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Banking still a hurdle for marijuana entrepreneurs

10/15/17--Despite medical legalization in multiple states, the federal government still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug. Since most financial institutions are federally insured and operate under federal regulations, marijuana industry professionals say managers want nothing to do with a federally illegal drug, no matter what local authorities have ruled. And, even with an account, many banks won’t give loans or lines of credit to marijuana businesses. With established businesses, that can affect expansion. Read

5 states angling to put recreational marijuana on the ballot in 2018

10/14/17--As mid-term elections in 2018 approach, The Motley Fool examines five states that already have one, or in some cases far more than one, initiative or amendment lined up to legalize marijuana for adult use. These states include Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, and Nebraska. Read

The drug industry’s triumph over the DEA

10/15/17--A handful of members of Congress, allied with the nation’s major drug distributors, prevailed upon the DEA and the Justice Department to agree to a more industry-friendly law, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills. The DEA had opposed the effort for years. The law was the crowning achievement of a multifaceted campaign by the drug industry to weaken aggressive DEA enforcement efforts against drug distribution companies that were supplying corrupt doctors and pharmacists who peddled narcotics to the black market. Read

Rep. Earl Blumenauer testifies that medical marijuana could solve opioid crisis

10/11/17--In response to Congress failing to recognize that medical marijuana may be a simple and effective solution to the opioid epidemic, Oregon Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer made remarks in a testimony before a U.S. House Subcommittee on Health hearing on proposals for ending the crisis. Blumenauer demanding an end to the federal government’s “stranglehold” on medical cannabis research. He called on Congress to pass the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017, which would enable “robust” research to resolve the lingering questions surrounding the efficacy of medical marijuana. Read

Ten steps the federal government should take now to reverse the opioid addiction epidemic

10/24/17--According to an article published in The JAMA Network, the United States is in the midst of the worst drug addiction epidemic in its history, and there are no simple solutions to ending this epidemic. Effective programs need to address 2 separate priorities: (1) prevention of addiction among people not currently addicted, and (2) treatment and risk reduction to prevent overdose and death among the millions of individuals in the United States now addicted. In this Viewpoint, 10 steps are suggested to accelerate progress; national declarations, state-specific emergency declarations, or both could potentially facilitate implementation of these steps. Read

How a 12-year-old girl could help end weed prohibition in America

10/10/17--Twelve-year-old Alexis Bortell uses a cannabis oil called Haleigh's Hope to prevent life-threatening epileptic seizures. Wise and articulate beyond her years, Bortell is one of five plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the federal government, and her attorneys argue that the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which classifies cannabis as illegal, infringes upon various constitutional rights. Read

Retail marijuana is spreading to California, Massachusetts and Maine

10/7/17--Recreational marijuana sales will launch in California, Massachusetts, and Maine next year. These states already have medical marijuana programs and dispensaries, but soon they'll also have stores that can sell recreational marijuana to anyone 21 and older. California is aiming to open retail marijuana stores by January 1, Massachusetts and Maine plan to open stores next summer. Read

Cannabis consumption increases violent behavior in young people in psychiatric care

10/6/17--A new study on cannabis use that involved 1,136 patients (from 18 to 40 years of age) with mental illnesses who had been seen five times during the year after discharge from a psychiatric hospital demonstrates that sustained used of cannabis is associated with an increase in violent behavior in young people. Moreover, the association between persistent cannabis use and violence is stronger than that associated with alcohol or cocaine. Read

Cannabis-infused lotion is revolutionizing massage therapy

10/6/17--Stephanie Agakian introduced the CBD-infused massage at her studio in Broomfield, Colorado, Bodhi Body Studios, about a year ago. Now, she estimates that clients opt for the CBD treatment over regular lotions “about 90 percent of the time.” She noticed that the clients treated with CBD lotion seemed to experience more relaxation and greater pain relief than those treated with regular massage oils. Read

Smoking cannabis DOES make people more violent

10/4/17--Cannabis users are more likely to commit violent crime, pioneering research has shown. It warned those who smoke the drug regularly run an increased risk of using violence against others. The project is the first to demonstrate that cannabis is not only linked with violent crime but is the cause. Read

