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Study: Regular Marijuana Use Associated With Reduced Risk of Kidney Stones

According to a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology, men who consume marijuana are considerably less likely than non-users to experience kidney stones. “The purpose of this investigation is to determine whether regular marijuana use is related to history of kidney stones in the US population”, states the study’s abstract. For the …

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US House of Representatives Passes Amendments to Put Millions Into Psychedelic Research

The full House of Representatives for the United States has given approval to amendments that would facilitate the research of psychedelic substances. The amendments were approved as part of a larger federal spending bill that covers the Department of Defense, and were approved in a voice vote. The first amendment, filed by Representatives Morgan Luttrell …

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Workers at Utah Medical Marijuana Dispensary Vote to Unionize

In another example of the growing unionization of the marijuana industry, employees of Dragonfly Wellness, a medical marijuana dispensary in Salt Lake City, have voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). This marks the first marijuana-related company in Utah to unionize. The vote involved around 30 employees, with the move to unionize …

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Jones Soda Launches Marijuana-Infused Sodas in Washington State

 Jones Soda Co., “the original craft soda known for its unconventional flavors and user-submitted photo labels”, announced today that its crossover cannabis brand Mary Jones is now available at marijuana stores in Washington state. According to a press release, the award-winning THC craft soda features the same pure cane sugar recipes as mainline Jones, adapted …

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Teamsters Union Commends Senate Committee for Passing SAFER Banking Act

In a press release the International Brotherhood of Teamsters commended the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs for passing the Secure and Fair Enforcement Regulation (SAFER) Banking Act, earlier today. The SAFER Banking Act (S. 2860) would “provide safer working conditions for cannabis workers by amending federal laws to allow their employers …

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New York Plans to Issue Up to 1,500 More Licenses for Marijuana Businesses

New York’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) announced today that it plans to issue up to 1,500 more marijuana business licenses including for growers and retail outlets. New York legalized recreational marijuana in 2021, but a slow rollout of the program means that less than two dozen licensed marijuana stores are currently open throughout a …

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Poll: 67% of Ohio Voters Support Legalizing Marijuana

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New polling released by FM3 Research shows that a strong majority of voters in Ohio support legalizing marijuana. The poll, conducted between August 14 and August 23 with a margin of error of +/- 3.5%, is a good sign for the proponents of Issue 2, an initiative to legalize marijuana throughout Ohio that is being voted …

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Bipartisan Group of 22 Attorneys General Send Letter to Congress Urging Passage of Marijuana Banking Act

A bipartisan coalition of 21 state attorneys general and the attorney general of D.C., have sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to pass the SAFER Banking Act. Earlier today the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs passed the SAFER Banking Act (S.2860), with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowing to give …

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Oregon and WA: Decriminalizing Drugs Not Linked to Higher Overdose Death Rates

New research published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry found that in Oregon and Washington, two states that implemented drug decriminalization policies in early 2021, there is no evidence of an association between decriminalization and fatal drug overdose rates. The findings are the result of a collaboration between the Center for Opioid Epidemiology …

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US Senate Majority Leader Says Full Senate Will Vote “Very Soon” on Marijuana Banking Act

Shortly after the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs passed the SAFER Banking Act (S.2860), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to give it a floor vote. Senator Schumer says that the SAFER Banking Act will receive a vote in the full Senate “very soon”, indicating he’s confident it has enough support to …

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