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DOD Secretary tells tech experts: ‘we can be flexible’ on marijuana use

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-8-46-55-pm9/14/16--Defense Secretary Ash Carter strives to build bridges between the military and technology experts, and believes that with changing times, laws, and attitudes about marijuana, the DOD can also be flexible with marijuana as it relates to past drug use. Read

Cues to determine shelf life of that newly legal marijuana

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-10-49-33-am9/15/16--Patrick Bennett, who writes for Leafly, is helping those worried about aging pot. He is out with “Identifying Old or Bad Cannabis Past its Shelf Life, ” which contains tips on how to tell if marijuana is past its prime. Read

As more states consider legalizing, questions about pot and the brain

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-10-23-44-am9/13/16--Five states are voting this fall on whether marijuana should be legal for recreational use, and questions are emerging about what is known and unknown about marijuana's effect on the brain. Read

Get ready for the age of marijuana tourism

fb-square-english-spanish9/13/16--One of the most well-known travel writers in the world, Arthur Frommer, predicted recently that cannabis tourism is going to become big business after the November election, when up to five more states could legalize recreational use. Read

Medical marijuana is a big lie

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-2-26-31-am9/13/16--According to HealthZette writer Jonathan Talcott, medical marijuana is a big lie, and the legalization of marijuana for medical or recreational use is a public health catastrophe across America. Read

Court ruling on guns & MMJ could lead to millions in lost dispensary sales

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-11-34-35-am9/12/16--Arizona has the potential to lose more MMJ sales than any other state as a result of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that a Nevada woman’s Second Amendment rights were not violated by a federal law prohibiting gun sales to an “unlawful user of and/or an addict to marijuana.” Read

America’s college students are getting stoned out of their gourds

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-11-28-49-am9/11/16--Over a third of America’s college students admit to getting stoned out of their gourds at least once in 2015, according to a recently released national study. Also, approximately two-thirds of U.S. college students say they see no problem with using marijuana occasionally. Read

Why legalizing marijuana could solve some of America’s problems

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-8-15-06-am9/8/16--According to an Alternet article, both the Republican and Democrat parties have recognized the value of cannabis, at least medically. However, there is bigger picture. Legalizing cannabis could be the solution to America’s social, economic and even some foreign problems. Read

Pot use rises on college campuses, while other drug use declines

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-8-01-32-am9/8/16--More college students are getting high on pot, and those who do smoke are getting stoned more frequently, according to the national Monitoring the Future study. Read

Pot and pregnancy: no harm seen at birth, but many questions remain

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-7-22-59-am9/8/16--A review and analysis of 31 previously published studies has found no independent connection between a mother's pot use and adverse birth events. But the doctors say that doesn't mean it's OK to partake. Read

Using pot while pregnant not tied to birth risks

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-11-31-18-am9/8/16--Smoking marijuana during pregnancy doesn't appear to increase the risk of preterm birth or other harmful birth outcomes, a new review study suggests. Read

California cannabis: show me the money

fb-square-english-spanish8/29/16--With passage of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), there is a steady onslaught of investors looking to get into California’s MMJ industry in some way, shape, or form. And with the vote on Proposition 64 coming up in November, excitement about California is palpable. Read

NORML’s legislative round up

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-9-05-17-am9/2/16--This week’s round up features the status of a number of state and local ballot measures, and highlights new legislation signed into law this week in Delaware. Plus, details on the latest Governor to endorse marijuana decriminalization. Read

Parents are turning to marijuana more than teens, study suggests

fb-square-english-spanish9/6/16--A 12-year report from the Centers For Disease Control released Friday shows a surprising trend: older people ? and not teens ? are turning to pot at a more rapid rate. Read

Marijuana’s mainstream move triggers different kinds of family talks

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-11-38-33-pm9/5/16--Debbie Moak, who formally ran a nonprofit called Not My Kid and opposed the approval of medical marijuana, says addiction tears a family apart. "It becomes a disease of the family, and I've lived it, in the trenches," Moak comments. "I don't want to see this happen for any other family." Read

Ninth Circuit rules marijuana card holders may not own firearms

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-11-17-04-pm9/5/16--A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision that holding a marijuana card precludes its owner from keeping and bearing arms. In the process, the panel threw out the First, Second, and Fifth Amendment rights. Read

On marijuana users’ right to bear arms: Where’s NRA?

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-10-21-07-pm9/2/16--While the NRA staunchly opposes gun sale restrictions on would-be pistol packers on the government’s “no-fly” list, the NRA is OK with banning state-legal medical cannabis patients from purchasing firearms without due process. Read

The language of addiction and life-saving treatments

the language used by the media is often problematic in addition to the pessimistic portrait painted about addiction. Read

National estimates of marijuana use and related indicators

for the first time, an overview of national estimates for marijuana use and other related indicators among the U.S. noninstitutionalized civilian population aged ?12 years using 2002–2014 NSDUH data. The report includes at least seven important findings. Read

Many think marijuana causes little to no harm

substantially more people feel that using marijuana causes little to no harm. This study looked back at 12 years of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, from 2002 to 2014, and found that more Americans reported they were using the drug and far fewer saw it as harmful. Read

9 states least likely to legalize marijuana any time soon

there are several states that will have marijuana prohibition-ending initiatives on their ballots. After this year’s election concludes, many state residents are hopeful their state will be added to the list. Read

Democrats hope marijuana will help elect Hillary Clinton

but marijuana ballot initiatives might attract voters of both parties this fall. Read

What scientific & medical journals & experts say about marijuana

fb-square-english-spanish8/26/16--Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy highlight several key points about what scientific & medical journals & experts are saying about marijuana. Read

Marijuana just made me want to ‘eat potato chips’

the TNT analyst talks about Dallas Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliot’s purported pre-game visit to a marijuana dispensary in Seattle earlier this week. Read

Marijuana use is illegal for uniformed service members

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-11-33-47-pm8/25/16--Air Force Reserve Command officials emphasize that any marijuana use or possession by uniformed service members is illegal under federal law, and breaking this law could be career ending. Yet, under AFRC’s drug testing program, more reservists test positive for marijuana than all other illegal drugs combined. Read

Menstrual marijuana: Whoopi Goldberg eyeing Canada

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 10.04.26 AM8/23/16--Whoopi Goldberg is eyeing Canada as a potential market for her line of cannabis-infused menstrual pain products. Goldberg's product line, which includes a THC tincture, a topical body rub, medicated bath salts and cannabis-infused cacao, is available only to medical marijuana patients in California. Read

High Times makes major move into marijuana media, signs with UTA

the print and digital magazine that has been covering cannabis for more than 40 years, recently signed an agreement with United Talent Agency. The partnership is a first for both High Times and UTA. Never has a major Hollywood talent agency teamed up with a business in the cannabis industry. Read

Four cannabis companies on Inc. 500 list

fb-square-english-spanish8/17/16--Four cannabis-related firms have been named to Inc. magazine’s annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the nation, yet another indication of how legitimate the marijuana trade has become. The top spot on the Inc. 500 goes to Los Angeles-based Loot Crate, which delivers a monthly themed “mystery” crate to customers. Read