New Hampshire Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect Tomorrow

A New Hampshire bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana officially takes effect tomorrow.

The bill makes New Hampshire the 22nd state in the nation to eliminate the possibility of jail time for simple marijuana possession.

“The governor and Legislature both deserve a lot of credit for moving the state forward with this commonsense reform,” said Matt Simon, the Manchester-based New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Unlike his predecessors, who opposed similar proposals, Gov. Sununu appears to understand that ‘Live Free or Die’ is more than just a motto on a license plate.”

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Single Dose of CBD Reduces Blood Pressure, Finds Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind, Crossover Study

Just a single dose of cannabidiol (CBD) reduces blood pressure, indicating it may play a role in the treatment of cardiovascular disorders, according to a new study published by the journal JCI Insight.

According to researchers, the aim of this study “was to investigate if CBD reduces BP [blood pressure] in humans.” To determine this, “Nine healthy male volunteers were given 600 mg of CBD or placebo in a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover study. Cardiovascular parameters were monitored using a finometer and laser Doppler.”

CBD “reduced resting systolic BP (–6 mmHg; P < 0.05) and stroke volume (–8 ml; P < 0.05), with increased heart rate (HR) and maintained cardiac output. Subjects who had taken CBD had lower BP (–5 mmHg; P < 0.05, especially before and after stress), increased HR (+10 bpm; P < 0.01), decreased stroke volume (–13 ml; P < 0.01), and a blunted forearm skin blood flow response to isometric exercise.’ In response to cold stress, “subjects who had taken CBD had blunted BP (–6 mmHg; P < 0.01) and increased HR (+7 bpm; P < 0.05), with lower total peripheral resistance.”

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Can Marijuana Use Lead to Spontaneous Orgasms? A Case Study

Marijuana use combined with previous sexual activity resulted in spontaneous orgasms for a 40-year-old woman, according to a new case study published by the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, and published online by the National Institute of Health,

“A case is described of a 40 year old woman with persistent spontaneous orgasms after use of Cannabis and five hour hard pounding sexual activity”, begins the study’s abstract. “She presented with severe anxiety in particular to suffer from Restless Genital Syndrome (ReGS). However, she did not fulfill to any of the five criteria of ReGS.”

It was concluded that “her spontaneous orgasms were the result of the use of Cannabis combined with long duration of previous sexual activity.” researchers state that; “This is not only important for physicians but also for highly exposed subjects like those active in the sex industry.”

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Nevada May Become First State to Allow Marijuana Clubs

Marijuana clubs where the plant can be consumed onsite aren’t prohibited under Nevada law, according to state officials.

This means that Nevada may soon become the first state with legal marijuana to have marijuana clubs or lounges; such facilities are illegal in the seven other states where the plant has been legalized (although several states, namely Alaska and Colorado, have been discussing allowing them for some time now).

According to the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, the state’s marijuana law does not prohibit city or county governments from operating a marijuana club or lounge where visitors may use marijuana onsite. This means that if a city or county chooses to approve of such outlets, they are within their legal right to do so.

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Study: THCA has “Potent Neuroprotective Activity”

According to a new study, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA) has potent neuroprotective activity which may help treat Huntington´s Disease and other neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases.

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“Phytocannabinoids are produced in Cannabis sativa L. in acidic form and are decarboxylated upon heating, processing, and storage”, states the abstract of the study, published by the British Journal of Pharmacology and the U.S. National Institute of Health. “While the biological effects of decarboxylated cannabinoids such as Δ9 -tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9 -THC) have been extensively investigated, the bioactivity of Δ9 -THCA is largely unknown, despite its occurrence in different Cannabis preparations.” The aim of this study “was to determine whether Δ9 -THCA modulates the PPARγ pathway and has neuroprotective activity”.

For the study; “The effects of six phytocannabinoids on PPARγ binding and transcriptional activity were investigated.” In doing so, researchers found that;

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Republican Senator Introduces Marijuana Research Bill

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) today introduced the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017 (the MEDS Act) which is designed to improve the process for conducting scientific research on marijuana as a safe and effective medical treatment.

In introducing this legislation, Senator Hatch was joined by Senator Schatz (D-HI) and cosponsors Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC).

“It’s high time to address research into medical marijuana,” Hatch said. “Our country has experimented with a variety of state solutions without properly delving into the weeds on the effectiveness, safety, dosing, administration, and quality of medical marijuana. All the while, the federal government strains to enforce regulations that sometimes do more harm than good. To be blunt, we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I’ve decided to roll out the MEDS Act.”

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There Are Nearly 150,000 Full-Time Marijuana Jobs in the U.S., a 22% Increase from Last Year

There are 149,304 full-time marijuana-related jobs throughout the United States, according to an estimate calculated by Leafly.

This numbers marks a 22% increase from last year, when Leafly found that 122,814 jobs relied on the legal status of cannabis in America. In just 12 months, the legal cannabis industry has added 26,490 jobs to the nation’s workforce.

In order to calculate this, Leafly “devised a method that roughly translated annual sales into FTE (full time equivalent) jobs.” You can find the full explanation of that method here. As  noted by Leafly; “Not every job in the industry is a full-time gig. So these figures are FTE jobs, in which two half-time jobs equals one FTE. Also, it’s worth noting that these are jobs supported by legal cannabis. Not every one of those jobs touches the plant.”

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Hawaii to Become First State to Go Cashless for Marijuana Sales

By Audrey McAvoy | AP

Hawaii said Tuesday that it will be the first state to require marijuana sales to be handled without cash, saying it wanted to avoid robberies and other crimes targeting dispensaries.

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii won’t be allowed to accept cash beginning Oct. 1 and will require people to use a debit payment app instead. The app is already an option for marijuana transactions in six states, including California and Colorado.

Many marijuana businesses use cash because banks fear pot money could expose them to legal trouble from the U.S. government, which regulates banking and still bans marijuana.

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For First Time Monthly Recreational Marijuana Sales Surpass $100 Million in Colorado

For the first time since the start of legal sales, the monthly market for recreational marijuana has surpassed $100 million in Colorado.

According to data released by the Colorado Department of Revenue, there was $137 million in legal marijuana and marijuana products sold in the state in July, with $101 million being from recreational marijuana sales (with the remaining $36 million from medical marijuana). This is a slight increase over the $95 million in recreational marijuana and marijuana products sold in June, and adds to the over $750 million in marijuana sold in the first half of this year. For July, Colorado earned roughly $15 million in taxes from these sales; since the start of legal marijuana sales in 2014, Colorado has garnered well over half a billion dollars in taxes.

July marked the start of a new tax structure for marijuana in Colorado. The tax is now 15% at the point of sale, with recreational marijuana sales exempt from the 2.9% state sales tax; prior to July the tax was 10% in addition to the state sales tax.

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Poll: 57.5% of Those in Germany Support Legalizing Marijuana

New polling shows strong support for legalizing marijuana in Germany.

A new poll conducted by Mafo, a research firm, and commissioned by Playboy Deutschland, has found that a strong majority of German adults support the idea of legalizing marijuana.

According to the poll, 57.5% of German residents support the legalization of marijuana for adults, including allowing them to purchase the plant from retail outlets. 90.5% of the poll’s respondents stated that they believe the country’s current laws don’t work at preventing cannabis from being consumed.

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