Recent efforts to legalize marijuana in New York and New Jersey have
been stalled - but not killed - by disputes over how exactly to divvy
up the revenues from marijuana sales and by worries about drugged
driving. Those are both important issues. But another concern should
be at the center of this debate: the medical implications of
legalizing marijuana, particularly for young people.
It's tempting to think marijuana is a harmless substance that poses no
threat to teens and young adults. The medical facts, however, reveal a
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TORONTO - Adam Ash, 37, wasn't the least bit shy in explaining why he
was at the Hunny Pot Cannabis Co., a four-story boutique on Queen
Street West in the middle of the city's downtown district.
"Marijuana," the Toronto resident said midday on a recent Monday, a
little bewildered as to why someone would even bother asking.
Glass containers of marijuana flower were laid out on tables
throughout the shop, amid glass cases of rolling papers, pipes, bongs,
grinders and vaporizers. Employees known as "bud tenders" worked the
floors, ready to provide advice and recommendations for picking just
the right strain.
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In the next few weeks, Nicholas DiPatrizio's lab at UC Riverside will
receive a shipment of marijuana.
DiPatrizio, a professor of biomedical sciences, then will begin giving
mice precise doses of cannabis oil to see how marijuana impacts their
weight and a host of serious health conditions often linked to obesity.
The study marks the first time UC Riverside has received federal
approval to conduct research on marijuana -- or any other substance in
the Drug Enforcement Administration's strict Schedule I category. It
also marks the school's first cannabis-related grant, with $744,000
from tobacco taxes being used to finance this three-year research
project on how marijuana affects metabolic health.
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An association between weed and the dead turns out to have been
established long before the 1960s and far beyond a certain ur-band's
stomping grounds in San Francisco.
Researchers have identified strains of cannabis burned in mortuary
rituals as early as 500 B.C., deep in the Pamir mountains in western
China, according to a new study published Wednesday. The residue had
chemical signatures indicating high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol
(THC), the plant's most psychoactive, or mood-altering, compound.
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It can seem as though everyone in Silicon Valley is either heading to
or coming back from a psychedelic trip, and it is probably Michael
He did after all write a best seller, "How to Change Your Mind," about
how healthful psychedelics can be. His neighbor Ayelet Waldman, whose
memoir "A Really Good Day" recounts how taking acid helped her mood
and marriage, has something to do with it, too. And now, inspired by
Pollan, the writer T.C. Boyle has a new novel, "Outside Looking In,"
about Timothy Leary, the charismatic Harvard professor turned
psychedelics pied piper of the 1960s.
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A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can
prevent opioid overdose deaths, challenging a favorite talking point
of legal pot advocates.
Researchers repeated an analysis that sparked excitement years ago.
The previous work linked medical marijuana laws to slower than
expected increases in state prescription opioid death rates from 1999
to 2010. The original authors speculated patients might be
substituting marijuana for painkillers, but they warned against
Still, states ravaged by painkiller overdose deaths began to rethink
marijuana, leading several to legalize pot for medical use.
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MINFORD, Ohio - Inside an elementary school classroom decorated with
colorful floor mats, art supplies and building blocks, a little boy
named Riley talked quietly with a teacher about how he had watched his
mother take "knockout pills" and had seen his father shoot up "a
Riley, who is 9 years old, described how he had often been left alone
to care for his baby brother while his parents were somewhere else
getting high. Beginning when he was about 5, he would heat up meals of
fries, chicken nuggets and spaghetti rings in the microwave for
himself and his brother, he said. "That was all I knew how to make,"
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Planet 13 in Las Vegas has attracted international attention since it
opened perhaps the world's biggest marijuana store last fall, with
3,000 people shopping each day for newly legal cannabis products while
surrounded by light shows and interactive art displays that feel
natural a few miles off The Strip.
