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Steve Hawkins: “I’m proud to join this incredible team of advocates at such a critical moment in the movement to end marijuana prohibition.”

Steve Hawkins is the Marijuana Policy Project’s new executive director. He replaces acting director Matthew Schweich, who took over for the organization’s co-founder and long time executive director Rob Kampia in December.

Hawkins previously held executive-level positions at the NAACP (executive vice president), Amnesty International USA (executive director) and the Coalition for Public Safety (president).

“The country is moving in the right direction on marijuana policy, but there’s still a lot of work to be done,” states MPP board chair Troy Dayton. “Steve is the perfect choice to oversee that work and lead MPP into the future.”

In a press release, Hawkins elaborated: “Throughout my career, I’ve witness the counterproductive efforts of the war on marijuana and its especially devastating impact on communities of color. I’m proud to join this incredible team of advocates at such a critical moment in the movement to end marijuana prohibition.”

During his time at Amnesty International, Hawklins drew criticism for steering the organization toward domestic issues like the unrest in American cities after police shootings of African Americans. “There

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Medical cannabis is legal in 30 states and adults can use it recreationally in 9 of those states, including Washington, D.C. But in all but a few of those places, cannabis laws prohibit possession or consumption anywhere near schools. In California, for example, Proposition 64, the state’s legalization measure, bans cannabis of any kind for any use within 1,000 feet of public schools.

Yet some medical cannabis patients are also students, and many have had to fight in court for the right to possess and use medical cannabis at school. For one 5-year-old kindergartener who suffers from a rare and severe form of epilepsy, that fight ended today.

How One Family Won The Right To Give Their Daughter Cannabis At School

Today, Judge Charles Marson issued a court order allowing Brooke Adams, a 5-year-old with Dravet syndrome, to bring cannabis to school and have a nurse administer it. Adams’ case is still pending with California’s Office of Administrative Hearings’ Special Education Division. A final ruling will be issued in mid-November.

Until then, however, Brooke can bring both CBD and THC medications to school. The school board is providing a nurse authorized to administer medical cannabis products.

Prior to the judge’s

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A University of New Mexico study has found that cannabis may be an effective treatment option for schizophrenia, according to a report on the research. The report was published last week in the journal Medicines by Jegason P. Diviant and Jacob M. Vigil of the University of New Mexico Department of Psychology and Sarah S. Stith of the university’s Department of Economics.

‘Safe and Effective Treatment Option’

The researchers reviewed previous data on the impact of environmental factors, particularly the effect of auto-immune activity, in the expression of schizophrenic profiles. The authors also explored the role of cannabis therapy in regulating immunological function.

The results of the study found that cannabis can be an effective treatment for schizophrenia, either alone or in conjunction with other medications.

“A review of the literature shows that phytocannabinoid consumption may be a safe and effective treatment option for schizophrenia as a primary or adjunctive therapy,” the study’s authors wrote.

The researchers concluded that the use of cannabis can be part of an effective treatment plan for patients with the mental disorder.

“Emerging research suggests that Cannabis can be used as a treatment for schizophrenia within a broader etiological perspective that focuses on environmental, autoimmune, and neuroinflammatory causes of the disorder, offering a fresh

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CANNABIS CULTURE – High-quality crops require high-quality water.

Water is an essential component for all plant growth. It delivers essential nutrients for growth and development, translocation of photosynthates, evaporative cooling of the plants, and to maintain structural support through turgor pressure.  Water is considered the universal solvent as it can dissolve more substances than any other liquid, allowing for the delivery of those essential elements, but also some potentially deleterious materials. Therefore, the quality of irrigation water provided to the plants can set the plants up for healthy production or hinder it.

Of course, “high quality” has different meanings based on the types of crops grown and the method in which they are grown.  Cannabis, for example, generally requires elevated levels of nitrogen, potassium, and calcium; while leafy greens may require much lower rates.  Additionally, throughout the cannabis life cycle the needs of the plant change requiring changes in the available fertility profile; higher relative proportions of nitrogen during vegetative growth followed by elevated phosphorous levels during flower development.  And recirculating water cultures (ie. NFT, aeroponics) can accumulate sodium and chloride, whereas these elements will typically be leached out of top-watered drain-to-waste irrigation systems. In hydroponic systems, the plants receive all

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Back in May, Canada’s law enforcement officials were anxiously eyeing June’s vote on cannabis. While many eagerly awaited Canada’s Cannabis Act to pass, police departments worried about running out of time to train officers for a Canada with legalized marijuana. But a new online cannabis training course is aiming to speed up the process for the nation’s law enforcement agencies. With it, officers have a much better chance of being ready to enforce the rules and regulations of the Cannabis Act when it goes into effect on October 17.

