THC May Treat Spasticity and Pain Associated with Multiple Sclerosis, According to New Research

The oral administration of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may treat both spasticity and pain associated with multiple sclerosis.

Multiple SclerosisThis is according to a study being published by the journal Clinical Therapeutics, and e-published ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

According to the Mayo Clinic, multiple sclerosis (MS) is a “disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves.” The ailment affects around 200,000 people annually and has no cure. Multiple sclerosis causes many different symptoms, including vision loss, pain, fatigue, and impaired coordination.

The aim of the present study was to “evaluate the efficacy of an oral formulation of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (ECP002A) in patients with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS).”

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Study Finds CBD May Treat Alcohol Use Disorders

New findings “strongly suggest” that cannabidiol (CBD) may be useful in the treatment of alcohol use disorders.

The study, published by the journal Addiction Biology, “evaluated the effects of cannabidiol (CBD) on ethanol reinforcement, motivation and relapse” in mice.” The effects of “CBD (60 mg/kg, i.p.) on blood ethanol concentration, hypothermia and handling-induced convulsions associated to acute ethanol administration were evaluated.”

Researchers used the two-bottle choice paradigm to assess the effects of CBD (30, 60 and 120 mg/kg/day, i.p) on ethanol intake and preference. In addition, “an oral ethanol self-administration experiment was carried out to evaluate the effects of CBD [a single s.c. administration of a microparticle formulation providing CBD continuous controlled release (30 mg/kg/day)] on the reinforcement and motivation for ethanol. The effects of CBD (60 and 120 mg/kg/day, i.p.) on ethanol-induced relapse were also evaluated.”

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Hawaii Committee Unanimously Passes Bill to Legalize Hemp with No License Required

A bill that would treat hemp like other crops such as tomatoes, allowing it to be grown by anyone without a license, has been approved by its initial committee in Hawaii.

The House Agricultural Committee approved House Bill 773 with a unanimous 7 to 0 vote. The measure makes it so that “No person shall be subject to any civil or criminal sanctions in this State for planting, growing, harvesting, possessing, processing, selling, or buying industrial hemp”. Hemp would be defined as having no more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the active ingredient in cannabis).

The proposal is now in the House Judiciary Committee, where passage would set it up for a vote in the full House. Passage by the full House would sent it to the Senate, where approval would put it to the desk of Governor David Ige for final consideration.

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List of 98 Marijuana Stocks Includes Updating Charts

As the burgeoning marijuana industry continues to gain momentum, marijuana stocks have become a huge point of discussion both for long-time investors, and for those new to the stock exchange.

marijuana stocksGiven that the legal marijuana market is relatively immature, and much more unstable than other markets, it can be a challenge to know which marijuana stocks to consider; or even what marijuana stocks are out there. With that in Mind, MarijuanaStocks.com has created a comprehensive list of nearly 100 marijuana-related companies that are publicly traded.

This list is updated daily, giving you recent information on current stock values. Clicking on any of the stocks will bring up the company’s information; this includes their address, contact information, website and a link to recent news headlines pertaining to the business. This is incredibly useful for those considering jumping into the marijuana stock market, or for those who are already involved but want a large list of marijuana stocks all on one page.

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Trump Administration May Eliminate Office of National Drug Control Policy/Drug Czar Position

The Trump Administration may eliminate the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), which is headed by the nation’s “Drug Czar”.

The ONDCP seal.

According to the New York Times, the White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending.

The Times states that, “Mr. Trump has spoken volubly about the nation’s drug problems, yet the list includes the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, which dispenses grants to reduce drug use and drug trafficking.”

Eliminating the ONDCP would be an unprecedented move that would remove federal drug czar as a position in the government; given that the drug czar is forced by law to oppose any attempt to legalize an illegal substance – regardless of the merits in favor of doing so – it’s certainly not a position many drug reform advocates will be upset about losing.

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California Bill Would Allow Marijuana Businesses to be Trademarked Under State Law

A California measure would allow marijuana businesses to be trademarked under state law.

Assembly Bill 64 would expand the state’s Model State Trademark law to explicitly include cannabis businesses. This includes businesses that deal in “medical cannabis and nonmedical cannabis goods and services.”

According to the proposal, which was filed by Assemblymember Rob Bonta:

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Bill to Legalize Hemp Passes Two Arizona Committees, Would Prohibit State From Following Federal Law

Two Senate Committees in Arizona have back-to-back approved a bill that would explicitly legalize industrial hemp.

Senate Bill 1337 was approved by the Senate Commerce and Public Safety Committee on Monday with a 6 to 1 vote. The next day it was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee with a unanimous 10 to 0 vote.

The proposal – which has 29 bipartisan cosponsors – now moves towards a vote in the full Senate, where its passage would send it to the House of Representatives. Passage in the House would send it to Governor Doug Ducey for final consideration.

Specifically, Senate Bill 1337:

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New York Marijuana Possession Charges Would be Sealed Under Measure Approved by Assembly

With a 95 to 38 vote, New York’s full Assembly has given approval to a bill that would seal the criminal records of those charged with possessing marijuana.

According to government statistics, there have been over 800,000 people arrested in New York for simple cannabis possession in the last 20 years, making the reaches of this measure widespread. Assembly Bill 2142 now moves to the Senate, where its passage would send it to Governor Andrew Cuomo for final consideration.

“I introduced the marijuana sealing bill because drug laws have created a permanent underclass of people unable to find jobs after a conviction,” says Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes, the bill’s primary sponsor. “One of the most damaging issues derived from the war on drugs is that the policies are inherently racist. Communities of color have been devastated by bad drug policies and hyper-criminalization for the last 40 years.”

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Initiative to Legalize Marijuana Filed in Arizona, Advocates Aim for 2018 Ballot

An initiative to legalize the possession, cultivation and license distribution of marijuana has been filed in Arizona.

The proposal was filed with Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan by the nonprofit political action committee Safer Arizona. The measure would legalize the possession of cannabis for those 21 and older, while allowing them to cultivate up to 48 plants at home. The initiative would also establish a system of licensed and regulated cannabis retail outlets and cultivation centers.

Advocates of the measure, titled the Safer Arizona Cannabis Legalization Act, must now collect 150,000 signatures by July to place the measure on the November, 2018 general election ballot.

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Lawmakers Form Bipartisan Congressional Cannabis Caucus

U.S. lawmakers have officially formed the first-ever Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

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The Caucus is meant to promote sensible cannabis policy reform and to ease the tension between state and federal laws. It was formed by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Don Young (R-AK).

Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Don Young (R-AK) have formed the first-ever Congressional Cannabis Caucus to promote sensible cannabis policy reform and to ease the tension between federal and state cannabis laws.

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