Oct 182015
 October 18, 2015
Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Doesn't Save Money

Virtually every day that I am on Facebook, I see memes calling for drug testing for welfare recipients. It’s something that conservatives have called for often. The principle behind their theory is that states would save money if they could prevent failed drug testers from receiving welfare. It’s an issue that gets people very fired up, especially conservatives who often see welfare recipients as free-loaders. But if the point is to save money, then it should be very easy to determine if drug testing welfare recipients pencils out by simply looking at the math. Think Progress recently released an analysis of states

Oct 102015
 October 10, 2015
Plan On Cheating On A Drug Test For Weed? Think Again, It's Not Worth It.

There are three primary ways to “try” to cheat a drug Test: Dilution,Substitution, and Adulteration. How to cheat on a drug test for weed is a very common question and is googled over 10,000 times a day. Marijuana is more popular than ever and employers are also drug testing for marijuana more than ever. Millions of people each year need help passing a drug test for all kinds of different drugs, the most common being marijuana. Many people think the only way to pass a drug test is to cheat by using fake urine or sketchy cover-up products and drinks. We

Oct 072015
 October 7, 2015
Study: Smoking Marijuana Does Not Promote Head And Neck Cancer

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Marijuana smoke exposure is not positively associated with the development of cancers of the head or neck, according to the results of a systematic literature review published online ahead of print in the journal Archives of Oral Biology. Investigators from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil reviewed nine case-control studies to assess whether marijuana smoking favored the development of head and neck cancer. Authors reported that subjects who used cannabis were no more likely to develop the disease than were subjects with no history of use, after researchers controlled for potential confounding

Oct 052015
 October 5, 2015
Can Workers In Oregon Still Get Fired For Marijuana Even Though It's Legal Now?

Oregon voters approved marijuana legalization during the 2014 Election. The possession and cultivation provisions of the approved initiative went into effect on July 1, 2015. On October 1, 2015 limited recreational marijuana sales began. It seems like around the election, around July 1st, and especially since October 1st, I’ve been inundated with questions from Oregon readers regarding marijuana and employment based drug testing. I have been asked quite often ‘can employers still drug test me for marijuana even though it’s legal?’ Sadly, yes they can still drug test you. Federal employment laws trump state employment laws, so as long as

Oct 022015
 October 2, 2015
Canadian Research Study Demonstrates Medical Cannabis Safety Profile

Medical Cannabis Patient Advocates Call on Federal Government To Remove Barriers That Undermine Domestic Cannabis Research Researchers associated with McGill University and the University of British Columbia recently published results from a study showing that medical cannabis patients were no more likely to suffer serious adverse events during treatment than non-cannabis patients. “Cannabis for the Management of Pain: Assessment of Safety Study (COMPASS),” published online in the Journal of Pain, monitored the health of chronic pain patients using medical cannabis and of a control group.  The study was led by Dr. Mark Ware, Director of Clinical Research of the Alan

Sep 222015
 September 22, 2015
Study: Daily Marijuana Use For Chronic Pain Is Safe And Effective

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Chronic pain patients who use herbal cannabis daily for one-year report reduced discomfort and increased quality of life compared to controls, and do not experience an increased risk of serious side effects, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Pain. Researchers at McGill University in Montreal assessed the long-term health of 216 medicinal cannabis users with chronic non-cancer pain who consumed a daily standardized dose (12.5 percent THC) of herbal cannabis compared to 215 controls (chronic pain suffers who did not use cannabis). Subjects in study were approved

Sep 172015
 September 17, 2015
Oregon Health Authority Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee Meets September 24

What: The Oregon Health Authority’s Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee is holding its monthly meeting. The meeting is open to the public.Agenda: Review purpose and agenda; review and approve August 27 minutes; Marijuana Research Group and Senate Bill 844; health effects of adolescent marijuana use; wrap-up, future topics; public comment.When: Thursday, Sept. 24, 3-5 p.m. The public comment period begins at 4:45 p.m. All comments are limited to two minutes, or can be submitted to marijuana.science@state.or.us. Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1-B, 800 NE Oregon St., PortlandWhy: The Oregon Health Authority’s Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee, based at the

Sep 152015
 September 15, 2015
Dr. Sue Sisley To Lead A Clinical Lecture At Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital On PTSD And Cannabis

Today, Dr. Sue Sisley will lead a clinical lecture on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and cannabis as part of the 5th Annual Pain Care Skills Training at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  Research has indicated that cannabis has tremendous therapeutic potential to treat PTSD and pain-related symptoms of many medical conditions. The Pain Care Skills Training is a four day event that includes hands-on trainings, lectures and roundtable discussions on best-practice models of treatment, and evolving solutions to meet the needs of pain care within the military, hosted by the National Capital Region Pain Initiative. “The military has historically

Sep 122015
 September 12, 2015
Can Someone Fail A Drug Test For Simply Touching Marijuana?

Everyone knows that a person can fail a drug test for consuming marijuana. A lot of people are surprised to find out that you can also fail a drug test for being around too much second hand marijuana smoke (for an article about that, click this link here). A scientific study was recently conducted which found that even breaking up marijuana can result in a failed drug test. Per Culture Magazine: A recent study conducted in Germany proves that even something as simple as breaking up cannabis and having residue on your fingers can cause a failed drug test. This

Sep 092015
 September 9, 2015
Study: Marijuana Use Lowers The Risk Of Developing Bladder Cancer

I hate cancer. I know several people that are battling cancer, and it’s painful to watch those strong people go through it. I can’t even imagine what it’s like. Anything that helps battle cancer should be put to good use, which includes a healthy regimen of cannabis consumption. The results of a study were released this week that suggest that consuming cannabis can significantly lower the risk of developing bladder cancer. Per the Daily Caller: Cannabis users were 45 percent less likely to contract bladder cancer than their more abstemeous peers, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) – a branch