Online Training Course Will Help Cops Apply New Cannabis Laws

The Canadian government spends tens of millions of dollars each year on police training. And legalized cannabis is demanding that they spend millions more. Already this year, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) rolled out a new training course to train police officers on techniques for detecting drug-impaired driving. Officers first receive training in basic field sobriety tests, then move on to training for detecting drug impairment.

Eventually, the RCMP began offering those training courses online, spurring the idea to launch an Introduction to Cannabis Legislation training module online. The online course is available to all Canadian police services. The program

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Voters in North Dakota will vote on a recreational marijuana initiative this November, officials announced Monday. Secretary of State Al Jaegers has verified that activists have collected enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

Dave Owen is the leader of Legalize ND, the group that sponsored the initiative. He said that it is “very simple” and “implementable on day one,” according to local media.

“This (measure) is basically a referendum,” Owen said. “Do you want recreational marijuana? Yes or no.”

In July, Legalize ND submitted 17,695 signatures from North Dakotans who support the measure. The secretary of state’s office determined that 14,637 of the signatures were valid, exceeding the 13,452 necessary to qualify for the ballot.

No Limits on Possession, Cultivation

If passed, the initiative will legalize personal possession and cultivation of cannabis in North Dakota. But unlike laws that have legalized recreational cannabis use in other states, the North Dakota initiative does not set any limits on the amount of cannabis a person can possess or grow. The measure also authorizes commercial cultivation and sales of marijuana.

Erik Altieri, the executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), congratulated the activists who

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As recreational cannabis legalization gets set to finally happen there is no denying that the cannabis industry is going to be big business. Cannabis legalization will open a lot of different markets in both the recreational and medical areas. Dry flower, oils and concentrates, vaping, edibles and more all offer opportunities for companies to grow within an expanding industry. As such, there will be many players trying to stake a claim. With cannabis markets worldwide estimated in value at over $57 billion dollars, there is a lot of room for companies of all sorts to find their niche.

As with all games, there are many ways to play, but we’ve been seeing two trends stand out from the rest. Large licensed producers such as Aurora or Canopy Growth have gone about becoming the biggest players quite rapidly by focusing on size and market share. Smaller companies might find it difficult to compete on these terms and are thus looking at smaller niche markets to diversify. Within the alcohol industry, the large LP’s seem like a Molson or a Budweiser brand, while much of the rest of the cannabis industry is made up by smaller licensed producers, similar to craft beer

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Marijuana ingredient mimics body’s inflammation off-switch and could lead to new drug targets for Crohn’s and colitis.

Chemicals in cannabis can mimic the signals the body uses to regulate inflammation in the gut and could help treat serious chronic bowel conditions like Chron’s disease and ulcerative colitis, scientists have said.

Research from the University of Bath said the findings could help explain why some patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) report medical marijuana can help their symptoms.

The trials are only in mice at this stage, but could lead to new drug targets for disorders which affect millions of people around the world.

– Read the entire article at Independent.

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Recreational cannabis will be sold online in Ontario when legalized this fall and in private retail stores across the province early next year, the government announced Monday, reversing the previous administration’s plan to distribute cannabis through publicly owned outlets.

The Progressive Conservatives, who took power at the end of June, said public safety was a top concern as they came up with the system, but critics said the new model could pose enforcement and regulation challenges.

A government agency called the Ontario Cannabis Store will sell pot online once it is legalized on Oct. 17, and a “tightly regulated” private retail model will be in place by April 1, 2019. The OCS will also be the wholesaler to private retail stores, the government said.

“We will be ready to put in place a safe, legal system for cannabis retail that will protect consumers,” said Attorney General Caroline Mulroney. “We will be ready to work alongside municipalities, law enforcement and Indigenous communities to combat organized crime and the illegal market.”

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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A new study has found that cannabis terpenes have attributes that are “anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, anxiolytic, anticancer, antitumor, neuroprotective, anti-mutagenic, anti-allergic, antibiotic and anti-diabetic”.

The study was published by the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. It’s abstract starts by stating that “Cannabaceae plants Cannabis sativa L. and Humulus lupulus L. are rich in terpenes – both are typically comprised of terpenes as up to 3-5% of the dry-mass of the female inflorescence.” Some terpenes “are relatively well known for their potential in biomedicine and have been used in traditional medicine for centuries, while others are yet to be studied in detail.”

With that in mind, “The current, comprehensive review presents terpenes found in cannabis and hops.” They found that “Terpenes’ medicinal properties are supported by numerous in vitro, animal and clinical trials and show anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, anxiolytic, anticancer, antitumor, neuroprotective, anti-mutagenic, anti-allergic, antibiotic and anti-diabetic attributes, among others.”

Researchers state that “Because of the very low toxicity, these terpenes are already widely used as food additives and in cosmetic products. Thus, they have been proven safe and well-tolerated.”

More information on this study can be found by clicking here.

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