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Marijuana & Legalization

New studies show that legal cannabis access reduces opioid abuse

3/4/18--Scientific data is growing nearly by the day in support of the notion that legalized cannabis can mitigate opioid use and abuse. For instance, among states where medical cannabis access is permitted, patients routinely lessen their opioid intake. According to data published this week by the Minnesota Department of Health, among those patients known to be taking opiate painkillers upon their enrollment into the program, 63 percent “were able to reduce or eliminate opioid usage after six months.” Read

Increasing study data indicates medical cannabis Can reduce opioid use, deaths

3/4/18--Libertarian think tank The Cato Institute last week posted an article citing a study report issued by the Minnesota Department of Health. Study results, which surveyed data from 2,000 first-time medical marijuana users with intractable pain, said 42 percent of those patients reported a 30 percent decrease or more in their level of pain. Perhaps, more importantly, the study also found that of those patients taking opioid medications for pain, 63 percent were able to reduce or curtail their opioid use, once treated with medical cannabis. Read

Federal health official says “There is no such thing as medical marijuana”

3/5/18--As health officials, law enforcement, and politicians carve a path forward through interdiction, treatment, and opioid alternatives, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar has already dismissed medical cannabis as an option, even in the face of continued research showing the controversial plant's immense ability to wean users off pain pills and heroin. According to Azar, there is no such thing as medical marijuana, and there is no FDA approved use of marijuana. Read

Cannabis descheduling not one of pharma giant’s “core priorities”

2/23/18--Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly & Co., a pharmaceutical giant that once developed marijuana-based medicines, won’t be advocating for the descheduling of cannabis anytime soon. The company opposes a shareholder proposal seeking Lilly to proclaim support of marijuana descheduling, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing made Friday. Read

Experts challenge claims about medical marijuana’s impact on teen recreational use and opioid deaths

2/22/18--Two papers published today look at the current evidence of the effects of medical marijuana laws and conclude there is little support that such laws increase recreational marijuana use among adolescents or reduce opioid overdose deaths. Read

Marijuana & Health

Are there risks from secondhand marijuana smoke? Early science says yes

3/19/18--Scientists are finding that, just as with secondhand smoke from tobacco, inhaling secondhand smoke from marijuana can make it harder for arteries to expand to allow a healthy flow of blood. Read

House of Medicine opens the door to addiction prevention & treatment

3/15/18--Two landmark developments in medicine pave the way for quality medical care to address America's largest and most costly preventable health problem - unhealthy substance use and addiction involving all addictive substances. These changes are designed to increase the number of addiction medicine physician specialists who can provide direct patient care and consultation, teach other providers and thereby drive knowledge across health care, and help policymakers and the public understand and effectively respond to our current health crisis. Read

Legalized medical marijuana doesn’t cause more teens to smoke weed, study finds

3/5/18--According to a study out of Columbia University, teen usage of cannabis neither increased nor decreased after states legalized pot use for medical problems. The study was an analytical examination of four separate national surveys with data from eleven separate studies dating back to 1991. Still, the researchers want to study adult cannabis use next, pointing to the possibility that while connections to teen abuse appear unlikely, there may be a link to people becoming more dependent on the drug in adulthood. Read

How does resolving cannabis problems differ from problems with alcohol or other drugs?

3/5/18--Individuals who report having resolved a problem with cannabis use appear to have done so at younger ages than those who resolved problems with alcohol or other drugs and were less likely to use any formal sources of assistance or support, report investigators from the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Read

D.A.R.E. programs unsure of how to teach marijuana in legalized states

2/25/18--As more states legalize cannabis for both medical and recreational use, anti-drug education programs struggle to stay relevant. Particularly, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)—a popular school program created in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department—isn't sure how to adapt to new, sensible drug policies across the United States. Read

Marijuana & Safety

Changing marijuana laws and the opioid crisis are prompting employer action

3/13/18--While CEOs still tend to opt for termination over rehabilitation for drug use, the reality is that employers may not be able to afford to do so while recruitment and retention remain a key HR concern. If an HR manager hasn’t dealt with a drug issue at their workplace yet, its likely they will very soon. HR will need to align with employee assistance programs (EAPs) and with workers’ comp providers to lessen the use of opioids and get provider buy-in for the anti-opioid direction. Read

Where pedestrian deaths are up, is marijuana to blame?

