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Wed
13
Nov

Most marijuana vape products quarantined by Mass. Health Officials

A quarantine was ordered for most marijuana vaping products in Massachusetts Tuesday, extending the state's efforts to control vaping products amid a nationwide epidemic of lung injuries.

Exempt from the quarantine are medical marijuana products designed specifically for devices for medical marijuana flower vaping, the state Cannabis Control Commission said. Massachusetts' ban on vape-related products for medical marijuana users was lifted as the quarantine went into effect.

Wed
13
Nov

Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg propose easier access to pot for veterans

A few front-running Democratic presidential hopefuls marked Veterans Day in the U.S. with proposals that will give veterans more access to medical cannabis.

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg both unveiled proposals Monday that would allow doctors with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to prescribe medical cannabis to those who have served in the U.S. army.

Department officials currently cannot prescribe cannabis to veterans, even in states where the drug is legal.

Sanders has emerged as a proponent for loosening cannabis laws — he was the first presidential candidate to endorse federal legalization during his 2015 campaign.

Wed
13
Nov

1 in 10 women with endometriosis report using cannabis to ease their pain

Endometriosis is a chronic, inflammatory condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found outside of the womb. It affects around one in ten women of reproductive age, causing pain, infertility and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Women often report difficulty getting their pain and other symptoms under control, despite medication or even surgery.

Wed
13
Nov

Medical marijuana patients will be able to purchase cannabis vaping products on Tuesday

Massachusetts medical marajuana cardholders will be able to purchase cannabis vape products again on Tuesday after the state’s Cannabis Control Commission refused to extend Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s controversial four-month vaping ban to vaping products used by cardholders.

This CCC decided not to uphold Baker’s ban after Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins ruled Baker’s Department of Public Health did not have the authority to regulate cannabis products used by medical marijuana patients, according to the ruling.

Wed
13
Nov

Wisconsinites use cannabis as a medicine, but research and the Law are not yet on their side

After four decades of using strong prescription drugs to treat Crohn’s disease, a chronic digestive disorder, Patty developed an aggressive form of skin cancer.

“It’s because my body has been suppressed for so long, it can’t fight it [cancer],” the Wisconsin resident said.

Patty, who has worked at her father’s restaurant for 27 years, now struggles to handle full-time duties.

“I’m trying to get disability, but I’ve been denied once already. I don’t plan on quitting working. I just need help. I need help because I can’t do a full-time job,” Patty said.

Wed
13
Nov

Western Australia relaxes medical cannabis laws, but adult-use legalization is still a pipe dream

Good news, Western Aussies!

Western Australia has substantially chilled out with regard to its medical cannabis rules.

The general practitioners will be permitted to write prescriptions for medical cannabis, whereas they were previously obliged to refer patients for treatment with a specialist to qualify for a prescription for the drug. The Department of Health reviewed three years of prescription-related data before rendering the decision.

Although the rules have been relaxed for most, not all patients will enjoy the increased access to cannabinoid-based treatment options. Patients with a history of drug abuse will still need a specialist’s approval to obtain a prescription for medical cannabis, as will patients under the age of 16.

Wed
13
Nov

U.K. green lights cannabis-based treatment for epilepsy and multiple sclerosis

Relief is on the way for epilepsy and multiple sclerosis (M.S.) sufferers in the U.K., but others aren’t so lucky.

The country’s National Health Service (NHS) reports that it has approved the use of cannabis-based medications for the first time: Epidyolex for the treatment of two rare types of epilepsy, and a muscle-relaxing spray called Sativex for patients with M.S.

Tue
12
Nov

Wisconsin Assembly set to pass bill helping hemp industry

The Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to give final approval to a bill designed to help the state's industrial hemp industry as the program enters its second year.

The bill up for approval Tuesday would align the state's program with new requirements under the 2018 federal farm bill, while also allowing Wisconsin to retain control.

The bipartisan measure is designed to help farmers, hemp processors, retailers and consumers as the industry in Wisconsin grows.

The bill comes as some lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers are pushing the Legislature to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize small amounts of pot. There is also a bill to fully legalize recreational marijuana.

Tue
12
Nov

Thousands in Missouri already have medical marijuana cards with nowhere to legally buy it

Missouri has already approved more than 17,000 patients for its yet-to-be-launched medical marijuana program — a stark contrast to neighboring Illinois, which had less than 3,000 patients in the first 10 months. 

Licenses for Missouri’s dispensaries are expected to be awarded by January, and cannabis should be available for medical card holders by spring. 

At their core, Missouri and Illinois programs do the same thing: They allow doctors to certify patients to use cannabis if they have a qualifying condition. But there are significant differences in the details of each law, including who has access, how they’re getting access and how the programs can be changed in the future.

Tue
12
Nov

Law keeps medical marijuana out of vets’ reach

Imagine living in fear of doing something that’s perfectly legal in Massachusetts.

This is the maddening “Catch-22” that our veterans face when they purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary to treat conditions like PTSD and chronic pain issues.

Our servicemen and women are looking over their shoulders, worried that they’ll lose their jobs, security clearances, GI Bill loan benefits, disability payments, Second Amendment rights and access to other medications if they publicly disclose their legal use of cannabis.

That’s because under federal law, which the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is obligated to follow, marijuana is still classified as a Schedule One Controlled Substance — an illegal drug.

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