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Top 10 Cannabis Based Pharmaceutical Drugs

  If ever you were confused about whether or not marijuana has actual medical purposes, consider what medical professionals say. Medical marijuana has been used to treat pain and other ailments for years. There is no place that this is more evident than the pharmacy. There are a variety of different cannabis-based pharma drugs that need little more than a prescription. Here are the top 10 cannabis-based pharmaceutical drugs that are available on the market now. 1. Rimonabant Rimonabant was marketed as an anti-obesity cannabis-based pharma drug. Using this pill in tandem with diet and moderate exercise, the hope was that patients would lose weight. The secret is in the special chemical compound that makes up this medicine. Because this medicine was infused with cannabis, many patients had experienced minor psychedelic side effects. 2. Dexanabinol One of the biggest benefits of cannabis is its cancer-fighting properties. While there are still …

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New Cannabis Department Head Appointed By L.A. City Council

Last week Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council elected someone to supervise its new Department of Cannabis Regulation. Backing Mayor Eric Garcett’s choice for the job, the vote came as state officials are creating a legal regulatory environment for the recreational weed market. Former coordinator for California’s Drug Policy Alliance will head the new division. Cat Packer will have a five-member Cannabis Commission to help and advise her on marijuana policy. She won the vote 13-0, with some council members, Curren Price and Paul Koretz, absent from the meeting. Packer, 26, told the council that her interest in weed policy began when she realized the disproportionate affects that the “war on drugs” and prohibition had on communities of color. The mission of the department is to protect all children, neighborhoods, marijuana businesses, and natural environments within the city’s jurisdiction. According to Packer, “It is extremely important that as this industry …

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Faces Lawsuit for Marijuana Laws

Life is tough for Attorney General Jeff Sessions these days. His boss, President Donald Trump, recently threw him under the bus during a New York Times interview, saying if he had known that Sessions would remove himself from the Russia investigation, he would never have made him Attorney General. On Monday, Trump did it again, calling Sessions “beleaguered” and wondering why he was not investigating alleged ties between Russia and Hillary Clinton. Now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions faces an even tougher opponent in Marvin Washington. The 285-pound, 1.98-meter former New York Jets defensive end is one of five plaintiffs suing Sessions, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of Justice in a groundbreaking federal lawsuit. Legal experts predict that the case will attract widespread attention and set a new legal precedent. Federal Cannabis Policy The Manhattan lawsuit attacks the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which categorized drugs into different schedules …

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Will Marijuana Edibles Be Legal Under the New California Bill?

Marijuana-infused products are exploding in popularity. In fact, financial experts say that edibles alone have a 43 percent share in the total cannabis market. People are trying weed in different forms, and it is becoming increasingly obvious that more and more prefer eating it. Despite this, California lawmakers intend to ban certain edibles and tighten regulations significantly. Why? Children are eating them accidentally and emergency room visits are skyrocketing because of it. When marijuana edibles resemble typical candy, unsuspecting people unknowingly devour them, most notably kids already familiar with candy shaped like fruit, insects, animals, or people. Lawmakers want to ensure that cannabis edibles are unmistakably obvious in an attempt to eliminate future accidents. Legalization of Marijuana in California Back in 1996, California voters approved Proposition 215, or the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. This made marijuana legal in California for medical patients to treat themselves. It allowed them to …

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New Standards for Marijuana Testing Laboratories in California

Many California natives rejoiced when in November the sale and use of recreational marijuana was legalized. This meant that there was no longer a need for a medical marijuana certification in order to purchase, cultivate or grow marijuana. However, what many people didn’t know is that this milestone came along with new standards for marijuana testing laboratories in California which may change the way you are able to purchase it. Here is everything you need to know about the Marijuana laws California has put into place. Growing Marijuana Most states that have legalized the medical use of marijuana also allow you to grow your own plants, under very strict guidelines of course. These guidelines include the amount of plants that you are able to grow as well as the way the plants must be treated and handled. But, how does this work for the states like California that have legalized recreational …

