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Why the Media Can't Get Its Story Straight About the Amazing Medical Potential of Cannabis

The press reports on the JAMA meta-analysis of cannabinoid research were all over the place. Most of them missed the story.

Judging from the disparate media headlines, last week’s meta-analysis of cannabinoid research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) contained something for everyone.

Here’s a sampling of the mainstream media’s seemingly schizophrenic coverage:

Toledo Blade: Studies support marijuana’s role for medical needs

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Eugene Water & Electric Board sells building to marijuana development firm

The Eugene Water & Electric Board has sold a large west Eugene industrial building to a marijuana real estate firm for $3 million.

EWEB and New York-based Kalyx Development closed a deal Friday on the 107,000-square-foot building at 3590 W. Third Ave, according to a deed filed with Lane County.

Kalyx bills itself online as “the premier real estate development provider to emerging indoor agricultural operators on the national level.”

Its website doesn’t mention marijuana by name, but an online flier for this month’s Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition described Kalyx as “a leading cannabis real estate and property development firm.”

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Lawmakers’ proposed ballot issue would nullify marijuana amendment

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Lawmakers could potentially place another hurdle in the path to legalizing marijuana in Ohio.

The Ohio Senate Rules Committee is considering a bill that would send an amendment to voters this November.

That amendment, if passed, would ban any future amendments granting business monopolies and enshrining property rights for individuals in the Ohio Constitution.

Senate President Keith Faber said amendments like a proposed marijuana legalization amendment or the previously passed casino amendment are bad business.

“It stifles competition, it stifles the free market, and it puts private property rights inside the state constitution, our governing document,” he said. “It’s a bad public policy.”

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Now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, will marijuana follow suit?

The U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage raises some interesting questions about another taboo that is losing its might almost as rapidly. Almost half the states have already enacted legislation making it legal to use marijuana either for medical or recreational purposes. That total is likely to rise next year when seven more states vote on initiatives that would make marijuana use legal. Is there a tipping point approaching where Congress will be forced to act?

 

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Cops warn of arrests at Church of Cannabis

Police, prosecutors will discuss enforcement plans for July 1 event

The city's top law enforcements officials put the new First Church of Cannabis on notice Friday: Anyone who smokes marijuana at the inaugural service next week will face criminal charges.

The warning from Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Rick Hite "changes nothing," said Bill Levin, the church's founder, who pledged to move forward with plans for a service at noon Wednesday where marijuana will be smoked.

"They haven't raised the stakes," Levin said. "These have been the stakes the whole time."

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As the UN Marks Global Anti-Drug Day, Civil Society Fights Back

On the UN's International Day Against Drug Abuse, activists in 150 cities worldwide are saying prohibition is the problem, not the solution.

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Hope, anger and confusion in Minnesota as medical marijuana launch nears

On Wednesday, Minnesota steps into the strange new world of the marijuana business.

Never mind that the federal government says marijuana is as dangerous as heroin, putting both in the Schedule 1 category of controlled substances. Starting Wednesday, pot pills will go on sale as medical marijuana.

“I must say this is really very odd. We are talking about a Schedule 1 drug,” said Beth Hundley of Golden Valley, who will be buying the marijuana for her epileptic 3-year-old daughter.

The little pills contain more uncertainty than any medicine has before it.

They can’t be made by big companies, which won’t touch an illegal drug — so Minnesota has licensed two home-grown startups to do it.

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GOP presidential candidates dislike legal marijuana but some support Colorado's right to have it

GOP presidential candidates dislike legal marijuana — but some support Colorado's right to have the law (Slideshow) - Denver Business Journal

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at an impromptu media conference on June 27,… more

Republican presidential candidates speaking in Denver this weekend uniformly criticized the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana — but also said for the most part that they would not attempt to overturn what they considered to be an issue of states’ rights.

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Costa Rica Prepares to Launch Medical Marijuana Law

The Costa Rican government has outlined details for implementing a pending bill to research and regulate marijuana for medical uses.

The bill was introduced by ruling Citizen Action Party legislator Marvin Atencio last year to tax marijuana products and regulate the use of medical marijuana through registration cards for patients provided by the Ministry of Health.

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For the sickest Minnesotans, medical marijuana will be legal on Wednesday

The first registered medical marijuana patient in Minnesota toddled across sunlit grass and into his mother’s arms.

Three-year-old Wyatt sputtered happily as Jessica Hauser swung him up, up into the air to settle on her hip.

Then Wyatt’s eyelids fluttered and his head thumped against her shoulder as he sagged in her arms. Another seizure. One of hundreds that rip through his developing brain daily, endangering his life, unchecked by all the epilepsy treatments the family has tried.

Wyatt suffered seven seizures in the time it took his parents to explain why they’ve already booked an appointment to buy cannabis oil for their son this Wednesday, the first day it will be legal.

“No seizures. Doesn’t that sound good?” Jessica crooned to her youngest.

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