Advertisement laws governing medical marijuana leave cannabis companies in a fix

Advertisement laws governing medical marijuana leave cannabis companies in a fix

“The grass definitely looks greener on the other side,” said Jeff, an employee with one of the recently licensed weed companies. He is talking literally about the green stuff – cannabis – and the reason behind his statement is the confusing maze of laws that licensed weed companies find themselves in. In spite of several states having legalized marijuana, allowing its conditional medical and recreational use and permitting cultivation, possession, transportation, etc., it is still illegal under the federal law. The difference in the stance of the state and federal governments has led to complications in the advertising and marketing of cannabis and its related products. Read more

Memory loss in marijuana users: The mitochondria connection

The most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, marijuana had 22.2 million users in the past month, as observed by the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). According to the Monitoring the Future Survey, in 2016, 9.4 percent and 5.4 percent of class eight graders reported marijuana use in the past year and the past month (current use), respectively. Among 10th graders, the prevalence of marijuana use was found to be 23.9 percent in the past year and 14.0 percent in the past month. Grade 12 students reported the highest prevalence (35.6 percent) of marijuana use during the year surveyed, 6.0 percent accepted to have used the drug daily or near daily. Read more

New law increases marijuana dispensaries from 40 to 60 in Ohio

Several American states have laws that broadly legalize marijuana for medicinal use. However, a few states have the most expensive laws in place, under which pot is legalized even for recreational use. Overall, there is more public support today for marijuana reforms than ever before, with more than half of the country advocating the legalization act. Read more

California legalizes recreational marijuana; new taxes in the offing

The state of California, home to about 12 percent American population, along with Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada, legalized recreational use of marijuana on November 8, 2016. Recreational marijuana is already legal in Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, Washington and the District of Columbia. The verdict in favor of marijuana legalization shows the changing attitude of Americans towards the drug. Read more

Cannabis abusers suffering from psychotic illness more likely to get hospitalized: Study

Millions of Americans continue to use marijuana despite experiencing most of the characteristic psychoactive effects caused or exacerbated by the drug. The dangers of cannabis and potential health benefits associated with it form a hot topic for an ongoing debate. The accurate diagnosis of the problems due to pot smoking can be done by a qualified practitioner trained in psychiatric diagnosis.

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Marijuana use lowers verbal memory in middle age: Study

Marijuana is by far the most commonly used illicit drug in America, says the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The drug affects the process which helps the brain build connections and its lifetime exposure worsens verbal memory in middle age. In other words, marijuana users may remember only a fewer words from a long list by the time they reach middle age, says a recent study published by the JAMA Internal Medicine in February 2016. But apparently, the overall cognitive function doesn’t get much affected by the regular drug use, the study added. Read more