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Beware: Children can passively ‘smoke’ marijuana, too

screen-shot-2016-12-27-at-10-13-03-am12/7/16--Youngsters inhale harmful secondary smoke if marijuana is smoked in their presence. The psychoactive chemicals in the drug are taken up by their bodies as well. Karen Wilson of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence in the US led the first study showing that it is possible to pick up traces of THC, the primary psychoactive chemical in marijuana, in the urine of children exposed to secondary marijuana smoke. Read

Drug and alcohol addiction treatment improved when teens stopped smoking

tmr_image-block11/21/16--A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine researcher has found that addiction treatment results improved when teens in a residential program stopped smoking. The findings hold important implications for success in treating addiction since up to three out of four people with such disorders are smokers, a significantly higher proportion than the overall national smoking rate of one out of every four Americans. Read

How NBA players reacted to coach’s endorsement of marijuana

screen-shot-2016-12-27-at-9-27-05-am12/4/16--Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who recently admitted to smoking weed twice over the last 18 months to help him deal with chronic back pain, has become a hot topic in the sports world. As a result, a number of players and coaches in the NBA have since voiced their opinion on the matter. Read

Klay Thompson supports medical marijuana use but ‘not recreation use’

screen-shot-2016-12-27-at-9-17-59-am12/5/16--Klay Thompson believes pot can help with people in pain, but should not be used for recreation use. “That should not be of its use ever, but there’s obviously a medicinal side to that people are finding out have benefits, especially people in really high pain,” Thompson states. Read

Americans for Safe Access’ members challenge DEA

screen-shot-2016-12-27-at-8-49-28-am12/5/16--Americans for Safe Access, a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research, filed a petition with the Department of Justice (DOJ) demanding that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) immediately update misinformation about cannabis. The petition is being filed under the rules of the Information Quality Act. Read

GW announces New Epidiolex® (CBD) positive Phase 3 data

screen-shot-2016-12-27-at-8-42-09-am12/5/16--GW Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing novel therapeutics from its proprietary cannabinoid product platform, announced additional positive Epidiolex® (cannabidiol or CBD) Phase 3 data in poster presentations at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society. Read

Five things for employees to know in states with marijuana laws

screen-shot-2016-12-27-at-8-27-10-am12/1/16--Many employers seem to be sticking with their drug testing and personal conduct policies, even in states where recreational marijuana use is now permitted. Others are keeping a close eye on the still evolving legal, regulatory, and political environment. The Cannabist takes a closer look at what it all means for workers and businesses, and addresses the following five questions: (1) Can my employer still test me for pot? (2) What about workplace safety? (3) Can I get fired even if I'm not high? (4) What should companies? (5) What do the courts say? Read

Marijuana extract may help treat severe epilepsy, new studies show

screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-9-24-09-pm12/3/16--A drug made from marijuana that does not produce a "high" may help reduce seizures in people with certain types of epilepsy that are difficult to treat, new research suggests. In two new studies, researchers tested the drug, which is a purified solution of cannabidiol (CBD). Although CBD affects the brain, it does not produce euphoria or intoxication. Read

3 states that may legalize medical marijuana next

screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-9-00-05-pm12/3/16--Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas could very well be the next states to legalize medical marijuana, but shockingly it's the state of Texas that could be in a prime position to legalize medical marijuana within the next two years. A Texas Tegna Poll found 71% support for legalizing medical pot in the state compared to just 19% opposition. The overwhelming support, coupled with a softening legislative stance and some very large dollar figures, could push Texas to legalize medical cannabis by 2018. Read

Company launching marijuana-infused Keurig coffee pods

screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-8-47-22-pm12/2/16--Cannabiniers is launching a new line of THC and CBD infused coffee and tea. The product, known as BrewBudz, is designed to work in a home Keurig brewer, and the company will be launching sales in Nevada and Colorado starting in January with a price tag of about $7 a pod. They’ll then expand sales to Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona by March. Read

Meme sums up the debate on marijuana use by NFL players

tmr_image-block12/1/16--Several NFL players have spoken out against the league's strict marijuana policy given its legal status in 28 states and its known medical properties, and the severity of punishment for testing positive for marijuana in contrast to those handed down to players who have, for example, admitted to domestic abuse has renewed a conversation about the NFL's policy priorities. Read 

