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  • Medical cannabis bill introduced in U.S. to end federal restrictions

    U.S. senators on Tuesday introduced the most comprehensive legislation on medical cannabis ever brought before Congress, a bipartisan effort aimed at ending federal restrictions on the increasingly accepted treatment. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act would remove federal penalties and restrictions for producing, distributing and possessing marijuana for medical purposes, provided […]

  • Utah Senate votes to advance medical cannabis step closer to legalisation

    Utah could join twenty-three other U.S. states in permitting medical cannabis, under new legislation introduced. A proposal to allow medical cannabis in Utah was given preliminary approval by the full Senate on Tuesday. On a second reading, the full Senate voted 16 to 13 to advance Senate Bill 259 to a third and final reading […]

  • Majority of Americans favour marijuana legalization for first time: survey

    According to the nation’s most authoritative survey, the new General Social Survey, 51.7% of Americans thought marijuana should be legalized, with 41.7% opposed and 6.6% undecided in 2014. In 2012, the last time the same question was asked, just 43.3% of Americans supported legalization adding new weight to efforts to legalize its use across the […]

  • New Mexico Senate surprises, votes to legalise marijuana

    In a surprise move, lawmakers in the New Mexico Senate Committee have voted 5-4 on Thursday in favour of a bill that would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana for adults age 21 and older. New Mexico lawmakers and citizens would have been closely watching neighboring Colorado’s growing legal marijuana market which has seen crime rates drop and employment […]

  • Medical cannabis reduces prescription pain medication problems

    The U.S. has a love / hate relationship with prescription pain medications like Vicodin and OxyContin. Overdose deaths from these pharmaceutical opioids have approximately tripled since 1991, and every day it is reported that 46 people die from such overdoses in the United States. A Study at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control […]

  • Marijuana is legalised in Washington, DC

    The citizens of the District of Columbia in November voted to pass Initiative 71, which legalized the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana and the cultivation of up to three marijuana plants for individuals over the age of 21. That measure took effect at midnight Thursday this week. The measure was put on […]

  • American Academy of Pediatrics asks DEA to reclassify marijuana

    The American Academy of Pediatrics asked the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to reclassify marijuana as a less harmful substance to facilitate research of the substance for medical use. “The AAP strongly supports research and development of pharmaceutical cannabinoids and supports a review of policies promoting research on the medical use of these compounds,” AAP said. […]

  • Marijuana is even safer than originally thought: research study

    Compared with alcohol and tobacco, cannabis may be even safer than previously thought. Those are the top-line findings of recent research published in the journal Scientific Reports in a study. Marijuana is also the only “drug” in the study that posed a low mortality risk to its users. The updated study was called: Comparative risk […]

  • Top U.S. doctor says medical marijuana may help some conditions

    The United States’ top doctor said that medical marijuana can help some patients in comments on Wednesday that may boost pressure on the Justice Department to redesignate the drug under federal law. In an interview on “CBS This Morning,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said the medical effectiveness of marijuana had to be shown scientifically […]

  • Cannabis use was associated with a decreased risk of bladder cancer

    In a study with 84,170 men aged 45-69 years the use of cannabis was associated with a 45% reduction in bladder cancer incidence, while tobacco use was associated with a 52% increase of cancer risk. Authors concluded that “cannabis use may be inversely associated with bladder cancer risk in this population.” Share: Tweet

  • German Federal Health Minister wants to ease patient access to cannabis

    The German government wants to ease patient access to cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Federal Health Minister Hermann Gröhe announced a law change, which also intends to clarify reimbursement by health insurances. According to Mortler it is intended that health insurances cover the cost for cannabis use in medically justified cases. She plans to introduce a […]