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Pot peddlers are declaring war on booze

1/15/18--Marijuana boosters have declared war on booze. The number of billboards and other advertisements aimed at converting drinkers into tokers or nibblers of edible marijuana has exploded over the past several years. Read

Marijuana stocks rallied in December

1/11/18--Marijuana stocks continued the November rally into December as investors loaded up on stocks ahead of California’s legalized recreational sales. The U.S. Marijuana Index jumped 50% and the Canadian Marijuana Index climbed 65% for the month of December. Read

Democrats must seize on Jeff Sessions’ misguided marijuana policy

12/7/17--Despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions' focus on re-criminalizing, legalization activists are celebrating the widespread adoption of new marijuana laws. But, if history is any guide, declarations of legal marijuana’s permanence may be premature, according to Emily Dufton, author of Grass Roots: The Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America. Still, America’s previous experiments with both legalization and criminalization can provide clues for how to handle the country’s newest legal shift. 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

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

China says marijuana legalization to blame for US opioid crisis

12/28/17--According to Yu Haibin of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, the United States should look within to cut down demand for opioids which are fueling its deadly drug crisis rather than stressing unsubstantiated claims that China is the major source of these chemicals. Read

Several states likely to legalize marijuana in 2018

12/28/18--It was a big year for pot in 2017: For the first time, a majority of Americans said it should be legalized, four state ballot initiatives passed and startups pounced on California's approval of recreational use. The year ahead portends legalization in three states, and the first pro-pot initiatives enacted by lawmakers instead of voter referendums. Read

A doctor reveals exactly how to use cannabis for anxiety

1/7/2018--According to Dr. Jordan Tishler, MD, a Harvard-trained physician and the president of both InhaleMD and the Association of Cannabis Specialists, in order to avoid the intoxication effects of cannabis while benefiting from its antianxiety and antidepressant effects, it should be used at bedtime. Even though the intoxication wears off overnight, the antianxiety and antidepressant benefits last throughout the next day. Read

The top 10 cannabis lifestyle trends of 2017

12/28/17--This article presents the monumental strides and 10 key cannabis lifestyle trends that defined the past year. Read

FDA accepts GW Pharma’s NDA filing for Epidiolex in the treatment of LGS and Dravet syndrome

12/28/17--GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH) announces that the FDA has accepted for filing with Priority Review its recently submitted New Drug Application (NDA) for Epidiolex (cannabidiol or CBD), an investigational treatment for seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome, two rare and difficult to treat conditions of childhood-onset epilepsy. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act goal date for completion of the FDA review of the Epidiolex NDA is June 27, 2018. Read

More pregnant women are using pot, study finds

12/26/17--More pregnant women seem to be using pot -- sometimes to ease the nausea of morning sickness or heightened anxiety -- and a new study suggests that this slight rise in marijuana use is most pronounced among those younger in age. Read

Gogek: Marijuana not the answer to opioids

12/18/17--According to Dr. Ed Gogek, a psychiatrist specializing in substance abuse, the marijuana industry wants us to believe pot can solve the opioid crisis, but if that were true opioid-related deaths would have steadily decreased after Arizona’s medical marijuana law took effect in 2011, and they didn’t. Before the law passed, the opioid death rate in Arizona was falling, and after the law kicked in, that changed. Between 2012 and 2016, opioid deaths increased by 74.6 percent. In other words, marijuana is not saving us from the opioid epidemic. 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

NIH’s 2017 Monitoring the Future survey shows both vaping and marijuana are more popular than traditional cigarettes or pain reliever misuse

12/14/17--Findings from the 2017 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of eighth, 10th, and 12th graders in schools nationwide indicates that nearly 1 in 3 students in 12th grade report past year use of some kind of vaping device, raising concerns about the impact on their health. The survey also suggests that use of hookahs and regular cigarettes is declining. Read

Tripp Keber resigns as CEO of marijuana edibles powerhouse Dixie Brands for new role

