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Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

 

Veterans’ cry: ‘I found marijuana, and it saved me’

Veterans’ cry: ‘I found marijuana, and it saved me’ JULY 22, 2016 | BEN MUIR About 200 people gathered outside the state’s Capitol on Friday for the second annual Veteran Suicide Awareness March to bring hope to war veterans and advocate for a bill that would include post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury in the state’s medical cannabis program. Twenty22Many, which organized the march, is trying to address the overwhelming number of veteran suicides happening around the nation. The group was formed in 2014, when founder Patrick Seifert learnedRead More


THE WAR ON CANNABIS CLINICIANS

THE WAR ON CANNABIS CLINICIANS Fred Gardner | July 22, 2016 The low-intensity war on cannabis clinicians —part of a long-range containment and rollback effort planned by top industry and government strategists after California voters legalized marijuana for medical use in 1996— has been heating up. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) is now pushing guidelines that could result in cannabis clinicians being investigated based on the number of patients they’ve approved and/or number of plants authorized. The FSMB guidelines, when adopted by state boards, could also result inRead More


High Hopes for Alzheimer’s

High Hopes for Alzheimer’s July 22, 2016 There may be hope for the 5.2 million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, the most common form of dementia. This figure is certain to rise as it is currently the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. While the cause of the disease is unknown, what is known is that inflammation in the brain and beta-amyloid plaque buildup create the problem. Amyloid plaque is a toxic protein and its build up prevents neuron communication. High Hopes for Alzheimer’s


Four Colorado doctors suspended over medical marijuana recommendations

Four Colorado doctors suspended over medical marijuana recommendations JOHN INGOLD | July 19, 2016 In the largest disciplinary action taken against medical marijuana doctors to date in Colorado, the state Medical Board on Tuesday suspended the licenses of four doctors for allegedly recommending excessive plant counts to more than 1,500 patients. All of the recommendations involved approvals for patients to grow or possess at least 75 plants. The standard plant count for medical marijuana patients is six plants, and state health officials have long threatened to crack down on doctorsRead More


Researchers got people drunk or high, then made a fascinating discovery about how we respond

Researchers got people drunk or high, then made a fascinating discovery about how we respond Christopher Ingraham | July 20 Public health researchers generally agree that on balance, marijuana is a less harmful drug than alcohol. Booze, for instance, is more addictive than pot, and from a chemical standpoint, it’s far more toxic — and hence lethal — than marijuana. Alcohol isn’t just more harmful to individuals than marijuana is; it’s more harmful to society, too. Drunken driving is a big factor in this — studies generally show that alcohol impairs driving ability much more than justRead More


Why Washington State Should Have Licensed Many More Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Why Washington State Should Have Licensed Many More Medical Marijuana Dispensaries JUL 20, 2016 | Tobias Coughlin-Bogue Last week, I wrote about how the new medical marijuana system created under the Cannabis Patient Protection Act (SB 5052) shut out many of Washington State’s medical marijuana dispensaries. The law required that dispensaries obtain a recreational license to continue operation, but a loophole in the application process created a black market for dispensary employee pay stubs, allowing new actors to game the system. I also mentioned that the Washington State Liquor and CannabisRead More


Is Cannabis Paying for Education?

Is Cannabis Paying for Education? Jim MacRae | July 19, 2016 I don’t know if it Washington’s State-legal Cannabis market is actually paying for education today,  but the numbers are making me suspect that it clearly could be helping our Legislature to more adequately fund our educational system going forward. Is Cannabis Paying for Education?


Scotts Miracle-Gro’s Big Marijuana Plunge Exposes Industry Fault Lines

Scotts Miracle-Gro’s Big Marijuana Plunge Exposes Industry Fault Lines July 13, 2016 | Omar Sacirbey Scotts Miracle-Gro’s bold plans to bolster its presence in marijuana has divided industry professionals, the latest sign that Corporate America is poised to reshape cannabis. Some see it as a promising development that will push the cannabis industry forward, while others fear it represents the start of the eventual corporatization of marijuana. Many growers are also opposed to the company’s chemical-based products, saying they have no place in the marijuana industry. Scotts Miracle-Gro’s Big Marijuana PlungeRead More


One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana

One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana Christopher Ingraham | July 13 There’s a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed that when medical marijuana is available, pain patients are increasingly choosing pot over powerful and deadly prescription narcotics. But that’s always been just an assumption. Now a new study, released in the journal Health Affairs, validates these findings by providing clear evidence of a missing link in the causal chain running from medicalRead More


Reefer Madness! Medical Marijuana Is Already Saving $165M Per Year For Medicare

Reefer Madness! Medical Marijuana Is Already Saving $165M Per Year For Medicare JUL 18, 2016 | Steven Salzberg This news will give anti-marijuana crusaders fits. A new study in the journal Health Affairslooked in great detail at prescription drug usage in U.S. states that have legalized medical marijuana. Researchers Ashley Bradford and David Bradford collected Medicare data for the period 2010-2013 to answer two questions: are patients choosing marijuana instead of prescription drugs for conditions that marijuana might treat, and what has been the overall effect on Medicare spending? Reefer Madness! MedicalRead More