In Praise of Going to Therapy Stoned • High Times


Upon first thought, going to therapy stoned sounds like a bad idea and a waste of money–but is it? Could cannabis actually enhance sessions and help clients get the most out of their treatment? Maybe those of us who go to therapy stone-cold-sober are doing it all wrong.  Mental healthcare is expensive, and there’s nothing worse than leaving a therapy session feeling like you didn’t get anywhere or kept emotions bottled up. For some, however, weed is the antidote.

Let’s face it: Therapy can be awkward–even stressful. If you’re someone who gets anxious before a session, you’re in good company;  plenty of people experience at least a little worry surrounding therapy. While therapy is beneficial for treating anxiety and various mental illnesses, the thought of heading to an appointment might very well get your heart racing. Therapists will often encourage you to dig up the darkest parts of your past and to challenge unhealthy thoughts that you’re having. Doing that is definitely not easy or fun.

Enter our friend, Mary Jane.

If you’re not the kind of person who turns into a quiet zombie while smoking, going to therapy stoned could be beneficial. Dealing with trauma in therapy is often a tricky process in which you have to talk about painful experiences that can be emotionally draining.

29-year-old Alayna K. says going to therapy stoned helps her process trauma in a much less painful way. She says that going to therapy high the first time wasn’t a premeditated plan. During her first mind-altered session, however, she found there was a great difference in the way she felt. “I realized it was helping me and easing me into talking about hard things,” she says. “During the session, I was relaxed and calm, and could tell my therapist things I didn’t think I was ready to.”

Alayna doesn’t smoke before every therapy session, but when she does, she takes note of both emotional and physical benefits. “[Cannabis] slows me down and keeps my heart rate from skyrocketing from thinking about my trauma,” she says. “It just makes me look at things from afar and process them. Things that normally wouldn’t roll off my [tongue]  are suddenly easier to speak about.”

Perhaps most importantly, Alayna’s weed-therapy combo has helped her come to a monumental treatment milestone regarding her past trauma. “It opens my eyes. I can see that things weren’t my fault and that it’s okay that I froze when I did.”

Imagine how many people pop a Xanax before therapy. Therapists don’t see a problem with that, do they?

Even folks who aren’t in therapy for trauma may find attending appointments anxiety-inducing. Gabriela Herstik, 25, has been going to therapy stoned for the past year. She’s found that going to therapy stoned significantly lessens her anxiety surrounding talking about what makes her anxious.

She confesses, “Although there have been times where this has made my experience a little more difficult (A.K.A. I got a little too stoned) for the most part I feel like when I smoke, I not only have less trouble communicating my emotions, but it’s also easier for me to connect with them in the first place.”

Herstik explains that sometimes just the idea of talking about what makes her anxious sparks her anxiety. Thus, weed helps her relax and avoid fixating on anxious thoughts before a session. “I find that when I turn up to my therapist office high I open up easier, and feel more comfortable diving into what’s really on my mind,” she says. “Sometimes it just gets me talking, sometimes I feel like it allows me to connect to my heart so I can express what’s going on from a more authentic place.”

Nina A., 28, has been in therapy for 10 years for generalized anxiety disorder and depression. She agrees that cannabis helps her get the most out of therapy. “I do my best thinking on the ride up to therapy, stoned,” she claims. During her hour-long commute to the therapist’s office, she organizes her thoughts and plans for the session. “I start to pull all of my swirling thoughts for the week down onto paper or into more of a developed thought on my way there,” she says. “I start to organize my ideas or concepts for the week that have floated around. I really think being stoned kinda helps with the fluidity of that process.”

Upon arriving at therapy, Nina shares the same sentiment as Gabriela: cannabis helps her open up. “When I get to therapy I definitely flow more freely with thoughts,” she admits. “I might jump around more, but I think it allows me to access the emotional leads of my thoughts.”

For a mental health professional’s point of view, we spoke to Arizona-based therapist and holistic life coach Vivian Nelson Melle, who also happens to be a medical marijuana patient. She tells me she does not have a problem with clients attending therapy stoned. In fact, she sees benefits to it. “I think cannabis as a treatment for behavioral health should have the same acceptance as pharmaceuticals,” she contends.

Think about it: Imagine how many people pop a Xanax before therapy. Therapists don’t see a problem with that, do they?

Nelson Melle believes that cannabis lowers inhibitions, making a person more open to talking and being honest. “It basically cuts the amount of time needed to be real and get down to the nitty-gritty,” she says.

