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Physician Profile: Dr. Jeffrey Hergenrather

The cannabis extract movement has largely been pioneered by those not in the medical profession. This is mainly due to the Schedule I placement of cannabis, which restricts research and limits the ability of doctors to provide meaningful guidance. Thankfully, some physicians have found a way to directly treat patients and become cannabis specialists.

 

 

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Mar

Tribal Marijuana Conference: A 10-Year Window for Tribes to Capitalize

On February 28 some 75 tribal leaders from across the country met to discuss forming the first ‚ÄúTribal Cannabis Association‚ÄĚ at the Tulalip Resort Casino on the Tulalip Reservation in Washington State.

This followed a packed day on February 27 of ‚ÄúTribal Marijuana Conference‚ÄĚ presentations and panels with speakers as diverse as former U.S. Attorney Troy Eid (current chair of President Barack Obama‚Äôs National Indian Law and Order Commission) to the city attorneys of both Seattle and Boulder, Colorado, who gave in-depth overviews of how implementation¬†of state laws legalizing marijuana possession and usage¬†is proceeding in their respective cities.

Wed
04
Mar

Weed is 114 times less deadly than alcohol, study finds

At 12:01 a.m., the U.S. capital became the latest jurisdiction to allow its residents to possess small amounts of marijuana, but a battle with Congress has set up a perplexing pot dilemma: people will be allowed to smoke it, but where can they buy it?

Washington, D.C., residents voted in November in favour of Initiative 71, to allow those 21 and over to possess up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use and to grow up to six plants (three maturing at a time) in one's home. It also allows someone to give ‚ÄĒ¬†but not sell ‚ÄĒ¬†up to one ounce to someone else.

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04
Mar

Pennsylvania House To Hold Satellite Hearing On Medical Marijuana

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will hold a joint satellite hearing of the Health and Judiciary Committees on medical marijuana. The hearing will take place on March 24, 2015 at 10:00AM at the University of PA Health System in the Perelman School of Medicine Zumbrow Auditorium, 800 S. Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA.

Legislation to enact a medical marijuana program in Pennsylvania has been active since 2009 when Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia) first introduced a bill.

Wed
04
Mar

San Diego Scientist: Every Medical Pot Study Showed A Benefit To The Patient

When voters passed Proposition 215 in 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical pot. There was only one problem. Scientists still hadn't firmly established marijuana's effectiveness as medicine.

"It'll cost you some money but these studies have not been done before," he told the legislators."My recommendation was, look, establish a center to study this," said Grant, who'd previously looked into whether moderate marijuana use causes long-term brain damage (conclusion: it doesn't).

Wed
04
Mar

Mixing tobacco and marijuana may seem like a good idea, but here's the dangerous truth about blunts

People who smoke a combination of tobacco and marijuana, a common practice overseas for years, and increasingly popular here in the form of "blunts," may be reacting to some unidentified mechanism that links the two drugs.

Researchers believe such smokers would be well advised to consider giving up both drugs at once, rather than one at a time, according to an upcoming study in the journal Addiction.

Clinical trials of adults with cannabis use disorders suggest that "approximately 50% are current tobacco smokers," according to the report, which was published in the journal Addiction, and authored by Arpana Agrawal and Michael T. Lynskey of Washington University School of Medicine, with Alan J. Budney of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Tue
03
Mar

Medical marijuana bill survives narrow vote

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SALT LAKE CITY ‚ÄĒ Utah is one step closer to legalizing medical marijuana.

The medical cannabis bill was sent through to a third Senate reading Tuesday night by a narrow 16-13 vote.

The bill reading generated some heated debate on both sides.

The bill would allow for people in Utah with qualifying illnesses to be able to use medical cannabis in edible or liquid form, and establish licensed dispensaries to sell it.

Tue
03
Mar

5 ASSOCIATIONS PUSHING FOR MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

Did you know there is a group of Republicans advocating for marijuana reform? Now that marijuana is legal in DC, we searched for the associations pushing forlegalization in other parts of the country. Here's what we found:

NORML (NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR THE REFORM OF MARIJUANA LAWS)

5 Associations Pushing For Marijuana Legalization

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03
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Medical marijuana program under scrutiny in New Jersey Read More: NJ medical marijuana program under scrutiny

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Trenton), one of the lawmakers who led the charge to establish New Jersey’s medical marijuana program, said that in the near future he will present information from a public hearing on the topic, held on Monday, to the state Department of Health.

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03
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3 Washington marijuana growers convicted on federal charges

March 3, 2015: Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, right, embraces her son, Roland Gregg outside federal court. (AP)

SPOKANE, Wash ‚Äď ¬†Three people were found guilty Tuesday of growing marijuana, but they also were exonerated of more serious charges in a widely-watched federal drug case in a state where medical and recreational marijuana is legal.

The three remaining defendants of the so-called Kettle Falls Five were all found guilty of growing marijuana. But a jury found them not guilty of distributing marijuana, conspiracy to distribute and firearms charges that carried long prison sentences.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice set sentencing for June 10.

The defendants were Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, her son Rolland Gregg and his wife, Michelle Gregg.

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