Brazil Approves Marijuana Medicine

Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency has given approval to a cannabis-based medicine.

The approved medicine, Metavyl, is essentially one part THC to one part CBD, with slighly more THC (27mg to 25 mg per milliliter). Both the THC and CBD are derived directly from cannabis, and is not manufactures such as Marinol in the U.S. which is legal but uses synthetic, not natural THC.

According to the Agency, the medicine will be available as an oral spray to those who receive a recommendation from a physician. However, only patients who have failed to improve from traditional treatments are eligible.

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President Obama Grants 273 New Commutations and Pardons

Today President Obama granted commutations to 209 individuals, and pardoned 64 more. The vast majority of these people had charges related to nonviolent drug offenses.

President Obama has now issued 1,385 commutations – including 504 life sentences – which is more than the past 12 presidents combined. (Photo: Getty Spencer Platt/Illustration by Sisi Recht)

“With today’s 209 grants of commutation, the President has now commuted the sentences of 1,385 individuals – the most grants of commutation issued by any President in this nation’s history”, Neil Eggleston, Counsel to the President, said in a statement released today. “President Obama’s 1,385 commutation grants – which includes 504 life sentences – is also more than the total number of commutations issued by the past 12 presidents combined. And with today’s 64 pardons, the President has now granted a total of 212 pardons.”

Eggleston continues; “Today, 209 commutation recipients – including 109 individuals who had believed they would live out their remaining days in prison – learned that they will be rejoining their families and loved ones, and 64 pardon recipients learned that their past convictions have been forgiven. These 273 individuals learned that our nation is a forgiving nation, where hard work and a commitment to rehabilitation can lead to a second chance, and where wrongs from the past will not deprive an individual of the opportunity to move forward.”

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Marijuana Job Fair Taking Place in Denver on January 19th

A marijuana job fair will be taking place at Denver City Hall on January 19th.

An image from last year’s marijuana job fair.

The event, being ran by Vangst Talent, will run from 2pm to 8pm at Denver City Hall (1144 Broadway). It will include over forty cannabis-related businesses seeking new employees; this includes cannabis retail outlets, cannabis producers/processors, cannabis consulting firms and numerous others.

There will be a $10 entry fee, though it’s free if you have a MED license. The event includes speakers that are involved in the cannabis industry.

Some of the companies that will be seeking employees at the fair include:

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Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in New Mexico

Legislation to legalize marijuana has been filed in New Mexico’s House of Representatives.

Marijuana LegalizationThe Cannabis Revenue and Freedom Act was filed by Representative Bill McCamley (D-LasCruces). It would allow those 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of cannabis, or up to two ounces at home. The possession of up to seven grams of cannabis concentrates (such as hash and oil) would also be allowed; as would the personal cultivation of up to six cannabis plants (up to 12 per household).

The proposal would establish a regulated system of cannabis retail outlets, supplied by licensed cultivation centers. Cannabis would be taxed at 15%; however, the measure leaves it open for cities and counties to enact an additional 5% tax.

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23 of 32 NFL Teams are Located in States with Legal Recreational and/or Medical Cannabis

As the NFL maintains its full prohibition on cannabis use, it’s important to note that a minority of NFL teams live in a state where cannabis is legal all purposes.

There are currently 23 teams in the National Football League that are located in legal cannabis states; just nine teams have home-states where cannabis is illegal for all purposes.

Below are the seven teams located in states where cannabis is legal for all purposes:

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Norman Reedus CannaKids Fundraiser Reaches Goal

Nearly 1,000 people donated to the fundraiser.

CannaKids is a California organization that specializes in and advocates for cannabis oil for the treatment of various ailments. The group recently launched a fundraiser with the goal of reaching $15,000. The fundraiser was conducted in conjunction with Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl on The Walking Dead. Reedus donated numerous items that he autographed and are being sent select contributors of the fundraiser (click here for the list of winners).

The fundraiser launched on January 2nd with an initial goal of $10,000, and a secondary goal of $15,000. Both goals were reached; the campaign ended on January 12th with $17,083 raised from 989 donors.

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Report: Legal Marijuana Industry Has Created 123,00 Full-Time Jobs In U.S.

By Erik Altierei, NORML Executive Director

The legal cannabis industry is responsible for the creation of an estimated 123,000 full-time jobs in the United States, according to data provided by the online content provider Leafly.com.

Authors analyzed state-by-state economic data to draw their extrapolations. They estimated some 58,000 full-time jobs in states where both the medical and social use of cannabis was legal. They identified another 65,000 full-time jobs in states that permit a medical marijuana market.

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National Academy of Sciences’ Report: “Conclusive and Substantial Evidence” Exists for Marijuana as Medicine

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a comprehensive report today acknowledging that “conclusive or substantial evidence” exists for marijuana as a medicine; especially in treating chronic pain. The report sharply criticized longstanding federal regulatory barriers to cannabis research, and denounced “the classification of cannabis as a Schedule I substance” under federal law.

“The National Academy of Science’s conclusions that marijuana possesses established therapeutic utility for certain patients and that it possesses an acceptable safety profile when compared to those of other medications or recreational intoxicants are not surprising”, says Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). “This evidence has been available for some time, yet for decades marijuana policy in this country has largely been driven by rhetoric and emotion, not science and evidence.”

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Study Finds Medical Marijuana Legalization Associated with Fewer Traffic Fatalities

Legalizing medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities, new research has found.

The study was published in the just-released February, 2017 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

Using data from the 1985–2014 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (roughly 1.2 million accidents in total), researchers; “examined the association between MMLs [medical marijuana laws] and traffic fatalities in multilevel regression models while controlling for contemporaneous secular trends.”

They examined this association separately for each state enacting medical cannabis laws, and also “evaluated the association between marijuana dispensaries and traffic fatalities.”

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Florida Bill Would Make Kratom a Controlled Substances

Legislation has been filed in Florida’s Legislature to make kratom illegal.

State Representative Kristin Jacobs (D-Coconut Creek) filed House Bill 183 on Friday. It would add Mitragynine and Hydroxymitragynine, compounds found in Kratom, to the state’s list of controlled substances.

Recently the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced it was making kratom a Schedule 1 drug at the federal law; however, public backlash caused them to take a step back and open up a public comment period. That period recently ended, but as of now kratom is still legal in all but a few states.

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