12/15/17--Tripp Keber, the co-founder and CEO of Dixie Brands, resigned from the company Friday afternoon, effective immediately, to assume a new role in the marijuana industry. He will be taking on a “leadership role” with Rose Capital. Rose is one of Dixie’s largest funding partners and is taking the lead on new investment to help Dixie expand nationally and overseas. The resignation is part of a move that will partner Dixie with an upstart private equity company that is assembling a portfolio of infused products companies. Read

Teen drug use reaches a 43-year low, with the exception of marijuana

12/15/17--Teens today are using fewer drugs than the age group has used over the the past 43 years, with the exception of marijuana. A recent University of Michigan study found that one in 10 high school seniors say they’ve vaped marijuana in the past year. Richard Miech, the researcher in charge of the study, said the number of teens that are vaping the drug is much higher than he expected. Read

Teen marijuana use down in most legalized states, federal data says

12/11/17--According to new data from the federally-funded National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) published in the American Journal of Public Health, annual teen cannabis use is down across the U.S. as a whole, but the drop was less significant than that experienced in Colorado and Washington, the first two states to legalize marijuana. Read  

Medical marijuana for children with cancer? What providers think

12/12/17--A study published in Pediatrics examined interdisciplinary provider perspectives on legal medical marijuana use in children with cancer. It found that 92 percent of providers were willing to help children with cancer access medical marijuana. However, providers who are legally eligible to certify for medical marijuana were less open to endorsing its use. Read

Marijuana may help HIV patients keep mental stamina longer

12/12/17--A chemical found in marijuana, known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, has been found to potentially slow the process in which mental decline can occur in up to 50 percent of HIV patients, says a new Michigan State University study. Read

Helping settle the marijuana and alcohol debate

12/11/17--Data on purchases of alcoholic beverages in grocery, convenience, drug, or mass distribution stores in US counties for 2006-2015 was gathered to study the link between medical marijuana laws and alcohol consumption, in addition to focusing on settling the debate between the substitutability or complementarity between marijuana and alcohol. Read

Metatron (MRNJ) now accepts BitCoin Cryptocurrency and Update on BitWeed™ marijuana payments app

12/11/17--Metatron, a technology pioneer specializing in the accelerated release of over 2000 apps including Cannabis based, CBD, and Vaporized™ secure chat apps via iTunes and Google Play, announced the final stage development of Bitweed™, a cryptocurrency transaction and tracking app for Marijuana dispensaries and consumers. A biotech company now distributes the Metatron developed and recent updated Cannaboids™ app under its own iTunes account with Google Play soon to follow. Read

Could marijuana prevent opioid deaths? Here’s what a UNT researcher says

12/10/17--According to Melvin Livingston, lead author of a recent study and an assistant professor at UNT Health Science Center, marijuana use may reduce opioid-related deaths. The study, published in October, indicated legal recreational marijuana use reduced opioid overdose deaths in Colorado by 6 percent during a two-year-period beginning in 2013. But researchers only had two years of data on legal recreational marijuana use to draw from. Read

Could Ohio, other states lose exemption from marijuana prosecution?

12/10/17--A little-known federal budget amendment that protects growers, processors, sellers, and the professionals who work with them might expire this year at the behest of the Trump administration. Now known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, the measure prohibits the U.S. Justice Department from enforcing federal law against medical marijuana in places where it's legal, as it's been in Ohio since last year. Read

Marijuana use may not aid patients in opioid addiction treatment

12/4/17--Many patients who are being treated for opioid addiction in a medication-assisted treatment clinic use marijuana to help manage their pain and mood symptoms. But, new research led by Marian Wilson, Ph.D., of the Washington State University College of Nursing found that frequent marijuana use seems to strengthen the relationship between pain and depression and anxiety, not ease it. Read

Rare and mysterious vomiting illness linked to heavy marijuana use

11/30/17--Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, a condition only recently acknowledged by the medical community, affects a small population — namely, a subset of marijuana users who smoke multiple times a day for months, years or even decades. Doctors say it's difficult to treat the condition. There is no cure other than to quit using marijuana. Furthermore, doctors can do little to relieve the symptoms, since traditional anti-nausea medications often don't work and there are no pills to prevent the onset of an episode. Read

Which pure-play marijuana stock will have the highest operating margin?

