In the following video interview by Natalie Mazurek (2nd year chemistry student), Dennis explains in chemistry terms, how the essential oil derived from cannabis kills cancer cells. In the interview Dennis states "how it was a trivial process using cannabis oil to cure himself of stage 3 prostate cancer. No side effects, just a feeling of well being"

Senator Elizabeth Warren, who’s been discussed as a potential running mate to Vice President Joe Biden should he choose to run for president next year, says that she’s “open” to the idea of legalizing cannabis, a major shift from her opinion in 2011 when she was running for Senate. “I’m open to it,” Warran said in an interview with the Boston Globe . “I think we’ve learned more… A couple of states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Frankly, I think we ought to be learning what we can from those states”. In 2011, when running for U.S. Senate, Warren ...Read more

By Robert Bergman, Contrary to what many new growers may think, giving your marijuana plants an enormous dose of nutrients is not going to help them be healthier. In fact, giving them too many nutrients will actually harm them, causing something called “nutrient burn,” or shortened among marijuana growers as “nute burn.” If your plants are suffering from a nutrient burn, they will likely exhibit signs of yellowing and burnt tips on the leaves. The leaves may become crunchy and crispy and their edges will begin to curl. Depending on the type of nutrient that is causing the burn, the...Read more

Legal cannabis cannabis sales in Colorado and Washington have garnered their states a combined $200 million in tax revenue since January 1st, 2014, according to the most recent data released by each state. In Colorado , recreational and medical cannabis sales have brought in nearly $120 million in taxes and fees for the state. In Washington, legal cannabis sales have resulted in over $80 million in taxes for the state. Combined, over $200 million in taxes have been earned between the two states. Legal recreational sales began January 1st of last year in Colorado, and began six months later in...Read more

Despite the fact that cannabis remains a schedule 1 controlled substance in the United states – indicating it has no known medical value and is highly addictive and dangerous – the U.S. National Cancer Institute  has  a report  published on its website (updated August 28th, 2015) proclaiming several medical benefits of cannabis and cannabinoids, citing numerous scientific studies to back their claims. Among the benefits of cannabis, the organization claims, is its ability to fight tumors, its effectiveness as a painkiller and its usefulness as an...Read more

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) inhibits melanoma tumor growth, according to a study published in the October, 2015 issue of the journal Life Science , and published online by the National Institute of Health . According to the Skin Cancer Foundation , melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, killing nearly 10,000 people annually. For the study, researchers examined the effect of cannabis-derived THC on the growth of melanoma “in vitro and in vivo in wild type (WT) and CB1/CB2-receptor deficient mice (Cnr1/2 -/- ). Next, they “evaluated the role of the endogenous cannabinoid system by studying the growth of chemically...Read more

Despite being far from over, 2015 has already been an incredible year for cannabis science, with numerous studies bringing forth further evidence that cannabis is an incredibly diverse, safe and effective medicine Although it’s extremely hard to narrow it down, below is a list of what we feel are the 10 most important cannabis-related studies released so far this year. We’ll revisit this again once the year is officially over.   Study: Cannabis May Treat Newborn Brain Injury Caused by Germinal Matrix Hemmorrhage Activation of the endocannabinoid system – something done naturally by cannabis – can attenuate newborn brain injury...Read more

A new study conducted by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy has found that Klickitat County has the highest rate of per capita recreational cannabis sales, averaging $65.80 of cannabis sold for every one person since legal sales began in July, 2014. According to the study, Clark County was second with $56.93 sold per capita, with Jefferson County coming in at third with $51.23 sold per capita. King County, the state’s most populated county, had less than 40% of the per capita sales of Klickitat County, averaging $24.39. Here is the full list of counties and their per capita...Read more

