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Thu
02
May

Did the US Patent Office just make rolling joints illegal?

For many people, the very suggestion of mixing tobacco with cannabis is a horrific one. And while sometimes opposites attract, many don’t consider this particular blend to be a match made in heaven.

Wed
01
May

Colombia’s medical marijuana industry: a way to end the stigma surrounding drugs?

Colombia, a country that has suffered greatly under the stigma of the illegal drug trade, has an opportunity to reinvent itself with the cultivation of a plant that for decades has been controlled by illegal groups: marijuana.

A 2016 law regulating the use of cannabis for scientific and medicinal purposes has been decisive in this regard. The law, which came into effect last year, allows for the legal cultivation of up to 40.5 tonnes, 44 per cent of the limit allowed by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).

Wed
01
May

Recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania: What should legalization look like?

Pennsylvania is getting ever closer to legal recreational marijuana but policymakers still face tough questions about what this potentially multi-billion-dollar industry would look like.

In December, Gov. Tom Wolf signaled he's open to it after years of ambivalence and caution. Newly elected Lt. Gov. John Fetterman subsequently embarked on a 67-county listening tour to collect public input.

Wed
01
May

New study: CBD diminishes THC-related impairment

In a new study from the University College London (UCL), a team of researchers focused on the difference between consuming cannabis strains that have high levels of THC, and strains that have significant quantities of both THC and CBD.

The precise effects on the brain were monitored by an fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), which measures changes in blood flow and neural activity.

Brain scans of the 17 participants showed that the high-THC strain impaired the functionality of the default mode network, especially in the posterior cingulate area.

Wed
01
May

Congress could make cannabis much cheaper by passing this Bill

A bill currently making its way through Congress would make legal weed a little more affordable for consumers, writes Calvin Hughes.

Tue
30
Apr

Marijuana users are basically split 50/50 on whether driving high is dangerous

There is no denying that driving drunk is never a smart move. Jumping behind the wheel of an automobile after one too many cocktails has proven to have devastating repercussions for anyone involved, and most jurisdictions in the United States have strict laws in place to deter that kind of behavior.

Tue
30
Apr

Why does cannabis work so well to combat nausea?

People around America more and more are using cannabis as a treatment for nausea, from cancer patients trying to combat the nausea that follows chemotherapy to expecting mothers trying to keep food down in the months before birth.

As more is discovered about the endocannabinoid system, scientists are coming closer to pinpointing exactly why cannabis helps to reduce nausea.

Nausea is a necessary function of the body, used primarily to alert the body that something it ate might be poisonous or rotten and should be avoided now and in the future, or that the body is experiencing an illness or imbalance and needs treatment or rest. For example, dehydration can trigger nausea because the body is trying to send a signal that it’s unbalanced and needs more water.

Tue
30
Apr

Texas House Passes Bill that reduces penalties for Texans caught with small amounts of marijuana

After a brief discussion, the Texas House gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill that would reduce the penalties for low-level possession of marijuana — a move lauded as a win by those eager for the state to take its first major step toward loosening its staunch marijuana laws.

But hopes of turning the bill into law remain slim. After the House grants final approval for the bill — usually just a formality — it will head to the Senate, where presiding officer Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has expressed opposition to the idea of loosening marijuana possession penalties.

Tue
30
Apr

Baltimore Judges deny request to dismiss past marijuana convictions

A request by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to dismiss nearly 5,000 past cases of marijuana possession was denied by judges on Friday, according to online court records. On Monday, a spokeswoman for the State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed that the petition had been rejected by the judges.

Prosecutors had filed paperwork to dismiss cases going back to 2011, covering approximately 1,000 convictions in Circuit Court and almost 3,800 more in District Court. The judges’ reasoning for rejecting the requests is not yet clear.

Tue
30
Apr

Massachusetts Lawmakers considering cannabis home delivery Laws

Regulators in Massachusetts have reached an agreement that would allow the home delivery of cannabis products in the state. If approved, the plan would also give communities affected by the War on Drugs an expedited path to representation in the state’s newly legal cannabis industry.

The state Cannabis Control Commission voted 4-1 on Friday to adopt a group of policies to implement the home delivery program. A final vote on the detailed regulations of the plan is expected from the commission next month, according to media reports.

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