Medical Marijuana Patients Are Being Told to Give Up Their Guns

Twenty-nine states and Washington D.C. now allow patients to have access to medical marijuana, but some of these patients are bumping up against a federal law that prohibits the sale of guns to people who use marijuana. Authorities in Pennsylvania and Hawaii have spoken out last week, declaring that people who have medical marijuana licenses in those states will need …

California has approved legal pot, but black market growers thrive

SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. — On one October morning in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains below Sequoia National Park, Fresno County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Matt Alexander and the task force he leads prepared for a familiar operation. Their targets were two illegal marijuana growing operations identified from the air by a helicopter the day before. It was not unusual in …

Can Legal Marijuana Fix America’s Binge Drinking Problem?

There’s nothing wrong with sharing a cocktail or two with friends and family. But binge drinking is a different matter. As more states legalize marijuana, is the problem getting better or worse? Does more cannabis use cut down on binge drinking? The data, so far, is inconclusive. But public health researchers are urging agencies and universities to focus more on the …

12-Year-Old Sues Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Like most 12-year-olds, Alexis Bortell is energetic and loves to read, write and explore her family’s 35-acre farm in Colorado. But Alexis isn’t like most 12-year-olds. She’s written a book, takes cannabis oil daily and is challenging the U.S. Controlled Substance Act by suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Approximately three years ago Alexis had to leave her home in Texas …

Where Buying Marijuana Is Legal, But There’s Nowhere to Smoke It

Las Vegas’ reputation as a place where you can indulge your vices and have a good time helps it lure some 43 million visitors a year. But tourists heading to Sin City hoping to consume newly legal cannabis have a problem: There are few places in town, other than private homes, where someone can legally light up a joint. In …

Could California’s Insane Cannabis Tax Cripple the Legal Market?

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996 with Proposition 215. It was a time when the wild west was full of marijuana warriors who literally laid down the law — and their lives at times. Which might help explain why California has been so resistant to full on legalization with all its taxes and regulations. Things …

6 of the Strongest Marijuana Strains

Cannabis consumers are confronted by a bewildering variety of strain names, but most of us are just looking for a good buzz. While the marijuana high is created by the interaction of cannabinoids, mainly THC, and terpenes and flavonoids, nobody has yet figured out a way to quantify the stoniness of any particular strain based on those interactions. What we …

Cannabis and Sleep Disturbances: What You Need to Know

Given the problems with conventional soporifics, medical scientists have been exploring other ways to improve sleep by targeting the endocannabinoid system (ECS). As the primary homeostatic regulator of human physiology, the ECS plays a major role in the sleep-wake cycle and other circadian processes. Italian scientist Vicenzo DiMarzo summarized the broad regulatory function of the endocannabinoid system in the phrase “Eat, sleep, relax, …

The Feds Think Pot Is a Greater Threat Than Opioids

By now, anyone who is awake is aware that the country is experiencing a lethal opioid crisis. Opioid overdose deaths are at record highs, President Trump has declared a national public health emergency, and Congress is considering an ever-growing number of bills aimed at addressing the crisis. Someone needs to tell the DEA and the Justice Department. While their public …