Category: medical marijuana

New Committee to Educate Tennessee Lawmakers on Medical Cannabis

Getty Senator Steve Dickerson and Representative Jeremy Faison have been chosen as the co-chairmen of the new Joint Ad Hoc Committee on Medical Cannabis, a part of the Tennessee General Assembly. The committee will be tasked primarily with determining whether legalizing medicinal marijuana is a direction that is right for the residents of the state. “I think one of the goals is to make sure that the people and the advocates and the patients are aware of what we’re doing and make sure that they give feedback to their elected officials,” said Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, who along with...

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NORML Calls Out AAA on Claims that Cannabis Increases Crash Risk by 25 Percent

Getty During a AAA Texas-sponsored event, the auto club blatantly lied to attendees when they told them that drivers who tested positive for cannabis were 25 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident. This statistic came from a study by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2015. However, AAA only took the statistic, without providing the information that came directly after it in the study. “Authors reported that drivers who tested positive for the presence of THC possessed an unadjusted, elevated risk of accident of 25 percent (Odds Ratio=1.25) compared to controls (drivers who...

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Netflix and Chill with These Strains Named for Netflix Originals

© Stock Pot Images / David Black As a promotional stunt before the airing of their new original series Disjointed, Netflix partnered with a Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensary, selling strains named after many of their original series. The partnership with Alternative Herbal Health Services was temporary, and themed the shop as “Ruth’s Alternative Caring”, the SoCal dispensary where much of the new Netflix series will be set. Dina Browner, who manages the dispensary, was the show’s cannabis consultant throughout production – so the choice to hold the event at that particular dispensary was not pulled out of a...

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Philadelphia Law Firms Establish Services for Medical Cannabis Businesses

Getty Along with the long-awaited legalization of medical cannabis in the state of Pennsylvania has come the emerging need for various industry specific services. One of those services is providing legal counsel to medical cannabis operators and business owners. Four of the largest legal firms in the city of Philadelphia are establishing divisions of their legal practices to serve medical marijuana entrepreneurs. The four law firms – Duane Morris, Cozen O’Connor, Pepper Hamilton, and Fox Rothschild – all risk arrest, imprisonment and disbarment due to the illegality of cannabis at the federal level. Joseph C. Bedwick, partner at Cozen...

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Utah Activists Are Gathering Petition Signatures for Medical Marijuana

Getty A group of activists in Utah, called the Utah Patients Coalition, received approval from the state last week to begin collecting signatures for their proposed ballot initiative, the Utah Medical Cannabis Act. The initiative, which would become law if passed by voters in 2018, would allow people with specific conditions to use medical marijuana with a physician’s recommendation – however, smoking and home growing would both remain illegal, even for patients. The group managed to collect 1,000 signatures at a Willie Nelson concert already, and will be kicking off full-force in Salt Lake City at the Gallivan Center....

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Family Claims Marijuana Killed Their Son

Getty The loss of a child is the worst thing a parent can go through. It can lead to many reactions, grief being the most palpable. But often it also leads to something else: a search for answers. Why would someone so young lose their life so early in its span? Sometimes the answer is easy to ascertain, things like car accidents and drug overdoses are causes that are easy to see. But when the cause is unknown, it can make an already unbearable situation even harder to handle. A good example of this is the death of Michael...

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