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May

Medical Marijuana No Better Than Placebo In Treating Behavioral Symptoms Of Dementia

With all the positive momentum surrounding the legalization of medical marijuana, it can be easy to forget that the research into Mary Jane’s possible medicinal uses is in many ways only in its infancy.

Thu
14
May

Marijuana Growers Eyeing Conservation to Reduce Costs, Boost Image & Allay Energy Concerns

Cannabis cultivators are increasingly exploring sustainability and energy conservation as a way to cut costs and minimize their impact on the environment.

And they might be forced to take such steps in the future: Severe water and energy shortages in some areas of the country are leading to pushback from local officials, which could usher in new restrictions on marijuana cultivation operations and stifle the industry’s growth.

Thu
14
May

New federal bill on medical pot for epilepsy backed by Bennet, Gardner

Colorado’s U.S. senators, Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, are backing federal legislation to allow children with seizures and adults with intractable epilepsy to have access to medical marijuana.

The proposed Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act would lift federal prohibitions across the country on using marijuana strains that are medically beneficial to prevent certain seizures.

Gardner, a Republican, and Bennet, a Democrat, announced the bill Wednesday with Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Johnny Isakson of Georgia at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Thu
14
May

FBI official named to take over embattled drug agency

Atty Gen. Loretta Lynch reached into the ranks of top FBI administrators Tuesday for new leadership at the troubled Drug Enforcement Administration.

Chuck Rosenberg, currently chief of staff to FBI Director James B. Comey, is expected to shake up DEA management practices and focus less on marijuana enforcement and more on heroin and other major drugs, a senior administration official said.

Wed
13
May

Medical marijuana winners and losers are already starting to emerge as potential bidder drops out

Applications for one of five medical-marijuana licenses in New York will roll into the state Department of Health through a May 29 deadline, but winners and losers already are emerging. And at least one aspiring marijuana grower has decided to take his business elsewhere.

Wed
13
May

As marijuana deadline looms, 5 things New Yorkers should know

With a May 29th deadline for applications from prospective marijuana growers and sellers who want to do business in New York State fast approaching, we turned to the nation's leading cannabis business figure to help make sense of what's happening.

Brendan Kennedy, CEO of Seattle-based private equity firm Privateer Holdings, talked about why New York became the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana, how New York's law differs from other states, and how the unions fit into all of this. Here's an edited transcript of our conversation.

 

Wed
13
May

New marijuana breathalyzer could detect “drugged” drivers

LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - You are now more likely to encounter a drugged driver on the roads than a drunk driver, according to a recently released study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
 
That statistic, combined with efforts to legalize medical and recreational marijuana, has law enforcement across the country looking for new and better ways to crack down on drugged driving.
 
Their newest tool could come in the form of a marijuana breathalyzer.

Wed
13
May

Florida’s Black Market Cannabis Oil Ruffles Pharmaceutical Doctor

As the fight for cannabis legalization, medical or otherwise, rages on in the U.S., Florida remains one of the most heated battlefields. Apparently, however, some people are not waiting for the law to catch up with their entrepreneurial spirits.

Wed
13
May

What's the Point of Voting When Lawmakers Ignore the Vote?

You may recall last year that we voters here in Oregon passed statewide marijuana legalization. We're one of the 26 states with some form of citizen lawmaking ability, so we crafted a marijuana legalization initiative, got it on the ballot, and passed it with a 56 percent majority.

The initiative legalized personal marijuana possession and growing and established a system for commercial production, processing, and sales. Much of what was in the initiative was copied-and-pasted from our state's liquor laws, including two key provisions: only a vote of the people in a city or county could ban commercial marijuana licenses and only the state can tax marijuana.

Wed
13
May

Indiana Church Plans Pot-Smoking Worship Service in Test of Religious Freedom

The congregation will 'explode in glory,' church founder says, assuming cops and a willing landlord let them.

Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis plans to host its inaugural worship service July 1, the same day the state’s controversial religious freedom law takes effect. If all goes according to plan, the service will offer a bold test of the law’s ban on government burdens on the exercise of religion.

Adherents of the recently established church worship cannabis, which is illegal to grow, use or possess under state law.

The first service, church founder Bill Levin says, will open with “Amazing Grace” played on harmonica by a popular young musician and move to a quick sermon and short member testimonies about positive things that happened in the past week.

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