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Researchers at the University of Texas Dallas on Wednesday published an article in PLOS ONE that indicates that despite opponents’ fears, legalizing medical marijuana does not increase crime and may actually lower some types of violent crime.
The study examined FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics on murder, rape, assault, robbery, burglary, larceny and auto theft from all 50 states, including 11 states that legalized medical marijuana during the course of the study, over a 17 year period from 1990-2006. Controlling for confounding factors, they found no increases in any category of offense and even saw a slight decrease in homicides and assaults.
The study is reminiscent of a University of Chicago study that came out last year showing that, despite opponents’ warnings about increases in unsafe driving behaviors, legalizing medical marijuana was associated with a drop in traffic fatalities.
Medical marijuana may be the most effective complementary or alternative medicine to ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology released on Monday.
The category of “complementary and alternative medicines” (CAM) includes nontraditional therapies often used in addition to, and sometimes instead of, doctor recommended treatments, reports Saundra Young at CNN.
The guidelines are based on recommendations from a committee of nine doctors chosen by the AAN, each of whom is an expert on complementary and alternative medicines. The panel reviewed 291 studies covering medical literature from the past 43 years. Of those, 115 studies made the cut.
Canadian medical marijuana patients who are currently licensed to grow their own cannabis will be allowed to continue doing so, despite new regulations banning homegrown which start on April 1, a Federal Court judge ruled last Friday.
Judge Michael Manson granted an injunction to a group of medical marijuana patients who asked the judge to block the rule, preserving the status quo until a constitutional challenge of the new system can be heard, reports The Canadian Press.
The decision is a blow to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government’s attempt to shift control of the country’s medical marijuana system from the roughly 37,000 enrolled patients to the government. The Conservatives claim the current system has problems ranging from unsafe grow operations to infiltration by criminals.
More than seven in 10 Washington state residents support a legal marijuana business opening in their neighborhood, according to the results of a new survey, with the level of support in Colorado is almost as high.
The survey of nearly 2,200 consumers from Washington and Colorado revealed what residents of both states think about the legalization of recreational cannabis, according to Avvo, Inc., an online legal Q&A forum.
Seventy-one percent of Washington residents, and 67 percent of Colorado residents, support cannabis businesses opening in their neighborhoods, according to the survey.
Forty-three percent said they plan to make a marijuana purchase in the future, and 70 percent of them believe that bringing cannabis to a dinner party will become as routine as bringing a bottle of wine in the not-too-distant future.
HF 1818, a medical marijuana bill in Minnesota, would allow people with debilitating conditions safe access to medical marijuana. But to appease pot-phobic law enforcement groups in the state — who are fearful of losing their fat federal War On Marijuana grants — Governor Mark Dayton proposed an “alternative measure” that would not allow any patients to access medicinal cannabis. Then, incredibly, Gov. Dayton accused the parents and advocates supporting HF 1818 of opposing legislation that would help kids.Parents of children suffering from epilepsy slammed Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton at a news conference on Wednesday for obstructing the widely supported bill. They also called on the Governor to “put special needs ahead of special interests” and criticized him for trying to satisfy law enforcement groups — which have steadfastly opposed any workable medical marijuana legislation, refusing multiple compromises offered by advocates and legislators — by proposing an alternative measure that would not actually allow any patients to access medical marijuana.
“The governor seems to understand that medical marijuana can help children like my son,” said Angela Garin, a St. Paul woman whose son, Paxton, suffers from epilepsy. “I hope he will do the right thing and stop blocking the bill that would actually allow them to use it.”
A bill which would have legalized medical marijuana died in the Tennessee House on Tuesday when Health Subcommittee members voted it down 6 to 2. But patient advocates in the Volunteer State say the fight is far from over.When the Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Act, HB 1385, failed, it was a huge disappointment for many patients who hope to soon be able to legally use the medicine that works best. Patients and families alike reported that some members of the Tennessee Legislature ignored their pleas, and others went beyond that, treating patients with outright rudeness.
“You know, I have to say the rudeness of some of our Legislators is infuriating,” activist Dana M. Arvidson of the group MMJ for Tennesseans posted on Facebook Wednesday. “Not only do they not read our emails, or listen to us — those that voted them in, and can take them out — they do not even have the common decency to listen when another Rep is speaking.”
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