GOP Senator Pushes Back Against White House Anti-Marijuana Plans

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A Republican U.S. senator who earlier this year cut a deal with President Trump to support legislation ending federal cannabis prohibition is pushing back against news about White House plans to highlight “issues created by state marijuana initiatives.” As BuzzFeed first on Wednesday, the Trump administration has formed an entity called the Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee, which is asking departments and … Read More

Whole-Plant Marijuana ‘Entourage Effect’ Helps Patients More Than Purified CBD, Study Finds

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Patients suffering from epilepsy experience better health outcomes—with fewer adverse side effects—when they use plant-based cannabidiol (CBD) extracts compared to “purified” CBD products, according to a new scientific review. A team of Brazilian researchers conducted a meta-analysis of studies from 2013 to 2017 that have explored the therapeutic benefits of CBD for epilepsy patients. The results were published in the … Read More

In Follow-Up Move, DEA Wants More Marijuana Grown In 2018 As Well

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The move by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) last week to dramatically increase the amount of marijuana that can be legally grown in the U.S. in 2019 for research purposes, combined with its decision to reduce opioid production levels, surprised longtime observers of the anti-narcotics agency. Now, in a new filing scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, … Read More

Marijuana Policy Project Welcomes New Executive Director

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The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the nation’s best-funded cannabis advocacy group, has named long-time social justice reform advocate Steve Hawkins as its next executive director. Hawkins, who previously served as the executive director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) and executive vice president of the NAACP, will assume responsibility for MPP’s national legalization advocacy efforts just months … Read More

UN Launches First-Ever Full Review Of Marijuana’s Status Under International Law

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For the first time ever, the United Nations (UN) is launching an in-depth review of whether marijuana is properly classified under international drug treaties. In a related development, the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that cannabidiol (CBD), a compound in marijuana that is increasingly used for medical purposes, does not warrant being controlled under the global agreements. “The … Read More

Workplace Deaths Drop After States Legalize Medical Marijuana

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Workers appear to be safer in states that have legalized medical marijuana, according to a new study. The research, scheduled to be published in the International Journal of Drug Policy in October, is the first of its kind to explore the relationship between medical cannabis laws and workplace fatalities. Analyzing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 1992 to … Read More

Anti-Marijuana Funder Says Jailing Of Grandmother For Medical Cannabis No ‘Big Deal’

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A retired art professor who donated more than $1.4 million in a failed effort to defeat marijuana legalization has come to the defense of Michigan police who arrested and jailed an 80-year-old grandmother for marijuana possession. Julie Schauer’s political contributions to anti-legalization group SAM Action in 2016 were that organization’s main source of funding (and also led to fines from the California Fair Political … Read More

Neighborhood Marijuana Dispensaries Don’t Increase Teen Use, Study Shows

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Numerous states with medical marijuana laws on the books don’t allow dispensaries near school grounds, ostensibly because regulators fear being close to legal cannabis providers would increase the likelihood of underage consumption. But that’s not necessarily the case, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Analyzing national survey data, researchers found that the number of medical … Read More