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Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation Urges Congress To Pass Three Marijuana Research Bills - Cannabis News

A leading advocacy group that’s dedicated to finding treatment options for Parkinson’s disease is backing three pieces of marijuana research legislation in Congress.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) -- named after the actor, who has Parkinson’s and established the nonprofit -- said last week that lifting barriers to cannabis research, including rescheduling the plant under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), is necessary to promote studies verifying marijuana’s potential therapeutic benefit for conditions such as Parkinson’s patients.

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Semper Fidelis: Twenty22Many Hooks Vets Up With Free Clones And A Healing-Based Community - Cannabis News

Washington-based cannabis advocacy group Twenty22Many is doing its part to provide medical marijuana to military veterans suffering from PTSD.

Twenty22Many, a nonprofit suicide-prevention, PTSD-awareness and medical-cannabis organization for veterans, has a mission to give out 8,000 cannabis clones to as many US military veterans.

Sadly, that figure is approximately the number of veterans who kill themselves in the United States over the course of a year.

Most of these fatalities involve Vietnam War vets, who take their own lives more frequently than their younger peers.

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Advocacy Group Urges Congressional Action To Prevent Pesticide Misuse On Marijuana - Cannabis News

The lack of federal regulations for the use of pesticides on marijuana plants is putting consumers at risk, the nonprofit organization Beyond Pesticides said in an action alert.

In order to prevent contamination from toxic pesticides, the group is asking supporters to send a letter calling on congressional lawmakers to hold hearings and investigate the illicit use of unapproved pesticides in state-legal markets.

It also urges states to “mandate an organic systems approach to cannabis production.”

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Medical users say Ohio’s pot is pricey and inconvenient - Cannabis News

People who are approved to buy and use medical marijuana in Ohio say the tightly regulated program has resulted in costly products that are not easy to get.

That’s according to the results of the first consumer-based survey on the state program released recently by the Ohio State University’s Drug Enforcement Policy Center and Harm Reduction Ohio.

Of the 647 people surveyed, most had qualifying medical conditions and used marijuana for their ailments.

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VA under pressure to ease medical marijuana rules - Cannabis News

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is under pressure to ease restrictions on veterans’ access to medical marijuana to help treat pain and other ailments.

Veterans advocacy groups want to know if marijuana can treat chronic pain, as well as help address widespread suicides among veteran communities.

While 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, veterans are finding themselves fighting stigma and roadblocks from the federal government’s drug laws.

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New Documentary Features Veterans Shunning Pharmaceuticals for Cannabis - Cannabis News

"There's a lot of advocacy out there [among veterans], and I think if we collectively get together, we can all speak with one voice, and I'm using my film as that channel."

The fact that the federal government has been lying to the people of the United States for decades about the dangers of cannabis is especially jarring to shellshocked veterans of war who were under the impression they were fighting for truth, justice, and the American way.

And it has led many of them to commit suicide. Rather than treat them with cannabis, which has been proven to relieve symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with little to no side effects, the U.S. government would rather treat them with pharmaceuticals, which can exacerbate suicidal tendencies in some patients.

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How Florida's 55 and older communities are leading the state's medical marijuana movement - Cannabis News

"They can get off many of their expensive meds and that is very appealing to seniors."

Medical marijuana use is growing in Florida with more than 150,000 of Floridians now certified to receive the drug.

In the two years since voters approved it, one group in Central Florida is really embracing the change. 

Sumter County's growing population of people over the age of 65 is leading the movement.

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This Missouri Mom Fought Hard For Medical Marijuana. Now She’s Fighting To Pay Its High Price - Cannabis News

It took years for advocates to get medical marijuana legalized in Missouri, but when it’s finally available in 2020, they may face an even tougher challenge: paying for it.

Ashley Markum of Rogersville, Missouri, the mother of a young son who take CBD to control seizures, was heavily involved in the legalization push.

This year, she helped start a charity called Ayden’s Alliance to help families like hers take on what’s likely to be the high costs of treatment. 

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Veterans Advocate for Medical Marijuana Expansion - Cannabis News

Advocates for marijuana reform were in Austin, Texas this past weekend for the second annual Texas Marijuana Policy Conference.

Members of the Texas Veterans for Medical Marijuana participated in the conference, continuing their push for legislation to expand medical marijuana access to treat PTSD.

Their message was encapsulated by an art piece called "Operation Trapped," made up of hundreds of pill bottles.

