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Marijuana Industry Impact Projected To Grow To 44 Billion By 2020

Category: News | Posted on Mon, March, 14th 2016 by THCFinder

The marijuana industry is full of eye catching numbers. One that caught a lot of headlines today was the figure of 44 billion dollars, which is what Marijuana Business Daily projects the marijuana industry impact to be by the year 2020. That’s an enormous number, but considering what Colorado was able to do in just January 2016 alone, and that’s just one state. That number is extremely achievable if some political victories are achieved.

There are a number of states that are in the process of implementing marijuana reforms, and even more that are potentially legalizing medical or recreational marijuana. A lot can happen between now and 2020, especially this year because of the election. In order for the industry impact to grow to tens of billions of dollars there would need to obviously be some victories, but I’m very confident that will happen. That’s in addition to growth in states like Colorado and Washington that are continuing to grow. Below is a chart released by Marijuana Business Daily showing their projected growth:

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-industry-impact-projected-to-grow-to-44-billion-by-2020/


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University Of Colorado Launching Marijuana And Pregnancy Study

Category: News | Posted on Sun, March, 13th 2016 by THCFinder

Marijuana PregnantThere are not a lot of studies out there that deal with marijuana and pregnancy. It’s a very touchy subject. However, it’s something that definitely occurs, and I think that it would be better to take an objective approach to the issue instead of trying to keep it taboo like many cannabis opponents would prefer. There are a lot of unfounded claims on anti-cannabis websites ran by cannabis opponents. Whenever someone looks for something more objective, most roads lead back to astudy that was conducted in 1991 that looked at Jamaican children who had mothers that consumed marijuana during pregnancy. The abstract of that study is below:

This research provides data on the development of 59 Jamaican children, from birth to age 5 years, whose mothers used marijuana during pregnancy. Approximately one-half of the sample used marijuana during pregnancy and were matched with non-users according to age, parity, and socioeconomic status. Testing of the children was done at 1, 3, and 30 days of age with the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scales and at ages 4 and 5 years with the McCarthy Scales of Children’s Abilities. Data about the child’s home environment and temperament were collected from direct observations as well as from standardized questionnaires. The results show no significant differences in developmental testing outcomes between children of marijuana-using and non-using mothers except at 30 days of age when the babies of users had more favourable scores on two clusters of the Brazelton Scales: autonomic stability and reflexes. The developmental scores at ages 4 and 5 years were significantly correlated to certain aspects of the home environment and to regularity of basic school (preschool) attendance.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/university-of-colorado-launching-marijuana-and-pregnancy-study/


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Legal Hemp Production Making a Comeback after 80 Year Ban

Category: News | Posted on Sun, March, 13th 2016 by THCFinder

It has been eight decades since U.S. drug laws made growing hemp in American soil illegal. 

Today barely one percent of Americans are farming hemp. Before it was prohibited in 1937, that number was 30 percent and our hemp was consider among the best in the world.  

Hemp is finally beginning to make a comeback after President Obama signed a provision in the 2014 farm bill that removed hemp grown for research purposes from the Controlled Substances Act. 

Many are finally recognizing that hemp can help restore our agricultural economy, have a positive impact on climate change and help our struggling farmers. According to a report in the LA Times,Canada already knew that and is raking in a billion a year on its hemp production.  

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/legal-hemp-production-making-comeback-after-80-year-ban


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Study: Marijuana’s Influence On Driving Performance Differs Significantly From That Of Alcohol

Category: News | Posted on Sat, March, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Cannabis-influenced driving performance is significantly different from alcohol-induced driving behavior, according to driving simulator data published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology.

Investigators with the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Iowa evaluated simulated driving performance in subjects following their consumption of vaporized cannabis, alcohol, or placebo.

Researchers reported that cannabis administration was associated compensatory driving behavior, such as decreased mean speed and increased mean following distance, whereas alcohol administration was associated with faster driving. Their findings are similar to those of other driving studies, like those here and here.

Investigators also reported that cannabis dosing in combination with low quantities of alcohol “mitigated drivers’ tendency to drive faster with alcohol” – a finding that contrasts with prior data acknowledging that the two substances combined typically possess an additive adverse effecton psychomotor performance.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/study-marijuanas-influence-on-driving-performance-differs-significantly-from-that-of-alcohol/


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Commission Wants UN to Adopt Alternative Drug Policies

Category: News | Posted on Sat, March, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations has a golden opportunity to promote alternate approaches to global drug policy next month when it meets in New York for a special session, but a high-profile commission said Friday that the work leading up to the meeting has so far been disappointing.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy - whose members include former presidents of Mexico and Brazil, as well as former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson - said in a statement that on-going discussions in Vienna drafting the session's outcome document rely too heavily on an outdated law-and-order approach that emphasizes criminal justice and prohibition.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/commission-wants-un-adopt-alternative-drug-policies


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MA Committee Fears Marijuana Legalization, Recommends Strict Regulations

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 11th 2016 by THCFinder

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Special Senate Committee On Marijuana released a reportanalyzing the potential “policy ramifications” of legalized marijuana for recreational use—a reform voters will decide on November’s ballot. While claiming that the committee had not taken “an official position” on the legalization initiative, the report boasts a dearth of reasons why marijuana legalization could be harmful to the state and is mute on the potential benefits of the policy change. 

The report cites “concerns” that marijuana legalization may increase youth access, stoned drivers would endanger residents and tax revenues would not offset spending on the social consequences of legalization. Other pressing issues were edible marijuana products marketed as appealing to children, the persistence of the black market post-legalization and suggested that high-THC marijuana may make the drug more “addictive” today than it was in the past. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/ma-committee-fears-marijuana-legalization-recommends-strict-regulations


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