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Medical Marijuana Update – May 2016

National State Department Says NIDA Monopoly on Research Marijuana Unnecessary. The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the State Department has gone on record stating that the United States could issue multiple licenses for the cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes without violating the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs treaty. The statement came in response to a direct request from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) regarding whether issuing multiple licenses to grow medical marijuana…

Detroit Dispensaries Being Raided?

DETROIT– A number of area attorneys are telling The Compassion Chronicles that medical marijuana dispensaries are being raided by the Detroit Police Department, despite assurances that businesses of that type will begin licensing procedures on March 1. Although attorneys are reluctant to release the names of the dispensaries involved, it seems more than a dozen raids or ‘visits’ by DPD have been executed in the last two weeks. Dispensaries in the city have been renamed “medical marihuana caregiver centers”…

Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide

The therapeutic potential of cannabis appears limitless, extending far beyond just relieving nausea or pain in the terminally ill. Christina Sanchez, a molecular biologist from Compultense University in Madrid, Spain, has been studying the molecular activity of cannabinoids for more than 10 years, and during this time she and her colleagues have learned that tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the primary psychoactive component of cannabis, induces tumor cell “suicide” while leaving healthy cells alone. This amazing discovery was somewhat unexpected, as…

Breweries’ form of support for D.C. voting rights: A pot-flavored beer

First, a disclaimer: There is no marijuana in the beer. That’s what they said. Cannabis and hops are just a lot alike. It only smells like pot. And it might taste a little like it, too. So if that’s what you like — a dank, resinous pint — or if you’re willing at least to try it, this could be your season at the District’s DC Brau Brewing Co. Starting Tuesday — St. Patrick’s Day — the brewery began…