A new study published in the September issue of the journal  Alcohol and Alcoholism has found strong evidence that cannabidiol, or CBD, may offer highly effective treatment for symptoms known to trigger addiction relapse. The study, conducted by researchers from the Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Department of the Scripps Research Institute , and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacology , examines the effect of CBD on animal models of alcohol and cocaine addiction. The abstract begins as such: “Drug addiction is a chronically relapsing disorder. Susceptibility to relapse can be traced to multiple factors: craving elicited by drug-related cues,...Read more http://thejointblog.com/new-study-finds-cbd-may-treat-symptoms-attributed-causing-alcohol-cocaine-addiction-relapse/

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced his support for the legalization of medical cannabis. “I have no problem with the medical use of cannabis, just as I have no problem with the medical use of opiates,” Mr Abbott wrote in a recent letter sent to radio host Alan Jones . “If a drug is needed for a valid medicinal purpose though and is being administered safely there should be no question of its legality. And if a drug that is proven to be safe abroad is needed here it should be available.” He continues; “I agree that the regulation...Read more http://thejointblog.com/australias-prime-minister-announces-support-legalizing-medical-cannabis/

The Philadelphia City Council voted Thursday to decriminalize cannabis, approving a proposal which will now go to Mayor Michael Nutter, who has stated he will sign it into law after the council made some alterations to the measure. The vote was 14 to 2, and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has agreed to abide by the new law. Under the approved proposal, the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis for those 21 and older will be decriminalized, making it a simple $25 ticket; if someone is caught smoking in public, the ticket will be raised to $100, with the...Read more http://thejointblog.com/cannabis-decriminalization-measure-approved-philadelphia-city-council/

The Florida chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ( NAACP ) has officially endorsed Amendment 2 , a constitutional amendment to legalize medical cannabis which is being voted on this November 4th. “Today is an exciting day for everyone working to pass Amendment 2 this November, especially for patients with debilitating diseases who could potentially benefit from compassionate care,” says Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager for United for Care , the group behind Amendment 2 . “It is welcome news to have earned the support of an organization that has such an incredible history of fighting...Read more http://thejointblog.com/florida-naacp-endorses-medical-cannabis-legalization-initiative/

A new NBC4/Washington Post/Marist poll has found that a large majority of voters in Washington D.C. are in favor of Initiative 71 , a proposal to legalize cannabis which will be voted on this November. According to the poll, 65% of D.C. Voters support Initiative 71 , with just 33% opposed. The highest support was from those aged 30 to 44, with 79% from that age group favoring the measure. Initiative 71 , which will be up for a vote on November 4th, would legalize the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis for those 21 and older, as...Read more http://thejointblog.com/poll-65-d-c-voters-support-initiative-legalize-cannabis/

A new survey of over 1,000 young adults living in the United States has found that cannabis usage rates among the age group (those aged 18 to 25) hasn’t increased in Colorado since voters legalized the plant – including state-licensed sales – in 2012. The study, conducted by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation , found that; “Despite the recent legalization of the sale of recreational marijuana in the state, young adult respondents from Colorado do NOT show much difference in marijuana use and attitudes. For example, 48.7% of youth surveyed in Colorado admitted they have used marijuana [similar to previous...Read more http://thejointblog.com/new-survey-cannabis-legalization-hasnt-increased-young-adult-usage-rates-colorado/

New polling out of Victoria, Australia has found that a large percentage of parents are in favor of legalizing cannabis for medical purposes. The Herald Sun Primary School Parents’ Survey released earlier this week found that 80% of moms, and 67% of dads, support allowing doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to children with illness that can benefit from the medicine. These results are in line with a  7-News / ReachTEL poll released in July, which found that only 14% of those in Australia oppose legalizing medical cannabis. Earlier this month, Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced his support for legalizing...Read more http://thejointblog.com/poll-80-moms-67-dads-support-legalizing-medical-cannabis-victoria-australia/

The organization Grow4Vets is hosting events in Denver and Colorado Springs where they’ll be giving away tens of thousands of dollars of free cannabis to veterans. At these events, veterans will be given cannabis products worth more than $200, for absolutely no charge. Non-veterans will be able to pay a $20 donation, and in exchange, organizers say they’ll be given over $100 worth of cannabis. The first of these events will be held Saturday, September 20th between 11AM and 3PM at the Quality Inn (200 W 48th Ave) in Central Denver, and the second will be held at the Doubletree...Read more http://thejointblog.com/group-giving-away-free-cannabis-veterans-events-denver-colorado-springs/

