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Tue
07
Apr

Chile opens debate on marijuana legalization

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chile's congressional health committee approved a bill Monday that would legalize the cultivation of marijuana for private recreational or medicinal use, sending it to the floor for a full debate.

The bill would take marijuana off the list of hard drugs in the socially conservative country and make it a soft drug like alcohol.

It would allow people over the age of 18 to grow up to six cannabis plants for their own use, or for use by minors if they are patients using the substance as part of a prescribed treatment regimen.

But it would maintain the country's ban on using marijuana in public and limit the amount a person can possess to 10 grams.

Tue
07
Apr

Doctors Earn $3.5 Billion in Kickbacks from Pharmaceutical Companies

The federal government unveiled data Tuesday detailing 4.4 million payments made to doctors and teaching hospitals by pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

The launch of the so-called Open Payments website, mandated under a provision of the Affordable Care Act, was far from glitch-free: Some users encountered long delays and sometimes error messages trying to access its seven data tables. Also, the site didn’t provide consumers with an easy-to-use lookup tool, a single place to search for a doctor’s name and see all results across data files.

Tue
07
Apr

High time for cannabis cures in Ireland

Medicinal cannabis has become a fast-growing multi-­billion dollar global industry. But Irish people with MS and other conditions are still in a legal limbo, left to buy the drug on the street.

Six months after Marie Fleming passed away after a long battle with multiple sclerosis, her partner Tom Curran revealed she had been smoking cannabis to help ease her pain.

After Fleming died in December 2013, shortly after losing a landmark case against the State to lift the ban on assisted suicide, Curran said he had grown cannabis for his partner.

Tue
07
Apr

Edible Marijuana Will Be As Easy to Buy As a Beer

Tripp Keber can’t roll a joint. “But I can certainly pour you a glass of an effervescent adult-flavored sparkling pomegranate soda, and we can experience the benefits of cannabis that way,” says the 46-year-old CEO of Dixie Brands, Inc., whose Dixie Elixirs and Edibles brands are among the biggest names in Colorado’s legal pot business.

Tue
07
Apr

America's long journey toward legal marijuana

Bruce Barcott became an expert on the cannabis industry while researching and writing “Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America” (Time Books, available Tuesday) — a book that reflects the ways in which many Americans' outlook on the drug has changed in recent years.

Barcott recounts his own marijuana experiences. They didn't go beyond the sort of youthful experimentation that Americans typically leave behind with the rest of campus life when they move on from college and take on real-world adult responsibilities — until Washington state asked voters about legalizing, regulating and taxing recreational marijuana.

Tue
07
Apr

Cholesterol drug may fight depression, relieve pain like cannabis

LONDON: If you want the benefits of medical marijuana without the "unwanted side effects" of cannabis, here is a piece of news for you. 

A new research suggests that fenofibrate - a common drug used to control cholesterol levels in patients - activates the same receptors as cannabis and may become a viable treatment option for relieving pain, stimulating appetite, reducing nausea and preventing depression. 
"By illustrating the relationship between fenofibrate and the cannabinoid system, we aim to improve our understanding of this clinically important drug," said researcher Richard S. Priestley from the University of Nottingham, England. 

Tue
07
Apr

Connecticut Parents: let children with seizures take marijuana

Lindsey Clark of Darien thinks medical marijuana could make her 7-year-old twin sons, Jeremy and Miles, less reliant on pharmaceuticals that have undesirable side effects.

For Dana Haddox-Wright of Wilton, getting her daughter, Ella Wright, 5, into the state's medical-cannabis program could mean fewer trips to the hospital to treat epileptic seizures that can last as long as two hours.

But current state law does not allow children younger than 18 to be treated with the drug. So Jeremy, Miles and Ella, who all have a rare childhood epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome, cannot be prescribed marijuana products that seem to help youngsters in states where it is allowed.

Tue
07
Apr

Canada Talking Tax: Surprising medical expenses that can be claimed

Canadians can claim a wide array of medical expenses on their tax returns — from wigs to gluten-free bread to medical marijuana — yet the Medical Expense Tax Credit is among the least used.

While the paperwork may be complicated, the return can be worth it for many people, says John Crawford, a chartered accountant and chief financial officer of Pacific Blue Cross.

Among the more surprising deductible expenses are:

Tue
07
Apr

Anxious? Can't sleep? Illinois may add conditions eligible for medical marijuana

CHICAGO  •   Illinois residents have petitioned the state to add more than 20 medical conditions to the medical marijuana program, including anxiety, migraines, insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Petitioners identifying themselves as veterans of Vietnam and Iraq asked that PTSD be included, making emotional pleas for help, according to 269 pages of petitions obtained by The Associated Press through the state's Freedom of Information Act. The state blacked out the names of petitioners before releasing the documents to protect patients' privacy.

Tue
07
Apr

Seattle marijuana investment firm Privateer closes $75M round to build global cannabis brands

Privateer Holdings is well on its way to becoming one of the country’s top marijuana investment firms.

The Seattle-based holding company today announced the closure of a $75 million Series B round, money that Privateer will use to grow its three marijuana-related startups and expand the firm’s portfolio further.

“This positions us to build a family of global brands over the coming years,” Privateer CEO Brendan Kennedy said of the fresh cash.

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