Cannabis Helps HIV/AIDS Patients

How Can Medical Marijuana Help HIV/AIDS Patients?

OVERVIEW

Human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is an incurable disease which destroys cells that fight disease and infection thereby weakening the immune system. As a result, HIV patients can suffer from a wide range of medical conditions and symptoms.

At this time, HIV is incurable. The best that an HIV patient can hope for is to prevent the progression of HIV becoming AIDS, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome. A treatment known as antiretroviral therapy (ART) is quite effective at slowing or stopping the progression of HIV, however these medications come with their own set of unpleasant side effects.

Could medical marijuana be useful in helping HIV/AIDS patients live longer and improve their quality of life? It turns out there are two ways in which the use of medical marijuana can help HIV/AIDS patients. First, it can help to delay …Read More at MedCard.app

How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Arkansas [2020 Update]

AR – A marijuana card, or MedCard is a state issued identification card that enable qualified patients access to medical cannabis in a variety of forms from a registered dispensary. Issue 6 became effective on November 9, 2016, allowing cannabis for medical use throughout the state. The program is fully active and med marijuana cards in AR are being issued by the state. Here’s is the 2020 Complete on How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Arkansas.

As a resident of the state, the process on how to get a medical marijuana card in Arkansas is a follows:

Step 1 – Qualify

A Patient may be entered into the Arkansas Department of Health Registry if they first:

Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition from a licensed doctor. They will provide you with a written certificate to get your AR marijuana card.

Qualifying Conditions for Legal Medical Marijuana in Arkansas:

Cancer
Glaucoma
Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus/ acquired immune deficiency syndrome
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Driven Deliveries Announces Intention To Acquire Pot Distributor Humboldt Heritage

Driven Deliveries, Inc., the first publicly-traded cannabis delivery service operating in the U.S., has announced its intention to acquire Humboldt Heritage, Inc., a Northern California-based cannabis distribution company with deep roots in the Emerald Triangle. The purchase will result in California’s largest farm-to-consumer, vertically-integrated operator and is projected to add an additional $20 million to Driven’s 2020 revenue forecast.

For California’s cannabis consumers, the deal will make it easier than ever to buy products grown and produced by multi-generational heritage farms in the state’s world-renowned growing region. 

Acquisition Brings Consumers Closer to World-Renowned Humboldt County Cannabis

Many consider the cannabis grown in the Emerald Triangle, the Northern California region encompassing Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity Counties, to be the best weed in the world. And the region’s history of cannabis cultivation spans decades, a heritage attested to by the hundreds of famed Humboldt farms perfecting the art of growing cannabis. 

Before concepts like sustainability and clean energy were commonplace, Humboldt growers were devoting themselves to natural growing principles on their quest to produce the highest-quality flower. And it’s exactly that heritage and quality that California cannabis consumers are eager to tap into as they explore what the market has to offer. 

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NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Announces Planned Tour of States With Legal Cannabis

After a failed attempt to legalize recreational cannabis in New York last year, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he plans to try again in 2020 and is going to visit other states with legal pot to learn how it’s done.

“I’m going to visit Massachusetts, Illinois, and California or Colorado,” said Cuomo.

The governor wants to include provisions to legalize marijuana for use by adults in budget legislation again this year. In an effort to learn what has and what hasn’t worked in other jurisdictions, Cuomo said that he and members of his team would be paying a visit to three pot-legal states.

“Everybody has a plan, but can you actually get it done and does it turn out the way you planned it, right? That’s the big question,” the governor said. “And that’s where government usually gets into trouble. So I want to make sure we learn from them.”

Cuomo has said that he wants the legalization of recreational marijuana for adults to be a priority of this year’s budget negotiations, rather than passing a separate bill. To do that, the legislature will have to come to an agreement on the conditions of cannabis legalization and include them

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Presidential Hopeful Elizabeth Warren Outlines Plan to Reform Federal Marijuana Laws

As the competition between Democratic presidential hopefuls heats up, Senator Elizabeth Warren has published her plan for the cannabis policy that she would enact should she make it to the White House. 

Her plan — light on details compared to some of her opponents’ cannabis platforms — puts fixing the prejudice and bias of the Drug War at the center of legalization. “Legalizing marijuana gives us an opportunity to begin to repair the damage caused by our current criminal justice system,” begins the policy statement on the candidate’s campaign website, which is entitled “A Just and Equitable Cannabis Industry.” 

Many of the presidential nominees have proclaimed their support for legalizing marijuana on a federal level, with the notable exceptions of the top two centrist candidates Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg, who have softened decidedly anti stances during their campaigns to include some support for marijuana decriminalization. 

A November survey conducted by Pew Research found that two-thirds of United States residents now support cannabis legalization. Among Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents, that number rises to 78 percent. 