Over $29 million of legal recreational cannabis was sold in Colorado in July, surpassing the over $28 million in medical cannabis sold during the same month. In total $29.7 million of rec reational cannabis was sold, compared to $28.9 of medical cannabis sold. These sales brought in nearly $4 million in taxes for the state, $2.97 million from recreational sales, $838,711 from medical sales. This is according to data released by the Colorado Department of Revenue. In Colorado the possession and state licensed distribution of up to an ounce of cannabis is legal for those 21 and older. Recreational cannabis...Read more http://thejointblog.com/colorado-29-million-legal-recreational-cannabis-sold-july/

Iowa’s bipartisan, bicameral Cannabidiol Implementation Study Committee has voted in support of legalizing the distribution and private cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes. The committee also voted to recommend that the federal government and the Iowa Board of Pharmacy reschedule cannabis away from its current scheduling (schedule 1) which declares it as dangerous as heroin and other hard drugs. The committee of five Republicans and five Democrats was established in response to a law which took effect in Iowa on July 1st ; the law legalized the possession and use of cannabidiol for those with seizure disorders, though the law...Read more http://thejointblog.com/iowa-committee-votes-reschedule-cannabis-legalize-medical-cultivation-distribution/

By Mike Sawyer, TheFreeThoughtProject.com Baltimore, MD — Jermaine Lyons was riding his bike on May 3, 2013 on his way to the park when he was stopped at a store in the 200 block of North Highland Avenue. According to the lawsuit, police asked Lyons if he had any drugs on him, to which he responded, “no.” However the police did not believe him. Baltimore Police proceeded to pull down this man’s pants, spread his legs, and conduct a cavity search in the middle of the sidewalk in full view of passersby, according to the lawsuit. “It’s as simple and outlandish...Read more http://thejointblog.com/enough-drug-war-yet-man-suing-baltimore-police-sodomizing-public-sidewalk/

The Philadelphia City Council voted Thursday to move forward with a bill to decriminalize the possession of up to 30 gram s of cannabis for those 21 and older, making it a simple $25 ticket unless someone is caught smoking in public, wherein the ticket will be raised to $100. The Council is expected to make a final vote on the measure next week. The Council initially approved the measure in June , though it was opposed by Mayor Michael Nutter. However, Mayor Nutter recently reversed his stance , saying that he’ll sign a bill to decriminalize cannabis as long...Read more http://thejointblog.com/philadelphia-city-council-approves-new-cannabis-decriminalization-measure/

The NFL players Association (NFLPA) voted Friday to increase the threshold for positive cannabis tests, raising the level from 15 ng/ml to 35 ng/ml. The move will be applied retroactively, and will effect cases currently under appeal. “This is an historic moment for our players and our league,” NFLPA President Eric Winston said. “We have collectively bargained drug policies that will keep the game clean and safe, but also provide our players with an unprecedented level of fairness and transparency.” The NFLPA also agreed to test players for human growth hormones. Both changes will take effect this season. – TheJointBlog ...Read more http://thejointblog.com/nfl-players-association-votes-increase-thresold-cannabis-testing/

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has called for the dismissal of dozens of tickets for consuming cannabis in public given by an officer who was found to have distributed over 80% of the tickets in the city in the first 7 months of the year. The announcement came from Sergeant Sean Whitcomb, spokesman for the Seattle Police Department. Chief O’Toole has sent a letter to the Seattle City Attorney Pete Holme’s office, requesting that he petition the Municipal Court to vacate and dismiss the tickets written by officer Randy Jokela between January 1st and July 30th. Officer Jokela was put...Read more http://thejointblog.com/seattle-police-chief-calls-dismissal-cannabis-tickets/

Medical cannabis recommended by a physician must be paid for by the patient’s employer and insurer when its used to treat a work-related injury, the New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled . The ruling will set immediate precedent across the state. The case was brought forth by Gregory Vialpando, who argued that he should be reimbursed for the medical cannabis he purchased, which he used to treat the high-intensity pain that came from the result of failed spinal surgeries caused by a work-related back injury. The court ruled that Vialpando met the required threshold for receiving reimbursement under New...Read more http://thejointblog.com/new-mexico-court-appeals-rules-workers-compensation-must-pay-patients-medical-cannabis/

