Senators Press Trump Cabinet Members To Expand Marijuana Research

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Senators Press Trump Cabinet Members To Expand Marijuana Research Two separate bipartisan groups of U.S. senators sent letters to members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet about expanding research on the medical benefits of marijuana on Thursday. One letter, sent to Robert Wilkie, the head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), encouraged the department to begin large-scale, clinical trials … Read More

Lawmakers In US Territory Send Marijuana Legalization Bill To Governor

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Lawmakers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a U.S. territory, have voted to send a marijuana legalization bill to the governor’s desk. The legislation, which was approved on by the CNMI Senate on Thursday by a vote of 6 – 0, with 2 abstentions, passed the House of Representatives earlier this month. Gov. Ralph Torres (R) now … Read More

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