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Newsletter #187

Marijuana gifts in Michigan Recreational marijuana became legal in Michigan on December 6th, but legal sales won’t start for at least another year. Enterprising businesses don’t want to wait, so many are using a loophole in the new law that allows people to give cannabis as gifts. These companies are selling overpriced goods and adding in marijuana as a present. For example, you can order a small amount of chocolate and receive a “free” cannabis gift. Sneaky and smart. THC and CBD take on chronic pain Researchers seeking to examine how THC and CBD impact chronic pain recently completed a study

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Newsletter #186

California’s mediocre cannabis industry When California legalized recreational marijuana at the start of 2018, state officials and cannabis industry enthusiasts had high hopes for the market. With the first year of legal cannabis coming to a close, many are disappointed with the results. Complicated regulations and high taxes have hindered marijuana businesses. Additionally, many cities decided to ban cannabis dispensaries. As a result of these strains, California is raking in much less tax revenue than experts estimated. Overall, it’s not a good look. The infamous blunt of the Oakland Raiders The Oakland Raiders may have played their last game at the Oakland Coliseum

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Newsletter #185

CBD makes glaucoma worse Medical marijuana has long been associated with alleviating symptoms of glaucoma, an eye disease that can cause blindness. This is because THC lowers pressure inside the eye. However, a new study found that CBD, another cannabinoid, actually increases pressure in the eye. Since many glaucoma patients are consuming whole plant cannabis containing both CBD and THC, and CBD opposes the ocular benefits of THC, they aren’t receiving the pressure-lowering help they need. This is a shining example of why marijuana research is so important. Anheuser-Busch’s big marijuana deal Anheuser-Busch InBev, a massive alcohol company that owns big

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Newsletter #184

A lesson in erasing marijuana convictions Many cities and counties around the U.S. are trying to find ways to expunge low-level cannabis convictions from people’s records. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez found one innovative way to tackle this. A new program is hosting community-based sessions where those convicted of a misdemeanor marijuana possession offense in Brooklyn will meet with a defense lawyer (for free!) and fill out a motion asking to erase that conviction. Next, the Kings County District Attorney’s Office will consent to those motions and ask a judge to vacate the convictions. Take note, other cities and counties. 2018

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Newsletter #183

Utah legalizes medical marijuana Governor Gary Herbert of Utah signed the Utah Medical Cannabis Act into law this week, shortly after state legislators made changes to the medical marijuana bill voters approved in November. The legislative tweaks made the law more restrictive, which many cannabis supporters aren’t happy about. For example, the initial bill allowed people to grow their own marijuana, and the revisions removed this right. Some legal cannabis is better than zero legal cannabis, right? Vaping vs smoking Vaping has become increasingly popular with cannabis users over the last few years. Many see vaping marijuana as a healthier alternative

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Newsletter #182

South Korea legalizes medical marijuana Last week, South Korea’s legislature amended the nation’s Narcotics Control Act to allow for medical cannabis. This makes South Korea the first country in East Asia to legalize medical marijuana. The next step is for the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety to establish regulations for this medicinal market. While the law is very restrictive, its approval in a relatively conservative nation is still seen a big win for cannabis advocates across the globe. Legal cannabis in Michigan is coming soon Even though Michigan voters opted to legalize recreational cannabis just last month, the law

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