Common marijuana-related cases encountered in the emergency department

10/1/17--As the number of people using marijuana has increased, there has been a parallel increase in marijuana-related emergency department (ED) visits and poison center calls. It is expected that as other states liberalize marijuana laws, they will also experience an increase in marijuana-related ED visits. This article reviews several common marijuana-related ED cases that have existed in the medical profession. Read

Trump Drug Enforcement Administration choice to light up pot politics

9/30/17--President Trump will replace the nation's top anti-drug  when Chuck Rosenberg steps down after more than two years leading the Drug Enforcement Administration. It's unclear who Trump will make acting administrator, or if that person will be a placeholder or a long-serving acting administrator like Rosenberg and his predecessor Michele Leonhart, who went three years without Senate confirmation. Read

Hemp pills and oils make brief appearance at Target.com, get purged from the site

9/28/17--A Minnesota-based Target offered online customers a chance to buy Charlotte’s Web, non-psychoactive hemp-derivative pills and oils, on its website — for about a week. Although some medical marijuana advocates celebrated the appearance of Charlotte’s Web products on Target’s website, the product was quickly made unavailable. Read

Cancer-causing compounds found in cannabis oil

9/27/17--A recent study from investigators at Portland State University found benzene and other potentially cancer-causing chemicals in the vapor produced by butane hash oil, a cannabis extract. Findings from the new study—published recently in ACS Omega in an article entitled “Toxicant Formation in Dabbing: The Terpene Story”—raises health concerns about dabbing, or vaporizing hash oil—a practice that is growing in popularity, especially in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana. Read

Celebrity sues CBD line, claiming trademark violation

9/28/17--Actress Jessica Alba is suing a Colorado business that makes CBD nutritional supplements, claiming that Honest Herbal infringes on the trademark of her Los Angeles firm, The Honest Co., which makes personal-care products and vitamins. Alba argues in the federal lawsuit filed in California that the 3-year-old CBD company is trying “to confuse consumers and profit from the goodwill and consumer recognition associated with The Honest Co.’s HONEST Marks,” which include product lines Honest Beauty, Honest Man, and Honest Baby. Read

Cannabis use and risk of prescription opioid use disorder in the United States

9/26/17--Mark Olfson, M.D., M.P.H., Melanie M. Wall, Ph.D., Shang-Min Liu, M.S., and Carlos Blanco, M.D., Ph.D. sought to determine whether cannabis use is associated with a change in the risk of incident nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder at 3-year follow-up. The study concluded that cannabis use appears to increase rather than decrease the risk of developing nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder. Read

Up to one-quarter of cancer patients use marijuana

9/25/17--A new study conducted in a cancer center in a state with legalized medicinal and recreational marijuana found that approximately one-quarter of surveyed patients used marijuana in the past year, mostly for physical and psychological symptoms. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study also revealed that legalization increased the likelihood for use among patients. Read

Sen. Al Franken adds name to marijuana legislation

9/21/17--On Tuesday, Minnesota Senator Al Franken officially became the fifth person to sign on as a co-sponsor for a pro-cannabis legalization bill that would authorize marijuana growers and cultivators to be eligible for taxation. If passed, the measure would further legitimize the manufacture and sale of weed—and the very signing itself indicates Franken’s ever-growing platform on pot. Read

Growing Pains: Wholesale marijuana prices continue to drop

9/21/17--In many states where cannabis is legal, wholesale marijuana prices continue to drop. As more cannabis producers enter the market, with bigger cultivation facilities, this drop is entirely predictable. As reported by Marijuana Business Daily, the average asking price for a pound of cannabis on Colorado’s wholesale market is currently at an all-time low of $1,298, down from a three-year high of $2,007 in January 2015. All the factors driving down the price—more competition, more efficient production and even more competition—are still at play, meaning prices should plummet even further. Read

Confusion lingers over health-related pros and cons of marijuana

9/20/17--In 29 states and in Washington, D.C., marijuana is now commonly prescribed for post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain. But the drug’s pros and cons remain hazy. Regular pot use has been linked to psychotic disorders and to alcohol and drug addiction, and two recent research reviews conclude that very little high-quality data exist on whether marijuana effectively treats PTSD or pain. Several large-scale trials are under way to assess how well cannabis treats these conditions. Read

Dr. Oz defends medical cannabis on ‘Fox & Friends’

9/21/17--Mehmet Oz, more commonly known as Dr. Oz, the cardiothoracic surgeon and television personality, discussed the subject of medical marijuana on a segment of Fox & Friends. According to Dr. Oz, medical marijuana may be the exit drug to get us out of the narcotic epidemic, and he personally believes that more studies could help. The Fox & Friends crew has not been so warm in the past to the concept of cannabis, medicinal or otherwise. Read

Some universities offer classes on marijuana. LSU plans to grow It.

