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Hemp Bill Signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that aims to boost hemp production in the state. According to the Associated Press, Governor Cuomo announced $10 million in state funds to boost industrial hemp research and development. The bill signed by Cuomo formally adds hemp to the state’s list of agricultural commodities and …

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Cannabinoids May Help Recovery of Spinal Cord Injuries, Finds New Study

Cannabinoids may help people recover from a spinal cord injury, according to a new study. The study is being published in the journal Brain Research, and has been e-published ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health. “The endocannabinoid system, including its receptors (CB1 and CB2), act as neuroprotective and immunomodulatory modulators in …

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Medical Cannabis Legalized in Poland

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has signed into law a bill that legalizes medical cannabis. The legislation was approved by the Sejm (Poland’s legislative body) with 440 out of 460 members voting in favor, and was signed by President Duda on Friday. The new law allows medical marijuana to be prescribed by physicians, and sold in …

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Study: Forced Closure of Marijuana Dispensaries Increases Crime

According to a new study published in the Journal of Urban Economics, the forced closure of marijuana dispensaries leads to an increase in crime. For the study, researchers at the University of Southern California examined the impact of dispensary closures on crime rates in Los Angeles. Crime data was analyzed in the days before and after …

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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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Legal Marijuana Sales Now Underway in Uruguay Pharmacies

Legal marijuana sales are underway in Uruguay, the first country to officially legalize the plant for retail sale. As of today (June 19) in Uruguay, marijuana is being sold in pharmacies throughout the country. As part of the country’s marijuana laws, those 18 and older are authorized to purchase up to 40 grams of marijuana …

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Colorado has Garnered Over Half a Billion Dollars in New Revenue Since Start of Marijuana Legalization

Colorado has garnered over half a billion dollars in marijuana-related revenue since legal sales began in 2014, according to a new analysis of state data released Wednesday by Denver-based VS Strategies. The report — which can be found by clicking here — details the sources of the revenue and provides a snapshot of how it is being distributed. “Legalizing, regulating, …

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New Hampshire Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana and Hash

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill into law Tuesday that decriminalizes the possession of marijuana and hash. The new law – which decriminalizes the possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana, and ip to five grams of hash – officially goes into effect in 60 days, making New Hampshire the …

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Alaska Officials Vote to Allow On-Site Consumption of Marijuana at Retail Outlets

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board’s has voted 3 to 2 to establish rules allowing marijuana to be consumed on-site at licensed retail outlets. The approved proposal includes a specific set of rules and guidelines that would make Alaska the first state where on-site consumption of recreational marijuana is allowed at retail outlets. These include requiring …

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MA Supreme Court Rules Women Fired for Medical Marijuana can Sue for Discrimination

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has unanimously ruled in favor of a woman fired for medical marijuana. The ruling, according to Reuters, allows the woman to sue the company for handicap discrimination based on her firing. In their ruling, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rejected the former employer’s argument that she could not sue it …

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