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

Sep 052015
 September 5, 2015
NORML's Emerging Clinical Applications For Cannabis And Cannabinoids

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director NORML is pleased to present the latest expanded/updated edition of the publication Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis & Cannabinoids — a comprehensive review of the latest peer-reviewed science specific to the safety and therapeutic efficacy of whole-plant cannabis and/or its components. The 2015 updated edition includes two additional disease profiles (Parkinson’s disease and PTS) and includes summaries of an additional 50+ relevant clinical and/or preclinical trials specific to cannabinoids’ therapeutic utility. Several existing sections, such as Chronic Pain, Diabetes, and Epilepsy, have been significantly expanded since the last edition (January 2013). Also updated is

Sep 022015
 September 2, 2015
How To Pass A Hair Follicle Drug Test For Marijuana

Studies show that Hair drug tests are the fasted growing method of drug testing used by employers and marijuana is still number one on the list of drugs tested for, it also stays in your system the longest. Top Questions and Answers: How long does marijuana stay in your hair? It takes approximately 5 days for marijuana to show up in your hair it can continue to be detectable through a hair drug test for several months. The presence of Marijuana and other drugs in your hair can be understood by this basic principle. Marijuana is ingested in your body and circulates through the blood stream into your

Aug 302015
 August 30, 2015
Six Reasons Why Exercising Is Better When You Consume Marijuana

I received the following article from Anthony Franciosi, founder of The Honest Marijuana Company out of Colorado, and felt it was worth passing along. Exercising is important, and I think that cannabis is also important. Below are six reasons to combine the two: The words “marijuana” and “exercise” may not go together upon first glance, but they actually go hand in hand. The marriage of the two is something you may have not considered, but if you’re looking to get ripped–you really should. Listen up. Did you know that weed is actually the best thing you can do for your