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DOJ Task Force Recommends Against Attacking State Marijuana Laws 

The task force –  whose recommendations are meant to inform ongoing policy decisions – asked for continued study and dialogue on the issue.

“The task force’s recommendations reflect the fact that the Dept. of Justice has more important priorities than harassing legitimate, taxpaying businesses”, says Don Myrphy, who’s the director of conservative outreach for the Marijuana Policy Project. “In states that have approved marijuana for medical or adult use, these businesses are creating jobs, generating revenue, protecting consumers, and making their communities safer.”

 

Murphy continues; “The vast majority of Americans want the federal government to let states determine their own marijuana policies. We hope the attorney general is paying attention and maintains the current policy of non-interference.”

According to an April pollconducted by Quinnipiac University, 735 of U.S. voters “oppose government enforcement of federal laws against marijuana in states that have legalized medical or… Continue reading

Tennesseans that Qualify as Medical Cannabis Patients: Jennifer’s Story

The lack of a medical cannabis program in Tennessee is literally wrecking potential patient’s lives, not just their health.

It’s unfair that medicating with cannabis will automatically criminalize a person in Tennessee, causing the potential loss of jobs, children, homes and even one’s freedom.

It’s even more unfair to see that very same patient who is being persecuted in Tennessee for using cannabis as medicine, be told they’re qualified to be enrolled in a medical cannabis program in Arkansas or any other legal state. In that case, their right to medicate with cannabis would be afforded legal protections, rather than them being persecuted for it’s use as we Tennesseans are.

Meet Jennifer, a Tennessean who needs a medical cannabis program here. Cannabis has been the only medicine that helps her myriad of physical and mental issues without ruining her quality of life, or putting her in danger of addiction issues… Continue reading

How Does Medical Cannabis Interact With The Immune System? 

Medical cannabis has proven helpful in assisting patients with various diseases, disorders, and maladies since its first uses in ancient times.

With increasing acceptance and legality throughout the United States, México, Latin America, Canada, Europe, and Asia, medical cannabis and cannabis extracts are being recommended by medical professionals along with more traditional treatments. At the root of medical cannabis’ ability to help with difficult, painful symptoms and side effects is the endocannabinoid system and its interaction with the human immune system. An understanding of this interaction is a critical part of understanding how medical cannabis can decrease these symptoms and promote healthy change or homeostasis within the human body and mind.

What is the Immune System & What Does It Do?

The immune system is an integral, working part of every human body, and is made up of two parts: the innate immune system… Continue reading

Above 90% Support for Cannabis Legalization in Polls

As many of you are aware, there were 4 different cannabis legalization polls shared on the Tennessee NORML Facebook page yesterday. Two were from Nashville, one was from East Tennessee and one was a national poll by MSNBC. (All 4 polls are still active and available on our FB page timeline.)

As of 7:45 am on 8/3/17 these are the most current results:

The Wkrn poll is currently at 91.53% for legalization. There were 10,693 yes votes and 483 no votes.

The Newschannel 5 poll is standing at 7,600+ yes votes and 325 no votes.

The East Tennessee poll by WLVT 8 is standing at 1,700+ yes votes and 112 no votes.

The MSNBC poll is showing 90% yes votes.
The tide of support for legalization has become a tsunami!!! What do you think about this turn of events, especially the fact that the TN numbers are so similar to… Continue reading

Cannabis Works As An Exit Drug From Pain Medications

Zara Abas has epilepsy and went through seizures multiple times a day throughout her life, despite taking four different prescriptions. A few years ago she tried medical cannabis to combat the seizures on the advice of her doctor. She had never tried marijuana before, but it didn’t take long to see results.

Three days of cannabis and her seizures had stopped completely.

Cannabis was a last result for Abas, who was scared by all the misinformation about the plant, misinformation that made it out to be a hard drug and to be avoided at all costs. Reefer madness is still alive and well, but all’s it takes is a little truth to stop it in its tracks. Abas tried it because it had come down to either brain surgery or try pot first. It was weed for the win.

Now 30 years old, Abas has taken up the cannabis cause… Continue reading

Mental Illness & Cannabis: Cause or Cure?

One of the common questions relevant to the debate on medical marijuana use and legalization is, “How does cannabis affect mental illness?” To understand this question fully, it is necessary to understand some basics about the field of research, to assess the available evidence surrounding this question, and to consider the possible application of marijuana in treating symptoms of mental health conditions.

Many studies have found that people who consume cannabis tend to be more likely to have various types of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. As a result of these studies, people have incorrectly inferred that marijuana use causes mental illness.
However, this assumption stems from a basic misunderstanding of research results; namely, the fact that correlation does not imply causation. You may have heard this before. So what does it mean, and why does it matter?

Correlation is a link or association that… Continue reading

What Happens When You Use Cannabis For a Year to Relieve Pain? 

Researchers in Canada say that smoking cannabis to relieve chronic pain is not only safe, but effective as well. We knew that, but in case you needed scientific evidence, here it is.

The study followed 215 adults (141 of these adults were current users and 58 of them ex-users) who used medical cannabis for an entire year and a control group of 216 chronic pain patients who didn’t use medical cannabis at all.

These participants were patients from seven different clinics in Canada, all suffering from some form of chronic non-cancer pain.

The participants using cannabis received flower that contained 12.5% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis) and were given the option to use the leaf however they see fit: vaping, edibles and smoking were all possible options. Most of the participants chose inhalation or vaporization, presumably because it’s easier.

After the one-year study, patients reported a significant… Continue reading