New Study Finds THC May Be Helpful in Combating HIV

A new study published in The Journal of Leukocyte Biology has found exciting, albeit preliminary research which indicates that THC, one of the main compounds in marijuana, may have HIV fighting capabilities. Although mmedical-marijuana-logo-hemp-beach-tv-hbtvore research is clearly needed, this study validates past research which also found marijuana’s compounds to be helpful in treating those with HIV and AIDS.

The research team which conducted the study is from the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Researchers infected macrophages (a type of white blood cell in our body which fights certain infections) with the HIV-1 virus, before then exposing cell cultures to a synthesized THC that specifically target the CB2 receptor.

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Hawaii Legislature Approves Measure Increasing the Quantity of Medicine a Patient May Possess and Cultivate

Today Hawaii’s House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 642, a measure which expands Hawaii’s medical cannabis program. The measure, which has already passed the Senate, now heads to the governor 3333for final approval. This bill would be the first alteration to the state’s medical marijuana law since its introduction in 2000.

The legislation would alter current law which allows a patient to possess up to 3 ounces, and cultivate up to 3 plants. It would expand this number to 4 ounces, and 7 plants, allowing qualifying patients the ability to better accommodate their medical needs.

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Minnesota Lawmakers to Consider Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Bipartisan Bill Being Filed

Tomorrow, May 2nd, legislation will be officially introduced in Minnesota which will legalize medical marijuana, allowing qualified patients to use and possess marijuana, as well as purchase it from state-licensed safe acropped-mncheaderwinter.fw_ccess points. The bill is planned to be sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of at least 40 state lawmakers, include 5 State Senators.

“People suffering from diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis should be able to access medical marijuana safely and use it without fear of being arrested,” stated Heather Azzi, Political Director of Minnesotans for Compassionate Care in a press release. Continue reading

Louisiana House Committee Unanimously Approves Measure to Reduce Marijuana Penalties

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House Bill 103, a measure filed in March which would significantly reduce the penalties associated with marijuana possession, passed today through Louisiana’s House Criminal Justice Committee with a unanimous 14-0 vote.

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Medical Cannabis Legalization Approved by New York Committee

Yesterday New York State’s Assembly Codes Committee, by a vote of 16 to 6, approved Assembly Bill 6357 which would legalize the use, possession and purchase of medical cannabis by qualified patients. The measure pamaryland-marijuanassed its initial committee, the Assembly Health Committee, by a 21-4 vote last month.

The legislation, which has an impressive list of over 60 cosponsors, now moves to the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, where its passage would put it up for consideration by the full Assembly. If it passes, which it’s expected to do, it’ll go to the Senate – according to the bill’s sponsor, there’s enough support in the Senate to get it passed. The governor isn’t in support, but has an “open mind“. Continue reading

New Poll: 85% of Americans Support Legal Medical Marijuana

Fox News has released new polling today which finds that a drastic majority of Americans – 85% – support a patients legal right to use medical marijuana, if prescribemedical-marijuana-630d by a physician, with only 13% in opposition. This poll finds that support for medical marijuana is, by far, at an all-time high.

In what may be surprising to some, the poll – which was conducted by Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw & Company Research – found that 80% of Republicans support legal medical marijuana, showing, without question, that this is not a bipartisan niche issue, but is something that nearly 9 out of every 10 Americans support. Continue reading

Maryland Governor to Sign Medical Marijuana Legislation Into Law

Governor Martin O’Malley announced today, through his spokeswoman Raquel Guillory, that he woMaryland_MMJuld sign a medical marijuana measure into law, a bill which recently passed the Maryland House and Senate overwhelmingly (with a 108-28, and 42-4 vote). The legislation will be signed tomorrow, along with a handful of other measures, including one that repeals the state’s death penalty. Continue reading

Grand Rapids, Michigan Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect Tomorrow

A voter-approved city ordinance to decriminalize marijuana possession will take effect tomorrow, May 1st, in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The ordinance alters current law, making it so thatmarijuana-legalization a person caught in possession of marijuana will be given a civil infraction, rather than a misdemeanor which carries the possibility of jail time.

The ordinance would have taken effect months earlier, but was delayed due to a lawsuit involve Kent County. The court ruled that the new ordinance is legally binding. Continue reading

Missouri Hemp Group Announces “Rehempification of America”

As Missouri lawmakers continue to discuss legislation which would legalize hemp in the state, activists are upping their efforts to spread the word, and get the measure passed. The Missouri Hemp Network, a recently launched legal_hemp_field_near_braunschweiglower_saxonynon-profit group that promotes hemp legalization, has started a campaign to promote the “Rehempification of America”.

“Industrial Hemp has only done good things when cultivated”, the group stated today in a press release, ” Per country it has grown wealth and stabilized non-collegiate worker base.”

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Colorado House Approves Recreational Marijuana Taxes

According to the Associated Press, Colorado’s full House of Representatives just voted, 37-27, bill-gives-states-marijuana-tax-power-thcfto approve a pair of taxes that would be added to recreational marijuana sales. The tax rates, which have been a heated subject in recent days, would include a 15 percent excise tax that would be used to fund school construction. In addition to the 15% excise tax, a standard 10% sales tax was also approved, which would pay for the regulation and enforcement of the new marijuana market.

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