A study published recently in the Journal of Clinical Investigation and the National Institute of Health has found that the cannabis compound cannabidiol, often referred to simply as CBD, may provide a potential treatment for acne. For the study, researchers used cannabidiol derived from cannabis on human sebaceous gland function, and determined that CBD behaves as a highly effective sebostatic agent. “Administration of CBD to cultured human sebocytes and human skin organ culture inhibited the lipogenic actions of various compounds, including arachidonic acid and a combination of linoleic acid and testosterone, and suppressed sebocyte proliferation via the activation of transient...Read more http://thejointblog.com/cannabidiol-may-treat-acne-finds-study/

On September 2nd, the State of Illinois will begin accepting applications from residents who would like to become registered medical cannabis patients or caregivers in the state’s newly-launched Medical Cannabis Pilot Pr ogram . Applicants with last names that begin with letters A through L will have until the end of October to submit an application; patients who are approved will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces in a 14 day period. The application period for cultivation centers and dispensaries will begin on September 8th, and extend through September 22nd. Dispensaries will be required to prove they have...Read more http://thejointblog.com/illinois-medical-cannabis-pilot-program-begin-accepting-applications-patients-businesses-september/

On Monday the Gambia National Assembly passed a bill reducing the penalties for cannabis possession in the country. Under the previous laws enacted in 2010, any person found guilty of possessing cannabis would be subject to a D250,000 (about $6,300 USD) fine and/or a three-year jail term. With the enactment of the new law, penalties for cannabis possession will be reduced, and based on quantity: 0.1 grams – 150 grams of cannabis will be punishable by a fine between D50.000 and D100,000 and/or imprisonment for six months to a year; 151 grams to 500 grams will be punishable by a...Read more http://thejointblog.com/gambia-lawmakers-reduce-penalties-cannabis-possession/

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed House Bill 5085 into law, a proposal to allow universities and the state’s Department of Agriculture to study industrial hemp. The bill was passed unanimously in the state’s Senate in May, and was approved by the House shortly after with an 81 to 34 vote. Under the new law, an institution of higher education and the state’s Department of Agriculture is authorized to cultivate hemp if their studying the growth, cultivation and marketing of the plant. House Bill 5085 takes effect in January. The full text of the measure can be found by clicking...Read more http://thejointblog.com/illinois-governor-signs-hemp-research-bill-law/

Jury nullification is one of the most effective weapons activists have in their civil-rights arsenal when combating bad, unjust laws. Despite this, far too few people know about and understand what jury nullification is, or that it even exists. Jury nullification is the act of a jury acquitting someone of a charge by finding them “not guilty”, even if the evidence is clear that the individual did in fact commit the alleged crime. By doing this, jurors can literally ignore a law that they find unjust; for example, nonviolent crimes related to the drug war. No matter how small the...Read more http://thejointblog.com/jury-nullification-learn-spread-word/

The Drug Enforcement Administration ( DEA ) announced Tuesday that it is drastically increasing the amount of cannabis the federal government plans to grow this year for research purposes; from 46.3 pounds, to 1,433 pounds. The DEA put this move up for public comment on May 5th after giving it initial approval; only one person submitted an official comment, and it was in favor of the increase. “The DEA appreciates the support for this adjusted 2014 aggregate production quota for marijuana which will provide for the estimated scientific, research and industrial needs of the United States,” states the announcement ,...Read more http://thejointblog.com/u-s-government-grow-1400-pounds-cannabis-2014/

A new survey released by ESPN.com’s NFL Nation has found that 75% of players in the National Football League believe that cannabis is no more dangerous than alcohol. The poll asked the question as such; “Do you agree with President Obama that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol?” Of the 100-plus players surveyed, 82 answered the question, and of those, 75% answered “Yes”. “In siding with Obama on the marijuana issue, the NFL players surveyed are essentially saying they believe the punishment does not fit the crime”, says ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “That’s perhaps even more understandable in places such...Read more http://thejointblog.com/survey-75-nfl-players-believe-cannabis-isnt-dangerous-alcohol/

The Sante Fe City Council has voted in favor of decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of cannabis after activists submitted enough signatures to put the issue to a vote this November. Earlier this month the Sante Fe City Clerk verified that 5,754 valid signatures were submitted to put an initiative to decriminalize cannabis to a vote of the people, more than the 5,673 required. This sent the proposal to the City Council, which had the option of putting the proposal on the November ballot, or simply passing it into law; they chose the latter with a 5 to 4...Read more http://thejointblog.com/sante-fe-city-council-passes-proposal-decriminalize-cannabis-takes-effect-next-month/

