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Connecticut Adds Eight New Qualifying Medical Cannabis Conditions

Connecticut officials have added eight new conditions to the list that qualifies an individual to become a legal consumer of medical cannabis. On Tuesday Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection announced an expansion of the state’s medical cannabis program which will significantly increase the number of people eligible to take part in it.  The move – …

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California Safe Injection Site Legislation Passed by Legislature

The California Legislature has voted in favor of a bill to allow San Francisco to move forward with a three-year pilot program allowing for the establishment of safe drug injection sites. Assembly Bill 186, sponsored by Assembly member Susan Talamantes Eggman and co-sponsored by Senator Scott Wiener, passed the Senate last week by a vote …

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Legislation Allowing Medical Cannabis to Replace Opioids to be Signed Into Law by Illinois Governor

Legislation to allow those who have been or could be prescribed opioids to join the state’s medical cannabis program will be signed into law today by Governor Bruce Rauner. Governor Rauner is scheduled to sign Senate Bill 336 today at the Chicago Recovery Alliance. Filed by Senator Don Harmon along with a bipartisan group of 47 other …

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Illinois Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Hemp

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed  into law legislation that legalizes hemp; the measure takes effect immediately. Governor Rauner’s signature on Senate Bill 2298 comes roughly three months after it passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 106 to 3;  a month prior it was given unanimous approval by the Senate, 50 to …

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Ohio Initiative to Defelonize Drug Possession Placed on November Ballot

An initiative to reduce penalties for non-violent drug crimes while allowing many current inmates to seek shorter sentences will be voted on this November in Ohio. Issue 1 would reduce the penalty for possessing and using a variety of illegal substances, including cocaine, heroin and LSD, from a felony to a misdemeanor offenses. In addition, …

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FDA Approves Magic Mushrooms for Clinical Trial on Depression

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given approval to a clinical trial on psilocybin, the psychedelic ingredient found in magic mushrooms. COMPASS Pathways, a life sciences company dedicated to accelerating patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health, has received approval from the FDA for a clinical trial in psilocybin therapy for treatment-resistant …

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California Legislature Approves Marijuana Expungement Bill

Legislation that would allow for the expungement (removal from criminal record) of over 200,000 past marijuana-related convictions has been given approval by California’s full legislature. The full California Legislature has passed Assembly Bill 1793, which was filed by Assemblymember Rob Bontag. The measure now goes to Governor Jerry Brown, who has the option of signing it …

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Cannabis May Help Attenuate Brain Injury Following Intracerebral Hemorrhage, According to New Study

Cannabis may attenuate brain injury following intracerebral hemorrhage, according to a new study being published by the International Journal of Molecular Medicine, and epublished ahead of print by the National Institute of Health. According to the Mayo Clinic, an intracerebral hemorrhage is “an emergency condition in which a ruptured blood vessel causes bleeding inside the brain.” Researchers …

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Study: CBD Improves Frequency and Severity of Seizures and Reduces Adverse Events

The use of cannabidiol (CBD) “improves frequency and severity of seizures and reduces adverse events in an open-label add-on prospective study” published by the journal Epilepsy and Behavior. The objective of this study “was to characterize the changes in adverse events, seizure severity, and frequency in response to a pharmaceutical formulation of highly purified cannabidiol (CBD; …

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Study: Cannabis May Help Reduce Aggressive Behavior in Autism Patients

Cannabis may help reduce the aggressive behavior experienced by some autism patients, according to a study published by the journal Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. “Understanding neuronal mechanisms underlying aggression in patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) could lead to better treatments and prognosis”, begins the study’s abstract. “The Neuroligin-3 (NL3)R451C mouse model of ASD has a heightened …

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