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Minnesota Expands Medical Marijuana Use to Pain Patients

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, December, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

After months of deliberation, Minnesota health officials announced that residents with chronic and intractable pain will be allowed to use medical marijuana starting this August.

Minnesota, which approved medical marijuana in 2014 but with extremely tight restrictions and currently only has 760 registered patients, could see a significant expansion of the state’s enrollment with this decision. 

Pot in leaf form is still banned; only two manufacturers make and sell marijuana pills, oils and vapors, which can be purchased at one of the state’s eight dispensaries.

Ed Ehlinger, Department of Health Commissioner, said these tight restrictions, as well as stories from people suffering from constant pain, ultimately outweighed the medical community's concerns that there was not enough evidence to use medical marijuana to treat pain.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/minnesota-expands-medical-marijuana-use-pain-patients


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Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, December, 4th 2015 by THCFinder


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Study: Medical Marijuana Laws Associated With Decreased Obesity

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, December, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

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The enactment of statewide laws permitting the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes is associated with an annual reduction in obesity-related medical costs, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Health Economics.

Investigators at Cornell University in New York and San Diego State University in California reviewed twelve years of data from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to examine the effects of medical marijuana laws on body weight, physical wellness, and exercise.

Researchers reported, “[T]he enforcement of MMLs (medical marijuana laws) is associated with a 2% to 6% decline in the probability of obesity. … Our estimates suggest that MMLs induce a $58 to $115 per-person annual reduction in obesity-related medical costs.”

For those age 35 or older, authors determined that the passage of medical cannabis laws is “associated with an increase in physical wellness and frequent exercise consistent with the hypothesis of some medicinal use of marijuana.” For younger adults, researchers theorized that obesity declines were the result of less alcohol use.

They concluded, “These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that MMLs may be more likely to induce marijuana use for health-related reasons among older individuals, and cause substitution toward lower-calorie recreational ‘highs’ among younger individuals.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/study-medical-marijuana-laws-associated-with-decreased-obesity/


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California Tech Firm Claims Creation of Legitimate Pot Breathalyzer

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

With several more states on track to legalize recreational marijuana within the next year, the pressure is mounting for science to develop an effective Breathalyzer that law enforcement can not only use to gauge impairment, but one that accomplishes this goal without scrutinizing every driver showing traces of THC metabolites with a DUI.

Although this all-important task has been somewhat of a challenge for the tech firms that have attempted to capitalize on this concept, a California company called Hound Labs revealed earlier this week that it has successfully manufactured a first-of-its-kind marijuana Breathalyzer that police can use to “determine if an individual is impaired from recent marijuana use.” 

The device, which was created with the help of scientists at the University of California in Berkeley, will reportedly solve the stoned driving conundrum by giving law enforcement a tool for measuring marijuana intoxication unprecedented even by standards by which drunk driving is measured.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/california-tech-firm-claims-creation-legitimate-pot-breathalyzer


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