“The pill bottles are very important. They symbolize a veteran trapped in the pharmaceutical, the routine," said veteran Robert Head.

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How Does Your State Rate for Medical Marijuana in 2019? - Cannabis News

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) aims the report at lawmakers each year, prodding them to make progress relative to their neighbors.

Sorry, Texas.

The world’s leading medical cannabis patient advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), reports that residents of the Pacific island territory of Guam have better options to treat chronic pain and other ailments than their fellow Americans in Texas and the Southeast.

That’s according to ASA’s 2019 State of the States Report, an annual evaluation published recently.

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Colorado Tourism Now Has a Pro-Marijuana Influence - Cannabis News

Officially, Colorado hasn't been very hospitable to tourists coming here to partake in the state's legal pot industry, with zero state-licensed consumption areas since recreational dispensaries first opened in 2014. But visiting cannabis users now have a powerful ally with the ear of Governor Jared Polis.

Denver dispensary owner and cannabis activist Wanda James was appointed to the Colorado Tourism Office board of directors on August 5.

James, who helped with Polis's gubernatorial campaign and managed previous campaigns for his congressional seat, is set on creating easily accessible areas where cannabis users can consume socially, and also promoting Colorado's still-rare industry outside of state lines.

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Military veterans and medical marijuana: a combustible mix - Cannabis News

Veterans who want to use legal cannabis to treat PTSD or physical injuries fear they could lose hard-earned benefits.

When a newly retired U.S. Army veteran applied for a job in March, he told the local recruiter that he was using CBD oil through Florida’s medical marijuana program.

The revelation was soon confirmed by a failed drug test.

The federal contract position would have paid $10,000 for a month’s work abroad — needed money for his family. But forced to choose between his health and his wallet, he kept taking the CBD oil.

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Colorado Nurses Launching Hotline for Your Marijuana Questions - Cannabis News

Having more questions than answers about cannabis is a common malady, and now a registered nurse and medical marijuana patient want to cure those concerns and curiosities over the phone.

Katherine Golden and Jennifer Axcell met while working at a medical marijuana clinic in Boulder, but took separate paths to get there.

Golden, a registered nurse, used to look down on cannabis, she says, but she changed her mind after she saw how it helped her brother-in-law with cancer.

That prompted her to dig into peer-reviewed research about the potential of medical marijuana, and what she found impressed her enough to shift her career.

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Is Medical Marijuana the Solution to the Veteran Opiod Crisis? - Cannabis News

Studies suggest that medical cannabis might be an effective PTSD treatment. The VA has come out against bills that would allow for further research.

When United States Marine Corps Sergeant Brett D'Alessandro returned from a deployment to Afghanistan in 2013, something was wrong.

His behavior was erratic and self-destructive. The growing storm in his mind landed him in the hospital after an acute mental-health episode.

Sedated and tied to a gurney, D'Alessandro reflected: "I'm like: 'I was going to college, I was sergeant in the Marines, I was not this. You would call this a crazy person.'"

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Why this Army vet ditched pills for cannabis and yoga - Cannabis News

Bryan Fant says medical cannabis, meditation, and yoga saved his life.

U.S. Army veteran Bryan Fant was a helicopter crewman suffering from service-connected neck and back pain.

After 17 years of service and three months in rehab, he was discharged from the Army and on the brink of a downward spiral.

He alienated his friends and family, he was suicidal, and he was hospitalized following a seizure derived from overmedication, fatigue, and malnourishment. 

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Study finds California veterans use cannabis to replace other drugs - Cannabis News

Most veterans who use cannabis report using the drug to treat physical or mental maladies instead of turning to prescription medications or other drugs, a study of California veterans found.

Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania surveyed 93 veterans who received donations of medicinal cannabis from the Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance, based in Santa Cruz County.

The results were published in May in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

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Veterans Face Hurdles to Marijuana Access - Cannabis News

The VA does not allow its doctors to prescribe medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

When Lt. Colonel Doug Distaso retired from the Air Force in 2017, he left with a laundry list of service-related medical diagnoses – chronic pain, a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder – and a slate of opioids, muscle relaxers and other drugs prescribed to ease his symptoms.

The drug cocktail, he says, left him in a medicated stupor.

His wife was worried. He felt like he was at a dead end. 

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PTSD, Veterans And Suicide: Action Is Needed, And Cannabis May Help - Cannabis News

The effectiveness of cannabis in treating PTSD symptoms is well-known and proven. 