The average monthly rate of new HIV infections among drug users in Washington D.C. has dropped by roughly 70% since the district implemented a needle exchange program in 2008, according to a new study being published in this month’s issue of the journal AIDS and Behavior , which we received through press release. In total, new HIV cases among drug users has dropped from 19 new infections per month prior to 2008, to less than 6 per month now. “This shows that policy change matters for HIV prevention,” says Monica Ruiz, a professor at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute...Read more

On September 16th, recreational cannabis will be sold tax free throughout the State of Colorado. The one day “tax holiday” was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper in June. The one day tax-break is due to the Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Right s . The law requires voter approval for new taxes, and mandates that any new taxes be waived and refunded if overall state collections exceed projections given to voters when they approve a new tax. In this instance, overall tax collections this year in Colorado exceeded projections, leading lawmakers to decide on a one-day tax waiver. It’s estimated...Read more

DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg. Chuck Rosenberg, Chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration ( DEA ), stated in a recent interview that he believes cannabis “certainly is not as dangerous as other Schedule I controlled substances”. Despite this, Rosenberg says that cannabis has no medical value, and should remain a Schedule 1 drug which puts it alongside actually dangerous substances such as heroin. In May , Rosenberg was selected by President Obama to succeed Michele Leonhart, who stepped down amidst controversy . Just a few months later, in August, Rosenberg made the news and excited cannabis reform advocates by saying that...Read more

A vast majority of voters in Arkansas support legalizing the medical use of cannabis, according to a new Talk Business & Politics / Hendrix College / Impact Management Group survey . According to the poll of 400 registered voters conducted between August 20th and August 23rd, 84% agree that cannabis should be legalized for medical purposes. Only 14% disagree that medical cannabis should be legalized. The poll – which asked the specific question Do you agree or disagree that adults should be allowed to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if a physician prescribes it? – found 56% of voters...Read more

A psilocybin, or “magic”, mushroom. By Alan Mozes, HealthDay Reporter In a carefully controlled setting, psychedelic drugs such as LSD or “magic mushrooms” may benefit patients with hard-to-treat anxiety, addiction or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests. The finding comes from a review of small-scale and preliminary studies conducted recently in the United States, Canada and Europe, all of which await follow-up. These preliminary results show that “in the right context, these drugs can help people a lot, especially people who have disorders that we generally treat poorly, such as end-of-life distress, PTSD, and addiction issues involving tobacco or...Read more

By Drug Policy Alliance Sacramento – Today, the California Senate took a bold step toward addressing the often-devastating consequences of a minor drug law violation, such as deportation and the loss of federal housing and educational benefits. The Senate vote was 21-15, with 4 members absent. The bill heads to Governor Brown’s desk for approval. Currently, convictions for minor drug law violations result in much harsher consequences for noncitizens. The consequences can be immediate and devastating, including deportation, mandatory detention, and permanent separation of families. Half of California’s children live in households headed by at least one foreign-born parent –...Read more

Washington State legalizing cannabis has not led to an increase in teens using the substance, according to a study compiled by Washington’s Healthy Youth Survey and published by the Washington State Institute of Public Policy . Between the period of 2002 to 2014, self-reported cannabis use has fell among 8th graders, 10th graders and 12th graders. More 8th graders now report that cannabis is “hard to get” than did in 2002, despite laws regarding the plant being liberalized for adults. Between 2012 and 2014, the period in which Initiative 502 was passed by voters and enacted into law, self-reported lifetime...Read more

U.S. Representative Maxine Walters, from California’s 43rd District, has introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would finally put an end to unjust mandatory minimum penalties in place for drug offenses. The proposal, which has sevens cosponsors, would “eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for all drug offenses.” It’s been assigned to the House Energy and Commerce Committee , and the House Judiciary Committee . The legislation is cosponsored by Representatives Robert Brady (D-PA), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Eleanor Norton (D-DC), Mark Pocan (D-WI), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ). – TheJointBlog The post Federal Bill Introduced...Read more

