Archive for September, 2016

In the brain, there is a delicate interplay of signaling substances and cellular activity. Scientists have now identified another key player within this ensemble. In a laboratory study they found that the ‘cannabinoid type 2 receptor’ influences information processing inside the hippocampus. The research results might help advance our understanding of schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s, say the authors.

Source: Neuroscientists discover previously unknown function of cannabinoid receptor: Study could improve our insights into brain diseases — ScienceDaily

While there is a long history of opposition to sensible marijuana policy reform from some big pharmaceutical companies, September saw the biggest financial donation from such a company against a legalization ballot initiative to date, and their motives couldn’t be more blatant. According to campaign finance reports, the committee formed to oppose Prop. 205, Arizonans … Continue reading Big Pharma Opiate Profiteer Throws Big Money Against Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana

Source: Big Pharma Opiate Profiteer Throws Big Money Against Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana – MPP Blog

In a speech to high school students in Kentucky, Loretta Lynch said that opioids are the true gateway drugs, not cannabis.

Source: U.S. Attorney General Says Cannabis Is Not a Gateway Drug | Leafly

The Leafly List ranks the top cannabis dispensaries and retail stores in major US and Canada cannabis markets every month.

Source: Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Locations in North America, September 2016 | Leafly

We explore the history of cannabis legality in the United States and how cannabis came to be stigmatized by society.

Source: Cannabis & the Constitution: A Brief History of Cannabis in the U.S. | Leafly

There were fewer drivers killed in car crashes who tested positive for opioids in states with medical marijuana laws than before the laws went into effect, investigators report.

Source: Study of fatal car accidents suggests medical marijuana may be helping curb opioid use — ScienceDaily

LOS ANGELES—It’s an all-too-familiar refrain: “We just don’t know enough about the effects of cannabis.” From the DEA to Hillary Clinton, bureaucrats and politicians use the lack of research on the effects of cannabis as a reason to slow or even stall the advance of legalization. But is it true? Is there really very…Read More

Source: Has There Been Enough Cannabis Research? – Cannabis Industry InstituteCannabis Industry Institute