9/21/17--Universities adding cannabis classes include Ohio State University, the University of Washington, the University of Vermont, and the University of California, Davis. Yet, while cannabis classes have taken off in the past two years, Louisiana State University took things in a new direction this month. They have won a bid to work with a private company to grow and sell medical marijuana in the Pelican State. LSU stands to make millions. The deal calls for payment of $3.4 million to the school or 10 percent of the gross revenue over the next five years, whichever turns out to be greater. Read

Marijuana industry looks to get more women, minorities in the pot business

9/21/17--The panel, “Minority Leaders in Cannabis,” came together through Women Grow, a national for-profit group developed founded as a catalyst for women to influence and succeed in the cannabis industry. They emphasize that entrepreneurs — particularly women and minorities — should not fear what those in the marijuana industry call “the cannabis space.” The hurdles to people of color seeking to produce and sell marijuana products are significant, those on the panel said. The war on drugs disproportionately targeted minorities, and criminal histories can complicate applications for dispensary licenses. Read

Federal laws do not preempt Connecticut law providing employment protections to medical marijuana users

9/18/17--Connecticut employees using medical marijuana for certain debilitating medical conditions as allowed under Connecticut law for “qualified users” are protected under state law from being fired or refused employment based solely on their marijuana use. Employers who violate those protections risk being sued for discrimination, according to a recent federal district court decision. Read

Hatch giggles his way forward on medical marijuana

9/16/17--Utah’s Sen. Orrin Hatch favors medical marijuana research, and he believes the administrative barriers need to be removed preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why he decided to roll out the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act. Some complain that the bill Hatch favors is too little, too late. That, by emphasizing the need for research and regulatory rearrangment, the measure is not bold enough and could actually slow down progress toward allowing people in deep and immediate need to take advantage of the plant’s curative and palliative powers now. Read

Jeff Sessions may soon have a green light to wage war on medical marijuana businesses

9/17/17--The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, which was proposed in 2014 and has been renewed in the federal budget each year since then, disallows the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and federal regulators from using federal dollars to prosecute marijuana businesses in states that have passed medical marijuana laws. However, this protection may soon fade away, possibly giving Capitol Hill's top marijuana opponent, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a green light to trample states' rights and prosecute medical-marijuana businesses. Read

Cannabis use on the rise, but not because of legalization

9/18/17--While cannabis use in the U.S. has been on a sharp rise the last decade plus, some studies try to get to the root of why. Many people and entities have speculated that changes in law have emboldened the masses; however, a study published in the journal Addiction conclusively showed no link between the rise in pro-pot policies across the states and increased use by Americans. Read

Legal marijuana is not staying where it’s supposed to in the US

9/7/17--According to a recently released paper from economists at the University of Oregon, huge amounts of legally purchased marijuana spill over from Washington into other states. They estimate that about 7.5% of the marijuana sold in Washington leaves the state. The finding has important implications for legalization across the US, as it’s a blow to the argument that legalized marijuana can be contained within a state. Read

Why Hollywood’s marijuana portrayals are out of step with the times

9/15/17--According to a Hollywood Reporter editorial by Andy Williams, co-founder and CEO of Colorado-based retail cannabis chain Medicine Man, much of the entertainment industry still treats legal marijuana as forgettable, as opposed to the most significant drug policy shift of our lifetimes. Williams believes Hollywood writers and directors should be more responsible in their depiction of the legal and regulated cannabis business -- especially since most Americans have never experienced this industry first-hand. Therefore, inaccurate televised depictions only enforces the negative stereotypes that have already been moved beyond in post-prohibition markets. Read

