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May 27, 2016 - "Marijuana policy is changing the way Congress thinks and acts. 543.gif

 

Like most new areas of policy—or policies new to Congress—it is not happening through a ground-breaking, fast moving, all-encompassing policy shift. Instead, through small steps—small victories for marijuana supportersCongress is showing signs of change, at least in regard to medical marijuana, that depart dramatically with the institution’s historical support for the war on drugs.

 

Last week, a committee vote in the U.S. Senate paved the way to relax policies regarding medical marijuana in veteranshealth facilities. Long an issue championed by veterans groups and the pro-marijuana community, the desire to facilitate veterans’ access has increased as this group’s health issues gain greater national attention in the wake of two wars. The advocacy communities argue that medical marijuana can be used to treat or manage the symptoms of a variety of ailments that disproportionately affect veterans, including chronic pain, anxiety and PTSD. They also suggest cannabis can be helpful in addressing the serious epidemic of veteran suicide."

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/fixgov/posts/2015/05/27-veterans-medical-marijuana-senate-hudak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7Q3tH9ALRY

 

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May 19, 2016 - "Colorado attorney Charles Feldmann has worked with clients in the cannabis trade for years.

 

But he’s also been on the other side of the fence, working for the feds. Feldmann was a Drug Enforcement Administration agent from 1996 to 2001 and also once served as a Justice Department attorney, prosecuting Colorado narcotics traffickers.

 

These days, Feldmann focuses on investor relations in the legal marijuana trade, specializing in MJ securities, tax issues and funding.

 

Marijuana Business Daily spoke with Feldmann about the odds that the DEA will reschedule cannabis this year, the impact that could have on the industry, and his insights into the federal government’s attitude toward marijuana."

http://mjbizdaily.com/federal-mj-policy-qa-attorney-ex-dea-agent-charles-feldmann/

 

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May 25, 2016 - "I've worked hard to help legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adult recreational use in Washington State (where I live) and in Oregon.

 

This November, Maine voters will have the opportunity to approve a ballot initiative that will end prohibition and replace it with a sensible marijuana policy in their state too.

 

As a NORML Board Member, I am proud to announce that NORML is endorsing this initiative. And to demonstrate my commitment, I am going to match every donation up to $50,000, dollar-for-dollar. This October, I'll be visiting Maine to speak about the initiative and help build support for legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana in the state."

http://norml.org/news/2016/05/25/i-will-match-your-donation-to-the-maine-legalization-initiative

 

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June 1, 2016 - "Former NFL running back Ricky Williams is one of the partners in the upcoming San Francisco marijuana-friendly fitness center that an enterprising workout enthusiast has planned for this fall.

 

Williams, a longtime cannabis user who played for the Miami Dolphins and other pro teams, has not been shy about his love of marijuana. And he’s just the latest in a slew of celebrities that are working to capitalize on the new and growing industry.

 

The gym, called “Power Plant Fitness,” is slated to open somewhere in the San Francisco metro area in November, according to the Oregonian.

 

“Having (Williams) as a partner is awesome because he exemplifies a successful and very athletic person who also uses cannabis,” Jim McAlpine, the founder of the gym, told the website Complex.com.

 

Gym members will be allowed to use cannabis during their workouts, and gym staffers will also offer analyses on how marijuana can affect training regimens, the Oregonian reported."

http://mjbizdaily.com/former-nfl-star-a-partner-in-san-francisco-mj-gym-venture/

 

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June 1, 2016 - "Ohio appears poised to become the newest state to approve a medical marijuana program, which could create one of the largest MMJ industries in the nation with patient numbers in the hundreds of thousands and annual sales in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

 

A medical marijuana bill approved by lawmakers last week stands a good chance of becoming law and is now the only legalization option left in the state for 2016.

 

The Marijuana Policy Project-backed campaign that was gathering signatures for a ballot measure this November halted its effort last weekend after Ohio lawmakers passed their measure.

