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"

The nonprofit organization United for Care sent 100,000 signatures today to the Supervisor of Elections offices, well past what is needed to put their medical cannabis legalization initiative to a Supreme Court review. According to Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager for United for Care ; “The Supervisor of Elections has thirty days to verify that a petition is valid. Following verification, the Supreme Court will then schedule a review.” Once approved by the Supreme Court, advocates will need to collect 683,169 valid signatures to place their initiative on next year’s presidential election ballot. If placed on the ballot and passed into...Read more http://thejointblog.com/100000-signatures-submitted-in-florida-for-initiative-to-legalize-medical-cannabis/

Washington State’s Senate Bill 5052 , which was signed by Governor Inslee in April and makes numerous changes to the state’s medical cannabis law, has a provision in it that adds post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries to the list of conditions that qualify an individual to become a medical cannabis patient. That provision takes effect this Friday, July 24th. Although Senate Bill 5052 makes several regressive changes to the state’s medical cannabis law, including shutting down dispensaries and drastically reducing the amount of cannabis patients can possess and cultivate, adding PTSD and traumatic brain injuries to the...Read more http://thejointblog.com/wa-ptsd-and-traumatic-brain-injuries-become-qualifying-medical-cannabis-conditions-on-friday/

Arizona’s Court of Appeals has ruled that since cannabis is legal in the state for medical purposes, the smell of cannabis alone is not probable cause for obtaining a search warrant. “Medical marijuana use pursuant to AMMA is lawful under Arizona law,” said Judge Peter Eckerstrom in the court’s ruling. “Therefore its scent alone does not disclose whether a crime has occurred.” Now, cops must come up with additional evidence in order to justify and obtain a warrant. “Were we to adopt the state’s suggestion that scent alone furnishes probable cause of a crime, medical marijuana patients would become second-class...Read more http://thejointblog.com/arizona-court-of-appeals-rules-smell-of-cannabis-not-grounds-for-warrant/

The United States Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a measure that would ensure cannabis businesses that are legal under state law have access to banking services. The amendment, sponsored by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and added to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, would prohibit the Treasury Department and its enforcement arm, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network , from using federal funds to punish banks that provide financial services to cannabis businesses that are operating legally under state laws. “Forcing [state-legal marijuana] businesses to deal exclusively in cash makes it more challenging for states to collect taxes, monitor...Read more http://thejointblog.com/u-s-senate-committee-approves-measure-to-allow-banks-to-provide-services-to-cannabis-businesses/

A study being published in the August issue of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy , and e-published ahead of print by the National Institute of Health , has found that a substantial number of military veterans use cannabis to treat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with many finding relief from the condition’s primary symptoms. “When inhaled or delivered orally or transdermally, cannabinoids (the psychoactive components of unrefined marijuana and various derivative products) activate endogenous cannabinoid receptors, modulating neurotransmitter release and producing a wide range of central nervous system effects, including increased pleasure and alteration of memory processes”, states the...Read more http://thejointblog.com/study-substantial-number-of-military-veterans-use-cannabis-to-treat-ptsd-many-find-relief/

Several provisions found in Washington State’s Senate Bill 5052 , signed by Governor Jay Inslee in April , go into effect today, July 24th. Although most of the changes are regressive, such as eliminating in-home collective gardens, post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries have been added to the list of qualifying medical cannabis conditions. One change that goes into effect today is a ban on the use of butane in the production of hash oil, unless the individual or company producing the substance has a license from the state’s Liquor Control Board . This means that currently operating...Read more http://thejointblog.com/multiple-changes-to-washingtons-medical-cannabis-law-now-in-effect/

A large majority of adults in New Hampshire support legalizing recreational cannabis, and an even higher percent supports decriminalization, according to a new Granite State Poll released this week. The poll, sponsored by WMUR-TV , shows that 60% of adults in New Hampshire support legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes, with just 35% opposed to the move. When it comes to decriminalizing cannabis, support is even higher, with 72% in favor, and just 23% opposed. When asked what their preference is in regards to New Hampshire’s cannabis laws, just 22% responded that they want laws to remain as they are; 51%...Read more http://thejointblog.com/poll-60-of-new-hampshire-adults-support-legalizing-cannabis-72-support-decriminalization/

By Laird Harrison, Medscape For the study, participants consumed cannabis using a Volcano vaporizer. Inhaled cannabis can blunt the pain of diabetic neuropathy without seriously impairing cognitive function, a new study shows. “The higher the dose, the more the pain relief,” first author Mark Wallace, MD, told Medscape Medical News. “There was, however, a dose-dependent increase in euphoria.” The study is the first randomized controlled trial of inhaled cannabis for diabetic neuropathy pain, said Dr Wallace, chair of the Division of Pain Management at the University of California, San Diego. It was published in the July issue of the Journal...Read more http://thejointblog.com/study-cannnabis-useful-in-treatment-of-diabetic-neuropathy/