Now Planet 13 has announced that its second location - and likely the
largest cannabis shop in California - will open early next year. And
since it's being billed as the "Disneyland of dispensaries," it's
fitting that it's opening just six miles from the theme park, in an
industrial stretch of Santa Ana.
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New data about the effects of the First Step Act, a bipartisan prison
reform bill that President Trump signed into law in December, is
showing that past injustices can be corrected, even in the most
politically polarized of times.
Last week, the United States Sentencing Commission, an independent
agency that advises federal judges on carrying out changes to
sentencing policy, reported that in the four months after the law went
into effect, more than 1,000 federal inmates were granted a sentence
reduction for offenses involving crack cocaine. In 2010, Congress
passed legislation to address these racially unjust sentences, but
that change wasn't retroactive.
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New trials have shown the drug psilocybin to be highly effective in
treating depression, with Oakland the latest US city to in effect
decriminalise it last week. Some researchers say it could become
'indefensible' to ignore the evidence - but how would it work as a
Lying on a bed in London's Hammersmith hospital ingesting capsules of
psilocybin, the active ingredient of magic mushrooms, Michael had
little idea what would happen next. The 56-year-old part-time website
developer from County Durham in northern England had battled
depression for 30 years and had tried talking therapies and many types
of antidepressant with no success. His mother's death from cancer,
followed by a friend's suicide, had left him at one of his lowest
points yet. Searching online to see if mushrooms sprouting in his yard
were the hallucinogenic variety, he had come across a pioneering
medical trial at Imperial College London.
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The Oakland City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night that
decriminalizes certain natural psychedelics, including mushrooms, a
move that makes Oakland the second city in the nation to do so.
The resolution instructs law enforcement to stop investigating and
prosecuting people using the drugs. It applies to psychedelics that
come from plants or fungi, not synthetic drugs like LSD or MDMA, also
known as ecstasy.
After the vote, nearly 100 supporters rose from their chairs, clapped
and cheered loudly.
"I don't have words, I could cry," said Nicolle Greenheart, the
co-founder of Decriminalize Nature Oakland. "I'm thrilled. I'm glad
that our communities will now have access to the healing medicines and
we can start working on healing our communities."
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NEW YORK - Roky Erickson, the blue-eyed, dark-haired Texan who headed
the Austin-based 13th Floor Elevators, a pioneering psychedelic rock
band in the 1960s that scored with "You're Gonna Miss Me," has died.
He was 71.
Erickson's sinuous lead guitar and wailing vocals didn't turn him into
a chart topper, but they cemented his role as a musician's musician.
Fans included everyone from Lenny Kaye and the Swedish metal group
Ghost - who covered his "If You Have Ghosts" - to ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.
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UCSF psychiatrist Brian Anderson is studying an experimental therapy
to help long-term AIDS survivors - people who were infected with HIV
in the 1980s and never expected to live this long - who are feeling
sad and demoralized.
In a clinic outfitted with a comfortable couch, soft lighting, throw
pillows and blankets, the participants of his study are given
psilocybin, the hallucinogenic compound found in magic mushrooms. They
lie down for a few hours, a mask over their eyes and soothing music
playing in the background, and experience a psychedelic trip.
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The 2011 Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Vancouver's Insite clinic
clearly established 1) that supervised consumption sites are part of
health-care services that should be made accessible to people who use
drugs, 2) that these sites contribute to reducing the harms associated
with drug use, and 3) that denying access to these sites increases the
risk of death and disease.
In addition to saving lives every day, these sites act as an essential
point of contact for people to access much-needed health-care services
that have been proven effective to reduce overdoses, blood-borne
infections (hepatitis C and HIV), infections (i.e., skin, soft tissue,
heart and blood infections) and other medical complications. They also
help connect people who use drugs with social services and support to
address housing and food insecurity, mental health issues, trauma and
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Dr. James S. Ketchum, an Army psychiatrist who in the 1960s conducted
experiments with LSD and other powerful hallucinogens using volunteer
soldiers as test subjects in secret research on chemical agents that
might incapacitate the minds of battlefield adversaries, died on May
27 at his home in Peoria, Ariz. He was 87.