12/1/17--The pure-play marijuana stock expected to have the highest operating margin on the entire pot industry will likely derive from cannabinoid-based drug developer GW Pharmaceuticals. GW Pharmaceuticals' experimental drug Epidiolex easily found the mark in numerous pivotal-stage clinical trials involving two rare types of childhood-onset epilepsy. If approved, Epidiolex could generate in the neighborhood of $500 million in peak annual sales giving it the highest operating margin of all pot stocks by the end of the decade. Read

Vomiting syndrome discovered in some long-term marijuana users

11/30/17--Long-term and very heavy marijuana use may cause severe stomach pain and vomiting in a very small percentage of users, according to local San Diego researchers. County and health officials say Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) causes symptoms ranging from severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and the impulse to take hot showers. The condition is linked to long-term, heavy marijuana use and causes abdominal discomfort that may mimic other intestinal illnesses. Read

Medical marijuana took a bite out of alcohol sales. Recreational pot could take an even bigger one.

12/1/17--Alcoholic beverage sales fell by 15 percent following the introduction of medical marijuana laws in a number of states, according to a new working paper by researchers at the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University. The study adds to a growing body of evidence showing that marijuana availability can reduce alcohol consumption. Read

Frequency of cannabis use tied to relationship between pain, mood disorders

11/29/17--Frequent cannabis users enrolled in a Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction exhibit greater associations between pain and negative affects (anxiety and depression) compared with less-frequent users, according to findings from a study published in Addictive Behaviors. Because this cross-sectional study relied on self-reported data for cannabis use frequency, the investigators note it does not establish a causal relationship between the frequency of cannabis use and the association between pain and negative affect. Read

Research finds link between marijuana use and testicular cancer

11/8/17--New research from Northern Medical Program Professor Dr. Russ Callaghan has found that use of marijuana is associated with the development of testicular cancer. As part of a retrospective study, Dr. Callaghan and his team looked at data from young men conscripted for military service in Sweden in 1969 and 1970, and tracked their health conditions over the following 42 years. They found that heavy cannabis use (defined as more than 50 times in a lifetime, as measured at conscription) was associated with a 2.5-fold increased risk of developing testicular cancer. Read

Cannabis use and incidence of testicular cancer

11/1/17--Given current drug policy reforms to decriminalize or legalize cannabis in numerous countries worldwide, the current study assesses the relation between cannabis use and the development of testicular cancer. Read

Synthetic cannabis-like drug reduces sleep apnea

11/28/17--A synthetic cannabis-like drug in a pill was safe and effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea in the first large multi-site study of a drug for apnea funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study was conducted at Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). 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

DEA finalizing Schedule II status for synthetic THC drug Syndros

11/21/17--The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is expected to finalize the previously suggested Schedule II status for Syndros, the FDA-approved liquid dronabinol drug developed by Insys Therapeutics, the Chandler, Ariz.-based pharmaceutical company that last year donated to a campaign opposing marijuana legalization and last month saw its founder arrested on fraud and racketeering charges. Read

Does medical marijuana really work? The truth behind the buzz.

