South Dakota Tribe Votes to Legalize Medical and Recreational Marijuana

The Oglala Sioux Tribe (located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota) passed a referendum to legalize medical and recreational marijuana according to preliminary results from the tribe’s election commission.

According to the Associated Press, the results of Tuesday’s vote will be certified by the end of the month. In the tally from all precincts announced on Wednesday morning, both medical and recreational marijuana passed by wide margins, with 82% of voters approving medical marijuana and 74% approving recreational marijuana.

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The First Marijuana Store in a Major East Coast City Now Open

On Monday Pure Oasis, a legally licensed marijuana retail outlet in Boston, opened its doors. Not only is Pure Oasis the first recreational marijuana store in Boston, its the first in any of the major East Coast cities.

“This is only the beginning,” Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, told the Associated Press. “The fact that this is just the first in Boston shows how this is such an early market on this coast.”

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Study: Cannabis Reduces Opioid Use in Cancer Patients

According to a new study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, the adjunctive use of marijuana is associated with opioid-sparing effects and overall improvements in symptom management in those suffering from cancer pain. The study is titled The efficacy of medical marijuana in the treatment of cancer-related pain.

For the study, researchers examined trends in opioid consumption and symptom control in cancer patients who did and did not consume marijuana for medical purposes. Their objective states: “We sought to characterize MMJ’s role on symptomatic relief and opioid consumption in the oncologic population.”

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Nearly $75 Million in Marijuana Sold During First Two Month of Legal Sales: Illinois

There has been around $75 million in marijuana and marijuana products sold in Illinois in January and February, the first two months of legal sales.

In January, the first month of legal sales,  there was $39,247,840.83 in marijuana sold, according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation said that marijuana generated $39,247,840.83 worth of sales. This is based on the sale of over 970,000 different marijuana products. Of the $39 million, $9 million came from tourists while $30 million came from those living in the state.

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Smoking Marijuana Remains Most Popular Consumption Method By Far, Finds Survey

Among those who use marijuana on a regular basis, smoking remains their top consumption method of choice. This is according to a new study conducted by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence: It was also published by the National Institute of Health.

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American Bar Association Passes Marijuana Resolutions

The American Bar Association (ABA), which was founded in 1878 a voluntary bar association of lawyers and law students, has approved two marijuana-related resolutions during its mid-year meeting.

Specifically, according to the Marijuana Moment, the group’s House of Delegates voted in favor of a proposal endorsing pending federal legislation to protect banks that provide services to state-legal marijuana businesses, as well as a proposal calling for a clarification of rules to ensure that lawyers will not be penalized for representing clients in cases concerning state-legal marijuana activity.

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Utah’s First Medical marijuana Pharmacy Opens in Salt Lake City

15 months after Utah voters passed an initiative to legalize medical marijuana, the state’s first medical marijuana pharmacy opened Monday.

Dragonfly Wellness (711 State St., Salt Lake City) opened its doors early Monday morning, marking the first time a legal distributor of medical marijuana has opened in Utah since the beginning of prohibition decades ago.

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Study: THC May Reduce Opioid Use in Trauma Patients

According to a new study published in the journal Trauma Surgery & Acute Care, trauma patients who are administered THC capsules consume fewer opioids than do similarly matched control subjects. The study is titled Matched pilot study examining cannabis-based dronabinol for acute pain following traumatic injury.

For the study researchers examined the off-label use of dronabinol (which is an FDA-approved synthetic oral THC) on opioid consumption patterns in trauma patients with acute pain. 66 patients participated in the study: Half received THC, and the other half did not.

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Vermont House Passes Bill to Tax and Regulate Marijuana

The Vermont House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation to tax and regulate marijuana sales in the state: The Senate passed similar legislation in the spring.

Current Vermont law, which took effect in 2018, allows for those 21 and older to legally possess and use personal amounts of marijuana – and they can also grow the plant – but it’s not legal to sell it, meaning marijuana stores don’t exist. The House approved the measure to change this by a vote of 90 to 54 through its second reading. If passed through a third and final reading, as expected, it will be sent to the state’s governor for consideration.

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