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Fri
06
May

UK: Sale of 'Legal Highs' Will Be Outlawed in Three Weeks as Government Look to Stamp out Trade

Traders selling 'spice' will face seven-year prison sentences.

THE sale of synthetic cannabis is to be outlawed from the end of this month, it has been confirmed. 

It will be a criminal offence to sell the so-called ‚Äúlegal high‚ÄĚ, which is said to be having a devastating impact on rough sleepers in Camden, from May 26 ‚Äď with traders facing up to seven years in prison.¬†

But fears have been raised that the move will simply drive the trade further underground into the hands of criminal gangs. 

The Home Office informed ministers today that the Psychoactive Substance Act will come into force in 21 days. 

Fri
06
May

It Sure Looks like Marijuana Legalization Will Make Your Weed a Lot Cheaper

One of the biggest questions surrounding¬†marijuana legalization¬†is whether it will make the drug much more affordable and accessible ‚ÄĒ and therefore increase use.

Well, some early data is coming out of Washington state, which legalized marijuana in 2012 and began sales in 2014. And it looks like, as drug policy experts long suggested, marijuana's price drops after legalization. Keith Humphreys of Stanford University explained in the Washington Post:

Fri
06
May

For First Time, Medical Marijuana to Be Studied as Treatment for Vets’ PTSD in Colorado

A groundbreaking trial funded by Colorado will soon shed light on the use of medical marijuana by veterans suffering from PTSD.

For the first time, the Drug Enforcement Agency has given the green light to a controlled, clinical trial of medical marijuana for veterans suffering from PTSD.

Local veterans have spent years fighting the Colorado Board of Health and Department of Public Health and Environment to include PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana, but the Board of Health has repeatedly denied the request citing a lack of scientific evidence.

Now, a $2 million research grant awarded by Colorado has the potential to help provide the evidence many states are seeking.

Thu
05
May

Government Decision Paves the Way for First Australian to Be Treated with Medicinal Cannabis Oil

IN AN Australian-first, Lanai Carter’s four-year battle to have medicinal cannabis legalised for her son’s use has been won.

The Loganholme mother this morning confirmed to the Albert & Logan News that Queensland Health had cleared the way for her teenage son, Lindsay, to receive a shipment of certified medicinal cannabis.

Mrs Carter said she was “relieved’’ the cannabis oil capsules had been approved to treat her boy’s brain tumour but cautioned the family was still waiting on approval for “vaporised cannabis for pain, nausea and appetite stimulation’’.

Thu
05
May

Alabama: Gov. Robert Bentley Signs Medical Cannabis Oil Bill

Gov. Robert Bentley has signed into law a bill to allow people with debilitating medical conditions to use cannabidiol, which is made from the same plant as marijuana.

The bill, known as Leni's Law, expands on a bill passed two years ago, known as Carly's Law, that authorized a UAB study on using cannabidiol to treat people with severe seizure disorders.

"As a physician, I believe it is extremely important to give patients with a chronic or debilitating disease the option to consider every possible option for treatment," Bentley said in a statement.

"With Leni's Law, citizens in Alabama will have access to cannabidiol that may help with treatment. 

Thu
05
May

California: Measure to Legalize Pot Headed for November Ballot

 California voters will decide again this November whether to decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, calling the looming vote a "pivotal moment" in the national debate around pot legalization and the 45-year-old war on drugs.

Newsom and other leaders of a coalition behind the Adult Use of Marijuana Act announced they have collected enough signatures to place on the Nov. 8 ballot a measure that would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess, sell or transport up to an ounce of pot. California voters rejected a similar measure in 2010.

Thu
05
May

Canadian Naturopath Suspended for Skype Marijuana Consultations

A naturopath has been suspended from practice for providing medical consultations via Skype to help patients obtain medical marijuana from pot dispensaries.

The B.C. College of Naturopathic Physicians says Dr. Jonas Laforge of Langley is one of six naturopaths who have been investigated in connection with marijuana dispensaries.

Four of the cases didn't meet the bar for a public notification; one other is still under investigation.

Thu
05
May

The Human Face of The Opioid Epidemic And How Cannabis Can Help

Those were¬†the words of 43-year old Timothy Dillon, as he lay bleeding on the ground after being shot by police, following a five-hour long standoff where he threatened to shoot the officers, goading them to kill him ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs get this over with.‚ÄĚ Instead of getting it over with and killing him, as Dillon had hoped in an attempted ‚Äėsuicide by cop,‚Äô deputies administered first aid and saved his life,¬†allowing him¬†to ‚Äústill hold [his] wife, hug [his] da

Thu
05
May

California's Largest Marijuana Dispensary Avoids Federal Shut Down, Harborside Health Center Open to Sell Cannabis

The country’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, with more than 100,000 cannabis patients, avoided a four-year long shutdown effort by the federal government on Tuesday.

Harborside Health Center in Oakland has faced closure since 2012, when the federal government attempted to shut down the marijuana dispensary and seize the buildings that house the business, councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan told the SFGate.

Thu
05
May

Cloud Hangs over Couple's Plans for Cannabis Club in Maine

A Lewiston business owners wants to open a cannabis club for medical marijuana patients, but city officials say it's not legal.

Shanon Gogan said her cannabis club is not a nightclub, but a small room with a table and eight chairs.

"We are going to check their medical card before they come back here to make sure they are legal and legit to use their medicine," Gogan said.

Gogan and her husband, Vincent Gogan, are medical marijuana patients. Vincent Gogan is a licensed caregiver.

The couple owns Legal Peaces smoke shop on Lisbon Street.

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