Study: No link between legal weed & traffic deaths

Concerns about road safety are often cited as an argument against cannabis legalization. Now that seven years have passed since the historic votes by Colorado and Washington state to legalize, there is enough data for a statistical analysis of whether these fears are warranted — and one scholar has risen to the occasion. 


Daniela Vergara: Cannabis research is in dire need of funding

How Genetic Research Impacts Business and Why It’s in Dire Need of Funding

The University of Colorado, Boulder is one of the few universities in the country with a robust cannabis research program. Their team is comprised of some of the most respected scientists in the space, including evolutionary biologist Dr. Daniela Vergara. As the Director of the Agricultural Genomics Foundation and as a Postdoctoral Researcher, she has made a considerable impact in the way cultivators look at their crops. In this interview, Vergara reveals how federally supplied cannabis is creating flawed studies and why genomic research is vital to the growth of the industry.


Legal immigrants being denied citizenship for working in legal cannabis industry

Mayor of Denver, Colorado, Michael B. Hancock, is speaking out after immigrants who work in Colorado’s legal cannabis industry have been denied citizenship.

Mayor Hancock sent a letter to mayors of pro-cannabis cities across the country including:

  • Oakland, CA
  • West Hollywood, CA
  • Portland, OR
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Thornton, CO
  • Everett, WA
  • Seattle, WA

The above cities are part of the Government for Responsible U.S. Cannabis Policy Coalition. Hancock urged the mayors of the cities to protect immigrants who have or are currently working in the legal cannabis industry.


Post-mortem THC tests can not reliably determine intoxication at time of death: study

Impaired driving has been an eternal point of contention in the conversation surrounding cannabis legalization. But many of the reports involving casualties may not be as accurate as previously believed.

The Colorado study, executed by toxicologist and assistant to the coroner Andrea Tully of the El Paso County Coroner’s Office, showed that post-mortem THC testing isn’t adequately reliable to accurately determine whether the deceased was inebriated around the time of death.


New research indicates cannabis consumption may motivate one to exercise

New research from the University of Colorado indicates that cannabis may increase the enjoyment of physical activity and help motivate users to exercise. A summary of the research was released recently and the full results of the study will be published soon by the medical journal Frontiers in Public Health.


Colorado study finds regular cannabis users require more anesthesia for medical prcedures

Cannabis users may need more than triple the typical amount of anesthesia for medical procedures according to the findings of a new study.

Colorado researchers conducted the study by examining medical records of 250 patients who had an endoscopy. Of those patients, 25 used cannabis regularly between 2015 and 2017. It was found that patients who used cannabis every day or weekly required 220.5 percent higher of a dose of propofol during sedation than patients who did not. Regular consumers also required 14 percent for fentanyl and 19.6 percent more midazolam.


2 legal marijuana workers in Denver were denied citizenship because of their jobs

U.S. immigration authorities blocked two immigrants’ applications for citizenship because of their work in Colorado’s marijuana industry, their attorneys and Denver officials said, accusing the Trump administration of quietly targeting immigrants seeking jobs in the growing field.

Oswaldo Barrientos said he began working in the marijuana industry in 2014, inspired by the research he had done into medical products after his mother’s skin cancer diagnosis. He was brought to the U.S. from El Salvador as an infant and was granted a green card when he was 13.


Colorado Governor signs Bill approving medical cannabis for Autism treatment

Flanked by a kid wearing a “420 Autism” tee, on Tuesday Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed into effect House Bill 1028, which legalizes medical marijuana treatment for autism. “OK kids, that’s how we make a law,” he told the families and advocates who had gathered for the occasion.


Cannabis-related incidents are sending more Coloradans to the ER

Cannabis-related trips to the emergency room have tripled in Colorado over the past five years since cannabis was made legal in the state, according to a new study.  

The study was published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine following several instances of tourists in Colorado needing to go to the emergency room from cannabis, with symptoms including a racing heart rate, psychotic episodes and excessive vomiting, especially after consuming edibles.


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