Sleep-disturbed patients find relief from consuming cannabis, according to a new study published in the journal Addictive Behaviours , and published online by the National Institute of Health . For the study, researchers at the University of California , the National Center for PTSD and John Hopkins University examined 163 adults who were recruited after purchasing medical cannabis for a physical or mental health condition at a legal dispensary in California. They provided self-report of “(a) whether cannabis use was intended to help with sleep problems (e.g. insomnia, nightmares), (b) sleep quality (PSQI), (c) cannabis use (including preferred type), and...Read more http://thejointblog.com/study-sleep-disturbed-patients-find-relief-from-cannabis-use/

Click the picture to enlarge it. Less than two weeks after Colorado’s Department of Health and Environment rejected adding post trauatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of qualifying medical cannabis conditions, activists have announced a  Medical Marijuana for PTSD Rally. Hosted by Operation Grow for Vets , the rally will place in Denver (3461 Ringsby Court) starting at 11AM, and ending at 2PM. For more information about the event and Operation Grow for Vets , you can visit their website by clicking here (they also have a Facebook page, which can be found here ). Those interested in volunteering...Read more http://thejointblog.com/colorado-rally-planned-in-support-of-cannabis-for-ptsd/

A petition calling on the U.K. to legalize recreational cannabis has garnered over 165,000 signature, well more than the 100,000 required to put the issue to a parliamentary debate. “Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs”, states the petition. “A substance that is safer than alcohol, and has many uses. It is believed to have been used by humans for over 4000 years, being made illegal in the UK in 1925.” Through its Petitions Committee , the British government has agreed to officially respond to any...Read more http://thejointblog.com/over-165000-signatures-collected-on-petition-to-legalize-cannabis-in-the-u-k/

As expected , Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed Senate Bill 460 into law, allowing recreational cannabis sales to begin on October 1st. The new law allows currently operating medical cannabis dispensaries to begin selling cannabis – including seeds and immature plants – to anyone 21 and older starting October 1st. Cannabis sales won’t be taxed. According to the Oregon Health Authority , there are over 200 dispensaries operating throughout the state, with dozens more planning to open sometime in the near future. Each of these locations will be authorized to sell recreational cannabis once Senate Bill 460 takes effect. ...Read more http://thejointblog.com/oregon-governor-signs-bill-allowing-recreational-cannabis-sales-to-begin-october-1st/

The Washington State Bar Association’s Ethics Committee has advised that attorneys are free to use cannabis for personal use, and to operate cannabis businesses. Recently Washington’s Supreme Court made a ruling (Comment [18] to Rule 1.2) that lawyers “who advise clients on marijuana-related activities permitted under state law” aren’t violating Washington’s Rule of Professional Conduct. They didn’t, however, make a ruling on whether or not attorneys can participate in state-legal activities themselves, or if they can operate a legal cannabis business. To clear up any confusion, the Ethics Committee of the Washington State Bar Association has issued an advisory opinion...Read more http://thejointblog.com/wa-bar-association-lawyers-can-use-cannabis-operate-cannabis-businesses/

The official logo of the the Flandreau Santee Sioux . The Flandreau Santee Sioux Indian tribe, located in South Dakota, is set to begin selling recreational cannabis to anyone 21 and older this December, the first Indian tribe in the nation to do so. “The fact that we are first doesn’t scare us,” says tribal president Anthony Reider, who’s led the tribe for five years. “The Department of Justice gave us the go-ahead, similar to what they did with the states, so we’re comfortable going with it.” Reider is referring to a memo released in December by the U.S Department...Read more http://thejointblog.com/south-dakota-indian-tribe-set-to-begin-selling-recreational-cannabis-this-december/

An initiative to legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 18 and older has been filed in Mississippi. According to an official summary of the measure, Initiative Measure 52 “would amend the Mississippi Constitution to include the Mississippi Cannabis Freedom Act (‘the Act’). The Act legalizes cannabis for persons eighteen years of age and older, legalizes cannabis for medical purposes, authorizes the collection of taxes on cannabis, and includes various other definitions and mechanisms for implementation of the Act. For purposes of this measure, ‘cannabis’ means hemp, weed, herd, marijuana, grass, wax, concentrate extract, and hashish.” The initiative is separate from a...Read more http://thejointblog.com/mississippi-initiative-filed-to-legalize-cannabis-for-everyone-18/

