April 2017

Barbara Peters Smith Staff Writer @barbarapsmith TAMPA — The politics of medical marijuana have far outstripped the science in this country, largely, researchers say, because the federal government has been reluctant to fund studies, or even make the material legally available in sufficient quantity and quality for definitive analyses. As a result, policymakers in states […]

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The “Father of Cannabis Research” was in familiar surroundings Friday on the campus of Colorado State University-Pueblo during the school’s 2017 Institute for Cannabis Research Conference. Raphael Mechoulam, an organic chemist and professor of medicinal chemistry at the Institute of Drug Research at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, was answering questions about cannabis. The […]

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Once a month, a cardboard box from Colorado appears at the office of a conservative Christian lawmaker in central Georgia, filled with derivatives of marijuana, to be distributed around the state in the shadows of the law. Operating in ways he hopes will avoid felony charges of drug trafficking, state Rep. Allen Peake is taking […]

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German researchers want to give free marijuana to 25,000 stoners to study the long-term effects of getting high. But there’s a catch: participants have to be mentally sound and have no addictions. And yes, that includes an addiction to marijuana. So it’s perhaps no surprise there are few takers. Or is that tokers? So far […]

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When the Georgia Legislature voted last month to expand its medical marijuana program, it wasn’t to legalize growing operations or streamline the application process. Instead, they added to a list of qualifying conditions; going forward, patients with AIDS, Alzheimer’s or Tourette’s syndrome will be eligible to buy cannabis oil with very low amounts of THC, […]

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The Iowa Legislature made a modest stride forward with a medical cannabis oil bill slated for Gov. Terry Branstad’s signature. Under current law, Iowans are allowed to possess cannabis oil for the treatment of epilepsy but it’s essentially illegal for Iowans to obtain it because manufacturing and distribution is illegal, and federal law says it […]

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Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that wacky things keep happening in Australia’s nascent legal cannabis industry. Take for example ASX-listed biotech Stemcell United’s share price. Last month it skyrocketed 3800 per cent – from just over 1.3¢ to 41¢ – in less than two days. Up Next White House ‘attacked’ in North Korea video More […]

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German researchers want to give free marijuana to 25,000 stoners to study the long-term effects of getting high. But there’s a catch: participants have to be mentally sound and have no addictions. And yes, that includes an addiction to marijuana. So it’s perhaps no surprise there are few takers. Or is that tokers? So far […]

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MEDIA RELEASE 27 April 2017 Medicinal Marijuana Laws Leads To Dope Abuse – US Study Family First NZ says that a new study on medicinal marijuana in the US should sound a clear warning to our government to continue to take a cautious approach based on extensive research and appropriate safeguards around medicinal marijuana. The […]

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Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday ordered a study of whether minorities face a disadvantage when seeking to participate in the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry. Such a study is considered a prerequisite for giving preference to African-Americans and other minorities when awarding licenses to grow, process or distribute the drug. Black-owned businesses were shut out […]

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If you – like a vast proportion of the entire planet – like smoking weed, then there may be an exciting opportunity opening up. A Berlin-based research initiative is currently seeking 25,000 recreational cannabis users to come and smoke several years worth of weed for science. (via giphy) Providing the Government approves their plans for […]

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