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Study: 80% of Autistic Children Saw Improvements Afer Consuming CBD

In a new study published by the journal Neurology, 80% of children with autism saw improvements in their condition after being administered cannabidiol (CBD).

For the study, 60 children with an average age of 12 were given cannabis oil containing 20% CBD and 1% THC, for a period of seven months.

After the seven-month period, children filled out a questionnaire asking if they noticed any changes in their condition. Parents were asked if they noticed any changes in their child’s condition, and were asked about any changes in their child’s anxiety levels and communication abilities.

According to the study’s lead Dr. Adi Aran, director of the pediatric neurology unit at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, 80% of parents reported a decrease in problematic behavior following the use of CBD, and 62% reported that their child’s behavior improved significantly. Around half of the children claimed they noticed improvements in their communication, and 40% saw significant improvements in their anxiety symptoms.

“According to the astonishing report, eighty percent of the children reported improved functioning!”, says Nachshol Cohen, Founder of Cannabium. “We hope that this research will help to bring about a conceptual change by regulators and policymakers, which will lead to a scientific momentum that will unequivocally demonstrate the positive effects of cannabis on a variety of health problems.”

The study also found that half of the children who participated in the study also reported an improvement in their level of communication, with 40% saying that their anxiety symptoms had significantly improved. A third of the participants did not show symptoms of anxiety before the study began.

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Florida Judge Rules Limit on Medical Cannabis Businesses is Unconstitutional

A circuit court judge in Florida has ruled that the state’s limit on medical cannabis businesses is unconstitutional as it runs contrary to the intent of the voter-approved initiative that legalized the medicine.

Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson ruled that an arbitrary cap on medical marijuana treatment centers, passed by state lawmakers in 2017, “directly contradicts the amendment” that legalized medical cannabis.

“Such limits directly undermine the clear intent of the amendment, which by its language seeks to prevent arbitrary restriction on the number of MMTCs authorized to conduct business in the state”, Dodson wrote in his ruling. “The amendment mandates the availability and safe use of medical marijuana by qualifying patients”.

Dodson also ruled that the state’s requirement of “vertical integration” is unconstitutional.

“It’s the first time any judge has weighed in on the licensing process at all, and what he said was unequivocal”, says Florigrown CEO Adam Eland. “What he’s saying, and I think this is super clear, is what you’re doing is unconstitutional”.

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California: Medical Cannabis for Pets Bill Passed by Assembly, Advances in Senate

Legislation to explicitly allow and regulate the medical use of cannabis for pets is advancing in the California Legislature.

California Assembly Bill 2215 would expand “the intent of the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) to control and regulate cannabis and cannabis products for medicinal use on pets.” The bill would define “cannabis products” to include products intended for medicinal use on a pet. The bill wouldn’t allow a veterinarian to administer medical cannabis, “but allow a veterinarian to discuss the use of cannabis on an animal for medicinal purposes without being disciplined or denied, revoked or suspended by the Veterinary Medical Board (VMB). ”

The measure states that the VMB “would have until July 1, 2019 to promulgate guidelines for veterinarians to follow when discussing the use of cannabis”, and it “Provides that a cannabis product for use on a pet may only be sold to an adult 21 years or age or over by a licensee who has been issued a retailer license, as specified.”

The proposal quietly passed the Assembly at the end of May in a 60 to 10 vote. Yesterday in the Senate Appropriations Committee it was “ordered to second reading pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8.”

If the bill is passed by the full Senate, it will be sent to Governor Jerry Brown for consideration.

The full text of Assembly Bill 2215 can be found by clicking here.

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Report: Drug Legalization Would Add $100 Billion to U.S. Budget

Ending the drug war would result in an additional $100 billion annually for the U.S. budget, according to a new report conducted by The Cato Institute.

“Drawing on the most recent available data, this bulletin estimates the fiscal windfall that would be achieved through drug legalization”, states the report. “All told, drug legalization could generate up to $106.7 billion in annual budgetary gains for federal, state, and local governments.” Those gains would come from two primary sources: decreases in drug enforcement spending and increases in tax revenue.

The report estimates that “state and local governments spend $29 billion on drug prohibition annually, while the federal government spends an additional $18 billion.” Meanwhile, “full drug legalization would yield $19 billion in state and local tax revenue and $39 billion in federal tax revenue.

“Legalization can reduce government spending, which saves resources for other uses, and it generates tax revenue that transfers income from drug producers and consumers to public coffers,” Jeffrey Miron, the institute’s Director of Economic Studies, states in the report.

The full report can be found by clicking here.

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