 

That means the legislature’s bill will be the foundation for a new cannabis industry in Ohio, as long as Gov. John Kasich signs it into law.

 

State Rep. Stephen Huffman, a Republican, said he has received indications from Kasich aides that the governor is planning on signing House Bill 523.

 

“We passed it last Wednesday. He has 30 days to sign it, and I’m confident that he will,” Huffman said Tuesday.

 

Lawmakers left it up to regulators to work out many details of any program, and some marijuana advocates are disappointed with the measure, saying it’s too restrictive.

 

But the bill, which clocks in at 126 pages, is a groundbreaking step for yet another midwestern state."

http://mjbizdaily.com/ohio-mmj-likely-legal-shape-industry-uncertain/

 

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June 2, 2016 - "Federal marijuana trafficking pro$ecution$ have declined significantly since the passage of statewide laws regulating the plant's production and retail sale to adults, according to data provided by the United States Sentencing Commission.

 

According to their latest factsheet, the number of marijuana trafficking offenders prosecuted at the federal level fell dramatically after 2012 - declining from over 6,000 annually to fewer than 4,000 in 2015.

 

"The number of marijuana traffickers rose slightly over time until a sharp decline in fiscal year 2013 and the number continues to decrease," it concludes.

 

The period of decline overlaps with the passage and enactment of adult marijuana sales in various US states, including Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.

 

Those convicted of marijuana trafficking spend an average of 29 months in prison, the report found."

http://norml.org/news

 

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It's where THE BUCK$ Are!!!!

 

June 6, 2016 - "The cannabis industry is becoming increasingly attractive to inve$tor$, who are pumping more money than ever into marijuana companies.

 

One indication of the increased activity: In 2015, cannabis companies secured more than $215 million in venture capital, according to data from the investment research firm CB Insights.

 

The infusions came in the form of 98 separate investment deals, including 30 in the fourth quarter alone.

 

By comparison, CB Insights – which tracks venture capital investments in the United States – reported just nine deals totaling a mere $9 million for all of 2013.

 

Chalk up the growth to several factors, including the emergence of new state medical and recreational marijuana markets, a surge in interest by mainstream investors and increasing acceptance of cannabis across the country."

 

http://mjbizdaily.com/chart-week-snapshot-increased-investment-activity-marijuana-industry/

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June 7, 2016 - "At least 10 national polls since mid-2014 have now found a majority of Americans favor legalizing cannabis.

 

The latest, from Quinnipiac University, was released Monday morning. It found that overall 54% of U.S. voters believe marijuana should be legalized, while an overwhelming 89% support legalizing cannabis for medical use.

 

From May 24-30, Quinnipiac surveyed 1,561 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

 

The Quinnipiac poll underscores one of the reasons that many in the legal cannabis industry are extremely confident heading into the 2016 election season, which could see as many as nine states vote on legalizing either medical or recreational marijuana.

 

The Quinnipiac findings have followed a general trend of cannabis acceptance in recent years, with poll after poll finding similar results: that a slight majority of Americans are okay with adult use, while roughly nine in 10 want MMJ legalized. While recreational support has ranged from 51% to 61%, MMJ support generally falls in the mid- to upper-eighties."

http://mjbizdaily.com/10th-poll-in-two-years-shows-majority-of-u-s-favors-legal-mj/

 

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June 8, 2016 - "The consumption of cannabis over a two-decade period is not associated with increased cardiovascular risks or lung health problems at mid-life, according to longitudinal data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

 

An international team of investigators from the United States and New Zealand assessed the relationship between persistent cannabis use after the age of 18 and overall health at age 38 in a cohort of 1,037 individuals. Specifically, researchers assessed whether long-term cannabis use negatively impacted the following domains: periodontal health, lung function, systemic inflammation, metabolic syndrome, waist circumference, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglyceride level, blood pressure, glycated hemoglobin level, body mass index, and self-reported health.

