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The Mississippi Supreme Court is reversing a marijuana possession conviction, saying a car passenger didn't actually possess the drug.
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Study: Cannabis May Be Protective Against Liver Disease
MARSEILLE, FRANCE — Cannabis may be protective against liver disease in subjects infected with both the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis. French investigators assessed the relationship between cannabis use and the prevalence of steatosis (fatty liver disease) in a […]
Congressman Earl Blumenauer: Medical Marijuana Is Safer Than Opioids
On Wednesday, October 11th, Congressional Cannabis Caucus Co-Chair Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) testified before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health on how to deal with the opioid crisis in America. In his testimony, the Congressman makes the case for medical cannabis as a safer alternative to highly addictive opioids, especially for our veterans—as well […]
DEA Report: Uptick In Marijuana Seizures In 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — Seizures of indoor and outdoor cannabis crops reported 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, law enforcement confiscated more than 5.3 million marijuana plants nationwide in 2016. The total is a 20 percent increase over the […]
Atlanta Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Becomes Law
ATLANTA, GA — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has signed legislation amending citywide marijuana possession penalties. Members of the Atlanta city council unanimously approved municipal legislation last week decriminalizing cannabis possession offenses. Ordinance 17-0-1152 amends local law so that possession offenses involving up to one ounce of cannabis are punished by a civil fine of no more than $75 — no arrest, […]
Legal Marijuana in Colorado Has Helped Reduce Opioid Related Deaths, Study Finds
Retail cannabis distribution in Colorado is associated with a reduction in opioid-related mortality, according to data published online ahead of print in The American Journal of Public Health. A team of investigators from the University of North Texas School of Public Health, the University of Florida, and Emory University compared changed in the prevalence of […]
San Antonio, TX to Institute ‘Cite and Release’ Policy for Marijuana
SAN ANTONIO, TX — Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood has announced plans to shield minor marijuana offenders from receiving criminal records. Under the forthcoming policy, low level marijuana possession offenders will be cited rather than arrested and taken to jail. Defendants who complete a pre-trial diversion program, which may include taking a class and/or engaging in community service, will […]
In Pennsylvania, Blacks Are 8 Times More Likely Than Whites to Be Arrested for Marijuana Possession
African Americans in Pennsylvania are over eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession offenses than are Caucasians, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU Pennsylvania report reviewed arrest data for all 67 counties from 2010 to 2016. Excluding Philadelphia, which decriminalized cannabis possession […]
Controversial New Hampshire Marijuana Study Commission to Hold First Meeting Tuesday
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 […]
Colorado officials skeptical about new study's finding that legal marijuana reduced opioid deaths
A new study concludes that marijuana legalization reduced overdose deaths from prescription opioids in Colorado, but state health officials urged caution, saying that the topic is too complex for there to be a simple explanation for the decline.
Michigan university launches degree program in marijuana science, business
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Meet a reluctant medical marijuana doctor in the heart of the Bible Belt
Dr. Joseph Parker is Texarkana's only physician yet to go public with the decision to authorize patients' medical marijuana use. His rules are stricter than state regulations.
Savannah may follow Atlanta's lead and reduce marijuana possession penalties
Another large Georgia city could cut penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.
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