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 legalising marijuana an intoxicating affair
legalising marijuana: an intoxicating affair

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and other enforcement agencies are mandated to destroy cannabis cultivation, seize marijuana or its derivatives from anyone found in their possession and book him/her under relevant sections of the NDPS Act. A cursory glance at data accessed by India Legal from NCB on seizure of ganja and hashish (the two main derivatives of cannabis used as soft drugs) and destruction of the marijuana crop is enough to prove that efforts to curb circulation of hemp have not yielded the desired results—even over three decades after the enactment of the NDPS Act. (See boxes)Instead, the ban has triggered a massive shadow economy for cannabis cultivation and trafficking. In Amsterdam, for instance, where recreational use of marijuana and its derivatives is legal, Malana Cre

vermont becomes ninth us state to legalise marijuana

Vermont has become the ninth US state to legalise marijuana possession for recreational purposes - following the lead of California, Colorado and other states in need of a tax revenue boost.See related The truth about marijuana’s health effects California legalises cannabis: is Europe next? Governor Phil Scott yesterday signed into a law a bill that legalises possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and that removes penalties for possession of up to two mature marijuana plants and up to four immature plants. The law applies to people aged 21 and older.Vermont -described by CNN as “one of the most liberal states in the country” - legalised the use of medical marijuana in 2004.  The new law comes into effect on 1 July.“With mixed emotions, I have signed H. 511 [House Bill 511],” Scott said

study: nearly 70% of online cbd marijuana extracts are mislabeled

EnlargeGetty | LEON NEAL Share this storyWith 29 states and the District of Columbia having now legalized medical marijuana, many consumers are trying out various types of extracts containing cannabidiol (CBD)—a relatively safe, non-addictive component of marijuana that does not generate a “high” and has shown potential for treating a variety of conditions, including pain, anxiety, and epilepsy.But those buying CBD extracts online may not be getting what they signed up for, according to new research.In a study of 84 CBD products sold by 31 companies online, blind testing found that only about 31 percent of them contained the amount of CBD listed on the label (within +/- 10 percent). And some of the products contained other components of marijuana that were not listed on the label, includin

recreational marijuana legalization: do more youth use or do youth use more?

What impact may legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon have on teen marijuana use? Recent results from an Oregon Research Institute (ORI) study indicate that the influence of legalization on youth may depend on whether they were already using at the time of legalization. Following legalization of recreational marijuana, no significant changes in the numbers of youth who used marijuana occurred, yet increases in the frequency of use by youth who were already using marijuana were found. For teenagers who had tried marijuana by 8th grade, the frequency of use during the following year increased 26% more for those who were in 9th grade after marijuana was legalized compared to those who were in 9th grade prior to legalization. The research results are published online in Psychology o

in mice, marijuana’s active ingredient reverses mental decline of age

Enlarge/ Maybe that’s how Willie Nelson keeps performing at 84.Hulton Archive / Getty ImagesShare this storyWhile medical marijuana has been promoted as a treatment for a variety of ailments, finding anyone who promotes it as a memory boost is rare. Yet a German-Israeli team of researchers has just published a paper suggesting that at least in aging mice, marijuana does just that. Both in terms of mental performance and gene activity in the brain, treatment with pot's active ingredient seems to restore older mice to a state resembling that of youth. But getting to that point took a month of treatments at levels that might affect mental performance as well.THC is the molecule that gives marijuana its intoxicating impact, and it acts by altering the activity of the body's internal cannabinoi

trump administration puts recreational marijuana in crosshairs

Recreational marijuana is in the sights of the Trump administration, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday.Spicer, during his daily briefing, gave the first clear glimpse at how the new administration views the burgeoning rise of legal marijuana.“There’s a big difference between (medical marijuana) and recreational marijuana, and I think when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people,” Spicer said, when asked about the topic of legalization. “There is still a federal law that we need to abide by in terms of recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature.”Read the full story on The Cannabist.Advertisement

