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Thursday, March 8th, 2018

 

America Is Giving Away the $30 Billion Medical Marijuana Industry

America Is Giving Away the $30 Billion Medical Marijuana Industry Josh Dean Lyle Craker is an unlikely advocate for any political cause, let alone one as touchy as marijuana law, and that’s precisely why Rick Doblin sought him out almost two decades ago. Craker, Doblin likes to say, is the perfect flag bearer for the cause of medical marijuana production—not remotely controversial and thus the ideal partner in a long and frustrating effort to loosen the Drug Enforcement Administration’s chokehold on cannabis research. There are no counterculture skeletons in Craker’sRead More


States mull ‘sanctuary’ status for marijuana businesses

States mull ‘sanctuary’ status for marijuana businesses BECKY BOHRER | Mar. 05, 2018 Taking a cue from the fight over immigration, some states that have legalized marijuana are considering providing so-called sanctuary status for licensed pot businesses, hoping to protect the fledgling industry from a shift in federal enforcement policy. Just hours after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Jan. 4 that federal prosecutors would be free to crack down on marijuana operations as they see fit, Jesse Arreguin, the mayor in Berkeley, California, summoned city councilman Ben BartlettRead More


Oregon Legislature Passes Comprehensive Marijuana Bill On Last Day of Session

Oregon Legislature Passes Comprehensive Marijuana Bill On Last Day of Session 03/03/2018 | Keith Mansur A comprehensive short session bill that contains many provisions passed the Senate today by a 26-3 vote and the House 49 to 8. Senate Bill 1544 received overwhelming bi-partisan support due to the grant funding program set up which skims tax revenue from marijuana sales to help pay for law enforcement efforts relating to illegal marijuana “markets”. The bill also contains a number of important provisions not related to law enforcement, a fact Senator Burdick’sRead More


Hot Peppers Could Be Treatment For This Cannabis-Induced Syndrome

Hot Peppers Could Be Treatment For This Cannabis-Induced Syndrome Trey Reckling | Mar 03, 2018 Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) is a condition experienced by some heavy cannabis users. It is described as causing episodes of nausea and vomiting as well as the curious symptom of a craving for long, hot showers for temporary relief. Doctors don’t yet understand the cause for this condition. We do know that cannabinoids can have paradoxical effects on the gastrointestinal system and central nervous system. Hot Peppers Could Be Treatment For This Cannabis-Induced Syndrome


‘No such thing as medical marijuana,’ Health Secretary says

‘No such thing as medical marijuana, Katie Wedell | Mar 3, 2018 As Ohio prepares to launch its medical marijuana program by issuing licenses to cultivators, processors and dispensers, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in Kettering today, “There really is no such thing as medical marijuana.” The statement came during a press conference on opioids at an inpatient facility that treats newborns suffering from prenatal drug exposure. ‘No such thing as medical marijuana,’ Health Secretary says


Marijuana odor rules prompt clash between Clean Air board members Stuckart, French

Marijuana odor rules prompt clash between Clean Air board members Stuckart, French March 2, 2018 | Kip Hill A battle over the rights of marijuana businesses to operate in Spokane County could be brewing within the agency that oversees regulations on air pollution. Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart sought appointment to the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency this year after that board approved new regulations and fees in an attempt to cover the costs of enforcing nuisance odors. Stuckart said he was motivated by a desire to shift theRead More


How to microdose weed and treat anxiety

How to microdose weed and treat anxiety Michelle Janikian | Feb 24, 2018 Microdosing is the practice of taking very small amounts of a drug for a functional experience. The term became popular a few years ago in reference to psychedelics, specifically Silicon Valley professionals who were microdosing LSD to boost creativity and productivity. When it comes to weed, microdosing works much the same way. People are consuming small amounts of cannabis for the medical benefits with limited psychoactive effects. A micro-dosed serving of cannabis is typically around 2.5 toRead More


Bill licensing marijuana “tasting rooms” introduced in Colorado legislature

Bill licensing marijuana “tasting rooms” introduced in Colorado legislature Feb 27, 2018 | Alicia Wallace As taprooms are to craft brewers, “tasting rooms” could be to Colorado cannabis purveyors, under a bill introduced late Monday. Existing licensed medical and recreational marijuana businesses would be able to apply for a “marijuana accessory consumption establishment” endorsement under House Bill 1258, allowing for limited on-site sales and consumption. Bill licensing marijuana “tasting rooms” introduced in Colorado legislature  


What Is Cannabis Doing to Our Brains?

What Is Cannabis Doing to Our Brains? Kathleen Richards | February 21, 2018 Nestled in the Berkeley hills, the UC Botanical Garden contains one of the greatest collections of plants in the world. But one plant you won’t find among its rare and endangered species is cannabis. Nevertheless, cannabis — and, specifically, its effect on the brain — was the topic of discussion on Feb. 15, part of the garden’s new lecture series on the science of cannabis. “This is a powerful, complex, and interesting medicine,” David Presti, a neurobiologist,Read More