Cannabis Use Doesn’t Increase Suicidal Ideations in High School Students

A study published recently inuse the journal Addictive Behaviors, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis use doesn’t increase suicidal ideations (suicidal thoughts) in high school students.

For the study, 972 high school students were given questionnaires assessing cannabis use, suicidal ideations, depressive symptoms, social anxiety symptoms and borderline and psychopathic personality traits.

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Arizona Lawmaker Announces Forthcoming Proposal to Legalize Cannabis

Arizona State Representative Ethan Orr, a Republican, has announced that he will file a proposal to legalize cannabiscannabisisnotpot early next year. Although no specific details were given on what exactly the bill will do, Orr says it will be modeled after cannabis legalization initiatives which were approved in Colorado and Washington State in 2012.

Last month, Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) of Arizona officially launched its campaign to legalize cannabis in the state, with the group planning to put an initiative on the 2016 presidential election ballot. Orr’s goal is to have his proposal approved into law before MPP’s initiative is put to a vote.

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Poll: 67% of Likely Florida Voters Support Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis

A new poll released this week by the University of North Florida has found floridathat a large majority of Florida voters favor Amendment 2, an initiative to make medical cannabis a constitutional right in the state, which is being voted on next month.

The survey of 471 likely voters asked the following question; “Amendment 2 on the statewide ballot in November is called “Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions.” This amendment allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. If the election were held today, would you vote yes or no for this proposition?”

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National Association of Social Workers Oregon Chapter Endorses Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

The Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers has officially endorsednasw Measure 91, an initiative to legalize cannabis which is being voted on November 4th.

“The NASW Oregon Chapter’s Social Workers Political Action Committee has met with both sides of the Measure 91 ballot measure campaign to weigh the issues carefully”, NASW’s Oregon Chapter said in a Thursday press release. “[W]e conclude that [Measure 91's] approach to marijuana use as a public health issue is more consistent with the social work profession’s mandate, than Oregon’s current treatment of non-medical marijuana use.”

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Over $65 Million of Legal Cannabis Sold in Colorado in August

Over $65 million in legal cannabis was sold in Colorado in the month of August, $33 million from recreational state-flag-coloradocannabis, and $32 million from medical cannabis. The numbers are up from the $58 million sold in July.

In total, Colorado has garnered over $45 million in taxes from recreational and medical cannabis sales so far this year. These numbers were reported Thursday by the Colorado Department of Revenue.

In Colorado, the possession, cultivation and state-licensed distribution of up to an ounce of cannabis is legal for those 21 and older, thanks to the passage of Amendment 64 in 2012. Recreational cannabis sales officially began on January 1st.

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Study: Cannabis May Promote Bone Formation and Reduce Bone Dissolution

Activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors – which is done naturally throughbone the consumption of cannabis – may promote bone formation and reduce bone dissolution, according to a study published this month in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

“The type-2 cannabinoid receptor (CB2) is expressed in osteoblasts and plays a role in bone metabolism through regulation on bone mass and bone turnover”, begins the study’s abstract; “but the functional importance of CB2 in osteoblasts under Titanium (Ti) stimulation is incompletely understood.”

For the study, researchers “aimed to investigate the CB2 expression in osteoblasts under Ti stimulation and the effects of CB2 activation on proliferation, apoptosis, differentiation, mineralization, OPG, and RANKL expression of MC3T3-E1 cells exposed to Ti particles.”

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New Poll Finds 57% of Alaska Voters Support Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

Less than a month before Alaska voters decide the fate of Ballot Measure 2, an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis, a new Ivan Moore Research poll has found that a majority isalaskapoll in support of the initiative.

According to the poll, 57.2% of Alaska voters support the initiative to legalize cannabis, with just 38.7% opposed.

The poll asked the question directly as it will appear on ballots.

Under Ballot Measure 2, those 21 and older would be allowed to cultivate up to 6 cannabis plants, in addition to possessing and purchasing up to an ounce. State-licensed cannabis retail outlets would be authorized and regulated by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

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Fifth Oregon City Approves Tax on Recreational Cannabis Prior to Vote on Legalization

The Independence, Oregon City Council has unanimously approved a 10% tax on recreationalcannabismoney cannabis sales, in anticipation of voters approving legalization this November.

Independence joins Forest Grove, Lake Oswego, Cornelius and Oregon City as cities that have approved taxes on recreational cannabis sales weeks prior to the state’s votes this November 4th on Measure 91, which would legalize the possession, cultivation and state-licensed distribution of cannabis for those 21 and older. Adults would be authorized to possess up to eight ounces, and cultivate up to four plants.

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Washington D.C. City Council Unanimously Approves Bill to Allow Sealing of Cannabis Possession Charges

The Washington D.C. City Council has unanimously approved Bill 20-467, a proposal to allow thoseplantcannabis with cannabis possession charges that have since been decriminalized or legalized to have the offenses sealed from their record. The proposal would apply to anyone who received a charge for possessing up to an ounce of cannabis prior to July, when a decriminalization bill approved by the Council, and signed by the mayor, took effect.

“People who have had these issues in the past, it never leaves them,” says Councilmember David Grosso, who introduced the bill. “They have to check the box [indicating a prior conviction]. They can’t get a job. They can’t get public housing. They can’t get financial aid” for college.

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61 Studies That Show Cannabis Can Treat Various Cancers

Cannabis, and the cannabinoid compounds found within it, has been shown through a large cannabisplantamount of scientific, peer-reviewed research to be effective at treating a wide variety of cancers, ranging from brain cancer to colon cancer. Below is a list of over 60 studies that demonstrate the vast anti-cancer properties of cannabis.

Studies showing cannabis may combat brain cancer:

  • Cannabidiol (CBD) inhibits the proliferation and invasion in U87-MG and T98G glioma cells. Study published in the Public Library of Science journal in October 2013.
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can kill cancer cells by causing them to self-digest. Study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation in September 2013.

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