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House Judiciary Committee Approves Historic MORE Act

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A cannabis legalization bill just got farther in the legislation process than any other such bill since prohibition. The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act a.k.a. the MORE Act has passed the House judiciary committee by a vote of 24 to 10. If it is not claimed by another committee for review, HR 3884 will go onto to a floor vote in the House of Representatives. “Thousands of individuals — overwhelmingly people of color — have been subjected, by the federal government, to unjust prison sentences for marijuana offenses,” said House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler, who has been one of the bill’s primary architects. “This needs to stop.” “For the first time, a Congressional committee has approved far-reaching legislation to not just put an end to federal mari

New Study: Cannabis May Reduce Illicit Opioid Use For Those With Chronic Pain

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How does cannabis use influence the use of illicit opioids to manage pain? That’s the question at the heart of a just-published study in a special issue of “PLOS Medicine” that focuses on substance use, misuse and dependence. For medical researchers, caregivers and patients, the need for an alternative to opioid painkillers is an urgent one. Opioid-related deaths are still on the rise across the United States and Canada, fueled by the emergence of synthetic opioids like fentanyl and a trend of over-prescribing pharmaceutical opioids. And the role cannabis might play in reducing opioid dependence and abuse is still little-understood. But the new “PLOS Medicine” study, “Frequency of cannabis and illicit opioid use among people who use drugs and report chronic pain,” provides an important
The High Priestess: Stoney, Sexy Magick for Sagittarius Season

The High Priestess: Stoney, Sexy Magick for Sagittarius Season

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It’s almost the end of the year and the decade, and we have no choice but to celebrate the rest of 2019 with a bang. As we enter fiery Sagittarius Season on November 22nd, we may be feeling more inspired and turned on by life, ready to set our sights ahead on what, and who, we want to get done. This is a chance for us to claim our desires and own our pleasure, taking after the glyph for Sagittarius, the archer. This sign loves the subversive and is known for being kinky as hell, so what better time to explore kinky, stoned sex than now? While I’ve talked about sex magick many times in this column, the overlap between cannabis, sex magick and kink felt like it needed to be explored in its own context, so I enlisted the expertise of  sex and cannabis writer (and sex and weed witch), Sophi

Florida Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Waive Medical Marijuana Fee For Veterans

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A pair of Florida lawmakers want to make medical marijuana even cheaper for veterans.  State Sen. Janet Cruz and state Rep. Adam Hattersley, both Democrats, have introduced a bill that would waive the registration fee for veterans seeking medical cannabis treatment. Patients in Florida must register for a new medical marijuana card each year, which costs $75 annually.  “So it’s not a huge burden, but any small thing that we can do to help veterans get the treatment they deserve, I think we need to do,” Hattersley said, as quoted by public radio station WUSF. Hattersley is a Navy veteran who earned a Bronze Star for his service in the Iraq War who represents a growing chorus of military advocates and policymakers who believe in cannabis as a legitimate treatment option for servi

Doctors Are Increasingly Tapering Patients From Opioid Medications

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A new study out this month shows that doctors are increasingly tapering their patients off powerful opioid medications, perhaps so fast that they are putting them at risk. Results of the study, “Trends and Rapidity of Dose Tapering Among Patients Prescribed Long-term Opioid Therapy, 2008-2017,” were published by the journal JAMA on November 15. “We wanted to understand how often opioid dose tapering happens, how rapidly patients’ doses were being reduced when tapering, and which patients were more likely to have doses tapered,” said lead author Joshua Fenton, a professor of family and community medicine. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued new guidelines on the prescribing of opioid medications in response to the continuing rash of overdoses and deaths t
Kiva Confections Launches Fast-Acting THC-Infused Gravy in Time for Thanksgiving

Kiva Confections Launches Fast-Acting THC-Infused Gravy in Time for Thanksgiving

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With the winter holidays rapidly approaching, you’re probably getting bombarded with holiday-themed foods and drinks everywhere you look. But this year, there’s something completely unexpected in store for cannabis fans: THC-infused turkey gravy, just in time for Thanksgiving. Kiva Announces New Thanksgiving-Themed Edible—THC-Infused Gravy Cannabis company Kiva Confections today announced its newest weed-infused food product. THC-infused gravy is part of a new line of holiday-themed products coming this year from the edibles company. And according to Kiva, the new gravy is much more than just a Thanksgiving condiment. It’s reportedly the result of some clever cannabis engineering designed to produce a very unique high. “Kiva’s fast-acting technology utilizes individually en

“Is This Work Brave?” An Inside Look At The Clio Cannabis Judging Session

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In an office overlooking the beach of Santa Monica, California, ten experts in the cannabis and marketing sectors gathered for the final judging session of the inaugural Clio Cannabis Awards. Established in 1959, the Clio Awards is an international competition that celebrates creativity, excellence, and innovation in the advertising and marketing space. It’s essentially the Academy Awards for ads; there was even a Mad Men episode about it. Now in its 60th year, the Clio Awards is still going strong, with a mission to “celebrate bold work that propels the advertising industry forward, inspire a competitive marketplace of ideas, and foster meaningful connections within the creative community.” In the spirit of propelling the advertising industry forward, the Clio Awards has teamed up

Nuevas pruebas de laboratorio muestran los peligros de los cartuchos de vapor de THC no regulados

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Solo un recordatorio para comprar solo vapes probados de fuentes autorizadas. Nuevos datos de un laboratorio de California muestran que los cartuchos de vapores de THC pueden conllevar un riesgo sustancial de exponer a los usuarios a productos químicos nocivos. Y aunque los resultados de las pruebas del laboratorio analítico CannaSafe muestran que los productos ilícitos del mercado representan el mayor peligro, incluso los cartuchos de compañías con licencia pueden ser inseguros si se usan de manera incorrecta. CannaSafe, un laboratorio de cannabis con licencia estatal en Los Ángeles, realizó un estudio de cartuchos de vaporizadores de THC que obtuvo de dispensarios con licencia y servicios de entrega sin licencia. La compañía completó un análisis de laboratorio de los cartuchos que

US House of Representatives May Vote on Cannabis Legalization This Week

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This week, the United States House of Representatives could be voting on the federal legalization of cannabis. Representative Jerry Nadler announced on Monday that the house judiciary committee had posted a markup for HR 3884 a.k.a. the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act — which means a vote could go down as early as Wednesday. “I look forward to moving this legislation out of the House Judiciary Committee, making it one step closer to becoming law,” said Nadler in a press release. From the get-go, the MORE Act looked like it had a better-than-average chance at making it through the legislative gauntlet than its many predecessors. The bill was created and introduced by Nadler of New York, who is the judiciary committee chair. Pressure has increased on

Nevada Marijuana Testing Lab’s License Suspended For ‘Misleading’ Results

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Lab testing is a key factor in most legal cannabis markets. Most immediately, this is what helps ensure that the products consumers purchase are not contaminated with harmful substances such as mold, yeast, pesticides, or other chemicals. It’s also one of the ways that weed-legal states try to ensure a certain level of uniformity in terms of telling consumers the potency of different products. Ultimately, lab tests serve a number of functions as more and more governments begin figuring out how to regulate a legal marijuana industry. Yesterday, Nevada state authorities suspended the license of a marijuana testing lab. Authorities now claim that the lab was falsifying THC potency in products moving through its labs. Certified Ag Labs License Suspended According to local media