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Cannabis and Pregnancy: The ABCD Study

US Surgeon General Jerome Adams recently issued a statement against marijuana in pregnancy. “No amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is known to be safe.” Many pregnant women use cannabis (in 2017, seven percent of pregnant women used cannabis). Dispensaries sometimes recommend medical marijuana to pregnant women for morning sickness.

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New Study Shows Marijuana Use is Becoming More Popular in Older Adults

The new study concluded that cannabis use is rising among baby boomers in the US, especially men. One study author, Bill Jesdale, an assistant professor of population and quantitative health science at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worchester, suggested that these findings reflect changing cannabis attitudes. “It seems that something has happened to the country as a whole,” he stated, explaining that older adults are using cannabis regardless of legalization.

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Veteran sentenced to prison for medical cannabis

Sean was denied treatment by the VA, and Eboni, a certified nursing assistant, had a job offer that was rescinded, and she also lost her clearance to work with sensitive information. After spending some time sleeping in their car and living with family, the Worsleys were homeless in January of 2019. Sean lost his homeless veterans benefits with the VA because Alabama issued a fugitive warrant for his arrest after he missed a court date.

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COVID-19 Relief Bill

Karen Berger, PharmD, Medical Writer House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced a coronavirus relief package this week, that includes banking reform for the legal cannabis industry.

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420 in 2020

April 20, or 4/20 (420), is known as “Weed Day.” What is the meaning behind this? There have been many rumors about the origin of 420, which include California criminal codes, police radio codes, and a very strange rumor about a Bob Dylan song. Chris Conrad, curator of the Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum in Oakland, California, set the record straight. Conrad explained that 420 was a secret code for high school students in the early 1970’s. A group of students at San Rafael High School in Marin County, California, called themselves “the Waldos,” and met at 4:20 p.m. every day after school to get high. These students, Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz, and Mark Gravich, called themselves the Waldos simply because they met at a wall, next to a statue of Louis Pasteur. This was the time that school was over, but their parents were not yet home, so the students met every day at that time to enjoy freedom and cannabis. The students started to say 420 as a code they could use in front of their parents, and the code spread across the state of California and then everywhere else.

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Coronavirus, continued…again

As COVID-19 continues to dominate the news every day, I thought I would set out to see how local NJMMP members are faring under these conditions, and how the dispensaries are managing the crowds….

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Cannabis and Coronavirus

I am sad for the people everywhere that are suffering from coronavirus, I am sad for the situation in Italy I keep hearing about – it breaks my heart.

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Veterans in the Cannabis Industry, Part 2

In a previous blog post, Veterans in the Cannabis Industry, Part 1, we talked about how veterans are becoming successful entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry. Many veterans have personally used or are using medical cannabis with success to treat PTSD, pain, and other medical conditions. Combine the personal experience with natural leadership abilities, and you have the perfect cannabis entrepreneur. 

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