This theory is in line with the experiences that Alayna, Gabriela, and Nina have shared with us. Weed helps them to feel less reluctant to open up in therapy, thereby getting more in touch with their feelings and right down to the “nitty-gritty.”

But going to therapy stoned isn’t something everyone should do. Nelson Melle says that anyone who is on probation, dealing with courts, or child protective services should avoid using cannabis and going to therapy.  “Basically, anyone who could endanger court cases shouldn’t go to therapy high,” she says. “[A therapist] would likely know if they have to do drug testing. And although I would not report people using cannabis without a card, I think clients should be very cautious using without a medical marijuana card. There are too many counselors who will report it, especially if [a patient has] children. They’ll often call CPS (child protective services). I’ve seen that done. Some drug treatments also don’t allow treatment to continue if cannabis is found in the system, so if the care is in coordination with drug treatment, the client needs to weigh the benefits. For some, cannabis is more helpful than traditional drug treatment. Again, it depends on the client.”

So, if you’re in therapy and also an avid cannabis consumer, you might just want to give this unique approach to therapy a go. It could be the solution you’re looking for if you feel like you’re hitting a wall in your treatment or dreading every appointment. When it comes down to it, whether or not you want to try going to therapy stoned is entirely up to you–but why wouldn’t you make the most of it, and enhance your session?





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Could medical marijuana help older people with their ailments?


Medical marijuana may bring relief to older people who have symptoms like pain, sleep disorders or anxiety due to chronic conditions including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy, spinal cord damage and multiple sclerosis, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 71st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 4 to 10, 2019. The study not only found medical marijuana may be safe and effective, it also found that one-third of participants reduced their use of opioids. However, the study was retrospective and relied on participants reporting whether they experienced symptom relief, so it is possible that the placebo effect may have played a role. Additional randomized, placebo-controlled studies are needed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 80 percent of older adults have at least one chronic health condition.

“With legalization in many states, medical marijuana has become a popular treatment option among people with chronic diseases and disorders, yet there is limited research, especially in older people,” said study author Laszlo Mechtler, MD, of Dent Neurologic Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. “Our findings are promising and can help fuel further research into medical marijuana as an additional option for this group of people who often have chronic conditions.”

The study involved 204 people with an average age of 81 who were enrolled in New York State’s Medical Marijuana Program. Participants took various ratios of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to cannabidiol (CBD), the main active chemicals in medical marijuana, for an average of four months and had regular checkups. The medical marijuana was taken by mouth as a liquid extract tincture, capsule or in an electronic vaporizer.

Initially, 34 percent of participants had side effects from the medical marijuana. After an adjustment in dosage, only 21 percent reported side effects. The most common side effects were sleepiness in 13 percent of patients, balance problems in 7 percent and gastrointestinal disturbances in 7 percent. Three percent of the participants stopped taking the medical marijuana due to the side effects. Researchers said a ratio of one-to-one THC to CBD was the most common ratio among people who reported no side effects.

Researchers found that 69 percent of participants experienced some symptom relief. Of those, the most common conditions that improved were pain with 49 percent experiencing relief, sleep symptoms with 18 percent experiencing relief, neuropathy improving in 15 percent and anxiety improving in 10 percent.

Opioid pain medication was reduced in 32 percent of participants.

“Our findings show that medical marijuana is well-tolerated in people age 75 and older and may improve symptoms like chronic pain and anxiety,” said Mechtler. “Future research should focus on symptoms like sleepiness and balance problems, as well as efficacy and optimal dosing.”

The study was supported by the Dent Family Foundation.

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Oklahoma House Passes Medical Cannabis Protection Bill • High Times


Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program has divided patients and health professionals, voters and their elected officials. But a new bill, which cleared the House floor Thursday with a 93-5 vote, aims to create unity on the issue. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act represents a bipartisan effort to craft new rules for the state program. It also marks the culmination of a working group’s efforts to create a framework based on input from proponents and opponents of State Question 788.

Oklahoma’s New Medical Marijuana Rulebook Just Passed in the House

Jon Echols (R-Oklahoma City), Oklahoma’s House Speaker and co-chair of the working group behind HB 2612, said the goal of the Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act “is not to fix every issue or deal with every issue that will pop up.”

Instead, Echols said the goal was to establish a framework for the booming industry and move on from there. That framework came as a result of 13 meetings group members held with pro-legalization advocates who helped craft SQ 788 and the law enforcement and medical trade groups who opposed the ballot initiative.