As of Wednesday, adults in Uruguay wanting to grow their own cannabis at home are legally authorized to do so once they register with the government, as part of the nation’s new cannabis legalization law. Under the new law, which took effect in May, those in Uruguay who are 18 and older can register to grow up to six cannabis plants at a private residence, with an allowed annual harvest of up to 480 grams. Although few people registered on opening day, Juan Vaz, a local cannabis activist, says he was able to register quite easily, and that he believes...Read more http://thejointblog.com/uruguayans-can-now-grow-cannabis-legally-home/

Extremely low doses of the cannabis compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may slow or even halt entirely the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study from neuroscientists at the University of South Florida ( USF ) shows. Findings from the research were reported online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease . For the study, researchers from the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute showed that extremely low doses of THC reduced the production of amyloid beta (which is found in a soluble form in most aging brains), and prevented abnormal accumulation of this protein – a process considered to be one of the...Read more http://thejointblog.com/new-study-thc-may-slow-halt-progression-alzheimers-disease/

Activists in York, Maine submitted over 900 signatures yesterday to put their proposal to legalize cannabis to a vote, more than the 640 required. Once the city verifies that enough of the 900-plus signatures are valid (from registered York voters), the proposal will be sent to the City Council, which can either pass it into law, or place it on this November’s ballot. The proposal, put forth by Citizens for a Safer Maine , would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. Earlier this summer advocates submitted over 100 signatures for this...Read more http://thejointblog.com/enough-signatures-submitted-put-cannabis-legalization-vote-york/

A new study out of Finland, published by the U.S. National Institute of Health and the journal Duodecim , has found that cannabis significantly improved the quality of life for a patient with cerebral palsy. “ Cannabinoid was licensed in 2012 for the treatment of spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis in Finland”, states the study. “Spasticity is one of the main symptoms in cerebral palsies and a risk factor of multiple painful anomalies of the skeletal network. We describe a 28-year-old man with severe cerebral palsy, whose quality of life improved and the need for help decreased by using two...Read more http://thejointblog.com/study-cannabis-can-improve-quality-life-decrease-need-help-cerebral-palsy/

A new study published online yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine has found states that have legalized medical cannabis have seen a drastic reduction of opioid overdose mortality rates. Researchers from the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the University of Pennsylvania, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health examined the prescription painkiller overdose death rates off all 50 states between 1999 and 2010, using data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The study found that, “ States with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8%...Read more http://thejointblog.com/study-opioid-overdose-deaths-drop-much-50-states-medical-cannabis-legalized/

A new study published by the National Institute of Health has found that cannabis use reduces the risk of domestic violence in both men and women, with the risk being lowest when both partners are consumers of the plant. “Research on the association between marijuana use and intimate partner violence (IPV) has generated inconsistent findings, and has been primarily based on cross-sectional data”, claims researchers. “We examined whether husbands’ and wives’ marijuana use predicted both husbands’ and wives’ IPV perpetration over the first 9 years of marriage.” Using 634 couples, researchers “examined moderation by antisocial behavior, the spouse’s marijuana use,...Read more http://thejointblog.com/cannabis-use-reduces-risk-domestic-violence-married-couples-finds-study/

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that mandatory minimum sentences – including those imposed on nonviolent drug crimes – are unconstitutional, a ruling which will have a large and immediate impact on the state’s legal system. The court made the ruling as part of a case against a Montgomery County man, James Newman, who received a mandatory 5-year sentence for possession of drugs (cocaine) and a gun. The court vacated the sentence, and called the current practice of mandatory minimum sentencing “unconstitutional”. Five justices agreed with Justice Kate Ford Elliott on her opinion, while three justices agreed on overturning the...Read more http://thejointblog.com/pennsylvania-superior-court-mandatory-minimum-sentences-unconstitutional/

The Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party will seek to legalize the medical use of cannabis if it wins the election this November , according to the party’s leader Daniel Andrews. Andrews plans to ask the Law Reform Commission to advise on how cannabis should be prescribed and regulated, with the goal of having a bill before Parliament by next year. “I’ve spoken to many families with children who suffer forms of epilepsy, for instance, who have gone from having hundreds of seizures every day, to – once they’ve taken a liquid form of medical cannabis, a drop under...Read more http://thejointblog.com/australia-victorian-labor-party-proposes-legalization-medical-cannabis/