 

Researchers reported that long-term cannabis use was only associated with health declines in one domain (periodontal health) after investigators controlled for potential confounding variables, such as concurrent tobacco use. By contrast, authors acknowledged, "[C]annabis use was associated with slightly better metabolic health (smaller waist circumference, lower body mass index, better lipid profiles, and improved glucose control)" - findings that are consistent with prior studies."

http://norml.org/news/2016/06/08/study-long-term-cannabis-use-is-not-associated-with-health-problems-in-mid-life

It's STRESS that Kills!!

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It's lookin' like Opie Kasich is willing to do damned-near-ANYTHING to keep his Presidential-aspirations in the news!!!

 

June 10, 2016 - "With the stroke of a pen, a former Republican presidential candidate legalized medical marijuana this week in the nation’s seventh-largest state by population.

 

Let that sink in for a moment.

 

The politician wielding the pen: Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the last GOP presidential candidate to drop out against now-presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

 

The result: Kasich not only cleared the way for a new medical marijuana market and countless business opportunities, but he also gave the cannabis movement a major boost on the national stage with his John Hancock.

 

In short, he enabled MJ reformers to unquestionably hit the halfway mark: There are now at least 25 states that have legalized viable medical cannabis programs – or 26, depending on who’s counting."

http://mjbizdaily.com/week-review-ohio-medical-cannabis-legalization-possible-tipping-point/

 

....Then, again.....there ARE THOSE TAXE$!!!!

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June 14, 2016 - "Vermonts small medical marijuana industry could see its patient count more than double after the state added chronic pain to the list of conditions treatable with MMJ.

 

As a result, cannabis businesses are now weighing how best to ramp up production to meet the increased demand.

 

In addition to chronic pain, a new law – signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin on June 6 – adds glaucoma as well as hospice care patients to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis. The state has three MMJ license holders operating four dispensaries and four cultivation sites.

 

“We are definitely expecting an increase in patients,” said Shane Lynn, who owns two dispensaries and cultivation sites in Vermont serving nearly 1,500 patients – or more than half the state’s patients.

 

He consulted with dispensary owners in Maine, where chronic pain already is on the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis. They told him he could expect patient numbers to double or triple.

 

In other states where MMJ can be used for chronic pain, the total patient counts can eventually hit 1.5%-2% of the states population. In Vermont, where some 626,000 people live, that would amount to about 9,400-12,500 patients."

http://mjbizdaily.com/vermont-mmj-dispensaries-see-big-jump-patient-counts/

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June 16, 2016 - "Software giant Microsoft Corp. is teaming up with an established ancillary cannabis firm to land government technology contracts tied to the marijuana sector, a groundbreaking development that could spur other major mainstream companies to work with the industry.

 

Kind Financial told Marijuana Business Daily that it is partnering with the world’s largest software maker in a bid to win city, county, state and perhaps even international government contracts to build and manage seed-to-$ale tracking systems that keep tabs on the cannabis sector.

 

Microsofts foray into the legal marijuana industry marks the first time a major mainstream corporation has publicly acknowledged it intends to tap the cannabis-related market – although the Redmond, Washington, company won’t touch the plant.

 

“This is earth-shattering,” said cannabis industry consultant John Conlin. “It’s a huge deal. Huge, huge, huge.”

 

Conlin added: Somebody big sooner or later was going to make a move. And here they come, and I think it’ll just open the floodgates.”

http://mjbizdaily.com/breaking-microsoft-teams-with-ancillary-marijuana-company-in-landmark-partnership/

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June 23, 2016 - "The passage of statewide laws regulating the consumption of cannabis by adults and/or qualified patients is not associated with increased rates of teen marijuana use, according to a statistical analysis provided by the Centers for Disease Control.

 

The federal health agency reports that the percentage of high-schoolers ever having used cannabis fell from an estimated 43 percent in 1995 to just under 39 percent in 2015. The percentage of teens currently using cannabis (defined as having used marijuana at least once in the past 30 days) also declined during this same period, from 25 percent in 1995 to just under 22 percent in 2015.

