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Schedule I Ruling Delayed Again – What Does It Mean?

Judge Kimberly Mueller, the federal magistrate who made history by granting defense requests for a five-day hearing on the constitutionality of the continued inclusion of cannabis in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, was originally scheduled to meet with the parties of US v Schweder et al for a status hearing this week — but has delayed that meeting until April 15th.

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A Marijuana Deficiency Might Be Causing Your Migraines And IBS

For several years I have postulated that marijuana is not, in the strict sense of the word, an intoxicant.

As I wrote in the book Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (Chelsea Green, 2009), the word ‘intoxicant’ is derived from the Latin noun toxicum (poison). It’s an appropriate term for alcohol, as ethanol (the psychoactive ingredient in booze) in moderate to high doses is toxic (read: poisonous) to healthy cells and organs.

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Can medical marijuana be banned from the workplace? The answer is a bit hazy, expert says

Can a private employer stop employees from bringing doctor-prescribed marijuana to work?

Sorry, human resources managers, the answer just isn't as clear as you'd hope. That's according to Jim Reidy, an attorney tackling employer questions regarding drugs at the Society for Human Resource Management conference in Washington on Tuesday.

"It's evolving. That's why this topic is really hot for employers right now," Reidy said.

While employers may have federal law and even local smoking bans on their side, the legal answer to that question hasn't been completely resolved if an employer allows other prescriptions to be taken at the workplace, Reidy said.

Tue
24
Mar

GA Senate passes Peake's medical-marijuana bill

Medical marijuana(Photo: 13WMAZ)

Georgia Senate discusses medical-marijuana bill (Photo: Karli Barnett, 13\WMAZ)

UPDATE: The Georgia Senate passed state Rep. Allen Peake's medical-marijuana bill. It heads back to the House for final approval, expected this week.

The Senate approved just one amendment, which would allow employers to prevent workers from having and using medical marijuana.

Peake told the media Tuesday afternoon that he is "overjoyed" and will work next year to allow medical marijuana to be grown in Georgia.

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Today could be the day of decision for Allen Peake's bill to allow medical marjiuana in Georgia.

Tue
24
Mar

Quality-Testing Legal Marijuana: Strong But Not Always Clean

Recreational marijuana has been legalized in four states, but that doesn't mean it's a tested consumer product. Some of those potent buds are covered in fungus while others contain traces of butane, according to an analysis of marijuana in Colorado.

Last May, after people began getting sick from edible marijuana products, the state of Colorado began requiring all products to be tested. Washington has mandated testing too, with a detailed checklist of items to analyze, including potency, contaminants, moisture and microbiology.

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24
Mar

Senate's old guard just says 'no' to pot overhaul

When it comes to overhauling pot policy in the U.S. Senate, the young pols are running headfirst into the old guard.

A high-wattage trio of junior senators — Democrats Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand plus GOP presidential contender Rand Paul — is mounting an ambitious effort to have the federal government bless the use of marijuana in the 24 jurisdictions (23 states and the District of Columbia) that have voted to legalize the drug for medical purposes. Their legislation would also allow banks to handle transactions involving marijuana and force the federal government to recognize that marijuana has a medical use, rather than lumping it in with heroin and LSD.

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24
Mar

One downside of marijuana legalization: major energy use

Across the country, there’s a growing trend toward the legalization of marijuana. Four states — Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Alaska — have voted to allow people to possess limited amounts of marijuana use for personal use and also to let producers apply for licenses to produce and sell it. D.C. also just voted to allow personal possession. All of this is on top of the 23 states that allow it for medical reasons.

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24
Mar

Colorado Sold Nearly 5 Million Marijuana Edibles in 2014

The state's marijuana overseers issued their first annual report

Colorado just got its first year-long batch of data on the state’s grand experiment with legal marijuana. In the first annual report on supply and demand, Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division disclosed on Friday that 4.8 million edible marijuana products and nearly 150,000 lbs. of marijuana flowers were sold in 2014.

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5 Stunning Comments From President Obama Regarding the Potential Legalization of Marijuana

Just when marijuana supporters thought things couldn't get any better, last week brought incredible news.

On Tuesday, March 10, three Senate members introduced a bill that would make medical marijuana legal on a federal level and free legal medical marijuana users from the potential for federal prosecution.

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24
Mar

Australia's first medical marijuana company will kick off its 'farm to pharma' strategy by releasing a dope pill

Australian-owned medical marijuana company Phytotech has merged with MMJ Bioscience in an effort to expand from cultivating cannabis to developing and distributing it in pill form.

Phytotech will acquire 100% of the issued capital of Canadian company MMJ Bioscience Inc with the aim of bringing marijuana-based pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products to a global market.

The deal is structured on Phytotech’s scrip share value (based on a pre-deal share price of $0.305 per share) of $15.5 million upfront and an additional $5.185 million in performance shares when certain milestones are achieved.

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