A new study has found evidence that cannabis may help treat osteoporosis, specifically in men suffering from prostate disease. According to researchers from Konkuk University , in Seoul, Republic of Korea, a substantial portion of men with prostatic disease have an increased risk of bone loss, but activating cannabinoid receptors can help combat these effects. Scientists induced prostatic hyperplasia (enlargement of the prostate gland) in rats and administered a cannabinoid agonist. The enhanced cannabinoid receptor expression caused an upregulation of osteoblastogenesis, or an increase in bone growth, while inhibiting the prostatic hyperplasia. Researchers conclude that these results suggest activated cannabinoid...Read more http://thejointblog.com/new-study-finds-cannabis-may-help-combat-osteoporosis/

Six members of a Detroit police narcotics unit that raided a suspected drug house that the owner claims is a medical cannabis dispensary have been suspended after a surveillance video caught them taking a box from the house that they never logged as evidence. The investigation is part of an Internal Affairs probe into Detroit’s Narcotics Section, which was retooled last month after allegations of major misconduct. In total, one sergeant and five officers have been suspended (with pay, unfortunately) while Internal Affairs investigates what was in the box, according to Detroit Police Chief James Craig. The owner of the...Read more http://thejointblog.com/detroit-six-police-officers-suspended-stealing-evidence-during-medical-cannabis-raid/

The Oregonian , Oregon’s largest newspaper, has officially endorsed Measure 91 , a proposal on this November’s ballot which would legalize recreational cannabis for those 21 and older. “Measure 91, far from revolutionary, would simply allow Oregon adults to obtain something they may obtain now, but without having to stroll through a “medical” loophole or drive over a bridge to a neighboring state”, states the editorial , written by the Oregonian Editorial Board. “The measure would be worth supporting for reasons of honesty and convenience alone, but it also would raise millions of dollars per year for schools and other...Read more http://thejointblog.com/oregons-largest-newspaper-endorses-cannabis-legalization-initiative-measure-91/

In a little over 10 weeks, on November 4th, voters in several cities and states will have the opportunity to continue the growing momentum behind the movement to end cannabis prohibition, and they’ll be able to do so in a big way. In Oregon , voters will be deciding the fate of Measure 91 , an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis for those 21 and older. By far the most progressive of the initiatives being voted on this year, Measure 91 would legalize the possession and use of up to half a pound (eight ounces) of cannabis, in addition to...Read more http://thejointblog.com/72-days-alaska-oregon-d-c-and-several-cities-vote-legalization-florida-vote-medical/

The Kansas Democratic Party has officially endorsed the legalization of medical cannabis, adding it as a party platform and vowing to work towards it in the upcoming legislative session. The announcement was made Saturday night in Wichita during Demofest , an annual convention. “Kansas Democrats support the availability of marijuana for medical use and protection of patients from criminal arrest and prosecution”, states the new platform. In February companion bills were introduced in the state’s House and Senate to legalize medical cannabis, though they unfortunately didn’t advance beyond their initial committees. Similar proposals are expected to be filed in the...Read more http://thejointblog.com/kansas-democratic-party-endorses-medical-cannabis-legalization-adds-party-platform/

An initiative to decriminalize cannabis in Santa Fe, New Mexico has officially qualified for this November’s ballot after the city’s clerk certified that enough valid signatures were submitted. The Santa Fe City Council now has the option of either passing the measure into law or putting it to a vote of the people. First, the council has scheduled a public hearing for August 27th. In total, 10,925 signatures were submitted. Although only 5,754 of these were valid (from registered Sante Fe voters), the number surpasses the 5,673 required signatures. If approved into law, the initiative – sponsored by ProgressNow NM ...Read more http://thejointblog.com/sante-fe-initiative-decriminalize-cannabis-qualifies-november-ballot/

The Albuquerque, New Mexico City Council, in a close 5 to 4 vote, has approved a move to put an initiative to decriminalize cannabis to a vote of the people this November. The initiative would make the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis a simple $25 fine for those 21 and older. The proposal was initially pushed by local activists, though they narrowly missed the signature requirement to put the issue to a vote. That didn’t stop the council, however, from deciding they want voters to have their say. Mayor Richard Berry will now have the opportunity of...Read more http://thejointblog.com/albuquerque-city-council-votes-put-cannabis-decriminalization-initiative-november-ballot/