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How Scott’s Miracle-Gro Is Helping Make Cannabis Legal

The cannabis industry is expected to contribute roughly $25 billion to the U.S. economy by 2025 — and many experts suggest that forecast may be a little too modest. With that kind of explosive economic future, it is not a surprise to find out that a lot more money will be spent in an attempt to shape federal policy. According to a report from the Center for Responsive Politics, the cannabis industry in the first six months of 2017 spent $450,000 on lobbying efforts in the nation’s capital — a 100 percent increase from the same period a year earlier.

The Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks federal campaign contributions and lobbying data, released its findings earlier this month on OpenSecrets.org.  According to the report:

The industry that saw the largest percent difference between the first six months of 2016 and the… Continue reading

VA Studies Find Medical Cannabis Good for Nerve Pain

A recent research review found that medical marijuana may be effective at reducing chronic nerve pain, known as neuropathy, common among diabetes sufferers.

Dr. Sachin Patel of the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital in Nashville said the findings on MMJ and neuropathy “fit generally well with what we know.”

In the second research review, both of which were commissioned by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, researchers came up with less evidence that cannabis helps treat other types of pain or the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“That doesn’t mean that it’s not, it just means we don’t have that evidence right now,” said Patel.

The authors of the studies also decried the fact that there has not been enough high-quality research to produce conclusive evidence of the benefits or harms of cannabis for pain or PTSD.

There’s no way to come to conclusions based on the… Continue reading

FDA Asks for Public to Comment on CBD

FDA officials put out a call for comments in this morning’s Federal Register, seeking information about CBD and how the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) should designate it under the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. In doing so, the FDA acknowledged the ‘beneficial’ effects CBD has shown in patients with neurological disorders.

All those who have information on, or experience with, the use of CBD as a healing substance are encouraged to comment at this federal website. Sept. 13 is the deadline for public comment, and no input will be considered after that date.

Republican Beth Harwell ‘Open’ to Medical Cannabis in Tennessee

House Speaker Beth Harwell, campaigning for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, says treatment of her sister’s back injury has caused her to reevaluate Tennessee’s ban on medical marijuana, reports the Associated Press.

“She was in a yoga class and came down out of a shoulder stand the wrong way,” Harwell said. “And she was, of course, in a great deal of pain.”

But after the initial doses, she wanted to stop taking the painkillers.

“She called me and said, ‘I want you to know that if I continue this opioid regimen I will become addicted to opioids,’” Harwell said. “She said, ‘There was no doubt in my mind.’”

Harwell’s sister lives in Colorado where marijuana has been legalized, so she decided to send her husband out to buy her some of the drug, which she consumed mixed with coconut oil for four or five days until she felt better.… Continue reading

Nashville Sounds Hit a Foul, Cancels on Medical Cannabis Education Charity Night Last Minute

As many of you are aware because you had already purchased your tickets, Safe Access Tennessee had been working with the Nashville Sounds since the 5th of July on a Charity Night for Educate Tennessee – the Educational Foundation that works with Safe Access Tennessee.

The non profits had completed the Sounds forms and submitted their IRS determination letter, and had purchased the requisite number of tickets to host this community event.

The Sounds organization agreed to sponsor the event, and agreed to allow the medical cannabis activism organizations to set up a table and educational displays. Safe Access Tennessee spent weeks  advertising and promoted this event on their Facebook pages and in their Facebook groups. They spent money advertising the Sounds game in the Nashville market because their event was scheduled to take place at the game, and they printed special materials for this exciting event.

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Feds Blocked in Attempt to Prosecute Cannabis Growers 

A U.S. District Court this week blocked federal prosecutors from moving forward with their conspiracy case against a pair of Northern California cultivators because the duo was determined to be in compliance with Golden State medical marijuana laws.

Humboldt County growers Anthony Pisarski and Sonny Moore had already pleaded guilty to federal allegations (conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute) but sought an evidentiary hearing based on legislation, first enacted in 2014, that prohibits the U.S. Department of Justice from cracking down on cannabis suspects who are otherwise following their state laws. The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment is a budget rider, co-authored by SoCal U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, that prevents enforcement and prosecution in medical marijuana states by stripping funding for such endeavors.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg on Tuesday stayed the prosecution, so the case is closed unless the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment expires and fails to be re-enacted… Continue reading

Another Victory for Working Medical Cannabis Patients! 

On 8/8/17, a federal district court judge in Connecticut concluded that federal law does not preempt a Connecticut state statute that prohibits employers from firing or refusing to hire someone who uses marijuana for medicinal purposes. The decision contains an excellent review of the state of the law in this area (including a footnote a listing all states that have laws prohibiting discrimination against employees who use medicinal marijuana). The case is Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating Company, LLC, (D. Conn. 8/8/17).

No federal law preemption. In Noffsinger, a nursing home rescinded a candidate’s job offer as a director of recreational therapy after she tested positive for marijuana in pre-employment drug screening — even though she provided evidence that a marijuana product was prescribed to treat her PTSD and that she only took the drug at night before bedtime and was not under the influence of marijuana at work.… Continue reading

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