Illinois Lawmakers Approve Measure To Allow Medical Marijuana As Prescription Painkiller Substitute

Illinois lawmakers have approved a measure not only to allow medical marijuana to be used in place of prescription painkillers, but to eliminate requirements for patients to get fingerprints and criminal background checks. Continue reading “Illinois Lawmakers Approve Measure To Allow Medical Marijuana As Prescription Painkiller Substitute”

Doctors From Illinois Are Fighting For Medical Marijuana To Replace Opioids

As a prominent Chicago surgeon, Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph sees them all too frequently: people who endure severe injuries or multiple surgeries, only to become addicted to prescription painkillers.

One patient who pleaded for help was on such strong drugs already that Bush-Joseph knew he couldn’t handle more surgery without dangerously high levels of opioids. Continue reading “Doctors From Illinois Are Fighting For Medical Marijuana To Replace Opioids”

Pharma CEO who funded anti-marijuana campaign accused of giving docs kickbacks to prescribe opioids

U.S. prosecutors leveled charges Thursday against the billionaire founder of an opioid medication maker that has faced increasing scrutiny from authorities across the country over allegations of pushing prescriptions of powerful painkillers amid a drug epidemic that is claiming thousands of lives each year.

The fraud and racketeering case against Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor came the same day President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency. Continue reading “Pharma CEO who funded anti-marijuana campaign accused of giving docs kickbacks to prescribe opioids”

Majority of NFL players say medical marijuana would reduce painkiller use

A majority of NFL players feel that use of chemical painkillers would be reduced if the league allowed a therapeutic use exemption for marijuana Continue reading “Majority of NFL players say medical marijuana would reduce painkiller use”