Louisiana Medical Marijuana Expansion Nears Final Approval

The Louisiana Senate voted 28 to 6 Wednesday to approve legislation that would signfiicantly expand and improve the state’s medical marijuana law. The measure was filed by Representative Larry Bagley (R), who chairs the House Health Committee. The measure now requires one final vote is required from the House, which overwhelmingly backed the measure earlier this month, before the bill can reach the governor’s desk.

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Cannabis and Coronavirus: The Highs and Lows of Quarantine

The World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus to be a pandemic back in mid-March. This has resulted in world governments imposing strict measures and regulations in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus and preserve public health.

Schools and businesses have been disrupted, almost everyone’s under lockdown, and we all have to follow social distancing and other measures to flatten the curve. What does this mean for cannabis users?

Can you use cannabis to fight off coronavirus? Can you even buy it at your local dispensary? Let’s take a look and see the highs and lows of quarantine, and its effects on cannabis users.

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Study Finds Prenatal Marijuana Exposure Is Not Associated With Cognitive Impairments in Offspring

According to a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, longitudinal studies fail to suggest that prenatal marijuanaexposure is independently associated with “clinically significant” cognitive impairments in either children or young adults. The study, conducted by researchers affiliated with Columbia University and with the New York State Psychiatric Institute, was first reported on by NORML.

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Netlifx’s The Patriot Act Tackles Marijuana Industry Inequality

Comedian, former The Daily Show correspondent and star of Netflix’s the Patriot Act Hasan Minhaj featured an entire episode of his hit series regarding the legal marijuana industry. The episode, titled The Legal Marijuana Industry is Rigged, focusing on the fact that in many states that have legalized marijuana the legal industry has been setup to be dominated by big businesses, while excluding those who are low income and those who are part of a minority group (as the episode points out, there is just one marijuana shop with a black owner in all of Massachusetts).

 

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Shopping for Cannabis Online in Canada? A Beginner’s Guide

Buying weed online has become massive since cannabis was legalized in Canada. The Cannabis Act of 2018 has opened up a whole new world of opportunity for Canadian cannabis connoisseurs.

Among the reasons why weed smokers are flocking to online weed mail order sites are convenience, selection and price. Below we’ll discuss some of the main reasons why people are buying online, followed by a beginner’s guide to buying from an Online dispensary in Canada.

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Ohio Legalization Campaign Given More Flexibility to Gather Necessary Signatures

A federal judge has ruled that Ohio must allow groups pursuing voting law changes, a minimum wage increase and marijuana decriminalization more time and flexibility to qualify for ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Associated Press.

U.S. District Court Judge Edmund Sargus Jr.’s ruling Tuesday ordered the state to allow campaigns until July 31 to gather required signatures and to allow them to be collected electronically. According to the AP he stopped short of reducing the number of signatures required, as some courts elsewhere have allowed amid a spate of COVID-19-related signature-gathering challenges. Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose, the state’s elections chief, says the state will appeal.

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Opioid Distribution Drops Post-Marijuana Legalization, Finds Study

The legalization of marijuana in Colorado is associated with a significant reduction in prescription opioid distribution, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The study was first reported on by NORML.

For the study, researchers with the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Pennsylvania and the University of New England in Maine examined opioid distribution trends in Colorado following legalization as compared to trends in two control states, Utah and Maryland. They examined dispensing trends for nine prescription opioids used for pain (e.g., fentanyl, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, and oxycodone) as well as for methadone and buprenorphine, which are primarily prescribed to treat opioid use disorder (OUD).

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New Study Recommends Setting Legal Marijuana Age Limit at 19

According to a new study published in the journal BMC Public Health, jurisdictions that regulate marijuana use should consider imposing a minimum age requirement of 19.

For the study researchers examined life outcomes (including educational attainment and mental health) associated with the use of marijuana: They studies this across various age groups.

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