Medical marijuana rarely addressed in medical education

9/15/17--Although 29 states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana use for medical purposes, few medical students are being trained how to prescribe the drug. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis surveyed medical school deans, residents, and fellows, and examined a curriculum database maintained by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), learning that medical marijuana is not being addressed in medical education. Read

Justice Department no. 2 weighs in on marijuana legalization

9/14/17--According to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department’s number two official, the Trump administration is continuing to weigh whether or not to reverse Obama-era guidance that generally allows states to legalize marijuana without federal interference. They are looking at the states that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana, trying to evaluate what the impact is. Without saying when a decision or announcement might be made, Rosenstein stated that the administration will take everything into consideration and then determine whether or not to revise that policy. Read

Eaze is moving into recreational marijuana delivery with $27 million in new funding

9/14/17--As California is set to begin issuing licenses for the cultivation and selling of the plant for recreational use at the beginning of 2018, a whole new revenue stream is opening up for the weed delivery startup Eaze, which just raised $27 million in Series B financing and claims a 300 percent year-over-year increase in gross sales. Read

Study: Rise in marijuana use not caused by legalization

9/14/17--According to a study published in the online version of the journal Addiction, marijuana use is sharply rising in the United States, but the trend is not the result of the growing number of state laws that allow legal use of recreational or medical marijuana. Instead, the rise in cannabis use was “primarily explained by period effects,” meaning societal factors that affect populations across age and generational groups. The authors identify a decreasing disapproval of marijuana use as one such factor potentially at play they are clear that the rise in use was not caused by changes to marijuana laws. Read

Marijuana legalization has NOT led to more drug or alcohol abuse among young people

9/16/17--Liberalized marijuana laws appear to have little positive or negative impact, according to a new working paper by researchers from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Harvard University, and Western Carolina University. In fact, more liberal marijuana laws have had “minimal impact” on marijuana use, other substance use, alcohol consumption or crime rates, the study found. Read

Marijuana may produce psychotic-like effects in high-risk individuals

9/13/17--Marijuana may bring on temporary paranoia and other psychosis-related effects in individuals at high risk of developing a psychotic disorder, finds a preliminary study from researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). In this double-blinded, placebo-controlled laboratory study, the researchers looked at the effects of marijuana in six high-risk young adults and six controls, all experienced and current marijuana smokers who were physically healthy. Read

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch announces his support for medical marijuana research, releases new bill

9/13/17--Sen. Orrin Hatch believes medical marijuana has “possible benefits.” He’s introducing the Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017, a proposal focused on removing the “bureaucratic red tape and over-regulation” that the senator feels might impede research into the drug’s potential use for patients. Read

Marijuana with ‘CBD’ may pose less risk to long-term users

9/8/17--According to a new study authored by Dr. Ken Mackie, a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, marijuana with relatively high levels of cannabidiol may be less risky to smoke over the long term, because this ingredient may counteract some of the drug's harmful effects. Read

Here’s one marijuana trend you should actually be worried about

9/11/17--The latest federal survey data shows that while teen marijuana use continues to decline in the era of legal pot, adult use is rising. The percent of people over the age of 18 who smoke it in a given year has risen from 10.4 percent in 2002 to 14.1 percent in 2016. In other words, 46 million people got high last year. While public health researchers say daily marijuana use is probably inherently moderate and nothing to be concerned about, they do worry that much of it is a result of problematic use — drug dependency. Read

The sticks of these organic lollipops grow marijuana plants

9/11/17--Half-Lit, an edibles company, has created an herbal lollipop that can also grow weed. It’s a variety of organic lollipops that, when their sticks are planted and watered, can grow actual marijuana. The sticks contain cannabis seeds, which will sprout marijuana if tended to regularly. Read

Senators want Feds to make sure dispensary marijuana is safe

9/11/17--A powerful Senate panel is urging federal agencies to make a number of surprising marijuana moves, including launching an effort to test products sold at dispensaries in states where cannabis has been legalized. Concerned about a lack of data on the potency and purity of cannabis available to consumers, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee is directing federal agencies to formulate a “National Testing Program for Schedule I Marijuana-Derived Products.” Read

