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  • Marijuana consumption not associated with deleterious effects on brain cognition: Study

    Marijuana use is not associated with structural changes in the brain, according to a study by researchers at the University of Colorado and the University of Louisville in Kentucky. The results were published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The study assessed brain morphology in both daily adult and adolescent cannabis users compared to non-users using […]

  • Medical cannabis patients cite fewer side effects than prescription drugs

    Patients in Rhode Island who obtain medical cannabis from a state-licensed dispensary report have used it as an alternative to conventional prescription drugs, a review has found. The review was published in The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. Researchers at Brown University in Providence and the University of Arkansas reported that over two-thirds of respondents (69 […]

  • THC presence in blood not accurate predictor of behavioral impairment: Study

    Australian researchers assessed daily concentrations of THC in the blood of 21 subjects over a period of 7 days of monitored abstinence. Subjects reported having engaging in the “heavy” use of cannabis during the months leading up to the study. The study was reported in the Journal of Forensic Science. Of the 11 participants who […]

  • Big study finds marijuana does not increase probability of car crashes

    A new study by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found no statistically significant increase in crash risk among drivers with marijuana in their system, compared to those entirely sober. Data was collected based on a 20-month study of drivers in more than 3,000 crash-involved drivers and 6,000 control drivers (not involved in crashes). […]

  • New Hampshire lawmakers attempt to decriminalize marijuana

    State representatives in New Hampshire on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly for a bill that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill, passed by the state House of Representatives by a vote of 297-67, would essentially treat possessing up to a half ounce (14 grams) of marijuana like a traffic violation. A first […]

  • Medical cannabis bill introduced in U.S. to end federal restrictions

    U.S. senators on Tuesday introduced the most comprehensive legislation on medical cannabis ever brought before Congress, a bipartisan effort aimed at ending federal restrictions on the increasingly accepted treatment. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act would remove federal penalties and restrictions for producing, distributing and possessing marijuana for medical purposes, provided […]

  • Utah Senate votes to advance medical cannabis step closer to legalisation

    Utah could join twenty-three other U.S. states in permitting medical cannabis, under new legislation introduced. A proposal to allow medical cannabis in Utah was given preliminary approval by the full Senate on Tuesday. On a second reading, the full Senate voted 16 to 13 to advance Senate Bill 259 to a third and final reading […]

  • Majority of Americans favour marijuana legalization for first time: survey

    According to the nation’s most authoritative survey, the new General Social Survey, 51.7% of Americans thought marijuana should be legalized, with 41.7% opposed and 6.6% undecided in 2014. In 2012, the last time the same question was asked, just 43.3% of Americans supported legalization adding new weight to efforts to legalize its use across the […]

  • New Mexico Senate surprises, votes to legalise marijuana

    In a surprise move, lawmakers in the New Mexico Senate Committee have voted 5-4 on Thursday in favour of a bill that would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana for adults age 21 and older. New Mexico lawmakers and citizens would have been closely watching neighboring Colorado’s growing legal marijuana market which has seen crime rates drop and employment […]

  • Medical cannabis reduces prescription pain medication problems

    The U.S. has a love / hate relationship with prescription pain medications like Vicodin and OxyContin. Overdose deaths from these pharmaceutical opioids have approximately tripled since 1991, and every day it is reported that 46 people die from such overdoses in the United States. A Study at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control […]

  • Marijuana is legalised in Washington, DC

    The citizens of the District of Columbia in November voted to pass Initiative 71, which legalized the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana and the cultivation of up to three marijuana plants for individuals over the age of 21. That measure took effect at midnight Thursday this week. The measure was put on […]

  • American Academy of Pediatrics asks DEA to reclassify marijuana

    The American Academy of Pediatrics asked the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to reclassify marijuana as a less harmful substance to facilitate research of the substance for medical use. “The AAP strongly supports research and development of pharmaceutical cannabinoids and supports a review of policies promoting research on the medical use of these compounds,” AAP said. […]