The state of Georgia was shaken in April by news of two veterans dying by suicide in a two-day period.

With both deaths occurring near hospitals servicing the Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA was very much in the spotlight, as the media and citizens tried to make sense of the far-too-common tragedy of veteran suicides.

About 20 veterans take their own lives every day in the U.S., according to the VA.

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NYC Cannabis March Demands Legalization As Albany Dithers - Cannabis News

New Yorkers of varying levels of political engagement brazenly smoked pot in public and called for it to be legal, as they did at the 1973 Washington Square Park smoke-in that kicked off the annual tradition.

In 2019, the word "cannabis" evokes things like wellness branding, licensed dispensaries, lobbyists, and criminal justice reformers.

All of these were represented at the NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally in Manhattan Saturday, which culminated in a lineup of bands, speakers and booths in Union Square.

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Willie Nelson: The High Life - Cannabis News

Sixty-five years after he smoked his first joint, Willie Nelson is America’s most legendary stoner and a walking testament to the power of weed. It may have even saved his life.

Willie Nelson is sitting on a couch at his home, a modest cabin that overlooks his 700 acres of gorgeous Texas Hill Country, when he reaches into his sweatshirt and produces a small, square vaporizer, takes a hit and exhales slowly. “Wanna puff?” he asks.

Nelson’s wife, Annie, setting down a cup of coffee on a DVD case working as a coaster in front of him, speaks up. “Careful with that, babe,” she says. “You have to sing tonight.”

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This Mom Entrepreneur Is Developing Medicinal Cannabis to Treat Kids With Autism - Cannabis News

Erica Daniels has dedicated her life to teaching families how cannabis can help their kids with autism.

Erica Daniels was so inspired by how natural treatments improved her son's Autism that she wrote the book Cooking With Leo.

She helped launched a line of medical marijuana products to help other individuals suffering symptoms to live a better quality life and founded a non-profit, Hope Grows for Autism, dedicated to Autism research and education.

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Mass. veterans want to expand marijuana access to help curb opioid crisis - Cannabis News

As the state’s opioid epidemic claims the lives of veterans at three times the rate of other Massachusetts residents, some former members of the armed services are turning to marijuana as an alternative to addictive painkillers — only to find the drug isn’t easily available for them.

Anecdotal evidence has suggested marijuana, also known as cannabis, can ease conditions common to veterans and help them fight opioid addiction.

But because the drug remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government, there are few studies to support its use and the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs does not offer it as a treatment.

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4/21 Organizers Want to Reclaim Cannabis From Corporations - Cannabis News

On April 21, a coalition of justice and reform-minded organizations are launching what they’re calling the 421 For All campaign with a fundraiser designed to spotlight the ongoing need for comprehensive cannabis reform, especially in those states that have legalized but have yet to fulfill promises of “righting the wrongs of the drug war.”

On 4/20, cannabis consumers across the United States will light one up in celebration of cannabis culture.

In 10 states and counting, that celebration is perfectly legal—and increasingly mainstream.

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These 90 Pro Athletes Are Taking Their Cannabis Activism From The U.S. To Canada - Cannabis News

Athletes For CARE -- or A4C for short -- was created by former professional athletes seeking to promote education, research and compassion around cannabis, hemp and other therapeutic alternatives for athletes and the general public.

The cannabis community loves philanthropy.

So, when New Leaf Canada, a Canadian cannabis wellness brand, announced last month that it would donate C$75,000 ($56,400) to nonprofit Athletes For CARE, the news was well received.

To make the deal even sweeter, New Leaf committed to support ongoing fundraising initiatives to sustain A4C’s research and education initiatives.

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Michigan: Biggest Hash Bash ever in Ann Arbor - Cannabis News

It was easily the biggest, smokiest Ann Arbor Hash Bash anyone has ever seen.

A record crowd of well over 10,000 people flooded the University of Michigan Diag and surrounding downtown and campus areas for the 48th-annual political rally and smoke fest Saturday, April 6.

With recreational marijuana now legalized in Michigan, Hash Bash attendees felt freer than ever to light up joints, take hits from bongs and munch on cannabis edibles, even with police nearby.

What they were doing wasn’t really legal, but police seemed to let a lot of things slide on Saturday.

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Military Veterans Organizations Press Congress On Medical Marijuana Research - Cannabis News

U.S. military veterans from diverse backgrounds have been testifying before Congress in recent weeks about the need to expand Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) research into medical marijuana’s benefits.