11/21/17--More research is needed to determine if medical marijuana really works. However, there is a possibility that more research may not provide all of the highly sought-after answers. Some—or maybe all—of the benefits found in randomized controlled trials of marijuana could be nothing more the product of expectations and the placebo effect. It may not work as well as studies suggest. In fact, it may not work at all. 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

Study: Nearly 70% of online CBD marijuana extracts tested were mislabeled

11/7/17--According to a study of 84 CBD products sold by 31 companies online, blind testing found that only about 31 percent of them contained the amount of CBD listed on the label (within +/- 10 percent). Some of the products contained other components of marijuana that were not listed on the label, including Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabibolic acid (THC), the psychoactive component of marijuana that does generate an intoxicating high. Read

After eight years of decline, overdose mortality among teens is increasing

11/13/17--Between 1999 and 2007, the mortality rate from drug overdose more than doubled among 15-19- year-olds. Then, for reasons not well-understood, the mortality rate declined by 26% by 2014, but primarily among males. Since then, mortality from overdose has increased dramatically, especially among adolescents using opioids, especially heroin. Further analysis of these data reveals that 21.9% of the fatalities among 15-19- year-old females were due to suicide, compared to only 8.7% for males. Read

Budweiser’s ex-marketing chief sees cannabis as the new craft beer

11/13/17--Chris Burggraeve, former chief marketing officer for Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the brewer of Budweiser beer, is moving from barley and hops to cannabis as the alcohol industry casts its sights on the burgeoning market for state-sanctioned marijuana. The former beer executive is one of many entrepreneurs and investors increasingly flocking to the cannabis industry from the traditional business world. Read

How Big Alcohol learned to stop worrying and love marijuana

11/7/17--Seemingly, businesses involved in the manufacture and sale of beer now also have a stake in the marijuana industry, following a longstanding booze industry bias against marijuana. "Big Alcohol" knows a huge opportunity when it sees it, and like a beer company scooping up other beer companies—or makers of wine or liquor—it’s a smart business move. Read

Marijuana and alcohol negatively impact lifetime achievement in young adults

10/31/17--UConn Health examined the effects of marijuana use and dependence on life achievement in young adults. Research found that young adults dependent on marijuana and alcohol were less likely to achieve adult life goals, defined by the study as educational achievement, full-time employment, marriage, and social economic potential. Research also revealed that dependence may have a more severe effect on young men. Read

Teens who drank or smoked marijuana heavily are less likely to marry, go to college, or work full time

11/5/17--Young adults dependent on marijuana and alcohol are less likely to achieve adult life goals, according to new research by UConn Health scientists. They examined data from the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA) to track the effect teenage alcohol and marijuana use has on the achievement of life goals, defined as educational achievement, full time employment, marriage, and social economic potential. The researchers also found that dependence may have a more severe effect on young men. Read

Medical Marijuana, Inc. announces prominent coverage on Mexican news station about benefits of CBD and Global CBD Policy

11/2/17--During a recent interview on Azteca TV Mexico, Raúl Elizalde, General Manager of subsidiary HempMeds® Mexico, explained that the World Health Organization will address cannabidiol along with a list of other substances that they are analyzing to know if they need to be updated and scheduled as psychoactive substances. Read

Poll: Marijuana research widely supported among veterans

11/2/17--Most veteran households, regardless of state, age or political affiliation, support researching and legalizing medical marijuana, according to a poll commissioned by the American Legion. It included a sample of 513 veterans and 289 family members across 39 states. The poll, with a margin of error of 3.45 percentage points, found 92 percent of veterans support research into medical cannabis as well as 93 percent of veteran caregivers. 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

Ithaca College professor finds cannabis cultivation hurts environment

10/31/17--According to a new study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and co-authored by Jake Brenner, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Ithaca College, planting cannabis for commercial production in remote locations is creating forest fragmentation, stream modification, soil erosion, and landslides. Without land-use policies to limit its environmental footprint, the impacts of cannabis farming could get worse. Read

FDA warns companies against claims that marijuana cures diseases

11/1/17--Four companies  — Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises, Green Roads of Florida, That’s Natural, and Natural Alchemist — each sell products that falsely claim to cure cancer, Alzheimer’s disease or other illnesses, according to the FDA. They have been warned by the agency to stop pitching their products as cures for cancer, a common but unproven claim in the industry. The companies sell CBD in a wide range products on their websites featuring endorsements from people who claim that they or their loved ones have been miraculously cured of terminal diseases and other illnesses. Read

