Border Officials: Canadians Involved In Legal Marijuana Industry To Be Barred Entry To The United States

Section 212 of the US Immigration and Nationality Act states that foreigners are ineligible to enter the US if they are "determined to be a drug abuser" or if they have assisted in the trafficking of an illicit substance.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A top official from the US Customs and Border Patrol has affirmed that the agency will enforce a federal policy prohibiting those involved with the Canadian marijuana industry from entering the United States. Section 212 of the US Immigration and Nationality Act states that foreigners are ineligible to enter the US if they Read the full article…

Congressional Committee Approves Legislation To Expand Pool Of Federally Licensed Marijuana Growers

House Judiciary Committee

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Members of the US House Judiciary Committee last week voted in favor of legislation, HR 5634: The Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018, to facilitate FDA-approved clinical trials involving whole-plant cannabis. The Act mandates the federal government to license multiple providers of research-grade marijuana, among other changes. The vote marks the first time that Read the full article…

Study: Cannabis Inhalation Not Associated With COPD, Other Tobacco-Related Harms

"The long-term respiratory effects of cannabis differ from traditional smoking," authors concluded. "[C]annabis smoking does not appear to be carcinogenic."

UNITED KINGDOM: Cannabis smoke exposure, even long-term, is not positively associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, or irreversible airway damage, according to a literature review published in the journal Breathe. British researchers reviewed nearly 20 observational studies assessing cannabis inhalation and lung health, involving over 25,000 subjects. Investigators reported that the available literature fails to support Read the full article…

Delaware Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law

Delaware Gov signs expungement bill

DELAWARE: Democrat Gov. John Carney has signed legislation into law vacating past, low-level marijuana convictions. Senate Bill 197, which took immediate effect, “provides mandatory expungement eligibility to individuals who were convicted of the possession [of one ounce or less], use or consumption of marijuana prior to Delaware’s decriminalization of these offenses.” State lawmakers in 2015 enacted legislation reducing the possession Read the full article…

Study: Cannabis Lozenge Associated With Reduced Opioid Use

Trokie Lozenge

CALIFORNIA: Patients who consume plant-derived cannabis extracts in the form of an oral lozenge report reductions in chronic pain and opioid use, according to clinical data published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience. Investigators from the United States, the Netherlands, and Spain assessed the safety and efficacy of the Trokie brand lozenge in a cohort of medical cannabis patients Read the full article…

First Ever Veterans-Focused Medical Bill Introduced In Senate

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) on Wednesday introduced legislation, The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, to expand and facilitate medical cannabis access to military veterans suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, and other serious medical conditions. Under existing regulations, VA doctors are not permitted to fill out the mandatory paperwork necessary Read the full article…

Fibromyalgia Patients Report Subjective Benefits From Cannabis

Pain relief was reported by 94 percent of cannabis consumers

ISRAEL: Patients suffering from fibromyalgia frequently use cannabis to treat chronic pain and other symptoms of the disease, according to data published in the journal Pain Research and Treatment. Israeli researchers surveyed over 2,700 fibromyalgia patients. Of those who responded to the questionnaire, 84 percent reported consuming cannabis. “Pain relief was reported by 94 percent of cannabis consumers, while 93 percent Read the full article…

Study: Cannabis Leaves Possess Anti-Bacterial Activity Against MRSA

cannabis leaves possess anti-bacterial properties

INDIA: Ethanol-based tinctures containing crushed cannabis leaves provide anti-bacterial effects against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to data published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine. Strains of the MRSA bacterium are often resistant to antibiotic treatment and can be associated with life-threatening infections, such as septic shock and severe pneumonia. A team of researchers from India assessed the antimicrobial Read the full article…

Clean Slate Act To Seal Records Introduced To Congress

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) announced the Clean Slate Act, HR 6669, along with 22 original cosponsors, to seal the records for marijuana charges one year after the sentence is completed. The Clean Slate Act is important legislation that would ease the burden felt by those unjustly suffering the Read the full article…

California: Teen Marijuana Use Declines Post-Legalization

Teen use in California is down after legalization

CALIFORNIA: Marijuana use by adolescents continues to decline in California, according to statewide data provided by the California Healthy Kids Survey, a biennial survey funded by the Departments of Health and Education. Among 7th graders, 4.2 percent reported ever having used cannabis during the years 2015 to 2017, as compared to 7.9 percent during the years 2013 to 2015 Read the full article…