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Thu
14
Nov

Washington State Government cuts (some) medical cannabis red tape

Western Australia’s McGowan Government has announced changes that will make it a little easier for patients in the state to access medicinal cannabis products.

Previously, patients would need a referral to a specialist by a GP in order to access medicines, but now a GP will be able to prescribe where the patient is over the age of 16, isn’t drug dependent and doesn’t have a history of drug use. In those cases, specialist approval will still be required.

Thu
14
Nov

Millions of Brits using street cannabis to treat chronic health conditions

A new poll conducted by the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis and CPASS by YouGov has shown the full extent of illicit cannabis use in the UK.

The poll has revealed that 1.4 million Brits are using ‘street cannabis’ to treat chronic health conditions.

The largest ever polling sample to date, it reveals that the incidence of use of using cannabis to treat chronic health conditions amongst the general population is much higher than previously understood and may therefore be closer to 1.4 million users in Britain (2.8% of the adult population).

Thu
14
Nov

Pennsylvania medical marijuana sales top $500 million in first two years

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program has passed a half-billion dollars in sales since it began dispensing the drug nearly two years ago.

John Collins, director of the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana, said at an advisory board meeting Wednesday that about 147,000 people are certified to purchase medical marijuana at one of 72 dispensaries in operation.

He says there are about 65,000 patient visits to dispensaries per week. Their average purchase is about $120.

About 60 percent of the demand is coming from patients with pain or pain-related conditions, which Collins says is in line with other states' experience.

Wed
13
Nov

What women want to know: Breast cancer and cannabis

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you’re reading this, chances are you, a loved one, or someone you know, is living with a breast cancer diagnosis. 

Studies show that American women have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer over their lifetime. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer in the United States is the most common cancer in women, no matter your race or ethnicity.”

Wed
13
Nov

This is what you can – and can't – take medical cannabis for in the UK

A year after cannabis-based medicinal products were legalised for prescription in England, Wales and Scotland, new guidelines have been issued about how – and for what – they should be prescribed.

Wed
13
Nov

Israel: Government throws its weight behind medical cannabis sector

With the issuance of a wide-ranging ministry report on the medical cannabis industry, Israel is for the first time making clear its intention to back the burgeoning sector, according to a ministry official.

The white paper on Israel’s Medical Cannabis Innovation, published earlier this month, maps out the industry’s ecosystem — the key players, leading startups, breakthrough research at academic institutions, government regulations, and opportunities that await investors should they decide to take the plunge.

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.

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