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Cyndimae Meehan, Who Inspired Medical Marijuana Law, Dies at 13 in Maine

The Meehan family moved to Maine to have legal access to cannabis to treat Cyndimae's rare form of epilepsy, and she was able to attend school after the passage of legislation last year.

On her last day, Cyndimae Meehan did the things she loved.

She colored. She played. She took a nap in her father’s arms.

Cyndimae, whose fight for access to medical cannabis to treat a rare form of epilepsy brought her and her mother before legislators in Maine and Connecticut, died Sunday while sleeping on her father’s chest on the couch in their Augusta home. She was 13.

Tue
15
Mar

Ohio: Medical marijuana backers unfazed by ballot language rejection

The first stab at getting a medical marijuana amendment on Ohio's ballot has failed, but organizers of the plan say they're not surprised.

Tue
15
Mar

Matt Gurney: The Government's Incoherent Messaging on Marijuana

Long before Canadians actually went to the polls last October, Justin Trudeau had been clear that his Liberal party would legalize marijuana. “I’m actually not in favour of decriminalizing cannabis. I’m in favour of legalizing it,” he said during a public appearance in British Columbia in the summer of 2013. “Tax it, regulate,” the leader of the then-third party said. “It’s one of the only ways to keep it out of the hands of our kids because the current war on drugs, the current model is not working.”

Tue
15
Mar

Trump Tuesday: #DumpAcrossAmerica - Taking A Dump On Trump

On Saturday March 12, 2016 a group of protesters conducted an anti-Trump rally at the Trump International Hotel and Tower located in Columbus Circle, New York City.

The colorful display led by a Brooklyn artist and parodist by the name Tom Hanksy  included a marching band and about a 100 marchers in white overalls holding up artistic depictions of the leading Republican Presidential candidate with the hashtag #DumpAcrossAmerica. 

While the protesters were not allowed inside, they occupied the external areas of the hotel and entrance under the watchful eyes of City police and Trump Hotel building guards.

Tue
15
Mar

9 Things We've Learned From a 50-Year War on Drugs

Across the Americas, the model of prohibition has fuelled inequality, bloodshed, and the mass violation of human rights. We need to understand why it has failed. 

Mon
14
Mar

Iowans should trust science in marijuana debate

Abandoning good science has unintended consequences for Iowa's youth

Iowans may be deceived by the controversy surrounding claims of marijuana's miracle cures. This is not about possible medicines for children. The deception is that Iowa must rush to market without heed to the overwhelming advice of medical professionals warning that we should not bypass the Food and Drug Administration and good science in developing medicines.

Cannabidiol is not marijuana, and the difference is huge. CBD is one out of more than 100 compounds that can be derived from marijuana, including the dangerous psychoactive drug tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Mon
14
Mar

Marijuana Legalization Health Risks? Massachusetts Hospital Association Votes Against Cannabis Ballot Measure

The Massachusetts Hospital Association has voted unanimously against a proposed ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, as debate over legalizing pot for people aged 21 and over continued to rage statewide. Massachusetts decriminalized cannabis in 2008 and made medical marijuana legal in 2012, and the state has begun seeing a push to legalize pot for recreational use in a November ballot measure, the Boston Globe reported. 

Mon
14
Mar

New Political Party Legal Marijuana Now Nebraska Backs Drugs For Medical Use

As politicians across the U.S. debate medical marijuana laws and legalization for recreational purposes, a group in Nebraska is taking a different approach: forming a political party supporting medical marijuana legalization.

The group, Legal Marijuana Now Nebraska, will need 6,500 signatures by Aug. 1 supporting its effort for legalized medical marijuana use and hemp production, KETV-7 reported. The group wants to reach 8,000 signatures, noting it is also working with groups in other states including Colorado, Iowa and Minnesota.

Mon
14
Mar

Vermont Legislature on Track to Be First in U.S. To Legalize Marijuana

Liberal-leaning Vermont could become the first U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana use through legislation, rather than by voter initiative, in a move that advocates for the drug say could speed its acceptance across the nation.

State representatives this month are set to take up a bill passed by the state Senate in February that would allow adults over 21 to purchase and smoke the drug beginning in 2018.

The move follows a year of hearings in the Senate that lawmakers say allowed them to closely consider appropriate limits to place on the drug's use. The current proposal would prohibit users from growing plants at home and ban the sale of edible products containing marijuana extracts.

Mon
14
Mar

Other Communities Mulling Cannabis Club Conundrum Faced by Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs isn't alone in banning cannabis clubs. Washington state did so last summer, and Portland, Ore., followed suit this month.

Englewood, Colo., was set to ban them but decided to extend its moratorium to June 15 while it explores how to regulate them instead.

But while the Colorado Springs City Council on Tuesday ordered cannabis clubs to phase out their businesses over the next eight years, Denver residents will vote Nov. 8 on an initiative to license and regulate the clubs.

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