His wife, Judy Ketchum, confirmed the death on Monday, adding that the
cause had not been determined.
Decades before a convention eventually signed by more than 190 nations
outlawed chemical weapons, Dr. Ketchum argued that recreational drugs
favored by the counterculture could be used humanely to befuddle small
units of enemy troops, and that a psychedelic "cloud of confusion"
could stupefy whole battlefield regiments more ethically than the
lethal explosions and flying steel of conventional weapons.
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WASHINGTON - John A. Boehner, the former speaker of the House, once
stood second in line for the presidency and staunchly against
legalized marijuana. Now you can find the longtime Republican standing
before a wall-size photo of the Capitol, making an online infomercial
pitch for the cannabis industry.
"This is one of the most exciting opportunities you'll ever be part
of," Mr. Boehner says in an endlessly streaming video for the National
Institute for Cannabis Investors. "Frankly, we can help you make a
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Once Gov. Pritzker signs the bill into law, Illinois will become the
first state to approve cannabis sales through the Legislature, instead
of a ballot measure.
SPRINGFIELD - A recreational marijuana legalization bill will soon
land on Gov. J.B. Pritzker's desk after the Illinois House on Friday
voted to pass the comprehensive measure.
The Illinois House voted 66-47 after more than three hours of debate.
The Illinois Senate on Wednesday cleared the measure. The governor
issued a statement applauding the bill's passage and pledging to sign
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On Wednesday, 24-year-old Emma Semler was sentenced to 21 years in
federal prison for her frienda=80=99s overdose death. The Inquirera=80=99
Jeremy Roebuck and Aubrey Whelan reported that in 2014, Emma met up
with Jennifer Rose Werstler, a friend she had met in rehab. The two
used heroin together in a bathroom of a restaurant in West
Philadelphia. Jennifer overdosed and died. Emma, who brought the drugs
and left the scene, was later charged by federal prosecutors and
convicted of heroin distribution -- which has a mandatory minimum of
20 years if it involves a death.
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By day, Dill Avenue is a relatively quiet street: a few residents walk
their dogs or ride a bike and mostly keep to themselves. It wasn't
always this way.
Fulton County officials have seized a "notorious drug house" with the
plan to renovate it and eventually sell it to a low-income family.
For the past six years, the house at 730 Dill Avenue, located in the
Capitol View community, has been the site of drug use and violent
crime, including a stabbing and a killing, according to online police
records. Atlanta police have received numerous complaints about the
derelict property, some of which resulted in nine search warrants.
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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Don't hold your breath if you're thinking the NFL
is on the brink of giving players the green light to smoke their pain
away with marijuana.
Go ahead, exhale. This is still going to take a while.
Sure, the league has put a progressive foot forward in striking an
agreement this week with the NFL Players Association in the name of
holistic health and wellness. There's a joint committee coming - not
joint as in blunt, but joint in that medical experts will be appointed
by the league and union - that is charged to study data on several
alternative methods of pain management and make recommendations.
BALTIMORE - Heroin has ravaged this city since the early 1960s,
fueling desperation and crime that remain endemic in many
neighborhoods. But lately, despite heroin's long, deep history here,
users say it has become nearly impossible to find.
Heroin's presence is fading up and down the Eastern Seaboard, from New
England mill towns to rural Appalachia, and in parts of the Midwest
that were overwhelmed by it a few years back. It remains prevalent in
many Western states, but even New York City, the nation's biggest
distribution hub for the drug, has seen less of it this year.
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Only a few days ago, millions of American probably had never heard of
psilocybin, the active agent in psychedelic mushrooms, but thanks to
Denver, it is about to get its moment in the political sun. On
Tuesday, the city's voters surprised everyone by narrowly approving a
ballot initiative that effectively decriminalizes psilocybin, making
its possession, use or personal cultivation a low-priority crime.