Trump AG pick could halt legal pot industry

screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-9-05-14-am12/3/16--Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, who has a long history of hard-line opposition to marijuana, could unravel the burgeoning recreational marijuana industry across the country. Because marijuana remains illegal under federal law, Sessions, if he is confirmed, could choose to order targeted prosecutions of recreational marijuana farms and shops that are operating legally under state law. Such a move could seriously threaten the retail marijuana industry. Read

Weed business set to be one of fastest growing job generators in US

screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-8-59-50-am12/2/16--Students are getting formally educated in cannabis to help set them in apart in an industry that currently employs some 150, 000 people. Analysts project that number could double or even triple in the years to come, making marijuana one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation, with cannabis legal for medicinal use in 25 states and recreational use in four states and the District of Columbia. Read

Steve Kerr admits he’s experimented with marijuana to treat chronic pain

screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-3-48-54-am12/3/16--Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that he doesn't use marijuana because it didn't agree with him, but tried doing so to treat his chronic pain in the past. Kerr believes pro athletes shouldn't be punished for using marijuana to alleviate pain when they're "prescribed Vicodin like it's Vitamin C, like it's no big deal." Read

Marijuana use gender gap widens, mainly among low-income

tmr_image-block11/29/16--Americans have experienced a six percent increase in pot use among men earning less than $20, shop 000, corresponding to rising unemployment rate during the Great Recession, a new report outlines. Read

Chronic pain treatment without opioid or medical marijuana side effects

tmr_image-block11/15/16--Neuroscientists have found evidence that the brain’s cannabis receptors may be used to treat chronic pain without the side effects associated with opioid-based pain relievers or medical marijuana. Read

Which states will legalize marijuana next?

tmr_image-block11/26/16--More than half of the United States allow marijuana use of some kind after voters in eight states passed legalization laws following the 2016 presidential election. Since then, cannabis advocates in states such as Texas, Virginia, Ohio, and Tennessee have already started considering making changes to weed laws. Read

NFL players petition league to look at marijuana as painkiller

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-10-02-50-am11/24/16--A group of retired football players and medical professionals are petitioning the NFL to consider marijuana as an alternative to prescription painkillers. The player’s union is currently forming a committee devoted to exploring pain management issues for current and retired athletes. The effort comes at a time when marijuana is more widely available across the country. Read

MJ companies under fire for meat-covered model at party

tmr_image-block11/21/16--A pair of edibles companies that do business together are facing a public relations backlash after a photo from a Las Vegas party surfaced showing a nearly naked model who was lying on her back and adorned with slices of cold cuts for guests to snack on. Some cannabis professionals are now calling for a boycott of both California-based Altai Brands, which hosted the party, and Colorado-based Dixie Brands, which has a professional affiliation with Altai and was a sponsor of the event. Read

Sales projections for states that legalized cannabis

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-9-32-39-am11/21/16--States that passed marijuana measures earlier this month eventually could generate more in annual retail MJ sales than the entire U.S. cannabis industry is expected to this year. The current recreational cannabis market will bring in an estimated $1.4-$1.7 billion dollars in retail sales by the end of 2016, and the addition of four new adult-use states will expand the size of this market by another $5.9 billion-$6.7 billion annually three to five years after rec shops open in each market. Read

Trade groups are sprouting from cannabis industry

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-9-30-02-am11/23/16--As the cannabis industry has spread, a variety of marijuana organizations – particularly dozens of trade groups – have cropped up. Some trade groups are more specialized, while others are statewide or national. The growth of trade groups has reached a point where even industry insiders don’t have a good idea how many there are. The emergence of more and more trade groups is a logical evolution, given the amazing growth the cannabis industry has experienced in recent years. Read

Marijuana and mental illness: Low dopamine levels may play a role

tmr_image-block11/21/16--A new review offers further insight into how long-term marijuana use might have a negative impact on mental health, after finding "substantial evidence" that the drug alters the brain's reward system to increase negative emotions and decrease motivation. Researchers say long-term marijuana use lowers dopamine levels in the brain, which could explain why some users develop mental illness. Read

Where marijuana is the doctor’s orders, will insurers pay?