 

During this time period, two-dozen states enacted statutes permitting qualified patients to consume cannabis, and four states enacted laws permitting the commercial production and retail sale of marijuana to adults.

 

The CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Survey results are consistent with those of numerous other studies finding that changes in cannabis' legal status are not associated with increased use among adolescents."

http://norml.org/news/2016/06/23/cdc-changes-in-state-marijuana-laws-associated-with-national-decline-in-teen-use-rates

 

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July 1, 2016 - "With the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease expected to almost triple in the United States by 2050, there is an urgent need to identify effective treatments for the condition.

 

Now, a new study suggests marijuana may hold the key to such a treatment.

 

Published in the journal Aging and Mechanisms of Disease, the study reveals how a compound present in marijuana triggered the removal of beta-amyloid protein from nerve cells, or neurons.

 

Beta-amyloid is considered a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease; the protein clumps together in the brain of people with the condition, forming plaques.

 

Studies have suggested these beta-amyloid plaques disrupt communication between neurons in the brain, which leads to symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s, such as impaired memory.

 

Marijuana contains a chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is similar to naturally produced endocannabinoids and activates the same receptors. This got the team thinking: could THC prevent nerve cell death?

 

“When we were able to identify the molecular basis of the inflammatory response to amyloid beta, it became clear that THC-like compounds that the nerve cells make themselves may be involved in protecting the cells from dying,” explains Currais.

 

To test their theory, the researchers applied THC to nerve cells with high beta-amyloid production.

 

They found that the marijuana compound reduced beta-amyloid levels and eradicated the inflammatory response to the protein, which prevented nerve cell death."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/healthline-/marijuana-compound-remove_b_10775836.html

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Let's HEAR IT!!...for preventative-therapy....

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ACTION ITEM!!

 

"A bipartisan coalition of House and Senate lawmakers have proposed legislation, the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2016, to expedite clinical investigations into the safety and efficacy of cannabis.

 

Under present law, clinical investigations involving cannabis must meet approval from various federal agencies, including the DEA, the FDA, and the NIDA. Only cannabis provided by the NIDA may be used in clinical trials.

“Despite the fact that over 200 million Americans now have legal access to some form of medical marijuana, federal policy is blocking science. It’s outrageous,” said co-sponsor, Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon in a prepared statement. “We owe it to patients and their families to allow for the research physicians need to understand marijuana’s benefits and risks and determine proper use and dosage. The federal government should get out of the way to allow for this long overdue research.”

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51046/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=19138

 

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June 27, 2016 - "Colorado, Oregon and Washington State are averaging a combined $123.5 million in monthly recreational marijuana sales so far this year, putting the industry on pace to rack up at least $1.5 billion in adult-use cannabis revenue at the retail level in 2016.

 

The three states have all seen sizable monthly increases in recreational marijuana sales, underscoring the continued growth potential for this side of the cannabis industry.

 

If sales continue to grow on a monthly basis at current rates in these states, overall adult-use revenues could hit $1.8 billion or possibly even touch $2 billion this year. Alaska also is expected to get its recreational industry up and running in the second half of 2016, which will push the final tally even higher."

http://mjbizdaily.com/chart-week-monthly-recreational-marijuana-sales-u-s-averaging-122m/

 

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June 28, 2016 - "A group of U.S. Democratic senators is putting pressure on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to remove marijuana from its list of the most dangerous drugs.

 

DEA spokesman Russ Baer told the Wall Street Journal the agency will announce a decision “sometime soon” about whether it will reschedule marijuana from a federally prohibited substance to something less restrictive. But he did not expect a decision by June 30, countering widespread speculation in the cannabis industry.

 

Baer explained the DEA is in the “final stages” of its deliberations.

 

In a letter, eight Democratic senators urged the DEA and its parent agency, the Department of Justice, to drop marijuana from its Schedule I list of controlled substances. The Schedule I classification undermines research on marijuana’s potential health benefits, they wrote."

http://mjbizdaily.com/senators-put-pressure-on-dea-to-reschedule-marijuana/

 

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