Top 10 Cannabis Studies of 2014

2014 has purplebeen an incredible year for the cannabis reform movement, with two more states, several cities and the District of Columbia voting in favor of legalization. In addition, it’s been an excellent year for cannabis science, with numerous studies being released that demonstrate its medical potential and diversity, and the benefits of its legalization. Below we breakdown what we believe to be the top 10 cannabis studies of 2014.

 

1. Painkiller Overdose Deaths Drop as Much as 50% in States Where Medical Cannabis is Legal

A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine in January found that states that have legalized medical cannabis have seen a drastic reduction in opioid overdose mortality rates. According to the study; “States with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8% lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws.” Researchers note that the reduction was almost immediate, as every state that legalized medical cannabis saw a dramatic decrease in opioid overdose deaths within the first year (averaging about 20% less). The decline continued each year after. By the 5th year, states had experienced a decrease in opioid deaths ranging up to 50.9%.

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Alaska Advocates Nearing Signature Requirement to Place Cannabis Legalization to a Vote in 2014

Advocates in Alaska are hard at work on an initiative to legalize cannabis, with the goal of putting the proposal to a vote in November, 2014. The group is on track to meet this goalcampaignalaska, and has collected nearly 30,000 signatures in less than 4 months, the initiative’s spokesman Timothy Hinterberger tells us. The group is required to submit 30,000 valid signatures by January to make the ballot.

Given that not all signatures will be valid (those not from registered Alaska voter), the group has set a goal of 45,000 signatures by December 1st (a self-imposed deadline, as they officially have until January), a goal they’re on track to make.

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Advocates in Alaska On Track to Put Cannabis Legalization to a Vote

An Alaska initiative to legalize cannabis, backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, has gathered more than half of the signatures required to put their proposal to a vote of the people in 2014, after less than 3 months of signature collection. alaskacannabisThe group has until December 1st to collect the remaining signatures, something that they’re well on track to do.

If put on the ballot, and passed into law, the initiative would legalize the use and possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and would also authorize the state to license retail outlets to distribute cannabis to those 21 and older.

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Advocates Collect Over 100,000 Signatures for Florida Medical Cannabis Initiative in Roughly a Month

Advocates, in roughly a months time, have collected over 100,000 signatures for a Florida initiative aimed at legalizing medical cannabis in the state.images Proponents of the proposal had to collect approximately 70,000 signatures to have the initiative reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court, a number they reached quickly, and easily.

Once the review process is over, roughly 685,000 signatures will need to be gathered by February 1st to put the initiative to a vote in the November, 2014 general election.

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Activists Seek to Decriminalize Marijuana in Kansas City

In large part due to the efforts of Show-Me Cannabis, a non-profit, pro-legalization reform group working oshow-me-cannabis-regulation-missouri-smcrut of Missouri, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen recently voted 22-3 in favor of a measure to deprioritize marijuana possession. Now the group is taking aim at another major Missouri city – Kansas City. The organization is calling upon its widespread base of supporters to contact elected officials in the city, namely the city council and mayor, urging them to support decriminalizing the possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana.

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