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Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

 

First Pot-Focused Fund Lets Americans Legally Invest In Hot Biz

First Pot-Focused Fund Lets Americans Legally Invest In Hot Biz Alyssa Newcomb and Ben Popken | Apr 10 2017 It’s been difficult for Americans to legally invest in the world’s booming marijuana business but a new online fund will let you do it at the click of a mouse. Canadians are bringing a new meaning to the term “investor high,” with the world’s first marijuana-focused exchange-traded fund opening on the Toronto Stock Exchange. First Pot-Focused Fund Lets Americans Legally Invest In Hot Biz


Colorado to ban growing pot for others

Colorado to ban growing pot for others Kristen Wyatt | Apr 10, 2017 Colorado has legalized pot but wants to make it a crime to grow it collectively. A bill that won final approval in the state Senate Monday makes it a crime to grow recreational pot for someone else. That effectively ends Colorado’s marijuana co-ops. Colorado to ban growing pot for others


Oregon set to shield marijuana user data from US officials

Oregon set to shield marijuana user data from US officials Kristena Hansen | Apr 10, 2017 Oregon state lawmakers who fear heightened marijuana enforcement by federal agents overwhelmingly approved Monday a proposal to protect pot users from having their identities or cannabis-buying habits from being divulged by the shops that make buying pre-rolled joints and “magic” brownies as easy as grabbing a bottle of whiskey from the liquor store. The bipartisan proposal would protect pot consumers by abolishing a common business practice in this Pacific Northwest state where marijuana shopsRead More


Central District Activist Tells Jewish Uncle Ike’s Owner to “Go Back to Germany” So Nazis Can “Get” Him Again

Central District Activist Tells Jewish Uncle Ike’s Owner to “Go Back to Germany” So Nazis Can “Get” Him Again Sydney Brownstone | Apr 4, 2017 The conflicts between Uncle Ike’s owner Ian Eisenberg and his Central District neighbors are no secret. Eisenberg’s flashy 23rd and Union pot shop has become symbolic of gentrification and resentment on a street corner where neighborhood drug dealers once sold their product at risk of arrest. Eisenberg’s controversial business and his relationships with his neighbors—including a local church—make up one dimension of the ongoing conflict.Read More


Media Release: Sweeping Bipartisan Marijuana Bills Introduced in Congress

Media Release: Sweeping Bipartisan Marijuana Bills Introduced in Congress March 30, 2017 | Aaron Smith Today, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives introduced seven measures to advance more sensible cannabis policy at the federal level. The bills covered a broad range of issues related to resolving the tension between state and federal cannabis laws. “The flurry of bills on the Hill today are a reflection of the growing support for cannabis policy reform nationally,” said National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) executive director Aaron Smith. “State-legal cannabis businesses haveRead More


Lawmakers push to allow medical marijuana in schools

Lawmakers push to allow medical marijuana in schools ALEXIS MYERS | March 29th, 2017 Meagan Holt sat in the front row of a committee hearing earlier this week holding her 4-year-old daughter Maddie in one arm and a syringe filled with cannabis oil in the other. “Cannabis is what’s kept her alive all this time,” Holt said. “She isn’t supposed to be here.” Maddie was born blind, deaf and has many health complications from a rare terminal disease called Zellweger Syndrome. Holt says babies like her usually die shortly afterRead More


Washington lawmakers consider allowing medical marijuana in schools

Washington lawmakers consider allowing medical marijuana in schools March 29, 2017 | Alexis Myers Meagan Holt sat in the front row of a committee hearing earlier this week holding her 4-year-old daughter Maddie in one arm and a syringe filled with cannabis oil in the other. “Cannabis is what’s kept her alive all this time,” Holt said. “She isn’t supposed to be here.” Maddie was born blind, deaf and has many health complications from a rare terminal disease called Zellweger Syndrome. Holt says babies like her usually die shortly afterRead More


Legalized Marijuana Could Help Curb the Opioid Epidemic, Study Finds

Legalized Marijuana Could Help Curb the Opioid Epidemic, Study Finds Mar 27 2017 | Reuters In states that legalized medical marijuana, U.S. hospitals failed to see a predicted influx of pot smokers, but in an unexpected twist, they treated far fewer opioid users, a new study shows. Hospitalization rates for opioid painkiller dependence and abuse dropped on average 23 percent in states after marijuana was permitted for medicinal purposes, the analysis found. Hospitalization rates for opioid overdoses dropped 13 percent on average. At the same time, fears that legalization ofRead More


How Does Cannabis Interact With Other Drugs?

How Does Cannabis Interact With Other Drugs? Jeremy Kossen Virtually all chemical compounds, from over-the-counter drugs and prescription pharmaceuticals to illicit substances, interact with other compounds. There are, for example, 82 identified drug interactions with caffeine (of which 25 are classified as moderately severe to severe). Even seemingly benign substances, like grapefruit, are known to interact with many prescription drugs. When it comes to cannabis, most potential interactions that have been identified are relatively mild. And, in fact, some drugs seem to work together with cannabis favorably. How Does CannabisRead More


A pharma company that spent $500,000 trying to keep pot illegal just got DEA approval for synthetic marijuana

A pharma company that spent $500,000 trying to keep pot illegal just got DEA approval for synthetic marijuana Christopher Ingraham | March 24 Insys Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company that was one of the chief financial backers of the opposition to marijuana legalization in Arizona last year, received preliminary approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration this week for Syndros, a synthetic marijuana drug. Insys gave $500,000 last summer to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, the group opposing marijuana legalization in Arizona. The donation amounted to roughly 10 percent of all money raised byRead More