Marijuana Legalization Supported By A Majority Of Americans, Survey Says

For the first time, a majority of people in the United States believes marijuana should be legalized, according to online polling data company CivicScience. More than 50 percent of Americans believe the recreational drug should be legalized, up 10 percent from last year, reported.

Over 450,000 U.S. adults were asked: “Would you support or oppose a law in your state that would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana like alcohol?” Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they support marijuana legalization. Thirty-nine said they “strongly support” and 19 percent said they “somewhat support.” Men were found to be in favor of legalization more than women, by 60 to 55 percent, the data said.

Pot sales are currently legal in Washington state and Colorado to people 21 and older. People are allowed to be in possession of one ounce or less of the drug.

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Parents say cannabis oil helping keep daughter, 4, alive

MILWAUKIE, Ore. — Two Milwaukie parents, once opposed to marijuana use, now credit the oil from the plant for keeping their 4-year-old daughter alive.

“She is so busy and independent,” Bethany Merklin said as she watched her daughter Leah play in their living room.

Sixteen months ago, the Merklins were told by doctors at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital that a rare inoperable brain tumor meant Leah had six to 12 months to live.

“It was the worst day of my life,” remembered Leah’s dad, Erik Merklin.

The Merklins believe the daily doses of cannabis oil sandwiched between Cheerios are keeping Leah’s tumor from growing.

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South Carolina marijuana committee holds first meeting

Legalizing medical marijuana in South Carolina is being discussed at the statehouse Wednesday.

A legislative committee created to study what South Carolina needs to do with medical marijuana and how to implement a bill passed this year allowing a very specific use of oil from the plant has plenty of work to do, one of its leaders said Wednesday.

The law also created the medical marijuana committee, which met for the first time. The panel included medical experts, agriculture officials and the chief toxicologist for the State Law Enforcement Division, who said her agency is opposed to allowing hemp or marijuana to be grown in South Carolina.

Sen. Tom Davis, one of the leaders of the committee, said its main goal is to collect information to give to lawmakers to help refine the state’s marijuana and hemp laws. He called a bill passed this year a baby step allowing residents with severe epilepsy to use oil derived from marijuana if approved by a doctor. He said he hopes the General Assembly can alter SLED’s position.

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Palm Springs council postpones marijuana dispensary vote

Even though the Palm Springs City Council decided at the beginning of Wednesday’s meeting it would not make a decision regarding which medical marijuana dispensary would be awarded the fourth license to operate, this did not prevent dozens of residents from speaking on the many benefits of medical cannabis.

“It’s been difficult to find a product that works for me,” Carolyn Puschek, who suffers from neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors on the skin, told council members during a public hearing Wednesday to review which of eight applicants would be awarded the fourth license. “We need to find somewhere to put some of these dispensaries.”

The council decided it would not make its decision with one council member — Chris Mills — absent.

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Medical Marijuana Loophole Overturned In Granville

GRANVILLE, Ohio – A marijuana loophole in a village known for cracking down on drugs was overturned in Granville Wednesday night.

The loophole was discovered in the Granville General Offense Code and states that patients with a prior written recommendation from a licensed physician can’t be convicted for possessing marijuana.

In a 6-1 vote, the Granville City Council changed the law’s wording, to fall in sync with Ohio law.

There were just three lines in the code that meant the difference between a normal life and pain for some people like James Malick.

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Finally, Some Hard Science on Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy Patients

A groundbreaking clinical trial may provide some answers to medical marijuana as a seizure treatment

For years, some parents have turned to medical marijuana to treat their children’s debilitating epilepsy, crediting the drug with dramatically reducing seizure activity. A groundbreaking clinical trial about to begin recruiting test subjects may finally provide some science to back their claims.

In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver will study the genes of those with a kind of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome who have been treated with a strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web. The study will attempt to determine if specific genetic components can explain why some epilepsy patients see positive results from ingesting Charlotte’s Web, while others do not.

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Marijuana policy is behind times

The marijuana debate in this country takes several forms, most notably its drain on the criminal justice system relative to its significance as a vice. Does it make sense to fill courtrooms and jails with people who have used or distributed a substance that the president of the United States has declared no more dangerous than alcohol?

A similar question could be applied to the NFL: As more states legalize marijuana for medicinal and/or recreational use, is the league’s testing and discipline growing disproportionate? We seem to be moving in that direction and — depending on which scholar you read — the league might in fact be missing the opportunity to allow a more natural pain treatment than prescription drugs.

First, however, is the issue of discipline. All players are subject to the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse. (You can find the complex set of conditions for entrance and discipline here.) Once in the program, repeat offenders can be fined, suspended or banished from the league based on the circumstances.

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