JHU researchers suggest strategies to keep legal marijuana out of hands of kids

As legal marijuana gains favor across the country, how do we make sure kids don't get their hands on it?

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health suggest looking at the alcohol and tobacco industries as guideposts.


Higher taxes and caution in marketing can keep weed away from kids

Even though several US states have voted to legalize marijuana, it's still not clear how best to regulate it. But there are steps that legislators can take to prevent the newly legal drug from falling into the hands of minors, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. A new report in the medical journal Pediatrics outlines four tested tactics for proposed regulation.


Want to fix Baltimore? ‘End the drug war,’ says David Simon

No, The Wire does not explain what's happening in Baltimore this week, asmy colleague Alyssa Rosenberg wrote yesterday. Still, the show's creator and former Baltimore Sun reporter David Simon knows a lot more about the city than most of us. And in a wide-ranging and riveting interviewwith The Marshall Project today, he offers an unequivocal assessment of how to turn things around in that city today.

"So do you see how this ends or how it begins to turn around?" Bill Keller asks him.


A basketball star, a ton of marijuana and a reputation destroyed

Jason Miskiri kept his role in a $US12 million drug ring a secret for years.

Lots of people thought they knew Jason Miskiri.

The quiet kid from Guyana who moved to Maryland at age five and whose obsession with basketball led to a starring role at George Mason University and, later, to a brief appearance in the National Basketball Association.

The community pillar who donated to charities, hosted Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the homeless and held a basketball camp each summer for local children.

Jason Miskiri, the quiet kid from Guyana whose obsession with basketball led to a brief appearance in the NBA. 


Legislators Say Marijuana Reform Could Ease Tensions In Baltimore And Beyond

WASHINGTON -- Multiple members of Congress suggested Wednesday that the misguided policies of the drug war have played a central role in brewing tensions between police and residents in Baltimore that exploded into chaos after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

At a press conference for a new bill that would ensure legal marijuana businesses have access to the banking system, the lawmakers advocated for changes to the nation's drug policies. Reforms would start to address the racial disparities in law enforcement and mass incarceration that the decades-long war on drugs has produced in the U.S., they said.


Maryland Lawmakers Approve Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Paraphernalia

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Lawmakers in Maryland gave final approval to a bill on Saturday that will decriminalize the possession of marijuana paraphernalia in the state.

The House of Delegates approved the measure, Senate Bill 517, by a vote of 83-53.  The bill previously passed the Senate by a vote of 32-13.  The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Larry Hogan for final approval.

Senate Bill 517 does not apply fines to possessing marijuana paraphernalia; instead the bill simply excludes items “involving the use or possession of marijuana” from the definition of drug paraphernalia in the state’s criminal code.


MD Lawmakers Repeal Prohibition On Marijuana Paraphernalia

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — It would no longer be a crime to possess marijuana-related paraphernalia in Maryland, under a bill approved by the Maryland General Assembly.

The House of Delegates voted 84-52 on Saturday for the Senate bill, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan.

Maryland decriminalized possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana last year. That made it a civil offense rather than a criminal one.

However, lawmakers didn’t do the same thing for paraphernalia like pipes, so the bill was introduced this session.

The measure also makes smoking marijuana in public a civil offense, punishable by a fine of up to $500.



PharmaCyte Biotech on Track to Commence Clinical Trials

SILVER SPRING, Md., March 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PharmaCyte Biotech, Inc. (OTCQB:PMCB), a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on developing targeted treatments for cancer and diabetes using its signature live-cell encapsulation technology, Cell-in-a-Box®, today announced that the genetically modified cells that are required for its three planned clinical trials have been fully tested and are in the process of being propagated to produce all of the cells necessary for the clinical trials.

The cells being produced came from a fully characterized single-cell clone of the cells that were used in the previous clinical trials in pancreatic cancer. These cells are being grown under conditions that comply with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) standards.



Many marijuana businesses are running solely on cash operated businesses, having to pay tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash money for protection, utilities and employee payouts. This is causing a safety concern for those that partake in the marijuana industry forcing them to carry high amounts of cash at all times quickly becoming targets for criminals.

Banks are wary of dealing with cannabusinesses because of the fear of being prosecuted for conspiring money laundering under federal law. Many banks have been refusing businesses due to this issue. The banking problem is even spilling over in to state politics regarding marijuana laws.


Draft Regulations Released for Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Program

ANNAPOLIS, MD — On April 14, 2014, the Governor of Maryland signed Senate Bill 923 and House Bill 881 into law. These bills allow medical marijuana growers and dispensaries to open in Maryland to provide medical cannabis to patients who receive written certifications from their physician. Before these bills were signed into law, Maryland decriminalized […]


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