$3.5 billion budget boost from legalising marijuana, costing shows

Legalising marijuana for recreational use would boost the budget by up to $1.8 billion a year, the Parliamentary Budget Office has revealed.The independent costing of the policy submitted by the Greens shows a tobacco-style 25 per cent excise on each sale with a 10 per cent Goods and Services Tax and a reduction in law enforcement would net $3.5 billion by 2020-21.Plastic-eating enzyme holds promise in fighting pollutionVideo duration01:33Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:04New findings about weed smokersNew findings about weed smokersA new US study has revealed some surprising new findings about marijuana use.Plastic-eating enzyme holds promise in fighting pollutionVideo duration01:33Video duration01:33Plastic-eating enzyme holds promise in ...Plastic-eating enzyme holds promise in

recent study in oregon reveals public considers alcohol more harmful than mariju

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - As the national conversation about marijuana legalization continues, an important question is how changing marijuana policy may influence use of other substances, such as alcohol. A new study, led by researchers at RTI International, surveyed more than 1,900 adults in Oregon prior to the legalization of marijuana in the state and found that more than half (52.5%) consider alcohol to be more harmful than marijuana while few (7.5%) believe marijuana is more harmful to a person's health. According to the study, published in the journal Preventive Medicine, younger people are substantially more likely to consider alcohol more harmful than marijuana to a person's health. Nearly 6 in 10 Democrats (57.9%), Independents (56.3%) and people with no political affiliation

new dutch cabinet to run trials in regulated marijuana production

Police dismantling a marijuana plantation in Amsterdam. Photo: DutchNews.nlThe new cabinet is to sanction experiments with legal marijuana production which would then be sold in cannabis cafes, RTL news said at the weekend.Details are still sketchy but sources told the broadcaster between six and 10 local authority areas will be singled out for the experiment, which will lead to council-licenced growers producing marijuana for sale in their own locality. Breda and Eindhoven are among the cities which have already come forward.While officials turn a blind eye to the sale of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, how the drug ends up in licenced coffee shops remains a grey area. Dozens of local authorities have for years argued for licenced production to remove drugs gangs from the ent

regulated marijuana production test will include health warnings: volkskrant

The Dutch government’s experiment with regulated marijuana is unlikely to start before the end of 2019 at the earliest and will run for five years and two months, the Volkskrant reported on Tuesday.In addition, the trials will go hand in hand with a publicity campaign warning people about the risks associated with smoking marijuana and coffee shops which sell the ‘legal’ drug will have to actively inform their clients about potential health problems, the paper said.The Volkskrant bases its claims on a draft of the law legalising regulated cultivation which has been sent out to consultation to various organisations, including the police, public prosecution department and local authority association.Although the experiment was included in the government’s coalition agreement, the law making

mice’s aging brains reset to youthful state by cannabinoid

Enlarge/ Maybe that’s how Willie Nelson keeps performing at 84.Hulton Archive / Getty ImagesShare this storyWhile medical marijuana has been promoted as a treatment for a variety of ailments, finding anyone who promotes it as a memory boost is rare. Yet a German-Israeli team of researchers has just published a paper suggesting that at least in aging mice, marijuana does just that. Both in terms of mental performance and gene activity in the brain, treatment with pot's active ingredient seems to restore older mice to a state resembling that of youth. But getting to that point took a month of treatments at levels that might affect mental performance as well.THC is the molecule that gives marijuana its intoxicating impact, and it acts by altering the activity of the body's internal cannabinoi

marijuana associated with three-fold risk of death from hypertension

Sophia Antipolis, 9 August 2017: Marijuana use is associated with a three-fold risk of death from hypertension, according to research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.1"Steps are being taken towards legalisation and decriminalisation of marijuana in the United States, and rates of recreational marijuana use may increase substantially as a result," said lead author Barbara A Yankey, a PhD student in the School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, US. "However, there is little research on the impact of marijuana use on cardiovascular and cerebrovascular mortality."In the absence of longitudinal data on marijuana use, the researchers designed a retrospective follow-up study of NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) participant

