauner signing a bill doing just that), gave the director of the Health Department, Dr. Nirav Shah, 20 days to add post-operative chronic pain to the list of qualifying medical cannabis conditions. He scheduled a hearing for November 3rd “to ensure the Director’s compliance with this order.”

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Michigan Governor Signs Legislation Legalizing Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Michigan 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 access safe products to relieve their suffering,” said Governor Snyder.

“We can finally implement a solid framework that gives patients a safe source from which to purchase and utilize medical marijuana.”

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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 least two of the sites, one in the city and one in the suburbs, as part of a pilot project.

The facilities, modeled on the Canadian government-funded InSite supervised injection site in Vancouver, just 140 miles to the north, would be places where users could legally inject their drugs while under medical supervision and be put in contact with treatment and other social services. There have been no fatal overdoses in the 13-year history of InSite.

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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.Nashville Council 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 up to a half an ounce of cannabis will be reduced to a simple $50 civil infraction. For those who can’t afford the $50, they can opt to instead do 10 hours of community service.

This is a huge change from current law, where the possession of even a minuscule amount of cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a maximum fine of $2,500.

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

landlordsLegislation 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 use by allowing them to also ban the use of medical cannabis. Assemblymember Wood argued that the proposal was about “protecting families that live in close proximity to others”, and that patients can use other methods of consuming cannabis other than smoking. However, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, convinced Wood to drop the bill after arguing that not all patients find the same effectiveness in cannabis when not smoking it.

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

Prostate CancerA 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 this review is to evaluate the promising chemotherapeutic utility of phytocannabinoids, endocannabinoids, and synthetic cannabinoids in breast and prostate cancer.”

In their evaluation, researchers found that; “Cannabinoids, in particular the non-psychoactive CBD, may be promising tools in combination therapy for breast and prostate cancer, due to their direct antitumor effects, their ability to improve the efficacy of conventional antitumor drugs and their usefulness as palliative treatment.”

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New Poll Asks Colorado Voters if they Support Repealing Amendment 64

Amendment 64According to a new poll released today by Public Policy Polling, a minority of voters in Colorado support an initiative to repeal Amendment 64, the cannabis legalization measure approved by voters in 2012. A majority of voters would reject such a repeal.

According to the poll, just 36% of voters say they support repealing Amendment 64. This is 9% lower than the percentage of voters who voted “No” on the initiative in 2012, indicating that a good portion of those who opposed the measure no longer do. The poll also found that a majority in the state – 56% – believe that legalization has has a good impact, or no impact, with just 39% saying that think it has had a negative impact.

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Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Filed in Mississippi, Would Allow Unlimited Possession

mississippiAn initiative to legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older has been filed in Mississippi. To put Proposition 60 to a vote of the people, proponents must now collect roughly 86,000 signatures, with at least 17,237 from each of the state’s five congressional districts

If placed on the ballot and approved into law, the initiative would legalize the possession of cannabis for those 21 and older, with no specific limit set. The personal cultivation of up to 24 cannabis plants would also be legalized (with any more requiring a growers license), as would state-licensed cannabis retail outlets. These outlets would be taxed 7% at the point-of-sale, though medical cannabis and hemp would be exempt from said tax.

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