Here’s How Oklahoma’s “Unity Bill” Protects Patients

Among the most important provisions of HB 2612 are those which protect patients and their access to medical cannabis. The bill prohibits any restrictions on the types and forms of medical marijuana and products, quelling fears about a ban on smokable products. And it prohibits any limitations on the amount or quantity of THC products can contain.

The bill protects the housing and education rights of medical cannabis patients. It prohibits schools or landlords from refusing to enroll or lease to medical marijuana licensees. And it protects against sanction in the workplace by prohibiting employers from discriminating against medical marijuana licensees. HB 2612 equally protects parents from losing custody or visitation rights for lawful medical cannabis use. It even protects those around medical cannabis licensees—like friends, family, and caregivers—from drug possession or use charges.

These are just some of the many protections HB 2612 puts in place for patients. There are too many to list. The bill also lays out a host of regulatory and licensing guidelines for business, patients, and caregivers. It establishes testing and labeling requirements. In short, it is a comprehensive framework for a program that enjoyed an accelerated start.

Oklahoma’s Medical Cannabis Program Could See Even More Changes in 2019

After passing the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act on Wednesday, state lawmakers still have a long lineup of proposals to consider. Each would tweak the state’s medical marijuana law in its own way, and most in less patient-friendly ways than HB 2612.

Republican Sen. Ronnie Paxton’s (Tuttle) bill would institute harsher penalties for patients who forget to carry their medical card. Republican Sen. Julie Daniels’ (Bartlesville) bill would add exempt “safety-sensitive jobs” from workplace protections for medical licensees. But it would also prevent the state from revoking or withholding a concealed carry license for medical patients. Sen Kim David’s (R-Porter) bill would fine patients who violated personal possession limits. Still, other bills would let counties opt out of medical cannabis, impose higher taxes on patients and businesses, and fine anyone who fakes a medical card.

Efforts like these by Republican lawmakers are largely responsible for the divisiveness around the issue of medical cannabis–the same divisiveness House lawmakers are now trying to mend. But with a strong network of advocacy groups and popular support, pro-patient groups in Oklahoma have succeeded at pushing back. The important protections in HB 2612 are solid proof. Now, it’s up to the Senate to agree.





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Cory Booker Re-Introduces the Marijuana Justice Act in Congress


Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey just re-introduced the Marijuana Justice Act on Thursday, a bill that would legalize cannabis at the federal level if passed. A companion measure will be introduced in the House by Reps. Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna, both Democrats from California. Booker first introduced the bill in the Senate in 2017, but the measure was never taken up for a vote by the body. Booker said in a statement announcing the re-introduction of the bill that cannabis prohibition has had a devastating effect on minority communities.

“The War on Drugs has not been a war on drugs, it’s been a war on people, and disproportionately people of color and low-income individuals,” Booker said. “The Marijuana Justice Act seeks to reverse decades of this unfair, unjust, and failed policy by removing marijuana from the list of controlled substances and making it legal at the federal level.”

In addition to exempting cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, Booker’s bill would expunge the records of those convicted of federal charges for marijuana use or possession. The Marijuana Justice Act would also provide resources for community re-entry and job training programs.

“It’s not enough to simply decriminalize marijuana,” Booker said. “We must expunge the records of those who have served their time. The end we seek is not just legalization, it’s justice.”

Booker noted that people of different races use cannabis and commit marijuana offenses at similar rates but the law is applied disproportionately.

“Black folks, who are no different in their usage rates, or even the dealing rate, are almost four times more likely to be incarcerated for marijuana,” Booker said. “We do not have equal justice under the law.”

Co-Sponsors Signing On to Booker’s Bill

The Marijuana Justice Act is already receiving widespread support from Booker’s colleagues in the Senate. Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet, and Bernie Sanders, who like Booker have all announced a bid for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination for president, say that they will support the cannabis legalization bill.

“Hundreds of thousands of people are arrested for possession of marijuana every single year,” Sanders said in a statement. “We must end the absurd situation of marijuana being listed as a Schedule 1 drug alongside heroin. It is time to decriminalize marijuana, expunge past marijuana convictions and end the failed war on drugs.”

Harris also released a statement about her sponsorship of the bill.

“Marijuana laws in this country have not been applied equally, and as a result we have criminalized marijuana use in a way that has led to the disproportionate incarceration of young men of color.” she wrote. “Legalizing marijuana is the smart thing to do and the right thing to do to advance justice and equality for every American.”