At a series of joint House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearings, representatives of Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and other groups have discussed their legislative priorities for the 116th Congress -- cannabis reform being one of them.

DAV included “Support VA research into the efficacy of cannabis for service-connected disabled veterans” as one of its asks in written testimony.

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Drug laws have historically been racist. Marijuana activists are helping minority dealers go legal - Cannabis News

Lawmakers and legalization advocates across the country are demanding not just cannabis legalization, but remedies to address decades of demonstrably racist policing.

Fourth-generation Oakland native Tucky Blunt grew up around weed.

His grandmother used it. So did his parents and his friends.

Blunt (yes, that's his real last name) started selling to friends in the neighborhood when he was 16. He was usually careful, buying in bulk from a trusted supplier and selling to customers who'd call him to meet up.

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YouTube’s ‘Pot Scientist’ Fired for Answering Burning Questions - Cannabis News

Most cannabis-legal states don’t shield cannabis-consuming employees from anti-marijuana regulations at their office.

But a recent case involving a substitute teacher in a Colorado charter school begs the question: How can some educational institutions fire employees for legally using cannabis, while still taking cannabis industry tax revenue from the state?

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Advocates rally at state Capitol to change Kentucky's marijuana laws

Advocates filled the Capitol rotunda in Frankfort on Wednesday saying the time is now for a change in Kentucky's marijuana laws.

Lawmakers have filed four cannabis-related bills since the legislative session began in January.

Proposed bills include, one for legalization of medical cannabis and one for responsible adult use of marijuana.

Other filed bills would decriminalize pot possession and offer protections for public employees who use industrial hemp products.

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This rejected Super Bowl ad highlights America’s complicated relationship with marijuana - Cannabis News

The Acreage Super Bowl ad does not promote the company’s products, nor does it try to sell any sort of cannabis. Instead, it focuses on how medical marijuana can be used to treat sickness.

During this year’s Super Bowl, you can expect to see expensive and flashy ads from all the usual suspects: car companies like Kia and Audi, junk food and soda brands like Pepsi and Frito-Lay, and classic drugstore brands such as Procter & Gamble’s Olay and Colgate.

What you won’t see advertised during the big game, though, is cannabis.

Acreage Holdings, a medical cannabis company that operates in 11 states, says that last week, CBS, which broadcasts the Super Bowl, rejected an ad it had submitted to run during the game. 

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Pot website offers free medical marijuana to government workers amid shutdown - Cannabis News

Another business is joining those aiming to ease the pain of the partial government shutdown for federal workers — a marijuana marketplace says it’s giving away free weed.

BudTrader.com, which describes itself as the “largest online cannabis marketplace” and has been dubbed the "Craigslist of weed," will offer free medical marijuana to government workers who can’t pay because of the shutdown.

The shutdown — which affects an estimated 800,000 federal workers and has stretched on for more than a month — stems from disagreements between President Trump and congressional Democrats over his request for more than $5 billion in funding for a border wall separating the United States and Mexico.

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Veterans look to Congress for legal cannabis - Cannabis News

“They can drag this out for years and years if they want to. But we’ll take it to the Supreme Court if we have to, and we’re not going away.”

A new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives appears ready to move on federal marijuana legalization, but there’s a roadblock in the Senate.

Although a feisty new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives appears ready to move on federal marijuana legalization, a roadblock in the Senate could foreshadow a showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Legal Marijuana Advocates Rank The Best And Worst Governors On Cannabis - Cannabis News

The U.S.'s 50 state governors just got their annual report cards from a leading national marijuana legalization organization, and -- for the first time -- over half of them got passing grades.

The new scorecard, released on Wednesday by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), comes at a time when a growing number of governors are focusing on ending cannabis prohibition in their states.

Over the past week, for example, at least eight governors have devoted portions of their inaugural or State of the State speeches to highlighting their support for marijuana law reform.

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Aboard the 'canna crawl' bus, Maryland marijuana patients find community, resources - Cannabis News

The bus tour was like a pub crawl, but meant for the state’s cannabis patients to tour and shop at different dispensaries.

For the first time in five years, Joppa resident Brandon Bevins feels good.

There’s still some pain, but after being diagnosed with bladder cancer at 31, he feels like he’s turning a promising corner.

And he owes it all to the medicinal cannabis community, he said.

