Toxicology Lab Scandal Requires Reevaluation of New THC Driving Limit in Colorado

On June 7th, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers sent out a report to state prosecutors and the criminal defense bar, to inform them of numerous problems with the state toxicology lab that could impact hundreds, or even thousands of DUI cases – including any cases that are prosecuted through the recently-approved 5 ng/ml THC driving limit.cdhe

According to the report, the Department of Public Health and Environment’s toxicology lab, which performs blood and drug screening tests for law enforcement agencies across the state, has been lax in standards and practices, and is now under investigation for inadequate employee training, unsafe storage of evidence, under-staffing and supervisor bias, among other problems. Continue reading

New Study Finds Cannabis Combats Brain Degeneration and Increases Stamina

A new study conducted at the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn in Germany has found that cannabis triggers the release of antioxidants, which acts as a cleansing mechanism – resulting in the removal of damaged cells and improving the effchroniciency of mitochondria, the energy source that powers cells, potentially increasing stamina.

The study, published in Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society, states:Neuroinflammatory processes contributing to the progression of normal brain ageing and to the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases are suppressed by cannabinoids”. Continue reading

New Poll: Most Americans Support Medical Marijuana, Oppose Federal Prosecution

According to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, the majority of Americans are in favor of allotjbwing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for their patients, and most feel that the federal government should not prosecute patients or dispensaries in states where medical marijuana is legal.

The poll surveyed 1,000 people and asked “Would you favor or oppose allowing doctors to prescribe small amounts of marijuana for their patients?” – 60% responded that they were in favor, with only 26% stating they were opposed. Continue reading

Maine Legislature Votes to Add PTSD as Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition

Maine’s full House, and Senate, approved LD 1062 today, a measure to add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for an individual to becomeMedical Marijuana a legal medical cannabis patient. The vote comes less than a week after Oregon’s governor signed a proposal adding PTSD to Oregon’s medical cannabis program. Three other states – Connecticut, New Mexico and Delaware – also have PTSD explicitly listed as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. Continue reading

2013’s Biggest Cannabis Law Reform Victories (So Far)

Nearly halfway through 2013 and it’s already been an incredible, unprecedented year for cannabis law reform. Things are moving at an incredibly fast pace all across the globe, and there’s not even the slightest indication jilly-bean-medical-marijuana-weed-strain-thcf-jillybeanweedthat it’ll slow down until cannabis prohibition is put to an effective end.

Here’s a list, in no particular order, of some of the biggest and most impactful victories so far this year.

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Cannabis Legalization Initiative Launched in Arizona

An initiative drive has launched in Arizona aimed at legalizing recreational cannabis. Proponents of the initiative – which is modeled after Colorado’s Amendment 64 – need to gather roughly 260,000 signaturesvotemarijuana by July 3rd, 2014, in order to put the proposal to a vote of the people in the 2014 general election ballot.

The initiative drive was launched by Dennis Bohlke, a 59-year-old computer programmer who is running the initiative under the organizational name of Safer Arizona.

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Nevada Governor Signs Legislation Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval, a Republican, has officially signed Senate Bill 374 into law, legalizing state-licensed medical cannabis dispensaries. For years,marijuana-dbc04668ba596d1d11bbfdcab899d5bdcf6b293a-s6-c30 medical marijuana has been a constitutional right in Nevada,thanks to a voter-approved initiative which was passed in 2000. Despite this, and despite patients being legally allowed to possess and use cannabis, no safe access points have been authorized, leading most patients to rely on the black-market. Senate Bill 374 fixes this by legalizing roughly 60 dispensaries throughout the state which will supply patients with their medicine.

Prior to the governor’s signature, the measure was approved by the state’s Senate with a 17 to 4 vote, and was approved by the state’s Assembly 28 to 14.

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Washington D.C. Residents Can Now Officially Apply to Become Medical Cannabis Patients

As of yesterday, residents of Washington D.C. who have a qualifying condition can now officially apply to become a medical cannabis patient, authorizing them to legallyMedical-Leaf possess a small amount for personal use, which they’ll be able to purchase from a handful of dispensaries that are in the process of opening. The first of those dispensaries – Capital City Care – stated in a recent announcement that “We’ll be opening our doors at the dispensary as soon as the first approved patient rings the bell..” Capital City Care will be opening just a few blocks from the White House.

The application can be found by clicking here. The licensing fee will be $100, or $25 for those who are financially challenged. Individuals may also become a caregiver for another patent, which authorizes them to possess and transfer medical cannabis, but not consume it. Patients applying for a license must first receive a written recommendation from a physician. Continue reading

Federal Judge Strikes Down Restriction On Cannabis Magazines

A federal judge today struck down a controversial Colorado provision which, if enforced, would have required stores to sell cannabis-themed magazines – such as High Timescannabisgavel – behind the counter, just as the state treats pornography. The provision was passed as part of a broad set of regulations for the newly-legal recreational cannabis industry.

The provision would have taken effect on July 1st. Multiple lawsuits on behalf of book-sellers were filed against the state, and Colorado’s attorney general recently ruled that the provision is unconstitutional, stating that he wouldn’t defend it in court. The new ruling came from U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch. Continue reading

Kentucky Governor Urges Obama to Consider New Approach on Hemp

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to consider a new approach to how the gfullframehempovernment deals with hemp – he’s asking that the Office of Drug Control Policy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. attorney general’s office work with the Drug Enforcement Administration on the issue.

“We want to explore any and all opportunities that have the possible potential for job creation and enhancing rural economies in areas of our state,” Governor Beshear stated in the letter. Continue reading