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Thu
26
Feb

Jamaica's MMJ, Hemp, and Decriminalization Law is Approved

Jamaican lawmakers on Tuesday passed the country’s first decriminalization and medical marijuana law, the result of a 38-year Parliamentary push for marijuana policy reform. The law dramatically alters criminal penalties for “ganja,” as it’s locally described, with possession of up to two ounces warranting only a small fine and no longer resulting in a criminal record. Beyond decriminalization, the law also legalizes the use of cannabis for medicinal, spiritual, and religious purposes. Rastafarianism is a widely-practiced religion in Jamaica, which often involves (but does not require) the ritualistic use of cannabis.

Thu
26
Feb

Marijuana in Canada : Pot Fiction - the fifth estate

Everyone knows that marijuana is illegal. So why does Canada seem to be awash in pot? You can buy it openly in a surprising number of ways and places. The system the federal government set up to give people access to medical marijuana is broken. Could it be that something’s happening out there and no one told Prime Minister Stephen Harper? Mark Kelley exposes some real Pot Fiction.

 

Thu
26
Feb

South Florida man first in state to be tried for smoking 'medical' marijuana

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

A South Florida man is making history after becoming the first person in Florida that will have a jury decide whether he guilty of smoking marijuana for medical reasons.

Jesse Teplicki, 50, was arrested in 2013 after police said they found 46 marijuana plants in his possession.

However, Teplicki claims he grows marijuana solely for himself and said marijuana is the only thing that helps his eating disorder, stating it stimulates his appetite and keeps his nausea at bay.

Teplicki said he's been smoking marijuana for 33 years and has tried other medicines to help his eating disorder, but says none have worked thus far.

Thu
26
Feb

60 Peer-Reviewed Studies on Medical Marijuana

Medical Studies Involving Cannabis and Cannabis Extracts (1990 - 2014)
 
Peer-reviewed studies on medical marijuana, listed by condition treated # of studies
Pro Con Not Clearly Pro or Con
ALS 1 0 0
Bipolar Disorder
Thu
26
Feb

Marijuana May be Less Harmful Than Alcohol, Tobacco

Recreational pot — legalized in Washington, D.C. on Thursday and decriminalized Tuesday in Alaska — is less dangerous than both alcohol and tobacco, scientists assert.

The safety of marijuana versus booze is not a new claim but, for the first time, researchers measured the potential harm of these drugs in a more quantitative way — that is, by comparing a lethal dose to how much of the substance is typically consumed socially.

Their findings showed the dangers of marijuana "may have been overestimated in the past", while the risk of alcohol has been "commonly underestimated," researchers said.

Thu
26
Feb

Two Non-Profits Licensed to Produce Hemp Oil in Missouri

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri will soon begin to sell hemp oil. This week, the State Department of Agriculture granted licenses to two nonprofits to produce cannabis plants for hemp extract. 

In July of last year, Governor Jay Nixon signed into law the Missouri Medical Marijuana Bill that would allow people with severe seizures to use hemp oil as a medical treatment.

BeLeaf Corporation and Noah's Arc Foundation, both based near St. Louis, were selected to produce hemp oil for the state. 

Five-year-old Zayden Rayl suffers from a genetic condition that causes his body to endure multiple seizures every day. One of those seizures is called the grand mal, also known as the tonic-clonic.

Wed
25
Feb

Georgia takes step toward legalizing medical marijuana

(Reuters) - A bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Georgia for patients with seizure disorders and other medical conditions cleared a big hurdle on Wednesday when the state House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the legislation.

The bill, which faltered last year on the last day of the legislative session, passed the House by a vote of 158-2 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

It would allow patients with diseases including cancer and multiple sclerosis to use a non-intoxicating oil derived from the marijuana plant.

Wed
25
Feb

The U.S. Could Finally Legalize Retail Marijuana Federally: The Leafly Cannabis Legalization Update

Extra Extra! Hear all about it! News just broke that two powerhouse politicians for cannabis progression have taken it upon themselves to submit bills that would end the federal prohibition of cannabis and we are fully on board! More and more states are pushing for decriminalization and, if all goes well, we could see federal framework for legalized cannabis nationwide before the end of the year. Let’s check out what’s happening in the cannabis movement this week:

 

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Wed
25
Feb

Medical marijuana landmark charter case has pot growers on edge

Shawn Davey won’t leave home without his driftwood walking stick, glasses and pocket vaporizer loaded with marijuana.

The 38 year-old former custom-car builder says he experiences numbness on his left side, gaps in short-term memory and chronic body pain – all permanent residuals of a traumatic brain injury and three-month long coma suffered after a vehicle accident in June of 2000.

He says the stick stabilizes him when vertigo takes hold— that the “vape” provides pain relief and that his doctor-prescribed, 25-gram a day marijuana intake is the reason he is able to function.

Wed
25
Feb

A Patient Assistance Program For Medical Cannabis Use in Canada

Qualified patients to receive up to 30 grams of medical cannabis per month at no cost

Vaughan, ON February 24, 2015 – CannTrust Inc., a licensed producer and distributor of medical cannabis in Canada, today announced CannTrust Access, a comprehensive patient assistance program for medical cannabis compassionate use in Canada.

The CannTrust Access program is a Canadian first in medical cannabis programs and is available immediately to eligible Canadians whose health plans do not reimburse medical cannabis.

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