Category: medical marijuana

‘Right to Try’ and Proving and Disproving Medical Marijuana Claims by the FDA

Getty Recent statements from the Federal Drug Administration Commissioner suggest that the agency may be considering the legitimacy of medical marijuana claims, years after legalization of the herb for medicinal purposes has taken hold in over half of the country. Most specifically, the concern revolves around claims that cannabis has anti-tumor effects that can cause cancerous tumors to shrink. “I see people who are developing products who are making claims that marijuana has antitumor effects in the setting of cancer,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said at a hearing before Congress on a separate matter. “It’s a much broader question...

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A Quarter of Cancer Patients Use Medical Marijuana to Ease Symptoms

Getty One of the illnesses that cannabis is most frequently used to treat is cancer. Regardless of the type of cancer that a patient is suffering from, medical cannabis has the potential to ease the symptoms of either the illness itself, side effects of common treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, or both. Since medical marijuana was first legalized over twenty years ago in California, there has been a growing number of people in 29 states across the nation and D.C. have turned to medical marijuana as a safer and often more effective alternative. A recent survey out of Washington...

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Medical Schools Need Better Cannabis Education

Getty A new study published in the online journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that “medical education needs to catch up to marijuana legislation.” While medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states and Washington D.C. for various ailments, it appears that medical schools have not quite caught on to the trend. “As a future physician, it worries me,” said the study’s first author Anastasia Evanoff, who is a third-year medical student. She continued, “We need to know how to answer questions about medical marijuana’s risks and benefits, but there is a fundamental mismatch between state laws involving marijuana...

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House Blocks Vote on Bill Protecting States’ Medical Marijuana Rights

Getty Since Jeff Sessions was made Attorney General, there have been several bills pertaining to medical marijuana introduced in Congress. One such bill is the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, which seeks to be a permanent replacement for the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment that previously has been passed as a part of government spending bills. Both amendments aim to keep the Department of Justice from using their funds to prosecute medical marijuana cases in states who have chosen to legalize medical marijuana. “The status quo for four years has been the federal government will not interfere because the Department of Justice is not permitted...

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New Committee to Educate Tennessee Lawmakers on Medical Cannabis

Getty Senator Steve Dickerson and Representative Jeremy Faison have been chosen as the co-chairmen of the new Joint Ad Hoc Committee on Medical Cannabis, a part of the Tennessee General Assembly. The committee will be tasked primarily with determining whether legalizing medicinal marijuana is a direction that is right for the residents of the state. “I think one of the goals is to make sure that the people and the advocates and the patients are aware of what we’re doing and make sure that they give feedback to their elected officials,” said Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, who along with...

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NORML Calls Out AAA on Claims that Cannabis Increases Crash Risk by 25 Percent

Getty During a AAA Texas-sponsored event, the auto club blatantly lied to attendees when they told them that drivers who tested positive for cannabis were 25 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident. This statistic came from a study by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2015. However, AAA only took the statistic, without providing the information that came directly after it in the study. “Authors reported that drivers who tested positive for the presence of THC possessed an unadjusted, elevated risk of accident of 25 percent (Odds Ratio=1.25) compared to controls (drivers who...

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