2/28/18--Pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents have reached levels not seen in years, and a safety group has sought to explain why. It has identified several possible causes, like digital distractions and an increase in driving. Now it has added another: marijuana. Read

New Poll Shows Americans Consider Texting More Dangerous Than Marijuana While Driving

11/28/17--A new survey conducted by Harris Poll reveals ninety-one percent of Americans believe driving while under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. However, just 40 percent of respondents believe driving while high is a contributing factor to more motor vehicle accidents. Despite marijuana's effect on a person's motor functions, more Americans think using social media and texting while driving is more dangerous than driving under the influence of marijuana. Read

National 2016 Fatal Crash Data shows marijuana involvement at 18%, drug at 40%, and DUI at 27%

11/21/17--For drivers tested in the last 5 years, drug involvement is up 173%, and marijuana is up 95%. According Phillip Drum, coauthor of the report, the large increase of marijuana found in fatal crashes, from 9.3% in 2011 to 18.2% in 2016, shows an awful trend that suggests that soon the marijuana fatal crash percentage will be higher than alcohol, if it is not already in some states.” Read

Marijuana farming is harming the environment, study shows

11/1/17--Marijuana farming in remote locations is hurting the environment, new research shows. When researchers analyzed the ecological consequences of marijuana farming in Northern California, they were surprised by the outsized impact of small farms. Read

Marijuana & Commerce

Home Depot now selling American Cannabis Company products online

3/15/18--The Home Depot Inc. has planted a partnership seed with the cannabis industry. The Atlanta-based retail giant joined Walmart Inc. and Amazon Inc. in securing online distribution channels with American Cannabis Company Inc., a full-service business-to-business consulting solutions provider, and seller of ancillary products to the cannabis industry. Read

Hot ink: CBD makers hoping tattoo-care products will open new $1.6 billion market

3/6/18--A growing number of hemp companies are launching products aimed at the tattoo industry, from CBD patches marketed as pain relief to balms and creams designed to speed recovery, to expand their retail opportunities. The trend comes as CBD producers look for non-marijuana retail opportunities amid ongoing legal uncertainty about cannabis’ legal status. Read

Cronos, a marijuana producer, starts trading on the Nasdaq

2/27/18--Canadian marijuana producer Cronos Group is the first pot producer and seller to trade on Wall Street. Although other companies with indirect relations to cannabis are trading, this marks a big step for the cannabis industry. Read

The best marijuana gadgets for the tech-y stoner in your life

2/25/18--Silicon Valley is no stranger to cannabis culture, so it's no surprise that tech companies are driving innovation in the pot world with some seriously impressive products. From edibles to vapes, cultivation boxes to dab rigs, there are seemingly endless ways to consume cannabis in the growing number of states that have passed legislature legalizing marijuana. Read

Why is it so hard to dose weed

2/26/18--It's difficult to quantify just how much marijuana is being inhaled —especially because marijuana contains some 500 chemicals that interact in ways scientists are just beginning to understand. Science has more to learn about how marijuana works on the human body, and companies making cannabis devices are figuring out ways to tackle the dosing problem. Read

Marijuana & Culture

Ricki Lake-produced film Weed the People argues for marijuana use as a cancer treatment

3/10/18--As marijuana use continues to become decriminalized across the United States, doctors, researchers and patients are pushing to make it an accepted part of cancer treatments. The new film Weed the People, executive-produced by Ricki Lake, follows families as they discover the benefits of marijuana for their child’s cancer and chemotherapy. Read

