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Marijuana money increasingly flowing to Republican lawmakers

1/21/18--Marijuana business owners are increasingly pouring their profits into lobbying lawmakers as they face a federal crackdown from the Trump administration. A USA Today survey found hundreds of thousands of dollars flowing from the cannabis industry into campaign finance accounts of both lawmakers and political action committees, with emphasis this year on Congressional Republicans who are trying to stop the Trump administration from targeting marijuana businesses. Read

Smoking marijuana and driving: 33% of teens think it’s legal. Some think it isn’t dangerous

10/12/17--According to a new study, 88% of teens think driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous, while just 68% said driving under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. Equally disturbing, 39% of people in states where marijuana is legal said they feel comfortable getting in the driver’s seat within two hours of smoking or consuming marijuana, according to a study of 600 residents by used car dealer Instamotor. Marijuana can stay in a person's system for days to weeks, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Read

Marijuana devastated Colorado, don’t legalize it nationally

8/7/17--According to USA Today opinion contributor Jeff Hunt, the true impact of marijuana on communities is just starting to be learned. The negative consequences of legalizing recreational marijuana will be felt for generations, and the effects in Colorado neighborhoods, in particular, is not wished upon the nation. Read

Marijuana’s legalization fuels black market in other states

7/31/17--Marijuana smugglers are growing and shipping vast quantities of illicit cannabis across the USA. Many are starting in states where growing marijuana is legal, such as Colorado, and sending the drug elsewhere. Legalization advocates have long argued that regulating marijuana forces the industry out of the shadows and into the public eye, where the drug can be taxed and the black market effectively eliminated. But because marijuana remains illegal in so many states, smugglers can take advantage of the patchwork of laws. Read

Yes, cannabis cigarettes are being sold legally at this supermarket chain

7/14/17--Coop, one of Switzerland’s largest supermarket chains, will launch a new cigarette containing hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) in 700 stores nationwide. But some branches, like the one in Eaux-Vives, are already selling it. Coop is selling these cigarettes “because there is big demand for hemp products,” the company spokeswoman Angela Wimmer said. The chain already carries other cannabis products like ice tea, beer, and sandwich spread. Read

Debate continues over use of cannabis to treat canine health issues

5/20/17--While there’s no scientific evidence that cannabis cures canines or other pets, there are anecdotal reports that ill dogs respond to it in positive ways. However, federal law still holds that marijuana is illegal, classified as a Schedule 1 drug with high abuse potential and no accepted medical use. Despite this, humans are seeking medical marijuana to treat several ailments, and for many dog owners these reasons are enough to try it when their beloved pets face similar problems. Read

NY proposes decriminalizing marijuana

1/12/17--Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making another pitch for the state to decriminalize possession of some marijuana. Cuomo quietly included the proposal in a 380-page State of the State message that he provided late Wednesday to the State Legislature. 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

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

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

Inside Barcelona’s private marijuana clubs

fb-square-english-spanish9/22/16--Some clubs are cafe-like and cozy, but most are smaller and simpler where folks get their pot privately and safely. To join a club in Barcelona, you have to be personally sponsored by a member. No outsiders are permitted. In almost every case, you would pass by a club’s door and not even notice it. Read

Marijuana just made me want to ‘eat potato chips’

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