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on June 15, 2017 in Cannabis News Europe

Germany Legalizes Medical Cannabis

German parliament passes bill to legalize medical use of cannabis ‘in very limited exceptional cases.’ Germany’s lower house of parliament passed a bill legalizing the production, sale and use of medical marijuana Thursday, Jan. 19 in Berlin. The bill limits the sale and use of cannabis to those patients “in very limited exceptional cases,” such as with patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic pain, and lack of appetite or nausea related to cancer treatments. Those patients will not be allowed to grow their own medicine at home. As restrictive as this program might sound, it is an improvement...

German parliament passes bill to legalize medical use of cannabis ‘in very limited exceptional cases.’ Germany’s lower house of parliament passed a bill legalizing the production, sale and use of medical marijuana Thursday, Jan. 19 in Berlin. The bill...

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on June 15, 2017 in Cannabis News United States

Government Ganja Greed: Mass. Seeks to More Than Double Pot Tax Just 7 Months After Legalization

by Daniel J. Flynn Less than a year after Massachusetts voters approved legalizing marijuana and taxing it at a rate of 12 percent, lawmakers already seek a larger take of the dealer’s cut. In shifting marijuana from decriminalized to legal status, voters permitted a maximum tax of 12 percent on sales of the sweet leaf. Seven months later, the state legislature seeks to grab more of pot profits by permitting taxes as high as 28 percent. It’s not as though those in the reefer business didn’t see the state coming for their business. Nine years ago, I sat down...

by Daniel J. Flynn Less than a year after Massachusetts voters approved legalizing marijuana and taxing it at a rate of 12 percent, lawmakers already seek a larger take of the dealer’s cut. In shifting marijuana from decriminalized to...

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on June 15, 2017 in Cannabis News Europe

Bitcoin helps marijuana growers sidestep banking issue

With financial institutions shunning the marijuana industry, cannabis growers are turning to the world’s most popular digital currency bitcoin to offload piles of green bills. Pot businesses in the US have to operate using large amounts of cash as they have no ability to access bank accounts, accept credit cards, or write checks. That’s a logistical headache and constant security threat, they complain. Marijuana is legal for both recreational and medical use in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Alaska and the District of Columbia. The sale of pot is also approved in 20 additional states for medical...

With financial institutions shunning the marijuana industry, cannabis growers are turning to the world’s most popular digital currency bitcoin to offload piles of green bills. Pot businesses in the US have to operate using large amounts of cash as...

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on June 15, 2017 in Cannabis News United States

Cannabis phytochemicals found to be effective in destroying leukemia cells

by: Frances Bloomfield Researchers from St. George’s, University of London have confirmed that cannabinoids are effective in destroying the cells of leukemia, a cancer of blood-forming organs. When used in conjunction with chemotherapy treatments, cannabinoids, the active chemicals in cannabis, results against the blood cancer cells improved significantly. The new findings, which have been published in the International Journal of Oncology, suggest that lower doses of chemotherapy can be administered to patients. The researchers set out to test the efficacy of existing chemotherapy treatments alongside cannabinoids, and to determine whether the order of the drugs had any impact on...

by: Frances Bloomfield Researchers from St. George’s, University of London have confirmed that cannabinoids are effective in destroying the cells of leukemia, a cancer of blood-forming organs. When used in conjunction with chemotherapy treatments, cannabinoids, the active chemicals in...

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on June 15, 2017 in Cannabis News United States

CBD Can Improve Schizophrenia Symptoms, Study Finds

By Brandon Turbeville As the DEA continues to label marijuana and even the non-psychoactive cannabidiol oil (CBD) as being the same as heroin in terms of its health effects, addictive qualities and side effects, the real world also continues to exist outside of the walls of Washington, D.C. and mindless drug war proponents. As jackboots continue to march on so does science and public opinion. Nearly every day a new marijuana-related potential cure appears on the scene. Whether its cancer or multiple sclerosis, the humble plant is offering to cure and relieve a plethora of diseases if the police...

By Brandon Turbeville As the DEA continues to label marijuana and even the non-psychoactive cannabidiol oil (CBD) as being the same as heroin in terms of its health effects, addictive qualities and side effects, the real world also continues...

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on June 14, 2017 in Cannabis News Europe

France To Effectively Decriminalize Cannabis By Ending Prison Terms

By Anna Hunt The French government is about to make some drastic changes to the enforcement of cannabis use laws. A government spokesperson revealed that by the end of 2017, France will end all prison terms for cannabis users. Existing Policy Current French law states that cannabis use is a criminal offense. It is punishable by up to one year in prison and up to a EUR 3,750 fine. Regardless, officials plan to end prison terms for cannabis users, even though cannabis use will remain a criminal offense until further legislative changes take place. One can expect that these...

By Anna Hunt The French government is about to make some drastic changes to the enforcement of cannabis use laws. A government spokesperson revealed that by the end of 2017, France will end all prison terms for cannabis users....

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on June 14, 2017 in Cannabis News Canada

What Marijuana Legalization in Canada Could Mean for the United States

by Katy Steinmetz America’s neighbor to the north is fast moving toward legalizing recreational marijuana nationwide, which would make Canada the second country in the world to do so. And the impact of having weed legalized on such a big scale, so close to home, may affect the future of pot in the United States. “There are those who sometimes regard Canada as the 51st state. It would be an important signal about the movement coming of age. It would add to the critical mass,” says Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a member of Congress’ newly-formed Cannabis Caucus who is pushing...

by Katy Steinmetz America’s neighbor to the north is fast moving toward legalizing recreational marijuana nationwide, which would make Canada the second country in the world to do so. And the impact of having weed legalized on such a big...

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on June 14, 2017 in Cannabis News Canada

Canadian province gambles future on marijuana’s ‘extreme growth potential’

New Brunswick invests in cannabis industry, which could be worth billions once legalised, with hopes to revive its declining economy and aging population The thick scent of marijuana hangs heavy in the small room where rows of green plants are neatly arranged on shelves. For the medical marijuana company OrganiGram, this is simply the latest round of production. But for New Brunswick, the small east coast Canadian province where this facility is based, the plants are part of a bigger gamble – one that aims to transform Canada’s looming plans to fully legalise marijuana by July 2018 into an...

New Brunswick invests in cannabis industry, which could be worth billions once legalised, with hopes to revive its declining economy and aging population The thick scent of marijuana hangs heavy in the small room where rows of green plants...

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on June 14, 2017 in Cannabis News United States

Medical Marijuana and Federal Law

While your states’ laws may allow you to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, federal law does not. by Monica Steiner Although 18 states have legalized the medical use of marijuana, federal law does not recognize or protect medicinal marijuana possession or use; and the federal government can prosecute people who are otherwise protected under state medicinal marijuana laws. While it is relatively rare to face federal prosecution as an individual patient, or as a member of a small medicinal marijuana growing cooperative, medicinal marijuana growers and dispensaries have recently received increased negative federal attention. This article explains the conflict...

While your states’ laws may allow you to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, federal law does not. by Monica Steiner Although 18 states have legalized the medical use of marijuana, federal law does not recognize or protect medicinal marijuana...

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