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-9-00-55-am11/23/16--For businesses and insurers, a string of ballot victories this month for marijuana advocates are adding to an intensifying conundrum about the drug and issues such as insurance coverage. Typically, health insurers will pay for marijuana-related drugs only for F.D.A.-approved uses, but state medical marijuana laws usually give doctors permission to recommend marijuana to a patient with a “debilitating” condition. Read

Why legal pot is suddenly in big danger

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-8-47-32-am11/21/16--A majority of states have legalized medical marijuana and eight (plus the District of Columbia) have legalized recreational marijuana, but the federal Controlled Substances Act still defines production and sale of marijuana as serious crimes. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is a fervent foe of marijuana legalization and said that 'we need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized.' An Attorney General Sessions could immediately come down on the marijuana industry. Read

5 things Trump’s AG pick has said about cannabis

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-7-30-00-am11/18/16--Trump’s nomination of US Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for US attorney general bode well for cannabis programs in legal states. Despite Trump’s reassurances he would respect state laws, past statements by Sessions make clear that the Alabama Republican is no friend of cannabis. Leafly highlights some of his many statements from his years in public office. Read

VA urged to support access to medical marijuana

tmr_image-block11/20/16--The Weed for Warriors Project, the country’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to helping veterans find relief from service-related disabilities through the use of medical marijuana, on Veterans Day called on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to stop blocking the legal, ethical, and responsible use of medical marijuana and safer medical alternatives for veterans. Read

Trump’s choice for top law enforcer has cannabis proponents fearing future

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-7-30-26-am11/20/16--When Donald Trump offered Sen. Jeff Sessions the position of attorney general, the pick drew criticism from civil rights groups and immigrant advocates. In the fast-growing, multibillion-dollar marijuana industry, it is also raising fears. Sessions is no fan of marijuana or its legalization, based on his previous comments, and as attorney general he would oversee federal prosecutors and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Read

Could Jeff Sessions hurt medical marijuana in Pennsylvania?

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-7-15-27-am11/21/16--President-elect Donald Trump's announcement that he plans to nominate Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions — a vocal opponent of marijuana legalization — to be the country's next attorney general has many in the legalized marijuana industry deeply concerned. "Jeff Sessions, if confirmed, has a significant capacity to do damage to the existing industry," said John Hudak, an expert on marijuana policy. Read

NFL players searching for painkiller choices hope for relaxed marijuana ban

screen-shot-2016-12-04-at-10-48-28-pm11/21/16--In the next couple of weeks, the NFL Player's Association will announce it has formed a new committee to examine pain issues for players. Marijuana is going to be one of the substances they take a look at. The NFL issued a written statement on the subject, saying in part that the league would be open to reconsidering its policy, which it collectively bargained with the player's union. But for now, the league's medical experts haven't recommended any changes. Read

As more states legalize marijuana, investors and marketers line up

screen-shot-2016-12-04-at-10-35-26-pm11/20/16--According to Brendan Kennedy, CEO of the marijuana-focused private equity firm Privateer Holdings, there's been a surge of interest from investors since the passage of the eight ballot measures. The marijuana market has some unique characteristics that make it attractive to investors, but the big draw is the fledgling legal market for marijuana being around $7 billion, according to New Frontier and ArcView Market Research. Read

Marijuana use may impair your coordination

screen-shot-2016-12-04-at-9-54-19-pm11/18/16--Smoking pot may impair coordination and other motor skills, even when you're not high, a new review of studies finds. Researchers found that people who used marijuana had differences in brain areas called the corticostriatal networks compared with people who didn't use the drug. These areas are connected to motor learning and control, and can affect people's reaction time, memory, and the ability to switch between tasks, according to studies included in the review. Read

Marijuana-like drugs may offer addiction-free pain relief

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-9-38-28-am11/17/16--Researchers in recent years have attempted to create drug compounds that can target pain receptors in the brain, but not affect opioid receptors, the source for opioid addiction. Now, two independent teams of researchers have developed drugs similar to marijuana that show evidence of providing pain relief in laboratory animals, but have no apparent addictive properties and do not cause a "high" that impairs motor function. Read

