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Urge D.C. Judiciary Committee To Improve Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, May, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

washington dc decriminalization marijuana possessionI received the following alert out of DC:

While D.C. has an effective medical marijuana program, there is still room for improvement. Two bills are pending to do just that, but they’re stalled in the Judiciary Committee. Click here to urge all the Judiciary Committee members to make sure these bills move forward NOW.

B21-192 would require lab testing so that patients know what they are getting and that their medicine is free of contaminants, while B21-210 would allow reciprocity for out-of-state patients and remove the arbitrary cap on the number of plants a cultivation center can grow, alleviating shortages and driving down prices.

Unfortunately, Judiciary Committee Chairman McDuffie has not scheduled either bill for a hearing or vote, although one of the bills has been before the committee for seven months. Other members of the committee also have the authority to request that the bills be considered at a special meeting. Please ask your council members to support these bills and expand compassionate access to D.C.’s program.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/urge-d-c-judiciary-committee-to-improve-medical-marijuana-program/


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New Poll Shows 69% Of Florida Voters Support Medical Marijuana Initiative

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 24th 2016 by THCFinder

united for care florida amendment 2 medical marijuanaThis November Florida voters will see Amendment 2 on the ballot for the second straight election cycle. As in 2014, Amendment 2 would legalize medical marijuana in Florida. The 2014 effort was defeated by just two percentage points. This election cycle’s initiative has been tweaked and improved, and the campaign team is working hard to not let the 2014 result happen again. A poll was recently released by Gravis Marketing which found the following in regards to support for the initiative:

The Gravis survey asked all voters that participated in this poll; ‘If you were to vote today, would you vote for or against this constitutional amendment?’ 69 percent of those asked indicated that they would vote for the amendment, 23 percent stated they would vote against the amendment while eight percent were unsure.

“Another surprise in this poll shows the rapid changing of the voting segments opinion on medical marijuana,” concluded Gravis Marketing President Doug Kaplan. “One year ago when we asked a similar question, the state constitution measure was in danger of failing, as less than 60 percent of those polled would vote for it. Today, it appears that this ballot initiative is fairly on it’s way of passing. It’s amazing to see how much the public sentiment  has changed in the last 8 years.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-poll-shows-69-of-florida-voters-support-medical-marijuana-initiative/


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Marijuana Activist Toolbox Update: Cannabis And The Brain Research

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 24th 2016 by THCFinder

Marijuana brain stressWhile doing research for an article being featured in print later this year, I’ve accumulated a nice little body of quotes and research regarding the brain, its chemistry and the methods through which cannabis interacts with it- specifically, how cannabis can inspire creativity and thought.

Quotes included are from the abstract and are not meant to stand alone as definitive statements about each study’s conclusions.

3 Studies That Show Cannabis Grows Brain Cells

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“The endocannabinoid system has been implicated in the modulation of adult neurogenesis.
Here, we describe the effect of type 1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1R) activation on self-renewal, proliferation and neuronal differentiation in mouse neonatal subventricular zone (SVZ) stem/progenitor cell cultures.
Expression of CB1R was detected in SVZ-derived immature cells (Nestin-positive), neurons and astrocytes.
Stimulation of the CB1R … increased self-renewal of SVZ cells, as assessed by counting the number of secondary neurospheres … Moreover, … treatment for 48 h, increased proliferation …
Surprisingly, stimulation of CB1R … also promoted neuronal differentiation (without affecting glial differentiation), at 7 days, as shown by counting the number of NeuN-positive neurons in the cultures.
Moreover, by … a method that allows the functional evaluation of neuronal differentiation, we observed an increase in neuronal-like cells.
This proneurogenic effect was blocked when SVZ cells were co-incubated with … the CB1R antagonist AM 251, for 7 days, thus indicating that this effect involves CB1R activation.
In accordance with an effect on neuronal differentiation and maturation … also increased neurite growth …
Taken together, these results demonstrate that CB1R activation induces proliferation, self-renewal and neuronal differentiation from mouse neonatal SVZ cell cultures.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-activist-toolbox-update-cannabis-and-the-brain-research/


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Congress Finally Approves Medical Marijuana for Veterans

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, May, 23rd 2016 by THCFinder

Veterans struggling to gain access to medical marijuana caught a major break last week at the hands of Congress.

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate put their seal of approval on an amendment that would prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs from dipping into the federal budget to stop Uncle Sam’s doctors from providing patients with recommendations to use medical marijuana.

This is the first time in American history that both chambers have seen eye to eye on an amendment of this kind—a move that stands to eliminate restrictions that have kept the men and women of the United States military from having legal access to a safer alternative to dangerous prescription drugs.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/congress-finally-approves-medical-marijuana-veterans


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Medical marijuana: How some Orange County cities are relaxing their rules on pot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 19th 2016 by THCFinder

Orange County’s restrictive marijuana environment might look quite different after Nov. 8.

As Californians prepare to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana, residents of several local cities will decide whether to regulate and tax medical marijuana businesses for the first time.

Late Tuesday, the City Council for cash-strapped Placentia voted to not only allow its first licensed cannabis dispensary, but also to permit the county’s first regulated commercial cannabis cultivation and manufacturing sites. Leaders in the city may now put a special cannabis tax before voters.

Placentia is hardly alone. Voters in Costa Mesa and Laguna Beach will consider initiatives that could double the number of cities in the county that permit pot shops. While efforts there started with citizens, leaders in both cities have seen the writing on the wall and are looking to put their own competing plans on the November ballot.

Read More"http://www.ocregister.com/articles/city-716398-marijuana-dispensaries.html


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New State Laws Permit Medical Marijuana Use In Hospitals

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 19th 2016 by THCFinder

sherbrooke hospital medical marijuanaBy Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Legislation recently signed into law in Connecticut and Maine permit for the use of medicinal marijuana formulations by hospitalized patients.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy yesterday signed legislation, HB 5450, to protect nurses who administer medical marijuana to qualified patients in hospital settings from any criminal, civil, or disciplinary action. Other provisions in the bill expand the pool of patients eligible for cannabis therapy to include those under the age of 18, and seek to establish a state-sponsored research program.

In Maine, Gov. Paul LePage recently signed LD 726 into law, which similarly protects hospital administrators and staff from criminal or civil liability if they permit qualified patients access to non-inhaled preparations of medical marijuana in hospitals. Under the law, patients would not necessarily be provided or administered medical marijuana by hospital staff, but could be provided cannabis products by third parties.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-state-laws-permit-medical-marijuana-use-in-hospitals/


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