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Cuomo lays groundwork for legalizing marijuana

New York Post By Kevin Sheehan Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid the groundwork Thursday for legalizing marijuana in New York, saying neighboring states already have, or are about to, so “for all intents and purposes it is going to be here anyway.” The governor’s comments were his strongest to date in favor of legalization and came… Read more »

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Senators call for DOJ to stop blocking medical marijuana research

The Hill By Nathaniel Weixel Bipartisan senators are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to cease efforts by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to slow medical marijuana research. In a letter sent Thursday, Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said they are concerned by reports that the Justice Department is effectively blocking the DEA from taking action on more… Read more »

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oehner’s bombshell weed reversal a big boost for marijuana

MSN Money The pot industry panicked when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ended the government’s hands-off policy on weed. Today, it can breathe a bit easier as former Republican House Speaker John Boehner joins the advisory board of U.S. cannabis producer Acreage Holdings. “It is difficult to overstate the impact of this monumental event for the U.S…. Read more »

Federal Study Finds Marijuana 100X Less Toxic Than Alcohol, Safer Than Tobacco

Health Guide By Dr. John Regan Science once again catching up with what many already knew – but this is progress: A new scientific study has investigated the toxicity of various drugs and found Marijuana the clear winner. It’s been found significantly less toxic than all the other substances on the list – including not only… Read more »

Where Marijuana Is Legal, Opioid Prescriptions Fall

Scientific American By Kate Sheridan As more states legalize medical and recreational marijuana, doctors may be replacing opioid prescriptions with suggestions to visit a local marijuana dispensary. Two papers published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine analyzing more than five years of Medicare Part D and Medicaid prescription data found that after states legalized weed, the number of… Read more »

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Report: U.S. Legal Cannabis Sales Could Top $75B by 2030

Ganjapreneur By TG Branfalt According to research firm Cowen & Co., legal cannabis sales in the U.S. are expected to reach $75 billion by 2030, which would put it on track to surpass the current sales for non-alcoholic carbonated drinks, Bloomberg reports. The firm previously predicted that the cannabis market would reach $50 billion by 2016 – if legalized federally –… Read more »

Opioid Use Lower In States That Eased Marijuana Laws

NPR By Richard Harris Medical marijuana appears to have put a dent in the opioid abuse epidemic, according to two studies published Monday. The research suggests that some people turn to marijuana as a way to treat their pain, and by so doing, avoid more dangerous addictive drugs. The findings are the latest to lend… Read more »

IS MARIJUANA THE WORLD’S MOST EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR AUTISM?

Newsweek By Debra Kamin It’s morning in Nahariya, a tiny Israeli town near the Lebanese border, and 4-year-old Benjamin is repeatedly smashing his head against the wall. He spins wildly in circles, screeching at full volume. As his mother tries frantically to calm him, he pulls down his pants and defecates on the floor. When… Read more »

Pennsylvania moves to become first state to permit medical marijuana research long blocked by federal ban

PENN LIVE By David Wenner Pennsylvania officials on Thursday outlined the process that medical schools can use to apply for state permission to conduct medical marijuana research. Pennsylvania is the first among the states that have legalized medical marijuana to make medical marijuana research part of the law. Historically, marijuana has not been well-studied in… Read more »

Advice for First-Time Cannabis Smokers: 10 Tips to Keep in Mind

Leafly By Dante Jordan Congratulations, you’ve decided that you’re finally ready to take that leap towards trying cannabis. Perfect. Beautiful. Let me be the first to welcome you to the family. But before you take that first toke, I’d like to offer you a few pieces of advice so you know what you’re getting into. Be Prepared… Read more »