Category: Culture

University of Colorado Boulder to Study Behavioral Changes Since Legalization

Getty The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has awarded two professors from the University of Colorado Boulder $5.5 million to study possible behavioral changes since recreational legalization. Professor John Hewitt, a behavioral geneticist, and psychiatry professor Christian Hopfer MD will be leading the study, which the university says will be the first of this sort in the nation. The study will look at more than 1,000 sets of twins ages 23-29, from both Colorado and neighboring Minnesota. Those from Minnesota will act as the control group, compared to those from Colorado, where cannabis has been legal for recreational...

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Prohibitionist Group Wants Pro-Marijuana Billboards in Arizona Taken Down

Getty A group known as Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy is claiming that pro-marijuana billboards in Arizona sponsored by Weedmaps are spreading false information about cannabis and want the ads taken down. The billboards in question highlight the findings of recent studies that show that teen marijuana use in places like Colorado and Washington is not on the rise and that states with medical marijuana programs have seen a decrease in opioid-related deaths. We have reported on both here at The Marijuana Times. The ARDP says those studies are misleading and outright false. To back up their claim, the...

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Missouri Activists Taking Another Shot at Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Getty New Approach, a pro-cannabis activist group in Missouri, is working towards getting medical marijuana on the ballot for the 2018 election. The group came close to being on the ballot in 2016, but a judge ruled that over 10,000 of the signatures they had collected were invalid due to not having the proper county listed on the petitions. Now, to ensure that they don’t miss the same opportunity a second time, the group has started well in advance – and they have already collected over 100,000 of the roughly 170,000 signatures needed in order for their initiative to...

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Former Republican National Committee Chairman Thinks Marijuana Legalization is Coming Soon

Getty One of the more interesting aspects about following the evolution of the marijuana legalization issue over the last 8 year has been watching conservative Republicans – the cheerleaders of the “just say no” approach to cannabis issues – come around to a different way of thinking. From polls showing a majority of Republicans now favoring marijuana legalization to the journey of former drug war stalwarts like GOP Senator Orrin Hatch (UT) to the side of right – at least when it comes to medical marijuana – the last demographic group standing in the way of marijuana law reform...

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Is “Dangerously Potent Pot” Making People “Lose Their Minds?”

Getty If you only read the title of an article published by Newsweek last week and use cannabis, you might be worried. “MARIJUANA: WHY DANGEROUSLY POTENT POT IS MAKING PEOPLE LOSE THEIR MINDS AND MEMORIES,” the headline blared on their website. They don’t even phrase it as a question. They present this phenomenon as a fact and have moved on to telling you why it’s happening. But when you delve into the article itself, you realize a few things: They cite a small study out of England that shows that cannabis has higher levels of THC than ever, something...

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Can Marijuana Damaged by California Wildfires be Salvaged?

Image Courtesy of Jeff The 420 Chef Dozens of marijuana farms have been destroyed during the most recent spate of wildfires to rip through California, leaving many growers without product to sell to the adult use cannabis retail stores set to open in January. A lot of these growers used their life savings to grow their crop, a crop that they could not insure thanks to federal law, even though their farms are completely legal under state law. But there may be a way to salvage some of the damaged crop according to Jeff The 420 Chef, an author...

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