How To Choose The Right Kind Of Legal Marijuana For You

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By Nancy Fernandez Legal marijuana marketplaces are opening across the country, introducing a wide variety of strains and infused-products, all carrying individual effects and benefits. The balance of cannabinoids, terpenes, and THC changes the high and medicinal effects of cannabis. There is no single plant which produces an identical effect. Instead, each strain carries its own distinct characteristics. From Read the full article…

Michigan: Marijuana Possession Becomes Legal Next Week

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MICHIGAN: Key provisions of the state’s voter-initiated marijuana measure will take effect next week. Members of the Board of State Canvassers certified the midterm election results on November 26, and Proposition 1: The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act becomes law on Thursday, December 6. Provisions specific to the adult possession and cultivation of cannabis will take immediate Read the full article…

Senate Majority Leader: Farm Bill Will Lift Federal Hemp Ban

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reaffirmed on Friday that provisions lifting the federal prohibition of hemp will be included in the engrossed language of H.R. 2: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill). The must-pass legislation is currently being debated by leadership in conference committee. “If there’s a Farm Read the full article…

Review Paper: Marijuana’s Driving Impact Less Than That Of Alcohol

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CALIFORNIA: Cannabis’ impact on driving performance is generally less pronounced than that of alcohol, according to a review paper published by a pair of New York University researchers and BOTEC Analysis, LLC. Authors reported that the use of cannabis, absent the simultaneous use of other drugs or alcohol, creates “only a fraction of the risks associated with driving at Read the full article…

Colorado: State Issues Report Assessing Legalization’s Impact On Public Safety

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COLORADO: The Colorado Department of Public Safety has issued its first-ever baseline report assessing the impact of adult use marijuana regulations in Colorado. Lawmakers in 2013 passed legislation authorizing regulators to conduct the five-year review, which seeks to better identify ways in which legalization has impacted public health and safety. Authors reported that the total number of marijuana Read the full article…

Canada: Far Fewer Young People Using Cannabis

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CANADA:  Cannabis use among Canadian adolescents has declined significantly in recent years, and fewer teens say that it is easy to obtain, according to data published in the journal Preventive Medicine. Investigators at the University of Waterloo in Ontario assessed teen marijuana use trends for the years 2004 to 2015. Researchers reported that adolescent use fell nearly 50 percent Read the full article…

Survey: Cannabis Use Becoming Common Among Older Adults

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COLORADO: The use of cannabis is relatively common among those over the age of 65 who reside in a legal marijuana state, according to data published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Investigators from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus anonymously surveyed older adults at a pair of ambulatory geriatric primary care clinics in Colorado. Thirty-two Read the full article…

About Six-In-Ten Americans Support Marijuana Legalization

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BY HANNAH HARTIG AND ABIGAIL GEIGER About six-in-ten Americans (62%) say the use of marijuana should be legalized, reflecting a steady increase over the past decade, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The share of U.S. adults who support marijuana legalization is little changed from about a year ago – when 61% favored it – but Read the full article…

US Territory Legalizes Adult Marijuana Use

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CNMI: The governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands,  a US territory of approximately 54,000 people, has signed legislation into law legalizing the use and retail sale of cannabis. House and Senate lawmakers had previously approved the measure in August by a vote of 24 to 1. Under the new law, those over the age of 21 will be permitted to possess Read the full article…

Poll: Health Specialists Support Legalizing Cannabis

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OREGON: Health professionals support the legalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational use, according to survey data compiled by MedScape. Eighty-two percent of nurses, 82 percent of psychologists, 71 percent of pharmacists, and 67 percent of physicians agreed with the statement, “Medical marijuana should be legalized nationally.” Majorities in each profession also endorsed legalizing the adult use Read the full article…