Washington: Updated List of Pesticides Allowed for Use in Marijuana Production

Washington: Updated List of Pesticides Allowed for Use in Marijuana Production

WASHINGTON: The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has recently updated the list of pesticides that are allowed for use in marijuana production in Washington State, based on criteria previously established by WSDA.  WSDA has removed 2 pesticides that were placed on stop sale by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). The ODA reported that both Read the full article…

Study: Adult Use Marijuana Laws Associated With Reduced Criminal Activity

Adult Use Marijuana Laws Associated With Reduced Criminal Activity

ITALY: The enactment of adult use marijuana regulatory laws is associated with reduced levels of property crimes and violent criminal activity, according to data published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. Investigators from Italy’s University of Bologna evaluated the association between the enactment of adult use regulations and county level crime rates in jurisdictions in close proximity Read the full article…

Connecticut House Appropriations Committee Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill

HB 5394, which was introduced by the committee, would task the commissioners of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Consumer Protection and Revenue Services with developing regulations for possession and retail sales of marijuana for adults 21 and older.

CONNECTICUT: The Joint Committee on Appropriations approved a bill that would legalize and regulate marijuana for adults in Connecticut on Thursday, potentially setting it up for floor consideration before the end of this year’s legislative session. HB 5394, which was introduced by the committee, would task the commissioners of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Consumer Read the full article…

Studies: Marijuana Legalization Laws Correlated With Reduced Opioid Prescribing Trends

“Numerous studies, including those reported by Newsweek, NBC News, US News and World Report, CNN and others, have shown that states with legal marijuana programs have declining rates of opioid addiction, with some states reporting a decrease in deaths as high as 25%. We want to help people in the communities we serve, as well as demonstrate that cannabis companies can be part of the President’s solution to the crisis.”

KENTUCKY: The enactment of statewide marijuana legalization laws is associated with a reduction in the number of opioids prescribed and filled, according to a pair of studies published online Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. In the first study, investigators from the University of Kentucky and Emory University assessed the relationship between medical and adult-use marijuana laws and opioid Read the full article…

California Legislation Would Mandate Plant-Based Options In Hospitals, Prisons

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Bill Sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Social Compassion in Legislation CALIFORNIA: SB 1138, introduced in the California State Legislature by Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), would require licensed California health care facilities and state prisons to make available plant-based meal options containing no animal products or by-products, including meat, poultry, fish, dairy, or Read the full article…

Study: Marijuana Decriminalization Leads To Decreased Arrests, No Increase In Youth Use

"Decriminalization of cannabis in five states between the years 2009 and 2014 was associated with large and immediate decreases in drug-related arrests for both youth and adults. ... The sharp drop in arrest rates suggests that implementation of these policies likely changed police behavior as intended."

MISSOURI: State laws reducing minor marijuana possession offenses from criminal to civil violations (aka decriminalization) are associated with dramatic reductions in drug-related arrests, and are not linked to any uptick in youth cannabis use, according to data published by researchers affiliated with Washington University and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Investigators examined the impact of cannabis decriminalization Read the full article…

House Passes Budget With Medical Cannabis Protection Amendment

Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment will Protect Patients from AG Sessions until September

Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment will Protect Patients from AG Sessions until September  DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: After months of debate and continuing resolutions, the House of Representatives has passed its Appropriations package for the fiscal year of 2018. Unlike previous short term measures, this bill will fully fund the government through September 30, 2018. At over 2,200 pages the bill Read the full article…

Meta-Analysis: Studies Refute Claims That Medical Cannabis Access Encourages Teen Use

That paper concluded, [C]oncerns that increased marijuana use is an unintended effect of state marijuana laws seem unfounded."

NEW YORK:  The enactment of statewide laws regulating the use and distribution of cannabis for medical purposes is not associated with increased marijuana use among young people, according to a review of relevant studies published online ahead of print in the journal Addiction. Investigators from Columbia University, the RAND Corporation, the University of California at Davis, and the Boston Read the full article…

Philadelphia: District Attorney To Cease Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Offenders

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PENNSYLVANIA: Newly elected District Attorney Larry Krasner has announced that his office will no longer prosecute marijuana possession offense violations. Although city policy has already decriminalized most minor marijuana possession offenses, police have continued to make several hundred possession arrests annually. Going forward, the DA’s office will drop these charges. Krasner said that the change in policy is “the right thing to Read the full article…

Removal Of Controversial Drugged Driving PSA Highlights Seriousness Of Impaired Driving

Court Rejects Challenge To DEA's Classification Of Marijuana Extracts

CALIFORNIA: A January 5 article at The Sacramento Bee reports on the decision to stop running a controversial public service announcement sponsored by the California Office of Traffic Safety.  Critics argued that the ad – which featured a diverse group of individuals explaining why they use pot but also do not drive while high — promoted the use Read the full article…