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Why these police officers and lawyers want to end the war on drugs

In Feature Stories by MichaelS

Much of the relief provided by medical marijuana isn’t physical, but ethical: freeing people not only from needing to hide their healthcare, but also worrying about where their medicine originated. At least, that’s the idea. But what if laws against non-medicinal use were what made marijuana such a powerful criminal currency, while licensing trends were actually driving medicinal users back …

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Medical marijuana may soon be coming to Ireland

In Feature Stories by David Silverberg

Public sentiment in Ireland is pushing medical marijuana into the arena of social acceptance, and upcoming legislation may soon propel it to be a legalized form of medicine. It’s about time, according to health-care organizations. Multiple Sclerosis Ireland said people suffering with multiple sclerosis are “extremely frustrated and tired” of waiting for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis, as this report states. …

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Marijuana receptor instrumental for potential anti-anxiety drug

In Neurological, Research Updates and News, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A drug aiming to ease anxiety by triggering the same molecules in the brain that respond to marijuana highs has been developed by scientists at Vanderbilt University. The news, via a paper posted recently in the journal Nature Neuroscience,  explains how the drug relieves anxiety behaviors by activating natural “endocannabinoids” without gastrointestinal side effects, this report explains. It’s made from chemically modified inhibitors of …