Topical CBD Reduced Ulcer Size and Accelerated Healing in New Study

Topical CBD reduced the size and accelerated the healing of recurrent ulcers in a new randomized controlled trial published in the journal BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

Titled Efficacy and safety of topical 0.1% cannabidiol for managing recurrent aphthous ulcers: a randomized controlled trial, the study was conducted by researchers at the Ministry of Public Health Thailand and Chulalongkorn University.

“Although topical steroids constitute the first-line therapy for recurrent aphthous ulcers (RAUs), their long-term use often leads to candidiasis”, states the study. “Although cannabidiol (CBD) can be an alternative for pharmacologically managing RAUs due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory in vivo effects, there is a lack of clinical and safety trials concerning its use.”

With this in mind, the aim of this study “was to evaluate the clinical safety and efficacy of topical 0.1% CBD for managing RAU.”
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Colorado Garnered $23 Million in Marijuana Taxes in January, 2023

According to new data from the Colorado Department of Revenue, the state garnered over $23 million in taxes from marijuana sales last month.

In total the state made $23,352,041 in taxes from marijuana and marijuana products sold legally within the state in January. This brings the total since the beginning of legal marijuana sales in 2014 to $2,366,388,730.

In Colorado the excise tax on marijuana is set at 15%, which is on top of the 2.9% standard statewide sales tax. In addition to these taxes, localities have the option of implementing a city-wide tax of up to 3%. Colorado garnered $325 million in marijuana taxes in 2022 from $1.8 billion in marijuana sales.
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Here Are The 21 States That Have Legalized Recreational Marijuana

Recreational marijuana has been legalized in 21 states across the U.S., with Oklahoma vying to be the 22nd during a March special election.

This means that despite decades of prohibition and propaganda, adults over the age of 21 can legally purchase and consume marijuana for recreational purposes in over 20 states (this number was 0 at the start of 2012). While the laws differ from state to state, here we list each state that has legalized recreational marijuana and their respective laws (in alphabetical order). Of these states, only Virginia and Rhode Island don’t allow licensed marijuana retail outlets.

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North Carolina Senate Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

North Carolina’s Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced legislation that would legalize medical marijuana.

Introduced by Senator Bill Rabon, a Republican, the measure was passed through committee today in a voice vote after several amendments were approved.

Under the proposed law patients with a “debilitating medical condition” such as cancer, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder would be allowed to possess and consume medical marijuana and marijuana products if they receive a recommendation from a licensed physician, who would need to reevaluate patients’ medical marijuana status annually.
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CDC Report: High School Marijuana Use on Decline in Past Decade Despite 21 States Legalizing During That Period

According to new data released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of high school students who report regularly consuming marijuana has fallen over the past decade.

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Summary & Trends Report: 2011-2021 found that the percentage of high-schoolers who report having used marijuana over the past 30 days fell from 23% in 2011 to 16% in 2021, with the decline being more pronounced among males than females. This is despite the fact that in 2011 there was exactly zero legal marijuana states, and now there’s 21.

“These latest findings add to the growing body of scientific literature showing that legalization policies can be implemented in a manner that provides access for adults while simultaneously limiting youth access and misuse”, says NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano. “Furthermore, these findings stand in sharp contrast to the sensational claims often made by legalization opponents, claims that thus far have proven to be baseless.”
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Poll: 60% of Virginia Voters Want Marijuana Retail Outlets Legalized

New polling shows a strong majority of voters in Virginia favor legalizing retail marijuana stores.

The Christopher Newport University survey found that 60% of Virginia voters support legalizing retail marijuana outlets where anyone 21 and older can purchase marijuana and marijuana products This is relevant because despite Virginia legalizing marijuana possession a couple years ago, they are one of the only legal marijuana states to not allow marijuana to be sold by licensed retail outlets.

“It comes as no surprise that a majority of Virginians support legalizing the sale of cannabis,” said NORML Development Director JM Pedini. “Virginians understand that prohibition has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars, derailed the lives of hundreds of thousands of hard-working Virginians, and that it has done nothing to protect our youth or provide for consumer safety. They’re ready for cannabis policies that work for, not against them.”
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Oklahoma Marijuana Legalization Initiative Being Voted On In Just 2 Weeks

In just two weeks and a day Oklahoma voters will have the opportunity to legalize marijuana for everyone 21 and older.

On March 7th Oklahoma voters will decide the fate of State Question 820, which would legalize recreational marijuana for everyone 21 and older. Although the initiative was initially suppose to be on the November general election ballot, a slowdown in signature counting by the Secretary of State’s office caused a delay, resulting in Governor Stitt issuing a proclamation placing the initiative on the March 7th special election ballot.

State Question 820 would allow those 21 and older to possess, consume, cultivate and purchase marijuana for any purposes. The possession limit would be set at one ounce of marijuana, eight grams of marijuana concentrates and eight grams of marijuana-infused products. The cultivation limit would be set at six mature plants and six seedlings.
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Study Finds THC-Dominant Marijuana Extract Improves Symptoms in Alzheimer’s Patients

Using THC-dominant marijuana extracts twice a day is associated with symptom mitigation in patients with Alzheimer’s disease

This is according to an observational study published in the Italian journal La Clinica Terapeutica.

For the study researchers examined the safety and efficacy of marijuana extract containing 22% THC and 0.5% CBD in 30 patients with mild to severe Alzheimer’s disease. Study participants administered the extracts twice daily for 12 weeks.

Investigators reported reductions in patients’ agitation, apathy, irritability, sleep disturbances, and eating disturbances following cannabis treatment. It also resulted in “lower levels of physically and verbally aggressive behaviors … in all patients.” Forty-five percent of subjects experienced “a significant decrease in cognitive impairment.” None of the patients complained of any adverse side effects. All of the patients exhibited increased quality of life and a “decrease in caregiver burden and costs of medical care and assistance.”
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Texas Bill Filed to Allow Counties and Localities to Legalize Marijuana

Texas State Representative Jessica González has filed House Bill 1937 which would allow counties and municipalities to adopt an order or ordinance that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis within their jurisdiction.

The bill directs the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation to adopt all necessary rules for the administration and enforcement of this bill, including licensing, regulation, testing standards, and transportation.

State Representative Jessica González issued the following statement: “Twenty-one states in America have legalized cannabis, and twenty-seven states have decriminalized the use of cannabis. In a recent study, a majority of Texans supported some form of legalization of cannabis use. While Texas has made progress with the Compassionate Use Act, we have been left behind on a potential revenue source that would increase investments in public education, stop unnecessary arrests for cannabis possession, and create jobs in our state. We should allow our local communities to make the best decision for themselves regarding cannabis legalization, and House Bill 1937 would allow that for adults 21 years or older.”
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Bill to Legalize Personal Marijuana Cultivation Passed by Washington State House Committee

Legislation that would legalize the personal cultivation of marijuana throughout Washington State has been passed by a key committee in the House of Representatives.

House Bill 1614 was passed today by the House Regulated Substances and Gaming Committee by a vote of 7 to 4.

The proposed law would allow those 21 and older to cultivate up to six marijuana plants with up to 15 allowed per residence. Currently Washington State is one of the only legal marijuana states to not allow for adults to cultivate it at home for personal use. This is despite the fact that Washington along with Colorado was the first to legalize marijuana back in 2012.
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