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Noted Experts Critically Evaluate Benefits of Medical Marijuana for Treatment of Epilepsy

SOURCE: Elsevier 24 May 2017 Special Issue of Epilepsy & Behavior highlights the issues involved with medical marijuana Although cannabis had been used for many centuries for treatment of seizure disorders, medical use became prohibited in the 20th century. However, with the loosening of laws regarding medical marijuana, research and clinical use of marijuana-derived substances […]

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Cannabis shows promise for rare seizure disorder

SOURCE: The Washington Times – By Laura Kelly – Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Photo by: Kathy Young According to a study published Wednesday by The New England Journal of Medicine, marijuana cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy. (Associated Press) A new study shows promising results in treating patients suffering a rare […]

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GOP Lawmaker Introduces Federal Legalization of Marijuana

SOURCE: newsmax A “budtender” weighs marijuana for a customer at ShowGrow, a medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File) Wednesday, 17 May 2017 06:59 PM Lawmakers are pushing for federal legalization of marijuana — an effort gaining traction despite signals the Trump administration is moving toward stronger enforcement of federal pot laws, […]

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People are Using Cannabis in Place of Prescription Drugs, New Study Finds

SOURCE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA INC 10 May, 2017 Individuals are using cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs, particularly to treat pain, anxiety and depression, according to a new study. Findings in a new study published this month in Journal of Pain Research indicate that individuals are using cannabis in place of prescription drugs, regardless of […]

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Marijuana can reverse brain ageing and memory loss

Using cannabis may help in increasing the nerve cells in the brain which is an important prerequisite for learning ability. SOURCE: THE INDIAN EXPRESS By: PTI | Berlin | Published: May 9, 2017 10:43 pm THC treatment turned back the molecular clock. (Source: File Photo) A low-dose treatment with a marijuana compound can reverse the […]

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New Study: Cannabis May Help Treat Type 1 Diabetes, Colitis and Crohn’s Disease

SOURCE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA INC, May 9, 2017 Findings in a new study indicate that the endocannabinoid system plays an instrumental role in maintaining the immunological health of the gut. A new study from researchers at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine has found that cannabinoids are involved in maintaining the health of the digestive […]

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Trump makes first statement about medical cannabis as president

SOURCE: Marijuana Business Daily May 5, 2017      Donald Trump made his first statement about medical marijuana as president after signing a $1.1 trillion spending bill that includes a provision providing key protections for legal MMJ businesses. Trump’s statement, however, failed to shed clear light on where his administration stands on marijuana policy, perhaps indicating that […]

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Congress Gives Jeff Sessions $0 To Go After Medical Marijuana Laws

It’s the latest sign that a major federal crackdown on state pot laws isn’t likely. SOURCE HUFFINGTON POST By Jennifer Bendery http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jeff-sessions-state-marijuana-laws_us_59077dcde4b0bb2d087023df#

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After 3 Years, Feds Back to Tracking Cannabis Markets

SOURCE: GREEN PLANET By Jimi Devine on May 1, 2017 Photo Gracie Malley for Cannabis Now The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has decided to resume tracking the marijuana market in the United States, which in their eyes, is still illegal no matter what state you live in. Up through 2014, SAMHSA tracked […]

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Colorado Cannabis Sales Up 30% in 2017

By Barry Bard on April 27th, 2017 at 8:25 am | Updated: April 28th, 2017 at 8:16 am SOURCE: MARIJUANA ELEVATED INFORMATION With over three years into adult-use cannabis sales, Colorado’s marijuana industry still sees its stock soaring. Thus far, 2017 combined adult-use and medical cannabis sales in January and February have eclipsed those same […]

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AG Jeff Sessions Says He’s “Got His Hands Full” With Bigger Issues Than Marijuana

