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Online Debate: NORML Versus Project SAM

Online Debate: NORML Versus Project SAM

The Asbury Park Press and other Gannett newspaper affiliates published a fairly extensive online debate on Sunday between myself and Project SAM co-founder Kevin Sabet under the header "Should We Make Marijuana Legal?" Who wins the debate? You be the judge.

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Study: Inhaled Cannabis Controls Tics In Patients With Tourette’s Syndrome

Study: Inhaled Cannabis Controls Tics In Patients With Tourette’s Syndrome

Inhaled cannabis is effective and well-tolerated in patients with Tourette’s Syndrome, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. They concluded: “Overall, these study participants experienced substantial improvements in their symptoms. This is particularly striking given that almost all participants had failed at...

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Study: Racial Disparity In Marijuana Arrest Rates Increasing

Study: Racial Disparity In Marijuana Arrest Rates Increasing

African Americans in Virginia are arrested for violating marijuana possession laws at more than three times the rates of whites and this disparity is rising, according to an analysis of statewide arrest data by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Capital News Service. Researchers reviewed 160,000 state and local arrest records from the years 2010 through...

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Vermont: Lawmakers Approve Measure Eliminating Penalties For The Adult Use Of Marijuana

Vermont: Lawmakers Approve Measure Eliminating Penalties For The Adult Use Of Marijuana

House and Senate lawmakers have approved legislation, Senate Bill 22, to eliminate criminal and civil penalties specific to the adult use and possession of marijuana. The measure amends state law so that the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and/or the cultivation of up to two mature plants (and up...

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Nevada: Retail Marijuana Sales To Begin This July

Nevada: Retail Marijuana Sales To Begin This July

Members of the Nevada Tax Commission voted 6 to 1 on Monday to license select medical dispensaries to engage in retail sales of non-medical cannabis. Dispensaries in good standing with the state will be able to apply for "early start" licenses on May 15. Those facilities who are approved by state regulators will be...

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Washington: Support For Marijuana Policy Reform Surges Post-Legalization

Washington: Support For Marijuana Policy Reform Surges Post-Legalization

Public support for marijuana legalization has surged in Washington state in the years following the enactment of legislation permitting the commercial production and retail sale of the plant.

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Congress’ 2017 Budget Plan Reauthorizes Protections For State Medical Cannabis Programs

Congress’ 2017 Budget Plan Reauthorizes Protections For State Medical Cannabis Programs

Spending legislation approved in the past 24 hours by members of the US House and Senate reauthorizes language protecting state-sanctioned medical marijuana and industrial hemp programs through this fall.

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Study: Cannabis Often Substituted For Prescription Medications

Study: Cannabis Often Substituted For Prescription Medications

Just under half of respondents (46 percent) reported using cannabis in place of prescription medications. Respondents were most likely to use cannabis in lieu of narcotics/opioids (36 percent), anxiolytics/benzodiazepenes (14 percent), and antidepressants (13 percent).

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The National District Attorneys Association Is Lying About Marijuana

The National District Attorneys Association Is Lying About Marijuana

A recently released white paper published by the National District Attorneys Association is calling for the federal government to strictly enforce anti-cannabis laws in states that have regulated its production and distribution for either medical or recreational purposes.

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Study: Medical Marijuana Legalization Linked To Lower Medicaid Costs

Study: Medical Marijuana Legalization Linked To Lower Medicaid Costs

Patients use fewer prescription drugs in states where access to medical cannabis is legally regulated, according to data published in the journal Health Affairs.

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