Category: medical marijuana

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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‘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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