The Week in Weed 2-14-15 Marijuana News

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Cheri Sicard and POW Paul FreeThis Week’s Marijuana News Round Up: Research Team Finds How CBDs Work Within Cells; New Federal Data Shows Stoned Drivers Are Much Safer Than Drunk Ones; As US Legalization Spreads, Mexican “Mota” Takes a Nosedive; Feds Lose in Court to Berkeley Dispensary.

Medical/Health Marijuana News

Research Team Finds How CBDs Work Within Cells — A team of Stony Brook University researchers have identified fatty acid binding proteins (FABPs) as intracellular transporters for two ingredients in marijuana, THC and CBD (cannabidiol). The finding, published early online in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, is significant because it helps explain how CBD works within the cells. Recent clinical findings have shown that CBD may help reduce seizures and could be a potential new medicine to treat pediatric treatment-resistant epilepsy.

Politics/Legal Marijuana News

New Federal Data Shows Stoned Drivers Are Much Safer Than Drunk Ones — A new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that drivers who use marijuana are at a significantly lower risk for a crash than drivers who use alcohol. And after adjusting for age, gender, race and alcohol use, drivers who tested positive for marijuana were no more likely to crash than who had not used any drugs or alcohol prior to driving.

International Marijuana News

As US Legalization Spreads, Mexican “Mota” Takes a Nosedive — According to a new report by The ArcView Group, a cannabis industry investment and research firm based in California, legal marijuana sales rocketed 74 percent in 2014 to a new high of $2.7 billion. And with more states legalizing weed — Alaska, Oregon and Washington, DC, voted to join the legal stoners in November — it predicts this growth pace could continue for several more years straight. However, winners in some places often mean losers in others. And the losers appear to be south of the Rio Grande: Mexican marijuana growers, who’ve provided the lion’s share of cannabis for American smokers for decades.

Marijuana News State by State

Feds Lose in Court to Berkeley, CA Dispensary — Major Berkeley medical cannabis dispensary Berkeley Patients Group notched another win against federal authorities in court Friday when a Federal judge sided with the City of Berkeley in its efforts to keep the dispensary open. The dispensary will now remain open while the courts decide whether the City of Berkeley has the legal standing to defend the club in court against federal prosecutors.

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