A study published this month by the Journal of Alzheimher’s Disease has found that both THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) may provide a viable treatment option for Alzheimer’s Disease, and combining the cannabis compounds is even more effective. “Several recent findings suggest that targeting the endogenous cannabinoid system can be considered as a potential therapeutic approach to treat Alzheimer’s disease (AD)”, begins the study’s abstract. “The present study supports this hypothesis demonstrating that delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD) botanical extracts, as well as the combination of both natural cannabinoids , which are the components of an already approved cannabis-based medicine,...Read more http://thejointblog.com/study-combining-thc-cbd-may-provide-treatment-option-alzheimers-disease/

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.com The California Assembly today approved the Fair Sentencing Act, which would remove the legal disparity in the treatment of crack and powder cocaine offenders under state law. California Fair Sentencing Act sponsor Sen. Holly Mitchell (senate.ca.gov) The measure, Senate Bill 1010 , has already passed the state Senate. It goes back to the Senate for a pro forma concurrence vote, and then on to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown (D). The bill would remove not only sentencing disparities, but also disparities in the guidelines for probation and asset forfeiture in cases of possession of cocaine...Read more http://thejointblog.com/california-fair-sentencing-act-passes-assembly/

A B.C. Court of Appeals judge has ruled that it’s unconstitutional to forbid licensed medical cannabis patients from possessing cannabis-infused products such as cookies and lotions. The judge has given Parliament one year to recraft regulations to allow the use of such products; this includes brownies, teas, lotions and oils. Justice Risa Levine, in her written response to the ruling, said that the ban on medical cannabis edibles “is arbitrary and cannot be justified in a free and democratic society.” Levine says that when patients choose to use edible forms of cannabis over smoking the dried flower, it’s “a matter of necessity,...Read more http://thejointblog.com/judge-rules-b-c-s-ban-medical-cannabis-edibles-topicals-unconstitutional/

On Thursday Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel gave approval to the 2016 Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act , an initiative to legalize medical cannabis put forth by the group Arkansas for Compassionate Care . McDaniel’s approval leads the way for the group to begin collecting signatures, roughly 65,000 of which are required to put the proposal to a vote in the 2016 presidential election. The initiative would legalize the possession and use of cannabis for those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician, and subsequently obtain a registration card with the Department of Health . Non-profit medical...Read more http://thejointblog.com/arkansas-attorney-general-approves-medical-cannabis-legalization-initiative/

The National Health Service (NHS) in Wales has announced that it will be the first in the UK to distribute a cannabis-based medicine for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). According to the NHS , Sativex , a cannabis-based medicine made of one part THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and one part CBD (cannabidiol), will be available by prescription for those suffering from multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that effects the brain and spinal cord. Sativex is currently approved for use in 24 countries including France, Canada and Switzerland. A study released in June by the journal European Neurology found that the long-term...Read more http://thejointblog.com/wales-national-health-service-first-uk-distribute-cannabis-medicine/

A study published this month in the journal Neuropharmacology , and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health , has found that prolonged administration of a compound meant to mimic the effects of cannabis can improve motor symptoms and stimulate neuroprotective processes in those with Huntington’s disease. “Huntington’s disease (HD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease characterized by a progressive decline in motor abilities, as well as in cognitive and social behaviors”, claims the study. “Most of these behavioral deficits are recapitulated in the R6/1 transgenic mouse, which can therefore be used as an experimental model to identify the...Read more http://thejointblog.com/cannabis-may-improve-motor-symptoms-stimulate-neuroprotective-processes-huntingtons-disease/

An example of rheumatoid arthritis. [WebMD] A new study being published in the upcoming issue of the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders , and e-published ahead of print by the National Institute of health , has found that a cannabinoid receptor agonist can successfully help against some of the primary symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), indicating that cannabis, which is a natural agonist to the body’s cannabinoid receptors, may provide a treatment option for the condition. For the study, mice with RA were injected with JWH133, a selective CB2 [cannabinoid receptor type 2] agonist, and it was found that it “reduced the ...Read more http://thejointblog.com/study-cannabis-may-treat-rheumatoid-arthritis/

New Approach Oregon , the campaign behind the initiative to legalize cannabis which was recently certified for this November’s ballot , will be purchasing at least $2.3 million in television ads this fall, according to Liz Kaufman, the group’s Campaign Director. Kaufman makes it clear that the $2.3 million is a base television buy, and may very likely be added to in the coming days and weeks. The group has already reserved $750,000 worth of ad space from local stations KGW and KATU , which will air between September 22nd and the November 4th election. In conjunction with this announcement,...Read more http://thejointblog.com/oregon-legalization-campaign-purchasing-at-least-2-3-million-tv-ads/

