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Veterans Are Using Pot to Ease PTSD, Despite Scant Research

Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A growing number of states are weighing whether to legalize marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. But for many veterans, the debate is already over.

They're increasingly using cannabis even though it remains illegal in most states and is unapproved by the Department of Veterans Affairs because major studies have yet to show it is effective against PTSD.

While the research has been contradictory and limited, some former members of the military say pot helps them manage their anxiety, insomnia and nightmares. Prescription drugs such as Klonopin and Zoloft weren't effective or left them feeling like zombies, some say.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/veterans-are-using-pot-ease-ptsd-despite-scant-research


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CanopyBoulder Raises $2 Million For 2016 Marijuana Business Investments

Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder

canopy boulder canopyboulderI am by no means a business expert. I learn more about as time goes by, but my skill set is more suited for being a Hobbit-sized weed blogger than it is being a titan of industry. I think there are a lot of people out there that have a great business idea, or may even be doing business right now on a small scale, but could definitely use their help in taking their company to the next level. That’s what companies like CanopyBoulder are for. CanopyBoulder is a marijuana business incubator, with a multi-week program to help participants build a solid foundation for their business and develop a solid strategy for success into the future.

Another thing that CanopyBoulder does is help its program participants with funding, which is vital to almost every business model when its starting out. It was recently announced that CanopyBoulder raised 2 million dollars to help out with its 2016 cohort. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

CanopyBoulder, a business accelerator based in Colorado, announced on Friday it has completed yet another seven-figure round of fundraising to invest in startups.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/canopyboulder-raises-2-million-for-2016-marijuana-business-investments/


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US Supreme Court Dismisses Colorado Marijuana Case

Category: News | Posted on Mon, March, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

While marijuana advocates across the United States have been in a nail-biting frenzy ever since it was revealed that a lawsuit filed in the U.S. Supreme Court had the potential of shutting down the cannabis industry, the nation’s highest court announced on Monday it would dismiss a case submitted by Oklahoma and Nebraska suggesting that Colorado’s retail pot market had become a drug trafficking menace.

In the case of Nebraska and Oklahoma v. Colorado, the plaintiffs argued that Amendment 64, which ended pot prohibition in the Centennial State, was a flagrant violation of the Controlled Substances Act and the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit claimed the two states were “suffering a direct and significant detrimental impact,” as a result of the Colorado cannabis trade, and it begged the U.S. Supreme Court to force its indefinite closure.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/us-supreme-court-dismisses-colorado-marijuana-case


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DC Tells Doctors To Stop Urine Testing Patients For THC

Category: News | Posted on Mon, March, 21st 2016 by THCFinder
 

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The National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published their “Guideline for Prescribing Opioids For Chronic Pain, United States 2016″ on March 18. In it was a statement of discouragement of urine testing for THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, and a warning against terminating treatment of patients for having positive results on urine drug tests.

Although the CDC’s Guideleines and Factsheet advises physicians involved in opioid therapies to continue using urine testing for “to identify prescribed substances and undisclosed use,” the document itself advises a cautious approach to urine testing from both a reliability and a financial standpoint.

Patients are sometimes removed from pain management because of a positive drug test for THC, and that is a problem recognized by the CDC in the 2016 publication. “Urine drug testing results can be subject to misinterpretation and might sometimes be associated with practices that might harm patients (e.g., stigmatization, inappropriate termination from care).”

This screening process is big business. Per the CDC report: ” Limited information was found on costs of strategies to decrease risks associated with opioid therapy; however, urine drug testing, including screening and confirmatory tests, has been estimated to cost $211-$363 per test.”


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Legal marijuana sales forecast to hit $23B in 4 years

Category: News | Posted on Sun, March, 20th 2016 by THCFinder

Marijuana is rapidly becoming a big, semi-legal business across the country, with $5.7 billion in sales last year and tens of thousands of people working and paying taxes as they cultivate, package and sell cannabis. USA TODAY

The industry is only expected to grow in 2016, particularly if California voters this fall decide to legalize recreational use, according to the newly released 4th Edition State of Legal Marijuana Markets Report from from ArcView Market Research and New Frontier, a cannabis-focused data-analysis firm. Much of the increase is attributed to adult use market sales, which hit $1.3 billion last year. By 2020, adult use and medical marijuana sales are expected to reach nearly $23 billion, triple this year. 

Read More:http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2016/03/20/legal-marijuana-sales-forecast-hit-23b-4-years/82046018/


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Irish Are Emigrating in Search of Medical Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sat, March, 19th 2016 by THCFinder

Another Irish immigration to the U.S. is taking place, but this time it is not because of the potato famine or the economic deprivation it caused in Ireland for decades. 

This is the story of Irish people who regard themselves as the first “international medical cannabis refugees” seeking treatment in Colorado.  

Yvonne Cahalane left her small community in Cork, southern Ireland, for Colorado with her 2-year-old son Tristan who suffers from Dravet syndrome and has up to 20 seizures every day. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/irish-are-emigrating-search-medical-marijuana


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