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Medical pot laws no answer for U.S. opioid deaths, study says

A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths, challenging a favorite talking point of legal pot advocates.

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Higher education: Colleges add cannabis to the curriculum

As a green gold rush in legal marijuana and its non-drug cousin hemp spreads across North America, a growing number of colleges are adding cannabis to the curriculum to prepare graduates for careers cultivating, researching, analyzing and marketing the herb.

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Legal marijuana industry had banner year in 2018

The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream.

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Democratic state gains may mean tighter gun, looser pot laws

From New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek to put their stamp on public policy.

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The Spot newsletter: Colorado legislative session ends with fireworks, a look at the state’s most competitive congressional race and a sad update on Aurora’s mayor

Welcome back to The Spot, where The Denver Post’s politics team captures what’s happening this week — from the Colorado legislature to Denver city hall, with a stop through the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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How advocates are inspiring members of Congress to champion national CBD oil legalization

Cannabist Special Report: CBD, TBD || In Part 2 of this series, a look at multiple pieces of federal legislation that seek to legalize CBD oil and open research into the non-psychoactive cannabis compound touted for its medicinal promise.

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New York Physician Assistants Can Now Recommend Marijuana

New York physician assistants (PA’s) are now allowed to recommend marijuana to medical marijuana patients, they are the newest group of professionals allowed to do so – after nurse practitioners became eligible to legally prescribe back in November. New York physician assistants can also register with the state Department of Health (DOH) to certify patients to take part […]

The post New York Physician Assistants Can Now Recommend Marijuana appeared first on The Weed Blog.

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Plenty of 420: Enjoy Your Smoke Session with Ronald McDonald’s Ghostwriter, Stellar Weaponry, and New Smoke DZA

Jingle All the Way to the Bank Early-2000s rap duo Clipse were always known to be entrepreneurial, to say the least, but very few knew about what was arguably the pair’s most prolific side business. Between stacking chart-topping records and other various “side hustles,” Malice and Pusha T had time in their busy schedules to […] Thanks to marijuana.com

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Plenty of 420: Enjoy Your Smoke Sesh with Jay Z, Trippy Visuals, and the Brilliance of MF Doom

Retired Runners With their very high profile mutual friend in Kanye West and their similar pre-rap resume, it’s surprising that a Pusha T and Jay Z collaboration took so long to happen. Except for the occasional brilliantly-placed sample (1:30 mark), the two street rap pioneers have never appeared on a track together. The long awaited […] Thanks to marijuana.com

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Marijuana Arrests Decline 40 Percent in The Big Apple

According to a new report, those smoking weed in NYC can breathe a little easier knowing the likelihood of their getting arrested for lighting up in certain areas of New York City has been significantly reduced.

Thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio, marijuana arrests in the Big Apple have declined dramatically on a year-over-year basis. Dropping nearly 40 percent from 2014’s reported incarceration numbers.

Per the New York Post, as of October 20, 2015, a reported 18,000 + pot smokers in NYC had been incarcerated over the peaceful plant; while still a big number, that figure represents a steep decline from 2014’s 29,000 + marijuana related arrests.

Unfortunately, while incarceration has declined dramatically in some areas of the city, there seems to be a lack of equity in de Blasio’s enforcement plan – seemingly based on an individual’s race, class and geographical location.

During 2014 de Blasio informed the NYC police force they were to only issue tickets to those individuals busted with less than 25 grams of pot, rather than incarcerating them. This long-overdue modification was the end result of public pressure being applied to New York’s many district attorneys. After that historic switch, the issuance of tickets for weed became the new norm for some of New York’s finest. Leading to both a dramatic drop and disparity in cannabis-related incarcerations.

One notable example of this discrepancy makes the problem painfully clear.

When compared to the predominately white section of the Bronx known as Throggs Neck (located in the 45th Precinct), Kingsbridge (located in the 52nd Precinct), and mostly Dominican, police in the 45th handed out 415 tickets for the minor possession of marijuana during the first nine months of 2015 — making just 48 arrests. Conversely, cops in the 52nd Precinct of Kingsbridge (also in the Bronx) made 720 arrests and issued 168 tickets.

No doubt, the Big Apple still has a bumpy road to hoe regarding police brutality, race relations and class warfare… but 11,000 fewer lives ruined is definitely a great place to start.

(Photo Courtesy of New York Daily News)

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