Both Warren and Harris have previously opposed cannabis legalization but have now indicated support for a change in federal marijuana policy. Two weeks ago, Harris admitted to using cannabis in the past, noting “I did inhale.”

“Listen, I think [it] gives a lot of people joy, and we need more joy,” Harris said.

She even went so far as to claim a sort of cultural imperative to use the herb.

“Half my family’s from Jamaica,” she said. “Are you kidding me?”

But that characterization garnered a swift rebuke from Harris’ father, a Stanford University emeritus professor of economics.

“My dear departed grandmothers … as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not, with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics,” he wrote to the website Jamaica Global Online.





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The Marijuana Justice Act Introduced In Both Chambers Of Congress – Weed News


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Today, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) along with Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Ro Khanna (D-CA), introduced The Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and incentivize states to end the racially disparate criminalization of marijuana consumers.

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NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said:

“The Marijuana Justice Act is the most comprehensive piece of federal legislation ever introduced to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and to address the egregious harms that this policy has wrought on already marginalized communities.”

“This robust legislation not only removes marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, but it also provides a path forward for the individuals and communities that have been most disproportionately impacted by our nation’s failed war on marijuana consumers,”

“The ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, impedes legitimate scientific research into the plant’s medicinal properties, and disproportionately impacts communities of color,”

“Communities of color have disproportionately suffered for decades because of our racist enforcement of marijuana laws and that must be addressed in the age of legalization through policies such as the Marijuana Justice Act,”

“It is time for federal lawmakers to acknowledge this reality. It is time to stop ceding control of the marijuana market to untaxed criminal enterprises, and for lawmakers to amend federal law in a manner that comports with available science, public opinion, and the rapidly changing cultural status of cannabis.”

The Marijuana Justice Act of 2019 would:

  • Remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances making it legal at the federal level;
  • Incentivize states through federal funds to change their marijuana laws if marijuana in the state is illegal and it disproportionately arrests or incarcerates minority and poor people for marijuana-related offenses;
  • Automatically expunge federal marijuana use and possession records;
  • Allow individuals currently serving time in federal prison to petition a court for a resentencing;
  • Create a community reinvestment fund to invest in communities most impacted by the failed War on Drugs and allow the money to go towards the following programs:
    • Job training;
    • Reentry services;
    • Expenses related to the expungement of convictions;
    • Public libraries;
    • Community centers;
    • Programs and opportunities dedicated to youth; and
    • Health education programs.

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The bill sponsors said the following at the time of release:

“The War on Drugs has not been a war on drugs, it’s been a war on people, and disproportionately people of color and low-income individuals,” Booker said. “The Marijuana Justice Act seeks to reverse decades of this unfair, unjust, and failed policy by removing marijuana from the list of controlled substances and making it legal at the federal level.”

“But it’s not enough to simply decriminalize marijuana. We must also repair the damage caused by reinvesting in those communities that have been most harmed by the War on Drugs. And we must expunge the records of those who have served their time. The end we seek is not just legalization, it’s justice,” concluded Booker.

“Communities of color and low-income communities have been devastated by the War on Drugs,” Representative Barbara Lee said. “As Co-Chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, I’m proud to sponsor legislation that would legalize marijuana at the federal level, address the disproportionate impact of prohibition on people of color by expunging criminal convictions, and promote equitable participation in the legal marijuana industry by investing in the communities hardest hit by the failed War on Drugs.”

“Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by misguided marijuana policy for far too long,” Khanna said. “Rep. Lee, Sen. Booker, and I are proud to introduce this important legislation and deliver justice for so many Americans.”

The Senate version of the bill is initially cosponsored by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO).

In the previous Congress, the House version had 44 members of Congress on it, representing over 10% of the body and the most supporters for a descheduling bill in the history of prohibition.

Thirty-three states, Washington, DC and the US territories of Guam, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico have enacted legislation specific to the physician-authorized use of cannabis, while an estimated 25 percent of Americans now reside in jurisdictions where anyone over the age of 21 may possess cannabis legally. Voters overwhelmingly support these policy changes.

To date, these statewide regulatory programs are operating largely as voters and politicians intended. The enactment of these policies have not negatively impacted workplace safety, crime rates, traffic safety, or youth use patterns. They have stimulated economic development and created hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue.

