Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Says He’ll Legalize Marijuana on Day One if Elected

Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has pledged to legalize marijuana across the United States through executive order the first day he takes office, if he wins (which is seeming increasing likely passed on recent polling).

“We will end the destructive war on drugs,” Sanders said at a rally in Cedar Rapids, reports Forbes. “On my first day in office through executive order we will legalize marijuana in every state in this country.”

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Former Chicago Police Superintendent Advising Cannabis Company

The former superintendent of the Chicago Police Department is now advising a local cannabis company on security after more than $200,000 was stolen from it during a burglary last month, reports the Associated Press.

Danny Marks, the co-owner of MOCA Modern Cannabis, told the Chicago Tribune that he brought on former police Superintendent Garry McCarthy as a consultant as he seeks a license to open a new recreational marijuana store in the River North neighborhood. Marks says that bringing on McCarthy makes sense for a number of reasons.

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Virginia Senate Judiciary Committees Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

On Wednesday Virginia’s Senate Judiciary Committee voted overwhelmingly (11 to 2) to pass Senate Bill 2 which would reduce the penalties for personal marijuana possession.

Specifically, the measure would make it so that the personal possession of up to an ounce of cannabis is – at most – a $50 fine. Under current law the possession of small amounts of marijuana is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. The measure also increases the amount of marijuana that can qualify for intent to distribute (a much harsher charge than simple possession) from half-ounce to an ounce.

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Berkeley City Council Approves Marijuana Deliveries and Consumption Lounges

Earlier this week the Berkeley (CA) City Council approved ordinances which would legalize marijuana deliveries in addition to marijuana consumption lounges: The votes were unanimous.

As noted by High Times, under the changes, marijuana retail outlets will be able to allow on-site consumption of marijuana products if the business installs a required ventilation system. Prior to Tuesday’s meeting city staff had recommended that consumption lounges be approved by the council. “Under previous regulations, the use of cannabis was prohibited in public places, most businesses, and by many landlords, leaving many consumers and medical marijuana patients without a place to legally imbibe.”

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Medical Cannabis Grower Releasing CBD Products in Louisiana

According to the Associated Press, Louisiana’s second medical marijuana grower hasn’t started selling therapeutic cannabis yet, but the company is offering an over-the-counter CBD product at the state’s marijuana dispensaries.

Ilera Holistic Healthcare – which is a contractor chosen by Southern University – said it will sell CBD products nationwide, including at each marijuana pharmacy in Louisiana except for the one in Monroe. Southern and Ilera officials are hosting a Thursday event to tout the new products at H&W Drug Store, the medical marijuana pharmacy in the New Orleans area.

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Food Influences Effects of THC, Says Study

Consuming food prior to the administration of oral THC influences its duration and effect, according to a study published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. The study, titled Human pharmacokinetic parameters of orally administered delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol capsules are altered by fed versus fasted conditions and sex differences, was first reported on by NORML.

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Cleveland City Council Approves Marijuana Ordinance

The Cleveland City Council approved an ordinance on Monday that would reduce the penalties for marijuana possession, according to Cleveland 19 News.

The ordinance would eliminate any fines or jail time for anyone possessing under 200 grams of marijuana. In addition, those convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession would not be required to report it on an employment application, and the charge would not appear on their criminal record.

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Study: CBD Mitigates Stress in Those Clinically at High Risk of Psychosis

Cannabidiol (CBD) use is associated with reduced stress levels in those diagnosed with a clinically high risk (CHR) of psychosis. This is according to a new study published in the journal Psychopharmacology and titled Effects of short-term cannabidiol treatment on response to social stress in subjects at clinical high risk for developing psychosis.

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Utah Medical Marijuana Program “On Track”

According to state health officials, Utah’s medical marijuana program will launch on time in just a few weeks.

According to the Associated Press, one or two dispensaries are expected to open the first week of March, when people can begin getting patient cards that will allow them to legally buy the drug in the state. In order to get the cards, they will need a recommendation from a doctor. According to Marc Babitz, deputy director with the Utah Department of Health, this may be a challenge because the number of medical providers interested in recommending the drug has been “very limited,” Some medical providers may be hesitant because it remains illegal on a federal level, he said. But Utah is the 33rd state to legalize medical cannabis, and no doctors have been prosecuted.

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NFL Players Seek Change in League’s Marijuana Policy Following MLB Doing So

With the MLB easing its policy on marijuana use, players in the NFL are hoping that, and asking for their league to do the same.

Major League Baseball (MLB) removed natural cannabinoids and marijuana from its “Drugs of Abuse” list last month. Now, former football players told Reuters a similar policy would be a positive step for management of chronic pain in the NFL.

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