Marc Emery embracing his wife Jodie. Marc Emery, the founder of Cannabis Culture who is commonly referred to as the Prince of Pot , is officially back home in Canada as of Tuesday, August 12th, and was able to embrace his wife as a free man for the first time in five years. “After five years of prison you can’t scare me,” Marc said in front of media yesterday, proclaiming that he will continue the activism that he became known for prior to his arrest. In 2010, Marc was extradited from Canada, to Seattle, where he pleaded guilty to the...Read more http://thejointblog.com/marc-emery-returns-home/

The Argentina federal government, with support from President Cristina Kirchner, has begun work on two proposals aimed at legalizing the personal possession of all drugs, and to legalize the private cultivation of cannabis. The plan is to have the proposals finished, and in front of Congress, by the year’s end, according to Argentine newspaper La Nacion . The proposals are aimed at preventing the disastrous consequences placed upon individuals who are simply possessing a small amount of illegal drugs or cultivating a few cannabis plants, and to put a damper on the black market, which often times enriches criminal syndicates. ...Read more http://thejointblog.com/argentina-president-endorses-proposals-legalize-drug-possession-cannabis-cultivation/

Recently activists in South Portland, Maine submitted enough signatures to put their proposal to legalize cannabis in front of the City Council, which has the option of passing the measure into law, or sending it to a vote of the people this November. Last week the Council moved the bill forward with a unanimous vote, setting it up for a second reading on August 18th. The initiative, submitted by the group Citizens for a Safer Maine , would legalize the possession and use of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. A similar initiative was approved...Read more http://thejointblog.com/south-portland-maine-city-council-votes-unanimously-initiative-legalize-cannabis/

A new poll conducted by Keystone Analytics has found that a large majority of Pennsylvania voters support a reformation of the state’s cannabis policies , with only 27% supporting the current prohibition on cannabis. “Sixty-nine percent of voters would like to see the legalization of marijuana, with 47 percent in favor of use for medicinal purposes only and 22 percent for any purpose”, says Jennifer Shockley of Keystone Analystics . “Twenty-seven percent believe that marijuana should remain illegal in the Commonwealth.” Results are based on a live telephone survey of 500 likely general election voters and includes a +/-4.4 percent margin...Read more http://thejointblog.com/poll-27-pennsylvania-voters-want-cannabis-remain-illegal/

By Allen St. Pierre, NORML . WASHINGTON, DC — Currently in the United States, 35 states have reformed their laws via legislation or binding voter approved ballot initiative to allow qualified patients medical access to cannabis products. This time last year, 21 states and the District of Columbia had medical cannabis laws on the books–a sixty percent increase in a single year. The laws today governing medical cannabis at the state level breakdown to three basic categories: Self-preservation (patient has medical necessity defense for possessing or growing cannabis); Retail access (patient can access cannabis in retail store; home cultivation is...Read more http://thejointblog.com/updated-look-medical-cannabis-united-states/

A new report released by the Seattle Police Department has found that of the 83 tickets given out for public consumption of cannabis this year in Seattle, 80% were distributed by one officer. That officer has since been put on administrative leave and is being reassigned. In Washington state the possession, use and state licensed distribution of cannabis is legal. However, public consumption of cannabis isn’t legal, though in Seattle, it’s a simple $27 ticket. As of early July there’ve been 83 of these tickets handed out in Seattle, with a recent analysis finding that those tickets were given disproportionately...Read more http://thejointblog.com/80-tickets-public-cannabis-consumption-given-one-officer-officer-put-leave/

New numbers released Tuesday by Washington State’s Liquor Control Board  show that th ere has been over $2.4 million in recreational cannabis sold in the first three weeks of legal sales, which began on July 8th with just six outlets open. These sales have resulted in $614,985 in excise taxes for the state, which doesn’t include local and state sales taxes, which comes out to an additional $240,000 (approximately) when accounting for the standard ten percent sales tax. The Washington State Liquor Control Board has approved 334 recreational cannabis outlets, though most these are far from ready to open their...Read more http://thejointblog.com/2-4-million-cannabis-sold-615k-taxes-made-first-three-weeks-legal-sales-wa/

In a little over three months, voters in Alaska and Oregon, as well as voters in the nation’s capital (Washington D.C.), will have the opportunity to legalize cannabis through citizen’s initiatives which will be up for a vote on November 4th. In Alaska, voters will be given the chance to approve Ballot Measure 2 . Similar to Colorado’s Amendment 64, this proposal would legalize the possession, use and state-licensed distribution of cannabis, and would do so as a constitutional amendment. The initiative was introduced by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska, and is being funded in part...Read more http://thejointblog.com/voters-alaska-oregon-washington-d-c-given-opportunity-legalize-cannabis-november/

