Federal Bill Introduced to Overturn Ban on Veterans Affairs Physicians Recommending Marijuana

By Americans for Safe Access

“Veterans Equal Access Act” would allow VA physicians to discuss medical marijuana with their patients without federal censure

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. imageHouse Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with ten bipartisan Congressional cosponsors introduced the “Veterans Equal Access Act” (VEAA) today, marking a concerted federal effort to allow our country’s veterans to become medical marijuana patients in states where it’s legal. The VEAA would simply allow Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians to discuss and recommend medical marijuana to their patients, a right enjoyed by physicians outside of the VA system.

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Study: Cannabis Can Treat Pain Caused by Pancreatitis

Cannabis imagecan treat pain related behavior caused by alcohol and high fat induced pancreatitis, according to a study being published in the journal Molecular Pain, and e-published ahead of print by the National Institute of Health.

According to the study; “Chronic Pancreatitis (CP) is a complex and multifactorial syndrome. Many contributing factors result in development of dysfunctional pain in a significant number of patients.

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New York City Law Decriminalizing Public Display of Cannabis Now in Effect

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio demonstrating an example of how much cannabis will be allowed in public.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio giving an example of how much cannabis will be allowed in public.

A new policy decriminalizing the public display of up to 25 grams of cannabis is now in effect in New York City, as of Wednesday, November 19th. The new policy was put forth by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Under New York State law, the possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis is a ticketable, not an arrestable offense. However, for years police in New York City have continued to make thousands of misdemeanor cannabis charges annually, based on cannabis being in public display (which in most all instances was due to police forcing people on the streets to empty their pockets). Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Medical Cannabis Legalization Reduces Suicides

The legalization of medical cannabis significantly reduces suicide rates, especiallycannatube among young adults, according to a study published in the current issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

For the study, researchers “obtained state-level suicide data from the National Vital Statistics System’s Mortality Detail Files for 1990–2007″, and used “regression analysis [studying economic conditions, state policies, and state-specific linear time trends] to examine the association between medical marijuana legalization and suicides per 100 000 population.”

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California Attorney General: Cannabis Legalization is an Inevitability

Kamala Harris.

Kamala Harris.

Attorney General Kamala Harris, who recently won reelection in California, says that cannabis legalization has a “certain inevitability” about it, while also announcing that she’s not opposed to the move.

“I am not opposed to the legalization of marijuana”, Harris told Buzzfeed. “I’m the top cop, and so I have to look at it from a law enforcement perspective and a public safety perspective. I think we are fortunate to have Colorado and Washington be in front of us on this and figuring out the details of what it looks like when it’s legalized.”

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Iowa Board of Pharmacy to Consider the Reclassification of Marijuana

By Alizeh Siddiqui, Marijuana Policy Project

DES MOINES, IA — The Iowa Board of Pharmacy is considering renewing itsibp recommendation that the state reclassify marijuana in a way that would make it easier to use the substance legally for medical purposes, following a hearing in the state’s capital Monday where patients, medical professionals, and drug-abuse prevention specialists testified about whether Iowa should relax its strict ban on the use of medical marijuana.

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‘Vape’ Named Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year

Vape has officiallyoxford won Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year.

“As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to look back and see which words have been significant throughout the past twelve months, and to announce the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year“, says Oxford on their website’s blog. “Without further ado, we can exclusively reveal that the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014 is…. vape”.

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79-Year-Old Man Found With $15 Million in Cash, 400 Pounds of Cannabis, Challenges Charges

By Associated Press

Marshall Dion.

Marshall Dion.

When police in Junction City, Kansas, stopped a beat-up pickup truck for speeding in June 2013, the driver got a lot more than a traffic ticket: The stop led authorities to Massachusetts and Arizona, where they said they found about $15 million in cash, almost 400 pounds of marijuana and ledgers detailing drug deals going back to 1992.

The driver, Marshall Dion, told police he was a retiree from Tucson who was living off his $690-per-month Social Security check. He also said he had left his drug-dealing days behind, but federal authorities say he was still going strong at age 78 as a key player in a large marijuana operation. In his truck, police found $828,220 in cash.

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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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