"The facts about medical cannabis are frequently counterintuitive. On the medical side, cannabis stimulates appetite, but those who use it are on average thinner and have less of a chance of getting diabetes… because it helps regulate insulin. The smoke contains tars similar to tobacco, but there is no link to lung cancer among even the heaviest users… because it has a protective effect. States with medical cannabis laws have seen teen marijuana use drop since the laws were enacted and have fewer fatal traffic accidents. Just last week, a study by UT showed the rate of assault and property crimes doesn’t increase when states pass medical cannabis laws; it drops."
Low Enrollment in DC Medical Marijuana Program
Why has Washington DC’s first dispensary only enrolled 59 patients since it opened in January? Is it strict policies or patient/provider fears?
Synthetic anti-inflammatory compounds derived from cannabinoids, the primary active ingredient in marijuana, appear to show potential to fight HIV. That’s because cannabinoids activate proteins called CB2 receptors on the surface of immune cells, which could decrease HIV’s ability to replicate efficiently inside them.
Sanjay Gupta Supports Medical Marijuana
& he’s tried it now, too, after working on his new CNN documentary titled Weed.
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Nevada Legalizes Medical Marijuana, Needle Exchange Programs
66 medical marijuana dispensaries will be established with at least one in each county and possession of syringes has been decriminalized by removing them from the state drug paraphernalia list.
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NYC Mayor Bloomberg Calls Medical Marijuana a Hoax
In reference to efforts by state lawmakers to allow prescription pot, he said during his weekly radio show: “Medical, my foot. There’s no medical. This is one of the great hoaxes of all time.”
Synthetic Compounds From Marijuana Appear to Fight HIV
Cannabinoids, which are the primary active compounds in marijuana, bind to proteins called CB2 receptors on the surface of macrophage immune cells. The CB2 site may play a role in reducing inflammation in the central nervous system, which is a major concern for people living with HIV.
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The Green Oasis, a medical marijuana operation in Otisville, Michigan, has partnered with Stanley “Flesh-N-Bone” Howse to cultivate and distribute a new strain of prescription pot.
Bills Introduced in Congress Would Change U.S. Marijuana Laws
New legislation aims at allowing the federal government to regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol in the US and proposing taxes on marijuana-related businesses.