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Marijuana Extract May Help Some Children With Epilepsy, Study Finds

Parents of children with severe epilepsy have reported incredible recoveries when their children were given cannabidiol, a derivative of marijuana. The drug, a non-psychoactive compound that occurs naturally in cannabis, has been marketed with epithets like Charlotte’s Web and Haleigh’s Hope.

But those parents were taking a risk; there has been no clinical data on cannabidiol’s safety of efficacy as an anti-epileptic. This week, doctors are presenting the first studies trying to figure out if cannabidiol actually works. They say the studies’ results are promising, but with a grain of salt.

The largest study being presented at the American Epilepsy Society meeting in Philadelphia this week was started in 2014 with 313 children from 16 different epilepsy centers around the country. Over the course of the three-month trial, 16 percent of the participants withdrew because the cannabidiol was either ineffective or had adverse side-effects, says Dr. Orrin Devinsky, a neurologist at the New York University Langone Medical Center and lead author on the study.

Source: Marijuana Extract May Help Some Children With Epilepsy, Study Finds

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Mexico Rules Consumption and Cultivation of Cannabis is a Fundamental Human Right

The Mexican Supreme Court ruled by a 4 to 1 vote that banning the consumption and cultivation of cannabis for personal use violates the human right to free development of one’s personality.

“This vote by Mexico’s Supreme Court is extraordinary for two reasons,” says Hannah Hetzer of the US Drug Policy Alliance, which campaigns for the relaxation of drug laws. “First, it’s being argued on human-rights grounds, and secondly, it’s taking place in one of the countries that has suffered most from the war on drugs,” she says.

Cannabis reached the United States at the beginning of the 20th century, arriving in the southwest from Mexico, as immigrants fled the country during the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1911. The cultivation of cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, can be traced back at least 12,000 years, which places the plant among humanity’s oldest cultivated crops.However, modern humans have found it acceptable to prohibit the use of one of the most therapeutic plants in the world based on mostly political reasons.

Source: Mexico Rules Consumption and Cultivation of Cannabis is a Fundamental Human Right

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Washington is handing out $6 million in pot taxes; where will it go?

The state’s ready to dole out $6 million in tax money collected from marijuana sales over the last fiscal year. It will go to local counties and cities.

The state’s ready to dole out tax money collected from marijuana sales over the last fiscal year to local counties and cities.

But distributing the $12 million over two years won’t be so easy. When Washington passed Initiative 502, it didn’t instruct the state to share the tax dollars that it collected from pot sales. That frustrated many county and local municipalities and lead to the passing of House Bill 2136, which set in place a program of tax fund sharing between the state, counties and cities.

“The original initiative — Initiative 502 — didn’t provide for any revenue going to cities or counties, so we think this is a good first step,” said Candice Bock, a government relations advocate with the Association of Washington Cities.

There will be $6 million distributed this year, and another $6 million next year. The money is coming in quarterly installments, and takes into account the amount of marijuana sales within a jurisdiction.

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