marijuana: oregon industry sold 11,000 lbs. in 3 months

Oregon's pot industry sold nearly 5 million grams — or roughly 11,000 pounds — of marijuana during the first three months of 2016, according to a report from the state government.The report, compiled by the Oregon Department of Revenue, shows the monetary impact of Oregon's marijuana tax. The state legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, and began temporarily taxing sales from marijuana dispensaries in January 2016, at a rate of 25%. That program ended this past January.Licensed retailers were allowed to start selling marijuana in October of that year, with a state tax rate of 17%, which is still in effect.Residents living in the metropolitan area of Portland bought more than 3 million grams during the first three months of 2016.The state raised $54,506,832 in marijuana tax revenue from

chuck schumer will unveil a marijuana decriminalization bill on friday—which, ye

In a major development for the movement to reform drug laws, Chuck Schumer tells Vice News Tonight (yes, “Vice”) that he will be introducing a bill to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level—a bill that his spokesman says will be introduced Friday (yes, 4/20). Here’s the news show’s preview clip:
Slate’s Osita Nwanevu wrote in January about the Democratic Party’s increasing embrace of marijuana reform, which has been especially acute among potential 2020 presidential candidates:
Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act, introduced in July, would not only legalize pot but also allow resentencing and record expungement for those convicted of federal marijuana offenses, cut law enforcement funding from states that disproportionately arrest and imprison minorities for marijuana offenses, and

survey: medical marijuana could reduce opioid use in older adults

A questionnaire of older men and women suffering from chronic pain who were given medical marijuana found that the drug significantly reduced pain and their need for opioid painkillers, Northwell Health researchers report.The results of the study, "Older Adults' Use of Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain: A Multisite Community-Based Survey," are scheduled to be presented May 3, 2018 at the annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in Orlando, FL.To gauge how effective medical marijuana was at managing chronic pain and reducing opioid use, researchers surveyed 138 medical marijuana users with an anonymous 20-question survey focusing on how often they used the marijuana, in what form they took it, how much it reduced pain and whether or not they were able to cut back their use of othe

gubernatorial hopeful cynthia nixon wants to legal marijuana

Cynthia Nixon, former Sex and the City star, longtime political activist, and current New York gubernatorial candidate, is advocating for legalizing marijuana in her home state.Nixon, a native New Yorker, made her marijuana views known with a video posted on social media on Wednesday. In the clip, Nixon calls for legalizing recreational marijuana, citing that doing so would not only generate revenue for the state and provide agricultural opportunities for farmers, but that it would also be a way to stop the racism inherent in the war on drugs.“There are a lot of good reasons for legalizing marijuana, but for me, it comes down to this: We have to stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity,” she said. “The simple truth is, for white people, the use

john kasich: marijuana can't stop ohio's opioid crisis

Ohio Gov. John Kasich discounted recent studies and state lawmakers from both parties on Thursday when he said his state’s medical marijuana program would not help alleviate its opioid crisis.While at a news conference announcing new limits on opioid prescriptions, a reporter asked Kasich what role medical marijuana might play in reducing the increasing number of opiate overdose deaths in Ohio, according to Cleveland.com.“I know it's not recreational marijuana, not recreational use, but I don't see a role for it in this at all,” Kasich said, according to the Ohio news website. He added that telling children to stay away from drugs while endorsing marijuana could send mixed messages.Ohio’s medical marijuana law, which Kasich signed last summer, allows doctors to recommend that patients with

will medical marijuana have a place in employee health plans?

With 29 states and the District of Columbia now allowing the use of medical marijuana, it's conceivable that the drug could be covered under an employee health plan or workers' compensation plan. In Canada, which has legalized medical marijuana,
some large employers have already announced that they will cover the drug under their employee benefit plans.In an environment in which opiate addiction continues to escalate, there may be more openness to alternative pain medications. "There are many concerns about young people using marijuana for any reason," said Mary Kay O'Neill, MD, a partner with HR consultancy Mercer in Seattle. Yet, "there are also public-policy reasons to look at medical marijuana more closely" because there is less danger of overdosing compared to other medications, li

viewing more medical marijuana ads linked to higher pot use among adolescents

IMAGE: A new study links viewing more medical marijuana advertising with increased use of marijuana by adolescents.
view more Credit: RAND Corp.Adolescents who view more advertising for medical marijuana are more likely to use marijuana, express intentions to use the drug and have more-positive expectations about the substance, according to a new RAND Corporation study.The findings -- from a study that tracked adolescents' viewing of medical marijuana ads over seven years -- provides the best evidence to date that an increasing amount of advertising about marijuana may prompt young people to increase their use of the drug. The study was published by the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence."This work highlights the importance of considering regulations for marijuana advertising that would

