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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

Scotts Miracle-Gro in talks with EPA about marijuana pesticides

fb-square-english-spanish11/4/16--Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO Jim Hagedorn announced that his firm is talking with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about pesticide products that could be used on cannabis, according to reports out of the Columbus Dispatch and the Columbus Business Journal. Scotts set aside $500 million to acquire sector-leaders across the hydroponics space to gain a foothold in the legal marijuana market, which Hagedorn has called the “biggest thing” ever in gardening. Read

How legalization is playing into the non-weed business world

screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-12-39-11-pm11/2/16--Market research and economic impact studies have alluded to the potential of marijuana becoming a big business. So, as companies like Scotts Miracle-Gro and Microsoft dabble in the legal cannabis industry, financial analysts said it was only a matter of time for other traditional businesses to join the fray. The Cannabist covers how the talk of expanded marijuana legalization is starting to pop up in SEC filings for non-cannabis firms in sectors such as alcohol, pharmaceuticals, finance, and behavioral health. Read

Opioids out, cannabis in

fb-square-english-spanish11/1/16--With the nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse, dependence, and fatalities, clinicians are being asked by federal agencies and professional societies to control their prescribing of narcotic medications for pain. Reduction in opioid prescribing leaves a vacuum that will be filled with other therapies, including cannabis. According to an article published in JAMA, the mandated transition to limit the use of opioids, paired with the current climate about liberalizing cannabis, may lead to patients' substitution of cannabis for opioids. Read

As record number of states vote on marijuana, public health questions remain

screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-5-45-41-am10/29/16--In many ways, the states that currently have legalized marijuana in some form represent ongoing experiments in public health. Although those states have provided some interesting lessons thus far, many questions remain. How states vote could make a prediction on the national direction for marijuana legalization, recreational or medical. If many of the states vote yes, it could begin a new era in the ongoing experiment of legalized marijuana and public health impacts. Read

Marijuana could be legal for recreational or medical use in 29 states

screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-5-30-58-am10/29/16--Currently, marijuana is allowed for medical use in 26 states. Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota could join their ranks. In addition, California, Arizona, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Maine — all of which already allow medical use — could join Oregon, Colorado, Washington and Alaska as states that also permit recreational use. Those nine states account for nearly a quarter of the U.S. population. Read

Marijuana legalization 2016: a voter guide

screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-5-17-17-am10/28/16--Voters in nine states will have the chance this year to decide whether they want to legalize the recreational or medical use of marijuana. In a Live Science article, contributor Stephanie Pappas poses the questions: What exactly does a vote for, or against, the legalization of marijuana mean? And, what impact might this legislation have? She provides an at-a-glance guide at the states voting and the issues on the table. Read

The dog ate my pot brownie: Legalization fuels increase in stoned pets

screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-5-11-59-am10/28/16--As more jurisdictions legalize marijuana, veterinarians across the country say they are seeing a sharp increase in cases of pets accidentally getting high. Tasty “edibles” such as muffins and cookies that people consume for a buzz are also appealing to animals, who can’t read warning labels, and, in the case of dogs, rarely stop at just one pot brownie. Read

After Election Day, access to marijuana likely to reach all-time high across nation

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-10-15-33-pm10/28/16--California, experts say, will likely play the most significant role in cannabis legalization on Nov. 8. Voters in the most populous state are widely expected to approve the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act,” adding nearly 40 million names to the list of people who live in a state with legal pot. Polls nationally also show growing support for marijuana legalization. New Frontier, which doesn’t take a position on legalization, estimates the legal cannabis market could be worth more than $8 billion extra by 2020 if all the initiatives pass. Read

Spate of drugged driving deaths alarms U.S. regulators

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-10-09-47-pm10/27/16--The percentage of traffic deaths in which at least one driver tested positive for drugs has nearly doubled over a decade, raising alarms as five states are set to vote on legalization of marijuana. Amid a disquieting increase in overall U.S. traffic fatalities, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has tracked an upswing in the percentage of drivers testing positive for illegal drugs and prescription medications. Read

This election could determine the future of pot in America

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-8-58-45-am10/25/16--The future of pot policy in America hinges heavily on the election this year. Marijuana law reform is on the ballot in nine states and has momentum at the federal level in the form of several bills pending in Congress, including ones to deschedule cannabis, reschedule cannabis, legalize hemp, and prioritize research trials. Read

Here’s who bankrolls the fight against marijuana legalization

fb-square-english-spanish10/26/16--Vice News reports the largest donors to various anti-weed political groups around the country include a billionaire casino tycoon, a woman who believes in reefer madness, a drug-crusading former U.S. ambassador, cops, prison guards, booze merchants, and a pharma company that sells the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Pro-legalization campaigns have overwhelmingly outraised the opposition. Supporters in the five states set to vote on recreational marijuana had $30 million as of Oct. 20, compared to $6.6 million for their rivals, according to Ballotpedia. Read

It’s not okay to give marijuana to dogs, doctors warn

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-10-44-47-pm10/22/16--Despite positive reports given by many pet owners and some veterinarians that reported that cannabis-based products of supplements have helped their pets, it is still unlikely to totally recommend those supplements. There are still problems that need to be addressed before ruling that these are safe to use for pets. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no stamp of approval on this---as there are actually no studies yet to prove the effectiveness and safety of cannabis on pets. Read