The move is largely symbolic - only 11 psilocybin cases have been
prosecuted in Denver in the last three years, and state and federal
police may still make arrests - but it is not without significance.
Psilocybin decriminalization will be on the ballot in Oregon in 2020
and a petition drive is underway in California to put it on the ballot
there. For the first time since psychedelics were broadly banned under
the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, we're about to have a national
debate about the place of psilocybin in our society. Debate is always
a good thing, but I worry that we're not quite ready for this one.
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Voters in Denver, a city at the forefront of the widening national
debate over legalizing marijuana, have become the first in the nation
to effectively decriminalize another recreational drug: hallucinogenic
The local ballot measure did not quite legalize the mushrooms that
contain psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic compound. State
and federal regulations would have to change to accomplish that.
But the measure made the possession, use or cultivation of the
mushrooms by people aged 21 or older the lowest-priority crime for law
enforcement in the city of Denver and Denver County. Arrests and
prosecutions, already fairly rare, would all but disappear.
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SHANCHONG, China - China has made your iPhone, your Nikes and, chances
are, the lights on your Christmas tree. Now, it wants to grow your
Two of China's 34 regions are quietly leading a boom in cultivating
cannabis to produce cannabidiol, or CBD, the nonintoxicating compound
that has become a consumer health and beauty craze in the United
States and beyond.
They are doing so even though cannabidiol has not been authorized for
consumption in China, a country with some of the strictest
drug-enforcement policies in the world.
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To his die-hard fans, Mr. Sherbinski is a storied name in marijuana.
A celebrated California cultivator, he helped create the Gelato and
Sunset Sherbert strains that have been name-checked in more than 200
hip-hop songs, including "First Off" by Future and "Bosses Don't
Speak" by Migos.
At the Business of Fashion's Voices conference in London last year,
his brand, Sherbinskis, was introduced as "the Supreme of marijuana."
And when Sherbinskis released its first sneaker design last year at
ComplexCon, a two-day festival of hip-hop and fashion in Long Beach,
Calif., the limited-edition Nike Air Force 1 model sold out in two
hours. (There is a pair currently on eBay asking more than $1,000.)
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As attorneys argued over a section of Arizona law that differentiates
between marijuana and cannabis, the state's Supreme Court justices
joked about baking pot brownies in their kitchens.
They clearly do not understand how the marijuana industry has
irresponsibly manipulated pot into dangerously high levels of potency.
My son could explain it to them. Or he could if he was still with
"I want to die," he wrote before hanging himself at the age of 31. "My
soul is already dead. Marijuana killed my soul + ruined my brain."
SAN FRANCISCO - David Dancer is a 48-year-old marketing executive who
has worked for big brands like Charles Schwab and Teleflora. A year
ago, he got a call from a recruiter for a different kind of company:
MedMen, a cannabis retailer that has been called "the Apple Store of
weed." The opening was for a chief marketing officer. He took it.
One of Mr. Dancer's early projects was a slick two-minute video by the
director Spike Jonze that begins with an anecdote about George
Washington as a hemp grower, a staple of dorm-room conversation. It
concludes with a suburban couple coming home with a bright red bag of
legally purchased pot, symbolizing "the new normal" - an ending that,
like his own career twist, seemed improbable not long ago.
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COSTA MESA, Calif. - In the forests of Northern California, raids by
law enforcement officials continue to uncover illicit marijuana farms.
In Southern California, hundreds of illegal delivery services and pot
dispensaries, some of them registered as churches, serve a steady
stream of customers. And in Mendocino County, north of San Francisco,
the sheriff's office recently raided an illegal cannabis production
facility that was processing 500 pounds of marijuana a day.
It's been a little more than a year since California legalized
marijuana - the largest such experiment in the United States - but law
enforcement officials say the unlicensed, illegal market is still
thriving and in some areas has even expanded.
