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Rhode Island: Lawmakers Moving Forward With Marijuana Decriminalization Measures

June 9th, 2012 by Paul Armentano

On Tuesday, separate legislative committees in the Rhode Island House and Senate approved measures to significantly reduce the state’s criminal marijuana possession penalties.
House Bill 7092 and its companion legislation, Senate Bill 2253, amend state law so that the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by an individual 18 or older is reduced from [...]

Yet Another Way Drug Testing Fails: Baby Products Linked To False Positive Drug Test Results In Newborns

May 24th, 2012 by Paul Armentano

Commercially available baby soaps and other wash products that are commonly used with newborns may yield false positive results for THC in immunoassay drug screens, according to a just published study in the journal Clinical Biochemistry.
Investigators at the University of North Carolina, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, assessed the impact of various baby wash [...]

Time: What Is President Obama’s Problem With Medical Marijuana?

May 8th, 2012 by Paul Armentano

Michael Sherer at Time Magazine has posted online today a particularly astute examination of the Obama administration’s flip-flop on marijuana policy. Below are some key excerpts. Michael’s full article appears in the newsstand edition of Time.
What Is President Obama’s Problem With Medical Marijuana?
[T]he Obama Administration is cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries and growers [...]

JAMA: Long-Term Exposure To Cannabis Smoke Is Not Associated With Adverse Effects On Pulmonary Function

April 4th, 2012 by Paul Armentano

Exposure to cannabis smoke, even over the long-term, is not associated with adverse effects on pulmonary function. That’s the conclusion of a major clinical trial published today in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Investigators at the University of California, San Francisco analyzed the association between marijuana exposure and pulmonary function over [...]

Wider Use Of Cannabis Therapy Could Reduce Prescription Pain Drug Deaths

February 1st, 2012 by Paul Armentano

Physicians who prescribe opioid drugs to patients with neuropathy (nerve pain) ought to consider recommending cannabis as an alternative therapy, according to a peer-reviewed paper published online this week in the Harm Reduction Journal.
“There is sufficient evidence of safety and efficacy for the use of (cannabis/cannabinoids) in the treatment of nerve pain relative to opioids,” [...]

New York City: Police Commissioner Calls On Officers To Curb Marijuana Arrests

October 13th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

New York City police officers are to cease making misdemeanor marijuana arrests in cases where the contraband was not displayed in public view, according to an internal order issued late last week by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and reported by the New York Post.
Although simple marijuana possession is a noncriminal violation in New York State, [...]

Latest Studies Imply That Cannabinoids are Protective Against Alcohol Induced Brain Damage

September 15th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

The administration of the synthetic cannabinoid agonist HU-211 decreases nerve cell death in an in vitro model of ethanol withdrawal, according to data published online in the journal of the Public Library of Science (PLoS ONE).
An international team of researchers from France and Spain assessed the anti-excitotoxic effects of the synthetic cannabinoid HU-211 in culture. [...]

Student Drug Testing Fails To Reduce Teens’ Self-Reported Substance Use

August 25th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

Students subjected to student drug testing programs in school are no less likely to report consuming illicit drugs, tobacco, or alcohol than their peers, according to survey data published online in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
An international team of researchers from the United States, Israel, and Australia assessed the impact of school [...]

Let states enact their own marijuana policies

July 11th, 2011 by Paul Armentano

Editor’s note: Paul Armentano is the deputy director of NORML , the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and is the co-author of the book “Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?” (2009, Chelsea Green).
(CNN) — It is hardly surprising that former drug czar William Bennett would, in his [...]

Ron Paul Backs Industrial Hemp Farming Bill

June 1st, 2011 by Paul Armentano

Texas Republican Ron Paul and a coalition of 25 co-sponsors are once again seeking to allow for the commercial farming of industrial hemp.
House Bill 1831, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011, would exclude low potency varieties of marijuana from federal prohibition. If approved, this measure will grant state legislatures the [...]