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Medical marijuana programs lead to fewer drug prescriptions, study finds

Medical marijuana programs lead to fewer drug prescriptions, study finds OSCAR PASCUAL | July 7, 2016 As the cost of pharmaceutical drugs continues to soar, medical cannabis has helped cut the need for Medicare prescriptions in states where it’s legal. A study published Wednesday in Health Affairs found a decline in Medicare prescriptions for opioid painkillers and antidepressants in states with legal access to medical marijuana, as well as a drop in spending by Medicare Part D, which covers the cost on prescription medications. Medical marijuana programs lead to fewer drugRead More


Medical-marijuana patients hung out to dry

Medical-marijuana patients hung out to dry July 9, 2016 | Letters editor It is time for a new vote on medical marijuana: We need to use our vote to address the continued worthiness of the band of politicians who disassembled a working medical-marijuana system and have not gotten around to addressing how to replace it [“State’s pot database up and running after IT glitch threatens to delay its launch,” Local News, July 1]. I’m a 68-year-old retired Marine who’s had five spinal surgeries. Cannabidiol (CBD)-based products have provided pinched nerve pain reliefRead More


Recreational Marijuana May Be Undermining Medical Supplies in Oregon

Recreational Marijuana May Be Undermining Medical Supplies in Oregon Ian Ruder | July 1st, 2016 These days you can’t roll too far in Portland, Oregon, without stumbling upon a marijuana dispensary. Medical marijuana has been legal in Oregon since 1998, but since the voters of Oregon overwhelmingly voted to legalize recreational marijuana in November 2014, the industry has caught fire faster than a perfectly rolled joint. With a whopping 167 dispensaries within the city limits, the green cross identifying the businesses has become one of the city’s most ubiquitous signs. WithRead More


Oregon Cannabis Business Implodes Amidst Scandal

Oregon Cannabis Business Implodes Amidst Scandal July 9, 2016 The Oregonian has reported a story about the dramatic demise of an Oregon cannabis retailer, Cannacea, which is now being investigated for fraud. The dispensary informed the Department of Health that it is closing temporarily, but its website is down, its listings on Leafly and Weedmaps are gone, and its Twitter account was deleted. Cannacea was founded by Tisha Siler in 2012, and she received what she thought was her medical dispensary license from Oregon in October 2014.  It turns out, though,Read More


You can lose out just being associated with pot

You can lose out just being associated with pot Ben Steverman | July 8, 2016 A few weeks ago, Derek Peterson got a letter from Mutual of Omaha, turning him down for life insurance. “Our decision was based on,” the letter said, then trailed off (Monty Python-style) and picked up in all caps: WE HAVE DISCONTINUED THE PROCESSING OF YOUR APPLICATION FOR INSURANCE DUE TO COMPANY POLICY. WE CANNOT ACCEPT PREMIUM FROM INDIVIDUALS OR ENTITIES WHO ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE MARIJUANA INDUSTRY. You can lose out just being associated withRead More


Is Cannabis The Diabetes Cure We Have Been Searching For?

Is Cannabis The Diabetes Cure We Have Been Searching For? DanaSmith | Jun 28, 2016 If you love eating space cakes and cannabis-infused candies but worry about diabetes, we’ve got good news. Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases that are characterized by high blood sugar (also referred to as high glucose levels) either because the body can’t metabolize blood sugar properly or because insulin production isn’t enough. It can be caused by genetics, weight gain, inactivity, exposure to a virus, dietary factors, high levels of triglycerides (a type of fat that is stored inRead More


Too Much of a Good Thing? Colorado Pot Glut Prompts Wholesale Price Plunge

Too Much of a Good Thing? Colorado Pot Glut Prompts Wholesale Price Plunge Phillip Smith / AlterNet | July 7, 2016 Colorado’s green goldrush is turning into something of a bummer for some would-be marijuana-growing mavens, as an oversupply of pot is causing wholesale pound prices for the state’s booming recreational market to drop dramatically. But with retail prices not following suit, it’s pot shops, not consumers, who are making bank on the price drop.The wholesale price is the price paid to growers by pot shops, edibles manufacturers and others. According toRead More


Drug Money

Drug Money Daniel Walters | July 07, 2016 When the city of Spokane decided how to spend all the money it’s making on marijuana sales, it chose to pay for a police officer. Appropriately, Officer Mike Roberge is tasked with marijuana and liquor enforcement. His salary and benefits are being funded by the approximately $120,000 in annual tax revenue being funneled from the state to the city from weed retailers within its borders. Drug Money


I Registered My Vegetable Garden With The State

I Registered My Vegetable Garden With The State July 8, 2016 | TwiceBaked This week I put myself into Washington’s new medical cannabis state registry. I can report that the process of having to go to a store to register is total bullshit. Right after my regular doctor’s appointment, I drove to a retail cannabis shop with the intention of registering so I can legally grow more than 4 plants in my garden. I had to wait about 15 minutes before I could be helped. Meanwhile dozens of retail shoppers cruised in andRead More


Colorado Cannabis Opponents Give up Fight Over Potency Limits

Colorado Cannabis Opponents Give up Fight Over Potency Limits Lisa Rough | 7/8/2016 Marijuana opponents in Colorado have given up a plan to ask voters about requiring less-potent cannabis and telling consumers that the drug could cause brain damage and paranoia. Backers of the potency measure announced Friday that they’re unable to raise enough money to advertise what would have been the most serious attempt yet to roll back Colorado’s 2012 legalization amendment. Attorney Frank McNulty, who represents the Healthy Colorado Coalition, the group behind the amendment, made the announcement thatRead More