California Bill Would Allow Terminally Ill Patients to Use Cannabis in Hospitals

California cannabis activists gathered with state Sen. Ben Hueso in front of a state government building in downtown San Diego on Friday to garner support for Senate Bill 305, The Compassionate Access to Cannabis Act. If passed, the bill would allow terminally ill patients with a doctor’s authorization to use cannabis medications in health care facilities. Continue reading “California Bill Would Allow Terminally Ill Patients to Use Cannabis in Hospitals”

New Research Shows How Medical Marijuana Can Fight Opioid Crisis

In states that have legalized medical marijuana, cannabis has proven to be an effective painkiller and opioid alternative. Not only can cannabis treat opioid addiction, but new research shows how medical marijuana can fight opioid crisis by curbing the number of opioid prescriptions. Here are the findings from two separate studies that reach the same conclusion. Continue reading “New Research Shows How Medical Marijuana Can Fight Opioid Crisis”

State’s First Medical Marijuana Drive-Thru Opens In Sun City, Arizona

The Grand Canyon State’s first medical marijuana drive-thru opens in Sun City, Arizona today (Oct. 27) at 5 p.m. And owners are hoping the new location will offer medical cannabis patients in Arizona something special.

All Greens Dispensary now resides near the intersection of Bell Road and 99th Avenue in Sun City. The dispensary is celebrating its grand (re-)opening with a few new features. Continue reading “State’s First Medical Marijuana Drive-Thru Opens In Sun City, Arizona”

Marijuana sales fund $9.2 million in school pot prevention, health care programs

School nurse Rhonda Valdez is on the front lines of student health at Wheat Ridge High School, treating myriad concerns — flu outbreaks, diabetes, severe allergies, body image issues, football-related concussions. Continue reading “Marijuana sales fund $9.2 million in school pot prevention, health care programs”

In Uruguay’s marijuana experiment, the government is your pot dealer

In coming weeks, cannabis-seeking citizens in this small South American nation will be able to walk into a pharmacy and buy government-approved marijuana for the state-mandated price of $1.30 a gram. No questions asked. No doctor’s note required. Continue reading “In Uruguay’s marijuana experiment, the government is your pot dealer”

Missouri sues three big pharma companies for “campaign of fraud and deception”

Helen Fabick was an honors student who in February 2014 was supposed to attend a daddy-daughter dance at her high school. Instead, her father found the 17-year-old dead in her bed.

“If this sounds like a nightmare, it has definitely been a nightmare for our family,” Helen’s mother, Jammie Fabick, said during a news conference Wednesday with Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. Continue reading “Missouri sues three big pharma companies for “campaign of fraud and deception””

Maryland just got its first licensed grower of medical marijuana

The commission that oversees Maryland’s fledgling medical cannabis program voted Wednesday to award the state’s first full license to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes.

The stage two license, awarded to Forward Gro LLC, is a final sign-off from regulators for putting plants in the ground. The company will still have to wait for dispensaries to be fully inspected and licensed before it can sell cannabis products to approved patients, which it hopes to do by late summer or early fall. Continue reading “Maryland just got its first licensed grower of medical marijuana”

Does ‘The World’s First Cannabis Antidote’ Actually Work?

A few months ago, I saw an advertisement online for a Seattle-area company touting “The World’s First Cannabis Antidote.” I was skeptical.

For one thing, people have been getting high—and subsequently, too high—for thousands of years. Surely this couldn’t be the first time someone had attempted to address the issue. Continue reading “Does ‘The World’s First Cannabis Antidote’ Actually Work?”

Document on marijuana health risks no longer listed DEA website

A document that put the DEA under fire for disseminating misinformation about marijuana’s health effects has disappeared from the agency’s website.

As of Monday, “The Dangers and Consequences of Marijuana Abuse,” a nearly 45-page publication on the various ramifications of cannabis use, no longer was available on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s website. Continue reading “Document on marijuana health risks no longer listed DEA website”

Mold and bacteria on marijuana a risk to some patients, say researchers

Researchers at UC Davis are warning some medical marijuana users after identifying potentially lethal bacteria and mold on cannabis samples from 20 Northern California dispensaries.

Microbiology professor George Thompson is advising those with weakened immune systems to avoid vaping or smoking marijuana.

Thompson says leukemia, lymphoma, AIDS or cancer patients who use contaminated cannabis could put themselves at risk of lung infections. Continue reading “Mold and bacteria on marijuana a risk to some patients, say researchers”