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Dasha Fincher said she was borrowing a friend's car when she noticed a
half-eaten bag of blue cotton candy in the floorboard. It was the kind
kids like to buy from gas stations near her Macon home. She thought
little of it until a few minutes later when it became the biggest
problem in her life.
On New Year's Eve 2016, Monroe County deputies pulled the car over for
a suspected window-tint violation and spotted the bag. They used a
quick roadside test kit on the blue stuff and got a positive result
for methamphetamine. Fincher ended up charged with trafficking meth
and held in jail for three months on a breathtaking $1 million cash
bond before a lab test found the "meth" was really just cotton candy,
according to a lawsuit.
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SAN FRANCISCO - A billion dollars of tax revenue, the taming of the
black market, the convenience of retail cannabis stores throughout the
state - these were some of the promises made by proponents of
marijuana legalization in California.
One year after the start of recreational sales, they are still just
California's experiment in legalization is mired by debates over
regulation and hamstrung by cities and towns that do not want cannabis
businesses on their streets.
California was the sixth state to introduce the sale of recreational
marijuana - Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington paved the
way - but the enormous size of the market led to predictions of
soaring legal cannabis sales.
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There is a new tool to help battle the opioid epidemic that works like
a pregnancy test to detect fentanyl, the potent substance behind the
escalating number of deaths roiling communities around the country.
The test strip, originally designed for the medical profession to test
urine, can also be used off-label by heroin and cocaine users who fear
their drugs have been adulterated with the synthetic opioid fentanyl.
The strips are dipped in water containing a minute amount of a drug
and generally provide a result within a minute-with one line
indicating positive for fentanyl, and two lines negative.
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Philadelphia stands to gain at least two new medical marijuana stores
while Reading scored three more dispensaries with the awarding of
permits Tuesday morning by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
MLH Explorations LLC, a cannabis company aligned with Thomas Jefferson
University, won a permit to operate a retail outlet at 8th and Locust
Streets. The retail outlet will do business as Solterra Care - Locust
Beyond/Hello, which is readying a dispensary at 12th and Sansom
Streets for the first quarter of 2019, also plans to open a retail
store at 475 N. 5th Street in Northern Liberties. Beyond / Hello is
owned by Franklin Bioscience LLC which already operates a dispensary
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CBD, a cannabis compound, is in everything from gumdrops to bath bombs.
In Maplewood Mall, holiday shoppers pick up CBD tinctures from an
organic hemp farm at the Nothing But Hemp kiosk. Festive gift sets
with CBD-infused body lotions, shampoos and soaps are available a few
miles away at Minnesota Hempdropz. Spot Spa in Minneapolis has CBD oil
massages on its list of services and tries to keep pricey gourmet
gumdrops from "aspirational" CBD purveyor Lord Jones on its shelves.
The problem? They continually sell out.
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Howard Dean, the former Democratic candidate for president, and
Michael Steele, the ex-head of the Republican National Committee are
joining the advisory board of Tilray Inc., the Canadian cannabis
grower, the company has announced.
Backed by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, Tilray was briefly
worth more than $28 billion -- valued at more than Twitter or CBS --
in September after it became the first cannabis company to be listed
on an American stock exchange. The company made a second splash this
year when it was chosen by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to provide
a small amount of marijuana for a study at the University of
California, San Diego.
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Police arrested a 24-year-old man after he allegedly stabbed another
man in a drug deal gone bad in Waikiki Sunday night, police said.
Police arrested a 24-year-old man after he allegedly stabbed another
man in a drug deal gone bad in Waikiki Sunday night, police said.
The stabbing occurred at approximately 7:50 p.m. in front of The
Modern Honolulu located at 1775 Ala Moana Boulevard.
Police said the suspect and victim are acquaintances.
Emergency Medical Services provided advanced life support to the
victim who sustained stab wounds. He was taken to a hospital in
Police arrested the suspect at approximately 8:20 p.m. on suspicion of
second-degree attempted murder.
