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Senate Leadership Coalition Announces Intention To Release Comprehensive Legislation To End Marijuana Prohibition

Senate Leadership Coalition Announces Intention To Release Comprehensive Legislation To End Marijuana Prohibition NORML | February 1, 2021 Building upon the momentum of the passage of multiple successful statewide ballot initiatives this past November, as well as upon the recent House vote to advance the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act in final days of the 116th Congress, Senators Cory Booker, Ron Wyden, and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer today issued a joint statement declaring their intention to release a draft discussion bill outlining how best to legalize and regulateRead More


New Study Shows Cannabis Reduces Inflammatory ‘Storms’ Caused By Covid-19

New Study Shows Cannabis Reduces Inflammatory ‘Storms’ Caused By Covid-19 Lindsey Bartlett | Jan 21, 2021 In a study conducted by researchers at Pathway Research Inc., the University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge, scientists used artificial human skin, technically a “well-established full-thickness human 3D skin artificial EpiDermFTTM tissue model.” The skin tissue model was exposed to UV rays to cause “induced inflammation.” The model was then treated with seven different cannabis strains to see the efficacy in reducing inflammation. https://www.forbes.com/sites/lindseybartlett/2021/01/21/new-study-shows-cannabis-reduces-inflammatory-storms-caused-by-covid-19/?sh=63a93bee6d0a


Cannabis goals outlined for upcoming Legislative session

Cannabis goals outlined for upcoming Legislative session Joe Butler | Jan. 1, 2021 Lawmakers will have to adjust to some changes during the upcoming session of the Washington Legislature, starting with a remote format for many sessions and hearings due to COVID-19 precautions. The high learning curve and anticipated technical challenges may alter how lawmakers, lobbyists, staff and concerned citizens will conduct the state’s business. https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/jan/01/cannabis-goals-outlined-for-upcoming-session-remot/?fbclid=IwAR15Ez5TNPD_ux8FafePIoOqSG9VO08UckYI9e7lRNiR8V-hGBf9BDyMEKM


Celebrities, cash and questions: A new force roils the cannabis prisoner-release movement

Celebrities, cash and questions: A new force roils the cannabis prisoner-release movement MONA ZHANG | 12/30/2020 With a founder who is one of the pot world’s most legendary activists and a board that includes Jim Belushi, Melissa Etheridge and two sons of Bob Marley, the Last Prisoner Project attracted fans from the moment it sprang on the West Coast charity scene in the spring of 2019, calling on cannabis enthusiasts to help secure the release of people convicted of marijuana-related crimes. Now it’s getting attention for a different reason: pushbackRead More


Shawn Kemp is lighting up Seattle again

Shawn Kemp is lighting up Seattle again Kent Babb | December 31, 2020 He’s not more than three or four pulls into his joint when, standing in a waterfront sculpture park in the middle of the afternoon, Shawn Kemp starts looking around. He’s trying to remember the name of a musicians’ lounge he used to visit in the early 1990s. “I’ll tell you what it was, man. It was, the name of it was …” he says. “What was it called?” He shakes his head before taking another drag offRead More


What Caregivers Need to Know About Medical Marijuana

What Caregivers Need to Know About Medical Marijuana Amanda Singleton | December 21, 2020 My first experience with medical marijuana was when I was 17. I visited a girlfriend’s house for the first time. It surprised me to see that her father was smoking marijuana in the living room. I’d never seen an adult do that before! My friend explained that her dad had colon cancer. He had become excruciatingly thin and wasn’t expected to live much longer. Pot was the one thing that stimulated his appetite, which kept aRead More


Washington State Could Legalize Marijuana Home Cultivation Under New Bill

Washington State Could Legalize Marijuana Home Cultivation Under New Bill December 18, 2020 | Ben Adlin Washington State lawmakers next month will yet again weigh whether to allow residents to grow marijuana at home, extending a debate in the legislature that’s stretched on for years. A bipartisan bill introduced late last week would let adults 21 and older grow up to six cannabis plants and keep any marijuana produced by those plants. It’s a policy that resembles similar provisions in neighboring Oregon, as well as those in Colorado, California andRead More


News Release: WA Cannabis Testing Lab Praxis Shut Down for Falsifying Test Results

News Release: WA Cannabis Testing Lab Praxis Shut Down for Falsifying Test Results December 11, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            Contact: Julie Graham               Email: Julie.Graham@lcb.wa.gov Phone: 360-999-3690 Cannabis Testing Lab Praxis Shut Down for Falsifying Test Results More than 1200 sample tests given elevated THC potency results by lab in Lewis Co.  OLYMPIA, WA 12/11/2020 – TheRead More


United Nations approves WHO recommendation to reschedule cannabis in historic vote

United Nations approves WHO recommendation to reschedule cannabis in historic vote December 2, 2020 | Alfredo Pascual The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) on Wednesday accepted a World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The historic vote in Vienna could have far-reaching implications for the global medical cannabis industry, ranging from regulatory oversight to scientific research into the plant and its use as a medicine. The eagerly awaited approval of Recommendation 5.1 hadRead More


Cannabidiol (CBD) in cannabis does not impair driving, landmark study shows

Cannabidiol (CBD) in cannabis does not impair driving, landmark study shows 2 December 2020 A landmark study on how cannabis affects driving ability has shown that cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis component now widely used for medical purposes, does not impair driving, while moderate amounts of the main intoxicating component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) produce mild driving impairment lasting up to four hours. The study was led the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney and conducted at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. It was published today in the prestigiousRead More