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West Virginia – 29th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Legalization of medical marijuana in West Virginia really happened, making it the 29th state to do so officially. People are very excited. When West Virginia allows it, you know medical weed is now firmly entrenched in America’s heartland. The state finally enacted a law that gives seriously ill patients the right to treat themselves with cannabis, provided they have a doctor’s recommendation, of course. Medical Cannabis Act of West Virginia On April 6, 2017, the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, or Senate Bill 386, finally received legislative approval after the House ignored it for some time. Introduced by Senator Richard Ojeda (D-Logan), it gives regulatory control over all medical marijuana cultivators, processors, and distributors to the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health, officially charging it with oversight authority. Benefits of Medical Marijuana Legalization for West Virginia Qualified patients with listed medical conditions are now able to use medical marijuana in …

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules in Santa Monica

  Since the legalization of recreational cannabis in California’s Proposition 64, the entire marijuana industry is in a state of regulatory flux. It is still illegal, medicinally and recreationally, under federal law, but states can override federal authority by enacting their own laws. Even more complicated, cities can do the same. This is why some allow marijuana dispensaries and others do not, forcing some patients to travel. Likewise, some cities make it legal to deliver cannabis to patients, under strict regulation, of course. A medical marijuana delivery service in Santa Monica must function within its laws. Dispensaries must have licenses to operate, and they may not neglect requirements for safety and quality. It is advisable to consult with legal counsel to ensure you follow all medical marijuana rules. Medical Marijuana Laws in Santa Monica When California introduced the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act of 2015, it sought to control …

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Rejects Anti-Competitive Marijuana Rules

If you are anticipating the outcome of Proposition 64 on the state’s marijuana rules, then we have news for you: Gov. Jerry Brown wants to resolve the legal conflict between recreational and medical cannabis in California, and he wants it sorted out before year-end. His office released a 92-page document recently, which suggests regulatory fixes for both industry segments. In this document, the governor lays out several proposals on everything, from how to distribute cannabis across the state to how many marijuana licenses businesses may have. Included in Brown’s budget for the year, these proposals must first pass through Legislature before Brown’s final approval can make them law. What does this mean for recreational and medical cannabis in California? Ordinary citizens are breathing a collective sigh of relief and enjoying an early celebration. If Brown’s proposals become effective, people will have the ability to trade competitively. The governor is siding …

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A Brief Guide to Medical Marijuana Laws in Santa Monica

Proposition 215, or the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, allows patients to order marijuana delivery in Santa Monica. According to Ballotpedia, 5,382,915 people voted in favor of it, while 4,301,960 rejected it during a ballot on November 5, 1996. Californian voters were 55.6 percent for legalization and 44.4 percent against it, officially changing medical marijuana to legal status: Protections under Proposition 215 Provisions of Senate Bill 420 Rules to Follow Here is the Detailed Guide to Medical Marijuana Laws in Santa Monica Protections under Proposition 215 Because of Proposition 215, the California Health and Safety Code had to add Section 11362.5. This protects patients and their caregivers from legal trouble over the weed they grow and possess. The law allows them to grow as much as needed to treat their illnesses, but no more. Furthermore, it exempts doctors from punishment if they recommend cannabis for their patients. Proposition 215 also affords …

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6 Predictions For the Los Angeles Marijuana Industry in 2017

Last year saw a massive victory for the legalization of cannabis in California. In 2016, voters approved Proposition 64, making it legal for people to grow, carry and use marijuana recreationally. According to the Los Angeles Times, the city’s annual marijuana sales crossed the $1.3 billion mark in 2015 already. Combined with the approval of Proposition 215 in 1996, weed is now legal for everyone in the state. The future of the marijuana industry in Los Angeles looks very bright indeed, despite a few potential setbacks in U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his policing policies. The market for recreational marijuana in Los Angeles is still in its early stages, and many industry folk will be keeping an eye on progress during 2017. Even so, cannabis delivery service in Loss Angeles looks set to grow exponentially. So, just what are the biggest predictions for Los Angeles marijuana industry in 2017? …

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Vote Now! Let’s Decide on the Marijuana Legalization. Your Vote Your Voice!

