Amidst Controversy Over Anthem Protests, NFL Endorses Drug Sentencing Reform

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Amidst Controversy Over Anthem Protests, NFL Endorses Drug Sentencing Reform | Phillip Smith Caught up between players who insist on exercising their right to call out racial injustice in a manner of their choice and a scapegoating president who demands the league stifle what he deems unpatriotic protest, the National Football League has reacted in a surprising and progressive way: In a Monday letter to leading senators, the […] Amidst Controversy Over Anthem Protests, NFL Endorses Drug Sentencing Reform | … Read More

Controversial New Hampshire Marijuana Study Commission to Hold First Meeting Tuesday

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Controversial New Hampshire Marijuana Study Commission to Hold First Meeting Tuesday | Marijuana Policy Project CONCORD, NH — On Tuesday, the inaugural meeting of New Hampshire’s marijuana legalization study commission will take place in Concord. The commission, which was created by the passage of HB 215, is tasked with studying the potential impacts of legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana for adults’ use. The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Room 201 of […] Controversial New Hampshire Marijuana Study Commission to Hold First … Read More

A Marijuana Drive-Through Could Be Coming to a Corner Near You

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A Marijuana Drive-Through Could Be Coming to a Corner Near You | Phillip Smith Voters in Maine narrowly approved marijuana legalization last November, and since then, the state legislature has been busily trying to come up with rules and regulations for the legal weed market. Now, they are envisioning something of a rarity: allowing customers to buy their weed at drive-up windows. Of the five states that currently allow […] A Marijuana Drive-Through Could Be Coming to a Corner Near … Read More

Maryland’s Marijuana Expungement Law Takes Effect

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Maryland’s Marijuana Expungement Law Takes Effect | TJ Baker A recently passed law that makes it easier for people who have been convicted of marijuana possession in Maryland to clear their records took effect on Sunday. The bill, Senate Bill 949, became law in May without Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature. The new law took effect on October 1. Before the passage of SB 949, those […] Maryland’s Marijuana Expungement Law Takes Effect | The Daily Chronic The Daily Chronic

DEA Report: Marijuana Seizures Increased By 20 Percent In 2016

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DEA Report: Marijuana Seizures Increased By 20 Percent In 2016 | Paul Armentano Seizures of indoor and outdoor cannabis crops by the US Drug Enforcement Administration rose in 2016, according to annual data compiled by the agency. According to the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Statistical Report, agents confiscated more than 5.3 million marijuana plants nationwide in 2016. The total is a 20 percent increase over the agency’s 2015 […] DEA Report: Marijuana Seizures Increased By 20 Percent In 2016 | … Read More

VA Secretary Shulkin Still Hasn’t Responded to The American Legion’s Call for Marijuana Research

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VA Secretary Shulkin Still Hasn’t Responded to The American Legion’s Call for Marijuana Research | NORML The American Legion has been calling on the federal government for over a year – specifically the Veterans Affairs Department – to support research into the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in treating veterans with PTSD. Many veterans have said that they have been able to eliminate or reduce their dependency on other drugs, specifically opioids, […] VA Secretary Shulkin Still Hasn’t Responded to The … Read More

Eric Holder: Attorney General Sessions “Almost Obsessed With Marijuana”

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Eric Holder: Attorney General Sessions “Almost Obsessed With Marijuana” | Justin Strekal In recent remarks at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, former US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about current Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ views on marijuana, saying “The Sessions almost obsession with marijuana I think is the thing that’s put the Justice Department in this strange place,” in regards to potential changes in current […] Eric Holder: Attorney General Sessions “Almost Obsessed With Marijuana” | The Daily … Read More

Alaska Voters Reject Municipal Marijuana Bans

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Alaska Voters Reject Municipal Marijuana Bans | Paul Armentano Voters in the city of Fairbanks and on the Kenai Peninsula, located south of Anchorage, have decided against a number local ballot measures that sought to prohibit the operation of cannabis retailers and providers. Each proposal lost by wide margins. Under a 2014 voter-initiated state law, local governments may opt out of regulations licensing the […] Alaska Voters Reject Municipal Marijuana Bans | The Daily Chronic The Daily Chronic

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Can Lead to Decrease in Painkiller Abuse: Study

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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Can Lead to Decrease in Painkiller Abuse: Study | NORML ATHENS, GA — Cannabis dispensaries are associated with reduced levels of opioid-related treatment admissions and overall drug mortality, according to a study published online on SSRN.com. A University of Georgia economics professor assessed the relationship between the opening of medical cannabis dispensaries and drug treatment admissions. Dispensary openings are associated with “a 20 percentage point relative decrease in […] Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Can Lead to Decrease in Painkiller Abuse: Study … Read More

Medical Marijuana Patients Reduce Their Prescription Drug Use, Study Finds

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Medical Marijuana Patients Reduce Their Prescription Drug Use, Study Finds | NORML CHICAGO, IL — Patients enrolled in a statewide medical cannabis program are likely to reduce their use of conventional prescription drugs over time, according to data published online ahead of print in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Care. Investigators from DePaul University and Rush University, College of Nursing assessed prescription drug use patterns in 34 patients registered to […] Medical Marijuana Patients Reduce Their Prescription Drug Use, Study Finds | The … Read More

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