Alibi V.26 No.39 • Sept 28-Oct 4, 2017 

News on the Green

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N.M. Medicine Ups the Ante

New Mexico-based Ultra Health LLC has teamed up with Israeli pharmaceutical manufacturer Panaxia Pharmaceutical Industries to bring cannabis tablets, patches, oils, topical creams and suppositories to our state. That means not only an expansion of medication mediums, but also more reliable dosing, presumably.

UNM Researchers Say Cannabis Not Gateway Drug

University of New Mexico researchers Jacob Miguel Vigil and Sarah See Stith will be releasing a new study in an upcoming issue of the Journal of American Medical Directors Association that takes a close look at how cannabis use affects the abuse of opioids. The 5-year-long study involved 125 chronic pain sufferers and found that 34 percent of the cannabis smokers stopped taking their medication, in comparison to just 2 percent of the control group.

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Mayoral Candidate Wants Legal Cannabis in ABQ

The youngest candidate in ABQ's mayoral race, 23-year-old Gus Pedrotty, told voters he wanted to legalize cannabis at the city level in a video released earlier this month. Opponents say the plan won't work, though. They say legalization would leave the city open to lawsuits.

Branding and Cannabis

According to Entrepreneur, cannabis demonization is disintegrating as public opinion changes drastically. Here are “10 Ways the Cannabis Industry Is Rebranding to Meet Its Biggest Challenges.”

Cerebral Medicine

Remember that scene in Half Baked when Thurgood asks the delivery driver if he “went to weed college?” Well, that joke is about to make less sense thanks to Northern Michigan University, because they're now offering students the chance to major in a new program called medicinal plant chemistry. The new course will include classes in chemistry, plant biology and business entrepreneurship—all in relation to cannabis cultivation and production.

Getting the Facts Straight

Apparently the sketchy reports on teenagers abusing Fentanyl-laced cannabis are untrue, according to Snopes. In their article debunking the myth, they quote Drug Enforcement Agency Spokesperson Melvin Patterson, who told the Cincinnati Inquirer that he'd never heard of any incidents occurring.