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Congressional Lawmakers Demand The VA Study Medical Marijuana

Congressional Lawmakers Demand The VA Study Medical Marijuana

Members of the US House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs are demanding the Department of Veterans Affairs facilitate protocols to assess the efficacy of medical cannabis in veterans suffering from chronic pain and post-traumatic stress.

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Colorado’s Top Doc Debunks Legalization Fears

Colorado’s Top Doc Debunks Legalization Fears

Colorado's top doctor says that adult use marijuana legalization has not negatively impacted public health or safety.

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Study: Cannabis Use Inversely Associated With Fatty Liver Disease

Study: Cannabis Use Inversely Associated With Fatty Liver Disease

Adults with a history of cannabis use are less likely to suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) than are those who have not used the substance, according to data published online in the journal PLoS One. “Active marijuana use provided a protective effect against NAFLD independent of known metabolic risk factors,” authors...

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Study: Colorado’s Adult Use Cannabis Access Law Associated With Reductions In Opioid Deaths

Study: Colorado’s Adult Use Cannabis Access Law Associated With Reductions In Opioid Deaths

Retail cannabis distribution in Colorado is associated with a reduction in opioid-related mortality, according to data published online ahead of print in The American Journal of Public Health. Authors reported: "Colorado's legalization of recreational cannabis sales and use resulted in a 0.7 deaths per month reduction in opioid-related deaths. This reduction represents a...

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DEA Report: Marijuana Seizures Increased By 20 Percent In 2016

DEA Report: Marijuana Seizures Increased By 20 Percent In 2016

According to the DEA's Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Statistical Report, agents confiscated more than 5.3 million marijuana plants nationwide in 2016. The total is a 20 percent increase over the agency’s 2015 seizure totals and is the most plants seized by the DEA since 2011, when agents confiscated more than 6.7 million plants.

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Alaska: Voters Decide Against Municipal Marijuana Bans

Alaska: Voters Decide Against Municipal Marijuana Bans

Voters in Fairbanks and on the Kenai Peninsula (south or Anchorage) decided against a number local ballot measures that sought to prohibit the operation of cannabis retailers and providers.

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Marijuana Arrest Data Absent From Latest FBI Uniform Crime Report

Marijuana Arrest Data Absent From Latest FBI Uniform Crime Report

Tabulations calculating the percentage of annual marijuana arrests nationwide are absent from the 2017 edition of the FBI Uniform Crime Report. But unpublished data provided by the agency upon request shows the first increase in nearly a decade in marijuana-related arrests.

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Massachusetts High Court: Field Sobriety Tests Are Not Valid Measures For Determining Marijuana-Induced Impairment

Massachusetts High Court: Field Sobriety Tests Are Not Valid Measures For Determining Marijuana-Induced Impairment

Standard roadside field sobriety tests (FST) are not reliable indicators of marijuana-induced impairment, according to a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Attorneys Steven Epstein and Marvin Cable filed an amicus curiae brief in the case on behalf of national NORML.

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Study: Perceived Marijuana Access Declining Among Youth

Study: Perceived Marijuana Access Declining Among Youth

Authors reported: “e observed a 27 percent overall reduction in the relative proportion of adolescents ages 12 to 17 and a 42 percent reduction among those ages 12 to 14 reporting that it would be 'very easy' to obtain marijuana. This pattern was uniformly observed among youth in all sociodemographic subgroups.”

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Study: Medical Cannabis Registrants Reduce Their Prescription Drug Use

Study: Medical Cannabis Registrants Reduce Their Prescription Drug Use

Chronic pain patients enrolled in a statewide medical marijuana program are more likely to reduce their use of prescription drugs than are those patients who don’t use cannabis, according to data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

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