SOURCE: MARIJUANA ELEVATED INFORMATION By Barry Bard on April 27th, 2017 at 1:11 pm | Updated: April 27th, 2017 at 3:26 pm America’s legal cannabis industry might be able to exhale about the federal government’s hypothetical “greater enforcement” on recreational marijuana. In a Wednesday interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press,” Colorado Governor John […]

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More Than Half of Millennials Will Replace Alcohol with Marijuana

SOURCE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA INC 25 April, 2017 A new report projects that more than half of all American millennials will substitute their intake for alcoholic beverages for marijuana. Findings in a new report indicate that the growing use of cannabis, especially among younger adults, will make a significant impact on the alcohol industry. A California-based […]

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Texas advocates push longshot pot bills with veterans, moms

Published April 25, 2017 Associated Press SOURCE: FOX NEWS AUSTIN, Texas –  Medical marijuana advocates in Texas are promoting support from more conservative sources to push longshot legislation that would ease pot laws in a state that’s lagging behind much of the rest of the country on medical marijuana. Conservative Christian mothers of autistic children […]

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Country’s First “Cannabis Scholarship” Funded By Colorado Pot Tax

SOURCE: MARIJUANA.COM By Barry Bard on April 25th, 2017 at 8:29 am The Colorado cannabis industry’s tax dollars have already been directed toward the state’s public school system and homeless population. Now, higher education has become the latest recipient of Colorado’s cannabis capital. In Pueblo County (Southern Colorado), any graduating high school senior that will […]

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Recreational cannabis states prepping for possible federal crackdown

SOURCE: MARIJUANA BUSINESS DAILY April 25, 2017      By John Schroyer California, Colorado and Oregon have begun taking steps to protect recreational marijuana businesses and consumers against a possible federal crackdown under the new Trump administration. Oregon this month approved legislation to shield the identities of marijuana consumers from federal agents. Colorado lawmakers are voting […]

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California Set To Harmonize Recreational And Medical Marijuana Laws

This will no doubt have a major impact on how other states — and the country — regulate and tax cannabis. SOURCE: Above The Law – By Hilary Bricken Apr 24, 2017 at 4:20 PM With passage of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MCRSA”) in 2015, California took a huge step towards comprehensively […]

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Uruguay will start selling marijuana in pharmacies this summer

SOURCE: HER By Niamh Maher From July, Uruguay will become the world’s first country to allow recreational marijuana be sold in pharmacies. This is the last step for the South American country in implementing the production, sale, and consumption of marijuana after it was fully legalised in 2013. Under the law, buyers must sign up […]

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Lawmakers attempt to reclassify marijuana

Alexa Block , KREM 9:28 AM. PDT April 10, 2017 (Photo: Vince Chandler, 2016 The Denver Post, MediaNews Group Lawmakers are considering easing the classification of marijuana, which would change the way that marijuana is recognized on a national level. Here in Washington marijuana is a billion dollar industry, but possible new federal laws could […]

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$1 Billion In Marijuana Taxes Is Addictive To State Governors

SOURCE: FORBES Debra Borchardt ,   Contributor I write about retail and cannabis. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Source: Shutterstock California believes it will get $1 billion in tax revenue from legalized marijuana. States are addicted to cannabis tax revenues. According to a new report from New Frontier Data, states with legalized […]

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The Holy Land of Medical Marijuana

SOURCE: USNEWS.COM By Yardena Schwartz | Contributor April 11, 2017, at 11:04 a.m. How a country the size of New Jersey became the epicenter of medicinal marijuana. TEL AVIV — After speaking here last month at a conference devoted to marijuana innovation, Garyn Angel handed out cannabis-infused salad dressing and sauces to people seeking to […]

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Marijuana Companies, Soaring in Stock Market, May Tap Bonds Next

SOURCE: BLOOMBERG MARKETS by Allison McNeely ‎April‎ ‎11‎, ‎2017‎ ‎1‎:‎14‎ ‎PM‎ ‎MDT Medical marijuana companies will likely tap the Canadian bond market to fund growth as investors become more comfortable with the industry and the federal government gets set to legalize the drug by next year. “There would be an appetite for more traditional debt […]