Long-term opioid prescription use jumps threefold over 16-year period, study suggests

9/7/17--A new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that opioid prescription use increased significantly between 1999 and 2014, and that much of that increase stemmed from patients who'd been taking their medication for 90 days or longer. Read

House committee rejects medical marijuana protections

9/7/17--In a significant blow to medical marijuana advocates, patients, and cannabis companies around the nation, the House Rules Committee has blocked protections for MMJ patients and banks that want to serve state-legal cannabis businesses. The actions mean the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, a version of which has protected MMJ patients since 2014, will not proceed as part of the spending package to a vote by the full House. Read

How legalization caused the price of marijuana to collapse

9/5/17--All the diverse effects of legalizing recreational marijuana may not be clear for a number of years, but one consequence that has become clearly evident is pot has never been so cheap. Steven Davenport of the Pardee Rand Graduate School has analyzed marijuana retail prices in Washington state since legal recreational markets opened in July 2014. Remarkably, prices have fallen every single quarter since. Read

Anti-legalization group urges feds to “systematically shut down” cannabis industry

8/30/17--Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a nonprofit group opposed to marijuana legalization, announced it had sent a report to Jeff Sessions and other lawmakers detailing how the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana have failed to live up to the responsibilities outlined. Based on its report, “The Cole Memo: 4 Years Later,” SAM recommended that Sessions “take measured action to successfully protect public health and safety. Limited federal resources should be used to target the big players in the marijuana industry who are circumventing (Department of Justice) guidance and state regulations.” Read

Big-name investors pour millions into marijuana — both medicinal and not

8/28/17--Wealthy investors are pouring tens of millions into the cannabis industry in a bid to capitalize on the gold rush that’s expected when California legalizes recreational marijuana on Jan. 1. They’re backing development of new medicinal products, such as cannabis-infused skin patches; new methods for vaporizing and inhaling; and “budtender” apps, which promises to scour 750 strains of cannabis and use lab research, including DNA analysis of each strain, to help customers find the perfect match. Read

Meet the 24-Year-Old entrepreneur who just launched a careers site for pot jobs

8/31/17--Karson Humiston, a Denver-based 24-year-old entrepreneur who founded Vangst Talent Network as a college student, has helped cannabis companies fill job openings for the last two years. Since then, her 20-person recruiting team has paired 3,000 people with pot jobs — and aims to fill another 10,000 by 2020. The job board, which is free for users who fill out profiles and $70 a month for companies, caters to a broader array of positions. Read

How to get a job in the marijuana industry

8/30/17--A recruiting agency for legal cannabis firms has launched a website that aims to serve as a one-stop shop for employers and job seekers. The site, Vangsters.com, allows hopefuls to apply to jobs and crate employee profiles, with a focus on marijuana-specific skills and software. Read

Amendment to cut funding of DEA’s cannabis eradication program

9/3/17--Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) has reintroduced an amendment to cut funds from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) cannabis eradication program through their Salaries and Expenses Account. In a 2015 statement, Rep. Lieu explained that this cannabis eradication program “is a ridiculous waste of precious federal resources, especially when multiple states and jurisdictions have already legalized marijuana…it is time for the federal government to stop making marijuana use or possession a federal crime.” Read

Scotts Miracle-Gro sells off international operations to focus on core business and hydroponics

8/31/17--Scotts Miracle-Gro has shed its Australia and European businesses in a deal that frees up the company to direct its attention on lawn-and-garden products and an ambition to become “the world’s most successful hydroponic gardening business.” The international deal comes a year after Scotts shuttled its LawnService business into a joint venture with TruGreen. Read

Las Vegas recreational marijuana retailer advertises with airline

9/1/17--Las Vegas recreational marijuana retailer Acres Cannabis completed a deal to advertise in Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, another sign of a growing movement by cannabis companies to expand their advertising reach through transportation outlets. Acres said it will begin running a full-page ad in Allegiant’s Sunseeker magazine on Sept. 1, the Las Vegas Sun reported, and the campaign will run through October. This appears to be the first time a cannabis company has run an ad in an in-flight magazine. Read