Specifically, a 2017 report estimates that over 149,000 Americans are now working full-time in the cannabis industry. According to tax data compiled by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, tax revenues in 2018 derived from state-sanctioned recreational sales surpassed $1 billion – a 57 percent increase over 2017 levels. Further, numerous studies have identified an association between cannabis access and lower rates of opioid use, abuse, hospitalizations, and mortality.

Sixty-six percent of Americans — including majorities of Democrats, Republicans,and Independents — believe that “the use of marijuana should be made legal,” according to 2018 polling data compiled by Gallup. This percentage is the highest level of support for legalization ever reported in a nationwide, scientific poll.

Tell your federal lawmakers to cosponsor the Marijuana Justice Act!

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Thursday, February 28, 2019 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News


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Thursday, February 28, 2019 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// New Hampshire gives initial approval to recreational pot (Washington Post (AP))

// Ottawa to unveil ‘no-cost expedited’ pardons for Canadians convicted of pot possession (The Record)

// FDA Head Reveals New Details About Agency’s CBD Regulation Plans (Marijuana Moment)


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// Lawmakers file bills to legalize and tax marijuana in Florida (WFLA 8 NBC)

// Curaleaf Choom Announce Expansion Acquisitions (Green Market Report)

// 4Front Strengthens Platform with Acquisitions in Massachusetts and Arizona (Green Market Report)

// Walmart Canada removes Canopy Growth’s cannabis vaporizer from website (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Gov. Holcomb admits to using marijuana in college not budging on opposition to legalization (Indy Channel)

// New York City Council Holds Joint Hearing On Marijuana Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

// Marijuana Decriminalization Approved By Hawaii House Committee (Marijuana Moment)


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Martha Stewart joins Canadian marijuana grower as adviser | World news


Canada’s huge marijuana producer Canopy Growth has recruited the lifestyle guru Martha Stewart as an adviser to help develop a line of new cannabis-based products for humans and animals, the company announced on Thursday.

Cannabis companies in Canada, including Ontario-based Canopy, have been pouring cash into their businesses to fend off competition and develop new products, especially after the country approved the use of recreational marijuana in 2017.

Canopy, the world’s largest pot producer, also has a deal with the Corona beer maker Constellation Brands for the alcohol company to invest more than $4bn in Canopy to develop various drinks.

Canopy announced Thursday’s agreement with Sequential Brands Group Inc, which owns the Martha Stewart brand of media and merchandising properties.

“I’m especially looking forward to our first collaboration together, which will offer sensible products for people’s beloved pets,” Stewart, made famous by her cooking shows in the 1990s and then infamous by her conviction for lying to federal investigators over a share trade, said in a statement on Thursday.

She currently hosts a show with the rapper Snoop Dogg, who made headlines last year for smoking a cannabis blunt in front of the White House. Stewart is also well known for championing animal rights.

Canopy has also announced plans to invest between $100 and $150m in a hemp industrial park in New York State.

Canopy’s chief executive, Bruce Linton, described Stewart’s as a “one of a kind” collaborator on Thursday, according to a Canadian news report.

The company will use Stewart’s expertise and experience in consumer products in conjunction with its aim to exploring hemp-derived CBD, a compound found in cannabis, and other cannabinoids for items for human and animals that tap into the beneficial properties other than getting high.



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Caribbean Nation St. Kitts and Nevis Announces Reform in Cannabis Laws


The Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis announced major drug policy reforms last week that will legalize medicinal cannabis and decriminalize recreational use by adults. In a statement before the National Assembly on February 20, Prime Minister Timothy Harris said that his cabinet had accepted the unanimous recommendations from the National Marijuana Commission and would introduce the bills required to make them law. The commission has been exploring options for cannabis policy reform through a series of public forums since 2017.

“This is a significant development done after 15 months of widespread consultations in Nevis and St. Kitts. We thank Dr. Hazel Laws and the entire National Commission for their excellent work,” Harris said.

The recommendations call for legislation creating a strictly regulated program for the use of cannabis and its derivatives for medicinal and scientific purposes. A licensing authority would be created to regulate cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, and importation. Two tiers of cannabis practitioners would be established, herbalists for nonprescription marijuana products and medical practitioners for prescription cannabis medications, which would be required to comply with international labeling standards.

Adult-Use Decriminalized

Harris said that his cabinet had also approved the recommendation to decriminalize small quantities of recreational pot, including cultivation.

“Those found with under 15 grams of cannabis or growing less than 5 plants would receive ticketable offenses only, and of course, their criminal record would not reflect adversely with respect to these,” said Harris.

