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cannabis is a genus of flowering plants that includes three putative varieties, Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. These three taxa are Indigenous to Central Asia, and South Asia. Cannabis has long been used for fibre (hemp), for seed and seed oils, for medicinal purposes, and as a recreational drug. Industrial hemp products are made from Cannabis plants selected to produce an abundance of fiber. To satisfy the UN Narcotics Convention, some Cannabis strains have been bred to produce minimal levels of THC, the principal psychoactive constituent responsible for the "high" associated with marijuana. marijuana consists of the dried flowers of Cannabis plants selectively bred to produce high levels of THC and other psychoactive cannabinoids. Various extracts including hashish and hash oil are also produced from the plant.

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Medical marijuana is not at all like other prescribed drugs. It's a living, cultivated product. Whereas most pharmaceuticals are mass-produced according to recipes that result from chemical testing and engineering, cannabis is a crop. And just like tomatoes or soybeans, there's no real guarantee that one ...
They also argued that more research needs to be done on medical marijuana. Others argue that many activists see medical marijuana as the first step toward broader legalization. In 2016, a medical cannabis measure failed to advance after coming up three votes short of breaking a filibuster by opponents.

"I, as probably everybody in this rooms knows, have a strong opinion on drugs, illegal drugs, alcohol," committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX), who has blocked numerous cannabis amendments from advancing in recent years, said during the debate. "marijuana is an addictive product, and the ...
During his eight years playing professional hockey, Cote took a beating on the ice and he has found that medical marijuana works wonders with his chronic pain. "Medical cannabis has been a godsend for me," Cote told ABC affiliate WPVI. But not everyone is mellow with the arrival of the pot dispensary.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Data on discrimination in Maryland's overall economy provides "a strong basis in evidence" to support helping businesses owned by women and minorities in the types of industries relevant to the state's fledgling medical marijuana industry, a state report released Wednesday said.
Instead of asking people if they support legalization and giving them a binary yes-or-no choice, it asked 1,000 registered voters about several options for federal marijuana policy: keeping current policy (which prohibits possessing and using cannabis for any purpose), legalizing "physician-supervised ...

As Dr. Manza and his colleagues explain in their paper, heavy cannabis use has been linked with a higher risk of psychosis, depression, and schizophrenia. Additionally, here at Medical News Today, we have reported on studies pointing to a link between marijuana use and bipolar disorder. That being ...
I remember the first time my grandma tried cannabis. She was 80 years old. We were sitting in my garage in Denver back in 2011. I just about fell out of my chair when she said she'd try it. She was 100% serious. But the story is even crazier when I tell you about who my grandma is. She's a sweet little ...
Revista Forum reports that the majority of beachgoers in possession of marijuana admit they acquired it illegally. "We passed the idea of avant-garde country, and the foreigner arrives here and cannot buy?" Montevideo's cannabis Museum director, Eduardo Balsina, said to Revista Forum. "It is wrong ...
The introduction of medical marijuana laws has led to a sharp reduction in violent crime in US states that border Mexico, according to new research. According to the study, Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations? The Effect of Medical marijuana Laws on US Crime, when a state on ...
It's no secret that Jeff Sessions is an ardent opponent of the marijuana movement. He's been quoted as saying that "good people don't smoke marijuana," and gave a speech last year to his fellow attorney generals where, to summarize, he suggested that medical cannabis isn't a safe, or appropriate, ...
Medical marijuana is legal in Illinois, and it is against current law for students to use it in school or have school nurses administer it. Now, Ashley Surin is the sole exemption. She overcame a leukemia diagnosis at 2 years old with extensive chemotherapy, but some of her treatments eventually led to having ...
Los Angeles cannabis retailers are still weeks away from being able to sell to all adults age 21 or older. Meanwhile in San Francisco, the second round of recreational stores are opening to the public. So far, the City of San Francisco has licensed 16 medical cannabis dispensaries to sell recreational ...
One possible explanation is that because of the upcoming legalization in Canada and investors focusing on market potential rather than current earnings, which are purely based on medical marijuana market ("MMJ"), a much smaller market compared to the recreational market ("RMJ"); Licensed capacity ...
Medical marijuana, combined with a low-carb ketogenic diet for the past month or so, has been "like a golden cure" for their daughter, Maureen Surin said. "She can think better, walk better, talk better," she said. "Her brain used to be like in a cloud. Now she can think clearer, she's more alert, she can ...

