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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…

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…

New York Readies Restrictive Medical Marijuana Law

While states like Washington, Colorado and Alaska have enacted laws decriminalizing weed, New York is only now moving forward with a plan to legalize medical marijuana. However, when the lawmakers in Albany do finally sign off on the bill, the state’s Health Department has placed so many restrictions on medical marijuana that many of its potential patients won’t be able to get their hands on it. For those who do qualify, another odd restriction dictates that the medical marijuana can’t…

Dad eats daughter’s pot brownies, thought he had stroke

INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A dad thought he was having a stroke after eating several brownies that his teenage daughter had baked the previous night. The 58-year-old man didn’t know the sweet treats contained a psychoactive ingredient: marijuana. Firefighters and deputies responded to a medical call Wednesday at the home about 40 miles northwest of Detroit. After police arrived, the man’s 17-year-old daughter admitted to baking pot brownies, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday. Officials did not release…