Category: medical marijuana

Boston Man Makes Short Rant Against Medical Marijuana Patients, Later Says it was Satire

At a zoning board meeting held last week in the Boston neighborhood of Back Bay, a man named Oliver Curme made his way to the audience podium and proceeded to give a short, brutal speech about medical marijuana patients that he deemed “undesirable elements” – like veterans with PTSD, people with disabilities and women suffering from breast cancer.  “For goodness sake, Newbury Street is our high end shopping district. We don’t want people like that scaring off the clientele,” he said at the end of his speech, as many in the room made their displeasure known. Crume now says...

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NY Governor Added PTSD to Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana this Veterans Day

The state of New York has been slowly improving their almost two-year-old medical marijuana program. When the state first legalized medical cannabis it was right away known for being one of – if not the strictest program of its kind in the country. Since then lawmakers have expanded the law, with previous additions like allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to recommend medical marijuana, and adding chronic pain to the list of qualifying conditions. The latest improvement to NY’s medical marijuana program was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on Veterans Day, allowing patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder...

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Being Sued by Young Girl and Others Over Medical Marijuana

Many of you may know the story of Alexis Bortell, the now 12-year-old girl who has intractable epilepsy. Her family, originally from Texas, has moved to Colorado to have better and legal access to the medicine that has kept Alexis seizure-free for over 2 years: a strain of cannabis oil called Haleigh’s Hope. “As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it’s illegal in Texas,” Alexis told KDVR in Denver. Alexis and several others – including former NFL pro Marvin Washington – are now making news for a lawsuit they have filed...

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Missouri Activists Taking Another Shot at Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Getty New Approach, a pro-cannabis activist group in Missouri, is working towards getting medical marijuana on the ballot for the 2018 election. The group came close to being on the ballot in 2016, but a judge ruled that over 10,000 of the signatures they had collected were invalid due to not having the proper county listed on the petitions. Now, to ensure that they don’t miss the same opportunity a second time, the group has started well in advance – and they have already collected over 100,000 of the roughly 170,000 signatures needed in order for their initiative to...

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New Study Finds Opioid-Related Deaths Dropped After Colorado Legalized Cannabis

Getty The opiate crisis in the United States has gotten worse in recent years, with the death toll continuing to rise. However, a new study suggests that there could be a significant correlation between the legalization of cannabis and a reduction in opiate-related deaths. The study was published in the American Journal of Public Health, and it found a 6.5 percent decrease in opiate-related deaths on a monthly basis in Colorado, starting in the year 2014 – the same year Amendment 64 (legalizing cannabis) went into place. Prior to that, the number of deaths had been steadily rising for...

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Florida Medical Marijuana Patients Are Still Waiting on ID Cards

Getty Patients in Florida have been waiting years for the opportunity to use medical marijuana legally – and now delays in getting medical marijuana ID cards out is forcing them to wait even longer. Since Amendment 2 was implemented earlier this year, after being voted into law last November, there have been double the number of applicants to the medical marijuana program. Previously, only patients with seizure disorders or a terminal illness could get a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana – and only CBD was available. Amendment 2 not only opened access to full strength medical cannabis, but also...

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