Medical Marijuana

  1. Legalized medical cannabis lowers opioid use, study finds.

    States that have approved medical cannabis laws saw a dramatic reduction in opioid use, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Georgia. In a paper published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Internal Medicine, researchers examined the number of all opioid prescriptions filled between 2010 and 2015 under Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit plan available to Medicare enrollees. In states with medical cannabis dispensaries, the...
  2. Billy Caldwell cannabis oil plea rejected by Home Office

    The Home Office has rejected a County Tyrone mother's plea to legalise cannabis oil for her epileptic son. Charlotte Caldwell accused Home Office minister Nick Hurd of having "likely signed my son's death warrant". Ms Caldwell brought cannabis oil from Canada for her son Billy, but it was confiscated at Heathrow on Monday. In 2017, the 12-year-old became the first person in the UK to be prescribed cannabis oil, but last month his GP was told he could no longer do so. 'Honest conversation'...
  3. Marijuana-derived drug for epilepsy gets FDA committee recommendation

    (CNN)A US Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Thursday unanimously recommended approval of an epilepsy drug that would be the first plant-derived cannabidiol medicine for prescription use in the United States. The FDA will vote in June whether to approve the drug, Epidiolex, an oral solution, for the treatment of severe forms of epilepsy in a small group of patients. The FDA has approved synthetic versions of some cannabinoid chemicals found in the marijuana plant for other...
  4. The Governor of Indiana Has Officially Legalized CBD Oil

    The governor of Indiana has officially legalized CBD oil. Is the chaos and confusion surrounding CBD legality finally over? The chaos and confusion that has marred Indiana’s initial attempts to legalize CBD have finally subsided in Indiana. On Wednesday, Governor Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law that sets clear requirements and standards for the sale of CBD oil. As a result, Indiana has officially legalized CBD oil for Hoosiers who can benefit from it. Chaos And Confusion Around CBD Oil...
  5. 6-year-old receives Texas' first legal delivery of medical cannabis oil

    A six-year-old Texan on Thursday became the first person in the state to receive a legal delivery of medical cannabis — more than two years after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law legalizing the sale of a specific kind of cannabis oil to Texans with intractable epilepsy. Illustration: Todd Wiseman A six-year-old Texan on Thursday became the first person in the state to receive a legal delivery of medical cannabis — more than two years after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law...
  6. Dennis Peron, activist who helped legalize medical marijuana, dies

    Dennis Peron, an activist who helped legalize medical marijuana in California, died Saturday afternoon in a San Francisco hospital. He was 71. Dennis Peron was among the first activists to back medical marijuana for AIDS patients. Photo: ERIC RISBERG, Associated Press Peron was a force behind a San Francisco ordinance allowing medical marijuana, a win that later helped propel the 1996 passage of Prop. 215, which legalized medical use for the entire state. A Vietnam War veteran, Peron...
  7. Australian Gov. approve medical cannabis exports. Marijuana stocks skyrocket.

    Australia's emerging medical cannabis sector says it is set to dominate the global market after the federal government approved their therapeutic marijuana products for export. Thursday's decision prompted an extraordinary investor rush on ASX-listed Australian cannabis producers, with some stocks jumping more than 50 per cent. Health Minister Greg Hunt said allowing export licences for medicinal cannabis products would improve the viability of domestic producers, thus securing supply for...
  8. A new study has unexpectedly shown an ingredient in cannabis could be useful for treating psychosis

    A key problem in caring for patients with psychosis is that they are often reluctant to take antipsychotic drugs because of concerns about side effects – but cannabis-based treatments could change this Psychiatric patients treated with a substance found in cannabis, cannabidiol, showed a significant reduction in psychotic symptoms and were also more likely to be rated as “improved” by their psychiatrist, our latest study shows. Psychotic disorders affect two to three per cent of the...
  9. How Jeff Sessions Plans to End Medical Marijuana Before the Year is Over

    Tears streamed down Claudia Jendron's face this year as her doctor patted her hand and told her, after eight years of failed pain treatments for her spinal fusion-gone-wrong, "This is going to work, Claudia." She was talking about medical marijuana. For “eight years of hell,” Jendron tried opioids, epidural shots and acupuncture in the hopes that she’d be able to sit down or go to her grandchildren’s birthday parties without having to leave and lie down. None of it worked. At one point, she...
  10. Study: Nearly 70% of online CBD marijuana extracts tested were mislabeled

    With 29 states and the District of Columbia having now legalized medical marijuana, many consumers are trying out various types of extracts containing cannabidiol (CBD)—a relatively safe, non-addictive component of marijuana that does not generate a “high” and has shown potential for treating a variety of conditions, including pain, anxiety, and epilepsy. But those buying CBD extracts online may not be getting what they signed up for, according to new research. In a study of 84 CBD...
  11. Is the best marijuana investment a beer stock?

    For years, many in the business community believed that tobacco and alcohol companies would eventually break into the marijuana market. Now it seems that prediction is finally playing out. Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ), the US distributor of Corona, Modelo, and Svedka Vodka, as well as the world's leading wine company, just announced that it would acquire a minority stake in Canopy Growth Corporation (NASDAQOTH: TWMJF), a leading producer of medicinal cannabis products. Planting seeds...
  12. New bill would allow for use, sale and personal growth of marijuana in St.Louis.

    ST. LOUIS - A bill filed this week that would allow marijuana to be used, sold and grown in St. Louis aims to reduce disproportionate penalties for existing violations and free up time for police to focus on crimes with victims. The bill, sponsored by Alderman Megan Green, 15th Ward, would stop enforcement of any laws that permit “the civil or criminal punishment for the use or possession of marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia against any individual or entity,” except under certain...
  13. All time high: New poll shows two thirds of Americans support marijuana legalization.

    A record percentage of US adults, including majorities of Democrats, Independents, and for the first time ever, Republicans, believe that the adult use of marijuana should be legal, according to polling data released today by Gallup. Sixty-four percent of adults believe that “the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States” — the highest percentage ever reported by Gallup since they began asking adults their views on legalization in 1969, which began at 12%. The following...
  14. Don't dispense of cannabis dispensaries, caution researchers.

    UBC researchers are cautioning policy makers not to alter a cannabis distribution system that -- while not legal yet -- works well. Associate professor Zach Walsh, who teaches psychology at UBC's Okanagan campus, and PhD candidate Rielle Capler, say store-front dispensaries -- often under fire by law enforcement and city governments -- are a tried and true method of selling cannabis. The pair recently published a study on medicinal cannabis dispensaries and determined customers prefer the...
  15. The Strange Case of Dr. Bodo Schneider

    For many patients in the Illinois MCPP, Dr. Bodo Schneider is a hero. He was one of the very few doctors willing to recommend medical cannabis for patients in Illinois. He was the only doctor in southern Illinois who would sign paperwork. All the other doctors were barred by southern Illinois health systems from recommending medical cannabis. As a result, by the time the program was up and running, Dr. Schneider had signed paperwork for 2,000 of the 4,400 registered patients. This raised...
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