Monthly Archives: August 2017

Open Thread

August 14, 2017
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Updates on some recent activities:

The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival. I was a judge for the sixth year for this fantastic film fest, this year at the Music Box Theater in Chicago. Got to see some amazing films, not the least of which was the amazing film Monkey, which took seven awards, including...

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Study: History Of Marijuana Use Associated With Decreased In-Hospital Mortality In Trauma Patients

Study: History Of Marijuana Use Associated With Decreased In-Hospital Mortality In Trauma Patients

Trauma patients who test positive for marijuana upon their admission to the intensive care unit are less likely to die during hospitalization than are age-matched controls, according to data published online ahead of print in The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. Researchers concluded: “Patients with a positive marijuana screen had a...

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Never Underestimate The Power Of A Single Face To Face Interaction

Never Underestimate The Power Of A Single Face To Face Interaction

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was not always a supporter of marijuana policy reform. In fact, it wasn't until he met face to face with NORML representatives that the Canadian Premiere ultimately changed his mind for good.

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Poll: Americans’ Support For Marijuana Law Reform At All Time High

Poll: Americans’ Support For Marijuana Law Reform At All Time High

A record percentage of American voters support reforming the nation's marijuana laws, according to polling data released today by Quinnipiac University.

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Bill To Exclude Hemp From The Controlled Substances Act

August 8, 2017
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Bill To Exclude Hemp From The Controlled Substances Act

Congressman James Comer (R-KY-1) and 15 co-sponsors have reintroduced legislation to amend the federal Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp.

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Poll: Nearly Six In Ten Voters Say Legalizing Marijuana “Makes Societies Better”

Poll: Nearly Six In Ten Voters Say Legalizing Marijuana “Makes Societies Better”

Nearly six in ten voters ages 18 and older believe that “legalizing marijuana makes societies better,” according to the results of a recently published Harvard-Harris poll.

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Yet Another Study Finds That Cannabis Use Is Not Independently Linked With IQ Decline

Yet Another Study Finds That Cannabis Use Is Not Independently Linked With IQ Decline

Cannabis use by teens is not independently linked with adverse changes in intelligence quotient or executive functioning, according to longitudinal data published online ahead of print in the journal Addiction. Investigators concluded, “Short-term cannabis use in adolescence does not appear to cause IQ decline or impair executive functions, even when cannabis use reaches...

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Commission On Opioid Crisis To Trump: Declare Emergency, Ignore Science

Commission On Opioid Crisis To Trump: Declare Emergency, Ignore Science

The initial recommendations are completely silent to the fact that medical marijuana access is associated with reduced rates of opioid use and abuse, opioid-related hospitalizations, opioid-related traffic fatalities, and opioid-related overdose deaths.

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80 Years Ago Today: President Signs First Federal Anti-Marijuana Law

80 Years Ago Today: President Signs First Federal Anti-Marijuana Law

Eighty years ago today, on August 2 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt signed House Bill 6385: the Marihuana Tax Act into law. The Act for the first time imposed federal criminal penalties on activities specific to the possession, production, and sale of cannabis.

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The Marijuana Justice Act Introduced In Senate

August 1, 2017
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The Marijuana Justice Act Introduced In Senate

Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) has introduced comprehensive marijuana reform legislation, the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017.

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