West Virginia Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Bill
Apr10

West Virginia Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

A medical marijuana bill received final approval in the West Virginia Legislature on Thursday and is headed to the desk of Gov. Jim Justice. He has publicly expressed support for legal access to medical marijuana and is expected to sign the bill into law, making West Virginia the 29th state to adopt an effective medical marijuana law. SB 386, introduced by Sen. Richard Ojeda (D-Logan), received initial approval from the Senate last...

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Cannabis v. Diabetes
Feb09

Cannabis v. Diabetes

The magic in cannabis is in the cannabinoids.  The cannabinoid THC gives the herb its’ uplifting nature.  There are lots of cannabinoids — 113 of them at least — and most of them we know nothing about.  Thanks Harry J. Anslinger.  Here’s one, THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin), a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, that seems to work against diabetes.  Do you know anyone who has diabetes?  Bet you do.  Go learn...

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Challenging the NFL Cannabis Policy
Feb07

Challenging the NFL Cannabis Policy

If you tuned into a Buffalo Bills game toward the end of this NFL season, you may have noticed that offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson was missing.  Henderson sat out four games earlier this year and was ordered suspended for another ten after testing positive for marijuana for the fifth time — even though he uses it for legitimate medical reasons. Henderson says he uses marijuana to combat Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory...

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Hawaiian MMJ About to Start Growing
Feb01

Hawaiian MMJ About to Start Growing

Let’s check in on the medical cannabis program in Hawaii. The state Department of Health said Tuesday it’s ready to connect its seed-to-sale tracking software with the programs used by the eight companies that received licenses to grow and sell medial marijuana. It plans to do so Feb. 1. It’s a milestone that will allow most of the licensees to start cultivating cannabis. State law says the plants must be tracked from seeds to...

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Counter-punching Trump on Cannabis Re-Legalization
Jan26

Counter-punching Trump on Cannabis Re-Legalization

The inauguration has passed.  Cannabis re-legalization is now in the ring with the new Trump administration.  The two circle one another.  Cannabis re-legalization never takes its’ attention off the Trump-troops.  Because this is, at least for the moment, their fight.  We can only know what to do based on what they do.  We must be ready to counter-punch. Does Trump turn the decision over to the states? Does he just say “it’s legal,”...

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Next Re-Legalization Wave Taking Shape
Jan26

Next Re-Legalization Wave Taking Shape

It does not matter what the new administration does or does not do in regards to re-legalizing cannabis.  The states have taken the ball and are moving swiftly towards the goal.  Here’s what the early shape of the next wave looks like.   Legislators in more than a dozen states have introduced measures to loosen laws restricting access to or criminalizing marijuana, a rush of legislative activity that supporters hope...

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