American Legion’s National Commander Calls Out VA Secretary Shulkin

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American Legion’s National Commander Calls Out VA Secretary Shulkin | Justin Strekal For more than a year, The American Legion has been calling on the federal government – and specifically the Veterans Affairs Department – to support research into the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in treating veterans with PTSD. Many veterans, especially Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans, have told both the Legion and NORML that they have […] American Legion’s National Commander Calls Out VA Secretary Shulkin | The Daily … Read More

Pennsylvania Democratic Party Adopts Marijuana Legalization Into Policy Platform

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Pennsylvania Democratic Party Adopts Marijuana Legalization Into Policy Platform | Justin Strekal Earlier this month, citing racism, bigotry, and mass-incarceration, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party adopted a resolution to “support Democratic candidates and policies which promote the full repeal of cannabis prohibition by its removal from the Controlled Substances Act, and to support the creation of new laws which regulate it in a manner similar to other culturally […] Pennsylvania Democratic Party Adopts Marijuana Legalization Into Policy Platform | The Daily … Read More

Marijuana Exposure Associated With Improved Immunity in HIV Patients

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Marijuana Exposure Associated With Improved Immunity in HIV Patients | NORML PETERSBURG, VA — Patients with HIV who test positive for past cannabis exposure possess significantly higher CD4+ and CD8+ counts than do those patients who test negative for the substance, according to data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. CD4+ and CD8+ cells are a subtype of white blood cells that assist in the immune process. A team […] Marijuana Exposure Associated With Improved Immunity in HIV Patients | The Daily Chronic … Read More

Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended

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Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | NORML WASHINGTON, DC — President Donald Trump reached an agreement late last week with Congressional leadership to enact a three-month continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through December 8, 2017. The resolution extends medical cannabis patient protections imposed by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment until that date. The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, maintains that federal funds cannot […] Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | The Daily Chronic The Daily Chronic

Study: Trauma Patients Report Marijuana Helps Reduce Opioid Use

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Study: Trauma Patients Report Marijuana Helps Reduce Opioid Use | NORML BOSTON, MA — Patients who have used medical cannabis following musculoskeletal injury report that it relieves pain symptoms and reduces their level of opioid intake, according to survey data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. Harvard Medical School investigators surveyed 500 patients at a pair of orthopedic outpatient clinics. Of those respondents who acknowledged […] Study: Trauma Patients Report Marijuana Helps Reduce Opioid Use | The Daily Chronic … Read More

Surprise! House Votes to Curb Sessions’ Asset Forfeiture Revival

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Surprise! House Votes to Curb Sessions’ Asset Forfeiture Revival | Phillip Smith WASHINGTON, DC — In a surprise move, the House voted virtually unanimously Tuesday to  curb federal asset forfeitures, a slap in the face to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions had reinstated a federal civil asset forfeiture program that allowed state and local law enforcement to evade state forfeiture restrictions by handing their cases over to […] Surprise! House Votes to Curb Sessions’ Asset Forfeiture Revival | The Daily … Read More

Roger Stone Yanked as Cannabis Conference Keynoter

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Roger Stone Yanked as Cannabis Conference Keynoter | Phillip Smith Long-time Republican political trickster and Donald Trump advisor Roger Stone’s gig as the keynote speaker at Los Angeles and Boston marijuana expos has been canceled after news of his participation roiled the cannabis community. The Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) had selected the white-haired provocatuer to address the two pot business conferences after […] Roger Stone Yanked as Cannabis Conference Keynoter | The Daily Chronic The Daily Chronic

Congress Passes Three Month Budget Continuation; Marijuana Protections Included

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Congress Passes Three Month Budget Continuation; Marijuana Protections Included | NORML In a quick deal between President Trump and Congress, a three-month budget continuing resolution will be in effect until December 8, 2017, maintaining current spending levels. While this seems mundane (it is), it is important for marijuana policy because it guarantees a temporary extension of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer protections for lawful medical marijuana programs from Attorney […] Congress Passes Three Month Budget Continuation; Marijuana Protections Included | The Daily Chronic … Read More

Federal Survey: Youth Marijuana Use Continues to Decline

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Federal Survey: Youth Marijuana Use Continues to Decline | Paul Armentano Fewer young people today identify as current users of cannabis as compared to 2002, according to national survey data released Thursday by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report finds that 6.5 percent of respondents between the […] Federal Survey: Youth Marijuana Use Continues to Decline | The Daily Chronic The … Read More

Teen Marijuana Use; Treatment Admissions Fall in Washington State Post-Legalization

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Teen Marijuana Use; Treatment Admissions Fall in Washington State Post-Legalization | NORML OLYMPIA, WA — The regulation of adult cannabis use in Washington is not associated with any increase in teens’ marijuana consumption or abuse rates, according to a report to the state legislature compiled by researchers at the Washington State Institute for Public Policy. Authors reported that rates of current marijuana use and lifetime marijuana use have fallen among […] Teen Marijuana Use; Treatment Admissions Fall in Washington State Post-Legalization | The … Read More

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