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Fri
17
May

Nebraska lawmakers kick off debate on medicinal marijuana

Nebraska lawmakers have kicked off a debate on a proposal to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes as activists push a much broader ballot measure that would place the issue before voters next year.

Supporters argued Wednesday that the legislative bill is narrowly tailored, with restrictions on how much users can possess and a ban on marijuana smoking.

Senators who oppose the measure say the drug is still illegal at the federal level and argue that its benefits and dangers haven't been fully studied.

The sponsor, Sen. Anna Wishart, of Lincoln, says the bill is intended to address the concerns of many groups who raised concerns about it.

Fri
17
May

Montreal hospital reports more children being admitted for cannabis intoxication

Healthcare workers in Montreal have expressed concerns over an increase in hospital visits by children with cannabis intoxication since marijuana was legalized in October. The Montreal Children’s Hospital reported that 26 children were brought to the hospital since legalization. Nine of those children were under the age of 7.

The trauma director for the Children’s Hospital Debbie Friedman said that the increase in visits is significant compared to visits that occurred before legalization took place.

“[The number of cases] has gone from one every three to four years to nine within a very short period of time. So this certainly is alarming to us,” Friedman told CTV.

Thu
16
May

NFL and marijuana: Players hope for change in punishing policy

The pain wasn't the same as a midair smack from a hulking linebacker while coming across the middle, but former Detroit Lions superstar receiver Calvin Johnson said he needed some serious relief during his 2016 season on "Dancing with the Stars." 

“When I was on the dancing show, I was using a CBD (the non-psychoactive ingredient of the cannabis plant) topical that my buddy gave me because my ankles were swelling up so much that I didn’t think I would be able to finish the show,” Johnson said during an interview with the Detroit Free Press during the Toronto Cannabis Conference last month. “The relief happened almost overnight. I was already open-minded to marijuana, but after that, I became a true believer just because of the experience.”

Thu
16
May

Most health professionals supportive of the use of medical cannabis in clinical practice per study

The majority of health professionals — including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists — express support the use of medical cannabis in clinical practice, according to a systematic review of the relevant literature published in the journal PLOS One.

An international team of investigators reviewed over 100 studies assessing health professionals’ opinions with regard to medical cannabis.

Thu
16
May

Texas may finally be serious about medical cannabis, but there’s a problem

To find the resistance, go to Texas.

Texas is a deep-red state floating in a sea of green. The Lone Star State is surrounded on all sides by jurisdictions — including another sovereign nation in Mexico as well as other U.S. states — with more relaxed and welcoming cannabis laws.

Thu
16
May

Ohio medicinal cannabis sales hits $5.8 million in first four month

One of the biggest developments of the marijuana industry has been its legalization in select states across the United States. The latest state to legalize medical marijuana was the state of Ohio, which passed the legislation in January of this year. As soon as the legalization kicked in, the sales of medical marijuana in the state have shot up and the figures show that there is a thriving demand for the product. In the first four months this year, the sales of medical marijuana were in the millions and perhaps it is an indication to the sort of sales figures that will be generated by Ohio in the years to come.

Wed
15
May

New Mexico provider says medical cannabis sales trail enrollment growth

Patient enrollment in New Mexico’s medical marijuana program grew at a fast clip in April.

The New Mexico Department of Health says patient enrollment in the cannabis program for health ailments such as cancer, chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder increased by 1,632 to 72,375 in April. That’s the equivalent of a 28% annual growth rate.

New Mexico’s largest medical marijuana seller said Monday that statewide growth in medical cannabis sales trailed far behind enrollment gains between March 2018 and March 2019.

Albuquerque-based Ultra Health says annual medical marijuana sales grew by 16%. That’s less than half the 39% growth rate for enrollment.

Wed
15
May

Does using CBD to treat your anxiety work?

A quick Google search yields thousands of stories where users have seen success in treating anxiety with cannabidiol (CBD), a therapeutic compound in cannabis. CBD has become increasingly popular as people tune in to its non-intoxicating, therapeutic effects. One online survey of 2,409 CBD users found that 62% were using it for a medical condition, and using it to treat anxiety was one of the top three responses. More comprehensive studies need to be done before we’ll know exactly how CBD helps anxiety, but promising research suggests it may.

Wed
15
May

Medicinal cannabis: Legalised yet impossible to access in the UK

On 1 November 2018, the UK changed the law on medicinal cannabis. Medicinal cannabis products were moved from schedule 1, meaning they have no medicinal value, to schedule 2, which allowed doctors to prescribe them under certain circumstances. This change to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 was partly a response to a rapid evidence review by the chief medical officer, which concluded that some medicinal cannabis products were effective for some medical conditions, and partly due to formal advice from the government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to change the schedule.

Wed
15
May

Thousands of patients apply for amnesty under Thailand's new medical marijuana Laws

Two months after the government of Thailand announced plans to legalize medical marijuana, writes Calvin Hughes, the country's top lawmakers have unveiled a new process to allow patients currently using cannabis to apply for protection from possession and consumption charges until the new law takes ef

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