Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News

Florida Medical Marijuana Backer Debated Pot with State's Top Sheriff
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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The battle royal over medical marijuana went down last night. And by "battle royal," we mean a debate between the heads of the two opposing sides.

John Morgan, the Orland-based attorney and medical marijuana advocate who has poured millions of his own money into getting Amendment 2 passed, debated the head of the Florida Sheriff's Association, Sheriff Grady Judd, last night in Lakeland. The debate pitted Morgan, who heads United for Care, and Judd, sheriff of Polk County and president of the largest opposition to Amendment 2. Broward-Palm Beach New Times has the full story.


DEA Allows University of Mississippi To Grow Way More Weed Next Year
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Established in 1910, the University of Mississippi boasts an enrollment of well over 16,000 students. The Rebels from "Ole Miss", as it is commonly referred to, have not brought back a national championship since their football team did it back in 1962.

What the campus is more famous for, in counter-culture circles anyway, is the fact that the government has been growing weed there for "research purposes" for decades.

But with more and more private and foreign labs returning study after study outlining the vast medicinal benefits to the cannabis plant, the feds are looking to crank up their own production in hopes of giving their own researchers a chance at being relevant in the discussion of cannabis use.


THC May Help Prevent the Growth of Alzheimer's Disease
Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 11:20 am

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A new study shows that low doses of THC can help reduce and even prohibit the growth of amyloid beta compounds in the brain - one of the key components to memory loss in Alzheimer's patients.

The study could represent a major breakthrough in the treatment of the disease, a horrible condition affecting more than 5 million people that robs them of their memories along with their ability to care for themselves. Alzheimer's disease affects the brain through the buildup of plaques through amino acids, known as amyloid betas. Pot, it seems, help stop that buildup.


OC Man's Pot Sale Conviction Overturned In Groundbreaking Court Ruling
Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 10:20 am

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The California Court of Appeal appears to have just handed a major victory to medical marijuana dispensaries that follow state law. Until now, dispensary operators targeted by police have faced the prospect of trying to defend themselves in court without being allowed to argue a so-called affirmative defense citing protection under California's medical marijuana law.

Now, thanks an appeals court ruling that involves a Newport Beach marijuana collective operator convicted of possessing pot with the intent to sell, prosecutors might have a much harder time winning convictions in cases where collectives have followed state law.


Anti-Pot Florida AG Pam Bondi Challenges Primary Winner George Sheldon to Debate
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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No, it's not a stock photo of a stereotypical white woman. This is Florida AG Pam Bondi.

Former Obama official George Sheldon defeated his primary opponent for the right to take on Pam Bondi for the state attorney general last night. And Bondi wasted no time in calling him up and challenging the man to a debate. Sheldon's win was pretty overwhelming, taking more than 60 percent of the vote over Perry Thurston. And while both men entered Tuesday's primary as virtual unknowns, Sheldon is vowing to make sure people know he stands in stark contrast to Bondi.

Among the biggest differences between the two: Sheldon, 67, is for the legalization of medical marijuana and for same-sex marriage -- two of the biggest issues Bondi has publicly stood against.


Iowans Say New CBD-Only Medical Cannabis Laws Don't Help
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Would-be legal medical cannabis users in Iowa say the state's CBD-only medical cannabis program isn't meeting their needs.

It isn't necessarily surprising to hear, considering the program never allowed Iowans to grow cannabis to make the oil, nor does it allow them to even purchase oil in Iowa. Instead, they have to get permission from the state to travel outside of Iowa, purchase the medicine, then illegally transfer it across state lines back home, 32 ounces at a time.


Prosecutor Won't Say Why He Charged Minnesota Mom for Giving Child Medical Cannabis Oil
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 11:20 am

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On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, our colleagues at the Riverfront Times Richard Stulz, Lac Qui Parle county attorney, in hopes of speaking with him about why he decided to press charges against Angela Brown, the Madison, Minnesota woman who gave her ailing teenage son medical marijuana oil to (effectively) treat symptoms stemming from a traumatic brain injury.

But Stulz, unfortunately, isn't in the mood to talk about it. Their calls weren't returned, and that appears to be the case for other reporters who have reached out to him as well.


Study says states with medical marijuana laws see far fewer opioid overdoses
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Week after week, we report on headlines and stories regarding the many, many potential health benefits there are to responsible cannabis use. From epilepsy to cancer, and from ADD to PTSD, cannabis, in many cases we are told, can possibly cure them all.

Reactions to these headlines usually bounce back and forth between the anti-cannabis crowd saying something like, "No way..." to the pro-pot people saying, "Holy shit!" But the results of a study just published in JAMA Internal Medicine have merged the two reactions into a pretty universal reply of "No shit!"


First Dispensary in Connecticut Opened Yesterday Without Any Cannabis
Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 10:20 am

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The first state-legal medical cannabis dispensary in Connecticut opened yesterday evening, though they didn't actually have any herb to dispense.

Prime Wellness of Connecticut in South Windsor opened last night, though it was more of an open house. Patients and the public were invited in to check out the facilities and meet with the growers.


Arizona marijuana activist vows to fight Arizona cultivation limit ruling
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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When Arlin Troutt was sentenced in February 1996 for a marijuana-selling conspiracy, a crowd of supporters came to the Minneapolis federal courtroom to cheer him on.
The Arizona resident and former frontman for a line of hempwear affiliated with country singer Willie Nelson had been convicted of conspiring to transport and sell about 250 pounds of marijuana. Then 46, Troutt railed against the government's anti-marijuana policies to the judge, extolling the plant's value as "food, fuel, fiber, and medicine."

His lawyer told the press the speech probably added 19 months to Troutt's sentence of eight years, one month. Troutt, now 64 and living in Gold Canyon, is still fighting the Man in the name of cannabis. He vows to appeal an administrative law judge's August 12 ruling that upholds a state rule prohibiting medical-marijuana patients from growing marijuana within 25 miles of a dispensary.