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Fri
04
Jan

RI Health Department considering medical marijuana for opioid dependency

 The Rhode Island Department of Health has scheduled a public hearing to discuss the possibility of using medical marijuana to treat opioid dependency.

In October, B & B Medical Marijuana Evaluation Center in Warwick sent a petition to the department.

"It was their contention that there are people who suffer chronic pain, so if they have medical marijuana as an option, it means perhaps they wouldn't need to be on opioids and could transition off of opioids onto medical marijuana," DOH spokesperson Joseph Wendelken said.

About 336 people fatally overdosed in 2016; 323 people in 2017 and 220 people died between January and September 2018.

Fri
04
Jan

New poll shows most South Carolinians support medical marijuana

A new poll shows that a wide majority of South Carolinians support legalizing marijuana for medical use.

The results from Benchmark Research shows that 72 percent of 400 South Carolinians polled support legalizing medical marijuana, including 84 percent of Democrats, 78 percent of independents and 63 percent of Republicans.

Geographically, medical marijuana had the strongest support in the Lowcountry, with 76 percent. The Midlands showed 71 percent support for legalization. And the Upstate and the Pee Dee registered 73 percent and 65 percent respectively.

Fri
04
Jan

Canada: Cannabis edibles will be big — but concentrates could be even bigger

Cannabis edibles will be legal for sale in Canada later this year, and the news media is breathless with anticipation.

Thu
03
Jan

Mental health expert warns of 'significant increase' in cannabis-induced psychosis

With marijuana now legalized in Canada, a mental health expert has predicted a significant increase in cannabis-induced psychosis.

The latest figures provided by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) reveal a steady rise in cases in recent years.

According to the numbers, 373 people were discharged from hospitals across the country – excluding Ontario and Quebec – after receiving treatment for cannabis-induced psychosis in the 2012/13 fiscal year. That number increased to 723 cases in 2016/17.

CIHI provided CTVNews.ca with data from the Hospital Mental Health Database.

The figures also show that 455 people were discharged in 2013/14, 558 in the year 2014/15 and 616 in the year 2015/16.

Thu
03
Jan

This Nashville family is pushing for medical marijuana for their epileptic son

Nothing has worked as well as cannabis oil in reducing the seizures experienced by this Nashville family's son. The only problem is that Tennessee's strict cannabis laws are making it extremely difficult for their son to reap the benefits of medical marijuana, writes Calvin Hughes. 

Thu
03
Jan

With medical cannabis legal in the U.K., Canopy Growth plans to start selling there in the first half of 2019

Canopy Growth (WEED.TO) has expanded its international footprint with the legalization of cannabis in U.K, as reported in a recent article.

“Mark Ware, chief medical officer for Canopy Growth (which generated $80 million in sales last year), said a new U.K. subsidiary, Spectrum Biomedical, would begin importing and distributing cannabis to pharmacies at the request of physicians in the first half of 2019,” The Telegraph reports.

Wed
02
Jan

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb refuses to legalize medical or recreational cannabis

Cannabis advocates in Indiana shouldn't hold their breath in hopes of marijuana reform coming to the Hoosier state anytime time soon. Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb (R) steadfastly refuses to legalize cannabis for medical or recreational use, writes James McClure. 

Wed
02
Jan

How cannabis litter can attract — and harm — animals

Jandry is hopeful that changes are on the horizon, especially in California, with the passage of Assembly Bill 2215, which was signed by Governor Brown in September and takes effect after the first of the year.

“I hope that we will be able to move legislation forward more quickly so that needed studies can allow us to help our patients,” Dr. Jandry wrote in a recent email. Currently, veterinarians in California are prohibited from discussing the topic, including with their clients, but, after Jan. 1, the bill will allow them to address both cannabis and CBD with those with whom they have an established doctor-client relationship.

In the meantime, information about the benefits of CBDs for pets are anecdotal.

Wed
02
Jan

Ohio patients started 2018 thinking medical marijuana would be available by now

Ohio patients started 2018 circling Sept. 8 on their calendar: the day Ohio's Medical Marijuana Control Program was supposed to go live.

But a few months before, it became clear delays getting businesses approved and licensed would delay the program's start indefinitely

"Rome wasn't built in a day and it's important to think about the context this program is operating in," said Lawyer Thomas Haren, who represents businesses in the medical marijuana industry. "This is a brand new industry here in Ohio."

The indefinite delay put the whole system in limbo.

In late December, the board that controls Ohio's budget gave the program a more than $4 million loan after the program had already pulled in roughly $5 million through application and licensing fees.

Wed
02
Jan

Will Thailand's legal medical marijuana seed a new black market?

Thailand’s decision to legalise marijuana for medical purposes has raised concerns over deliberate exploitation of the new law and warnings to the public not to forget that general use of the drug is still very much illegal.

Last Tuesday, Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly passed a bill allowing the use of cannabis and kratom, a local plant with opioid properties native to Southeast Asia. It grants use for several purposes, including patient treatment, growing for export and sale, research and other science and industry activities.

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