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Georgia Forms Medical Cannabis Committee, Cultivation Bill Filed

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 17th 2017 by THCFinder

Georgia House Speaker David Ralson (R-Blue Ridge) has announced the formation of a study group that is designed to find the best way to connect patients with cannabis based medicines. The committee will begin work this legislation session.

“I think the naming of this committee just reinforces that this is a real priority for the House, a real priority for Speaker Ralston. And I think that’s a good thing for a lot of Georgia citizens who could potentially benefit,” says Representative Allen Peake, who will chair the new group.

Peake us the author of a recently-filed proposal that would expand the state’s medical cannabis law to allow patients to grow their own medicine at home. Peake also wants the limited law to be drastically expanded to include other qualifying conditions such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain.

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/georgia-forms-medical-cannabis-committee-cultivation-bill-filed/


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Connecticut Board of Physicians Recommends Medical Cannabis for Several Disabling Conditions

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 16th 2017 by THCFinder

Connecticut officials have voted to expand the state’s medical cannabis program to include four more qualifying conditions.

The Board of Physicians voted in favor of adding fibromyalgia, muscular dystrophy, shingles and rheumatoid arthritis as medical cannabis conditions.

Unfortunately the panel rejected adding atopic dermatitis, eczema, osteoarthritis and severe COPD/emphysema.

“The program is maturing at a deliberate and a thoughtful rate but that it’s gaining more and more acceptance among patients and among the medical community”, says Jonathan Harris, Commissioner of the State Department of Consumer Protection, the agency that oversees the medical marijuana program. Harris applauded the decision to increase the number of qualifying conditions.
 

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/connecticut-board-physicians-recommends-medical-cannabis-several-disabling-conditions/


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Everything You Want to Know about Pot’s Health Effects

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 14th 2017 by THCFinder

NEW YORK (AP) — It can almost certainly ease chronic pain and might help some people sleep, but it’s also likely to raise the risk of getting schizophrenia and might trigger heart attacks.

Those are among the conclusions about marijuana reached by a federal advisory panel in a report released Thursday.

The experts also called for a national effort to learn more about marijuana and its chemical cousins, including similarly acting compounds called cannabinoids.

The current lack of scientific information “poses a public health risk,” said the report , released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Patients, health care professionals and policy makers need more evidence to make sound decisions, it said.

Several factors have limited research. While the federal government has approved some medicines containing ingredients found in marijuana, it still classifies marijuana as illegal and imposes restrictions on research. So scientists have to jump through bureaucratic hoops that some find daunting, the report said.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/medicinal/everything-you-want-to-know-about-pots-health-effects/


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Can Cannabis Rescue the Opioid Overdose Epidemic in 2017?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 13th 2017 by THCFinder

2017 needs to be the year we fight back against the opioid epidemic. We will use the greatest weapon—cannabis.

Is this wishful thinking? Is there scientific justification to this speculation?

My wife is a resident physician in Seattle’s trendy Capitol Hill neighborhood. Early in her residency, she was musing with her colleagues over their challenging patient interactions. I chimed in, “How many of your patients are just after pain medication?” One of the residents looked down and shook his head. “Too many. And if we don’t give [opioids] to them, they just keep switching their doctor until they find someone who will.”

And those are the high functioning opioid abusers. Dirty needles on the sidewalk or in empty green spaces off Seattle’s web of multi-use trails are mere shadows of those that have spiraled to heroin.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/medicinal/can-cannabis-rescue-the-opioid-overdose-epidemic-in-2017/


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Over 85,000 People Sign Petition Calling on DEA to Stop Lying About Medical Cannabis

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, January, 11th 2017 by THCFinder

In less than a month, a Change.org petition calling on the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to stop lying about medical cannabis has received over 85,000 signatures. The petition was started by Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a nonprofit organization working to increase access to medical cannabis across the United States.

The petition was a response to a recent internal DEA code clarification that gave CBD it’s own tracking code. A switch that threw the legal marijuana industry into a frenzy over what the legal ramifications of the new code means. Check out our earlier post on whether or not the DEA made CBD a Schedule 1 drug for more information on the topic.

“Many people don’t know that it is illegal for federal agencies to disseminate incorrect information”, the petition begins. “But when it comes to medical cannabis, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been doing this for years — and politicians use this misinformation to justify opposition to medical cannabis laws.”

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/85000-people-sign-petition-calling-dea-stop-lying-medical-cannabis/


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Medical Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Fee in Arkansas Set at $100,000

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 9th 2017 by THCFinder

If you want to become a license medical cannabis cultivator in Arkansas, you better have a lot of money in the bank. The state’s Medical Marijuana Commission has decided on an $100,000 fee for those wanting to receive a license to legally grow the medicine. And this is on top of the $15,000 fee just to apply, only half of which is refundable.

Commissioner Dr. Carlos Roman argued for a much lower fee of $15,000, which matches the application fee. He said he didn’t want to shut out such a large portion of the population from obtaining the license as an $100,000 fee would do. While $15,000 is also an extremely high fee, it is considerably more reasonable for the average person to obtain, or at least, receive a loan for.

on the other end of the spectrum, Commissioner Travis Story pushed for an even higher fee to be set at $185,000. His argument was that he wanted to ensure that businesses wouldn’t quickly go under and shut down.

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/medical-cannabis-cultivation-licensing-fee-arkansas-100000/


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