New York City’s first-ever medical cannabis dispensary will open this January right off of Union Square. The dispensary, which will be located on 14th Street between Second and Third Avenues, will be run by Columbia Care , one of five companies that recently received a license from the New York Department of Health to distribute cannabis and cannabis-based medicines to qualified medical cannabis patients. New York State allows for the medicinal use cannabis under the 2014 Compassionate Care Act . The other companies authorized to open dispensaries are Bloomfield Industries , Empire State Health Solutions , Etain and Pharmacannis ....Read more

By Radley Balko, The Independent Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. They also point to studies showing that in other states that have legalized pot for medical purposes, we’ve seen an increase in the number of drivers testing positive for the drug who were involved in fatal car accidents. The anti-pot group SAM recently pointed out...Read more

New York Assemblymember Donna Lupard (D-Bighamton) has filed Assembly Bill 8334 , a proposal to legalize the production and cultivation of industrial hemp. Assembly Bill 8334 would make it so that “hemp is an agricultural product which may be grown, produced, possessed, and commercially traded in the state”. It would establish a regulatory and licensing system for those wanting to cultivate the plant, which would be removed from the state’s controlled substances list. The Commissioner of Agriculture and Markers would be tasked with developing rules to “allow for the industrial hemp to be tested during growth for tetrahydrocannabinol levels and...Read more

Once again setting a record, there was $56.4 million in legal recreational cannabis sold in Colorado in July, surpassing the $50.1 million made in June, which was a record at the time. This is according to data released by the state’s Department of Revenue . In addition to the $56.4 million in recreational cannabis sold, there was $39.8 million in medical cannabis sold, bringing the total amount of legal cannabis sold in July to over $96 million. Up to this point in 2015, there has been over $300 million in legal recreational cannabis sold, and over $225 million in medical...Read more

By Jon Cassidy, Texas Bureau The Drug Enforcement Administration has been sifting through hundreds of supposedly private medical files, looking for Texas doctors and patients to prosecute without the use of warrants. Instead, the agents are tricking doctors and nurses into thinking they’re with the Texas Medical Board. When that doesn’t work, they’re sending doctors subpoenas demanding medical records without court approval. The DEA can’t even count how many times it has resorted to the practice nationwide. A spokesman estimated it was in the thousands. But, as a legal brief filed last week points out, lawyers for the federal...Read more

Members of the Menominee Indian tribe, located in Wisconsin, voted 677 to 499 earlier this week to legalize recreational cannabis. Members also voted to legalize medical cannabis, 899 to 275. “This is new ground,” says Gary Besaw, Menominee chairman. “We have to start looking at developing best practices and draft ordinances to maximize the benefits we believe are possible and minimize the consequences we believe also are possible.” The Flandreau Santee Sioux , located in South Dakota, has taken a similar approach; the tribe plans to start selling cannabis to anyone 21 and older beginning this December . All of...Read more

Cannabidiol (CBD), a major non-psychotomimetic constituent of the cannabis plant, protects against cocaine-induced seizures, according to a study published by the U.S. National Institute of Health , and published in print by the journal Neurotoxicology . “[Cannabidiol] has therapeutic potential for certain psychiatric and neurological disorders”, states the study’s researchers. “Studies in laboratory animals and limited human trials indicate that CBD has anticonvulsant and neuroprotective properties. Its effects against cocaine neurotoxicity, however, have remained unclear.” Thus, the present study “tested the hypothesis that CBD protects against cocaine-induced seizures and investigated the underlying mechanisms.” Researchers found that “CBD (30mg/kg) pre-treatment increased...Read more

Black Lives Matter activists have endorsed an end to one of the most racially biased policies in the American legal system; cannabis prohibition. The group calling for the decriminalization of cannabis is part of their new Campaign ZERO . In addition to calling on Congress to pass legislation that would “end federal marijuana prohibition or end DEA enforcement of this prohibition”, they’re specifically calling for the passage of the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015 ( House Bill 1940 ) – sponsored by Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) – which would amend the U.S. Controlled Substances Act so that penalties related...Read more