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Legal or not, marijuana and edibles should be stored away from kids

SOURCE: AAP NEWS April 3, 2017 Trisha Korioth, Staff Writer Parent Plus Kids might be seeing marijuana in a more relaxed way now that it is legal for people ages 21 and older to smoke or eat it in several states. But the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging parents to talk with their […]

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DEA Asks Colorado AG’s Office for Info on Marijuana Crimes, “for the new administration”

Source: YAHOO FINANCE By: Paul Ausick 24/7 Wall St. April 2, 2017 Amid speculation about how the Trump administration will confront marijuana legalization in states such as Colorado, a Drug Enforcement Administration supervisor has sent an e-mail to a prosecutor in the state attorney general’s office seeking information, “for the new administration.” The e-mail was […]

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7 Marijuana-related Bills Introduced in US Congress

SOURCE: YAHOO FINANCE By: Paul Ausick 24/7 Wall St. April 2, 2017 A total of seven bills that would support the marijuana industry were introduced in Congress last Thursday, three in the Senate and four in the House. The Senate bills were all sponsored by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), including one co-sponsored by Senators Rand […]

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Marijuana and Denver real estate in 2017, by the numbers Megan Arellano

SOURCE: DENVERITE Megan Arellano Posted on April 2, 201710:18 am Marijuana at Verde Natural’s grow facility. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) Many places across the country are beginning a process Denver is very familiar with: legalizing recreational marijuana. The New York Times took a fresh look at how that impacts commercial real estate Saturday. In the advanced market […]

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What’s wrong with medical marijuana?

Posted on April 2, 2017 by Troy Daily News Christina Ryan Claypool – Contributing Columnist Results from a July 2016 Gallup poll “…found that 13 percent of adults in the U.S. report currently using marijuana…43 percent of adults have tried the substance…” Still, that says 87 percent of people have decided that smoking pot isn’t […]

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Liquor wholesalers pass on marijuana distribution licenses

SOURCE: THE MIAMI HERALD The Associated Press Liquor wholesalers have been slow to sign on to Nevada’s new legal marijuana market, meaning the state must look elsewhere for marijuana middle-men with recreational cannabis sales slated to start July 1, according to the state Department of Taxation. A notice from the Department of Taxation says that […]

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Jerry Jones’s marijuana proposal could save NFL players’ lives

SOURCE: THE WASHINGTON POST By Christopher Ingraham April 3 at 1:58 PM Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones arrives for the opening of the NFL football annual meeting March 26 in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/AP) The owner of the Dallas Cowboys said in a recent meeting of NFL owners that the league should “drop its prohibition on […]

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John Oliver Explains Why Conflicting Marijuana Laws in the U.S. Justify Your Weed-Induced Paranoia

SOURCE: Slate’s Culture Blog April 3 2017 12:37 PM BY: Marissa Martinelli John Oliver returned on Sunday with a segment that’s going to get a lot of people reaching for the air freshener. Though research suggests that marijuana isn’t as dangerous as other drugs—even legal ones like alcohol and tobacco—it’s still considered a Schedule I […]

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Denver marijuana industry is eating into area’s restaurant jobs

SOURCE: FOX NEWS Published March 31, 2017 – FOXNEWS.COM Denver restaurateurs claim they can’t compete with higher-paying jobs at pot dispensaries.  (Reuters) The population of Denver has been steadily growing over the past few years, but not enough of its new inhabitants want to work in the restaurant industry. The reason? The higher-paying jobs are […]

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Federal Lawmakers Seek To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol

SOURCE: THE FRESH TOAST By: Mike Adams Mar 31, 2017 Federal lawmakers are asking Congress to support bills aimed at establishing a nationwide marijuana market. Photo by Peter Heeling via Skitterphoto A group of federal lawmakers marched up to the steps of Capitol Hill earlier this week asking the Congressional majority to support a couple […]

