Marijuana May Boost The Elderly Brain

Picture the stereotypical pot smoker: young, dazed and confused. Marijuana has long been known for its psychoactive effects, which can include cognitive impairment. But new research published this week in Nature Medicine suggests the drug might affect older users very differently than young ones—at least in mice. Instead of impairing learning and memory as it does in young people, the drug appears to reverse age-related declines in the cognitive performance of elderly mice. Continue reading “Marijuana May Boost The Elderly Brain”

Donald Trump Vs. Marijuana: Here’s Who Will Win

But here’s the thing. Mr. Spicer’s opinion notwithstanding, there is growing consensus on adult use as well. The majority of Americans support full legalization. The number of states that have approved legalized recreational adult use doubled last November to eight, including my home state of California, the nation’s most populous state. Continue reading “Donald Trump Vs. Marijuana: Here’s Who Will Win”

Maryland Senate To Hold Hearing Thursday On Bill to Regulate Cannabis Similarly To Alcohol

Supporters of SB 928 — including a former Maryland narcotics officer and a public health researcher — will hold a pre-hearing media availability directly outside the hearing room at 12:30 p.m. ET

The Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is scheduled to hold a hearingThursday on a bill that would regulate cannabis similarly to alcohol. Continue reading “Maryland Senate To Hold Hearing Thursday On Bill to Regulate Cannabis Similarly To Alcohol”

What You Need To Know About Houston’s New Marijuana Policy

Marijuana policy in Houston is quickly evolving under a newly-minted district attorney with an eye towards keeping small-time offenders out of jails and free of a burdensome criminal record.

On Thursday, District Attorney Kim Ogg announced the new policy with Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. Continue reading “What You Need To Know About Houston’s New Marijuana Policy”

The DEA Is Hiring Weed Couriers

The federal government is looking to hire teams of professionals to transport “Bulk Marijuana and Other Hazardous Waste Materials,” according to a solicitation notice posted this week.

The work will mostly take place in Houston, El Paso and Phoenix, where the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says agents seize “enormous amounts of marijuana each year” largely as a result of referrals from the U.S. Border Patrol. Continue reading “The DEA Is Hiring Weed Couriers”

US Senators Propose Better Bank Access For Marijuana-Related Businesses

Marijuana-related businesses often have trouble getting access to banking services, even in states where cannabis has been legalized. US Senator Elizabeth Warren wants to change that.

Elizabeth Warren and several other US Senators have asked the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to stop punishing banks that do business with cannabis-related businesses in states where these have been legalized. Continue reading “US Senators Propose Better Bank Access For Marijuana-Related Businesses”

Colorado Proposes To Build Affordable Housing With Legal Marijuana Tax Revenues

A new initiative by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper seeks to divert $16.3 million in tax revenue generated from the state’s legal marijuana trade toward creating permanently affordable housing units for homeless individuals in the state. Continue reading “Colorado Proposes To Build Affordable Housing With Legal Marijuana Tax Revenues”

DEA Secretly Files Document Making All Marijuana Extracts Schedule 1 Drugs

On December 14, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) clandestinely filed a document to amend the Schedule I Controlled Substances Act to include a new subparagraph that will tighten regulations for marijuana extracts, including cannadidiol (CBD). The new drug code subparagraph, titled Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marijuana Extract, becomes effective on January 13, 2017. Continue reading “DEA Secretly Files Document Making All Marijuana Extracts Schedule 1 Drugs”