New data released by the Washington State Liquor Control Board has revealed that the state garnered approximately $1.75 million in taxes from $6.9 million of legal recreational cannabis sold in the month of August. The numbers are up substantially from July, where sales reached $3.8 million , bringing in around $1 million in taxes for the state. In the first eight days of September, there’s been $1.9 million in legal cannabis sold, putting the state on track to garner an additional $1.8 million in taxes for September. In total, $12.6 million in legal cannabis has been sold from July 8th...Read more http://thejointblog.com/washington-state-garners-1-75-million-taxes-legal-recreational-cannabis-sales-august/

A study being published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics , and e-published ahead of print by the National Institute of Health , has found that cannabidiol exposure enhances the ability of arteries to relax, which may help explain how it decreases insulitis, inflammation, neuropathic pain and myocardial dysfunction. “Cannabidiol (CBD) decreases insulitis, inflammation, neuropathic pain and myocardial dysfunction in preclinical models of diabetes”, begins the study’s abstract. “We recently showed that CBD also improves vasorelaxation in the Zucker Diabetic fatty (ZDF) rat, and the objective of the present study was to establish the mechanisms underlying this effect”. ...Read more http://thejointblog.com/study-cannabidiol-enhances-ability-arteries-relax/

A new study published in the journal Addiction has examined the way cannabis consumers determine the potency of cannabis, and how much they use when rolling joints. Researchers from the  Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit  of the University College London , and the Department of Psychology from the College of Life and Environmental Sciences , University of Exeter , examined a group of 247 cannabis consumers in the United Kingdom – 152 were considered “recreational” users, consuming cannabis 1–24 days each month, and 95 were recorded as “daily” users, consuming cannabis 25 days or more out of the month. Participants of the study...Read more http://thejointblog.com/new-study-examines-cannabis-consumers-determine-potency-much-goes-joints/

Justice Minister Mark Golding says Jamaica’s Cabinet has approved a plan to decriminalize cannabis, and legislators are expected to approve it before the end of the year. Approval by the nation’s Cabinet is the first major step towards the decriminalization bill becoming law, as it put it’s before the Legislature. If approved by the Legislature, as expected, it will go to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who has proposed decriminalizing cannabis in the past as a way of unclogging courts. The proposal approved by the Cabinet would decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis for adults 18...Read more http://thejointblog.com/jamaica-moving-forward-bill-decriminalize-cannabis/

New York Senator Liz Krueger has announced that she will soon file legislation aimed at legalizing recreational cannabis for those 21 and older. According to Krueger, she’ll push for the bill in the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January. “I will push for taxation and regulation of marijuana,” said Krueger at a campaign rally for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “I continue to work with experts around the country and to evaluate laws and regulations being put into place now.” Krueger hopes her legislation, which will be modeled after legalization initiatives approved in 2012 in Colorado and Washington, will have...Read more http://thejointblog.com/proposal-legalize-cannabis-new-york-announced/

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has announced that he will sign legislation to decriminalize cannabis possession, but only after the City Council makes some changes to a bill they approved in June with a 13 to 3 vote. Under the proposal approved by the Council, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis would result in no more than a $25 ticket. Mayor Nutter, however, wants the bill to be amended so that the public consumption of cannabis is an $100 ticket, and so that anyone who receives a ticket would need to appear before a...Read more http://thejointblog.com/philadelphia-mayor-sign-cannabis-decriminalization-bill-changes/

A study published this month by the journal Cell Biochemistry and Function , and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health , has found promising evidence to suggest that delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may provide a safe and effective treatment option for those with diabetes. THC molecule. For the study; “Rats were randomly divided into four groups: control, Δ 9 -THC, diabetes and diabetes + Δ 9 -THC groups. Δ 9 -THC was administered intraperitoneally [through injection] at 3 mg/kg/day for 7 days. Body weights and blood glucose level of rats in all groups were measured on days 0, 7, 14 and 21.” Researchers found...Read more http://thejointblog.com/study-thc-may-treat-symptoms-diabetes/

A New Hampshire man facing felony charges for the cultivation of cannabis was declared “not guilty” on Friday because the jury found that punishing him would be unjust. Doug Darrell, who’s 59-years-old, was arrested in 2009 after a National Guard helicopter found that he was cultivating 15 cannabis plants in his backyard. Despite there being undeniable evidence of the plants being grown, and despite Darrell admitting that the plants were his, the jury found him “not guilty” of all charges, effecting acquitting him of the offenses through jury nullification. Jury nullification is the act of a jury acquitting someone of...Read more http://thejointblog.com/new-hampshire-man-acquitted-cannabis-felonies-jury-nullification/