Proposition M Passed In Los Angeles

Proposition M passed in LA. Expect major changes in dispensary laws.

from the Marijuana Business Daily:
Update: Proposition M passed Tuesday, while Initiative N was voted down.

The outcome of Los Angeles’ municipal election Tuesday could enable the city to surge to the forefront of the regulated cannabis industry. Or it could prove a major setback for hundreds – if not thousands – of marijuana businesses.

Residents will vote on four proposed changes to city laws, and two of the questions are about marijuana: Proposition M, which is supported by the city council and every major cannabis industry group, and Initiative N, which was put forth by a coalition of dispensaries that later threw its support behind Prop M.

The yes vote gives city officials the authority to approve cannabis businesses and write citywide regulations and licensing procedures for L.A.’s marijuana industry.

This could be very good, but bureaucrats being bureaucrats, it will undoubtedly take much longer than the few months currently being touted by city officials just to get organized. But it’s a good start.

Number of Nevada Medical Marijuana Users is Growing

Nevada’s medical marijuana program is growing, gaining nearly 12,000 new patients in 2016, but the total number of patients is less than 10% of the total population. With is considerably less than the percentage of users of hydrocodone and other opioids.

As a result Nevada’s MMJ business is struggling, but dispensaries are hoping for a change when recreational legalization is implemented in 2018.

Nevada Leaked Every MMJ Applicant’s Personal Data

From CBS:
“Nevada’s state government website has leaked the personal data on over 11,700 applicants for dispensing medical marijuana in the state.

Each application, eight pages in length, includes the person’s full name, home address, citizenship, and even their weight and height, race, and eye and hair color. The applications also include the applicant’s citizenship, their driving license number (where applicable), and social security number.”

A spokesperson for the Nevada Dept. Health and Human Services, which runs the medical marijuana application program, told ZDNet that the website has been pulled offline to limit the vulnerability. They added that the leaked data was a “portion” of one of several databases.

The Officials of the state of Nevada will be notifying applicants in the next few days, as mandated by state law.

Study Shows Cannabis May Be Used to Treat Diabetes.

Activation of the cannabinoid 2 receptor may be a potential treatment option for insulin resistance and obesity-related diabetes.

This according to new research at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the Chinese Academy of Medical Science, the was study was first published in the Journal of Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry.

The endocannabinoid signalling (ECS) system has been known to regulate glucose homeostasis. Previous studies have suggested that the cannabinoid 2 (CB2) receptor may play a regulatory role on insulin secretion, immune modulation and insulin resistance. Given that diabetes and insulin resistance are attributable to elevated inflammatory tone, we investigated the role of CB2 receptor on glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity in high-fat diet (HFD)/streptozotocin (STZ)-induced mice.

In other words smoking dope may actually be good for you.