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A new neuroscience study debunks previous claims of a negative impact. Last year the mainstream media was quick to highlight a study from Northwestern University that implied there were structural changes in the brains of people who smoked marijuana, even occasionally. The dubious research was sponsored by groups biased against marijuana including the National Institute […]

Thirty-five years ago an Israeli researcher documented the case for medicinal cannabis to treat epilepsy. It was one of these studies by a Prof. Raphael Mechoulam that Denver-based physician Dr. Alan Shackelford read when he was debating one of the hardest questions of his career: Should he, could he? give a 5-year-old pot? That girl, […]

Floridians have yet to vote on Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana and allow doctors to recommend it as a treatment option. But former biotech executives Michael Smullen and David Wright have already established AltMed LLC., a new company to grow and process medical marijuana. The company, which already has 16 employees, a Lakewood Ranch address […]

The state has finalized negotiations with First State Compassion Center to run Delaware’s first medical marijuana dispensary, despite an ongoing lawsuit against the company. In a letter to Sen. Margaret Rose Henry (D-Wilmington East), a sponsor of the original legislation, and New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon, DHSS officials say the growing operation is expected […]

Patient applications and other documents for Illinois’ medical cannabis program are now available online. While they are available now, the department will not accept patient applications until later this year. Applicants whose last names begin with the letters A through L may apply between September 2 and October 31. Applicants with last names that start with M through Z may apply between November […]

Although a majority of Pennsylvanians support the legalization of marijuana, it remains a controversial issue, according to a survey released by Keystone Analytics®. Sixty-nine percent of voters would like to see the legalization of marijuana, with 47 percent in favor of use for medicinal purposes only and 22 percent for any purpose. Twenty-seven percent believe […]

In what could become an Australian-first, if successful, a law legalizing cannabis for medical use by the terminally ill or those suffering chronic pain is being proposed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Highlights: The ACT will consider a proposal decriminalizing medicinal cannabis use  It would allow cannabis use among terminally ill and chronic pain […]

Lawmakers in Illinois have approved a set of administrative rules for marijuana businesses and patients. If all goes well, the industry will launch in the spring of 2015, they said. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved the regulations for the industry, which lawmakers had proposed several months ago. Under the new rules, medical marijuana patients with last […]

Medical marijuana delivery services are popping up at a rapid clip in Southern California as entrepreneurs look to skirt dispensary bans and lower overhead. In Los Angeles, for instance, some dispensaries that are now considered illegal under Proposition D are closing their storefronts and opening delivery services, according to the Los Angeles Times. One business, called Speed Weed, […]

Under the new medical marijuana law, five Florida nurseries will be allowed to grow cannabis. But one very big question remains: How will they get the ganja in the first place? In the federal government’s eyes, marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning it’s illegal to transport across state lines. Nursery owners say they […]

Arizona’s top health officials announced that medical marijuana patients may soon begin using cannabis to relieve post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. The decision by state Department of Health Services will allow PTSD sufferers to use cannabis for palliative care of symptoms, but not as a primary treatment for the disorder: “Certifying physicians will be required […]

Las Vegas city officials began accepting applications for medical marijuana land use and licensing permits. An extended deadline for submissions was also announced.  The city said prospective medical marijuana proprietors have until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23 to submit their applications. Applications have to be physically submitted to the city’s Department of Planning at 333 […]

The Utah Department of Health began issuing hemp extract registration cards on Tuesday, allowing caregivers to possess and use hemp oil extract in treating patients with epilepsy. The card allows for legal possession and use of hemp extract, a non-intoxicating cannabis oil taken from specially bred marijuana plants, for the treatment of epileptic seizures. In […]

Alternaturals, Inc. announced that it is prepared to release its next mainstream product in July. The product, called Relaxapro©, is an alternative to prescription medications for anxiety, a $30 billion market in the U.S. alone. A carefully formulated blend of powerful, natural, calming, and mental clarity promoting substances has been used to create what the company feels is […]

As expected, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law on Monday allowing for the limited use of a special strain of marijuana called “Charlotte’s Web” to treat epileptic seizures and other diseases. State lawmakers passed the measure this spring with bipartisan support. “As a father and grandfather, you never want to see kids suffer,” Scott, a […]

An agreement between the state Senate and Assembly on whether to legalize medical marijuana in New York is due before midnight Monday in order to be voted on before the legislative session ends later this week. But Gov. Cuomo has outlined a series of concerns to lawmakers that must be addressed before he’ll even consider signing […]