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org
Marijuana is going to be part of the political conversation between now and Election Day 2016. Support for legalization is now consistently polling above 50% nationwide, four states and DC have already voted to legalize it, and activists at least ten states are doing their best to make it an issue this time around. In those states, they’re working to take marijuana legalization directly to the voters in the form of initiatives. Not all of those efforts will actually make the ballot — mass signature-gathering campaigns require not only enthusiasm but cold, hard cash to succeed...Read more http://thejointblog.com/2016-cannabis-legalization-initiatives-an-overview/

Nora Volkow. Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse ( NIDA ), says that cannabidiol (CBD) – a compound found in cannabis – is “a safe drug with no addictive effects.” The comments were made in an op-ed for The Huffington Post . “[P]reliminary data suggest that [cannabidiol] may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions”, says Volkow. Volkow notes that “Studies related to its possible use in the treatment of substance use disorders are being funded by NIDA, while other NIH [National Institute of Health] Institutes are funding work on the potential of...Read more http://thejointblog.com/national-institute-on-drug-abuse-director-says-cannabidiol-is-safe-and-nonaddictive/

There was $75 million in legal cannabis sold in Colorado in May, resulting in millions of dollars worth of taxes for the state. In the month of May, $42.5 million in recreational cannabis was purchased, according to data released by the state’s Department of Revenue . There was an additional $32.4 million in medical cannabis sold during the same month, bringing the total amount of cannabis sold to just under $75 million. These sales resulted in $3.5 million in taxes brought in specifically for school construction, in addition to over $4 million from sales taxes. In 2014 in Colorado, there...Read more http://thejointblog.com/colorado-75-million-in-legal-cannabis-sold-in-may/

States that have legalized medical cannabis dispensaries have a lower rate of opioid addictions and overdose deaths, according to a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research . For the study, researchers at the RAND Corporation and the University of California assessed the impact of medical cannabis laws on opioid abuse. They did this by measuring treatment admissions for opioid pain reliever addiction, and by assessing state-level opioid overdose deaths (between the years of 1999 and 2013). “[S]tates permitting medical marijuana dispensaries experience a relative decrease in both opioid addictions and opioid overdose deaths compared to states...Read more http://thejointblog.com/study-access-to-medical-cannabis-associated-with-reduced-opioid-addiction-and-deaths/

The Massachusetts Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced Wednesday that former assistant attorney general Will Luzier will lead the campaign in support of a 2016 ballot initiative to end cannabis prohibition in Massachusetts. In addition to serving as assistant attorney general of Massachusetts, Luzier served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and Prevention from 2008 until April 2015. “Marijuana prohibition has been just as big of a failure as alcohol prohibition, and Massachusetts deserves better,” Luzier said in a Wednesday press release. “Regulating marijuana like alcohol will replace the underground market with a tightly...Read more http://thejointblog.com/massachusetts-legalization-campaign-to-be-led-by-former-assistant-attorney-general/

President Obama speaking at the NAACP’s 106th annual convention. During the 106th annual convention of the NAACP , President Obama called for expansive criminal justice reform across the United States. “Mass incarceration makes our entire country worse off, and we need to do something about it.” said President Obama during the July 14th speech. “In too many cases, our criminal justice system ends up being a pipeline from underfunded, inadequate schools to overcrowded jails.” Obama called for a change in the way mandatory minimum sentences are handled; “For non-violent drug crimes, we need to lower long mandatory minimum sentences—or get...Read more http://thejointblog.com/obama-calls-for-expansive-criminal-justice-reform-end-to-mandatory-minimums-for-drug-offenses/

In a 3 to 2 vote, the Ohio Ballot Board has given approval to the Fresh Start Act, a proposal meant to work in conjunction with an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis that’s on this November’s ballot. The measure, put forth by ResponsibleOhio (the same group sponsoring the legalization initiative), would allow anyone who committed a crime that’s made legal to have the charge expunged (removed) from their record. Now that’s its been approved by the Ballot Board , and by the state’s attorney general, advocates can begin collecting the 92,000 signatures necessary to put it to a vote of...Read more http://thejointblog.com/ohio-ballot-board-gives-approval-to-cannabis-expungement-initiative/

Hawaii Governor David Ige has signed House Bill 321 into law, legalizing medical cannabis dispensaries throughout the state. The measure was signed on Tuesday, and went into effect on Wednesday. The proposal, which was approved 24 to 0 in the Senate, and 38 to 13 in the House of Representatives, legalizes the distribution of medical cannabis through state-licensed dispensaries, which will be supplied by licensed cultivation centers. The proposal authorizes 16 dispensaries – and 16 production centers – throughout the state, with any medical cannabis patient able to purchase from them. The Department of Health is the entity tasked with...Read more http://thejointblog.com/hawaii-governor-signs-bill-legalizing-medical-cannabis-dispensaries/