Two Florida lawmakers are sponsoring bills designed to give medical marijuana cards to military veterans free of charge. The bill would waive the $75 state registration fee for veterans, who are committing suicide more than 20 times a day. See the original article from Task & Purpose

In states where medical marijuana is legal, students disciplined for using it are taking their schools to court. College officials argue they could lose federal funding for failing to follow federal law that labels cannabis an illegal drug with no accepted medical use. Students say they received approval to use medical marijuana from college employees […]

Suffering with chronic pain after some major surgeries, Jackie Hyer was excited for some relief from her new medical marijuana prescription, and she says it worked. What she didn’t anticipate was the price. “It’s expensive. This 30-cc bottle is 180 dollars,” said Hyer. “I could cry right now because it’s so depressing. I’ve missed out […]

Since May 10, 2019, seven dispensaries have opened across Arkansas from Clinton to Bentonville with a combined total of 995.88 pounds of medical marijuana sold and over seven million dollars in total sales. Each patient is allowed to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every 14 days and each dispensary must have “seed to […]

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reopening the comment period for the rescheduling of marijuana. The Agency is taking this action to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments. Anyone who is interested can submit their comments either electronically or handwritten by September 30, 2019. See the original article at the Federal Register

The Israeli pharma-tech company Syqe Medical has unveiled the world’s first metered-dose medical marijuana inhaler. The inhaler can reportedly be tuned exactly to a patient’s individual needs allowing for “unprecedented dosing precision [which] achieves maximum relief while avoiding any undesired psychoactive effects.” See the original article at Civilized

The total number of suicides in California per year, including those committed with firearms, declined after the state legalized marijuana use for medical purposes, according to a new study. Researchers observed a notable decline in intentional deaths in the years after Prop 215 was approved. “Our results demonstrate that California’s 1996 intervention led to an […]

A recent U.S. survey found that if cannabis were made federally legal, 85% of consumers would use it as a treatment option for specific ailments, not necessarily just for recreation. The survey found 67 percent of respondents believed cannabis was “healthier” than their over-the-counter and prescription drugs. 69 percent said they believed cannabis was “more […]

After overwhelming support by congressional lawmakers, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds vetoed legislation that would have expanded Iowa’s medical marijuana program, calling for caution before increasing the potency of available products. Reynolds’ move slows further expansion of a medical cannabidiol program that currently allows capsules, extracts, concentrates, lotions, ointments and tinctures. Smoking medical or recreational marijuana […]

Law enforcement in Pennsylvania are trying to gain access to information about medical marijuana to enforce firearm laws. Since the federal government still considers marijuana illegal, marijuana users, even those acting in accordance with the laws of their respective state, cannot legally own guns. The state’s Department of Health, which oversees the patient registry, has […]

A recently published review, “Joints for Joints – cannabinoids in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis,” cautiously concludes that “cannabinoids could be a suitable treatment for RA.” The authors also suggest a series of molecular approaches that merit future clinical studies. See the original article at Forbes

Autism patients can use medical marijuana in Colorado now that Governor Jared Polis has signed a bill into law adding autism spectrum disorder to the state’s list of MMJ conditions. It was no coincidence that the signing took place on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day. Parents of autistic patients advocating for the bill say […]

The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would allow medical marijuana patients to grow cannabis at home. Under provisions of the measure, House Bill 364, which was passed by representatives on Thursday, patients or caregivers would be allowed to grow up to three mature cannabis plants, three immature plants, and 12 seedlings. See […]

Hawaii’s Department of Health announced a new 10-minute, online process that allows for out-of-state cannabis users to get medical marijuana in the island. If you’re a patient who qualifies for medical marijuana somewhere else in the U.S. – continental and territories, all you’ll need to do to receive a temporary medical marijuana card is fill out an online application […]

The Florida Senate affirmed the right to smoke medical pot Thursday afternoon. The 40-member Senate vote was 34-4, with two legislators not voting. SB 182 made it through its last stop during the day’s session, with just eight days to spare before a deadline set by Gov. Ron DeSantis. See the original article at Miami Herald

With Gov. Ron DeSantis wanting lawmakers to act by March 15, the Senate this week will take up a bill that would allow patients to smoke medical marijuana in Florida. The bill (SB 182), sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, will be among the first bills the Senate considers during its first full floor […]