Postal workers put marijuana at risk of theft by colleagues, audit finds

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-9-14-50-am11/16/16--Some U.S. Postal Service workers are enticed by the prospect of free marijuana when the drug’s telltale odor seeps from a package. When the postal service inspector general's office looked into the handling of such packages at seven facilities across the country, it found few safeguards to prevent internal theft. The audit comes amid high-profile instances of postal workers stealing drug mail or using their positions to profit from it. Read

National anti-pot group SAM takes stock post-election

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-11-10-17-am11/16/2016--Kevin Sabet,  one of the leading opponents of marijuana legalization and head of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), recently told The Cannabist,  “I don’t think that legalizers can really look themselves in the mirror and declare total victory.” Sabet also expressed that legalization backers likely will face uphill battles at the state legislature level as well as the federal level. The Republican-dominated government is the “worst outcome” imagined for marijuana advocates, he added. Read

Preventing adolescent substance use may need to start in early childhood

tmr_image-block11/15/16--Research from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions suggests the approach to preventing alcohol and drug use by some adolescents should begin in early childhood. Read

How marijuana causes memory loss

screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-10-20-17-pm11/12/16--Researchers have long suggested marijuana can cause memory loss. Now, a new study led by Dr. Giovanni Marsicano of the University of Bordeaux in France provides insight on this association, revealing how cannabinoids in the drug activate receptors in the mitochondria of the brain's memory center to cause amnesia. Read

Five immediate concerns for states with new marijuana laws

screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-10-00-39-pm11/11/16--The Cannabist conversed with the state of Colorado’s marijuana czar, Andrew Freedman, and policy expert Mark Slaugh, whose firm iComply works with governments drafting marijuana regulations, about some of the biggest and unique challenges facing a newly legalized state. Read

Market for legal pot could pass $20 billion

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-8-30-35-am11/11/16--Legal recreational pot could expand the national market to $21 billion by 2020, according to New Frontier Data. That is up from $5.7 billion last year and an expected $7.9 billion this year. The four states that legalized recreational weed -- California, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Maine -- stand to reap big benefits in sales and taxes. Read

Will Team Trump bust the marijuana business?

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-8-18-43-am11/11/16--During the campaign, Trump argued that marijuana legalization should be decided on a state-by-state basis, without being more specific. But, in addition to the vice president-elect Mike Pence, some of Trump’s closest advisers are no “friends of marijuana reform,” according to the Drug Policy Alliance. Nick Kovacevich, CEO of Kush Bottles, expressed, "It would be difficult for the Trump administration to get rid of legal marijuana given the windfall the states have earned in tax revenue." Read

The opportunities and pitfalls for the legalized marijuana industry

tmr_image-block11/10/16--The US has 29 states with legal medical marijuana, and at least seven states have legal recreational pot markets. The legal marijuana industry could generate roughly $22 billion in annual sales across the US within four years. Yet, there is some cause for concern over what Donald Trump’s surprise victory could mean, according to Fortune writer Tom Huddleston, Jr. Nonetheless, business owners and investors in the cannabis industry reacted enthusiastically to the latest wave of marijuana legalization votes this week. Read

NFLPA to study marijuana as a potential pain-management tool

tmr_image-block11/9/16--In the aftermath of a new set of states legalizing marijuana use in the national elections, the NFL Players Association is forming a committee to actively study the possibility of allowing players to use marijuana as a pain-management tool. The union is forming an NFL players pain management committee that will study players’ use of marijuana as a pain-management mechanism, among other things, though the union has not yet determined if an adjustment to the sport’s ban on marijuana use is warranted. Read

The expansion of legalized marijuana

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-12-56-26-am11/14/16--This Policy Brief examines the continued expansion of legalized access to marijuana and changes in public opinion in favor of marijuana liberalization. The brief posits that, in light of this extraordinary movement, government at all levels must turn its attention to being proactive rather than reactive by adopting a systems approach to regulating this new industry and designing programs and policies that protect the public health and safety. Read

Does marijuana weaken heart muscles?

