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Study: Many IBD Patients Report Subjective Relief From Cannabis

Thursday, 14 November 2013 Boston, MA Thursday, 14 November 2013: An estimated one-in-six patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) report using cannabis therapeutically, according to survey datapublished in the journal Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Researchers assessed survey responses from 292 IBD patients seeking treatment at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Crohn's and Colitis Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Investigators reported that over half of all respondents possessed…
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Vermont Becomes 17th State To End Criminal Sanctions For Marijuana Possession Offenses

Montpelier, VT: Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin signed legislation into laweliminating criminal penalties for adults who possess personal use amounts of cannabis and/or hashish. The new law amends penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and/or marijuana paraphernalia by a person 21 years of age or older from a criminal misdemeanor (punishable by up to six-months in jail and a $500 fine)…
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Vermont Becomes 17th State To End Criminal Sanctions For Marijuana Possession Offenses

Montpelier, VT: Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin signed legislation into laweliminating criminal penalties for adults who possess personal use amounts of cannabis and/or hashish. The new law amends penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and/or marijuana paraphernalia by a person 21 years of age or older from a criminal misdemeanor (punishable by up to six-months in jail and a $500 fine)…
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Colorado: Governor Signs First-In-The-Nation Legislation Authorizing Retail Cannabis Production And Sales

Denver, CO: Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed legislation into law regulating the commercial production and retail selling of marijuana to those age 21 or older. Colorado is the first state to approve regulations authorizing a legal cannabis market for adult consumers. State-licensed cannabis retailers are expected to be approved under the new law by early 2014. Marijuana retailers must be Colorado residents. Cannabis sales…
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Study: Regular Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Risk Factors For Type 2 Diabete

Boston, MA, Thursday, 23 May 2013: Subjects who regularly consume cannabis possess favorable indices related to diabetic control as compared to occasional consumers or non-users of the substance, according to trial data published in The American Journal of Medicine. Researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston assessed the relationship between marijuana use and fasting insulin, glucose, and insulin resistance in…
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Study: Marijuana Smoking Not Associated With Greater Mortality Risk Among Heart Attack Survivors

Boston, MA, January, 31, 2013: The use of cannabis among patients with established coronary disease is not associated with increased mortality risk, according to trial data published online in the American Heart Journal.  Investigators at the Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, conducted a prospective study assessing the survival rates of 3,886 heart attack survivors over an 18-year period. Authors reported that 519 subjects died…
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Massachusetts’ Medical Cannabis Law Takes Effect

Boston, MA, Thursday, 03 January 2013 : Question 3, 'An Initiative Petition for a Law for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana,' took effect on Tuesday, January 1. Sixty-three percent of state voters approved the measure on Election Day. Massachusetts is the 18th state since 1996 to allow for the physician-authorized use of cannabis as a therapeutic option for qualified patients. Neighboring states Connecticut, Maine, Rhode…
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Possessing And Cultivating Cannabis Now Legal In Colorado

Denver, CO: Governor John Hickenlooper signed an executive order on Monday amending the state Constitution to allow for those age 21 or older to legally possess and cultivate cannabis in private. Fifty-five percent of Colorado voters on Election Day approved Amendment 64, which legalizes the adult personal use of cannabis and calls on state lawmakers to enact regulations licensing its commercial production and sales. "Voters…
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