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ThursdayAug 11, 2022 4:20 am

420 with CNW — Largest Employee Union Wants End to Testing Federal Employees for THC

For decades, federal employers have had the right to test their employees for cannabis used because of federal regulations that outlawed the cultivation, distribution and sale of marijuana. But as states have begun to legalize recreational and medical cannabis use, reform activists argued that these drug tests penalize consumers for indulging in behaviors that are considered legal in their home states. The largest federal employee union in the country is now calling on the government to put an end to policies that punish federal workers for using cannabis during their free time. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) also…

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WednesdayAug 10, 2022 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — New Research Finds Legalization Hasn’t Increased Number of Teens Trying Cannabis

Concerns around how the legalization of marijuana for adult use may prompt an increase in the number of young users have been floated by both parents and health researchers since talks on legalization began a decade ago. Critics against the policy change have even gone as far as to issue warnings with no evidence to back the claims. However, new research has found that the legalization of marijuana does not cause more young individuals to try using the substance. The study, which was conducted by researchers at Michigan State University, found that legalized marijuana retail sales did not increase the…

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WednesdayAug 10, 2022 4:20 am

420 with CNW — Studies Question Usefulness of THC Testing to Establish Impairment

For decades, law enforcement has used standardized equipment called breathalyzers to determine the blood-alcohol content of drivers and police-impaired driving. These tests take mere seconds to administer and can give police a decent estimation of how impaired a driver is. As cannabis reform has swept across the country and more states have legalized recreational cannabis, law enforcement and cannabis legalization opponents have argued that legalizing cannabis will inevitably lead to higher levels of impaired driving and road incidents. We still don’t have a standard test to quickly measure delta-9 THC blood levels. Furthermore, there is relatively little evidence that the…

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TuesdayAug 09, 2022 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Health Canada Panel Gives CBD the Nod for Mainstream Retail

Cannabis extract cannabidiol (CBD) has become extremely popular over the past decade due to claims of its medical efficacy. CBD is said to be effective against a wide variety of medical issues, and it has even been approved as a major ingredient in a drug used to treat seizures in pediatric epilepsy. Additionally, the cannabinoid is so versatile in its applications that it can be infused in a range of foods and beverages and still be effective. However, there have been questions about whether approving CBD for mainstream retail would have adverse medical outcomes, especially considering the fact that it…

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TuesdayAug 09, 2022 4:20 am

420 with CNW — Federal Health Agencies Consider Funding Research into Minor Cannabinoids

If you ask the average American if they know what cannabinoids are, they’ll probably mention delta-9 THC, the main psychoactive component in cannabis, or cannabidiol (CBD). These are the most abundant cannabinoids in the cannabis plant as well as the most popular. As a result, they have received a lot of public and scientific attention in the past couple of years amid sweeping cannabis reform. What many people don’t know is that the cannabis plant produces more than 100 cannabinoids, although most of them occur in small quantities. Cannabis also produces a variety of terpenes and flavonoids that significantly impact…

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MondayAug 08, 2022 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Governors’ Group Recommends Addressing Impaired Driving by Collaborating with Budtenders

As more states have passed cannabis legislation, cannabis reform opponents and even law enforcement have raised the question of how to police cannabis-impaired driving. This is a valid concern, especially when you consider the fact that there is no standardized test for cannabis blood levels. If the government would like to successfully discourage people from driving while under the influence of cannabis, a report from a governor’s group recently posited, it would have to ditch cannabis stereotypes and work with budtenders. The new report, which was issued by a group with the backing of all 50 governors’ offices, emphasizes that…

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MondayAug 08, 2022 4:20 am

420 with CNW — Tennessee’s First Marijuana Restaurant Slated to Open This Month

The state of Tennessee will soon join the growing number of states that have launched markets for cannabis-infused products: Buds & Brews, the first cannabis business in Tennessee, is slated to open its doors to the public this month in Georgetown. The marijuana business first announced that it would be opening earlier this year, stating that it will provide traditional bar foods alongside cannabis-infused condiments that are manufactured and presealed in a facility before being sent to the restaurant. Buds & Brews president and owner Michael Solomon says patrons will be able to order regular food and season it with…

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FridayAug 05, 2022 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — Study Finds Marijuana Users Less Prone to Complications Caused by Spinal Fusion Surgery

A new study carried out by orthopedic specialists has looked into the relationship between the use of marijuana and surgical outcomes. The specialists, who are associated with SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, found that patients with a history of marijuana use were less likely to experience unfavorable medical outcomes after a spinal fusion surgery, in comparison to nonusers. The study’s findings were published in the “Iowa Orthopedia” Journal. For their research, the specialists recruited about 700 patients aged 18 and older, all of whom had undergone lower back spinal fusion surgery for adult spinal deformity. Adult spinal deformity includes disorders…

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FridayAug 05, 2022 4:20 am

420 with CNW — New Bipartisan Bill in Congress Would Expunge Cannabis Criminal Records

For most cannabis reform activists and lawmakers, cannabis legalization has been a matter of criminal justice reform. Most, if not all, state cannabis reform bills contain some sort of social justice provisions and have invested monies toward undoing the harms of the failed drug war. One such social justice effort has been expunging the records of people who were convicted of low-level marijuana offenses. To that end, bipartisan lawmakers have filed a bill that would design a procedure for the expungement of federal misdemeanor cannabis convictions and give courts the authority to recommend eligible cases for presidential pardons. Introduced by…

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ThursdayAug 04, 2022 4:20 pm

420 with CNW — New Comments Suggest That Cory Booker May Be Warming Up to Marijuana Banking Reforms

Sen. Cory Booker is the lead sponsor of a cannabis legalization measure that was recently filed in the Senate. The measure was cosponsored by Ron Wyden, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Booker has, in the past, resisted calls to approve marijuana banking bills, citing that before this is done, comprehensive legalization needs to be enacted. The legalization measure was discussed at the hearing before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, which is chaired by Booker. Toward the end of the meeting, the bipartisan SAFE Baking Act was also discussed, with Booker making comments…

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