Brazilian Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

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By Marijuana Moment A key Senate committee in Brazil approved a bill to allow the use and cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes Nov. 28, 2018. The measure, which was brought about in response to an online citizen-led petition that received about 119,000 signatures, would remove criminal penalties for growing, possessing, and consuming cannabis for… Read more »

Bernie Sanders: ‘Prohibition of Marijuana Has Also Failed’

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By Nicolas Juarez Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said he’s still “thinking about” a possible run for the presidency in 2020 — and if he does run, it’s a safe bet that marijuana reform will be one of his priorities. That might not be news to anyone who followed Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign,… Read more »

Study: Cannabis and Beer-Flavoring Hops Were Once ‘Siblings’

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By Marijuana Moment Your favorite bud and brew have a bit more in common than you might think, according to a recent study. A researcher reviewed the biological classification of marijuana throughout history in the study, which was published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. One finding was that marijuana as we know it… Read more »

Massachusetts Shops Sell $2.2M of Legal Marijuana in 5 Days

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By Associated Press NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — The first commercial marijuana shops in Massachusetts sold more than $2.2 million worth of marijuana products during the first five days they were open for business. That’s according to figures released Nov. 27, 2018, by the Cannabis Control Commission. New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Northampton and Cultivate… Read more »

Weedmaps Announces The Museum of Weed

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By Nicolas Juarez The long, complex and intriguing history of cannabis will come to life in the Weedmaps Museum of Weed, an interactive museum set to debut in Los Angeles in early 2019. Visitors will immerse in a series of informational and inspirational exhibits that tell the story of the underground activists, growers, smokers, and… Read more »

Federal Cannabis Studies Panel to Tiptoe Around Prohibition

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By Marijuana Moment A federal agency is sponsoring a workshop in December 2018 that will touch on various aspects of marijuana research, specifically focusing on how to study cannabinoids under the “current regulatory framework” of prohibition. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, part of the National Institutes of Health, recently posted a description… Read more »

New Jersey Legislative Panels OK Marijuana Legalization Laws

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By Marijuana Moment New Jersey got one step closer to legalizing marijuana Nov. 26, 2018, after lawmakers approved an adult-use legalization bill in a joint session of Senate and Assembly committees. A total of three cannabis bills were approved at the hearing: one to fully legalize marijuana, one to expand the state’s existing medical cannabis… Read more »

2 Studies Examine Marijuana’s Effectiveness for Pain Relief

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By Marijuana Moment Marijuana’s ability to mitigate pain is well-established in scientific literature — and two new studies offer fresh evidence of how cannabis can be beneficial to patients suffering from different kinds of pain. 1. People Who Consume Marijuana Experience Lower Levels of Pain and Have Higher Pain Tolerance Compared With Those Who Abstain…. Read more »

Marijuana Reform On Agenda for 3 Democratic Chair Hopefuls

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By Nicolas Juarez Three Democratic lawmakers poised to chair major House committees have each gone on the record saying marijuana reform will be on the agenda in the next Congress when they and fellow party members take control of the gavels. Rep. Maxine Waters of California, who’s expected to chair the House Financial Services Committee,… Read more »

Massachusetts’ Joe Kennedy III Drops Opposition to Marijuana

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By Marijuana Moment The last remaining young Democrat in Congress to vocally oppose the legalization of marijuana has changed his mind. “I believe legalization is our best chance to actually dedicate resources toward consumer safety, abuse prevention, and treatment for those who need it,” Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts wrote in an… Read more »