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‘Something wasn’t clicking’: WSU study shows offspring of pregnant rats exposed to THC have impaired development

‘Something wasn’t clicking’: WSU study shows offspring of pregnant rats exposed to THC have impaired development November 20, 2018 | Erik Lacitis At Washington State University, researchers placed pregnant rats in a small transparent chamber, and 60 times a day, for 2 minutes at a time, the moms-to-be got hit with a blast of vaporized cannabis extract. Photographs show the white haze, sometimes shooting right at the nostrils of the curious animals, sometimes engulfing their tiny heads. The female rats began getting stoned during the week of their mating period, and thenRead More

Report says Oregon needs separate agency to regulate pot, current oversight inadequate

Report says Oregon needs separate agency to regulate pot, current oversight inadequate Jonathan Bach | Nov. 19, 2018 Oregon needs an independent state agency to regulate marijuana rather than relying on three disparate agencies, according to draft recommendations prepared by the Oregon Cannabis Commission. The state needs to “provide a unified and consistent vision on cannabis regulation,” the report states. The cannabis commission is part of the Oregon Health Authority. As it stands, marijuana is regulated by three agencies — the OHA, Oregon Liquor Control Commission and Oregon Department of Agriculture — whose powers andRead More

How medical marijuana made me a better mom

How medical marijuana made me a better mom Diana Whitney | November 17 I had a medical marijuana card for nearly two years before I worked up the nerve to buy legal weed. Living in laid-back Vermont, I had access to a friend’s homegrown herb, which my husband used to make me cannabis-infused coconut butter in the family Crock-Pot. Applying the butter topically soothed my chronic pelvic pain and relieved symptoms of the debilitating bladder syndrome that had plagued me for a decade and warranted the card. Occasionally, I ingestedRead More

Oregon marijuana prices plunge – and sales soar

Oregon marijuana prices plunge – and sales soar Posted Nov 16 | Mike Rogoway Rampant overproduction in Oregon’s market for legal, recreational marijuana has produced a 50 percent decline in prices, according to state economists. That widely documented collapse has been hard on farmers and retailers – but a boon for consumers. A new state analysis finds the price collapse sparked a big uptick in marijuana purchases – and a corresponding increase in associated tax revenue. Oregon marijuana prices plunge – and sales soar

UW professor discovers new cannabinoid compound that slows cancer cell growth

UW professor discovers new cannabinoid compound that slows cancer cell growth Matthew Harband | Nov 15, 2018 The medical application of cannabis has been a calling card for marijuana legalization advocates for years, although to date there are just two FDA-approved medications on the market containing cannabinoids. However, an exciting licensing agreement between the UW and Pascal Biosciences, Inc. means that a cancer treatment derived from cannabinoids could become FDA-approved as soon as 2019. UW professor discovers new cannabinoid compound that slows cancer cell growth  

A doctor who takes medical marijuana sues for the right to own a gun

A doctor who takes medical marijuana sues for the right to own a gun Sam Wood | November 16, 2018 A Philadelphia doctor filed a federal suit Thursday challenging a law that prevents him from owning a firearm because he is also a medical marijuana patient. Matthew Roman, 34, operates a practice in Old City. He uses cannabis to treat his diagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In April, Roman attempted to buy a Smith & Wesson 638 revolver from a federally licensed dealer for self-defense. He drove to Firing LineRead More

Uncle Ike’s Random Pot Testing Program Fails Another Weed Product

Uncle Ike’s Random Pot Testing Program Fails Another Weed Product Lester Black | Nov 16, 2018 Another day, another Uncle Ike’s test result showing some of the pot on retail shelves is not up to the state’s standards. Yesterday I broke the news that Uncle Ike’s new random product testing program failed its first product, a concentrate that contained an illegal amount of pesticides, according to Ike’s testing. The pot chain posted their tenth test result today and, surprise surprise, it’s another failure. Today’s failure is a flower product thatRead More

Colorado Cannabis Lessons 6 Years After Legalization

Colorado Cannabis Lessons 6 Years After Legalization Reginald Reefer | Nov 14, 2018 It’s been six years since Colorado embarked on the social experiment known as “Legal Cannabis”. Since then, many things have happened. We’ve seen an evolution within the marketplace, higher oversight from the government and much more. Recently the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice Office of Research and Statistics released their latest report on “Impacts of Marijuana Legalization in Colorado.” The 256 page report takes a look at different data points post legalization including; crime, impaired driving, hospitalizationsRead More

Some Oregon pot stores consolidating to weather weak market

Some Oregon pot stores consolidating to weather weak market Posted Nov 13 | The Associated Press Signs for Mr. Nice Guy, an ode to the 1998 stoner comedy “Half Baked,” recently began popping up in Astoria. The Daily Astorian reports that the marijuana retailer has merged with a sister company, Hi Cascade, absorbing its location at the foot of the South Slope. Mr. Nice Guy will open another store next month on Bond Street downtown. The new addition to Astoria’s growing number of marijuana stores is also part of aRead More

Five Reasons Why the DEA Really Can’t Keep Cannabis Schedule I Anymore

Five Reasons Why the DEA Really Can’t Keep Cannabis Schedule I Anymore Lydia K. RN | Nov 13, 2018 For 22 years, the DEA has resisted petition after petition, has blatantly ignored the medicinal value of cannabis, and has helped fan the flames of a useless and harmful ‘war on drugs.’ It’s time to get cannabis off Schedule I. The placement of cannabis on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) is a highly contested subject. Schedule I is the only category of controlled substances not allowed to beRead More