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Cannabis Couriers Coming to Portland

bike courierRegular customers of Oregon dispensaries may have noticed that cannabis regulations seem to be in a constant state of flux. The rules and limits for the entire industry are still in their infancy. The constant change can be difficult to keep up with, but the rules are always changing for a very good reason: Rather than committing to rules that sound good on paper and wind up a nightmare to implement, the regulatory agencies have been testing out new temporary rules a little bit at a time. It wasn’t that long ago that recreational customers couldn’t buy edibles at all. The latest new rule comes from the Portland City Council and allows for cannabis courier businesses. These new businesses will not be able to sell cannabis from storefronts at all, which means that it probably won’t be possible for existing dispensaries to add a delivery option. Any cannabis courier business will be a courier business exclusively, at least for the time being.

Read more about the new rules on OregonLive.

Discreetly Getting High for the Holidays

christmas dinnerWith family gatherings just around the corner for so many of us, many people are faced with the challenge of enjoying cannabis without rocking the boat. Not everyone’s family is accepting of cannabis use, unfortunately, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without. Leafly has some tips for dealing with the stress of the holidays with cannabis without being disruptive. Edibles and topicals tend to be the way to go if you need to be super stealth. Higher CBD options are also useful if you don’t necessarily need to get high, but still want to calm the nerves a little.

Read the rest of Leafly’s tips for consuming cannabis around your relatives.

Medical Marijuana Correlates to Fewer Traffic Fatalities

car accidentAccording to High Times, a study conducted by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found that there were 11% fewer traffic fatalities in states that have legalized medical marijuana. Areas with more medical marijuana dispensaries were also found to have statistically fewer traffic fatalities. It was theorized that the correlation may be a result of fewer people driving while under the influence of alcohol, having replaced alcohol with cannabis.

Read more at High Times.

Cannabis May Serve Crucial Role in Sports Medicine

concussionConcussions are serious business and they seem to be an unavoidable consequence of many sports. Awareness is growing surrounding CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), a progressive degenerative brain disease caused by repeated brain injuries, commonly found in football players. Traumatic brain injuries are also common in cycling and baseball. There are currently no effective treatments for concussions available, but there is mounting evidence that cannabis might be the answer. Cannabis has been shown to reduce the damage caused by traumatic brain injuries and seems to act as a neuroprotective agent. Weed News quotes Dr. Dustin Sulak, “Cannabis could potentially be beneficial to all sports, but especially those with high risk for head injury, because it can likely protect participants from the long term consequences of concussion and brain trauma.” The state of Illinois currently recognizes cannabis as an approved treatment for post-concussion syndrome, but it’s the only state to explicitly do so. Regardless, cannabis remains on the NFL’s list of banned substances. Ironic, seeing as NFL players stand to gain the most from the neuroprotection that cannabis could provide.

Read the full article about cannabis as sports medicine on Weed News.

What the DEA’s Ruling on CBD Really Means

cannabis leafThe DEA recently announced that all cannabinoid extracts, including pure CBD extracts, should require their own Controlled Substance Code Numbers that are separate from cannabis plants. All cannabinoid extracts should be Schedule I substances, according to the DEA. The cannabis community has had a lot to say about this announcement, for obvious reasons. Why should CBD, a non-psychoactive substance, be a Schedule I drug? The outrage is palpable. It seems, however, that the DEA’s statement has been largely misinterpreted. The Cannabist reached out to DEA spokesman Russ Baer to clear things up. “The gist of the issue is that DEA established a new drug code for marihuana extracts as a means to more accurately reflect the activities of scientific research and provide more consistent adherence to the requirements of the Single Convention. We have not changed any control status with this Federal Register Notice. Everything remains schedule I, so no other provisions of the law (registration, security requirements, research protocols, etc.) change. Companies will simple [sic] use a new code for extracts,” Baer told The Cannabist.

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