Jun 292015
 June 29, 2015
NYU Researchers Examine Whether Reasons For Smoking Marijuana Are Associated With Use Of Other Drugs

I received the following press release from New York University and figured I’d post it for discussion: Marijuana is the most prevalent drug in the U.S. Approximately 70% of the 2.8 million individuals who initiated use of illicit drugs in 2013 reported that marijuana was their first drug. Despite extensive research examining potential links between marijuana use and other drug use, the literature is currently lacking data regarding which illicit marijuana users are most likely to engage in use of other illicit drugs. A new study, published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse by researchers affiliated with

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Jun 282015
 June 28, 2015
That One Time When Kevin Sabet Got OWNED By A Senator During A Hearing

This last week a Congressional drug caucus was held where testimony was provided by Kevin Sabet. As usual, Kevin was ripe with reefer madness. Usually Kevin speaks to crowds that are completely sympathetic to his views, and rarely question anything he says because he has them so snowballed (after all, they are paying thousands of dollars to have him tell them half truths about marijuana policy and science!). But this speaking engagement was different. United States Senator Cory Booker was in attendance, and he didn’t take kindly to Kevin Sabet’s reefer madness tactics. If you are like me, I’m sure

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Jun 272015
 June 27, 2015
NIDA Acknowledges Drawbacks To Monopoly On Marijuana Supply

By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director Members of the US Senate at a hearing yesterday expressed skepticism in regard to federal policies limiting the ability of investigators to engage in clinical studies of marijuana’s health benefits. Senators heard from representatives from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), University of Mississippi Medical Center, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and Project SAM on a variety of issues The hearing’s most noteworthy moment came when Nora Volkow, director of NIDA, acknowledged that the monopoly on marijuana cultivation for research purposes ought to be amended.

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Jun 252015
 June 25, 2015
Drug Caucus Holds Hearing On Barriers To Cannabidiol Research

Yesterday, the Senate International Narcotics Control Caucus held a hearing on facilitating cannabidiol (CBD) research. CBD is found in cannabis and has shown great potential to treat intractable epilepsy and numerous other therapeutic benefits. According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) CBD is considered a schedule I substance, despite the growing body of evidence indicating therapeutic benefits to patients suffering from dravet syndrome and other severe forms of epilepsy.  The hearing also focused on regulatory oversight and reforming the process for researchers to obtain cannabis. “During today’s hearing we heard Nora Volkow, the head of National Institute on Drug Abuse

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Jun 242015
 June 24, 2015
U.S. Senators Press Feds To Remove Political Barriers To Medical Marijuana Research

At a hearing Wednesday, Sens. Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand pressed federal officials to eliminate political barriers that are preventing research on the potential medical benefits of marijuana. The hearing, “Cannabidiol: Barriers to Research and Potential Medical Benefits,” was held by the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control. Officials from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) echoed the senators’ concerns and expressed support for removing barriers to research that have been created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). NIDA has a DEA-mandated monopoly on the supply of marijuana available for research purposes,

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Jun 222015
 June 22, 2015
Federal Government Removes Big Barrier To Marijuana Research

A very significant victory was achieved today in regards to marijuana research. One of the biggest barriers to research approval was removed. Below are reactions from Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority, Neill Franklin from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and the Drug Policy Alliance: From Tom Angell - ”The president has often said that drug policy should be dictated by unimpeded science instead of ideology, and it’s great to see the Obama administration finally starting to take some real action to back that up. But there’s more to be done. The next step should be moving marijuana out of Schedule I

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May 312015
 May 31, 2015
How Many Different Cannabinoids Are There In Marijuana?

For a very long time, the only cannabinoid that people talked about was THC. THC was first discovered in 1964 at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and his colleagues, Dr. Yehiel Gaoni and Dr. Haviv Edery. THC is the cannabinoid in marijuana that creates a euphoric effect. But there are many other cannabinoids that are found in marijuana. The most talked about cannabinoid right now is CBD. CBD has been proven to possess a lot of medical benefits, especially for those suffering from epilepsy. So how many different cannabinoids are there in marijuana? That’s a

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May 232015
 May 23, 2015
Do You Know What Is In The Marijuana You Are Smoking? Cannabinoid 101

The marijuana consumer is becoming more and more sophisticated everyday. There is more information about marijuana science out there than ever before, and more results being released all the time. If you want to learn more about what is in the marijuana that you are consuming, check out this video that High Times recently put on YouTube. It’s a ‘breakdown of all the awesome things you get every time you light a joint of your favorite bud or drop a dab of your favorite concentrate on a hot nail.’

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May 172015
 May 17, 2015
Can Someone Get High From, And Fail A Drug Test For, Secondhand Marijuana Smoke?

If you are a veteran marijuana consumer, you have heard of the term ‘contact high’ a lot I’m sure. Maybe you had a friend that was hanging out with you while you were smoking, and they were certain that they had a ‘contact high’ from being around you while you were puffing. Or maybe you knew someone that failed a drug test, and swore that they had never smoked marijuana themselves, but were around people that were. That was the case with NFL player Josh Gordon, who was suspended from the NFL for barely failing a chemical test for marijuana.

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May 142015
 May 14, 2015
The Highly Divisive, Curiously Underfunded And Strangely Promising World Of Marijuana Science

I received an e-mail from TIME that discusses their new cover story about marijuana science. I figured I’d post it here for discussion. TIME is a very big media outlet, so this message will reach a lot of people outside of the marijuana world. Please place your thoughts in the comments section below the article: This week’s cover of TIME investigates the world of pot science in the United States and reports on how legalization keeps rolling ahead in this country. Yet because of years of government roadblocks on research, we don’t know nearly enough about the dangers of marijuana—or

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