Legalizing marijuana is looming as a next big political showdown at
the Minnesota State Capitol.
Fully legalizing marijuana in Minnesota is looming as a next big
political showdown at the Capitol, as a growing number of states are
ending bans on recreational cannabis.
Gov.-elect Tim Walz, who favors ending marijuana prohibition, will
replace Gov. Mark Dayton, who doesn't. A new Democratic House majority
will debate proposals to legalize next year and will likely take votes
on the issue as soon as 2019 or 2020. And, not one but two legal pot
parties -- the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party and Legal Marijuana
Now Party -- emerged with 5 percent of the vote in statewide
elections, giving them "major party status," which means automatic
ballot access and the chance for campaign subsidies.
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NEW YORK - One of the world's biggest tobacco companies is diving into
the cannabis market with a $1.8 billion buy-in.
Store manager Stephanie Hunt posed for photos, in July 2015, with a
pack of Marlboro cigarettes, an Altria brand, at a Smoker Friendly
shop in Pittsburgh. Altria is diving into the Canadian cannabis market
with a $2.4 billion investment in Toronto-based medical and
recreational marijuana provider Cronos Group.
Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. is taking a 45 percent stake in
Cronos Group, the Canadian medical and recreational marijuana provider
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DETROIT - Michigan is officially the first state in the Midwest to
allow marijuana for more than medical purposes.
Today marks the first day for the legal recreational partaking of pot
in Michigan following voters' strong endorsement in the Nov. 6 election.
Staff at the Lansing City Pulse, a weekly alternative newspaper,
marked the day by handing out free joints across the street from the
Michigan is now among nearly a dozen states and the District of
Columbia with legalized recreational marijuana. Still, retail shops
are still months away and must involve state regulators.
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As dozens of states move toward legalizing marijuana -- for both
medical and recreational purposes -- scientists and parents have asked
what the impact might be on children. Will more teens use pot? Will
doing so cause behavioral problems? Will they develop a substance-use
According to a new study published last month in the journal Addiction:
yes, probably not, and maybe.
The study, led by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University
of Pennsylvania, found that marijuana use among teens does not lead to
conduct problems. In fact, it's the other way around. Adolescents with
conduct problems, like cheating, skipping class, and stealing, are
more likely to gravitate toward marijuana use.
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The Minnesota Department of Health is adding the degenerative
neurological disorder to its cannabis program, which includes cancer
pain, epileptic seizures, PTSD and autism. Research is limited, but
findings suggest that cannabis inhibits the formation of proteins
linked to memory loss and dementia.
Alzheimer's disease will be eligible for treatment with medical
marijuana in Minnesota starting next year, becoming the 14th health
condition certified by the state since the program began in 2015.
The Minnesota Department of Health announced Monday that it was adding
the degenerative neurological disorder to its cannabis program, which
already includes cancer pain, epileptic seizures, post-traumatic
stress disorder and autism.
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University of Hawaii researchers have discovered that the use of
marijuana may reverse heart failure.
A recent study shows that drugs can protect and reverse damage to the
heart from the stress that progresses the disease. Heart failure can
be caused by heart attacks, leaky valves, hypertension and other illnesses.
Alexander Stokes, assistant professor in cell and molecular biology at
the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine, said the potential medical
benefits of cannabis to treat heart disease is promising.
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TRENTON -- New Jersey lawmakers have unveiled their latest proposal to
legalize recreational marijuana use for people 21 and over. A joint
Democrat-led Assembly and Senate committee is expected to discuss the
One bill provides for legalizing an ounce of marijuana for adults 21
and older, setting up a five-person cannabis commission, and taxing
the sale of the substance at 12 percent.
That rate includes the 6.625 percent sales tax. The draft also permits
local governments to apply up to a 2 percent tax on cannabis. An
earlier measure called for gradually increasing tax rates.
The legislation also calls for expediting expungements for people with
marijuana-related criminal backgrounds.
