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New Mexico State Legislators Stall on Legal Cannabis

New Mexico has not moved any closer to fully legalizing recreational cannabis, as a Senate panel has decided to pull discussions at the last minute. Initially, a hearing was scheduled for this past Sunday, but the topic has now been pulled and won’t be discussed at this time. This is probably due to the fact that the Senate is finding it hard to agree on issues like taxation, pardoning and expungement, and licensing—the issues that often hold cannabis industries up initially.  This is stressful for advocates, as New Mexico’s Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham wants to go ahead and get legalization […]

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EMT Plans To Sue New York City Over His Right To Use Medical Marijuana

An emergency medical technician with the New York Fire Department is ready to take the city to court over a dispute centered around his medical marijuana prescription, according to a story published Monday in the New York Daily News. The report details the case of 26-year-old Benjamin Lerich, who “says the Fire Department has threatened his career if he insists on using pot prescribed to him to treat Crohn’s disease.” Lerich would like to use cannabis to treat his Crohn’s disease, with the Daily News saying that he “wants to use the weed only when going to bed to help […]

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts Says Marijuana Will ‘Kill Your Children’

As Nebraska state lawmakers consider a bill to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts is using scare tactics in his campaign against the measure. During a public appearance on Wednesday, Ricketts said that cannabis will “kill your children” despite the fact that cannabis has never been credibly linked to a fatal overdose. “This is a dangerous drug that will impact our kids. If you legalize marijuana, you’re gonna kill your kids,” Ricketts said. “That’s what the data shows around the country. Don’t legalize marijuana in the state of Nebraska.” To back his ridiculous claim, Ricketts cited […]

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Survey Finds A Quarter Of Parkinson’s Patients Have Used Cannabis In The Last Six Months

Almost 25% of patients with Parkinson’s disease reported that they had used cannabis in the prior six months in a survey from the Parkinson’s Foundation. A report on the survey, “Weeding through the haze: A survey on cannabis use among people living with Parkinson’s disease in the US,” was published last week in the journal NPJ Parkinson’s Disease. In the report, the authors note that Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, affecting more than 1 million Americans at a cost to society of more than $50 billion dollars. The disease causes a variety of motor symptoms […]

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