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More focus needed on effects of cannabis on human development

fb-square-english-spanish10/3/16--Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center say there has not been enough research conducted on the effect of cannabis on the development of human embryos. Their study suggests an urgent need for human epidemiological and basic research that examines the link between maternal cannabinoid use and the health of newborns. Read

Marijuana grow ops could soon rival data center energy use

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-9-14-12-pm10/3/16--The amount of total energy used by pot growers is growing. Colorado estimated grow facilities used about 0.5 percent of the state’s electricity in 2014, and the state’s utilities say that figure is growing by about 50 percent per year. Read

The latest marijuana craze has users chasing bigger highs through ‘dabbing’

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-8-48-35-pm10/2/16--Dabbing is the latest marijuana-consumption craze, and it has users chasing bigger highs through a process called "flash vaporization." Marijuana dabbing poses some major health and safety risks, according to both anecdotal evidence and experts, and is illegal in some states. Read

U.S. pro-marijuana campaigners launch TV ads

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-1-22-23-pm10/3/16--Campaigns to legalize recreational marijuana use in Massachusetts and Maine launched their first television ads on Monday, hoping to boost public awareness and support ahead of November votes on the issue. The ads began just over a month before Election Day, when voters in five U.S. states will determine whether to legalize the recreational use of the drug. Read

Meet the senators and congressmen who support marijuana legalization

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-10-42-05-am9/29/16--The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) released its 2016 congressional scorecard on marijuana policy. Twenty U.S. representatives and two senators received an 'A' grade, indicating that this member has publicly declared his/her support for the legalization and regulation of marijuana for adults. Read

Retail marijuana could hurt medical marijuana

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-8-12-41-pm9/28/16--A new report from GreenWave Advisors believes that legalized retail marijuana will disrupt the emerging medical sector. GreenWave wrote, “Though Arizona permits only medicinal use, new cardholder applications were down sharply in May, perhaps in anticipation of a favorable election outcome for recreational use.” Read

9 states to vote soon on expanding legal access to marijuana

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-8-07-33-pm9/28/16--Five states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — will consider legalizing the recreational use of pot. Three others — Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota — will decide whether to permit marijuana for medical purposes. Montana will weigh whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical marijuana law. Read

If legalizing pot, consider health, not profits, analysis says

fb-square-english-spanish9/28/16--A new analysis of marijuana legislation offers a framework for states that are considering legalizing the drug and want to protect public health, rather than corporate profits. Read

Heavy marijuana use may damage the brain

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-7-33-24-pm9/26/16--Heavy marijuana use over a long period of time may severely damage the brain, according to a new review of previous research. The results of the new report and previous findings on marijuana's effects on the brain are particularly concerning as marijuana continues to be legalized for medical uses, the researchers said. Read

National fire safety group focuses on unique issues of marijuana businesses

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-10-20-17-am9/26/16--The National Fire Protection Association, a member-based nonprofit that develops codes and standards for fire safety, is steps closer to adding a chapter on marijuana grows and processing facilities to its NFPA 1, Fire Code. Read

These 3 states may vote against legalizing marijuana this November

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-10-15-30-am9/24/16--Based on select poll results, three states could wind up rejecting their respective marijuana initiative or amendment: Arizona, North Dakota, and Massachusetts. According to Motley Fool writer Sean Williams, while these three states could be a complete toss-up, the one given is that it's still far too early for investors to consider marijuana as a viable, long-term investment opportunity. Read

Cannabis attracting mainstream research analysts

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-10-20-55-am9/22/16--Cowen and Company joins the ranks of the few mainstream research firms to officially begin covering the cannabis industry. A comprehensive 100 plus page report with contributions from ten different analysts was issued by Cowen Washington Research Group on September 12. Read

Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump on marijuana

fb-square-english-spanish9/21/16--As voters have shifted opinions on marijuana in recent years, so have government officials, as well as the leading presidential candidates. Clinton appears to have a more specific stance on marijuana than Trump and doesn't view it with much stigmatization. Whereas, Trump has offered a more cautious opinion on marijuana. Read

Study questions role for marijuana in teen users’ IQ decline

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-10-44-55-pm8/1/16--In a recent study sponsored by NIDA and the National Institute of Mental Health, teens who used marijuana lost IQ points relative to their nonusing peers. However, the drug appeared not to be the culprit. The new findings contribute to an ongoing scientific exploration of the drug’s impact on users’ cognition. Read

Review: SneakGuard keeps cannabis away from kids

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-9-55-47-pm9/20/16--SneakGuard is a new product designed for keeping cannabis products (or pharmaceuticals) locked away and secure from children. Cannabis reviewer Ry Prichard is satisfied that the SneakGuard is in fact childproof, but may be more useful for cannabis users than a safe can ever be. Read

Can marijuana really reduce pot bellies and obesity?

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-7-55-23-pm9/19/16--According to a recent study, marijuana users may be more likely to have a lower body mass index (BMI) or less likely to be obese or overweight than non-users. University of Miami researchers determined that women who use marijuana daily had on average BMIs approximately 3.1% lower than that of non-users. Read

Former NFL player Eben Britton says he played his best games while stoned

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-7-13-47-pm9/19/16--Eben Britton, who spent six seasons in the NFL, claims that he often played his best games after smoking marijuana. Britton said he estimates “over 50 percent and it could be as high as 75 percent” of NFL players smoke weed.Read

Tommy Chong wants White House pardon for selling bongs

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-11-47-15-am9/19/16--Tommy Chong, of Cheech and Chong fame,  spent nine months in federal prison in the early 2000s for selling bongs over the internet. Last month, he started a White House petition encouraging the president to pardon him. To date, it’s received over 13,000 signatures, and needs more than 80,000 more by Sept. 25 to ensure a White House response. Read

Merle Haggard joins the marijuana business from beyond the grave

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-7-57-40-am9/15/16--Prior to country legend Merle Haggard's death, he joined forces with the Colorado Weed Co. to develop connoisseur-grade marijuana strains. Now, after his death, his daughter Jenessa Haggard-Bennett and her husband, Brian Bennett, are working with the Colorado Weed Co. to dedicate a number of strains to her father. Read

Medical marijuana may be helping curb opioid use

fb-square-english-spanish9/15/16--A study conducted at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that there were fewer drivers killed in car crashes who tested positive for opioids in states with medical marijuana laws than before the laws went into effect. The study is one of the first to assess the link between state medical marijuana laws and opioid use at the individual level. Read

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