Study: Fragile X Syndrome Patients Report Improvement in Symptoms With CBD

A large majority of patients with Fragile X Syndrome reported that CBD improved some of their symptoms and “made a positive difference overall” in a new study.

The study was published in the journal Genes as well as on the website for the U.S. National Library of Medicine, and is titled Parent and Caregiver Perspectives towards Cannabidiol as a Treatment for Fragile X Syndrome. It was conducted by researchers at Icahn School of Medicine in New York and the National Fragile X Foundation in Virginia.

“Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating chemical in cannabis plants that is being investigated as a candidate for treatment in Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), a leading known cause of inherited intellectual developmental disability”, states the study’s abstract. “Studies have shown that CBD can reduce symptoms such as anxiety, social avoidance, hyperactivity, aggression, and sleep problems.”
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Peer-Reviewed Study: Smoking Cannabis is More Effective than CBD Extracts for Back Pain

According to a new study published in the peer-reviewed Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal, smoking cannabis is more effective than taking CBD extracts if suffering from back pain.

This observational open-label study “sought to investigate the effectiveness of cannabis therapy for alleviating low back pain symptoms.” The study was conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University, the University of Haifa and Clalit Health Services. The full text of the study can be found by clicking here.

For the study two types of cannabis treatment modalities were sequentially administered to chronic low back pain patients. “After an initial 1-month washout period (WO1), the first modality was cannabidiol (CBD)-rich sublingual extract treatment administered for 10 months”, states the study.
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Report: Legal Cannabis Supports 13,200 American Farms, Now the 6th Most Valuable Cash Crop

According to a new report, despite marijuana remaining illegal in the majority of the United States, it is now the sixth most valuable cash crop ahead of potatoes and rice.

According to the new Leafly Cannabis Harvest Report 2022 published today, the wholesale value of marijuana in the states where it’s legal has surpassed $5 billion, placing it above potatoes and rice on the list of America’s most valuable cash crops. Adult-use cannabis farmers in the US grew 554 more metric tons of cannabis in 2022 than they did the year before, while “cannabis prices tumbled despite a year of historic inflation. ”

According to the report, adult-use cannabis farmers grew 2,834 metric tons in the last year. Leafly notes that based on federal use surveys, “2,834 tons comprise only about one-fourth of Americans’ annual demand for marijuana”, meaning “we are only 24% of the way out of disastrous, failed prohibition.” To get out, the report says, “the remaining prohibition states are going to legalize, as well as Congress, and it’s going to take your voice.”
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Judge Orders Nevada to Remove Marijuana from Controlled Substances List

A judge in Clark County, Nevada has ruled that the state’s Board of Pharmacy must remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances.

Clark County District Court Judge Joe Hardy ruled that the pharmacy board does not have the legal authority to regulate marijuana based on its status as a state-level legal substance. As such, the board must remove marijuana as a schedule 2 controlled substances, where it has been for decades (alongside crack, MDMA, LSD, PCP and others).

The Board of Pharmacy “designates a substance as a ‘controlled substance’ but the designation falls outside the authority delegated by the ​​Legislature, the designation is invalid”, says the judge.
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New Jersey Assembly Approves Bill to Allow Marijuana Businesses to Take State Tax Deductions

By a vote of 60 to 6 the New Jersey Assembly has voted to pass legislation allowing licensed marijuana retail outlets to deduct expenses on their state tax return.

Photo credit: Associated Press.

The move is being seen as a partial remedy to IRS code 280E, which prevents federally illegal entities from taking tax deductions. Supporters of the move argue that with marijuana being legal under state law, there’s no reason or basis to deny state-level tax deductions from marijuana stores, even if they may be illegal federally.