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-12-20-09-am11/14/16--A study suggests that marijuana use can weaken heart muscles, particularly in young men. Recognizing the possible adverse health effects of smoking pot to get high, researchers from St. Luke's University Hospital Network focused on patients with stress cardiomyopathy, a sudden temporary weakening of the heart muscle that prevents it from pumping. They examined the link between marijuana use and heart health. Read

Don’t rush to legalize marijuana, warns former Surgeon General

tmr_image-block11/8/16--Former US Surgeon General Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, is urging against hasty adoption of laws that would legalize marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. Dr. Carmona, now the Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona, Phoenix, says that medical and recreational use of marijuana should be considered separately. The American Medical Association has tended to agree with Dr Carmona that marijuana should not be legalized. Read

7 states legalize medical, recreational cannabis in historic election

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-12-54-57-pm11/9/16--The cannabis industry scored a landslide victory Tuesday as California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voted to legalize recreational marijuana, while Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota approved medical cannabis initiatives. Montana, which legalized medical marijuana in 2004, also passed a measure to set up commercial cultivation operations and dispensaries. The developments could lead to $7 billion-$8 billion in additional annual retail cannabis sales, according to Marijuana Business Daily’s preliminary estimates. Read

Teen use of opioids linked to marijuana

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-12-28-21-pm11/7/16--Teens who take opioid painkillers without a prescription also often use cannabis, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed information from more than 11, 000 children and teens ages 10 to 18, in 10 U.S. cities. Overall, about 29 percent of the teens said they had used cannabis at some point in their lives, but among the 524 participants who said they had used prescription opioids in the past 30 days, nearly 80 percent had used cannabis. Read

#StopThePot: Trump trolls launch anti-pot campaign

screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-8-11-03-pm11/7/16--Launched by members of a pro-Trump Reddit community, the premise of the #StopThePot campaign is to suppress support for Clinton among young, liberal, pot-friendly voters. The campaign inspired heated discussions among users on how best to confuse 420-friendly Clinton voters. #StopThePot does not appear to be connected to the Trump campaign, but the campaign and the Republican National Committee have been subject to numerous lawsuits in recent weeks over alleged efforts to intimidate voters or suppress votes in several states. Read

Alcohol sellers line up against legalized marijuana

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-12-10-19-pm11/6/16--Legalization is on the Tuesday ballot in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada, and alcohol groups are either staying neutral or lining up behind the No campaigns with concern that marijuana use may cause customers to drink less. Paranoia is justified, according to data from Cowen & Co. and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The number of drinkers who also smoke cannabis has increased over the past decade, while the number of cannabis smokers who drink has declined. Read

Marijuana news roundup: 3 of 5 states on track to approve recreational use

fb-square-english-spanish11/6/16--Voters in five states will decide whether to allow recreational marijuana use, and voters in the other four are considering medical marijuana use. New polling in California has increased the proportion of voters who say they support Prop 64 by three points. In Massachusetts the proportion of supporters jumped from less than 50% to 62% in the most recent poll. In Nevada, no new poll results were reported this week. In Arizona, the latest poll shows a close vote in favor of legalization. In Maine, support dropped by three points. Read

Marijuana on the ballot

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-11-45-22-am11/6/16--There’s strong support for the legalization of recreational marijuana use, but there is some resistance, as well, as Barry Petersen of CBS News uncovered and revealed. A poll released in California on Friday shows 57 percent in favor of legalization -- a contrast to six years ago, when a similar measure was voted down. Still, there is impassioned opposition from religious leaders of Oakland’s African-American community. Additionally, a majority of small growers actually opposes legalization -- afraid that big business coming into the state will put them out of business. Read

Why captains of cannabis industry don’t like the “M word”

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-11-21-09-am11/6/16--There are countless nicknames tossed around for America’s most widely used recreational drug, including marijuana, pot, weed, herb, even reefer. But the word cannabis is being placed at the forefront as the argument for legalization becomes more widespread and as companies surface to meet consumer demand. Additionally, the industry’s pursuit of legitimacy explains why companies would want to distance themselves from “marijuana,” a word that’s been used to describe illegal smoking for years. Read