Medicinal cannabis advocates face a tough challenge. Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer later predicted such a bill wouldn't garner enough votes to pass the Senate. "I am a 'no' on medicinal marijuana at this time, pending further scientific information that could change my mind," said Thayer, ...
Anyone who has felt like they needed to stop smoking and rearrange their priorities knows all about that feeling. There's no shame in walking away from a bit. You can still support the mission of normalizing the use of cannabis and advancing the legalization of medical marijuana without actually indulging ...
Other than a drop in marijuana stocks due to skittish investors, the marijuana world kept turning and cannabis kept selling. That includes California, where legal recreational marijuana went on sale just days before Sessions' announcement to rescind the Cole Memo issued during the Obama administration ...
Legalized marijuana is emerging as a huge growth sector in the U.S. economy, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent turned venture capitalist told CNBC on Thursday. "Regulated cannabis works," said Patrick Moen, managing director and general counsel at Seattle-based Privateer Holdings, ...
Since then, stocks in publicly traded marijuana companies plummeted, banks have gotten sweaty over financing such companies, and now the threat of jail time looms over marijuana growers, distributors, retailers, and shoppers in the states that have lifted the prohibition. The best hope for cannabis ...
"Now, with 29 states and the District Of Columbia offering relief in the form of medical marijuana to their citizens, we must waste no more time. We've heard real, heart-wrenching stories from all over the Commonwealth about how access to cannabis can provide long-lasting and life-changing relief.
This legislation bars the Department of Justice from spending any funds to keep states from implementing their own laws about "the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana." The amendment's language needs to be reinserted into law each year - and it's currently set to expire on Jan ...
Recent scientific reviews have found substantial evidence that marijuana can be useful in easing at least some types of chronic pain. Yet even for the majority of Americans who live in states that have legalized medical marijuana, choosing opioids can be much cheaper. "I can get a bottle of opioids for a ...
Growth in the legal marijuana market has been nothing short of unstoppable, and it looks to stay that way in the years ahead. According to leading cannabis researcher ArcView, the North American legal weed market grew by 34% in 2016 to $6.9 billion, and should reach an estimated $21.6 billion by 2021.
More than two years later, figures from a pair of recent analyses maintain that hundreds more pot-packed parcels are being intercepted than in previous years, even as our Ask a Stoner columnist suggests that successfully mailing pot edibles out of state is still a snap if proper precautions are taken.
An elderly California couple arrested in Nebraska before Christmas with 60 pounds of marijuana they reportedly told police was slated for holiday gifts are facing fresh charges after being arrested again Tuesday not far away, this time outside Lincoln, on suspicion of carrying drug money. Patrick Jiron, 80 ...
These are used by sophisticated, industrial marijuana farms, and many of them are within a 20-minute drive from the Mountain ranch town center. "It's not Cheech and Chong," says Karen Harper, a member of the pro-legalization Calaveras cannabis Alliance, referring to the people who harvest this crop.
Wax, errl, purp, keef, rosin, boom, doobie, and budder. These are the words identified as "cannabis slang" in a recent social-media campaign by Health Canada. In the campaign, the government tweeted an image of a chalkboard covered with the terms, adding that "some words may not mean what you ...
Last September, a farm near Schulenburg, Texas, a quiet, conservative town of fewer than 3,000 people, became a medical-marijuana dispensary. Knox Medical, based in Florida, owns the farm and is one of the three newly licensed cannabis outfits in Texas to start selling cannabidiol, or CBD, a substance ...
Though assets in the fund have been spread around, huge moves higher in Canadian marijuana stocks like Canopy Growth Corp. (NASDAQOTH:TWMJF)(up 247% in 2017), Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF) (up 292% in 2017), and Aurora cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF)(up 344% in 2017), which were the ...
Then, she remembered what a fellow cancer patient had advised while she was waiting for her first dose of chemo: "Make sure you get some medical marijuana." scientific research, mostly in animals, supports the idea that cannabis can effectively treat the nausea of cancer therapy, in addition to some ...
But under that guidance, banks could note whether they believed clients in the marijuana industry were operating within the bounds of state laws. Eight states and the District Of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, and dozens of states have approved medical cannabis. The substance, however ...