The measure (Bill A3946), introduced by Assemblymember Annette Quijano, will now need to pass the state’s Senate before it can be sent to Governor Phil Murphy for final consideration. If it is sent to the governor, he would have the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without a signature or vetoing it. If he chooses the latter, the legislature could override the veto with a two thirds super-majority.
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President Biden’s Marijuana Pardons to Effect 6,557 People Says Sentencing Commission

New estimates from the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) has found that President Biden’s plan to pardon federal marijuana convictions will impact 6,557 citizens.

The analysis from the USSC uses federal conviction data dating back 30 years to 1992. The Commission found that the southwest and the mid-Atlantic region of the country will see the most people impacted by the move.

As noted by the U.S. Justice Department, a federal pardon is an expression of the President’s “forgiveness and ordinarily is granted in recognition of the applicant’s acceptance of responsibility for the crime and established good conduct for a significant period of time after conviction or completion of sentence.” They note that it does not signify innocence, but does “remove civil disabilities – e.g., restrictions on the right to vote, hold state or local office, or sit on a jury – imposed because of the conviction for which pardon is sought, and should lessen the stigma arising from the conviction. It may also be helpful in obtaining licenses, bonding, or employment.”
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Study: Legalizing Marijuana Has No Impact on the Perceived Risk of Marijuana Use Among Children

The state level legalization of recreational marijuana has no discernible impact on how children feel about the potential risks associated with marijuana use.

This is according to a new peer-reviewed study being published in the upcoming issue of the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research and epublished ahead of print by the National Institute of Health.

“As more states pass recreational cannabis laws (RCLs) for adults, there is concern that increasing (and state-sanctioned) cannabis acceptance will result in a reduced perception of risk of harm from cannabis among children”, states the study’s abstract. “We aimed to discover whether children in states with RCLs had decreased perception of risk from cannabis compared with children in states with illicit cannabis.”
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Germany Government Unveils Plan to Legalize Marijuana

Germany’s health minister unveiled a plan today to legalize the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis and to allow it to be sold through licensed retail outlets.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach says he will check with the European Union’s executive commission whether the plan approved by the German government is in line with EU laws and will proceed with legislation “on this basis” if it gets the green light. Lauterbach said the new rules could serve as “a model for Europe”, and will likely take effect in 2024.

The plan calls for cannabis to be grown under license and sold to adults at licensed outlets to combat the black market, Lauterbach said. Individuals would be allowed to grow up to three plants, and to buy or possess 20 to 30 grams of marijuana.
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Canada: Infused Pre-Roll Sales Grew 1,000% Between September, 2021 and September, 2022

In Canada sales of marijuana pre-rolls infused with hash, kief and/or oil rose a jaw dropping 1,000% between September, 2021 and September, 2022.

An infused pre-roll from Canada’s General Admission.

The growth marks “the most significant growth of any segment within the cannabis industry over the last year or two, given that it is growing very quickly and it is also very large,” says Cooper Ashley, analytics manager for the cannabis analytics firm Headset.

According to Headset, which tracks sales in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan, sales of infused pre-rolls represented 2.4% of the country’s legal marijuana market in September of last year. As of last month, that has grown to nearly one fifth (19.2%) with 16.6 million Canadian dollars worth of sales during the 12-month period.
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Poll: 68% of Americans Believe Marijuana Should be Legal

A large majority of adults in the United States, including a majority of Republicans, believe marijuana should be legal according to a new Monmouth University Poll.

Overall, two-thirds (68%) of the American public supports legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, finds the new poll. This includes 76% of Democrats and 73% of independents, along with 52% of Republicans. By age, support is highest among those under 35 years old (87%) but also includes a majority of those age 55 and over (53%). Support levels for legalizing marijuana are similar by parental status and by race.

Similarly, 69% of Americans approve of Biden issuing pardons for people convicted on federal charges for simple marijuana possession. This comes even though few know how many pardons were actually issued. About one-fifth to one-quarter think this number is either less than 1,000 convictions (25%), between a 1,000 and 10,000 (26%), or over 10,000 (21%). Another 29% don’t hazard a guess.
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