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Legalized Medical Marijuana Doesn't Increase Teen Usage, Study Finds

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

One of the biggest worries about legalized medical marijuana was that teenagers would smoke more pot, but it turns out those fears were wrong. A study just published in The Lancet Psychiatry showed no significant difference in adolescent marijuana use in the 21 states with medical marijuana laws.

 

This exhaustive study using over 24 years of data from over a million teenagers in 48 states found no evidence that legalized medical marijuana led to teenagers using pot more. Deborah Hasin, Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, reviewed data on teenagers between the ages of 13-18 and during the years 1991-2014. “Our findings provide the strongest evidence to date that marijuana use by teenagers does not increase after a state legalizes medical marijuana. Rather, up to now, in the states that passed medical marijuana laws, adolescent marijuana use was already higher than in other states. Because early adolescent use of marijuana can lead to many long term harmful outcomes, identifying the factors that actually play a role in adolescent use should be a high priority,” said Dr. Hasin.

 

Read More:http://www.forbes.com/sites/debraborchardt/2015/06/15/legalized-medical-marijuana-doesnt-increase-teen-usage/


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Colorado Supreme Court: Employees Can Be Fired For Marijuana Use, Even Medical, Even If Off The Clock

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

fired marijuana jobA fear that many marijuana consumers have to live with is the fear of being fired from their job for marijuana. That fear is very real, even for medical marijuana patients who only use medical marijuana while off the clock in the privacy of their own homes. It’s a fear that I have had to live with throughout my adult life. A lot of people e-mail me asking if they can be fired for using legal marijuana, both medical and recreational. Each time I have to give them the sad news that yes, you can be fired for using legal marijuana, at least according to case law. There have been a handful of legal challenges to the firings, and every single time those challenges lose in court.

Today there was another case that was ruled in favor of the employer, this time in Colorado. PerThe Denver Channel:

The Colorado Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday affirming a lower court’s decision to uphold the firing of an employee for using medical marijuana off-duty.

“Employees who engage in an activity such as medical marijuana use that is permitted by state law but unlawful under federal law are not protected by the (lawful activities statute),” the justices concluded.

The case involved 35-year-old Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired from his job at the Dish Network after failing a drug test in 2010. Coats said he needed the drug to help with violent spasms and seizures he has suffered since he was paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/colorado-supreme-court-employees-fired-marijuana-medical/


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Nearly One Out Of Six MS Patients Use Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 15th 2015 by THCFinder
 
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One-quarter of patients with multiple sclerosis report having used cannabis therapeutically and nearly one out of six (16 percent) currently use it to treat symptoms of the disease, according tosurvey data commissioned by the North American Research Committee on MS.

Over 5,600 MS patients participated in the survey, the results of which were presented last week at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Center 2015 Annual Meeting.

Most subjects who had tried marijuana said it mitigated disease symptoms, such as spasticity or pain. Only five percent of patients surveyed said that cannabis said it did not provide some level of relief.

Those with more advanced symptoms of MS were more likely to report using cannabis therapeutically.

Of those surveyed, 82 percent said that they would consider cannabis therapy if it were a legal option in their state.

Clinical trials have previously reported that cannabis inhalation is superior to placebo in reducing pain and spasticity in patients with treatment-resistant MS. Other studies indicate that long-term use of cannabinoid therapy may potentially modify MS progression.

Previously survey data published in the journal Neurology reported that 14 percent of MS patients used cannabis for symptom management.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/nearly-one-out-of-six-ms-patients-use-medical-marijuana/


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Get Free Marijuana Seeds On July 1st In Oregon

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

marijuana seeds dna geneticsStoney Girl Gardens is doing a free marijuana seed giveaway to celebrate marijuana legalization, which takes effect in Oregon on July 1st. Below is more information about the free event, viaEventbrite:

Stoney Girl Gardens and Portlandsterdam University are hosting a FREE Marijuana Seed Giveaway to commemorate Oregon’s legalization of Marijuana July 1, 2015.

Claim your commemorative seed pack and enter to WIN a seat at Portlandsterdam Universities upcoming “Plant and Grow Class” where you will receive hands-on planting and caring instruction for the cannabis plant that you will take home at the end of the class to enjoy in your own garden.

  • Must Be 21 Or Older With Valid ID
  • One Day Only While Supplies Last – July 1, 2015 : 9am – 9pm
  • Seed Claim/Prize Entry Does Not Guarantee You Will Receive A Seed Pack
  • Must Redeem Claims Ticket On Event Day For A Chance To Win Prize
  • One Entry Per Person. Duplicate Entries Will Be Rejected
  • *Dont forget to print your entry ticket and bring it with you to the event

When: July 1, 2015, 9 am to 9 pm

Where: Stoney Girl Gardens 10287 SE HWY 212 Clackamas, OR 97015

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/get-free-marijuana-seeds-on-july-1st-in-oregon/


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New York Medical Marijuana Program Brings In $3 Million From Application Process

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 12th 2015 by THCFinder
 
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(via wikipedia.com)

Today state officials in New York will close the application process to open a dispensary.

According to numbers from the New York Post, the state has already brought in $3 million from the selection process by charging 300 perspective dispensary owners $10,000 a pop to file their bid to attain one of the five permits being distributed in the state.

These permits would allow their holder to open four dispensaries, and 20 dispensaries in total would be allowed to open in a state with a population of 19.75 million. The idea of one dispensary per 1 million residents does not really float with any goals for there to be ease of access, but with how limited the conditions list is, it shouldn’t be much of an issue as dispensing kicks off in 2016. However, patients upstate are worried about the travel times that would be required to access their medicine.

Lightly processed flowers, as in trimmed, dried, and cured, will not be available to New York patients. This is due to the ban on smoking medical cannabis — only oils, edibles, and vapable products will be for sale.

Not everyone in New York is happy with how the state’s regulations turned out. State Assembly Leader Richard Gottfried told a Drug Policy Alliance event, “Last June, we were about to pass in both houses and the Governor calls me and Diane Savino down to his office and says ‘This is how we’ve got to change it.’ Maybe we should have told him to stuff it and passed it how it was and had him veto it, but we decided to bargain with him. We got a lot of really bad changes into the legislation and when they came out with the regulations they were even worse.”

Hopefully after the kinks are worked out in the distribution process, New York’s medical cannabis program will redevelop into something a bit more inclusive. Right now, lots of folks will be left out of the loop when it comes to using cannabis as effective medicine.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-york-medical-marijuana-program-brings-in-3-million-from-application-process/


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Commerce Township Considers Marijuana Growing Restrictions

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

outdoor marijuana growingIn a pair of meetings on June 8 and 9, Commerce Township will consider to what degree they allow people to participate in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) by considering an ordinance that would  restrict how and where patients can grow their marijuana.

Attorneys and activists alike are in an uproar over the proposed language.

The ordinance offers a unique and restrictive definition of who can grow and where it can be done. It also requires some unique security and monitoring standards that exceed any other measure currently in place in other cities.

To begin, the ‘Definitions’ section of the proposal contains provocative language. From the proposal:

Medical marijuana cultivation facility means a building where more than twelve (12) marijuana plants are being grown in compliance with the MMMA.

Medical marijuana dispensary means a building or part of a building where there is a transfer of marijuana between primary caregivers or between qualifying patients. This definition does not include a building in which the transfer of marijuana occurs between a primary caregiver and his or her qualifying patient.

Plant means any marihuana plant with not more than one readily observable root formation. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/commerce-township-considers-marijuana-growing-restrictions/


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