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Medical marijuana may increase productivity in older adults, Bloomberg School study suggests

Medical marijuana may increase productivity in older adults, Bloomberg School study suggests Mar 19, 2019 | Zachary Babo In states where medical marijuana is legal, researchers reported a reduction of pain and an increase in worked hours by residents older than 51 who use the alternative medicine, according to a new study released by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Temple University. The study, titled “The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on Health and Labor Supply,” appeared in the Spring 2019 “Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.” ItRead More


Oregon initiative petition would allow pot cafes, off-the-job use protections

Oregon initiative petition would allow pot cafes, off-the-job use protections Ben Botkin and Jonathan Bach | March 18, 2019 Oregon voters may get a chance in the November 2020 election to make the state’s marijuana law even more tolerant for medical and recreational users. An initiative petition submitted to the Oregon Secretary of State’s office on Monday would change how recreational marijuana taxes are distributed and legalize and regulate “cannabis social consumption cafes” and allow users to inhale indoors, with changes made to the Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act. The petitionRead More


Growing pains: Strict rules for legal pot businesses threaten booming industry

Growing pains: Strict rules for legal pot businesses threaten booming industry March 18, 2019 | Bill Wixey The first thing that hits you when you open the door and walk into the marijuana processing facility at Arlington’s Smokey Point Productions is the overwhelming smell of weed. And then, it’s the size of the place: 75,000 square feet, with 126 full-time employees mixing, extracting, packing and rolling marijuana in every form imaginable. But it wasn’t always like this. Much like the marijuana plants growing here, the family business started small. GrowingRead More


Daily Dose Of Cannabis May Protect And Heal The Brain From Effects Of Aging

Daily Dose Of Cannabis May Protect And Heal The Brain From Effects Of Aging Janet Burns | May 8, 2017 Despite your average Shaggy and Scooby-style stereotypes, researchers believe that cannabis could actually help to sharpen our minds later in life. Researchers at the University of Bonn and Hebrew University have discovered that low, regular doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the main active ingredients or cannabinoids found in marijuana, may help to keep our brains from ‘slowing down’ as we get older. Published today in the journal Nature Medicine, the GermanRead More


Former Speaker John Boehner on weed legalization: It’s time for Washington to ‘get out of the way’

Former Speaker John Boehner on weed legalization: It’s time for Washington to ‘get out of the way’ Thomas Franck | Mar 15 2019 Former House Speaker John Boehner told CNBC on Friday that U.S. lawmakers are behind the times on cannabis legalization. “It’s clear this market is going to expand. And as it does, lawmakers in Washington have to look up and realize that the federal government is way out of step,” Boehner said from the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. “It’s time for the federal government toRead More


Berlin Declaration and the Report Cannabis & Sustainable Development are presented at the United Nations

Berlin Declaration and the Report Cannabis & Sustainable Development are presented at the United Nations 15 March 2019 Highlights: Launch of the Report “Cannabis & Sustainable Development” a fundamental tool for civil society, academia, private sector and governments for the period 2019-2030. Presentation of the Berlin Declaration with the support of more than a hundred organisations from all over the world and dozens of multisectoral leaders from the five continents. Berlin Declaration and the Report Cannabis & Sustainable Development are presented at the United Nations  


Marijuana is a lot more than just THC – a pharmacologist looks at the untapped healing compounds

Marijuana is a lot more than just THC – a pharmacologist looks at the untapped healing compounds James David Adams | March 15, 2019 Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states as of November 2018. Yet the federal government still insists marijuana has no legal use and is easy to abuse. In the meantime, medical marijuana dispensaries have an increasing array of products available for pain, anxiety, sex and more. The glass counters and their jars of products in the dispensary resemble an 18th century pharmacy. Many strains for saleRead More


Part 1, Legal Cannabis Created 211,000 Full-Time Jobs

Part 1, Legal Cannabis Created 211,000 Full-Time Jobs Bruce Barcott | March 4, 2019 How many jobs are there in the legal cannabis industry? It’s a common question—and one the government refuses to answer. Because cannabis remains federally illegal, employment data agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics ignore all jobs related to the industry. Legal cannabis is the greatest job creation machine in America. Our employment data proves it. That’s too bad, because they’re missing one of the most dramatic job booms in recent history. Over the pastRead More


Washington Senate Approves Cannabis Expungement Bill

Washington Senate Approves Cannabis Expungement Bill Mar 15th | Patrick Beggan The Washington state Senate has successfully passed legislation that, if signed into law, would vacate tens of thousands of prior cannabis convictions, according to an Inlander report. The state Senate voted 29-19 in favor of the bill, which was introduced by state Sen. Joe Nguyen (D-White Center). More than 40,000 people in Washington are expected to qualify for expungement under the bill. Washington Senate Approves Cannabis Expungement Bill


Facebook And Whole Foods Offer New Indicators Of Welcome Cannabis Trends

Facebook And Whole Foods Offer New Indicators Of Welcome Cannabis Trends Ben Curren | Mar 14, 2019 Earlier this month, the world received more indicators that the “Green Rush,” once merely on the horizon, is advancing into view with increasing velocity. It really wasn’t long ago that most portrayals of legal cannabis consumers reflected long-held clichés, reinforcing a stereotype that only a certain subset of the populace used cannabis products. With that stereotype now changing in addition to the outbreak of legal marketplaces in 33 states, we’re seeing a boomRead More