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Contrary to arguments oft-used by opponents of marijuana and marijuana law reform, “cannabis use does not significantly compound the gray matter deficits associated with schizophrenia”.

This is according to a study published by the journal Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, and conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee.

The study’s abstract starts by stating that; “Substance use may confound the study of brain structure in schizophrenia. We used voxel-based morphometry (VBM) to examine whether differences in regional gray matter volumes exist between schizophrenia patients with and without clinically significant cannabis and/or alcohol use histories compared to 88 healthy control subjects.”

Relative to controls, “patients with schizophrenia had reduced gray matter volume in the bilateral precentral gyrus, right medial frontal cortex, right visual cortex, right occipital pole, right thalamus, bilateral amygdala, and bilateral cerebellum regardless of substance use history.” Within these regions, researchers “found no volume differences between patients with schizophrenia and a history of cannabis and/or alcohol compared to patients with schizophrenia without a clinically significant substance use history.”

Researchers conclude; “Our data support the idea that a clinically meaningful history of alcohol or cannabis use does not significantly compound the gray matter deficits associated with schizophrenia.

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The “leaf extracts of cannabis sativa” has “potential for the control of both hospital- and community-acquired MRSA”, according  to a new study being published by the Journal of Integrative Medicine, and epublished ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

“This study examined the antimicrobial activity of Cannabis sativa, Thuja orientalis and Psidium guajava against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)”, states the study’s abstract.

For the study, “In vitro antimicrobial activities of the ethanolic extracts of C. sativa, T. orientalis and P. guajava were tested against MRSA”, and the “presence of bioactive molecules in these three leaves was evaluated using biochemical assays and high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC).”

Researchers state that “A profound synergism was observed when C. sativa was used in combination with T. orientalis (1:1) and when P. guajava was used in combination with T. orientalis (1:1)”. This synergism “was probably due to the combined inhibitory effect of phenolics present in the leaf extracts (i.e., quercetin and gallic acid) and catechin, as detected by HPTLC.”

The study concludes by stating that “The leaf extracts of C. sativa, T. orientalis and P. guajava had potential for the control of both hospital- and community-acquired MRSA. Moreover, the inhibitory effect was enhanced

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While marijuana might be on the backburner for the majority of NYPD officers, the plant is still, unfortunately, considered a Schedule I drug by our very own Federal government. Sure, the stigma surrounding it has largely decreased, but that doesn’t mean people in either legal or non-legal states can go around flaunting product.

Or, in this case, conspicuously weighing it on top of a police car.

However, that’s exactly what happened over the weekend, after a viral prank video caught the ire of several high-ranking NYPD members. It’s safe to say what was intended as a comedic video certainly didn’t receive the intended reaction amongst the boys in blue.

New York Comedians Post Themselves Weighing Weed on NYPD Squad Car

The video begins with a man in a white tee-shirt with a cigarette dangling from his mouth, weighing out some buds on the back of an NYPD squad car. The man filming the video is looking to purchase the eighth.

“You, you want an eighth?” asks the man in the video.

“Yeah, I want an eighth, bro,” replied the man behind the camera.

“That’s three point six for you,” the dealer says, pointing to the nugs of weed

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A Florida political candidate has said that Wells Fargo has closed her campaign accounts because of her pro-cannabis stance. Nikki Fried, a Democratic candidate for state agricultural commissioner, said during a press conference on Monday that the move by the financial institution is “unprecedented” and “emblematic of what is wrong with our government and politics today,” according to a report in local media.

Fried said that she had exchanged emails with Wells Fargo about her support of medical marijuana and political contributions from donors with ties to the cannabis industry. When representatives of the bank then notified her that the accounts were going to be closed, Fried said at first she thought they were joking.

“I’m a candidate,” Fried said. “I am not touching the plant, I am not selling the plant, I am not producing the plant. I’m simply advocating for the expansion of medical marijuana and that was the reason for (Wells Fargo) closing me down. Secondhand, it was the fact I was taking money from lobbyists who represent the industry.”

Fried speculated that Wells Fargo may be planning similar action with other professionals and businesses connected to legal cannabis.

“And I wonder how many other accounts they are

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It could be the start of another busy season for the state troopers at the Greenwich Township weigh station on I-78. Last week, police caught a truck driver from California attempting to transport over 1,000 pounds of marijuana across the New Jersey-Pennsylvania line. The bust rivals some of the weigh station’s most historic drug seizures, all of which have occurred in the last few years. And while drug trafficking convictions are decreasing across the United States, Interstate 78 appears to be a hot spot. Or at least in that quiet stretch of highway through Still Valley and across the Delaware River into Pennsylvania, state troopers are really good at their jobs.