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“A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis” Is a Rookie Manual For Navigating the World of Weed - Cannabis News

"Most of the cannabis industry is geared toward men, both sales and advice, and cannabis can relieve many conditions that men don’t experience."

If you want to learn about cannabis, the internet is an intimidating place to start. You'll find thousands of non-accredited sources making broad claims about cannabis consumption, skin care and the healing power of CBD.

If you're lucky, you've got a friend or family member in the industry to help sort fact from fiction.

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Another New Jersey college jumps into the marijuana industry as legal weed looms - Cannabis News

As New Jersey inches toward legalizing adult-use weed, a state university has launched a group aimed at helping lawmakers and towns grapple with the implications of marijuana legalization.

William Paterson University has established a Cannabis Institute, made up of professors and staff, to provide both scientific and economic information on marijuana, opioids and other drugs, according to the school.

“The possible legalization of marijuana in New Jersey has significant public policy, economic, and public health implications that require in-depth research and analysis,” says Richard Helldobler, president of William Paterson University.

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"I don't do this for fun." Patients are hopeful Texas will expand access to medical cannabis - Cannabis News

The Texas Legislature is about to kick off its first session since three licensed marijuana dispensaries opened in the state, providing cannabis products for hundreds of patients. Now advocates are hopeful that lawmakers are ready to dramatically expand that program to thousands more Texans who stand to benefit.

Joshua Raines worried about going to his son’s choir concert in December — not because of his son, but because he himself would be sitting among throngs of people, which was sure to raise his anxieties.

Ultimately, he decided to go. But it wasn’t long before the Army veteran’s hand began shaking — a seizure warning sign. 

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Can medical marijuana for veterans move forward in 2019? - Cannabis News

“Every day they find new medical uses for cannabis. It’d be sad if we continued to keep putting our heads in the sand.”

Rep. Lou Correa thinks 2019 could finally be the year that medical cannabis becomes legal for veterans nationwide.

“What do you tell a veteran who has brought back invisible scars and those opioids aren’t doing a darn thing for them?” the California Democrat said in a recent interview with Military Times.

“They say cannabis works for them. How do you argue against that? I don’t think there is a legitimate argument to oppose it.”

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'Cooking with cannabis' classes are teaching Marylanders how to make their own marijuana edibles - Cannabis News

Maryland has banned infused food from its medical cannabis program, but nutritionists and chefs like the Parkses have partnered with dispensaries around the state to hold classes demonstrating how to make edibles at home.

Will and Gwenelle Parks, who own the gourmet condiment company Saucier Willy in Baltimore County, specialize in concocting homemade sauces, syrups and seasonings using locally sourced produce.

But recently, they’ve found success with a new ingredient: cannabis.

Once medical marijuana became legal for Maryland patients last December, the husband-and-wife duo realized they could blend their kitchen skills with their medicine of choice and fill a void by teaching others how to cook with it.

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New momentum in veterans’ fight for medical marijuana - Cannabis News

Military veterans lobbying for an end to federal classification of marijuana as a lethal substance with no redeeming medicinal value may be closer to that goal than ever before, given the midterm election results.

Between the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives, the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and a federal lawsuit led by a 12-year-old girl with epilepsy, the cannabis prohibition drama is set to unfold on multiple fronts.

“I did a happy dance when Sessions left,” said Jose Belen, an Army veteran who uses marijuana to mitigate the post-traumatic syndrome disorder diagnosis he received following his 2003 tour of Iraq.

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Silver Heads: Medical Cannabis Advocacy for Seniors - Cannabis News

Check out the groups advocating for senior citizens who need access to cannabis.

Seniors, like many other demographics, can benefit immensely from cannabis.

Here are a few groups dedicated to educating and advocating for them.

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‘Cannabis Saved My Life’: Veterans Share Stories of Healing and Recovery - Cannabis News

While the rest of society is breaking down taboos around cannabis, it’s still a difficult topic in the military.

Once a week, a handful of military veterans gather at the Seattle Vet Center to practice the art of writing and the process of healing. Some write fiction. Others reveal themselves in memoir.

We help people find tools to tell their own stories,” says Warren Etheredge, who teaches and leads the sessions. “I’ve been a teacher at every grade level for 30 years, and this is easily the most rewarding work I’ve ever done.”

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"It's going to be a game changer" Veteran fighting to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri - Cannabis News

A decorated Army combat medic is fighting to save lives in a different way.

As part of our Commitment 2018 coverage, we had a chance to talk to Chris Wolfenbarger about his new mission. 

