Poll: Roughly 70% of Parents Support the Legalization of Medical Cannabis

A new survey released today has found that roughly 70% of all parents (of children ages 10 to 19) support the legalization of medical cannabis, including 72% of all moms, and 73% of Colorado parents.Medical-Marijuana

The survey – which was a collaboration between the Partnership at DrugFree.org and Whitman Insight Strategies – polled 1,603 adults, 1,200 of which are parents.

The poll found that 70% of the general population supports legalized medical cannabis; surprisingly, moms were even more likely to be in support, at 72%. Dads were slightly less likely at 67%.

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Study Shows Cannabis Can Combat Deadly Treatment Resistant Bacteria Such as MRSA and Tuberculosis

A study conducted by the American Chemical Society and the American Society of Pharmacognosy, and published by the Journal of Natural Products, has found that cannabis can combat deadly, treatment resistant bacteria, such as saved1methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a fatal bacteria that kills thousands yearly.

According to the study, all five of the major cannabinoids found in cannabis (cannabidiol , cannabichromene, cannabigerol, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabinol) showed “potent antibacterial activity”, and was found to combat a variety of dangerous bacteria, particularly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as well as the “recently emerged and extremely drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis”.

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Portland, Maine City Council Sends Cannabis Legalization Initiative to a Vote of the People

The city council for Portland, Maine, has voted to send a cannabis legalization initiative to the vote of the people this fall; the initiative wouldsaved2 legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of dried cannabis flower. The vote will take place on November 5th.

The city council’s vote comes roughly 6 weeks after activists submitted more than twice the required number of signatures to put the proposal in front of the council, which had the option of sending the initiative to a vote of the people, or passing it into law.

 

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New Study: Cannabis May Prevent Organ Transplants From Being Rejected

A new study published in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology has found that delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – one of the prime compounds in cannabis – can potentially stop organ transplant rejections from tcannabisisnotpotaking place.

The study, which found that the higher the dose of THC, the higher the chance of protecting against rejection, also found synthetic cannabinoids to share a similar protective ability.

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Americans for Safe Access Appeals Cannabis Prohibition to United States Supreme Court

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) – one of the world’s largest medical cannabis advocacy groupsamericans-for-safe-access-take-a-closer-look-marijuana-is-medicine-logo – has filed a “petition for writ of certiorari” (an appeal) to the U.S. Supreme Court, with the goal of getting them to consider the constitutionality of maintaining cannabis as a schedule 1 controlled substance, meaning that it has “no medical value”.

The appeal is in response to a circuit court decision in January (ASA V. Drug Enforcement Administration), in which the court ruled – in a 2 to 1 vote – that cannabis belongs as a schedule 1 drug. With this appeal, ASA hopes that the Supreme Court will examine the issue for themselves; ASA stands behind the fact that cannabis has vast medical value, which hundreds of scientific studies have indicates.

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Cannabis Consumption Doesn’t Harm Teenage Brain Tissue, Unlike Alcohol, According to Study

A study conducted by researchers at the University of California, and published in the April issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimentalmarijuana-smoker1 Research, found that even heavy cannabis use among those aged 16 to 20 over an extended period of time had absolutely no negative effect on a person’s brain tissue. The study found that alcohol consumption, on the other hand, did have an effect – it reduced the overall amount of brain tissue, likely leading to a decline in memory, attention and decision-making.

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Study Finds Cannabis Stimulates Brain Growth

A new study published in this month’s issue of the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology has found that cannabidiol (CBD)medicalmarijuanabrain – one of the primary compounds of cannabis – can actually help your brain grow.

During the study researchers examined the effect of CBD on the hippocampus, which is a portion of the brain that plays a key role in regulating emotion and memory. It’s actually the only part of the brain that can grow after adolescence.

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Legalization Advocates Cover German Town With Cannabis Plants

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A few cannabis plants sprout up in front of the police station in Göttingen, Germany.

Activists in Germany are demanding the legalization of cannabis – and they have taken to the city streets (and flower beds) with their message. A group called A Few Autonomous Flower Children have announced that they are responsible for the planting of several pounds of cannabis seeds around the town of Göttingen, Germany. The group organized an effort to cover the city with seeds in June, and now their protest crops are sprouting up all over – in parks, flower beds, and even in front of the city’s police station.

“We can’t set eyes on this useful and beautiful plant because it’s absolutely forbidden in Germany to grow it,” said the group, asserting that they were acting “against the demonization of cannabis.”

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Prehistoric Cave Paintings Inspired By Psychedelics, According to New Research

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Patterns like this, found in ancient art around the world, may be inspired by psychedelic visions.

A new paper published in the journal Adaptive Behavior (the official journal of the International Society of Adaptive Behavior), and funded by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, presents evidence that prehistoric cave paintings, dating back 40,000 years or more, are quite likely inspired by ritualistic psychedelic experiences.

The study, through an examination of research on prehistoric art and psychedelic experiences, offers new insight on the creation of such phenomenal imagery.

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New Study Reveals Cannabis Consumers Seek Out and Better Understand Issues Related to Health

A new study conducted at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, and published online by the International Journal of Public Health, has found that those who consume cannabis are typically more informedlarge_15749_madmanogbud_1333590824 about health-related issues than non-consumers, primarily because they look into these issues at a higher rate and have a better ability to understand the information.

The study is one of the first of its kind to find that cannabis consumers examine the potential benefits and risks of cannabis at a higher rate than non-consumers; the study concluded that the heavier someone uses cannabis, the more likely they are to seek information related to substance use.

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