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A study out of California reports to show that up to 92 percent of the state’s medical cannabis users say the plant works to help improve their health while only 8 percent reported that it didn’t -presumably keeping their cards for purely recreational uses.
Some champion the results as showing that the medical cannabis system isn’t a fraud at all, nor is it a guise for twenty-something’s to legally access pot. It is truly helping people.


Hide your kids, hide your wife, hash oil has just now hit the streets of Houston reports local ABC13. And to relay the story, they got the shakiest facts they could and interviewed a single, clueless stoner. It helps make it all the more frightening, of course.
Like, for example, when they say that you make hash oil by “heating up the marijuana plant” in butane – which couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, the (completely) wrong method the news station hints at would create a very volatile situation.

CBD-rich hash oil.

A bill that would legalize high-CBD strains of cannabis at the national level was submitted today, giving hope to thousands of sick patients around the country. If approved, the bill would remove CBD-oil and “therapeutic hemp” from the controlled substances act that currently bans all forms of marijuana — from hemp to buds.
Rep. Scott Perry, a Republican from Pennsylvania, says he was inspired to submit his bill, the “Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014,” after meeting with the parents of a gravely sick child in his district.

The U.S. House voted yesterday to allow access to banking for state-legal medical and recreational pot businesses. Currently, most banks turn away dispensary and recreational shop accounts due to marijuana remaining federally illegal. Those with accounts are forced to handle large amounts of cash as banks aren’t issuing credit cards or other normal banking services.

Florida lawmakers passed a CBD-only bill last month and voters will decide this November whether or not to adopt a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state once and for all.
But is all of that needed? According to Ian Christensen, an attorney with the Health Law Services in Jacksonville, Florida, a 1991 court ruling has allowed for patients with a “medical necessity” to possess, cultivate and use medical marijuana for more than 20 years.

(U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)

One of the darkest examples of the consequences of cannabis prohibition is the rise in recent years of synthetic marijuana alternatives, such as the all-too-popular brand K2, or “Spice”.
Although these so-called “synthetic cannabinoids”, intended to simulate the effects of real weed, are already banned in many states, and have been the focus of several high-profile DEA raids of late, the creators of the chemical mixtures simply alter their recipes ever so slightly to sidestep law enforcement and prosecution.

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Los Angeles has had a contentious relationship with medical marijuana dispensaries for years that culminated last year with Proposition D, which banned all but 135 dispensaries in the city, shut down hundreds of shops.
But not all of them closed quick enough, prompting the Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer to begin filing criminal complaints with dispensary landlords and building owners – more than 120 since September of last year.

A new report published in the medical journal Neurology proves what thousands of multiple sclerosis patients already know: cannabis can help considerably alleviate some of the symptoms of MS. And actually, that’s exactly what Dr. Pushpa Narayanaswami, lead researcher on the report, says got him interested in the plant in the first place. The report is meant to be a guideline for physicians with patients seeking alternative treatments.

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