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Update: Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Industry Begins to Heat Up
According to the York Daily Record, the state of Pennsylvania will receive roughly $7.9 million in revenue from marijuana permit applicants this year alone. Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process, as well as approved 231 applications; completed temporary regulations for growers/processors, dispensaries, and laboratories (which have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin); released Phase One permit applications for grower/processors and dispensaries; developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup; drafted temporary …
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The Cayman Islands Make Ground-Breaking Medical Cannabis Introduction
In response to mounting evidence supporting the effective use of medical cannabis to treat chronic pain, seizures, and many other health problems, and in the face of case studies revealing life changing results for patients who incorporate cannabis into their healthcare plan, the Cayman Islands are making a ground-breaking medical cannabis introduction. Medical Cannabis Introduced in Grand Cayman Grand Cayman’s CTMH Doctors Hospital and Cayman Pharmacy Group have introduced medical cannabis for physician-selected patients who are residents in the Cayman Islands. During this initial phase, the primary focus is to engage and educate …
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New Study Finds Cannabis May Help Preserve Brain Function As We Age
As we get older, the brain ages. As the brain ages, cognitive ability decreases. Short-term memory, learning new things, or devoting attention to several things at the same time becomes more difficult. Researchers have long been looking for ways to slow down or even reverse this process. Scientists at the University of Bonn and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) have now achieved this in mice. A new study published in Nature Medicine reports that low-doses of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active ingredient of cannabis, given to mice helped to restore and even reverse some effects of …
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Congress Denies Jeff Sessions From Going After State Medical Marijuana Laws
Congress is blocking the Justice Department from spending any money that interferes with state medical marijuana laws, again. Known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, it is a provision included by lawmakers that allows states to continue controlling their own medical cannabis policies and agenda without fear of intervention from the federal government. The bill, which funds the government through the end of September 2017, is expected to pass this week. Here’s the full text of the new medical marijuana provision: None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be …
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Report: Legal Approaches to Decriminalize Cannabis in 16 Different Countries
This report, prepared by the foreign law specialists and analysts of the Law Library of Congress, provides a review of laws adopted in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, and Uruguay with regard to decriminalization of narcotics, and touches specifically on cannabis and legalization. Individual country surveys included in the study demonstrate varied approaches to the problem of prosecuting drug use, possession, manufacturing, purchase, and sale. The country surveys demonstrate some diversity and common threads among these jurisdictions as to defining narcotics, distinguishing between “hard” …
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Three Different Cannabinoid-Based Medicines Approved by the FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is aware that cannabis and cannabis-derived products are being used for a number of medical conditions, such as AIDS wasting syndrome, epilepsy, neuropathic pain, treatment of spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis, and cancer and chemotherapy-induced nausea. Despite this fact, the FDA has not yet approved a marketing application for a drug product containing or derived from the whole cannabis plant. It has, however, approved three cannabinoid-based medicines derived from isolated synthetics: Marinol, Syndros, and Cesamet. Marinol and Syndros include the active ingredient dronabinol, a synthetic delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cesamet includes …
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Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? Patrick Kennedy’s War on Weed
In a recent interview with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy claimed the concept of cannabis having medicinal purposes is more likely “a Trojan horse designed to addict people.” Yes, you read that correctly. Kennedy, a man who claims to care for patients, believes that legalization normalizes the use of what he sees as an addictive drug despite a growing mound of scientific evidence proving exactly the opposite. For starters, Kennedy begins the interview by comparing cannabis to tobacco and alcohol. He attacks the entire cannabis industry by saying, “It [the …
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Oregon SB 863 Moving to Governor’s Desk Will Protect Marijuana Users’ Personal Info
On Monday, Oregon legislators sent Senate Bill 863 to Gov. Kate Brown’s desk, with a strong message – “being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist.” The bipartisan proposal would shield information identifying marijuana consumers from federal officials, as well as preventing retailers from selling consumers’ info to third parties. Senate Bill 863 Senate Bill 863 (SB 863-A), sponsored by Sen Prozanski, Rep Lininger, Sen Beyer, Sen Burdick, Sen Ferrioli, Sen Kruse, Rep Fahey, Rep Helm, Rep Olson, and Rep Wilson, was introduced earlier this year …
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Medical Marijuana Bill Headed to West Virginia Governor Justice’s Desk
The West Virginia legislature has approved a bill to make medical marijuana legal in the State and it’s now on Gov. Jim Justice’s desk to be signed into law. Senate Bill 386, known as the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, was introduced by Sen. Richard Ojeda, and after some amendments, the bill passed both the Senate and the House. Gov. Justice has publicly supported the measure and is expected to sign, making West Virginia the 29th state to enact a medical marijuana law. Senate Bill 386 No one was certain how far SB 386 would get. Similar …
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New Unemployment Drug Testing Law Unfair to Medical Marijuana Patients
Last week, President Trump signed into law H.J.Res. 42 undoing a regulation finalized by the Obama administration for drug testing the jobless. The Joint Resolution, rolling back the Obama-era provision, was introduced by U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady and sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz. Unemployment insurance was created by the Social Security Act of 1935, and forbade states from drug testing unemployment compensation applicants. But in the final months of the Obama administration, rules were put into place that allowed states do so under two circumstances: (1) when an applicant lost employment because of illegal drug use; and …

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