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Is Marijuana as Effective as Opiates for Treating Pain?

Everyone has experienced pain from injuries and illnesses. For most of us, it goes away before we’ve tested out all the treatment options. Those with severe chronic pain have learned that our choices are limited. Medical marijuana may be an alternative. Now that some states are allowing it, we are starting to see some data comparing cannabis to our current standard for acute pain (pain from traumatic injuries or from surgery): prescription opioid painkillers.

 

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Trading Opiates for Marijuana to Treat Pain

Marijuana works on some of the same areas of the brain as opioids–those that perceive pain. The active ingredients may help cancer-related pain. They can also be helpful in some pain related to multiple sclerosis and in HIV and AIDS.  

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Medical Marijuana in Nebraska Spotlight

The judiciary committee in the Nebraska Legislature is expected to decide this week what avenues to pursue -- or not pursue -- in the medical marijuana debate. Many families are making a last minute push for change.

If any of the bills being considered become law, Nebraska would become the 24th state to allow a form of marijuana to be used as medicine.

“I just want to know what Nebraska is going to do for those who are sick and have debilitating illnesses," said Shelley Gillen, from her Bellevue living room.

She was joined by two other mothers. Their children all suffer from a form of epilepsy.

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Some Illinois Doctors Reluctant To Prescribe Medical Marijuana

 

(CBS) – Some Illinois doctors are reluctant to begin prescribing medical marijuana for patients who qualify.

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports on why physicians are putting up roadblocks.

“I asked my primary care about the medical marijuana card. She said she would not be able to,” 19-year-old Chris Favela says.

He’s convinced marijuana will help him cope with the numerous ailments associated with Multiple Sclerosis. He was disappointed when his doctor refused to sign the papers recommending him for the state’s new medical marijuana program.

“She simply said it wasn’t even possible,” Favela says.

“It’s not surprising. We’ve been experiencing this for a long time,” says Victoria Mendicino, who works for Good Intentions.

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Forget the hysteria. Here are the facts about 'cannabis psychosis'

Charles Walker MP, Parliament’s cheerleader for the ‘skunk scaremongers’ shot himself and his hysterical campaign in the foot this week.

He had submitted a parliamentary written question asking: "How many people under 18 years of age have been treated in NHS-funded mental health units for cannabis-induced psychosis in each of the last five years?”

The answer from Jane Ellison MP, minister of state at the Department of Health, must have gravely disappointed Mr Walker. She revealed there have been average of just over 28 ‘finished admission episodes’ for each of the past five years. That doesn’t necessarily mean 28 people as it could include the same person being admitted more than once.

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Doctors urged to talk openly with patients about drug-taking for pleasure

Addiction psychiatrist Dr Adam Winstock tells medical conference that doctors are doing a disservice by only speaking about drug-related harms

Doctors need to start having honest and open conversations with their patients about illicit drug-taking for pleasure, an eminent addiction specialist from London has told a medical conference in Melbourne.

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Native American Tribes Eye Marijuana Business---With Their Tax-Free Gaming Advantage

Native American tribes are poised to move into the lucrative legal marijuana businesses. With spreading legalization and with taxes being levied right and left, tribal tax advantages could be huge. In California v. Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, the Supreme Court ruled that in states permitting gaming, tribes can conduct gaming on Native American lands unhindered by state regulation. A year later, Congress enacted the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, creating a regulatory framework for gaming on Indian lands.

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When Your Rap Sheet Becomes Your Resume: Notes From A Marijuana Jobs Fair

Marijuana use was never something to put on a job application… until now. In the first 34 weeks of legal recreational sales in Washington State, 110 pot shops have opened, a number that is expected to double by years-end. “Retail job opportunities are booming,” said David Rheins, CEO and co-founder of the Seattle-based Marijuana Business Association. Managers are looking for employees who bring retail experience and product knowledge.

Eric Gaston, owner of The Evergreen Market, is looking for a sales staff that loves cannabis for his new stores in Renton and Auburn Washington.  Employees “should be evangelists for the growers and the products,” he said at a recent Green Jobs Fair in Bellevue Washington.

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Illinois: Marijuana cultivator ready to build near Anna

ANNA — Wellness Group Pharms is ready to start construction on its new marijuana cultivation facility, just outside of the Anna city limits.

Paul Montes, manager of Wellness Group Pharms, said the first building under construction will be about 27,000 square feet. The marijuana growers have the ability to expand to 280,000 square feet depending on the success of the program.

Montes said production will be under way as soon as the building is complete.

“We will have our building and production going in six months and after that we will have our first harvest,” he said. “If everything goes according to plan, our first harvest will be about the first of 2016.”

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It's high time to introduce medical cannabis in Ireland, say healthcare firm

AN Irish healthcare company say it’s high time the government changed the laws on medical cannabis in this country.

GreenLight Health, a medical cannabis research and development firm, based in Dublin, are hoping to spark interest in a fundraising campaign to lobby the government on the matter.

At present people who use cannabis to relieve medical conditions face criminalisation, a €2,750 fine and up to 12 months in prison for a second offence.

“The situation in Ireland at present is unacceptable,” says Dr James Linden, MD of GreenLight Health. “We know from speaking to people with MS, for example, that they are crying out for cannabis-based medicines to relieve their symptoms.

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Brownies and Lozenges: NJ Issues Guidelines for Edible Medical Marijuana Products

New manufacturing rules will affect state’s 4,098 registered patients, including Montclair residents.

 

Are you a registered medical marijuana patient in Montclair?

Good news… you may soon be able to get lozenges, brownies and other edible forms of cannabis directly from your local dispensary.

On March 10, more than five years after lawmakers approved medical marijuana in New Jersey, the state Department of Health issued guidelines for the production of edible medical cannabis products.

These new rules may change the way the state’s 4,098 registered patients ingest their medication.

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