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Go Figure: As Adult Pot Use Increases, Teen Use Declines

Once gain the anti-legalization naysayers have been proved wrong. One of the federal government’s first broad statistical review of marijuana use among various age groups following several states’ legalization of non-medical adult use of cannabis has identified 14-year highs in consumption by adults — and a 14-year low in use by children ages 12-17.

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Mesothelioma Patients Turn to Cannabis

People have inhaled cannabinoids for many generations, from the Scythians through its  ban by the federal U.S. government, and beyond.

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Congressional Cannabis Caucus Demands Feds Butt Out of Legal Marijuana States

In his appointment testimony before members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January, U.S.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that it is not the responsibility of the Attorney General to pick and choose which federal laws to enforce.

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What Attorney General Sessions Will Do About Cannabis is Still Unclear

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump said his administration would “do” medical marijuana and let the states decide about legalization for themselves. Then, on the heels of passing eight state marijuana reform initiatives in 2016, his choice for Attorney General rattled reformers.

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Veteran Pot Activist Sees Ibogaine as Plant Ally in Addiction Fight

The founder of High Times, Tom Forcade, had committed suicide and people were trying to bring heroin into the magazine. Then Reagan won the Presidency, and chances of legalizing pot went up in smoke. In December, 1980 a psychedelic pioneer and a Yippie joined forces to respond to the dark side of drug use in the marijuana movement. That researcher, in his own right, had reached back to African plant medicine to seek a cure for addiction.

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Why Is This Powerful Addiction-Fighting Substance Banned in the U.S.?

State legislators, medical marijuana patients, doctors and adult cannabis consumers have been stymied in many ways by the federal listing of cannabis as a schedule 1 controlled substance. However, cannabis is not unique in that regard.

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College Students May Do Better With Weed

Marijuana use among college students has taken another spike upward, according to a new survey, but these students’ grades may have likewise climbed.

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The Surprising Way to Get Teens to Quit Smoking Pot

Have you heard the one about the state that legalized marijuana for adults and discovered that teens stopped using pot? Turns out it’s not a joke, according to the latest federal statistics on drug use.

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Not So Fast: California Voted to Legalize Pot - But Here's Why Residents Won't See Big Changes Overnight

Tourists can now come to California to legally partake of marijuana, but there is no place for them to get it or smoke it. When Proposition 64 was adopted by voters, it created a commercial regulatory system that goes into effect in 2018. After that, it will take time for the supply chain to get into gear and outlets open around the state, so cannabusiness is in a transitional phase.

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Exposed: Guy Who Pretends He's a 'Stoner Against Legalization' to Fight California Initiative Admits He's Being Paid by Law Enforcement

California Proposition 64, the popular Adult Use of Marijuana Act, would protect medical marijuana and reduce or eliminate penalties for non-medical possession, home cultivation and sharing. AUMA has a comfortable lead in the polls. Any number of people have reasonable concerns about its implementation, but the ballot measure has been subjected to an escalating barrage of false claims and unfounded attacks over social media from the few but vocal Stoners Against Legalization, including Kevin Saunders and Dragonfly de la Luz.

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It's Time to Make Marijuana Green Again

A dangerous disconnect between drug policy and environmental policy has reared its head amid America’s marijuana legalization process.  Legislators and energy agencies have largely turned a blind eye to the carbon footprint of indoor cultivation, which already belches out greenhouse-gas emissions equal to that from 3 million cars in America.  The problem has been well documented in the academic literature since 2012.

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As Police Focus on Drug Use, Violent Crime Rises

The DEA has rejected medical use of cannabis and federal and state police around the country continue using tax money to go after non-violent consensual activities such as marijuana consumption and sales. Meanwhile, new data suggests a spike in violent crime nationwide. Are police targeting the wrong people as part of the Drug War? Could the prioritization of moralistic behavior control laws actually be fueling the uptick in violent crimes?

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Video: Viral Beatles Parody Urges California Pot Legalization

A new viral YouTube video takes a classic Beatles tune and turns it into a Baby Boomer’s anthem for legalization.

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Adult Pot Use Up, But Abuse is Down, Feds Say

As legal access to cannabis goes up, abuse of the drug is on the decline. New data from the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the legalization movement’s long running message about responsible use seems to be getting through. The same report shows that teen use has also declined during that time period.

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Forced Rehab Backers Fund Anti-Marijuana Legalization Efforts

Backers of prohibition and forced rehabilitation for marijuana use are throwing big money, at least $2 million, to stop various state ballot measures that would treat cannabis more like alcohol — and they are not saying where the money is coming from.

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Maine’s Question #1 This Fall: Legalize Cannabis?

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap announced June 27 that the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol will appear on the state ballot as Question 1. Historically, the first measure on a ballot gets more votes and has a higher chance of passage.

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6 Reasons Why Sex Is Better On Weed

Smoking weed has long been used as a pain reliever in the medical community. 23 states and Washington DC have

legalized the use of marijuana medicinally.

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The Human Face of The Opioid Epidemic And How Cannabis Can Help

You [expletives] still didn’t get the job done! Just let me die!”

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6 Reasons Exercise Is Better on Weed

The words “marijuana” and “exercise” may not go together upon first glance, but they actually go hand in hand. The marriage of the two is something you may not have considered, but if you’re looking to get ripped—you really should.

