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New Hampshire: Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Signed Into Law

New Hampshire: Marijuana Decriminalization Measure Signed Into Law

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed legislation today decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses.

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Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Patients’ Afforded Workplace Protections, High Court Rules

Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Patients’ Afforded Workplace Protections, High Court Rules

State-registered medical cannabis patients may sue a private employer for discrimination if they are fired for their off-the-job marijuana use, according to a first in the nation ruling issued Monday by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. “It is our hope that courts in other jurisdictions begin to apply this same rationale to...

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Analysis: Criminal Justice Referrals Driving Youth Marijuana Treatment Admissions

Analysis: Criminal Justice Referrals Driving Youth Marijuana Treatment Admissions

Over half of all young people entered into drug treatment for marijuana are placed there by the criminal justice system and this percentage is increasing, according to data published online in the journal Substance Use & Misuse.

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Michigan: Legalization Coalition Effort Reaches Signature Milestone

Michigan: Legalization Coalition Effort Reaches Signature Milestone

Proponents of Michigan voter initiative effort to legalize and regulate the personal use and retail sale of cannabis statewide has gathered over 100,000 signatures in the past six weeks. Advocates must collect a total of 252,523 valid signatures from registered voters by mid-November in order to qualify the measure -- the Michigan Regulation...

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Study: No Increase In Problematic Cannabis Use By Young People Following Changes In Marijuana’s Legal Status

Study: No Increase In Problematic Cannabis Use By Young People Following Changes In Marijuana’s Legal Status

Yet another study has once again affirmed that the regulation of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes is not associated with increases in problematic cannabis use by young people. “In the United States, compared to 2002, even after adjusting for covariates, cannabis use decreased among youth during 2005-2014, and cannabis use disorder declined among...

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Study: Alcohol Use, But Not Cannabis, Associated With Changes In Brain Structure

Study: Alcohol Use, But Not Cannabis, Associated With Changes In Brain Structure

Alcohol consumption is associated with negative changes in gray matter volume and in white matter integrity, while cannabis use is not, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Addiction.

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DEA Reaffirms Stance That CBD Meets Schedule I Criteria — Reality Says Otherwise

The US Drug Enforcement Administration has publicly reiterated its position that cannabidiol, a non-psychotropic cannabinoid, is properly categorized under federal law as a schedule I controlled substance -- meaning that, by definition, it possesses "a high potential for abuse," "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States," and lacks "accepted...

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Florida: Lawsuit Filed Challenging Medical Cannabis Smoking Ban

Florida: Lawsuit Filed Challenging Medical Cannabis Smoking Ban

Representatives of Florida for Care filed litigation today challenging a statewide ban on medical cannabis smoking.

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Study: Crimes Spike Following Closing of Dispensaries

Study: Crimes Spike Following Closing of Dispensaries

The closure of medical marijuana dispensaries is associated with an increase in larceny, property crimes, and other criminal activities, according to data published in the Journal of Urban Economics. “e find no evidence that closures decreased crime,” authors wrote. “Instead, we find a significant relative increase in crime around closed dispensaries.”

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Study: Cannabinoids Reduce Migraine Frequency

Study: Cannabinoids Reduce Migraine Frequency

The prolonged daily administration of cannabinoids is associated with a reduction in migraine headache frequency, according to clinical trial data presented at the 3rd Congress of the European Academy of Neurology. “We were able to demonstrate that cannabinoids are an alternative to established treatments in migraine prevention,” researchers concluded.

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