$5 Million Marijuana Seizure Rivals Weigh-Stations’ Biggest Busts

In 2016, there were three massive drug busts at the Greenwich Township weigh station in Stewartsville, NJ. All of them happened within a few days of each other in August. Things started small at first, with a 53-year-old driver busted for trafficking 53 pounds of cannabis. Officials estimated the marijuana was worth about $324,000, which works out to about $380 an ounce.

Then just a couple of days later, troopers found 80 pounds of heroin in another California driver’s truck. Police

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The growth of Canada’s soon-to-be-legal recreational pot industry is starting to create a small buzz among job hunters.

The job website Indeed has released new numbers that show cannabis-related searches, while still small, were more than four times higher last month compared to the year before. The data say weed-related searches increased to 26 out of every 10,000 searches, up from six.

Employers, the data found, have also been looking for more help within the expanding industry — from retail “budtenders,” to production assistants, to quality assurance. New help wanted ads in the sector were up threefold last month, compared to a year ago, and now make up 25 out of every 10,000 new jobs on the website.

“Cannabis-related searches and job postings remain a small corner of the Canadian labour market, but they’re growing rapidly,” Indeed economist Brendon Bernard wrote in a report.

– Read the entire article at The Hamilton Spectator.

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I was walking down a side street in Rome near the Spanish Steps when a sign leapt out at me: “Weed Shop.” Be still my Seattleite heart.

At that point I’d been traveling throughout Europe and North Africa for several months, and for all intents and purposes had been abstaining from the green-goodness. Being from a place where it’s sold recreationally with the blessing of the legislature, I’m no longer accustomed or even inclined to search out black-market sources. So when I encountered this apparently legal provider, I jumped on the opportunity.

The owner of the shop, it turned out, was from Los Angeles.

– Read the entire article at Civilized.

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is pushing to increase the amount of cannabis grown for research purposes while reducing the opioids produced in the country.

Each year, the DEA sets production quotas for more than 250 Schedule 1 and 2 controlled substances. These quotas reflect “the total amount of controlled substances necessary to meet the country’s medical, scientific, research, industrial, and export needs for the year and for the establishment and maintenance of reserve stocks,” the DEA said in a press release.

In a Federal Register filing to be published soon, the DEA has set a quota of about 5,400 pounds of cannabis production in 2019 for U.S. research. That figure is a more than fivefold increase over the approximately 1,000 pounds of cannabis authorized for 2018.

Under federal regulations in place since 1968, all cannabis used in authorized research programs must be produced at a farm at the University of Mississippi. But researchers have said it is too difficult to obtain the cannabis, which is often of low quality when it is available.

In 2016 the DEA approved a process to allow more cultivators to grow cannabis for research. More than 20 facilities have filed applications to become licensed cultivators,

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Cannabis legalization is on the November 6th ballot in Michigan. If the initiative passes, residents over 21 will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of flower and 15 grams of concentrate. It would also permit adults to grow up to 12 plants. Michigan would be the 10th state to legalize marijuana and the first in the Midwest.

Currently, possession of any amount is a misdemeanor, with maximum penalties of a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. Ann Arbor, home of the annual Hash Bash, has long charged just $25 for a first offense. Another 19 cities, including Detroit and Kalamazoo, have passed decriminalization or depenalization laws since 2012.

The Michigan Marijuana Legalization Initiative is the fruit of an effort by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA), which turned in enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot. They needed 252,000 signatures and submitted 360,000. In April, the initiative was approved by the State Board of Canvassers.

Bloom Cannabis Club in Ann Arbor, MI

CRMLA raised $1.7 million as of mid-July with the Marijuana Policy Project, donating 37% of that total ($633,000). Smoker’s Outlet Management and MI Legalize 2018 kicked in $250,000 and $170,000,

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Heading to Burning Man? Here’s what you need to know about Black Rock City’s and Nevada’s marijuana laws.

If you are heading to Burning Man this year, you may be thinking about bringing cannabis to the playa, since Nevada has legalized marijuana. Not so fast! Before you head out, there are some important things you need to know:

• Burning man is held on FEDERAL land, and the Bureau of Land Management will enforce federal law, which unfortunately considers all marijuana possession a criminal offense — even if you have a medial card! BLM may also ticket you for violations of various rules in the “closure order,” though these, thankfully, are civil rather than criminal.

• “Gifting” marijuana to others is drug trafficking under federal law, even though no money is being exchanged. And if you are caught selling marijuana, or are found in possession of more than one ounce, you will likely be prosecuted under Nevada law by the local Pershing County Sheriffs, who also patrol Burning Man.

• Especially important: GATE ROAD is also federal property, and a lot of the law enforcement activity happens while people are driving into the event. In addition, some of the roads into

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