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Adult marijuana use increasing in US, two studies show

That’s according to findings from two different studies – the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and a report from the Public Health Institute.

The National Survey found that in 2016:

  • Nearly 21% of U.S. residents between the ages of 18 and 25 used cannabis at least monthly.
  • Among adults 26-34, monthly consumers made up almost 15% of the general public.

Those numbers are the highest rates of marijuana use since 1985, The Washington Post reported.

According to Newsweek, the Public Health Institute’s study found that:

  • Cannabis consumption among women “almost doubled between 1984 and 2015, from 5.5% of adults to 10.6%.”
  • 14.7% more men have been using cannabis since 2000.
  • Overall, just under 13% of American adults have tried cannabis since 2015, which is up from 6.7% 10 years ago.

The takeaway seems to be that cannabis still has a long way to go before it’s realistically competing with alcohol as America’s drug of choice, but its overall popularity is on the rise.

Read more HERE.

Philly-area law firms bullish on cannabis despite grave legal risks

by Sam Wood, Staff Writer  @samwoodiii  samwood@phillynews.com

 

Lawyers going into the marijuana business face potential arrest, disbarment, and even imprisonment. But they’re gambling that the smoke will clear, and the federal government will eventually legalize cannabis.

 Many of Philadelphia’s biggest firms — Duane MorrisFox Rothschild, and Cozen O’Connor among them — have set up practices recently to serve cannabis growers, dispensaries, and related entrepreneurs as the state aggressively gear up to make medical marijuana available to patients by early 2018. Last month, Pepper Hamilton“formalized” its marijuana industry group.

“We saw it as a growth opportunity,” said Joseph C. Bedwick, a partner at Cozen O’Connor. But the continuing disconnect between state and federal laws, and the Trump administration’s antipathy toward marijuana , has created what Bedwick calls “a big ball of uncertainty.”

“At any moment, theoretically, they can say, ‘We’re going to crack down on this,’ ” Bedwick said. And with so many attorneys getting into the cannabis game, some doubt there will be enough work to sustain those practices.

Marijuana has been legalized in some form by legislatures in 26 states — Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware among them — and the District of Columbia. But federal law, under the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution, supersedes all state laws. And the U.S. government continues to view marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance; it considers cannabis to have “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.” It remains a federal crime to possess, grow, distribute, or prescribe marijuana in any form.

Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Justice took a hands-off approach to enforcement. A 2013 memorandum advised U.S. attorneys not to prosecute businesses that comply with state laws. A congressional rider to an appropriations bill, known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, forbids the justice department from spending money to prosecute medical cannabis patients and state-compliant programs. But neither the memo nor the amendment grants immunity, and both could be revoked without warning.

 

 

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How Effective Is Medical Marijuana? Here’s A Closer Look At 14 Different Uses

Whether you’re in the camp to legalize marijuana or would rather keep it restricted (no judging, here!), it’s high time to size up its medical claims. Pot pre-dates the Egyptian pyramids—but it took till now for 23 states to give their A-Okay for its medicinal use. Prevention asked top docs whether cannabis, med-speak for marijuana, is actually helpful (or at least promising) for nearly two dozen health woes ranging from multiple sclerosis to migraines, cancer pain to epilepsy.

Two things to keep in mind as you’re reading: Most of the research involves marijuana or its individual psychoactive compounds administered in carefully measured doses—a far cry from the variability in strains being sold on the street or even in dispensaries. “That’s the equivalent of buying penicillin at a flea market,” contends Ivor Grant, MD, chair of the department of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. And there’s just not a lot of research yet, period. The FDA hasn’t removed marijuana from its “schedule-one” drug designation, which it reserves for substances that have no acceptable medical use. “Few doctors have the special permission required to work with schedule-one drugs,” notes Otis Brawley, MD, chief medical and scientific officer of the American Cancer Society. “Cocaine is less restricted than marijuana.”

Even so, experts have been able to cobble together enough info to tell you what has merit and what’s just bogus. Pot, here’s your first report card.

Read the full article at Prevention.com

50 unexpected benefits of cannabis (you might not know)

It comes as no shock to anyone who knows cannabis that it’s something of a miracle herb.

But as we bring this plant out of the dark and into the light, it continues to blow our minds – just how great the benefits of marijuana actually are!

We are talking about benefits to public health, to the economy, and to each and every person who develops a positive relationship with this therapeutic plant.

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