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Wed
27
Jul

Six in 10 Favour Marijuana Dispensaries in Ottawa: Survey

Ottawa’s marijuana dispensaries are inching closer to becoming legitimate business — if not in the eyes of the law, at least in the eyes of residents.

A new public opinion poll conducted by Forum Research Inc. finds as many as six in 10 respondents say marijuana dispensaries should be allowed to operate in Ottawa, while fewer than a third (32 per cent) said they oppose the pot shops.

Two-thirds of respondents (67 per cent) believe they should be regulated and zoned like any other retail business, while one-in-five said they should be immediately shut down.

Wed
27
Jul

Anchorage's First Commercial Marijuana Grow Approved by Assembly

The Anchorage Assembly approved the city's first commercial marijuana grow Tuesday night, a significant step forward for the developing legal cannabis industry.

"This whole green revolution, it starts here tonight with the City of Anchorage," said Assemblyman Dick Traini who voted to approve the local marijuana license and special-use permit for Dream Green Farms and to refer the application for a second proposed commercial marijuana grow, Arctic Herbery, to an Assembly committee for additional review after a flurry of late-night debate.

Tue
26
Jul

Gary Johnson Needs Just 2 More Points in the Polls to Participate in Presidential Debates

Democrats and Republicans have their presidential candidates, but Libertarian Gary Johnson is hoping to give Americans another option.

This marijuana legalization supporting third party candidate is gaining momentum and only needs two more percentage points in the polls to clinch a spot in the presidential debates. Johnson would become the first third party candidate in the debates since Ross Perot in 1992.

Johnson, who was a businessman before entering politics, is a fiscal conservative who, as governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, instituted a small government platform and campaigned for marijuana legalization.

Tue
26
Jul

Trump Tuesday: Michelle Obama's Skillful Takedown of Donald Trump

There is shade. And then, there are intricately constructed avenues of shade so dense that entire shadow-loving plants germinate, sprout and flourish at triple speed.

The latter is what Michelle Obama cast in the direction of Donald Trump on Monday night at the Democratic National Convention while reserving a special, at points emotional, type of praise for Hillary Clinton. Trump, an unnamed cartoon-character-like villain was referenced only indirectly as a kind of ego-driven, undisciplined potential president uninterested in both the rigors and goals of public service — a sharp and telling contrast to Clinton, according to Obama's speech.

Tue
26
Jul

Australian Cannabis Campaigners Call for Patients' Amnesty

A Riverina woman who turned to cannabis to deal with crippling pain has joined a chorus of campaigners calling for an amnesty on patients using medical cannabis.

Griffith veterinary nurse Kelly Cameron said patients “absolutely” needed an amnesty from prosecution.

“Without it they’re completely in pain,” she said. “You wind up having to be a criminal to be a productive member of society.”

Ms Cameron said a friend of hers was about to go to prison in Western Australia simply for trying cannabis oil for pain relief. The oil has no psychoactive properties, meaning patients can’t use it to get ‘high’.

“People want to take care of their health but at the moment they have to live illegally,” she said. 

Tue
26
Jul

Is Hillary Clinton Evolving on Cannabis? Maybe. Slowly. A Little.

As the Democratic National Convention opens in Philadelphia today, concerned cannabis consumers can’t help but wonder if Hillary Clinton has our best interests in mind.

For the sake of the future of drug policy in America, we’ve decided to critically examine her past statements on cannabis, as well as major votes for drug policy reform, in an effort to find out where she stands — at least officially — and what a Hillary Clinton administration might mean for cannabis in the United States.

Tue
26
Jul

New Study Makes A Serious Public Health Case For Medical Marijuana

States that legalized marijuana as a medical alternative saw a drop in prescription drug use, according to a new study published in July in Health Affairs — suggesting that medical marijuana may be one way to combat the United States’ deadly opioid epidemic.

The researchers, a father-daughter team at the University of Georgia, combed through three years of prescription data filled under Medicare Part D between 2010 to 2013. Then they looked specifically at nine conditions for which marijuana can be used as an alternative treatment: anxiety, depression, glaucoma, nausea, pain, psychosis, seizures, sleep disorders, and spasticity.

Tue
26
Jul

Group Opposing Arkansas Medical Marijuana Says It Will Lead To Broader Use

An effort is forming to oppose ballot initiatives that would legalize medial marijuana, saying it would lead to increased use of the drug and, eventually, full legalization.

The Coalition for Safer Arkansas Communities held an informational meeting Friday that included a message from Terry Benham of Impact Management, who is managing the group’s campaign, Keep Arkansas Safe. The main speaker was Little Rock native and Colorado resident Henny Laster of Smart Colorado, a group that opposes marijuana legalization in that state.

Tue
26
Jul

The Truth About Marijuana-Contaminated Drinking Water

Thursday afternoon, officials in the small town of Hugo, Colorado, told residents they’d found THC—yup, that would be the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana—in local wells. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment discouraged residents from drinking, cooking with, or bathing in the water, but subsequent tests revealed that there was not, in fact, THC in the water supply. Experts are still investigating, but it sounds like this is a case of false positives. 

Tue
26
Jul

Doctors Sue Health Dept Over Suspensions for Prescribing Too Much Marijuana

Four doctors are suing after their medical licenses were suspended for allegedly prescribing too much marijuana to patients. Courthouse News reported that doctors Gentry Dunlop,  Robert Maiocco, Deborah Kaye Parr, and William Tyler Stone filed complaints against the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment saying that there were no limits on the books for how much of the substance doctors can prescribe their patients, and that the Board used a “secret policy” to make their decision.

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