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Cain comes out for marijuana policy reform

Appearing briefly in Urbandale, Iowa yesterday, Republican presidential candidate and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain revealed a new caveat of his political platform: he favors removing federal penalties for medical marijuana, placing the decision to ban or regulate squarely in the states’ hands. “If states want to legalize medical…

Study: Medical marijuana does not increase use among youth

The legalization of medical marijuana in Rhode Island in 2006 did not increase its use among teenagers, according to research presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition on Wednesday. The study was led by Rhode Island Hospital physician Esther Choo. The finding directly contradicts White House…

Colorado becomes first state to license medical marijuana businesses

Colorado on Thursday became the first state in the nation to begin issuing licenses for businesses that sell medical marijuana and marijuana-infused products, in a move that could put them at odds with the federal government. Just 11 medical marijuana purveyors have received licenses so far, according to The Denver…

California lawmaker: Marijuana crackdown will cost millions in lost revenue

California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D) said last week that the federal government’s crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries would cost the state millions of dollars in lost revenue. In early October, U.S. Attorneys threatened to seize the properties of medical marijuana dispensaries if they didn’t close up shop within 45 days.…

California pot shops ordered to shut down within 45 days

The Obama administration is finally cracking down on the medical marijuana industry, in a big way. In letters received by 16 licensed California dispensaries and their landlords this week, U.S. Attorneys threatened to swoop in and seize the properties if they don’t close up shop within 45 days. The Associated…

Federal agency blocks FDA-approved marijuana research for veterans

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has blocked a pilot study to examine the benefits of marijuana for veterans with treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study was sponsored by the nonprofit research organization the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and would have been conducted by…

ATF: No firearms for those who use marijuana legally

Those who use marijuana legally in accordance with their state’s laws cannot be sold or possess firearms, according to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) memo issued on September 21. The memo to gun dealers in the United States, obtained by the National Organization for the Reform of…

Rep. Steve Cohen to U.S. drug czar: Pot not as dangerous as heroin

Tennessee Congressman Steven Cohen (D) urged Gil Kerlikowske, the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule V substance in a letter sent Monday. Marijuana is currently a Schedule I drug under the federal Control Substances Act. Schedule I is the most restrictive…

Medical marijuana clinic owner charged with trading pot for votes

The owner of a medical marijuana clinic in Michigan is facing criminal charges this week after it offered a half-gram of free weed in exchange for patients registering to vote. Shekina Pena, 34, owner of the Your Healthy Choice Clinic in Lansing, Mich., was officially charged on Monday with “Influencing…

Federal agency recognizes pot for medical use

Medical marijuana dispensaries currently under fire from the IRS may have been handed a critical new weapon in their fight to stay open. The National Cancer Institute, one of the many federal agencies who make up the National Institute of Health, has ruled that marijuana does in fact have medical…

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