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

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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…

The Wink In Weed: Lessons Learned At Seattle Hempfest

Senator Positive Nelson and Vivian McPeak at Seattle Hempfest

By David Rheins I’m just back from another epic Seattle Hempfest.  The Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful regions on the planet, and its volcanic mountains, vibrant cities and evergreen forests never cease to inspire wonder.  I cherish my PNW canna-family, and am humbled at how rich and meaningful have been our shared Read the full article…

NORML PAC Endorses Cannabis Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Blumenauer And Young

NORML PAC Endorses Cannabis Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Blumenauer and Young

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Political Action Committee (NORML-PAC) has announced their endorsements of Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Don Young (R-AK) in their reelection campaigns. Blumenauer and Young serve as lead co-chairs of the Cannabis Caucus in the House of Representatives. “Representative Earl Blumenauer has been supporting Read the full article…