The recommendations also include provisions to expunge records for similar convictions and release those serving time for decriminalized offenses.

“Those currently in prison on convictions for small amounts of 15 grams should have their sentences reviewed and anyone convicted for such small amounts would have their conviction records appropriately cleared up,” Harris said.

The prime minister noted that some prohibitions against pot will remain in place.

“The use of cannabis in public places will continue to be a serious offense and we will seek also to prohibit the sale or use of cannabis by persons under the age of 18 years old,” he said.

Harris also called for the enactment of penalties for driving under the influence of cannabis. A public information campaign on the benefits and risks of cannabis use and potential harm associated with use by young people would be created before changes in the law are enacted. And he noted that his government is only enacting the unanimous recommendations from the commission, and would consider those not approved by the entire panel, including the legalization of cannabis for religious and recreational purposes, at a later date.

“The Cabinet considers therefore that a phased approach is advisable taking the unanimous recommendations of the Commission as our first steps and thereafter consider the other areas on which unanimity could not be achieved, and that would be the prudent approach to take,” he said.

Harris said that approving the commission’s recommendations was the beginning of a process, with much work left to be done.

“The acceptance of these recommendations put forward unanimously by the National Marijuana Commission portends some fundamental changes to existing laws in St. Kitts and Nevis which the Cabinet will have to consider carefully and consult further on.”





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Children With Autism Possess Decreased Endocannabinoid Levels – Weed News


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Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) possess lower levels of endogenous cannabinoids than do matched controls, according to data published in the journal Molecular Autism.

Israeli researchers compared endocannabinoid serum levels in 93 patients with ASD versus controls. They reported “substantially lower” serum levels of the primary endocannabinoid anandamide, as well as its related compounds, in children with ASD.

In recent months, several clinical trials — such as those hereherehere, and here — have demonstrated that the supplemental administration of plant-derived CBD-dominant cannabis extracts is associated with symptom mitigation in patients with autism spectrum disorder.

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New Hampshire House Green Lights Marijuana Legalization Bill • High Times


New Hampshire could be moving closer to legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. Yesterday, lawmakers in the New Hampshire House approved a legalization bill. Although this is in many ways a big step forward for the state’s legalization movement, there are still a number of potentially big roadblocks before full-scale legalization becomes a reality.

House Approves Legalization Bill

Yesterday, the New Hampshire House voted in favor of a bill to legalize the use of marijuana. Specifically, the bill won by a 207-139 margin.

Now, the bill will move on the New Hampshire House Ways and Means Committee. And then after that, it will also have to move on to additional rounds of review, voting, and approval.

The question of cannabis legalization has become increasingly important in New Hampshire in recent years. One reason for the growing sense of urgency on this issue is that many of New Hampshire’s neighbors are either legalizing or considering legalizing marijuana.

This includes states like Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont, that have legalized recreational marijuana in one form or another.

In any case, lawmakers in New Hampshire have been seriously considering the question in recent months. The bill approved by the House this week would make it legal for adults to possess up to one ounce of cannabis. Additionally, it would make it legal for adults to grow a limited number of plants.

However, the bill did not include anything to set up a regulatory system for actual retail. Such a bill would make it legal for adults to possess and consume weed, but would not provide any framework for cannabis businesses to sell weed.

Support for Legalization

As reported by the AP, a new survey from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center found that over two-thirds of New Hampshire adults support legalizing marijuana.

Similarly, there are a number of lawmakers who are becoming increasingly outspoken in their support of legalization. For example, Rep. Keith Ammon told the AP that legalizing weed would carry important symbolic value.

“It looks bad for the reputation of the Live Free or Die to be an island of prohibition surrounded by a sea of freedom,” he said.

Similarly, Rep. Renny Cushing said that legalization could have important implications for tourism in the state. Conversely, failing to legalize could have a negative effect, according to Cushing.

“The idea that New Hampshire is going to be this sole place where it’s not an option available I think will have a detrimental impact on the state,” he said. “The time is now. We need to move forward.”

Roadblocks Facing Current Legalization Bill

Interestingly, one of the potential roadblocks facing this most current bill is actually an effort to study and prepare for legalization.

Last year, New Hampshire established a commission to study pathways to legalization. The group’s final report is reportedly not due until November.

In the meantime, opponents of New Hampshire’s current legalization bill are calling for the state to hold off on any actions until the commission completes its study and makes its recommendations,

On that timeline, November would be the earliest that lawmakers could begin taking concrete action toward legalization.





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