How 3 black visionaries are bringing the hood into the marijuana industry

8/30/17--The Hood Incubator, a collective founded by electoral organizer Lanese Martin, community organizer Biseat Horning, and Yale MBA Ebele Ifedigbo, is an organization aimed at helping blacks become entrepreneurs, investors, and employees in California’s cannabis industry. Their plan was to organize people in the San Francisco Bay Area’s underground marijuana trade, educate them, teach them how to get access to funding or invest their own, and create pathways to ownership legally. Read

Women in the marijuana business face a ‘grass ceiling’

8/31/17--Not long ago the marijuana business was way ahead of U.S. business overall in the leadership positions held by women. Yet, as the industry has become more mature and more mainstream, instead of building on that leadership, it’s going in reverse. Men are now edging out the women. The percentage of executives in U.S. marijuana-related companies who are women has collapsed to 27% from 36% in just one year, according to the latest anonymous survey by Marijuana Business Daily. Read

Veterinarians see spike in pets with marijuana poisoning

8/28/17--The veterinary community has long known that cannabis is toxic to pets. Dogs appear to be even more susceptible because they have more cannabinoid receptors. President of the California Veterinary Medical Association and veterinarian Kevin D. Lazarcheff says that vets are seeing an increase in the number and severity of cases coming into the emergency room, but not all of them involve pets that got into their owner’s stash. However, with all the risks associated with pets and cannabis, vets say its better to play it safe and keep it far away from your pets. Read

Colorado gov responds to Sessions marijuana letter questioning state’s regulatory regime

8/24/17--In a five-page missive obtained by The Cannabist, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman responded to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ July 24 letter that raised “serious questions” about the state’s ability to regulate legal marijuana and prevent illegal activities. Coffman and Hickenlooper express in their letter that Colorado’s marijuana regulatory system is a model for other states, and the fledgling program could become even more robust with the federal government’s support. Read

Netflix partners with dispensary to create marijuana strain collection

8/26/17--Netflix has partnered with a dispensary in California to create marijuana strains based on 10 of its original series, including “Orange is the New Black” and “Arrested Development.” According to a press release, each strain was cultivated with the specific shows in mind, designed to complement each title based on their tone. Read

133% leap in children admitted to ER for marijuana, study finds

8/14/17--The number of children who were admitted to emergency rooms for marijuana intoxication increased by 133% in France over an 11-year period, according to a new study. Marijuana intoxication can occur when a child accidentally ingests a marijuana product or inhales marijuana smoke. Symptoms can vary based on the child's age and size but often include sleepiness, difficulty breathing, seizures, or even coma. Effects usually last six to 24 hours. Read

Marijuana intoxication is sending more children to the hospital

8/14/17--Researchers believe more children are being hospitalized because there’s more access to cannabis products within the home, especially edibles which often look like candies or baked goods and have colorful packaging. As a result, they are concerned about accidental marijuana ingestion and “second-hand” effects on children. According to CNN, there’s been a 30 percent increase each year from 2005 to 2011 of reported pediatric marijuana intoxication cases to poison control centers in the United States in states where marijuana is legal. Read

American Legion adopts resolution supporting medical marijuana

8/24/17--The American Legion adopted a resolution urging the federal government to allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to discuss and recommend medical marijuana in states where it’s legal, adding to the group’s efforts to get cannabis in the hands of veterans it could help. The resolution was authored by American Legion member Rob Ryan who said he’s heard from veterans “over and over and over again” who use marijuana as an alternative to addictive opioids. Read

The Feds and the NFL forbid marijuana. Both are studying it as an alternative to opiods

8/24/17--Two new studies have been launched to determine how marijuana could possibly better treat pain. One study is from the federal government, which still lists marijuana as a Schedule I illegal drug, and the other is from the National Football League, which can still suspend players for marijuana use. A majority of Americans already think it should be legal for medicinal purposes, and 29 states already have legalized it, but federal law has kept the number of studies in this country limited. Read

Colorado defends its legal marijuana program in strong letter to Jeff Sessions

8/24/17--Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman (R) mounted a vigorous defense of their state’s legalized and regulated marijuana program, replying to a critical letter from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that was directed at states that have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. In a response letter, Hickenlooper and Coffman tell Sessions that their state’s numerous marijuana laws and regulations are “effective.” Read