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Leonard Marshall was once a destructive defensive end for the New York Giants, famously cracking Joe Montana's ribs in the 1991 NFC Championship Game.

Now Marshall hopes to ease the pain of NFL players by pushing the league to remove marijuana from its list of banned substances, the New York Daily News reported.

In August, Marshall became a vice president and brand ambassador for Home Towne Rx, a Lawrenceville-based chain of independent pharmacies, according to a statement from the company. Home Towne Rx hopes to be among the first to provide cannabis-derived medicines if the drug is legalized in New Jersey. [Read More]


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5 Ways Marijuana Affects Your Sleep [Article]

It’s common for people to use marijuana before bed time, whether out of habit or necessity. Now, research on marijuana and sleep helps explain why.

Besides easing insomnia, marijuana seems to have a wide range of effects on sleep.

This is because chemicals in marijuana, known as cannabinoids, actually mimic the activity of chemicals found naturally in the brain.

These chemicals and their biological pathways make up the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating sleep, among other things.

Likewise, research shows that marijuana can also have a direct impact on sleep. Here’s 5 of the most important effects that studies have identified so far.

1. Easier Falling Asleep

2. Longer Sleep

3. More Deep Sleep

4. Shorter REM Sleep

5. Better Breathing

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Tony Greenhand is a champion in the newly-emerging field of competitive joint rolling. Vocativ went into the lab to watch him create his smokeable art. You can read our epic profile on Tony here ( and learn how to make a living in the lucrative and somewhat-legal minefield of marijuana sculpture.


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The Drug Enforcement Administration says marijuana lacks medical value. So why did the U.S. government file a patent for cannabis — specifying that the plant has multiple therapeutic benefits — as far back as 1999?

That's what some medical marijuana advocates are asking after the DEA declined to loosen federal restrictions on cannabis last week.

To highlight the seeming contradiction, they're sharing photos of their hands featuring the patent number: 6,630,507.

The patent "proved there was ample evidence to support the medicinal aspects of cannabis — decades of research," Amy Hilterbran, a medical marijuana advocate who started the trend, told ATTN:. "It proved that cannabis — cannabinoids — were medicinal and effective for numerous ailments, conditions, and that the plant was nontoxic, nonlethal."

"This one patent disqualified cannabis from even being on the Controlled Substances Act — on several levels," Hilterban added.

The patent was filed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1999. It was published four years later, and information included in the patent description shows that the federal agency has been aware of marijuana's antioxidant and neuroprotective properties for some time. Researchers found that ingredients in marijuana could be used to treat and prevent age-related, inflammatory, and autoimmune diseases.

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Ricky Williams Takes the High Road [Film]

Ricky Williams discusses marijuana in SI film, magazine story

The film, “Ricky Williams Takes the High Road,” is the first in-depth look at Williams’s life today, five years after his NFL career ended. He reflects on his clashes with the NFL drug testing program, his support of marijuana as a medicinal tool in the NFL and the anguish he felt as his image was tarnished because of his public support of the drug

“It’s kind of true, but not the way that people see it, that I quit football to go smoke weed,” Williams says in the film.

The film also examines how Williams has become an entrepreneur in the marijuana industry. SI’s cameras followed Williams in several different locations, including the 2016 “Spannabis” World Cannabis Conference in Barcelona and the Williams family home in Austin, Texas. 


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The word “Mendocino” on a cannabis product label may soon carry as much weight as the word “Napa” does on a bottle of wine.

In what is likely the first such endeavor in the country, Mendocino County is being divided into cannabis appellations, or specific regions, for the purpose of protection and promotion of the county’s cannabis.

“Appellations can be really powerful because they can be a means to protect everything from the intellectual property, to the labor force, to the culture and history. They can be very rich vehicles for promotion, protection, and rural development,” said wine legal expert Richard Mendelson.

For the last 30 years, Mendelson has been a key player in the creation of Napa County’s wine appellations, and has been sought after for advice by the group called the Mendocino Appellations Project.

The effort, which began last year, is buoyed by legislation passed in October that redefined cannabis cultivation as agriculture. Under the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, the Department of Food and Agriculture will create state licensing requirements and address environmental concerns. The act also makes it a crime for medical marijuana to be marketed, labeled, or sold as grown in a California county when it was not. The protective rules closely resemble those put in place to protect California’s wine regions, which is regulated at the federal level.

But, unlike wine, marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. [Read More Here]

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Tech start-ups have already been flocking to the up-and-coming pot trade

 America’s burgeoning weed industry just seems to be climbing higher.

Tech giant Microsoft announced Thursday it is partnering with a cannabis industry-focused software company called Kind Financial. The company provides “seed to sale” services for cannabis growers, allowing them to track inventory, navigate laws and handle transactions all through Kind’s software systems. The partnership marks the first major tech company to attach its name to the burgeoning industry of legal marijuana.

While most big tech companies have been shy to get involved, tech start-ups have been flocking to the up-and-coming pot trade, which is fully legal for both recreational and medical purposes in five states. The marijuana industry’s specific needs for data tracking to optimize plant growth and other logistics, as well as its booming market potential, make it well-suited for tech partnerships. “Nobody has really come out of the closet, if you will,” said Matthew A. Karnes, the founder of marijuana data company Green Wave Advisors, to The New York Times. “It’s very telling that a company of this caliber is taking the risk of coming out and engaging with a company that is focused on the cannabis business.” [Read More]

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Can Cannabis Cure Autism? [Video]

Can Cannabis Cure Autism?

