New Mexico Opioid Crisis

New Mexico Opioid Crisis Can Be Helped By Marijuana Says Lawmakers

As the New Mexico opioid crisis continues to people every day, New Mexico lawmakers are attempting to add opioid addiction to the list of qualifying conditions for the state’s medical marijuana program. Currently, opioid addiction is not included as a treatable condition in the state’s medical cannabis program. But at least one expert says it should be. Supporters gathered Monday in Santa Fe with representatives of the Drug Policy Alliance to build support for expanding access to medical marijuana. Anita Briscoe, a retired nurse practitioner, has witnessed the opioid crisis unfold firsthand in her hometown of Española, where the heroin epidemic has destroyed countless lives. “Over the […]

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Utah Makes Cannabis Accessible to Terminally Ill, Allows Farms for Research

Utah has taken some baby steps toward recognizing that cannabis is a highly-beneficial medicine for its residents. Two bills that would allow terminally ill patients access to medicinal marijuana and farmers to grow marijuana for research purposes under state supervision were given a favorable nod by lawmakers Wednesday as they were pushed out of a legislative committee and sent to the Utah House floor. Orem Republican Rep. Brad Daw presented substitute versions of House Bills 195 and 197 to the House Health and Human Services Committee Wednesday. The bills drew some concern from lawmakers and others, yet not enough to stop […]

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CBD Oil

Cannabis Industry Battling Federal Ban on CBD Oil

The cannabis industry is fighting a ban on CBD oil, a derivative that is used in a wide array of products but doesn’t get users high. Many users, this writer included, use CBD daily as a way to combat anxiety, pain, depression, and various other symptoms and ailments. The case that landed before San Francisco’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday. The half-billion dollar U.S. hemp industry is up in arms about a new U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency rule. The DEA created a brand new drug code for all cannabis extracts, including CBD Oil products. The hemp industry argues this […]

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Texas Dispensary

First Texas Dispensary Opens

Texas is known as a deep-red state with archaic cannabis laws, but progress is being made in small steps. The first Texas dispensary is now open in the lone star state. However, only a select few patients will be able to procure the medicine. On Thursday, Compassionate Cultivation will open its doors to its customers to become the first licensed cannabis oil dispensary in Texas. It is located just outside of Austin in Manchaca, the Dallas Observer reported on Monday. The news comes after a 6-year-old girl, who suffers from epilepsy, became the first Texan to receive medical marijuana prescription. However, the dispensary […]

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Sessions Anti-Cannabis

Sessions Anti-Cannabis Position Challenged By House Democrats

House Democrats have taken their first step in opposing AG Jefferson Beauregard Sessions after his blatant attack on states’ rights when he rescinded the Cole Memo last month. Eleven members of the House Judiciary Committee are demanding a hearing into the decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to roll back an Obama-era policy on marijuana enforcement. A letter signed by 11 Democrats calls for Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia, to hold a hearing of the full House Judiciary Committee to discuss the recent move by Sessions, which gives federal prosecutors more leeway to launch marijuana cases in states […]

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Fake CBD

60 US Soldiers Hospitalized After Using Fake CBD

Despite sustained efforts from military veterans to gain access to cannabis for treating PTSD and other combat-incurred conditions, the federal government, military, and Veterans Affairs have failed to grant them their freedom. Though countless veterans say the plant helps ease their ailments, cannabis remains illegal at the federal level (in a recent concession the VA now allows its doctors to discuss the potential treatment but not to prescribe it). Nevertheless, some veterans and soldiers still use it, and some active-duty troops have ended up vaping synthetic cannabidiol (CBD) in their pursuit of relief. CBD is a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid that is proving to be useful […]

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Cannabis Banking

States Ask Congress to Support Cannabis Banking

A bipartisan mix of attorneys general from states that have legalized cannabis urged congressional leaders Tuesday to pass legislation that would allow banks to do Cannabis Banking. Law enforcement officials from 17 states, the District of Columbia and Guam say exempting banks that service cannabis businesses from federal criminal and civil penalties would provide safeguards for a multibillion-dollar industry operating largely on cash transactions. In the letter addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other Congressional leaders, the signatories asked Congress to advance the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act introduced last year. “The […]

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Medical Marijuana at School

11-Year Old Illinois Girl Allowed Medical Marijuana at School

A federal judge in Illinois says an 11-year-old girl with leukemia should be allowed to use medical marijuana at school. After a hearing in federal court on Friday, the judge decided that the girl’s suburban Chicago school must let her use medical marijuana to treat her seizures, which are a lingering side-effect of the extensive chemotherapy she endured to combat leukemia. The announcement came just two days after the girl’s parents — Jim and Maureen Surin — sued the school district and the state for refusing to let their daughter Ashley use her medication on school grounds. Although Illinois legalized medical marijuana […]

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California Marijuana Laws

California Marijuana Laws, We Point Out The Details

California Marijuana Laws – In California, New Year’s Day 2018 brought more than just a hangover and a handful of half-baked resolutions. It brought sweeping change as the state’s much-anticipated Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act fully comes into effect. Passed by voters in November 2016, Proposition 64 legalized recreational cannabis for people 21 and older. The initiative allowed for possessing, transporting, and sharing up to an ounce of cannabis and eight grams of cannabis concentrate, as well as growing as many as six plants at home. But unlike other states that have legalized weed, California has more than […]

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Rescinding Cole Memo

Attorney General Targets Legal Cannabis, Rescinding Cole Memo

In a shocking, and possible disastrous move, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded several Obama-era directives that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized the substance. This could spell doom for the progress made by states like Colorado, Oregon, and as of January 1, California. Cali is expected to become the largest marijuana industry in the US. Well, it was. With this move and the daily chaos of the inept Trump administration, who knows how this will shake out? But for now, it’s smart to take this seriously. In a memo sent to U.S. attorneys Thursday, Sessions […]

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