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How the Opioid Epidemic is Driving Major Federal Drug Reforms

In the final days of the Obama administration, with abuse of prescription opioid drugs and heroin on an alarming rise, a clear picture is beginning to emerge of a federal government open to more drug policy reform than any in recent memory.

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Cannabis Doesn’t Lower IQ, But Alcohol Might

new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that, after controlling for environmental factors, cannabis use did not lead to a drop in IQ, and that other factors were more significant than cannabis use. This is good news to the nearly 20 million Americans who frequently use cannabis for medical and recreational purposes, as well as the half of the American population who have ever used it.

This study is the first of its kind for a couple of reasons, the first, is that the researchers actually controlled for environmental factors; previous studies have failed to adequately control for confounding variables such as alcohol use. The second reason this study is unique is because it is the first to look at both fraternal and identical twins, measuring how their IQ changed over a decade. Twins are ideal for research because they share known amounts of DNA, and they also commonly share the same environment (home, schools, parental upbringing, etc).

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Federal Asset Forfeiture Takes a Blow, But It's Not Gone Yet

2015 was a rough year for US asset forfeiture. The year opened and closed with two administrative bookends which effectively curtail the practice of allowing law enforcement to seize property without bringing criminal charges, leaving behind a longstanding practice which has been significantly weakened — but not gone.

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White Like She: Reflections on Racism and Privilege in the War on Drugs

For the superstitious, Friday the 13th is a day fraught with bad luck. For Sarah Furay, that day came a week early and was Friday, November 6th. On that fateful day, local police from College Station Texas served a warrant on her apartment and searched her room, where they found “31.5 grams of packaged cocaine, 126 grams of high grade marijuana, 29 ‘ecstasy’ tablets, methamphetamine and a 60 doses of a drug similar to LSD.” She was then booked in the Brazos County Jail, and charged with three counts of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and one count of drug possession. Interestingly, while a search of her phone confirmed her intent to sell drugs and her bedroom contained “packaging material, two digital scales and a handwritten drug price list,” she was not charged with intent to distribute. Nor was she charged with conspiracy, or any of the other common charges thrown at those arrested for running large-scale drug operations. Instead, her bail was set at a modest $39,000, which she paid after one day in jail, and is now safely at home with her father, the DEA agent. Though she has been quite lightly charged, her combined maximum sentence could be 215 years in prison. Given her connections to the DEA, one is left to wonder, how bad is this really going to be for Sarah?

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Here Come Hash Bars - Alaska to Allow Onsite Consumption

Soon the state of Alaska will be a frontier not only geographically but also for its policy. In the wake of a 3-2 vote by the state’s Marijuana Control Board, the nation’s largest state is poised to become the first to allow cannabis consumers to toke up at the place where they purchase pot.

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Cop-Out by Design: The Truth About CBD-Only Laws

Beginning in 2014, after Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s first CNN special called Weed, America saw a new restrictive type of medical cannabis law passed in Utah — one that only legalized cannabidiol (CBD) and only in the form of cannabis oil. Soon, Alabama, Kentucky, and Wisconsin all passed their own versions of the bill; now we have a total of fourteen states that have legalized CBD-rich oil but no other forms of cannabis use. New York passed a restrictive cannabis law that allows more than just CBD, but smoking is still illegal; they also have an agreement with GW Pharmaceuticals to do clinical trials on GW’s CBD product, Epidiolex. New York is one of the 23 states, plus DC, to have legalized whole-plant medical cannabis, while the NY law is very restrictive and has a pro-CBD bias, at least it allows access to more than just CBD medicine.

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Legalizing Weed Could Save California Half A Billion Dollars A Year

According to California’s Legislative Analysis Office (LAO), cannabis legalization could net the chronically cash-strapped state up to half a billion dollars every year. The LAO, which takes no position on pending legislative proposals, released its fiscal analysis concerning the earliest legalization initiative to be filed for the 2016 ballot, the California Craft Cannabis initiative.

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Why Medical Marijuana Patients' Rights Are Under Attack Across the U.S.

From Washington State to Washington, D.C., successful cannabis legalization campaigns have consistently promised voters that they would preserve the rights of medical marijuana patients even while opening up access to all responsible adult use. But while campaign leaders have kept their promises, government officials in Washington, Oregon and Colorado have embarked on dishonest — and sometimes secretive — plans to blatantly disregard the will of voters and restrict patient rights.

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Weed and Water in California: Pot Isn't the Problem

California has been in a drought for the past four years. Most of the state has received under 10 inches of rain, meeting the criteria to be labeled a desert. This conundrum has made California a testing ground for a battle over water rights, where cannabis growers are being unjustly scapegoated as the culprits behind the worst drought the state has seen in over a millennium.

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How a Legacy of Racism Could Stain Florida's New Medical Marijuana Law

This piece is a follow-up to a piece which first ran in The Leaf Online, titled “Corruption Alleged in Drafting of Charlotte’s Web Rules.

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Why a Closely Watched Marijuana Case in Federal Court Looks to Be Leaning in the Right Direction

Judge Kimberly Mueller, the federal magistrate who made history by granting defense requests for a five-day hearing on the constitutionality of the continued inclusion of cannabis in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, was originally scheduled to meet with the parties of US v Schweder et al for a status hearing this week — but has delayed that meeting until April 15th.

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