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8 States That Will Make Millions Taxing Marijuana

SOURCE: YAHOO FINANCE Samuel Stebbins 24/7 Wall St.March 31, 2017 Legislation to regulate and tax marijuana sales in a manner similar to alcohol was introduced this month in the U.S. House of Representatives. While such legislation would be a first for the federal government, several states either already are, or soon will be, collecting millions […]

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Marijuana businesses form coalition to defend against federal intervention

SOURCE: GAZETTE TELEGRAPH By: Joey Bunch, ColoradoPolitics.com March 27, 2017 Updated: March 27, 2017 at 1:04 pm A new national coalition of businesses in the legal marijuana trade plans to fight federal efforts to intervene in states’ regulation of cannabis. The chairman of the New Federalism Fund is Neal Levine of Boulder, senior vice president […]

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Legalized marijuana lowers opioid abuse, study shows

Source: WCH6-Portland by: ELLE OUSFAR and NBC NEWS , WCSH 8:27 AM. EDT March 28, 2017 Photo: NBC NEWS PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — 91 Americans die each day from opioid abuse. Is there hope for the Opioid epidemic?  After legalizing recreational Marijuana in January, Mainers may have a pot to stand on. A professor of […]

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Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

By kristen wyatt, associated press DENVER — Mar 25, 2017, 10:33 AM ET FILE–In this Friday, Dec. 9, 2014, file photograph, Matt Hart holds up a bud of Lemon Skunk, the most potent strain of marijuana available at the 3D Dispensary in Denver. A bill making its way through the Colorado legislature may allow recreational […]

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Marijuana News Roundup: No State Wants to Be Left Behind in Pot Legalization

source: YAHOO FINANCE AUTHOR: Paul Ausick 24/7 Wall St. March 12, 2017 Whether or not California’s recent approval of recreational marijuana is the catalyst, there are as many as 17 other states looking seriously at legalizing pot for fun. Essentially, state legislators see money lying on the ground and they want to pick some of […]

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‘Fake Weed’ Linked to More Risk-Taking Than Real Marijuana

SOURCE: LIVESCIENCE By Stephanie Bucklin, Live Science Contributor | March 13, 2017 03:41am ET Credit: Creative Family/Shutterstock Teens who use “fake weed,” or synthetic cannabis, may be more likely to engage in risky behaviors than those who use only marijuana, a new study finds. High school students in the study who used synthetic cannabinoids had […]

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Should Your Insurance Company Pay for Medical Marijuana? Judges Are Starting to Rule That Way

SOURCE: AlterNet As marijuana proves safer and more effective than opiates, several court rulings may set a new precedent. By April M. Short / March 19, 2017 Colorado was the first US state to legalize marijuana, followed by Washington state, in both cases after voter initiatives Recent court rulings in Canada and the U.S. could […]

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Polis Says Amendment Will Protect Marijuana from Sessions

SOURCE: Roll Call – Politics Posted Mar 16, 2017 8:42 AM Eric Garcia Rep. Jared Polis, D-Co., is hoping to protect legal marijuana in his state from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo) Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis teamed up with Republican Rep. Tom McClintock to protect marijuana businesses in his state […]

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Legalizing Marijuana in All 50 States Could Cut 7% of Beer Sales

Source: YAHOO FINANCE Author-Paul Ausick 24/7 Wall St. March 17, 2017 One of the unintended side effects (probably) of legalizing marijuana for recreational use could be a drop of 7.1% in retail sales of beer, or about $2 billion, according to the Cannabiz Consumer Group. In states where recreational use is already legal, 27% of […]

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Segerblom bill would spark earlier recreational marijuana sales in Nevada

SOURCE: Las Vegas Review-Journal Posted March 17, 2017 – 5:05pmUpdated March 17, 2017 – 7:52pm By COLTON LOCHHEAD LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL A bill proposed Friday by Sen. Tick Segerblom would kick-start recreational marijuana sales in Nevada. But a statement out of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office could spell doom for the bill. Senate Bill 302 would let medical […]

