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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he's open to updating the league's cannabis policies

With the recent NFL commitment to studying cannabis as a possible pain treatment for players, the NBA now says they're looking at the issue as well, writes Calvin Hughes.

In a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports, NBA commissioner Adam Silver wouldn't comment on when he thought such a change in drug policies might happen, although he did say that it's something he's been speaking to the NBA Players Association (NBAPA) about.

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NYC activists working to bring racial equity to cannabis industry

As the legal cannabis industry continues to evolve, activists and advocates around the country are working hard to ensure that the burgeoning industry is socially equitable.

It’s a struggle that unfolds along multiple intersecting lines, including race, gender, sexuality, class, and more. It’s also an important and increasingly urgent struggle.

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Medical marijuana inhalation Bill revived, passed by Louisiana Senate

Louisiana senators have revived a proposal to let Louisiana’s medical marijuana patients inhale cannabis, only two days after rejecting the idea.

The House overwhelmingly agreed to the inhalation proposal by Baton Rouge Democratic Rep. Ted James, which would let therapeutic cannabis patients use an inhaler, like asthma patients use.

Baton Rouge Republican Sen. Dan Claitor and other senators Saturday objected to widening the delivery methods beyond current law and shelved the bill.

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This is when you'll be able to buy legal weed in Illinois

Assuming Governor JB Pritzker (D) signs the cannabis legalization bill that just passed through the state legislature, recreational cannabis sales will start on Jan. 1, 2020, writes Calvin Hughes.

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05
Jun

Statements from the FDA’s first public hearing on CBD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a public hearing on Friday as the agency continues its work to regulate CBD following the legalization of hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill in December. Although the legislation removed hemp and derivatives containing less than 0.3 percent THC, the 2018 Farm Bill also granted the FDA the authority to regulate cannabis compounds including CBD. The agency then announced that CBD could not be used as a dietary supplement or ingredient in foods until regulations have been drafted. Friday’s hearing was the first opportunity for members of the public to provide input to the agency on the subject.

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Could cannabis legalization lead to massive employment boom?

Cannabis legalization in America has led to a lot of good things so far. Opioid abuse is down in states where cannabis is legal, and a lot of tax revenue has already been generated.

What the government doesn’t want you to know is how many jobs cannabis legalization has created. Despite numerous states legalizing cannabis for medical and/or recreational use, it remains illegal on the federal level. As such, agencies like the Bureau of Labor Statistics turn a blind eye to any cannabis-based jobs, leaving them out of the statistics.

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What are the best marijuana strains for obesity

It has long been rumored that the use of cannabis leads to “munchies” and a subsequent weight gain. However, according to recent findings, cannabis and weight loss have quite a surprising and promising partnership.

Unlike what most people might think, there are certain cannabis strains that have the opposite effect on the body, and look quite promising in the treatment of obesity. Moreover, the connection between obesity and eating is a lot more complex than you might think.

Currently, over 35% of adults in the U.S. are obese, and over 34% are overweight. Obesity also affects 17% of children between the ages of 2 and 19 years. However, the most shocking statistic is that 75% of the American population is estimated to be obese by 2020.

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04
Jun

Study shows American adults are consuming cannabis and hemp products to replace prescriptions

Last week, Radius Global Market Research released the results of its inaugural Cannabis and Hemp Trends Report.

The study surveyed more than 2,000 adults 18+ nationwide and found that between 2018 and 2019 thus far, there has been a significant increase in cannabis and hemp product usage and interest in the United States predominantly to replace prescription medications.

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VA rejects Veteran’s loan application over job at licensed cannabis business

If only this story was an outlier and federal prohibition didn’t continue to make life difficult for veterans, even in states with recreational cannabis. But the Boston Globe published an article today about how a 35-year-old disabled Massachusetts vet, his wife, and their two kids, have been thwarted in their housing search because the guy has a management level job in the cannabis industry — and it’s indicative of issues facing our vets across the country.

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‘False positives’ drug testing scandal emerges in New Orleans

By the standards of the rest of Louisiana, New Orleans is a fairly liberal place. But judges in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court may be punishing people — with fines, increased bonds or even jail time — based on a flawed drug testing program, according to a new report by a local watchdog group.

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