It’s Election Day and there is something special on the ballot box for some states: marijuana legalization. It is time to decide the fate of this hard fought battle that has already been worn in a number of states. While voting is on for Congress men and women and for the president of the United States as well, there is the issue of marijuana that needs the voice of everyone who is affected. Previous voting, for instance, has seen the legalization of medical marijuana in some states like California and maybe now is the time to see the legalization of recreational marijuana in the same state. Some other states are still looking forward to see medical marijuana decriminalized before proceeding on with full fledged legalization for marijuana to include the recreational aspect. Today, there are nine initiatives of marijuana reforms listed on the ballot and maybe it is vital to …

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Your Guide to the California's Recreational Marijuana Laws

California is on the verge of joining other states like Maine, Aziona, Massachusetts and Nevada on the legal use of recreational marijuana. This is an initiative seeking to legalize the use of marijuana amongst adults. Come November 8, Californians will be voting to either pass or reject proposition 64, which is the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). Once passed, this proposition will allow adults to buy and use cannabis on legal grounds.  But before votes are cast, what laws govern the use of recreational marijuana in California? Here are important regulations to note, in what seems as an improvement of existing laws on recreational marijuana that is still illegal in California. These laws control, regulate and tax the liable use of marijuana among adults as it protects children and safe guards local control, protecting public safety and public health and defending water resources and the environment at large in …

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All Eyes on the Windfall of Money from Marijuana Following its Legalization

The legalization of marijuana has attracted a lot of interest from different corners and this includes the money flowing in and out of cannabis trade. Actually, it appears that the aspect of revenue is one of the factors put into consideration by states before they can even consider legalizing marijuana use. The District of Columbia alongside four states in America has legalized marijuana retail sales through a majority vote. On the same trend, there are other 25 states that have allowed the trade of medical marijuana. Since 2011, the marijuana industry has continued to grow in the United States and in the next few years, a lot will have been achieved. Important Findings about Revenue from Marijuana In states that have seen the rise of marijuana use such as Washington and Colorado, initial estimates have been exceeded. Tax collections from the cannabis industry are seemingly booming and other states can …

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Will the Marijuana users see more Freedom this Election Year?

During the Regan administration, Nancy Regan announced the “War on Drugs”, but the demand for the product far outweighed the politics.  This year could turn out to be a monumental year for marijuana to be on the ballot. More states than ever before will vote on easing the restrictions on the use of marijuana. States are voting on allowing medical marijuana and other states are looking to fully legalize its recreational use. This may seem like a blast from the past, but investors are seeing dollar signs in a new industry.  This situation may hinder more than help the movement as big companies may be looking to cash in. So what about the crime rate as some have argued? What about big business monopolizing the industry?  In Colorado, which legalized buying cannabis, the law enforcement and courts are no longer wasting the taxpayers’ money going after people for smoking pot.  …

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Medical Marijuana Laws Across the Country

Marijuana is in the news a lot lately, whether because of a new state making it legal, anti-marijuana protestors and politicians taking a stand, or some new medical case of a miraculous recovery or drastic easing of symptoms, all due to the fight both for and against this most coveted and disdained plant. However, this plant has actually been around for centuries, and it is only in the most recent passing century, (i.e. the 1900s) that marijuana became so taboo. In fact, marijuana has been used by many people and cultures, all across time, for multiple healing and spiritual purpose apart from recreation and has been documented as being helpful for people as far back as 2900 BC, when the Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi[1], noted that Ma (the term for cannabis in Chinese), seemed to be one of the most popular medical cures among his people at the time of his …

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