Maine: Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Announced

The political action committee Legalize Maine plans to unveil an initiative to legalize cannabis on Wednesday, with the hopes of putting the proposal to a vote in 2016.maine

“I’ve seen the benefits of the marijuana economy, both the medical and underground market, on Maine’s rural economy, and it’s time to transition to a regulated, legal market,” says Legalize Maine president Paul McCarrier. “Mainers don’t need a group from Washington, D.C., to dictate what’s best for them.”

McCarrier’s comment about a “group from Washington, D.C.” refers to the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), which is planning its own legalization initiative for Maine, with the identical goal of putting it to a vote in 2016. MPP has led successful legalization initiatives in the Maine cities of Portland and South Portland.

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Study: CBD and THC Enhances the Anticancer Effects of Radiation

A new study publishedcannabisplant this month in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that the cannabis compounds cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) enhance the anticancer effects of radiation in an orthotopic murine glioma model.

According to the study; “High-grade glioma is one of the most aggressive cancers in adult humans and long-term survival rates are very low as standard treatments for glioma remain largely unsuccessful. Cannabinoids have been shown to specifically inhibit glioma growth as well as neutralize oncogenic processes such as angiogenesis.

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Utah Criminal and Juvenile Justice Commission Endorses Defelonizing Drug Possession

Utah’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Commission has utahunveiled a package of recommendations to control prison growth, including a proposal to make the personal possession of illegal substances a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

According to the report, Utah’s prison population is projected to grow by 37% over the next two 20 years, at a cost of over half a billion dollars of taxpayer money. Among the recommendations the Commission makes in order to deal with this growth, is to defelonize the first-time personal possession of drugs.

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New York City Council Speaker Announces Support for Marijuana Legalization

By Drug Policy Alliance

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New York Council Speaker Meilissa Mark-Viverito.

Advocates Applaud Speaker Mark-Viverito for Being the “Standard Bearer” for Progressive Marijuana Policies

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced her support for marijuana legalization at the November pre-stated meeting. Speaker Mark –Viverito joins a growing list of elected officials coming out in support of marijuana legalization, including New York City council members Stephen Levin, Jumaane Williams, Rafael Espinal, and more recently Mark Levine.

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South Carolina Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Announced

South Carolina State Senator Tom Davis willsc soon introduce legislation to legalize medical cannabis, according to an announcement made at a meeting of the state’s Medical Marijuana Study Committee.

“I am learning for the first time all of the medicinal benefits that marijuana can be used for,” says Davis, referring to testimony given at the committee where he heard from people explaining that it helps with pain, autism, glaucoma and more.

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Medical Cannabis Bill Revealed in Georgia

By Alizeh Siddiqui, Marijuana Policy Project

AUGUSTA, GAgeorgia — Georgia state lawmakers revealed what the state’s new medical marijuana bill will look like after last year’s proposed bill failed.

Medical marijuana grow houses and immunity from prosecution for the families of patients who legally obtain it from other states and bring it back to Georgia are two elements of the new medical marijuana bill that state lawmakers will debate in January.

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Study: Cannabis Holds Promise as a Treatment for Digestive Disorders

Cannabis holds promise as a safe andANatomy of human digestive system effective treatment for digestive disorders, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, and published online by the National Institute of Health.

According to researchers; “It is increasingly clear that the endocannabinoid system plays a role in diverse biological pathways that affect gastrointestinal and hepatic physiology and pathology.”

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Study: Cannabis May Treat Panic and Anxiety-Related Disorders

A new study published this week by the journal PsychopharmacologyMarijuana-plant--007 has found that cannabis may provide a treatment option for panic and anxiety-related disorders.

According to the study; “Direct activation of the cannabinoid CB1 receptor in the dorsolateral periaqueductal gray (dlPAG) inhibits anxiety- and panic-related behaviours in experimental animals. It has remained unclear, however, whether the local endocannabinoid signalling is recruited as a protective mechanism against aversive stimuli.

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Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Approved by Arkansas Attorney General

Arkansas Attorneyark General Dustin McDaniel has given approval to the Arkansas Hemp & Marijuana Amendment, a constitutional amendment initiative which would legalize both recreational and medical cannabis.

The initiative, put forth by Arkansas Citizens’ Alliance for the Legalization of Marijuana (CALM), won ballot title approval, but still needs to have its wording approved by the Secretary of State’s office.

If placed on the ballot and passed into law by voters, the initiative would legalize the possession, use and distribution of cannabis for those 21 and older. The proposal would also allow for the private cultivation of up to 36 plants.

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Wichita, Kansas Decriminalization Initiative Qualifies for April Ballot

Advocates have collected enoughmmw_pot_112108_article signatures on an initiative to decriminalize cannabis in Wichita, the largest city in the State of Kansas, to qualify it for the April ballot, according to the Southcentral Kansas Peace and Justice Center.

If approved into law by city voters, the initiative would remove criminal penalties for the possession and use of cannabis and cannabis paraphernalia, making it a simple $50 ticket. Under current Wichita law, the possession of even a miniscule amount of cannabis can result in a jail sentence of up to a year.

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