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If Election 2016 has done anything, it has instilled in the American public renewed senses of fear and loathing in our political system. The choices in the presidential election-- and to a lesser extent, the Congressional elections -- have managed to unite the American people around a common theme: Just let this damn thing be over already.
A new report has found that cannabis legalization has resulted in something of a financial windfall for Colorado, with the economic effect of roughly $2.39 billion in 2015 alone.
According to the study -- released Tuesday by the Denver-based Marijuana Policy Group (MPG), which specializes in economic and market research -- the legalization and regulation of recreational cannabis has also resulted in the creation of over 18,000 full-time jobs.
This year will be a watershed in terms of cannabis legalization. Four states -- Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota -- are looking to expand access to medical cannabis within their borders through the passage of ballot initiatives. Another five -- Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada -- seek to legalize the substance for recreational purposes. In all, the nine states represent a total of over 82 million Americans, almost a fourth of the entire country’s population.
We all know that vaping dry herbs, and wax and oil concentrates can help us relax after a long day of working, errands, and taking care of others, but did you know it could also significantly reduce the frequency of migraine headaches? This comes as much welcome news to those who suffer from chronic migraines. The study, the first clinical trial to demonstrate the effects of cannabis use on human migraines, was published online by the National Institute of Health and in the journal Pharmacotherapy.
The governor of Illinois is working with state law enforcement on how to approach a bill that would lower punishments for possession of small amounts of cannabis. Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) is partnering with representatives of the Illinois State Police force in deciding how to implement a measure -- passed by the state’s lawmakers and sent to Rauner on June 16 -- would make the small-scale possession of cannabis punishable only by fines and not by prison time.