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The Legislature is moving toward adjournment, and although it may be difficult, we are going to make a real run at finishing up by our self-imposed deadline, or at least pretty close to it. There were several positive signs this week, as there were retirement parties and speeches. Also, several major policy bills were either […]

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The topic of marijuana got a serious scientific treatment Wednesday at the University of California San Diego, where researchers outlined the latest evidence about the drug. The federal government estimates that 22.2 million Americans use cannabis today, an increase of about 4.4 million since 2002. The rise comes amid a growing medical marijuana movement that […]

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A Braddon-based naturopath is facing a 15-year jail sentence for manufacturing cannabis oil and tincture at his clinic and selling it to dozens of patients.  Police raided the Total Health Clinic, a naturopath, chiropractic and wellness service, in November last year.  A Braddon naturopath faces a 15-year maximum jail sentence for making and selling cannabis oil and tincture from his […]

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The United Kingdom’s GW Pharmaceuticals may be on the eve of a medical first in the United States: Obtaining approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a wholly cannabis-derived drug, Epidiolex.   On Monday, March 14, the company announced that Epidiolex had successfully passed the latest test of its claimed ability to treat […]

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Research  |  Social science April 13, 2016 Deborah Bach News and Information If you’re looking to give up marijuana and possibly cigarettes as well, a group of researchers at the University of Washington would like to hear from you. The Innovative Programs Research Group, an organization in the UW School of Social Work, is recruiting […]

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Photo Credit: Blablo101/Shutterstock.com What are the best plants for extracting and making high quality CBD-rich oil? Marijuana, industrial hemp, both? Let’s cut through the legal mumbo jumbo, the obfuscating nomenclature, and the marketing hype and let’s look at what’s really out there for sourcing CBD-rich oil. In the cannabis world there are two types of […]

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A recent memorandum from the US Drug Enforcement Administration to several United States Senators indicates that the agency is prepared to respond in the coming months to a five-year-old petition seeking to amend the plant’s status as a schedule I prohibited substance. Under the US Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the cannabis plant and its organic cannabinoids are classified as schedule I […]

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA — Frequent cannabis use is associated with significantly lower odds of metabolic syndrome, according to findings published in the journal Psychological Medicine. Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat, which are linked to increased risk of heart disease and adult […]

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Difficult to studyLance Murphey/The New York Times/Redux/eyevine You can buy weed gummy bears in Colorado and vape cannabis in Oregon, yet US scientists are struggling to get their hands on the stuff for medical research. This could soon change: the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that it hopes to reach a decision on the […]

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A recent memorandum from the US Drug Enforcement Administration to several United States Senators indicates that the agency is prepared to respond in the coming months to a five-year-old petition seeking to amend the plant’s status as a schedule I prohibited substance. Under the US Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the cannabis plant and its organic cannabinoids are classified as schedule I […]

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