"That was the day I went from being a Buddhist to a Christian to be honest with you," said Wolfenbarger, a retired Missouri Army National Guard Sergeant, reflecting on the day he survived a massive suicide bomb in Afghanistan.

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How marijuana is winning over hearts and minds among military vets in Michigan - Cannabis News

"I've seen that many of my soldiers that have retired and could get a medical marijuana card seem to do better at a much higher rate."

Marijuana is winning over hearts and minds among military vets.

Folks supporting Proposal 1 to legalize recreational use of marijuana are doing everything they can to assure a win for their side.

The Listserv for this group has been jumping off the hook with reports, ideas, and pleas to cover every base possible. Memes in support of the proposal are cropping up everywhere.

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As Medical Marijuana Becomes More Accepted, Veterans Urge the VA To Prescribe It - Cannabis News

Though medical marijuana is legal in most states, the Department of Veterans Affairs will neither recommend nor prescribe it because of a longstanding federal law.

Charles Claybaker spent five tours in Afghanistan, kicking in doors and taking out terrorists.

But an aircraft crash in 2010 left the Army Ranger with a crushed leg, hip and spine and a traumatic brain injury.

Army doctors loaded him up with a dozen prescriptions to numb the pain and keep his PTSD in check. But Claybaker said the pills transformed him from a highly-trained fighter into a zombie for at least two hours a day.

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The United States' first medicinal marijuana kitchen to open in Arizona - Cannabis News

The Mint Dispensary in Tempe, Arizona will open the first full-service cannabis kitchen in the United States on Friday, October 5.

Patients possessing a medicinal marijuana card will now be able to purchase a warm meal customized with a dose of cannabis.

The Mint Dispensary is adding a state-of-the-art kitchen to feature cannabis-infused breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared by fresh on-site by executive chef Carylnn Principal.

Just want a snack? You can grab one of those as well. The kitchen will offer a full menu of pizza, pasta, artisan burgers, street tacos, fries, and other cannabis-infused meals for patients to pick up and consume on the go. 

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Nonprofit Wants to Teach Cannabis and Dispensary Sign Language - Cannabis News

For those new to using cannabis, learning all the slang and scientific terms around the plant can be tough - but imagine how hard it'd be to learn "cannabinoid" if you couldn't hear at all?

Dr. Regina Nelson, president of cannabis education nonprofit eCS Therapy Center, will spearhead a new project dubbed “Sign of the Times," which aims to bring cannabis sign language to deaf people.

Nelson, a longtime medical marijuana activist, will meet with a team of certified deaf interpreters in Denver next month to discuss their up coming platform.

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When It Comes to Medical Marijuana, Veterans Often Have to Improvise - Cannabis News

"The VA, they just throw pills at you. When I started using cannabis, it was completely different. Now I participate in my life. I'm active. I actually care. It's a complete 180 now."

It wasn't until years after she got out of the Navy that Elizabeth Bietts went to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Bietts, who worked as an airplane mechanic, said she was raped 12 times during her almost seven years in the Navy, and didn't talk about it until she went to file a claim for benefits with the VA years later.

"All these emotions had been suppressed, buried deep inside. I hadn't thought about it or talked about it," Bietts, 36, of Vernon, said during a recent phone interview. "I'd learned to live with it. Thinking about it again, it was a lot." 

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Joints For Homeless Offers Compassion and Cannabis - Cannabis News

A grassroots campaign that is encouraging members of the cannabis community to help homeless people has a twist in its approach.

In addition to offering food and personal care items to people on the street, Joints for Homeless suggests that people include a little cannabis in their kindness.

Shane Pettas AKA Boppin told High Times that his grandfather taught him to give back to the community and help the homeless when he was a kid.

He’s carried on the tradition and said he plans to teach his kids to do the same. 

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V.A. Shuns Medical Marijuana, Leaving Vets to Improvise - Cannabis News

Doctors in the veterans’ health system say the department’s lack of research has left them without much good advice to give veterans.

Some of the local growers along the coast here see it as an act of medical compassion: Donating part of their crop of high-potency medical marijuana to ailing veterans, who line up by the dozens each month in the echoing auditorium of the city’s old veterans’ hall to get a ticket they can exchange for a free bag.

One Vietnam veteran in the line said he was using marijuana-infused oil to treat pancreatic cancer.

Another said that smoking cannabis eased the pain from a recent hip replacement better than prescription pills did. 

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