“The criminalization of marijuana wasn’t necessary or effective,” states Warren’s plan. In it, she says she would work with Congress to pass former nominee hopeful Kamala Harris’

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University of Iowa Seeking Senior Patients for Medical Cannabis Study

Might there be a heightened danger for older patients who use medical marijuana? That’s what one professor at the University of Iowa is aiming to find out. 

Thorsten Rudroff, a professor in the department of neurology at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine, is currently looking for volunteers between the ages of 50 and 80 to participate in the study, which will examine whether cannabis use creates a greater risk in them falling.

The study will feature two pools of individuals: those who do use marijuana, and those who do not. For Rudroff, it’s an opportunity to examine pot use among a group of people who may not be the best equipped to dabble.

“It’s self-medicated,” said Rudroff, as quoted by local television station KCRG. “They don’t know how to use medical cannabis. There are no guidelines, no recommendations out there. We want to find out what is the best and safest product.”

Those who participate in the two-year study will receive $100. 

Iowa and Medical Cannabis

Late last year, Iowa’s Medical Cannabidiol Board said it would consider adding a host of new qualifying conditions for the state’s medical CBD program:  post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), opioid use disorder,

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The Effort to Decriminalize Psilocybin in California is Underway

Psilocybin has been in the news with increasing frequency as research into psychedelic therapy has proliferated, and a number of local jurisdictions, including the cities of Oakland, Denver, and Santa Cruz have decriminalized psilocybin to varying degrees. Much like cannabis, public perception of certain psychedelics like psilocybin is shifting rapidly, as people really the incredible potential for therapeutic benefits of entheogenic plants.

Last November, proponents (Decriminalize California) submitted the California Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative 2020, which seeks to “decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms in California by submitting a citizens initiative to be placed on the ballot for the November 3, 2020 election, to the Office of the Attorney General.” In order to make it on the ballot, the initiative will need 623,212 valid signatures and in order to pass, it will need a 50% +1 vote. According to Decriminalize California, the current timeline for the initiative is as follows:

Submitted to the Office of the Attorney General on 1st November 2019. 30 Day Public Comment period ended on 4th December 2019. Received Title, Summary, and Fiscal Impact Reportfrom the Office of the Attorney General on 8th January 2020. Currently: Eligible for signature collection.

The drafters of the current iteration of the initiative cite the

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From Berner and Snoop to B-Real and Drake: A Timeline of the Rappers With Their Own Weed Brands

Whether it be Mike Tyson’s foray into flower production, Tyson Ranch, or Martha Stewart’s new Snoop Dogg-approved role as “America’s Cool Weed Grandma,” celebrity involvement in the cannabis industry is at an all time high. However, it’s important to remember that no mainstream genre has been more influential, or vocal, in weed’s journey toward public acceptance than rappers.

From artists touting their involvement in the business of selling weed long before it was a legal business to be in, to the Snoop Doggs and Wiz Khalifas of the world, whose brands are as synonymous with being stoned as they are with making music, the link between rap and weed is not only clear, it’s intrinsic.

“Me, Snoop, B-Real, and Method Man, we’re the forefathers of this,” the rapper Redman told Forbes in a recent interview preempting the launch of his own weed brand. “So why not make money off it the right way?”

– Read the entire article at benzinga.

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The Beginner’s Guide to CBD

Nearly everyone could use a better night’s sleep, and the members of my household are no exception. So when my roommate recently tried to order CBD gummies off Amazon—and got “hemp oil” gummies instead—we were disappointed to find out that the biggest relaxing component transparently listed in the ingredients was melatonin, a common ingredient that purported CBD manufacturers tend to mix into their finished product.

Of course, you’re not supposed to be able to buy CBD products on Amazon. The website forbids the sale of the product as one of its policies. But that doesn’t mean you can’t buy CBD, or at least products that are definitely subtly marketing themselves as containing that cannabinoid, as The Washington Post discovered last year. The newspaper bought 13 products from Amazon that should have been CBD-free, but the majority contained at least some amount of the substance. One even contained a very small amount of THC. Outside of independent lab testing, there’s few ways to ensure quality control on the myriad hemp-based products available online.

– Read the entire article at Yahoo News.

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Hemp CBD Across State Lines: Oklahoma

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and by providing a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill gives the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulatory authority over hemp cultivation at the federal level. In turn, states have the option to maintain primary regulatory authority over the crop cultivated within their borders by submitting a plan to the USDA.

This federal and state interplay has resulted in many legislative and regulatory changes at the state level. Indeed, most states have introduced (and adopted) bills that would authorize the commercial production of hemp within their borders. A smaller but growing number of states also regulate the sale of products derived from hemp.

In light of these legislative changes, we are presenting a 50-state series analyzing how each jurisdiction treats hemp-derived cannabidiol (Hemp CBD). Today we turn to Oklahoma.

In April 2018, shortly before the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, Oklahoma enacted the Oklahoma Agricultural Industrial Hemp Pilot Program (OAIHPP). The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry  (ODAFF) passed temporary rules in May of

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