Federal Court Strikes Down Residency Requirement for Those Seeking State Marijuana Licensure

Federal court judges have ruled that a Maine law requiring licensed medical cannabis providers to be in-state residents is unconstitutional. Judges for the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled 2 to 1 that the law was “facially protectionist” and thereby in violation of the Constitution’s dormant commerce clause – which seeks to discourage states from taking … Continue reading Federal Court Strikes Down Residency Requirement for Those Seeking State Marijuana Licensure

Analysis: Propagation of Cannabis Retailers Not Associated with Changes in Traffic Safety

The establishment of licensed cannabis retailers is not independently associated with an increase in traffic crashes, according to data published in the journal Health Economics. A researcher affiliated with the University of California, San Diego examined county-level data from Colorado to assess the relationship between retail cannabis stores and trends in traffic safety. The investigator reported, “[T]he entry … Continue reading Analysis: Propagation of Cannabis Retailers Not Associated with Changes in Traffic Safety

Voters in Growing Number of States to Decide on Marijuana Legalization This November

State officials last month approved a citizens’ initiative for the November ballot that seeks to legalize the adult-use possession and sale of marijuana in North Dakota.  The proposed ballot measure allows adults to possess, purchase, and home-cultivate specific quantities of cannabis. It also establishes guidelines for the licensing and regulation of commercial cultivators and retailers. North Dakotans … Continue reading Voters in Growing Number of States to Decide on Marijuana Legalization This November

Analysis: Cannabis Use Not Associated with Increased COVID Severity

Current cannabis use is associated with deceased disease severity in patients hospitalized for COVID 19, according to data published in the Journal of Cannabis Research. Researchers affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles conducted a retrospective analysis of 1,831 COVID patients admitted to two medical centers in California. They reported, … Continue reading Analysis: Cannabis Use Not Associated with Increased COVID Severity

Study: Medical Cannabis Use Not Associated with Elevated Risk of Hospitalizations Due to Mental Health Disorders

Authorized medical cannabis patients are at low risk for psychiatric hospitalizations resulting from their marijuana use, according to data published in the journal Substance Use & Misuse. Canadian researchers assessed marijuana-related hospitalizations among a cohort of over 23,000 authorized medical cannabis patients. (Canada has legalized the use of cannabis products for both medical purposes and for adult use.) … Continue reading Study: Medical Cannabis Use Not Associated with Elevated Risk of Hospitalizations Due to Mental Health Disorders

CBD Safe and Effective for Young People with Treatment-Resistant Anxiety Disorders

The adjunctive use of CBD safely and effectively reduces severe anxiety in young people, according to clinical data published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Australian researchers assessed the daily administration of CBD in a cohort of 31 young people (ages 12 to 25) with refractory anxiety. Participants self-titrated their daily doses of CBD (between 400 mgs and … Continue reading CBD Safe and Effective for Young People with Treatment-Resistant Anxiety Disorders

Feds Report Significant Year-Over-Year Decline in Marijuana Seizures at the US Border

Federal officials report a significant drop in the quantity of marijuana they are seizing at the US international border, according to data compiled by the US Department of Homeland Security. According to reporting provided by borderreport.com, “Department of Homeland Security agencies in FY2021 seized 160 tons of marijuana, an average of 874 pounds a day. With three … Continue reading Feds Report Significant Year-Over-Year Decline in Marijuana Seizures at the US Border

Study: Legalization of Retail Cannabis Sales Not Linked to Any Increase in Youth Use

The adoption of statewide laws regulating the sale of marijuana products to adults is not associated with any increase in cannabis initiation among people under the age of 21, according to data published in the journal PLoS One. Researchers affiliated with Michigan State University assessed marijuana use trends in a nationally representative cohort of subjects in order to … Continue reading Study: Legalization of Retail Cannabis Sales Not Linked to Any Increase in Youth Use

Poll: Plurality of Americans Favor Federal Marijuana Legalization Mandate

By a margin of more than 2 to 1, Americans favor a federal mandate legalizing the adult use of marijuana nationwide, according to polling data compiled by The Economist and YouGov.com.  Forty-five percent of respondents say that the federal government should legalize the adult use of marijuana nationally. That’s higher than the percentage of Americans who favor a national … Continue reading Poll: Plurality of Americans Favor Federal Marijuana Legalization Mandate

Review: Cannabis Provides Benefits for Migraine Sufferers

Cannabis preparations likely provide for the prophylactic and abortive treatment of migraines, according to a review of the relevant literature published in the journal Frontiers in Neurology.  A team of investigators with the University of Arizona reviewed the findings of 12 previously published studies involving 1,980 participants. Authors reported evidence of plant cannabinoids’ ability to reduce migraine frequency … Continue reading Review: Cannabis Provides Benefits for Migraine Sufferers