Scientists Fear Legalization Will Lead To GMO Marijuana

cannabis has many medical benefits

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  A team of researchers at Phylos Bioscience launched the Cannabis Evolution Project last year in an effort to map the genetic structure of marijuana, effectively protecting the biodiversity of cannabis from corporate interests, such as Monsanto, which might be tempted to capitalize on legal weed by securing exclusive patents on select strains. For years Read the full article…

Marijuana Does Not Affect Brain Volume, Study Finds

A new study suggests using marijuana does not cause changes in brain volume.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Using marijuana does not cause changes in brain volume, a new study suggests. Public health experts have cited concerns that using marijuana could be associated with structural changes in the brain. However, a new trial comparing the brains of marijuana users and non-users to their siblings reveals that marijuana use likely does not cause Read the full article…

Black Lives Matter Organizers Call For Marijuana Decriminalization

Activists leading the fight to stop the killing of African Americans by police officers unveiled a series of policy proposals on Friday.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Activists leading the fight to stop the killing of African Americans by police officers unveiled a series of policy proposals on Friday aimed at converting the attention the Black Lives Matter movement has generated into fundamental reforms that could transform the way law enforcement interacts with the communities it is charged with serving and protecting. Included Read the full article…

Bernie Sanders Announces Bill To Abolish Private Prisons, Hints At Marijuana Policy Platform

The presidential contender continues to rise in the polls and sensible Drug War reforms will only increase his standing with the Democratic base.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Bernie Sanders isn’t done talking about criminal justice reform — in fact, he’s merely getting started. The presidential contender continues to rise in the polls and sensible Drug War reforms will only increase his standing with the Democratic base. Appearing at a campaign rally in Nevada on Tuesday, the Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Read the full article…

Sheriffs Are Asking For Armored Trucks To Wage War On Marijuana. Yes, Really.

A number of sheriff's departments have requested mine resistant armored vehicles specifically in order to combat marijuana in their communities.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:   If you’re going to wage war on drugs, you need to be outfitted like a warrior. That seems to be the rationale behind hundreds of police department requests for armored trucks submitted to the Pentagon between 2012 and 2014. The requests, unearthed in a FOIA request by Mother Jones magazine, shed light on how Read the full article…

Company Patents Cannabinoid-Releasing Chewing Gum

AXIM Biotechnologies recently acquired intellectual rights for a U.S. patent for time-release cannabidiol chewing gum.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  It’s a perfect storm situation for AXIM Biotechnologies. July 9, The FDA announced serious warnings for NSAIDs anti-inflammatory drugs- drugs which AXIM say their medicated gum can replace. AXIM  recently acquired intellectual rights for a U.S. patent for time-release cannabidiol chewing gum. CanChew Biotechnologies will hold the patent for production with a 50 year licensing agreement with AXIM. Read the full article…

Ending Job Discrimination Against Marijuana Smokers

One of the most troubling aspects of current marijuana policy in this country, even in those states that have legalized marijuana, is the continuing job discrimination faced by those who smoke marijuana.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  One of the most troubling aspects of current marijuana policy in this country, even in those states that have legalized marijuana, is the continuing job discrimination faced by those who smoke marijuana. In 49 states (Arizona is the sole exception), a private employer is legally free to fire anyone who tests positive Read the full article…

Marijuana Law Creates Confusion But Finds Growing Acceptance In District

The new world of marijuana in the nation’s capital is one where residents have been able to legally possess, privately consume and grow limited amounts of pot since February.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  About 30 party guests wearing suits and summer dresses mingled in the candlelit back yard of a small, private home in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Northwest Washington and snacked on hors d’oeuvres to the sound of jazz. Instead of cocktails, they sipped gourmet coffee and tea infused with marijuana. In the Read the full article…

Federal Cannabis Bills In Political Purgatory

Although a number of Democrats have stepped up in support of the CARERS Act, the bill simply has not managed to pick up enough Republican supporters to advance it into the next phase of the legislative process.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  While there has been a great deal of anticipation over the past several months in regards to whether the CARERS Act would pass in 2015, some of the latest reports reveal that this legislation, which seeks to legalize medical cannabis at the federal level, has not managed to attract enough bipartisan support to catapult Read the full article…

Teen Marijuana Use Not Linked To Later Depression, Lung Cancer, Other Health Problems, Study Finds

While the rate of monthly teen marijuana use did tick upward in those states, the change wasn't statistically significant, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Chronic marijuana use by teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University tracked 408 males from adolescence Read the full article…