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Tue
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Dec

5 Things about marijuana we don't know and need to research

You’ll often see people advocating for marijuana research, and you may wonder why the heck we’re still doing that. Cannabis has been around for thousands of years, and we surely must know all of its effects, right? Well, not quite. There’s still plenty we don’t know about marijuana, writes Joseph Misulonas. 

Here are five things we still don’t know about cannabis and need to research:

Tue
11
Dec

After one week, the number of medical marijuana cards in Ohio is over 1,000

On Monday the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced the number of people in the state who received an activated medical marijuana card after opening up the patient and caregiver registry.

After accepting patient registrations for one week, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program totaled 1,948 recommendations in the registry, which is an online portal where physicians with a certificate to recommend medical marijuana can register patients and caregivers.

Mon
10
Dec

New Jersey: Islanders beg doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis

The States recently voted in favour of allowing all medical professionals – including GPs – the option of prescribing the drug. The vote requires Health Minister Richard Renouf to bring forward final proposals for approval before the end of February.

And while both Daniel Clark and Edward Bennett have welcomed the move, they say they need swift action to help end their years of pain.

Some GPs have said they were reluctant to prescribe medicinal cannabis, despite the States vote, as there had not been enough clinical testing.

Mr Clark, who has been paralysed from the chest down following a motorbike accident almost 15 years ago, wants to take part in a trial which he believes will show the medicinal benefits of the drug.

Mon
10
Dec

After marijuana helps patriarch with Alzheimer's, his family pushes for more research

A Massachusetts family’s experience giving marijuana edibles to their dying patriarch is set to kick off a desperately needed investigation into how cannabis might treat some of the more troubling symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that affects 5.7 million Americans.

Mon
10
Dec

Patients will be able to order medical cannabis online from Shoppers Drug Mart

Shoppers Drug Mart has been granted a licence to sell medical marijuana online.

Health Canada's list of authorized cannabis sellers and producers has been updated to reflect that the pharmacy can sell dried and fresh cannabis, as well as plants, seeds and oil.

A website has been set up by the company, which says that patients "with a valid medical document will soon be able to purchase a wide selection of medical cannabis products" from Shoppers.

A spokeswoman for Shoppers' parent company Loblaw Companies Ltd. says it's too soon to say when people will be able to start making orders.

She says the company is still working through a "technical issue" with Health Canada.

Mon
10
Dec

Health Minister Simon Harris suggests growing cannabis in Ireland

Minister for Health Simon Harris has suggested the possibility of farmers in Ireland growing cannabis in the future as part of his plan to push legalization of medicinal marijuana.

This week RTÉ's agricultural programme Ear to the Ground examined cannabis farms and the possibility of growing the crop in Ireland at some stage in the future if more liberal laws around cannabis are introduced.

Harris told the show that he would like to see medical marijuana grown in Ireland in the future and that he hopes to introduce legislation allowing for medicinal use of the plant as early as next year.

Mon
10
Dec

Canada: Small cannabis growers find roadblocks on path to microcultivation licences

Small growers all over Canada say they’re encountering municipal red tape — and it’s especially bad in B.C., despite its reputation as a marijuana mecca.

Yan Boissonneault’s daughter was turning blue.

Without warning, his baby had stopped breathing, and he frantically performed CPR while his friend James Gallagher called 911.

Years later, the men still become emotional remembering that day. Boissonneault learned that his daughter had a rare disorder that caused epilepsy, and when pharmaceutical medications failed to cure her seizures, he turned to CBD oil, a non-psychoactive substance in marijuana.

“It’s been two years now and she hasn’t had a seizure,” Boissonneault said, standing next to rows of pungent marijuana plants under glowing white lights.

Mon
10
Dec

Mormon church opposing Utah medical marijuana initiative owns $1 billion worth of big pharma stocks

The Mormon Church is currently opposing a ballot initiative in Utah that would legalize medical marijuana due to moral reasons. But it turns out they may have a financial reason for preventing the expansion of medicinal cannabis as well, writes Joseph Misulonas. 

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Thu
06
Dec

New Missouri medical marijuana law takes effect Thursday

Marijuana and Missouri. The two take a huge step forward Wednesday when the state's new medical marijuana law goes into effect.

Here's the deal.

If you have cancer, HIV, epilepsy or many other disorders, you'll be able to legally access the drug.

But that doesn't mean you'll be getting legal marijuana Wednesday.

The law takes effect Wednesday, kicking off a list of deadlines.

No later than June 4th, the state health department needs to make applications available, so you have something you can take to a doctor and get signed.

Thirty days after that, so no later than July 4th, they have to start accepting applications.

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