One of Australia’s largest nursing unions has taken the significant and potentially controversial step of supporting the use and possession of medical cannabis. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), which has 59,000 members, said the drug could benefit patients suffering from chronic pain. Its 23-member executive committee has adopted a resolution backing recommendations from a […]

Investors around Illinois are jockeying for positions in the marijuana business as they wait for the state’s new medical marijuana law to kick in. And some of them are politically connected. According to the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises, Sam Borek, the college roommate of the legislator who sponsored the law (Democratic state Rep. Lou Lang […]

Across Connecticut, growers are cultivating marijuana for medical use in buildings with the exacting standards of pharmaceutical factories. Employees reporting for work at some plants will be required to change into scrubs. Then, they will pass through a room that will emit blasts of air to remove contaminants brought in from the outside. Computers will […]

Green Cures & Botanical Distribution, Inc. has announced that it will introduce its first CDB derived product to the public during the month of June 2014. Green Cures’ set of 30 CBD Capsules will initially contain 50 milligrams of Pure CBD-Hemp Oil per capsule. Green Cures’ CBD Capsules have a low THC content that falls within […]

The Jamaica government is being urged to enact legislation that would decriminalize marijuana as well as establish a medical marijuana industry. The Cannabis Commercial (CC) and Medicinal Research Task Force (MR Task Force) said Jamaica would significantly benefit from a regulates medical marijuana industry. The CC & MR Task Force, which organized a three-day meeting […]

Canada’s first medical marijuana clinical trial has been registered with Health Canada, a milestone that could be the first step toward legitimacy in the eyes of the medical community. The trial will measure the effects of marijuana on patients with osteoarthritis of the knee versus other patients who receive a placebo. For years, the Canadian […]

It hasn’t been easy to get on the list, which requires, among other things, that a nursery has operated continuously for at least 30 years; but, so far, 39 nurseries have been approved to grow low-THC marijuana under the Charlotte’s Web bill recently passed by the Florida Legislature. One of the most interesting companies in the […]

During an interview this week, Larry King asked Dr. Oz if he’d changed his views on marijuana: “I have,” Oz responded, “I grew up like most of my generation believing that marijuana was something Satan was throwing at Americans, a communist plot. But I think most of us have come around to the believe that […]

In response to Canada’s new medical marijuana rules that eliminates home growing by patients and requires that medical cannabis be purchased by licensed providers,  CanvasRx has launched what it is calling “the first comprehensive database for medical marijuana today”.  With no cost to patients or doctors, the new database matches marijuana strains to symptoms, and connects […]

Efforts to legalize marijuana in the District of Columbia received a boost today with the Drug Policy Alliance hiring Dr. Malik Burnett as a full time organizer for the district. Burnett is a graduate of Duke University who believes “our Nation’s drug policies are out of step with the current scientific understanding of drugs, which […]

When Cannabis-Rx bought a 209,000 square foot plant in Florida last month, the real estate investor said it was destined to become one of America’s largest pot “cultivation parks”. And although law makers have said next to nothing about how medical marijuana in the Sunshine State would move from seed to sale, more investors are eager […]

The Nevada Supreme Court  has amended the state rules of professional conduct for lawyers to allow them to counsel clients on the state’s medical marijuana laws. State lawyers have been waiting for the word since the Nevada Bar Association filed a request with the state’s Supreme Court asking for protection for lawyers last month.  The new […]

For the first time, Quinnipiac, found that the majority of Florida voters think marijuana should be legal. Among registered voters in Florida, 53 percent support making it legal for adults to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use while, 42 percent oppose legalization. This represents a dramatic increase in support in less than a year. When Quinnipiac […]

Washington and Colorado have both legalized recreational marijuana use, but it’s still unclear whether employees’ jobs are protected in those states if they smoke off duty — either for recreation or medical use. In Colorado, for instance, the marijuana law allows employers to impose any drug policies they see fit. There are a lot of unanswered questions, […]

 A medical marijuana compromise bill now heads to the Minnesota House of Representatives after being approved by the senate 48-18. The measure would allow people with specific debilitating medical conditions to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. “We applaud the Senate for standing up for patients,” said Heather Azzi, political director for Minnesotans […]

The number of people who can obtain medical marijuana in Vermont could increase under a bill that has passed the legislature and is now on its way to the governor for his signature.  Under Vermont’s current medical marijuana law, no more than 1,000 people can be registered to receive medical marijuana. Senator Jeannette White says […]