Big Pot: The commercial takeover of marijuana

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-10-38-50-am11/6/16--CBS News set out to travel to five states and Canada to interview people on all sides of the issues -- from consumers to sellers, lobbyists to elected representatives to address questions about how legal pot should be marketed, sold, and regulated, in addition to what kind of businesses will dominate, how the product will be changed, and above all, how anyone can be sure the dream of legal marijuana won’t turn into a nightmare. Read

Weed is coming to your office – and that’s okay

fb-square-english-spanish11/5/16--Companies may be challenged handling their employees’ marijuana usage and determining whether or not it has a negative impact on their work. Even when employees acknowledge they are using marijuana, the medical community remains conflicted over what constitutes impairment by THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The greatest concern for employers revolves around workplace safety. However, in the work force at large, that constitutes a fraction of jobs. Read

Survey: NFL players say some teammates use marijuana before they play

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-9-33-39-am11/5/16--According to a player survey conducted by ESPN.com, 22 percent of players say that they've "known a teammate to use marijuana before a game." The survey included a total of 226 players, with 127 of those coming from the AFC and 99 respondents coming from the NFC. Since most players in the NFL aren't drug-tested weekly, any player not in the league's drug program is only subjected to one test per year and players can "prepare" for that test. So, it's possible that a player can use marijuana before a game, and not get suspended. Read

Barack Obama talks media, marijuana, Trump with Bill Maher

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-10-27-27-pm11/4/16--President Barack Obama sat down with Bill Maher for an extensive interview that touched on several topics, including marijuana legalization. The president admitted that his reluctance to move on the issue is tied to the "public health problem" that is smoking in general. During the segment, he expressed, "I don't think legalization is a panacea, but I think that we're going to need to have a more serious conversation about how we're treating marijuana and our drug laws generally." Read

Why marijuana will be a ‘shadow’ business for a long time

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-10-18-29-pm11/5/16--Despite the results from the ballot box, marijuana is probably going to remain largely a “shadow“ business for some time, with entrepreneurs facing significant hurdles on the federal level, including penalizing tax rules and barred access to interstate banking. These federal hurdles for legal marijuana are being addressed by proposals in Congress. Read

Opinion: The case against legalizing marijuana

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-9-53-32-pm11/7/16--In an editorial by MarketWatch columnist Bret Arends, residents of California, Massachusetts , Nevada, Arizona, and Maine are specifically informed about the ballot measure in their respective states to legalize marijuana. He warns that they are not being told the truth, and the people pushing it — the business people who want to sell it, and the political hacks who want to tax it — are deliberately misleading them. Arends outlines the medical research he says they should be informed about — from scientists, not lobbyists. Read

Veterinarians’ warning: Marijuana can be toxic to pets

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-9-29-53-pm11/5/16--As legalization makes marijuana more common in Oregon, local veterinarians are warning that marijuana can be poisonous to pets. Pets that gulp down marijuana can experience a range of effects, from lethargy to coma and even death. Local veterinarians say people should always keep marijuana away from their pets, and people who grow or process marijuana should also use caution about where they keep and dispose of material. Read  

Election 2016: States where marijuana is on the ballot

fb-square-english-spanish11/4/16--Voters in nine states will decide whether to pass marijuana-related measures on Election Day. Four of them—Florida, Montana, North Dakota, and Arkansas—will be voting on medical marijuana measures that either expand or establish the availability of cannabis for patients. Five others—California, Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Maine—will be voting on whether to allow adults 21 and older to consume cannabis recreationally. If all the measures pass, nearly a quarter of Americans will be able to use pot recreationally. Read

Majority of NFL players say medical marijuana would reduce painkiller use

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-11-50-01-am11/3/16--A majority of NFL players feel that use of chemical painkillers would be reduced if the league allowed a therapeutic use exemption for marijuana use. Marijuana is one of eight banned drugs on the NFL’s list of substances of abuse. ESPN The Magazine surveyed 226 of the league’s nearly 3, 000 players on active rosters or practice squads and found 61 percent in agreement that players would take fewer injections of strong anti-inflammatory drugs if they could treat pain legally with marijuana. Read