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American Legion’s National Commander Calls Out VA Secretary Shulkin

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:42:00 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

American Legion’s National Commander Calls Out VA Secretary Shulkin | Justin Strekal

For more than a year, The American Legion has been calling on the federal government – and specifically the Veterans Affairs Department – to support research into the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in treating veterans with PTSD. Many veterans, especially Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans, have told both the Legion and NORML that they have […]

American Legion’s National Commander Calls Out VA Secretary Shulkin | The Daily Chronic

Former GOP Senator Who Opposed Marijuana Joins Pro-Pot Lobby Group

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:31:00 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

Former GOP Senator Who Opposed Marijuana Joins Pro-Pot Lobby Group | Phillip Smith

Former Republican US senator from New York Alphonse D’Amato will become a lobbyist for the Marijuana Policy Project, the New York Daily News reported last week. The marijuana law reform group, which has played a leading role in medical marijuana and legalization campaigns across the country, is starting a state affiliate in New York and […]

Former GOP Senator Who Opposed Marijuana Joins Pro-Pot Lobby Group | The Daily Chronic

DC Councilmember Looks to Medical Marijuana to Help Fight Opioid Crisis

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:20:54 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

DC Councilmember Looks to Medical Marijuana to Help Fight Opioid Crisis | Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, DC — District of Columbia Councilmember David Grosso introduced improvements to the nation’s capitol’s medical marijuana program Tuesday, recognizing the power of cannabis to fight the opioid crisis. The Medical Marijuana Improvement Amendment Act of 2017 reduces major barriers that previously existed in D.C.’s medical cannabis program. Councilmember Grosso is joined by Councilmembers Vincent […]

DC Councilmember Looks to Medical Marijuana to Help Fight Opioid Crisis | The Daily Chronic

Pennsylvania Democratic Party Adopts Marijuana Legalization Into Policy Platform

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:34:00 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

Pennsylvania Democratic Party Adopts Marijuana Legalization Into Policy Platform | Justin Strekal

Earlier this month, citing racism, bigotry, and mass-incarceration, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party adopted a resolution to “support Democratic candidates and policies which promote the full repeal of cannabis prohibition by its removal from the Controlled Substances Act, and to support the creation of new laws which regulate it in a manner similar to other culturally […]

Pennsylvania Democratic Party Adopts Marijuana Legalization Into Policy Platform | The Daily Chronic

Colorado County’s Marijuana Tax Program Will Provide $420,000 in College Scholarships This Fall

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:00:00 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

Colorado County’s Marijuana Tax Program Will Provide $420,000 in College Scholarships This Fall | Phillip Smith

More than 200 graduating high school students in Colorado’s Pueblo County will head off to college in a few weeks thanks to legal marijuana. The 210 students will receive scholarships worth $2,000 each for a total of $420,000 — a very appropriate aggregate figure, given that the scholarships are being funded by excise taxes on […]

Colorado County’s Marijuana Tax Program Will Provide $420,000 in College Scholarships This Fall | The Daily Chronic

Medical Marijuana Patients Reduce Prescription Drug Use, Study Finds

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:04:00 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

Medical Marijuana Patients Reduce Prescription Drug Use, Study Finds | Paul Armentano

Chronic pain patients enrolled in a statewide medical marijuana program are more likely to reduce their use of prescription drugs than are those patients who don’t use cannabis, according to data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. Investigators from the University of New Mexico compared prescription drug […]

Medical Marijuana Patients Reduce Prescription Drug Use, Study Finds | The Daily Chronic

New Hampshire’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 23:07:00 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

New Hampshire’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect | Marijuana Policy Project

CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire’s bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana officially took effect on Saturday, making New Hampshire the 22nd state in the nation — and the last of the New England states — to eliminate the possibility of jail time for simple marijuana possession. “The governor and Legislature both deserve a […]

New Hampshire’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect | The Daily Chronic

While Trump Moves Backward on Drug Sentencing, California Heads for More Reforms

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:50:00 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

While Trump Moves Backward on Drug Sentencing, California Heads for More Reforms | Phillip Smith

The Trump Justice Department under prohibitionist Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviving some of the drug war’s worst sentencing practices — mandatory minimum sentences, charging low-level defendants with the harshest statutes — but that doesn’t mean the states have to follow suit. And, as has been the case with climate change, environmental protection, trade, and […]

While Trump Moves Backward on Drug Sentencing, California Heads for More Reforms | The Daily Chronic

Study: Trauma Patients Report Marijuana Helps Reduce Opioid Use

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:59:00 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

Study: Trauma Patients Report Marijuana Helps Reduce Opioid Use | NORML

BOSTON, MA — Patients who have used medical cannabis following musculoskeletal injury report that it relieves pain symptoms and reduces their level of opioid intake, according to survey data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. Harvard Medical School investigators surveyed 500 patients at a pair of orthopedic outpatient clinics. Of those respondents who acknowledged […]

Study: Trauma Patients Report Marijuana Helps Reduce Opioid Use | The Daily Chronic

Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:26:00 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — President Donald Trump reached an agreement late last week with Congressional leadership to enact a three-month continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through December 8, 2017. The resolution extends medical cannabis patient protections imposed by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment until that date. The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, maintains that federal funds cannot […]

Medical Marijuana Protections Temporarily Extended | The Daily Chronic

Marijuana Exposure Associated With Improved Immunity in HIV Patients

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:16:00 +0000
Source: The Daily Chronic

Marijuana Exposure Associated With Improved Immunity in HIV Patients | NORML

PETERSBURG, VA — Patients with HIV who test positive for past cannabis exposure possess significantly higher CD4+ and CD8+ counts than do those patients who test negative for the substance, according to data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. CD4+ and CD8+ cells are a subtype of white blood cells that assist in the immune process. A team […]

Marijuana Exposure Associated With Improved Immunity in HIV Patients | The Daily Chronic