$3.5 billion budget boost from legalising marijuana, costing shows

"Our plan to create a legal market for cannabis production and sale will reduce risks, bust the business model of criminal dealers and syndicates and protect young people from unfair criminal prosecutions."The PBO said the policy would allow the Australian Federal Police to "re-allocate a proportion of the resources currently directed at cannabis to strengthen the law enforcement of other illicit substances", such as ice, methamphetamines and heroin.There would also be minimal costs for the Australian Taxation Office and the Department of Home Affairs to administer the taxes, the PBO found, as that could be done through established systems and processes.Greens Leader Richard Di Natale. Photo: Dan HimbrechtsThe plan has been widely criticised by doctors and has no chance of becoming reality

study finds up to one-quarter of cancer patients use marijuana

A new study conducted in a cancer center in a state with legalized medicinal and recreational marijuana found that approximately one-quarter of surveyed patients used marijuana in the past year, mostly for physical and psychological symptoms. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study also revealed that legalization also revealed that legalization increased the likelihood for use among patients.Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, and over half the states in the U.S. have passed laws allowing for medical marijuana in some form. As availability and acceptance of marijuana use continue to increase, many cancer patients will have greater access to marijuana during their cancer treatment.Mariju

pot removed from controlled substance list under proposed legislation

EnlargeAnne FryeShare this storyA Democratic senator from New Jersey proposed legislation (PDF) Tuesday that would remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances. The proposal, if adopted, would also financially punish states that fail to decriminalize marijuana if they have racial disparities in their arrest and incarceration rates connected to marijuana.BookerFacebookSo far, eight states have legalized recreational marijuana, but pot remains illegal under federal law—meaning that President Donald Trump's administration could crack down on those states if it chose to."For decades, the failed War on Drugs has locked up millions of nonviolent drug offenders—especially for marijuana-related offenses—at an incredible cost of lost human potential, torn apart families and commu

medical marijuana getting bogged down in red tape | news

The Health Ministry said earlier this week that it will be opening a special department to deal with issues pertaining to the prescription and sale of medical marijuana. However, despite this small sign of progress in implementing legislation passed 10 months ago on the use of medical marijuana, those seeking relief seem no close to actually getting it.The delay is due partly to the fact that growing and processing marijuana for medical use in Greece was not legalized until March, and many technical aspects of the law’s implementation have still not be legislated. In the meantime, marijuana-based medicines have to be imported via the National Organization for Medicine (EOF), which is only just starting to set up its committee for approving foreign imports and briefing doctors on the requir

study debunks claim that medical marijuana laws increase recreational pot use fo

Legalizing medical marijuana has not increased recreational use of the substance among U.S. adolescents, according to a new study conducted at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The findings are published online in the journal Addiction."For now, there appears to be no basis for the argument that legalizing medical marijuana has increased teens' use of the drug," said Deborah Hasin, PhD, professor of Epidemiology at Columbia's Mailman School and senior author of the study. "However, we may find that the situation changes as commercialized markets for medical marijuana develop and expand, and as states legalize recreational marijuana use." The researchers analyzed the results of eleven separate studies dating back to 1991 using data from four large-scale U.S. surveys: Mo

employers in this state can’t reject job applicants ‘solely’ for smoking pot

​Maine employers can not reject job applicants or fire employees "solely" for testing positive for marijuana, according to the state's new recreational marijuana law, which went into effect Feb. 1.The law prohibits employers from turning down applicants who use marijuana in their free time outside of work, whether they are using it for medical or recreational purposes, both of which are now allowed under state law. And a positive drug test alone will not be enough reason to discipline or fire an employee or to prove use or impairment on the job. "Maine will become the first jurisdiction in the nation to protect workers from adverse employment action based on their use of marijuana and marijuana products, provided the use occurs away from the workplace," said Melinda Caterine, an attorney i

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