Homegrown Marijuana Takes Hit In Swedish High Court

The trial of a paralyzed man who was prosecuted by Swedish authorities for self-medicating with cannabis recently sparked debate over the right to cultivate medicinal herb in the Scandinavian nation. Now Sweden’s Supreme Court has just ruled against the defendant, dealing a blow to the right to self-medicate. Continue reading “Homegrown Marijuana Takes Hit In Swedish High Court”

Defense Bill Could Allow Soldiers To Use Medical Marijuana In Combat

Although the cannabis plant remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government, there is a new defense bill on the table calling for soldiers on active duty to be allowed the use of experimental medications, including medical marijuana, while in the trenches of battle. Yes, you read that right: Soldiers might soon be allowed to use medical marijuana in combat.
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Peru Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

The voices of Peruvian protestors are finally being heard. The country’s conservative Congress passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana on Thursday. The vote won in a landslide with a 68-5 vote in favor of allowing oil from the plant to be produced, imported and commercialized.

The momentum for legal medical marijuana came from Peruvian mothers that want access to safer medicine. Continue reading “Peru Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana”

Congress Debates Medical Pot For Cops and Calls for More Research

Congress debates medical marijuana for cops and calls for more research, marking a significant shift in the culture. Yesterday, they discussed a measure calling on federal agencies to study the use of medical marijuana by police officers. The sponsor of this measure? A Republican from Florida. Wait, what? Continue reading “Congress Debates Medical Pot For Cops and Calls for More Research”

Start-Up Slow for Louisiana’s Medical Marijuana Program

No purses or briefcases allowed. Only transparent trash bags can be used. Randomized routes and delivery times demanded for the product, moved in unmarked vehicles. Constant surveillance expected.

Piecing together a medical marijuana program in a conservative Southern state like Louisiana involves reams of regulations, tightly-controlled growing operations and a slow selection process for the primary players. Continue reading “Start-Up Slow for Louisiana’s Medical Marijuana Program”

Mexican State Government Provides MMJ to Patients

For the first time, a Mexican state government has purchased a medical marijuana product to use as therapy for its citizens. On August 17, Eruvial Ávila, governor of the State of Mexico, personally distributed the first shipment of CBD hemp oil to patients at the opening of a new health clinic in the city of Ecatepec. The State of Mexico is the country’s most populous and surrounds the capitol of Mexico City on three sides.

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New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program Expansion On Its Way?

New Jersey could see the expansion of its medical marijuana program sometime in early 2018.

The state’s Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel recently recommended that patients suffering from more than 40 conditions should have access to medical marijuana with permission from a doctor. Continue reading “New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program Expansion On Its Way?”

Study: Closure of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Causes Crime Stats to Rise

A new study has found that closing medical marijuana dispensaries does not reduce crime in neighborhoods, but rather, causes the exact opposite.

Once again, we have academia and science to prove our point: weed dispensaries make for good neighbors.

According to data, published in the Journal of Urban Economics, researchers found that closing MMJ dispensaries was associated with an increase in larceny, property crimes, car break-ins and other street crime in the surrounding areas. Continue reading “Study: Closure of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Causes Crime Stats to Rise”

New Mexico Group Protests Use of ‘Pharmaceutical’ by Local Dispensary

A local anti-drug group in New Mexico is protesting the use of the word “pharmaceutical” by a cannabis dispensary in Carlsbad, NM.

As first reported by the Carlsbad Current-Argus, the Carlsbad Anti-Drug/Gang Coalition wrote a letter to the New Mexico Medical Board and New Mexico Board of Pharmacy, objecting to the use of the label “pharmaceutical” by cannabis dispensaries in the state. Continue reading “New Mexico Group Protests Use of ‘Pharmaceutical’ by Local Dispensary”

Hawaii: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Patients Wait Through Delays

Medical marijuana dispensaries are beginning to open in Hawaii, but they’re not allowed to sell their products.

Instead, the leafy medicinal greens they’ve harvested are sitting on a shelf unsold because nearly a year after dispensaries were legally allowed to open, the state has not yet certified any labs to run required safety tests. Continue reading “Hawaii: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Patients Wait Through Delays”