Gov. Murphy supports marijuana legalization. His office did not
comment on the new legislation Wednesday.
Stateside, recreational marijuana use became legal in Vermont on July
1, Oklahoma voters approved one of the country's most progressive
medical marijuana bills in June, the New York Department of Health
officially recommended legalization to the governor and the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands legalized recreational
Now, legalization advocates are hoping to build on these successes
with a number of statewide ballot measures up for consideration
Tuesday, including full recreational legalization in two states and
medical marijuana in two more. Here's a rundown of what the measures
say and where the polling on them currently stands.
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A federal jury in Denver on Wednesday rejected claims involving the
odor from a pot farm made in a case that was closely watched by the
It was the first such lawsuit to reach a jury. Three others are
pending in California, Massachusetts and Oregon.
"The big takeaway is that the verdict is likely to curb the enthusiasm
for bringing these lawsuits in the future," Vanderbilt University law
professor Rob Mikos said.
He said it's easy to show marijuana companies are violating federal
laws against pot, but the Colorado verdict shows the difficulty In
proving actual harm.
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Several Florida cities that temporarily banned pot dispensaries now
keep them out permanently.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Nearly two years after Florida voters
overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana, some cities' temporary
stops to cannabis businesses have turned into outright bans.
Temporary bans in Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Margate, Tamarac and
Pembroke Pines have become permanent, effectively keeping dispensaries
out of certain communities and drawing concerns from medical
marijuana's proponents. They join at least seven other South Florida
cities with bans.
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A kindergartner can keep bringing a cannabis-based drug used for
emergency treatment of a rare form of epilepsy to her public school, a
judge ruled Friday.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported that a judge sided with the
family of 5-year-old Brooke Adams.
The Rincon Valley Union School District in Santa Rosa sought to ban
the ointment from school grounds because it contains the active
ingredient in marijuana.
Authorities argued that allowing Brooke to use the drug at school
violated state and federal laws barring medical marijuana on school
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More than 80 state legislative or statewide campaigns and campaign
committees have accepted some $800,000 from the medical marijuana
industry during the 2018 election cycle, according to a review of
campaign finance records by the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
That could mean the closure of accounts and a scramble to find a place
to deposit campaign funds. Wells Fargo decided to close the campaign
account of Democratic Agriculture Commissioner candidate Nikki Fried
after she accepted industry money. She then opened an account with
BB&T, which also promptly closed it. She now banks with Florida
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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency on Tuesday granted approval to
Tilray, Inc. to import research-grade marijuana products from Canada
for a clinical trial at the University of California San Diego.
Tilray, Inc.'s shares spiked more than 16 percent Tuesday morning on
the news that it will provide a cannabinoids for a study on essential
tremor (ET), a neurological movement disorder characterized by
involuntary and rhythmic shaking. The clinical trial, which will start
in 2019, will be conducted at the university's Center for Medicinal
Cannabis Research (CMCR). According to the CMCR, current drugs to
treat essential tremor (originally developed for high blood pressure
or seizures) are ineffective for many patients.
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Removing marijuana's federal schedule 1 status is a campaign issue in
the 16th Congressional District race.
SARASOTA -- Candidates for the District 16 congressional race are
staking out divergent positions on the question of whether marijuana
should be removed from Schedule 1 status to afford military veterans
another potentially potent option for dealing with PTSD and traumatic
brain injuries, something explored recently by the Herald-Tribune and
supported by a growing field of veterans and national veterans
organizations in the face of an epidemic of military suicides.
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A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used
marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening health concerns about
the new popularity of vaping among teens.
E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, but many of the
battery-powered devices can vaporize other substances, including
marijuana. Results published Monday mean 2.1 million middle and high
school students have used them to get high.
Vaping is generally considered less dangerous than smoking, because
burning tobacco or marijuana generates chemicals that are harmful to
lungs. But there is little research on e-cigarettes' long-term
effects, including whether they help smokers quit.
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