By Morgan Fox, Marijuana Policy Project Lengthy report concludes, ‘Regulations address key concerns such as diversion, shirking, communication breakdowns, illegal activity, and the financial challenges facing the marijuana industry’ WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Colorado is successfully regulating marijuana, according to a report released Thursday by the Brookings Institution’s Center fo r Effective Public Management. “The state has met challenging statutory and constitutional deadlines for the construction and launch of a legal, regulatory, and tax apparatus for its new policy,” according to the report authored by John Hudak, a Brookings fellow in Governance Studies. “In doing so, it has made intelligent decisions...Read more http://thejointblog.com/report-colorado-successfully-regulating-cannabis/

A new study published last week by the journal Biochemical Pharmacology , and published online by the National Institute of Health , has found that cannabinoids can increase a cancer cell’s susceptibility to cytolysis, which occurs when a cell bursts due to an imbalance. “Cannabinoids have been shown to promote the expression of the intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) on lung cancer cells as part of their anti-invasive and antimetastatic action”, says Burkhard Hinz, the study’s lead author. “Using lung cancer cell lines (A549, H460) and metastatic cells derived from a lung cancer patient, the present study addressed the impact...Read more http://thejointblog.com/study-cannabinoids-can-cause-cancer-cells-burst/

In November, 2012, voters in Washington and Colorado shocked the world by legalizing the possession of up to an ounce of recreational cannabis . This has greatly increased the momentum behind the cannabis reform movement, and as such, voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C. will have the opportunity this November to legalize cannabis themselves, as will several cities in Maine and Michigan. However, Oregon’s initiative is a little different, and could lead the way towards even more progressive cannabis laws taking hold in other states. In Washington State, possessing an ounce of cannabis is legal, but possessing a gram...Read more http://thejointblog.com/one-ounce-legalization-good-eight-better-oregon-can-lead-way/

New Approach Oregon , the organization behind the initiative to legalize cannabis in Oregon which recently qualified for this November’s ballot , has raised over $1 million in their effort to get the initiative passed into law, according to state finance reports . Philip Harvey, a resident of Washington, D.C., was the largest individual contributor, giving $150,000 to the group. Henry van Ameringen from New York gave $100,000 as the next largest individual contribution, and the late Peter Lewis, former CEO of Progressive Insurance , contributed $96,000. Other major contributors include Drug Police Action ($360,000) and Oxyley and Associates ($49,500). ...Read more http://thejointblog.com/1-million-raised-effort-legalize-cannabis-oregon/

Using data from the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health , below is a list of all 50 states in the U.S. based on the percentage of residents that consume cannabis on at least a monthly basis, starting with the state with the least consumers. 50. Kansas:    4.06% 49. Utah:    4.41% 48. Louisiana:    4.62% 47. Alabama:    5.07% 46. Texas:    5.11% 45. North Dakota:    5.15% 44. West Virginia:    5.27% 43. Idaho:    5.29% 42. Arkansas:    5.3% 41. Tennessee:    5.41% 40. Nebraska:    5.51% 39 . Virginia:    5.54% 38. Kentucky:    5.63% 37. Wyoming:...Read more http://thejointblog.com/list-top-cannabis-consuming-states-u-s/

Traffic fatalities are down in Colorado since the start of legal cannabis sales, according to data from the state’s Department of Transportation . Traffic fatalities this year are down from last year, and are down from the average over the last 13 years (since 2002). Of the seven months so far this year, five months saw a lower fatality rate than in 2013. These numbers demonstrate that cannabis legalization doesn’t cause immediate havoc on the roads as opponents have argued, and may in fact lead to a decrease in traffic deaths. Here’s a chart, courteous of the Washington Post ,...Read more http://thejointblog.com/traffic-fatalities-colorado-since-cannabis-legalization/

Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed into law Council Bill 20-0876 late last week. The proposal, titled the Medical Marijuana Expansion Emergency Amendment Act of 2014, allows a physician to recommend medical cannabis to anyone they believe will benefit from it, regardless of the underlying condition. The bill was passed as “emergency legislation”, meaning it will take effect immediately without needing to first go through the Congressional review period that all other D.C. legislation must go through before becoming law. The bill will, however, only stay in effect for 90 days, though legislation to make the change permanent ( Council...Read more http://thejointblog.com/d-c-mayor-signs-bill-allowing-physicians-recommend-medical-cannabis-condition/