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Health company managed by Snider family proposes medical marijuana facility

SOURCE: CSNPHILLY By The Associated Press February 16, 2017 5:40 PM A health company managed by the heirs of Flyers founder Ed Snider is looking to build a medical marijuana growing facility in Philadelphia. The Inquirer reports that Snider Health gave a presentation to the Parkwood Civic Association for a proposed 125,000-square-foot factory on Wednesday. […]

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Medical Marijuana And Liver Disease: What Science Says Is Possible – See more at: https://thefreshtoast.com/cannabis/medical-marijuana-and-liver-disease/#sthash.QIV9yTIZ.dpuf

Your endocannabinoid system is key. SOURCE: THE FRESH TOAST By: Brea Mosley Mar 12, 2017 Photo by Flickr user Qasim Zafar Liver disease occurs when the liver experiences a high amount of tissue scarring. This is typically a direct result of constant inflammation and the death of vital cells. This disease inflicts more than 400,000 […]

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Marijuana v. opioid addiction: an easy choice

Source: The STATE Bill Nettles Guest Columnist Dixie Pace of Greenville passes out posters with Melinda Dority and Jessi Pace at a rally at a 2015 rally to support legalizing the medical use of marijuana. Tracy Glantz tglantz@thestate.com Columbia, SC Many patients who would benefit from medical marijuana have no viable treatment for their pain […]

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World’s Top-Performing Hedge Fund Gained 145% Last Year…on Marijuana

Source-INVESTOPEDIA By Nathan Reiff | March 7, 2017 — 10:33 AM EST While hedge funds around the world have struggled to break even in many cases, some select funds found ways to not only beat the markets, but to bring in outlandish returns in 2016. Funds in the quantitative and AI-based strategy realms, for example, […]

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Los Angeles Sheriff expects federal agents will target marijuana

Source- The ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, March 8, 2017 Updated 5:00 a.m. By MICHAEL BALSAMO / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES – The leader of the nation’s largest sheriff’s department expects federal drug agents will attempt to step up marijuana enforcement as California moves forward with legalization. But he believes there isn’t the manpower to conduct […]

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Study shows shift in favor of legalized marijuana

Source-1011 NEWS -By Press Release | Posted: Wed 12:41 PM, Mar 08, 2017  |Updated: Wed 1:44 PM, Mar 08, 2017 LINCOLN, Neb. — Public opinion polls have shown significant growth in support for marijuana legalization, from about 20 percent in 1990, according to public opinion surveys, to 57 percent in the latest Pew Research survey released in […]

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Marijuana could help injured workers with chronic pain

Source-BUSINESS INSURANCE Joyce Famakinwa 3/8/2017 8:00:00 AM BOSTON — Marijuana may have benefits over addictive opioids as a pain treatment for injured workers, but federal drug laws and a lack of guidelines for marijuana prescribing could hinder its use in workers compensation. A recent report from The National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine looked […]

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NFL Players Are Demanding Medical Marijuana As Alternative To Opioids MedCan is safer and the players want it.

By: Mike Adams Mar 03, 2017 Source: Thefreshtoast.com Photo by David Madison/Getty Images Over half the nation has legalized marijuana for medicinal use — some legal states are even home to NFL teams — yet professional football players are still prohibited from using the herb for various health issues, including chronic pain. It is for […]

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Retired policeman wants to open medical marijuana dispensary

Article Source-STANDARD SPEAKER By SAM GALSKI / Published: February 26, 2017     ” ELLEN F. O’CONNELL/Staff Photographer Jeff Turse wants to establish a medical marijuana dispensary in the Franklin Corporate Center in Hazle Township where his store, Atomic Vapors, is closing today. Turse also wants to use an already-vacant storefront to the left of […]

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