Pot doesn’t cure cancer and stop saying it does, FDA says

11/2/17--Marijuana doesn’t cure cancer, and it doesn’t somehow explode tumor cells and it doesn’t promote the growth of new brain cells, the Food and Drug Administration stated. The FDA warned four companies to stop making these unproven claims and to stop selling cannabis-based hemp and marijuana products that claim to treat cancer or any other medical condition. Read

FDA sends warning letters to CBD companies, including Colorado’s CW Hemp

11/1/17--The Colorado company known for the “Charlotte’s Web” cannabidiol extract and three other businesses that make CBD products were put on notice by the FDA for illegally making unsubstantiated health claims. In a statement, FDA officials said they’ve becoming increasingly concerned about the “proliferation” of products that claim to treat or cure diseases such as cancer. Read

Anxiety ‘huge risk factor’ for cannabis use disorder

10/25/17--Researchers from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, explore the risk profiles of problematic cannabis users. They aimed to shift the focus from teenage marijuana use to that of adults, investigating the risk factors behind problematic marijuana use in early adulthood. 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

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

Talk show host Hugh Hewitt lobbies Jeff Sessions to pursue federal marijuana crackdown

10/26/17--Radio personality Hugh Hewitt lobbied U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for a federal crackdown on legal marijuana businesses during a 14-minute interview. Hewitt asked Sessions pointed questions about marijuana enforcement, and probed him about specific methods to prosecute businesses in states that have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. Read

These states will probably vote on marijuana in 2018

10/26/17--In 2018, voters in a number of several states are likely to see cannabis questions when they go to their polling places. An article published in Marijuana Moment presents an in-depth look at those states that have the best chance of qualifying marijuana initiatives, followed by some brief information on a few that seem like longer shots. Read

Researchers use a compound with a novel mechanism to treat pain in mice without tolerance or physical dependence

10/25/17--A pre-clinical study led by Indiana University scientists reports a promising step forward in the search for pain relief methods without the addictive side effects behind the country's current opioid addiction crisis. The research, which appears in the journal Biological Psychiatry, finds that the use of compounds called positive allosteric modulators, or PAMs, enhances the effect of pain-relief chemicals naturally produced by the body in response to stress or injury. Read

Large declines seen in teen substance abuse, delinquency

10/25/17--In recent years, teens have become far less likely to abuse alcohol, nicotine, and illicit drugs, according to researchersat Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Teens also are less likely to engage in behaviors like fighting and stealing, and the researchers believe the declines in substance use and delinquency are connected. The drop in substance abuse among teens parallels findings in other recent surveys, but until now no one has looked at how the drop-off may be linked to other behavioral issues. Read

Medical marijuana won’t help most sick kids

10/23/17--A new review suggests that medical marijuana appears to hold only limited promise for sick children and teenagers, and according to study author Dr. Shane Shucheng Wong there's not enough evidence to say that medical marijuana can specifically help kids with medical conditions, such as neuropathic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or Tourette's syndrome. Even though there seem to be some good uses for medical pot, doctors and families need to weigh potential negative effects in treating children and teens with marijuana, Wong noted. Read

Marijuana can help children with seizures, cancer nausea

10/23/17--According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, medical marijuana is effective in treating seizures and chemotherapy-induced nausea in young patients. Researchers conducted a meta-analysis, looking at 22 relevant studies on the use of medical cannabis on children and adolescents to reach this conclusion. Some advocates have hailed these results as further proof of the effectiveness of medical marijuana, particularly in cases where children haven’t responded to other traditional treatments. Read

Here are a few marijuana tech gadgets for your home and kitchen

10/23/17--According to a poll conducted by LendEDU, cannabis consumers spend an average of more than $110 per month on marijuana, and they buy more than six pot-related products each month. Digital Trends reveals some of the marijuana gadgets typically seen in a kitchen that cannabis users creatively use. Read