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New York Expands Medical Marijuana Program (Finally)

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

New York Health officials have agreed to expand the state’s medical-marijuana program by adding “chronic pain” to the state’s list of qualified conditions.

On Thursday, the state Department of Health announced that physicians would soon have the freedom to recommend cannabis medicine to those patients living with this common condition. It is a move that stands to give tens of thousands more patients across the state the ability to use medical marijuana as opposed to prescription opioids.

“After conducting a thorough review of the scientific literature, it became clear that there may be certain benefits in the use of medical marijuana by patients suffering from chronic pain,” NY Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker said in a statement. “Medical marijuana is already helping thousands of patients across New York State, and adding chronic pain as a qualifying condition will help more patients and further strengthen the program.”

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/new-york-expands-medical-marijuana-program-finally/


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Illinois Bank Throws Out Medical Marijuana Patient with MS

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

An Illinois bank is in the spotlight after tossing out a customer—just because he’s a medical marijuana patient.

According to a report from CBS affiliate KMOV in St, Louis, Darren Steven Miller was refused service at the Bank of Edwardsville in Granite City, Illinois, just across the Mississippi from St. Louis. The reason: He uses medicinal cannabis to treat his stage three multiple sclerosis and terminal lung cancer.

“When I walked in the bank, [the manager] pulled me aside and said because of my cannabis use that I could not have a signature card with their bank,” Miller told the station.

Since Illinois passed the “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act” in 2013, there have been around 12,000 patients certified to use marijuana for medical purposes. And while federal law does create some murky waters when it comes to the cannabis industry doing business with financial institutions, there are no restrictions that could possibly make it risky for a bank to work with a medical marijuana patient.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/illinois-bank-throws-out-medical-marijuana-patient-with-ms/


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Trump’s anti-pot attorney general choice rattles legal marijuana movement

Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

DENVER – Legal pot's future is in a haze, thanks to President-elect Trump's nomination of a staunchly anti-marijuana lawmaker for attorney general.

“Good people don't smoke marijuana," said Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions in an April Senate hearing.

That view from the nation's incoming top cop, a sharply different tone than President Obama's, has cast a pall over an industry that's recently celebrated a watershed moment. Voters in eight states relaxed their marijuana laws on Nov. 8, raising to 29 the states that now permit medical use of marijuana, and eight with legal recreational laws on the books.

Read More:http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2016/12/01/trumps-anti-pot-attorney-general-choice-rattles-legal-marijuana-movement/94679328/


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Florida Pols in No Hurry to Enact Medical Marijuana Regulations

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

Marijuana reform proved to be wildly popular in Florida, where six million people—71 percent of voters—approved an initiative allowing for increased access to medical cannabis. Currently, Florida residents can get their hands on low or no-THC oil for epilepsy—and if someone is terminally ill, they’re allowed “full-strength” marijuana.

That’s all supposed to change starting sometime after Jan. 3, when the state is supposed to start setting up a medical-marijuana industry. Emphasis on “supposed to,” because as the Tampa Bay Times points out, Florida state lawmakers have many other things they’d rather do. Getting rules for cannabis together is simply “not a top priority” for any of the state’s three most-powerful elected officials, the according to the newspaper.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/florida-pols-in-no-hurry-to-enact-medical-marijuana-regulations/


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Legal Medical Cannabis Doesn’t Increase Youth Usage Rates [Study]

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

The legalization of medical cannabis is not associated with an increase in youth marijuana usage rates, and may actually decrease usage among adolescents. This is according to a new study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

The study’s objective was to “assess the association between U.S. state medical marijuana laws (MML), the most liberal category of marijuana policies before legalization, their specific provisions, and adolescent past-30-day use and heavy marijuana use.”

The quasi-experimental study used state Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data collected during 1991-2011 from 45 states to examine the effects of MML on youth usage of cannabis.

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/medical-cannabis-increase-youth-marijuana-usage-rates-study/


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Warriors’ Steve Kerr takes up torch for marijuana to help manage pain

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

Somewhat lost in the Golden State Warriors’ run to a league-record 73 wins last season was the fact that Coach Steve Kerr missed the first 39 of them. Kerr sat out roughly five months recovering from multiple back surgeries after the Warriors won the NBA championship in 2015. On Friday, while discussing his recovery, Kerr became the latest high-profile sports figure to advocate for the use of marijuana as a way to deal with chronic pain.

“I guess maybe I can even get in some trouble for this, but I’ve actually tried it twice during the last year and a half, when I’ve been going through this chronic pain that I’ve been dealing with,” Kerr told The Warriors Insider Podcast on Friday. “[After] a lot of research, a lot of advice from people and I have no idea if maybe I would have failed a drug test. I don’t even know if I’m subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA.”

Read More:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/12/02/warriors-steve-kerr-takes-up-torch-for-marijuana-to-help-manage-pain/?utm_term=.c597108ec5ff


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