Category: legalization

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Being Sued by Young Girl and Others Over Medical Marijuana

Many of you may know the story of Alexis Bortell, the now 12-year-old girl who has intractable epilepsy. Her family, originally from Texas, has moved to Colorado to have better and legal access to the medicine that has kept Alexis seizure-free for over 2 years: a strain of cannabis oil called Haleigh’s Hope. “As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it’s illegal in Texas,” Alexis told KDVR in Denver. Alexis and several others – including former NFL pro Marvin Washington – are now making news for a lawsuit they have filed...

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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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Poll Shows Republicans are Increasingly in Favor of Cannabis Legalization

Getty The latest Gallup poll reports that support for cannabis legalization has once again hit an all time high, with 64 percent of Americans in favor of legalizing cannabis for adult consumers. When Gallup first started polling on this subject back in 1969, only 12 percent of Americans believed cannabis should be legal. “It makes sense that support for ending marijuana prohibition is increasing,” Morgan Fox of the Marijuana Policy Project said in a statement. This is also the first time that a majority of voters registered as Republican are in favor of legalization – with 51 percent saying...

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Kentucky State Senator Thinks Legal Marijuana Could Solve Pension Crisis

Getty The state of Kentucky is facing a major budget shortfall when it comes to their pension systems; estimates place the amount of unfunded liabilities at somewhere between $37 billion and $64 billion. “I think desperation might help [pass legalization] — we need a billion dollars (a year),” said Republican state Senator Dan Seum. He has plans to introduce an adult use marijuana legalization bill in the KY legislature before the 2018 regular session begins. Seum hopes the prospect of increased tax revenues at a critical time will convince some of his colleagues to take a closer look at...

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U.S. Territory May Allow Voters to Decide on Marijuana Legalization

Getty Over the past several years, eight states across the U.S., and Washington D.C., have voted to legalize cannabis for adult use. Now, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) may become the first U.S. territory to follow suit. The CNMI Senate Committee on Judiciary, Government and Law held a hearing on Tuesday, October 10th, which will be the first of three hearings on a bill regarding marijuana legalization. The bill would not directly legalize the herb, but allow for the territory’s 18,000 voters to make that decision in the next fall election. Last year, a similar measure...

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TV’s Dr. Oz Says Marijuana Could Be an Exit Drug for Opioid Addiction

Getty One of the major battlefronts in the war against marijuana has always been the culture war. TV, radio, movies and now the Internet have played a major part in the prohibition of cannabis and in the tearing down of that prohibition. Earlier this month a major salvo was fired in that war from an unlikely source: Dr. Mehmet Oz. And it happened in unlikely place as well, on the Fox News morning show. .@DrOz: “Medical Marijuana… it may be the exit drug to get us out of the narcotic epidemic.” pic.twitter.com/VjlPgHybwk — Fox News (@FoxNews) September 19, 2017...

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