But the boom times in the state's fledgling legal marijuana era have not been spread equally. Fresno and Riverside counties have prohibited cannabis sales. Many other cities have been slow to write regulations and grant permission. And the single largest market in California, the city of Los Angeles, is still ...
Krawitz, 55, is the executive director of veterans for Medical cannabis Access, an advocacy group. He has always been open with his VA doctors about his medical marijuana use and hasn't suffered any negative consequences. But Krawitz says he has worked with veterans who have been kicked out of ...
Steve DeAngelo, the executive director of Harborside in Oakland, one of the state's biggest cannabis dispensaries, and also a partner in a marijuana cultivation venture, hopes that the state can take nearly as dominant a position as legal use spreads across the country. "I see it as California's natural legacy, ...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- law enforcement agencies across Michigan are using excess state revenue from medical marijuana patient and caregiver fees to boost enforcement efforts as the state prepares to license dispensaries and pot businesses in certain communities under a new regulatory system.
("Trump Administration targets recreational pot, placing thousands of marijuana businesses in California at risk," Jan. 4). Yet they want greater federal enforcement when states want to create regulations for cleaner air and water, marijuana sales and distribution, marriage equality and discrimination in the ...
Boston -- The cannabis Control Commission plans to take its draft regulations for the legal marijuana industry on the road in February, seeking input from residents from the Berkshires to Martha's Vineyard. The CCC late last week scheduled 10 public hearings around the state to give residents a chance ...
Truth be told, there aren't many industries in North America growing as quickly, or consistently, as legal marijuana. ArcView, one of the leading authorities in cannabis industry analysis, has estimated that legal weed sales in North America could grow by 26% per year through 2021. If this prediction comes ...
It's a common dilemma for cannabis customers in Colorado: Where to light up? Because state law bans public consumption of any kind -- no puffing a joint in the park or bringing your own pot-infused granola bar to a restaurant for dessert -- locals are restricted to their homes. And tourists, who also are ...
Consider the new guidance on marijuana that Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued last week, which reverses Obama-era policy and gives prosecutors more leeway to enforce federal laws against the drug in states where it is legal. Mr. Sessions has been on a lifelong crusade against the plant, which he ...
HUDAK: marijuana sounded foreign, and it was something that was used by foreigners, so it was inherently scarier than just saying cannabis. By the 1930s, it became the jazz drug. That was a drug that you'd find in New Orleans or Chicago or Harlem. It was associated with African-Americans, and it was ...
A relevant example of such conditions -- and actually a model for researchers studying the effects of second hand cannabis smoke -- would be "hotboxing," which in cannabis culture is the process of smoking marijuana with a group of people in an unventilated car or room, potentially increasing the ...
A new directive by the U.S. Attorney General for stricter enforcement on marijuana could put a damper on stalled efforts in Connecticut toward legalization, officials said Friday. The move by Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded previous guidelines by then-President Barack Obama's administration and ...
Commercial medical marijuana production businesses, such as San Jose-based Caliva, whose product is pictured above, will locate in the city's industrial ... HANFORD -- It has been less than a week since California legalized recreational cannabis use, but does the city of Hanford -- its journey into the ...
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, long a vocal opponent of the legalization of marijuana, rescinded on Thursday an Obama-era policy that discouraged federal prosecution of marijuana-related crimes in states that had legalized the drug. The announcement came just days after the first retail cannabis shops ...
The authors are strong advocates of growing your own, in particular because today's marijuana offerings are a lot more diverse than the THC-heavy bud that boomers bought to get high in the '60s. Many new strains focus on the nonpsychoactive CBD (cannabidiol) compounds of cannabis, to keep you alert ...
"The cannabis industry will continue on regardless of this decision, and in the long run this should only be a roadblock." Leslie Bocskor, president of Electrum Partners, an asset-backed finance company invested in the marijuana market, expressed his displeasure with a wry dig at Sessions' motives: "It is ...


 

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