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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…

Bringing out my inner (small-l) libertarian

My favorite Netroots Nation booth There’s not a single item in this article that doesn’t make me stuff-throwing, puppy-kicking angry. Federal agents raided a Culver City medical marijuana dispensary and spent more than four hours there, making no arrests but leaving the shop in disarray, it was reported Friday. Nice…

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