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Medical marijuana use linked to lower prescription drug use
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American states that allow their residents to use marijuana for medical purposes have seen a marked decline in prescription drug use among the elderly and disabled, a new study has found. [...]
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Congress Blocks Medical Marijuana for Veterans
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Although there was a great deal of support for a Congressional amendment aimed at allowing veterans to gain hassle-free access to medical marijuana, it does not appear the powers that be are ready to get serious about giving the men and women who have fought to protect our country the freedom to discuss marijuana with physicians employed with the Department of Veterans Affairs. It seems Congressional leadership has taken it upon themselves to secretly snuff out the Veterans Equal Access Amendment while no one was looking. A report published by Marijuana.com reveals that the final language of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017 was released, last week, without any mention of allowing V.A. doctors to recommend medical marijuana. In late May, both the U.S. House of Representatives (233-to-189) and the Senate (20-to-9), for the first time in history, put their stamp of approval on the amendment, giving pot proponents and patients, alike, an optimistic outlook that the next federal budget would open up the door to getting Vets actively participating in state medical marijuana programs. Not only were these actions considered a big deal in the grand scheme of cannabis acceptance, the inclusion of the amendment in the 2017 federal budget was practically deemed a “sure thing” by policy experts considering the outpouring of support from both chambers. However, a grand level of mysterious sabotage must have went down between the time the amendments were approved and the point when the Conference Committee report was released, earlier last week, because it is now as though there was never any support at all for allowing V.A. physicians to recommend medical marijuana without suffering the consequences. It appears the negotiators appointed by the House and Senate to formulate a solitary bill simply scribbled out that portion of the bill before moving forward. This underhanded act of disruption has marijuana advocates on the edge of a conniption. “Blocking this amendment at the conference committee stage is an assault on democracy and those Americans who risked their lives and health to defend it,” Michael Liszewski, Government Affairs Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) said in a statement. “It’s shocking that House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers would allow a veterans health care provision that won by wide margins in a Senate committee and on the House floor to be stripped from the bill behind closed doors.” Unfortunately, veterans will be forced to go at least another year without having access to legal marijuana before the stiffs on Capitol Hill have another opportunity to duke it out on this issue. Even though Congress must still approve the final spending package, which will be sent to President Obama at the end of the year for his signature, there doesn’t appear to be any hope of resurrecting the Veterans Equal Access Amendment in 2016. Fede [...]
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What Happens to Your Body When You Use Medical Marijuana?
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By Dr. Mercola Marijuana, or cannabis, has been used for at least 5,000 years and has an extensive history of traditional uses as an industrial material and a botanical medicine all throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. Read on to learn more about medical marijuana’s healing benefits, how it has gotten its bad rap, and find out why you’d want your own state to approve its use, too. What Is Medical Marijuana? The term “medical marijuana” refers to the use of the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant and its pure extracts to treat a disease or improve a symptom. It must be sourced from a medicinal-grade cannabis plant that has been meticulously grown without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers. Marijuana’s incredible healing properties come from its high cannabidiol (CBD) content and critical levels of medical terpenes and flavonoids. It also contains some tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the molecule that gives the psychoactive effect, which most recreational users are after. Through traditional plant breeding techniques and seed exchanges, growers have started producing cannabis plants that have higher levels of CBD and lower levels of THC for medical use. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet approved medical marijuana, more and more physicians are starting to reverse their stand on the issue and swear by its effectiveness and health benefits. In a previous CBS interview US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy acknowledged that marijuana may be useful for certain medical conditions. Likewise, CNN's chief medical correspondent and neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta also made a highly publicized reversal on his marijuana stance after the production of his two-part series "Weed." How Does Medical Marijuana Work and What Diseases Can It Help Treat? Historically, marijuana has been used as a botanical medicine since the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, marijuana’s claim as a potential panacea is backed up by countless studies crediting its healing potential to its cannabidiol content. Cannabinoids interact with your body by way of naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors embedded in cell membranes throughout your body. There are cannabinoid receptors in your brain, lungs, liver, kidneys, and immune system. Both the therapeutic and psychoactive properties of marijuana occur when a cannabinoid activates a cannabinoid receptor. There’s still ongoing research as to how far it impacts your health, but to date, it's known that cannabinoid receptors play an important role in many body processes, including metabolic regulation, cravings, pain, anxiety, bone growth, and immune function. Dr. Allan Frankel, a board-certified internist in California who has successfully treated patients with medical marijuana for less than a decade, has personally seen tumors virtually disappear in some patients using no other therapy except taking 40 to 60 milligrams of cannabinoids a day. Other common ailments b [...]
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Medical marijuana producers seek alternatives as Canada Post work stoppage looms
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Licensed medical marijuana producers have been warned to stop using the postal system ahead of a potential Canada Post strike or lockout in early July. [...]
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Cannabis makes up 22% of veteran drug payments
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More than one-fifth of the money paid to veterans by the federal government for prescribed drugs in the fiscal year 2015-16 went toward medical cannabis. The data, obtained by CBC News through an Access to Information request, shows the effect medical marijuana payments are having on the drug reimbursement budget of Veterans Affairs Canada. [...]
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Loblaw looks to get in on medical marijuana business
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Galen G. Weston, the head of Loblaw, the country's largest drugstore and grocery chain, said Thursday that pharmacists are well-positioned to dispense medical marijuana in a safe manner. // [...]
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Skype marijuana consultations earn naturopath suspension
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A Langley naturopath has been suspended from practice for providing Skype medical consultations through two medical marijuana dispensaries. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_enable_interest_ads = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "marajuana-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "auto"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "859e9d99c24d8b31b21c3f688672005c"; amzn_assoc_fallback_mode = {"type":"search","value":"cannabus"}; amzn_assoc_default_category = "All"; [...]
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California’s gearing up to rein in medical marijuana
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California blazed a trail to legalize medical marijuana 20 years ago. But the Golden State is only now confronting the full complexity of regulating consumer safety and business practices in an industry that's ballooned to an estimated $2.7 billion ... [...]
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Medical marijuana board rips Rauner’s rejections
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Bruce Rauner came under fire Monday as the doctors, nurses and patients on a state panel that recommends whether to expand Illinois' medical marijuana test program complained their suggestions are routinely ignored. The Medical Cannabis Advisory ... [...]
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Ohio House steps it up on medical marijuana: Thomas Suddes
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A marijuana bud is seen at a medical marijuana facility in Unity, Maine, last month. Ohio lawmakers are debating a comprehensive medical marijuana law as momentum builds for one or more possible medical marijuana issues on the November ballot. [...]
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Maine Poised To Become First State To Approve Medical Marijuana To Treat …
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The state of Maine is currently on the fast track to becoming the first to make an addiction to opioid prescriptions and certain illegal narcotics such as heroin a qualifier for obtaining medical marijuana. Last month almost 30 caregivers and patients ... [...]
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