Inside big pharma’s fight to block recreational marijuana

screen-shot-2016-11-05-at-11-58-20-pm10/22/16--Alcohol and pharma groups have been quietly backing anti-marijuana efforts across the country, raising questions about threats to market share. The plant’s threat to the alcohol industry is difficult to chart, but some researchers claim consumers substitute alcohol with marijuana when the plant is legalized. For big pharma, however, an expanding amount of data explains their fears. For instance, research published this year by the University of Georgia shows that Medicare prescriptions for drugs used to treat chronic pain and anxiety dropped in states that have legalized medical marijuana. Read  

High-potency pot doubles risk of marijuana dependence

screen-shot-2016-11-05-at-11-44-01-pm10/21/16--The more potent the pot is, the more likely a person who uses it is to become dependent on it, a new study from the United Kingdom finds. The researchers found that 43 percent of the participants who preferred high-potency pot were dependent on the drug, compared with 22 percent of the participants who did not prefer high-potency pot. Read

Legalizing marijuana

fb-square-english-spanish10/24/16--Henry Berman,  a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, writes a letter to the editor of The New York Times openly expressing why marijuana legalization has been a "big deal" for children and adolescents. Berman cites the doubled number of visits to emergency rooms by children under 10, and he addresses the serious effects on teenagers as it pertains to long-term behavioral and learning problems. Read

Election may be a turning point for legal marijuana

screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-8-59-54-am10/24/16--The movement to legalize marijuana will take a giant leap on Election Day if California and four other states vote to allow recreational cannabis, as polls suggest they may. The map of where pot is legal could include the entire West Coast and a block of states reaching from the Pacific to Colorado, raising a stronger challenge to the federal government’s ban on the drug. Read

Marijuana legalization campaigns raising more money than opposition

screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-8-55-49-am10/24/16--As in the past, proponents have raised far more money to support ballot initiatives to legalize pot than opponents have been able to raise. The former has a marijuana industry that supports legalization. The latter does not. California proponents have raised a whopping $19.8 million this year, much of it from an industry driven by profit motives. Read

Preclinical and clinical assessment of cannabinoids

fb-square-english-spanish10/7/16--This article aims to review study results which evaluated effects of cannabinoids from plant, synthetic, and endogenous origins on cancer development in preclinical animal models and to examine the current standing of cannabinoids that are being tested in human cancer patients. Read

Black communities hit hardest by reduced public addiction treatment

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-11-46-38-pm10/23/16--It is important that publicly funded outpatient substance use disorder treatment facilities offer services free of charge; however, a substantial portion of US counties do not have any of these facilities. Furthermore, cross-sectional research has shown that such facilities are less likely to be located in counties with a greater percentage of Black residents. Read

NORML: Marijuana is here to stay

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-11-20-40-pm10/23/16--According to Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), despite nearly a century of criminal prohibition, marijuana is here to stay. Armentano believes America’s laws should reflect this reality, and they should regulate the marijuana market accordingly. Read

Leading psychosis expert to his students: To avoid risk, hold off on pot til 30

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-10-57-49-pm10/21/16--Dr. Dost Öngür, chief of the Psychotic Disorders Division at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, presented a sweeping slide-talk on complex current issues in treating psychosis and informed his medical students not to smoke pot until they're 30. His warning stems specifically from a body of research that has been accumulating since the 1980s, suggesting that heavy marijuana use early on -- mainly in the teen years is linked to a higher risk of psychosis. Read

Legalized marijuana boosts high school dropout rates

fb-square-english-spanish10/20/16--A study examining the impact of laws that legalize marijuana on educational attainment shows that states with these laws had an increase in the high-school dropout rate among 12th graders. In addition, among those who did graduate from high school, fewer went on to attend college or to graduate from college. Read

New study examines medical marijuana’s effects on drivers

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-1-31-56-pm10/19/16--The University of California at San Diego's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research is in the early stages of conducting a two-year driving study that could help determine marijuana’s effects on driving with an emphasis on the key to understanding impaired driving. Read

What do we know about marijuana’s medical benefits?

fb-square-english-spanish10/18/16--Steven Kinsey of West Virginia University and Divya Ramesh of University of Connecticut have no political position on cannabis legalization; however, they do study the cannabis plant and its related chemical compounds. According to both experts, there's not enough information about cannabis or its elements to judge how effective it is as a medicine, but say well-designed studies are the most effective way to understand what medical benefits cannabis may have. While research on cannabis or cannabinoids is difficult, it's necessary to get the facts in order. Read

Does weed help you sleep? Probably not

fb-square-english-spanish10/17/16--Marijuana users may believe that frequent use helps them sleep, but that perception has been challenged by a new study published in the Journal of Addictive Diseases. It found that daily marijuana users actually scored higher on the Insomnia Severity Index and on sleep-disturbance measures than those who did not use it daily. Read

Mormon leaders oppose marijuana, assisted-suicide measures

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-7-57-41-pm10/15/16--Mormon leaders are urging members to vote against ballot measures that would legalize marijuana in Arizona, California and Nevada and a Colorado proposal to make assisted suicide legal. Their opposition to assisted suicide is rooted in the faith's belief in the sanctity of life. Read

Cannabis strain names have the most fascinating origin stories!

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-11-00-09-am10/13/16--Strain names range from whimsical to seriously profound. Some of the most famous strains got their names from the history of their evolution. Some are derived from the intent of their breeders. Others are the products of urban mythology. This article dives into the names of 10 of the most well-known strains. Read

The marijuana boom is contributing to the climate crisis

screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-10-44-15-pm10/5/16--A new report finds that marijuana cultivation accounts for as much as 1 percent of energy use in states such as Colorado and Washington. The electricity needed to illuminate, dehumidify, and air-condition large growing operations may soon rival the expenditures from big data centers. The marijuana industry’s energy use “is immense,” said the report’s author, Kelly Crandall, an analyst for EQ Research. Read