Susan Daniel

New Gallup Poll: 64% Of U.S. Adults Support Legalizing Cannabis

This is this the highest level of support at the national level ever recorded by Gallup, which has been asking the question since 1969. It’s also the first time that a majority of Republicans support legalization (51%).

“It makes sense that support for ending marijuana prohibition is increasing”, says Morgan Fox, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Americans are tired of wasting resources arresting hundreds of thousands of individuals every year for using a substance that is safer than alcohol. In the five years since the first states made marijuana legal for adults, it has become increasingly clear that — unlike prohibition — regulation works.”

Fox continues; “Adult-use marijuana laws create jobs, generate tax revenue, and protect consumers while taking the marijuana market out of the hands of criminals.”

When Gallup first asked U.S. adults whether or not they support marijuana legalization in 1969,… Continue reading

Zero Significant Issues Since Legalization Says Colorado Medical Officer

Colorado’s chief medical officer told CBC Radio’s “Island Morning” host Matt Rainnie this morning that marijuana legalization hasn’t had a negative effect in his state.

In addition to his duties as chief medical officer, Larry Wolk, M.D. has served as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment since Sep. 16, 2013, before Colorado enacted recreational marijuana legalization.

Wolk joined Canadian radio show “Island Morning” to share his professional opinion on the impact of cannabis legalization in Colorado and discuss what Canada can learn and expect from his state’s experiences.

When asked for his “general impressions overall” on the impact of marijuana legalization in 2014, Wolk said that he hasn’t seen much, clarifying that “We haven’t experienced any significant issues as a result of legalization.”

Wolk noted that early concerns about legalization like increased access and use amongst youth failed to materialize, saying,… Continue reading

New Study Shows Cannabis Can Reverse Cognitive Memory Loss 

Marijuana appears to improve the memory and learning abilities of old mice. Scientists discovered low doses of its main psychoactive ingredient—cannabinoid THC—can reverse the age-related decline in cognitive abilities, a finding that could lead to scientists figuring out a way of slowing brain aging in humans.

Researchers are increasingly examining THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) for its potential medical benefits. In the U.K., Oxford University recently launched a £10 million ($13 million) program to “identify new medical therapies through research into the molecular, cellular and systems mechanisms of cannabinoids.” Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has now approved several medications derived from THC.

Many scientists are currently looking at its potential use as a treatment for neurological conditions, including multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease.

In a study published in Nature Medicine on Monday, researchers led by Andreas Zimmer, from the University of Bonn, Germany, have shown how THC can provide significant… Continue reading

What is the Endocannabinoid System & How Does It Work?

When scientists set out to study the effects that cannabis has on the brain, they made an exciting discovery. They discovered a system within the human body that had previously been relatively unknown. It became known as the Endocannabinoid System, taking its name both from the term cannabis and its active ingredients, cannabinoids.

WHAT IS THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM?

what is the endocannabinoid system and how does it work

But what exactly is the endocannabinoid system? There’s a lot of science-y stuff, so we’ll try and break it down into layman’s terms.

At its most basic, the endocannabinoid system is a communications system in the brain and other parts of our body. As you could imagine, this system affects many important functions. It has an impact on how one moves, feels, and reacts. It also reacts in response to the presence of cannabinoid compounds like CBD or THC.


HOW DOES ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM WORK?

The endocannabinoid system essentially… Continue reading

Studies Reveal CBD Oil May Help These 12 Conditions

CBD has come into the spot light throughout 2017 being acknowledged for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to help several intractable diseases. It has become so popular that it is now being used and researched for several conditions such as irritable bowel diseases and pain relief.

What is CBD?

CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the natural cannabinoids found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. Unlike THC, which is known to produce a psychoactive effect, CBD does not cause a high and has, therefore, become classed as a medical compound that can treat a variety of diseases.

According to a recent study in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, it was found that CBD possess unique healing properties;

  • Antiemetic – Reduces nausea and vomiting
  • Anticonvulsant – Suppresses seizure activity
  • Antipsychotic – Combats psychosis disorders
  • Anti-inflammatory – Combats inflammatory disorders
  • Anti-oxidant – Combats neurodegenerative disorders
  • Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer – Combats tumor and cancer… Continue reading

VNR Director Matt Kahl to Speak Before Task Force on Medical Cannabis

Matt Kahl is a nationally renowned medical cannabis expert, and an Afghanistan war veteran who now fights for American citizen’s right to use cannabinoid medicine. 

Tennessee’s medical cannabis supporters will be extremely grateful to hear that Safe Access Tennessee is bringing him to Nashville to give testimony before the Legislative Task Force on Medical Cannabis on October 26th……….he knows what he’s talking about.

Matt is a veteran of the 101st Airborne Division, 1/506 Infantry Regiment who did two tours to Afghanistan and left once by medevac.

He is now the Executive Director at Veterans for Natural Rights, as well as an Urban Agricultural Representative for the Pesticides Advisory committee at the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
He’s also support for Dad’s for Marijuana International.

Tennessee NORML spoke with Matt, and we asked him to tell us what got him started in medical cannabis activism.

He said, “The drugs the doctors put… Continue reading

The Govenor’s Race & Cannabis Issues in Tennessee: An Opinion Piece

I’m reading with interest the various gubernatorial candidates opinions regarding cannabis, both medicinal and recreational. 5 out of 7 favor medicinal, but all oppose recreational. This tells me they all have at least one thing in common; they don’t know the truth about cannabis.

The truth is that right now, at this very moment, there are literally TONS of cannabis for sale here in Tennessee, just as there are in Jeff Sessions’ Alabama, and Chris Christies’ New Jersey, and every other state in the country.

In prohibition states such as Tennessee, cannabis sale and distribution is handled by your friendly neighborhood criminals who run the Black Market. They happily sell to minors, don’t check their wares for purity, and pay no taxes on their billions in profits. The Cartels love  prohibition and couldn’t exist without it.  All legalization does is change who gets… Continue reading