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WHO Finalizes CBD Recommendations

WHO Finalizes CBD Recommendations

The use of the naturally occurring cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) possesses no likely abuse potential and therefore should not be subject to new international scheduling restrictions, according to recommendations finalized today by the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence.

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WHO Report: No Public Health Problems Attributable To CBD

WHO Report: No Public Health Problems Attributable To CBD

The use of the naturally occurring cannabinoid CBD is safe, well tolerated, and is not associated with any significant adverse public health effects, according to the findings of a preliminary report compiled by the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. The agency is in the process of considering whether...

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Study: Alcohol Sales Fall Following Cannabis Legalization

Study: Alcohol Sales Fall Following Cannabis Legalization

Sales of alcoholic beverages decline following the enactment of medical marijuana access laws, according to a working paper authored by a team of researchers from the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University. Researchers concluded: “States legalizing medical marijuana use experience significant decreases in the aggregate sale of alcohol, beer and wine....

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Canada: House Members Overwhelmingly Pass Adult Use Regulation Bill

Canada: House Members Overwhelmingly Pass Adult Use Regulation Bill

Members of the Canadian House of Commons voted 200 to 82 to approve legislation that seeks to legalize and regulate the adult use cannabis market. Proponents of the legislation hope to have the new law in place by July 1, 2018.

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Michigan: Legalization Coalition Turns in 360,000 Signatures to Place Issue on 2018 Ballot

Michigan: Legalization Coalition Turns in 360,000 Signatures to Place Issue on 2018 Ballot

Proponents of a Michigan voter initiative effort to legalize and regulate the personal use and retail sale of cannabis today turned in more than 360,000 signatures in an effort to qualify the measure for the November 2018 ballot.

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Study: Medical Cannabis Registrants More Likely To Cease Using Opioids Compared To Non-Participants

Study: Medical Cannabis Registrants More Likely To Cease Using Opioids Compared To Non-Participants

Chronic pain patients enrolled in a statewide medical cannabis access program are significantly more likely to either reduce or cease their use of opioids as compared to non-enrolled patients suffering from similar pain conditions, according to data published online in the journal PLOS One.

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Connecticut: NORML Affiliate To Co-Host Gubernatorial Debate

Connecticut: NORML Affiliate To Co-Host Gubernatorial Debate

The Connecticut state chapter of NORML and the Yale University branch of the group Students for Sensible Drug Policy will co-host the inaugural gubernatorial candidate debate of the 2018 governor's race. Candidates will be asked to weigh in on questions specific to adult use marijuana legalization, criminal justice reform, hemp production, and...

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Buffalo/Western New York: Blacks Disproportionately Arrested For Minor Marijuana Offenses

Buffalo/Western New York: Blacks Disproportionately Arrested For Minor Marijuana Offenses

African Americans in the city of Buffalo (population 257,000) are disproportionately arrested for low-level marijuana possession offenses, according to an analysis of arrest data by the advocacy group Partnership for the Public Good. “he disparities in the number of marijuana possession arrests cannot be explained by a higher use among black or...

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Trump’s Commission Denies Evidence That Cannabis Can Mitigate Opioid Abuse

Trump’s Commission Denies Evidence That Cannabis Can Mitigate Opioid Abuse

Despite the growing body of scientific evidence showing that cannabis access is associated with reductions in opioid use and mortality, the Chairman of the White House's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis today called upon the President to reject any efforts to acknowledge marijuana's promising role in mitigating opioid...

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Domestic Hemp Production More Than Doubles In Past Year

Domestic Hemp Production More Than Doubles In Past Year

United States farmers cultivated over 23,000 acres of hemp in 2017, up from fewer than 10,000 acres in 2016.

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