Marijuana money increasingly flowing to Republican lawmakers

1/21/18--Marijuana business owners are increasingly pouring their profits into lobbying lawmakers as they face a federal crackdown from the Trump administration. A USA Today survey found hundreds of thousands of dollars flowing from the cannabis industry into campaign finance accounts of both lawmakers and political action committees, with emphasis this year on Congressional Republicans who are trying to stop the Trump administration from targeting marijuana businesses. Read

CNN reporter holds joints, lights bong for pot smoker on live New Year’s Eve broadcast

1/2/18--CNN reporter Randi Kaye, sporting large marijuana leaf styled earrings, lit a bong for a pot smoker during a live report from Denver broadcast on CNN’s New Year’s Eve show Sunday night that was hosted from Times Square by Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen. Read

Former commissioner David Stern wants NBA to get rid of marijuana ban

10/26/17--Former commissioner David Stern believes that the NBA should remove marijuana from its banned substances list and treat it the same as states. “I’m now at the point where, personally, I think (marijuana) probably should be removed from the ban list,” Stern said. “I think there is universal agreement that marijuana for medical purposes should be completely legal.” Read

Martha Stewart’s transformation from home guru to Snoop’s weed-joke homie

10/19/17--According an article published in The Cannabist, the transformation of Martha Stewart has culminated in “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” her cooking-show-meets-stoner-buddy-comedy. Her show with Snoop is a very particular cultural exchange between two people of seemingly disparate backgrounds who are genuinely friends. Even though it would seem the ultimate culmination of both personal brands, Snoop and Martha have no plans to launch a merchandising spinoff of their show: a line of gourmet cannabis edibles. Read

Marijuana & Enforcement

Open letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions

1/22/18--Paula Gordon Ph.D. submitted an open letter to Stop Pot, a non-partisan grassroots campaign started by citizens concerned about the damaging health effects, both physical and mental, of marijuana. Gordon thanked readers for rescinding the Cole Memorandum in addition to holding the marijuana industry accountable for the harms they have caused and that they are causing to public health and safety. Read

Jeff Sessions’s endless war on marijuana

1/7/18--Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a new guidance last week, which reverses Obama-era policy and gives prosecutors more leeway to enforce federal laws against the drug in states where it is legal. Sessions has been on a lifelong crusade against the plant, which he considers the root of many of society’s ills. The new policy is deeply unpopular, and many of its harshest critics are members of the president’s own party, who expressed outrage at the reversal of Mr. Trump’s campaign promise to leave the matter to the states. Read

Scott Adams warns Donald Trump on marijuana: ‘I’m gonna turn on this president’

1/5/18-- Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams warned President Donald Trump not to stop states from legalizing marijuana, warning: "I'm going turn on this president faster than anyone has ever turned on him." Adams cast the issue as one relating to the welfare of veterans– many of whom, he said, relied on marijuana to relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He also recounted how using marijuana had helped him overcome suicidal thoughts in college, and had relieved him of stomach pain he had suffered with since childhood. Read

FDA pursues unproven cancer claims

12/19/17--Four companies have received FDA warning letters for selling products online that agency officials said made unproven anticancer claims and contained a component of the marijuana plant. The products reportedly contained cannabidiol (CBD), which isn’t FDA approved for any indication. Read

Scammers used my article and Montel’s name to hock ‘CBD’

10/29/17--A lawsuit is being filed on behalf of former TV host Montel Williams and Montel Williams Enterprises, Inc. over the misuse of his name and reputation in what is likely the first such case for the cannabis industry. Filed with the U.S. District Court in Miami, the complaint alleges that at least three companies linked to Timothy K. Isaac of Scottsdale, Arizona have intentionally and “blatantly” been using Williams’ reputation as a celebrity and CBD proponent following a Forbes article, as well as comments he made therein and elsewhere, to sell “purported CBD oils” through numerous websites as part of multiple “unscrupulous businesses online scams that are deceiving customers.” Read