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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Medical Cannabis Legalized in Malawi

Malawi has legalized the growing and licensed distribution of medical cannabis, making them the latest country in southern African to relax their marijuana laws. The law also legalizes industrial hemp, reports Reuters.

Malawi’s full parliament passed a bill on Thursday that makes it legal to cultivate and process cannabis for medical use or for hemp fiber. The measure, which was tabled by Agriculture Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa, would not legalize recreational marijuana.

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Study: Senior Marijuana Use on the Rise

The use of marijuana is increasing at a rapid pace among those aged 65 and older, according to a new study published on February 24, 2020 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

“With the legalization of cannabis in many states for medical and/or recreational purposes, there is increasing interest in using cannabis to treat a variety of long-term health conditions and symptoms common among older adults”, states the study. “The use of cannabis in the past year by adults 65 years and older in the United States increased sharply from 0.4% in 2006 and 2007 to 2.9% in 2015 and 2016.”

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Those with Sickle Cell Disease Who Consume Cannabis Daily Less Likely to be Hospitalized

Those with sickle cell disease (SCD) who consume cannabis on a daily basis have lower rates of hospital admissions than do similarly matched individuals who don’t use cannabis. This is according to a new study published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.

For the study, researchers from Yale School of Medicine and the Medical College of Wisconsin “performed a cross-sectional study of adults with SCD and compared daily users of cannabis with others using validated patient-reported measures of pain and quality of life as well as opioid and health care utilization.”

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Kansas Committee Rejects Lower Penalties for Marijuana Possession

In a disappointing and borderline archaic move Kansas’ House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee voted 7 to 4 to reject a bill that would have simply made marijuana possession a misdemeanor regardless of how many times someone is caught with it, rather than a felony as it is current for third convictions (punishable by up to 14 months in prison). The move would not have legalized or even decriminalized possession, just prevented the personal possession of small amounts from being a felony.

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