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How Medicinal Cannabis Became Legal in Puerto Rico

By 2013, 52 percent of Americans were in favor of legalizing cannabis for medicinal use. Eighteen states had already passed referendums or bills legalizing medical marijuana for a broad range of conditions, and within five years that number was destined to nearly double. But in certain areas (Midwest and South, for example) medicinal cannabis remained…
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Bipartisan Coalition Pushing For Federal Cannabis Reform

What has been speculated on for weeks in the nation’s capital has now become a reality. On April 4, a bipartisan coalition of 13 Democrats and 13 Republicans reintroduced bill HR 6043 in the US House of Representatives. Known as the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act, this bill would alter the…
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A Greener Green: Solar Power The Best Option For Cannabis Sustainability

Most cannabis producers would consider themselves ecologically responsible. They strive for sustainability by embracing organic grow practices whenever they can. They take pride in supplying a natural product that comes directly from the earth. Even those who aren’t thinking about sustainability will at least pay it lip service. They know that the environmentally aware crowd…
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Northern Mariana Islands Moving Forward With Full Cannabis Legalization

On Sept. 21, 2018, Governor Ralph DLG Torres of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) signed House Bill 20-178 into law. This legislation, also known as the Taulamwarr Sensible CNMI Cannabis Act of 2018, lifts all prohibition on cannabis and related products. TheMarijuana Policy Project offers a summary of the bill. In one…
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Overview of the Civil Rights Movement

There is a history of racial inequality in America and out of this the hunger for African Americans to be able to equally express their citizenship rights took a nationally tangible shape. Sixty years before Black Lives Matter, there was the civil rights movement. For people just coming of age, it might seem from current…
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Hemp Hemp Hooray: Legalization Of Super Plant To Revitalize Puerto Rican Agriculture

Ever since the last sugar cane processing plant closed in 2000, Puerto Rico's agricultural industry has struggled mightily. Legalized hemp may change that. Puerto Rico might have one of the most underdeveloped agricultural sectors on the planet. According to statistics provided by the US Department of Agriculture, Puerto Rico farming income has decreased by two-thirds…
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Gabapentin Withdrawal: My Story

My gabapentin withdrawal symptoms included vertigo from the moment I woke up until about midday, hot flashes that rivaled menopause, daily migraines, and what I prefer to just call intestinal distress. A funny thing happens when your eyes are wide open for the first time—it’s like a fog lifting. Horror stories abound about the dangers…
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