Marijuana News Roundup: Marijuana Wins; Now What?

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Of the nine states where voters last Tuesday had the opportunity to choose to legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use, people in eight states approved the ballot initiatives. Medical marijuana is now legal in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota, and Montanans voted to ease legislatively imposed restrictions on medical marijuana that would have essentially made cannabis impossible to get.

California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada approved recreational use of marijuana, and Arizona voters rejected it. We’ve already our initial take on what the election of Donald Trump may mean for any state that has already or just approved marijuana legalization.

Here are some other stories that we think are worth a look:

  • For a more detailed look on the future of marijuana legalization under a Trump administration, see this story in National Geographic.
  • For how long it might take for states to get marijuana sales started and what it will take for states actually to begin sales, here’s a piece in The Cannabist.
  • What may seem like an approaching boom for Las Vegas now that recreational use is legal, may not trickle up to the city’s casinos, according to this story at Casino.org.

How Marijuana Causes Memory Loss

Researchers have long suggested marijuana can cause memory loss. Now, a new study provides insight on this association, revealing how cannabinoids in the drug activate receptors in the mitochondria of the brain’s memory center to cause amnesia.

Study leader Dr. Giovanni Marsicano, of the University of Bordeaux in France, and team believe their findings – published in the journal Nature – may lead to the development of new therapeutics that target cannabinoid receptors, without the side effect of memory loss.

Cannabinoids are chemicals present in marijuana, as well as synthetic forms of the drug.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there are more than 100 cannabinoids in marijuana, including the main psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

These cannabinoids are similar in structure to cannabinoids that occur in the body naturally, such as anandamide. Naturally occurring cannabinoids function as neurotransmitters; they send signals between nerve cells, or neurons, affecting various brain regions, including those responsible for emotion, movement, coordination, sensory perception, and memory and thinking.

Read more at Medical News Today.