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Latest Studies Confirm Medical Marijuana Is Safe Long-Term

Category: News | Posted on Sun, November, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

The latest Canadian study has confirmed that medical marijuana is a safe option – at least for those that are using it to treat chronic pain. It is, thus far, the largest study to be conducted in regards to the safety of using medical marijuana long term.

Effectively, they found that there are not really any serious adverse effects from using medical marijuana over a long period –  Canadian research gives medical marijuana a thumbs up!

“The largest study of the long-term safety of medical cannabis”

The team at Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montréal, Canada, have been doing research on the long-term safety of medical marijuana. They collected together a group of 215 people with whose chronic pain they were going to treat with marijuana to use as their test group. They had a group of 216 as a control group, whose non-cancer pain was not being treated with marijuana.

Read More:http://www.thestonerscookbook.com/article/2015/11/21/latest-studies-confirm-medical-marijuana-safe-long-term/


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Cancer Patient's Lawyer Says She Can Get Marijuana in Maine

Category: News | Posted on Sat, November, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The lawyer for a New Hampshire woman with late-stage lung cancer says she could get medical marijuana in Maine if New Hampshire health officials issue her an identification card saying she's eligible.

Linda Horan of Alstead wants a judge to order the state to issue her a medical marijuana ID card before dispensaries open in New Hampshire next year. Lawyers for the state argue that would undermine New Hampshire's need to control distribution at its alternative treatment centers.

Horan said after a hearing last week that she may be dead before in-state dispensaries open.

Her lawyer filed affidavits Thursday from Maine dispensary operators saying Horan could get marijuana there with a New Hampshire ID card.

Lawyers for the state didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/cancer-patients-lawyer-says-she-can-get-marijuana-maine


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Uruguay Authorities Discover 'Gray Market' for Pot

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Authorities in Uruguay say the country's legal pot-growing clubs may be selling marijuana and cannabis products without approval, creating a kind of "gray market."

The pot-growing clubs are allowed to have 45 members who can collectively cultivate up to 99 plants for personal use, but they cannot sell the marijuana.

Uruguay became the first nation to approve marijuana legalization and regulation in 2013.

The law also allows Uruguayan adults to buy up to 40 grams of marijuana from pharmacies once a month. But there have been delays in implementing the pioneering plan.

National Drug Board chief Milton Roman said Thursday that the so-called "gray market" is not good for the marijuana legalization program and legal pot-growing clubs are being warned that violations of the law won't be tolerated.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/uruguay-authorities-discover-gray-market-pot


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Alaska Marijuana Control Board votes to allow marijuana bars in retail outlets

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

The Marijuana Control Board voted to allow consumption of marijuana at retail stores, which, if approved by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, would make Alaska the first state to permit a regulated area for marijuana consumption outside of a person’s home or other private spaces.

The change allows for people to buy marijuana at a retail store and consume it in a designated area on the premises. 

The board voted 3-2 in favor of the amendment, with Loren Jones, public health board member, and Peter Mlynarik, the public safety board member, dissenting.

The regulations will go to the Department of Law for a formal review before heading to Mallott's desk.

Read More:http://www.adn.com/article/20151120/alaska-marijuana-control-board-votes-allow-marijuana-bars


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Colorado Governor Gets Involved in State’s Pot Pesticide Problem

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

When Denver’s environmental health unit warned the state’s booming marijuana businesses that it intended to enforce federal, state, and local laws governing the use of pesticides and agricultural chemicals, pesticide enforcement in Denver quickly followed. But the state continued to act like the problem did not exist.

As time passed, pesticide residue violations led to marijuana product recalls and plant quarantines.

State officials dithered over how to deal with pesticides, since the Environmental Protection Agencywould not rule on them because pot is still classified as a Schedule I drug—hence, federally illegal. 

Enter Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper, who recently signed an executive order that finally accepts some responsibility for pesticide enforcement, according to Food Safety News.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/colorado-governor-gets-involved-state%E2%80%99s-pot-pesticide-problem


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Washington State Receives Nearly 1,000 New Marijuana Retail Applications

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

washington state marijuana regulationsWashington’s marijuana industry has seen a lot of changes lately. For a very long time Washington has had medical marijuana dispensaries that have served patients. These dispensaries operated in a legal grey area, which is not uncommon in states that have medical marijuana programs, but don’t/didn’t have a state dispensary licensing system. My home state, Oregon, was like that for a very long time. It led to a lot of issues and the harassment of dispensary owners.

Washington recently passed legislation that seeks to bring the medical marijuana and recreational marijuana industries under one umbrella. This is resulting in a lot of dispensaries either being forced to move or shutdown. All of them have to apply for licenses if they want to keep serving patients legally. I’m not a fan of merging the two programs. Colorado has a similar ‘one umbrella’ system, while Oregon does not. The new licensing requirements in Washington has resulted in a surge of applications. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has so far received nearly 1,000 applications from businesses seeking a new cannabis retail license.

The official tally is 962 applications, according to the Olympian. And that’s only for storefronts that want to sell either medical or recreational cannabis (or both), and it doesn’t include companies that want to get into growing or manufacturing infused products.

Simultaneously, at least 118 recreational cannabis stores that already have licenses applied for MMJ legal status to serve patients as well as rec customers.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/washington-state-receives-nearly-1000-new-marijuana-retail-applications/


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