Category Archive: Guest Articles

Study: Medical Marijuana Patients Reduce Their Prescription Drug Use

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Chronic pain patients enrolled in a statewide medical marijuana program are more likely to reduce their use of prescription drugs than are those patients who don’t use cannabis, according to data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. Investigators from the University …

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Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Improved Immunity In HIV Patients

By Paul Armentano, NORML Patients with HIV who test positive for past cannabis exposure possess significantly higher CD4+ and CD8+ counts than do those patients who test negative for the substance, according to data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. CD4+ and CD8+ cells are a subtype of white blood cells that assist …

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Washington Budtender Abducted and Still Missing

By Lisa Rough, Leafly A well-known budtender from a Eastern Washington cannabis dispensary remains missing this week after being abducted outside the shop Sunday afternoon. The abduction of Cameron Smith from the Lucid retail store in Cheney, just outside the city of Spokane, has rocked the local cannabis community. Cameron Smith, who works at Lucid as a budtender, …

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Tell Congress to Protect Medical Marijuana: By Whoopi Goldberg

By Whoopi Goldberg I’m writing to you with an urgent request: that you join me in telling Congress to protect lawful medical marijuana patients and programs from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Send a message to your member of Congress NOW Since 2014, members of Congress have passed annual spending bills that have included a provision …

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How To Use Water Pipes for Smoking and Dabbing

By Pete R. So you’re interested in the world of bongs, bubblers, and water pipes for dabbing as well, but you don’t know a whole lot about getting started. We’ve got you covered! We break down the usage of each water pipe so you can feel more confident in using it for the first time. …

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Study: Cannabinoids Reduce Frequency of Migraines

By Paul Armentano, NORML The prolonged daily administration of cannabinoids is associated with a reduction in migraine headache frequency, according to clinical trial data presented at the 3rd Congress of the European Academy of Neurology. Italian researchers compared the efficacy of oral cannabinoid treatments versus amitriptyline – an anti-depressant commonly prescribed for migraines – in 79 chronic migraine patients over …

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Up to 230,000 Jobs Created by Legal Marijuana Industry

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org It’s been less than four years since the first legal recreational sales in the United States took place in Colorado, but since then, the US marijuana industry has been creating jobs at rapid pace, and there are now more people employed in the pot industry than there are working in a …

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The Ultimate Vape Guide

By TheVape.Guide Introducing The Vape Guide We are a small group of avid Vapers that came together to guide users when buying a new vaporizer and reduce the guesses you have to make when searching for the best vaporizer for your needs. Together with every review, you will find our recommendations on where to purchase from, …

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Washington Governor Signs Legislation Expanding Medical Cannabis Access

By Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director Governor Jay Inslee has signed legislation, Senate Bill 5131, expanding patients’ access to medical cannabis and instructing regulators to consider home cultivation by non-patients. The new law for the first time allows registered patients to legally purchase marijuana seeds, clones, and immature plants from licensed providers. Other provisions in …

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Racial Disparity In Marijuana Arrest Rates Increasing, Finds New Study

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director African Americans in Virginia are arrested for marijuana possession at more than three times the rates of whites, and this disparity is rising. This is according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Capital News Service. Researchers reviewed 160,000 state and local arrest records from …

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