We don’t know, but it’s a question worth asking.

Judy A. Mikovitz, PhD

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Wednesday legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio, though patients shouldn’t expect to get it from dispensaries here anytime soon.

The bill lays out a number of steps that must happen first to set up the state’s medical marijuana program, which is expected to be fully operational in about two years. The law would allow patients to use marijuana in vapor form for certain chronic health conditions, but bar them from smoking it or growing it at home.

Kasich’s signature made Ohio the 25th state to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program, according to a count by the National Conference of State Legislatures. [Source]

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The Keurig of Cannabis

CannaKorp Announces World’s First Single-Use, Pod-Based Medical Marijuana Vaporizer System

CannaKorp Announces World’s First Single-Use, Pod-Based

Medical Marijuana Vaporizer System 

CannaCloud™ and CannaCup™ Automated Vaporizer System
Streamline and Revolutionize Use of Medical Marijuana

CannaKorp, Inc. announced it is developing a groundbreaking vaporizer system that will revolutionize the experience for patients taking medical cannabis. CannaKorp’s new offering that uses pre-packed pods will provide an easier, more consistent experience, from purchase to inhalation.

CannaKorpis going to upgrade the whole experience of using medical marijuana,” stated Michael Bourque, CannaKorp co-founder and president. “Our goal is to simplify and improve the medical marijuana experience for millions of users worldwide. Patients don’t always know exactly what they are buying and preparing cannabis is an archaic process today. Used together, our CannaCloud vaporizer and CannaCups solve this problem.”

Revealed at the 4th Annual Marijuana Business Expo in Las Vegas, the patent-pending CannaCloud™ system uses CannaCup™ pods that contain pre-measured cannabis, environmentally sealed and available in dozens of varieties. 

According to Dave Manly, CannaKorp CEO and former senior vice president of Keurig, “The CannaCloud system reminds me a lot of the early days at Keurig—it offers a similar consumer proposition of speed and convenience and consumers exposed to the CannaCloud really love it.”

The company does not grow or distribute cannabis, but rather partners with authorized growers and processors. These partners are aligned with CannaKorp’s high standards for growing, testing, and filling pods with medicinal-use cannabis. The CannaCloud system is planned for release in fall 2016 [Source]

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Cliff Maynard's Roach Paper Art

The leftover butt from a marijuana cigarette "or roach" has several different shades of brown on it. What Cliff does is save these paper scraps or "roach papers" and use the brown tones as jis "palate". He tears or trims away the unwanted bits and uses just the parts he likes. It's a lot like working a jigsaw puzzle, but way harder and far more time consuming.

​All of Cliff's original artwork is made from just roach papers and nothing else. No pen, marker, or paint of any kind is used during the process. He is always on the look out for new raw materials so feel free to save-em up and he'll use them in his next project.

You can view Cliff's work at  [Video Source]

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Chris "The Herbal Chef" Sayegh must prepare a dinner for his influencer guests with one major hitch: He has no idea what ingredients he'll have until it is time to cook! That is, except for the surprise ingredient he brought, which will either disrupt or elevate the entire experience. Oh, and he is super baked the entire time. 

“The thing I love most about Pot Pie is that I get to be my goofy self and have fun,” says Sayegh about the new series. “I [normally] never get high and cook for my diners. I have so much to do that I need to be laser focused, but Pot Pie allows me to show that I can loosen up. Not to mention, I'm working with comedians and celebrities who make it so much fun to film.”

In this first episode, influencers Aristotle and Adrienne Airhart join The Herbal Chef in the kitchen. [Source]

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Laura Lagano, MS, RDN, CDN is an Integrative Clinical Nutritionist based in New Jersey. She has advanced training in functional medicine, which has her positioned her to become one of the first certified RDNs with the Institute of Functional Medicine. Boasting years of experience in food, nutrition + wellness communications, as well as in health curricula and continuing medical education development, Laura possesses a unique combination of science and communications savvy.

Laura is co-founder of the

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"When The New York Times says we should legalize marijuana, I think maybe I should re-evaluate my position," jokes Reason senior editor Jacob Sullum, who spoke with Reason TV about the remarkable evolution of national drug policy over the last 25 years.

During the "Just Say No!" years of the 1980s, less than a quarter of Americans supported the legalization of marijuana. Today, even presidential candidates eager to claim the legacy of drug warrior Ronald Reagan are relaxing their views on prohibition.

“When they repealed alcohol prohibition, it was left up to the states what to do with alcohol,” says Sullum. “And so you have most of the Republican presidential candidates saying the federal government should not interfere if the states want to legalize. That’s really an amazing development.”

By contrast, progressives have been critics of the war on drugs, he says. It's only when marijuana becomes an industry, run by capitalists, that the left get uneasy. Libertarians and progressives tend to spar over the nature of regulation of the drug business, not the need for or desirability of legalization itself.

In 2016, recreational marijuana reform may be on the ballot in nearly a dozen states and Sullum is optimistic. With support for recreational marijuana polling at a record-high 58 percent, it's only a question of how many states legalize in next year's elections.

Sullum believes that California, the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, is the best bet for passage and the most influential state in play. "There's a good shot it's going to pass. It's kind of surprising that California has not legalized marijuana by now," says Sullum, who is also the author of Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use, a nationally syndicated columnist, a drug-policy blogger at Forbes. [Source]

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