Marijuana Legalization Initiative Announced in Maine

Responding to a Maine legislative committee rejecting a proposal today which would of legalized marijuana in the state, activists in Maine are preparing an initiative aiming to bring the issue to a vote of the people in the next presi10038341_H5415872-600x399dential election. The announcement came today by David Boyer, Maine Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), in response to the committee’s vote. Many advocates had high hopes for the proposal that was rejected today 8 to 3. The committee held a 6-hour public hearing on the issue earlier this month.

MPP is one the largest marijuana reform organizations in the nation with tens of thousands of volunteers and an annual budget in the millions. Read the rest of this entry »

Poll: 56% of Arizonans Support Marijuana Legalization

New polling conducted by the respected Behavior Research Center has found that a strong majority of those in Arizona support the legalization of marijuana – 56% are in favor of such a move, with only 37% in opposition. According to the polling, legaliza5.14-shutterstock_75081979tion has majority support across all age groups, and in every county in the state. These results show that Arizona residents support legalization at an even higher rate than the national average, which is around 52%, according to the Pew Research Institute. Read the rest of this entry »

World Anti-Doping Agency Alters Marijuana Policy, Impacting Hundreds of Professional Sports

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), an independent foundation – partially funded thFEAT_MedicalMarijuana_potLeaf_99807060rough various governments – which establishes and helps to enforce various rules and regulations regarding substance use and abuse by professional athletes, has altered its policy regarding marijuana use to be significantly less strict.

The agency, setup in 1999 by the International Olympic Committee, is the creator of the World Anti-Doping Code – a code adopted by over 600 sports organizations. On May 12th, 2013, the executive committee and board of the agency met to discuss alterations to the group’s 2015 code. Among the changes, which includes doubling the penalty for cheaters, is a drastic increasing of the amount of THC an individual can test positive for, without failing a drug test.

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Study: Cannabinoids May Be Best Medication For Those With PTSD

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Researchers have found that those with PTSD have more CB1 receptors in their brain than those who don’t have the condition, paving the way towards an effective medical treatment.

A new study by researchers at the New York University School of Medicine, and funded by the National Institute of Health, has found a connection between the number of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), paving the way towards an effective medication, according to an New York University press release.

The study, which was published online in Molecular Psychiatry and will be presented at the Society of Biological Psychiatry’s annual meeting, is the first to use brain imaging to show that PTSD sufferers have lower concentrations of anandamide than the average person – anandamide is an endocannabinoid that binds to CB1 receptors.

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Vermont Legislature Approves Measure Legalizing Hemp Cultivation, Farming to Begin This Year

Vermont’s Assembly has voted to approve a measure, which already passed the Senate, to allow licensed hemp cultivation to begin productihempon by the end of this summer. Under current Vermont law, hemp has technically been legalized, but, like Kentucky’s new hemp law, a provision was included that makes hemp cultivation contingent on a change in federal law. This measure – Senate Bill 157 – which now heads to the governor for final approval, would remove this provision, blatantly flouting federal law in order to bring the state the much-needed revenue and jobs that a legalized hemp market could supply.

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Study: Marijuana Consumption Reduces Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease, May Lead to Remission

Marijuana consumption reduces the symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, and can even lead to its remission, according to new research published on the website of the National Institutes of Health, which will be in print soon in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.cannabis-crohns

The study, which was conducted by researchers at the Meir Medical Center, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Israel, examined 21 subjects with Crohn’s disease who weren’t responsive to conventional treatments. According to the the study, ” Patients were randomly assigned to groups given cannabis, twice daily, in the form of cigarettes containing 11.5 mg of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or placebo containing cannabis flowers from which the THC had been extracted. Disease activity and laboratory tests were assessed during 8 weeks of treatment and 2 weeks thereafter.” Read the rest of this entry »

Random Drug Testing at Schools Increases the Use of Hard Drugs

A new study conducted at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research has found that random drug tpeeesting in schools – something 28% of American students are subject to – increases the usage rates of hard drugs for students between the ages of 11 and 18. The study found that the testing did decrease marijuana usage, but this is likely because students realize that marijuana lingers in the body for days, sometimes weeks, whereas most harder drugs metabolize much quicker.

This is an excellent example of random drug testing being a failed experiment (not to mention a constitutional disaster) – marijuana is much safer than the hard drugs the students are being pushed towards – “hard drugs” being substances like heroin, cocaine and alcohol.

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New Poll: 80% of Kentucky Residents Support Legal Medical Marijuana

A new survey has found an overwhelming majority – nearly 80% – of those in Kentucky support legalized medical marijuana. The Medical-marijuana-still-alive-in-Kentuckysurvey was funded by the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, and was conducted by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati.

The survey found that support was high regardless of an individuals party-affiliation. According to the polling, 73% of Republicans stated that they support such a move, compared to 83% of Democrats. Those who are registered independent support the measure at the highest rate – 86%.

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Vermont Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passes Legislature, Heads to Governor to be Signed Into Law

A bill to decriminalize marijuana in Vermont has passed the legislature, and now heads to the govergood-weednor’s desk to be signed into law. Currently possessing up to an ounce of marijuana in Vermont is punishable by 6 months in jail – the new law will make possession of up to an ounce a simple ticket, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor.

In a state where recent polling shows 61% of residents in support of decriminalization, the bill is expected to be signed by the governor without debate. Even the state’s attorney general is in full support of the change, and has lobbied for decriminalization of possession, and even home cultivation. Read the rest of this entry »

Industrial Hemp Farming Begins Today in Colorado

This morning, at around 10 A.M., Ryan Loflin will begin planting hemp across 60 acres of his family’s farm in Springfield, Colorado.

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Hundreds of hemp seeds will be returned to the ground today in the beginning of the re-integration of industrialized hemp farming across the nation.

The event will be attended by local news stations, the Associated Press and a film crew, which will be recording footage for the upcoming documentary “Hemp in America: The Revolution and Hemp Canada: Seeds of Growth”. Hemp, Inc. will be one of the Executive Producers of the two-part documentary, to be directed by Diana Oliver (also known for the film “Hempsters Plant the Seed”). Read the rest of this entry »