Researchers at the University of New Mexico (UNM) recently solved a major gap in scientific literature by using mobile software technology to measure the real-time effects of actual cannabis-based products used by millions of people every day. Contrary to popular media-reports and scientific dogma, the psychoactive chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol or “THC,” showed the strongest correlation with […]

Researchers from the University of Michigan found that “chronic pain” is the primary condition driving patients to try cannabis medicine. Other health conditions ranking among the most popular included spasms as a result of multiple sclerosis and nausea related to chemotherapy treatment. The study found that more than 85 percent of registered patients are using the herb […]

A website called BudTrader.com is offering to donate up to an ounce of weed to federal employees who are “unable to pay for their medical cannabis due to the government shutdown.” In addition, a company spokesperson said that at least five doctors have offered to consult with furloughed federal employees who might need a medical […]

The Conversation analyzed city-level data from states across the US and found that medical marijuana laws have little effect on violent or property crime in nearly all medical marijuana states. In the case of California, the crime rates actually show a substantial decrease of around 20%. The passage of medical marijuana laws offers researchers a […]

The American Psychological Association reports that 25 percent of college students are taking psychiatric medications to mitigate the symptoms of depression and anxiety. But for many other students, medical marijuana has become the answer. Registered psychiatric nurse Barbara Blaser says cannabis has the potential to be a saving grace for suffering students. Blaser worked for […]

One month after announcing it would dramatically overhaul qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use, the New York State Health Department of Health announced Thursday that it had filed emergency regulations instituting the new policy. Effective immediately, New Yorkers may now replace opioid prescriptions with medical marijuana. As of July 12, any condition for which a […]

49% of pediatricians weren’t aware they can prescribe cannabis to children, according to a survey of pediatricians released Thursday by the Canadian Pediatric Surveillance Program (CPSP), and 39% didn’t know they could prescribe to youths. More than three-quarters reported little to no knowledge about why cannabis might be used or what the correct dosage might […]

Oklahoma voters on Tuesday approved an open-market medical marijuana program: no caps on the number of business licenses, and doctors can recommend medical marijuana for any patient ailment. Voters supported the measure by a double-digit margin despite a strong, last-minute opposition effort by a coalition that included the Oklahoma State Medical Association, religious leaders, law […]

There is a surprising lack of precision when it comes to prescribing and using medical marijuana. Measuring the right dosage can be tough for cannabis patients who take their medicine in puffs instead of pills. That’s why metered dosing is becoming more popular in the medical market, where relief of symptoms is the primary reason […]

Sublingual absorption cannabis products, like mints, breath strips, and gummies, are cannabis edibles that are dissolved under the tongue. They’re becoming increasingly popular in states where cannabis is legal for adult use for their fast onset and potent effects, but how do they work? Traditional edibles, like brownies or any kind of baked good or […]

Menopause is one of the most dramatic changes a woman’s body will undertake in her lifetime. Not since puberty has the reproductive system gone through such a shift, and the experience is not altogether pleasant. Luckily, hot flashes, mood swings, pain, insomnia, and other symptoms of menopause don’t have to be fought alone, since they […]

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In 2016, opioids killed more Americans than breast cancer. The drug overdose epidemic has become one of the most concerning public health issues of recent time, and in an effort to stem the tide, more and more patients and doctors are turning to pot over pills. Dustin Sulak, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, believes that […]

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UC San Diego announced Wednesday it has received a $4.7 million gift to conduct multi-disciplinary research into whether marijuana can be helpful in treating autism. The medical school’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research will study whether cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, holds clues for developing effective autism therapies. The funding from the Ray […]

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Talking to your doctor about medical cannabis is not always easy. If you are interested in using marijuana for medicinal purposes and wish to discuss the matter with your physician, check out the following tips: Be Serious – Do not try to use unnecessary justifications to get a recommendation so that you get high legally. Marijuana […]

Atherosclerosis is a complex inflammatory disease that plays a significant role in the development of heart disease and stroke. In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death and claims more lives than cancer. We typically think heart disease and stroke can hit without warning; actually, these diseases develop gradually over time. […]

At a U.S. Senate Aging Committee hearing entitled, “Opioid Use Among Seniors – Issues and Emerging Trends,” on Feb. 24, 2016, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, discussed how investing in medical marijuana research could help tackle the opioid crisis among senior citizens. As previously reported in MJINews, a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine in 2014 found that […]

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PETITION LANGUAGE BALLOT TITLE: Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions BALLOT SUMMARY: Allows medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute […]