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Morning Break: Medicare Pay Cuts, Cattle Truck Biohazard

Medicare is reducing payments to more than 257,000 doctors by 1% next year because they failed to make enough use of electronic medical records, and more than 700 hospitals will have their Medicare reimbursement cut by the same percentage because they didn’t do a good enough job of reducing hospital-acquired conditions. When a cattle truckContinue Reading

Governor Announces Proposed Regulations for Medical Marijuana Program – FOX 40 News WICZ TV

Governor Announces Proposed Regulations for Medical Marijuana Program – FOX 40 News WICZ TV

12/18/2014 (Updated 10:44:18 PM) Governor Cuomo has released proposed regulations to the state’s medical marijuana program. They would require patients to be certified by their physician before applying for the registry to receive marijuana. Medical marijuana certificates would only be issued by physicians who are registered with the Department of Health and have received theContinue Reading

Colorado Awards USD 8 Million to Study Medical Marijuana Uses

Colorado Awards USD 8 Million to Study Medical Marijuana Uses

Reuters Health Information By Keith Coffman December 18, 2014 DENVER (Reuters) – Colorado health officials awarded $8 million in research grants on Wednesday to study the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, childhood epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder. Colorado was one of the first two U.S. states toContinue Reading

Neurologists Say Jury Still Out on Medical Marijuana’s Use for Brain Disorders

Neurologists Say Jury Still Out on Medical Marijuana’s Use for Brain Disorders

Medical Marijuana’s Use for Brain Disorders Easing federal restrictions on pot research might help get answers, doctors say WebMD News from HealthDay By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — It’s too soon to tell whether medical marijuana can help treat neurological disorders such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease,Continue Reading

Morning Break: Weed Ban Lifted, Doc Info Earns “F” in 40 States

The federal ban on medical marijuana was removed by Congress in the federal spending bill that passed earlier this week. A report from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute revealed that 40 states an “F” and another 4 a “D” when it comes to making information about physician quality available to the public. The FDAContinue Reading

Study finds e-cigarettes surpass the genuine article for teens – Bend Bulletin

WASHINGTON — A federal survey has found that e-cigarette use among teenagers has surpassed the use of traditional cigarettes as smoking has continued to decline. Health advocates say the trend for e-cigarette use is dangerous because it is making smoking seem normal again. They also worry it could lead to an increase in tobacco smoking,Continue Reading

E-Cigarettes Top Smoking Among Youths, Study Says – New York Times

E-Cigarettes Top Smoking Among Youths, Study Says – New York Times

Photo A government survey found that more teenagers are trying e-cigarettes than they are traditional cigarettes. Credit Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press WASHINGTON — A new federal survey has found that e-cigarette use among teenagers has surpassed the use of traditional cigarettes as smoking has continued to decline. Health advocates say the trend for e-cigarette useContinue Reading

Teen Drinking, Drug Use Down; e-Cigarette Use a Concern

Teen Drinking, Drug Use Down; e-Cigarette Use a Concern

Use of tobacco cigarettes, alcohol, and illicit drugs and abuse of prescription pain relievers among US teenagers has declined since 2013, and rates of marijuana use have held steady, according to the 2014 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, released today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Dr Nora Volkow “With the rates ofContinue Reading

National teen drug survey shows higher edible pot use in medical marijuana … – Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA, Maine — Opponents of legalizing marijuana pointed to Tuesday’s release of new data that indicate a markedly higher use of edible marijuana products among teenagers in states like Maine, where medical marijuana is legal, as proof that making pot more available to adults could lead to more abuse by adolescents. New National Institute ofContinue Reading

No increase in teen marijuana use in 2014, national survey finds – The Denver Post

Teen use of marijuana has not increased in the past four years nationwide, even as the country has undergone a transformation in marijuana’s legality and availability, according to the results of a new survey released Tuesday. Instead, the annual Monitoring the Future survey found that various measures of teen marijuana use across the country decreasedContinue Reading

E-Cigarette Use on Rise for Teenagers, Study Finds – New York Times

E-Cigarette Use on Rise for Teenagers, Study Finds – New York Times

Photo A government survey found that more teenagers are trying e-cigarettes than they are traditional cigarettes. Credit Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press WASHINGTON — A new federal survey has found that e-cigarette use among teenagers has surpassed the use of traditional cigarettes, even as smoking of traditional cigarettes has continued to decline. Health advocates say theContinue Reading

Cannabis-Related ED Visits Rise in States With Legalized Use

Cannabis-Related ED Visits Rise in States With Legalized Use

AVENTURA, Florida ― Cannabis use and abuse have increased significantly during the past few years, especially in states where use of the substance is now legal, new research suggests. Dr Abhishek Rai A retrospective study examining data from the US Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) showed that emergency department (ED) visits with International ClassificationContinue Reading

E-Cigarettes on Rise Among Teenagers, Study Finds – New York Times

E-Cigarettes on Rise Among Teenagers, Study Finds – New York Times

Photo A government survey found that more teenagers are trying e-cigarettes than they are traditional cigarettes. Credit Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press WASHINGTON — A new federal survey has found that e-cigarette use among teenagers has surpassed the use of traditional cigarettes, even as smoking of traditional cigarettes has continued to decline. Health advocates say theContinue Reading

Medical Marijuana May Worsen PTSD Symptoms, Increase Violence

AVENTURA, Florida ― Although a growing number of states have approved posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana use, new research shows that the drug may actually worsen symptoms and increase violent behavior. A large observational study of more 2000 participants who were admitted to specialized Veterans Administration treatment programs forContinue Reading

Maine Gynecologist Loses License for Prescribing Marijuana To Men – Boston.com

By Chris Caesar Boston.com Staff | 12.11.14 | 8:45 PM There are a surprising number of medical reasons for a gynecologist to have male patients. The list includes fertility consultation, treating sexually transmitted infections, and anal cancer screenings. The list does not, however, include prescribing medical marijuana. Officials said that’s exactly what led a MaineContinue Reading

Cannabis for Child Seizures: Popular, But Is It Effective?

Cannabis for Child Seizures: Popular, But Is It Effective?

Meeting Coverage Published: Dec 10, 2014 SEATTLE — Epileptic patients and especially parents of children with the condition believe that the cannabidiol component of marijuana was effective, but there remains little solid evidence that it was not just a placebo effect, researchers said here. Two surveys of parents of children with severe seizure disorders, presentedContinue Reading

Mixed Results for Pot

Psychiatry Published: Dec 8, 2014 AVENTURA, Fla. — Marijuana use appeared to have aggravated post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in military veterans, while adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) said they frequently used cannabis to reduce symptoms, researchers reported here. Veterans with PTSD who used cannabis showed more violent behavior compared with those who didContinue Reading

Military Vets OK With Pot, Docs Less Certain

Military Vets OK With Pot, Docs Less Certain

Meeting Coverage Published: Dec 7, 2014 Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania AVENTURA, Fla. — A small group of veterans in a substance abuse program said that marijuana should be legalized, while a separate group of physicians said they were not convinced of theContinue Reading

What’s Hot at American Epilepsy Society 2014

Neurologists from around the world are descending on Seattle, Washington, not just for the fabulous seafood, spectacular waterfront, and innovative local vibe but to learn about the latest state-of-the-art research in epilepsy. The more than 5000 researchers expected to attend the American Epilepsy Society (AES) 68th Annual Meeting on December 5 to 9 probably haveContinue Reading

Los Angeles city attorney sues to block mobile phone app for medical marijuana … – Minneapolis Star Tribune

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles city attorney filed a lawsuit Tuesday to shut down a mobile phone application that arranges medical marijuana home deliveries. The suit alleges that the iPhone and Android free app, Nestdrop, is a “flagrant attempt” to bypass restrictions contained in Proposition D, the medical marijuana law approved by Los AngelesContinue Reading

LA City Attorney Wants To Add Marijuana Delivery Services To His List of … – Dumb-Out

LA City Attorney Wants To Add Marijuana Delivery Services To His List of … – Dumb-Out

Mike Feuer, L.A. City Attorney is going after the people who invented a marijuana delivery mobile application. As a matter of fact officials from the city of L.A. Attorney’s Office said they have already filed more than 200 criminal complaints against 743 defendants, which includes property owners and dispensary operators. The result? 402 medical marijuanaContinue Reading

Los Angeles Files Lawsuit to Shut Down Nestdrop, a Medical Marijuana Delivery … – Tech Times

Los Angeles Files Lawsuit to Shut Down Nestdrop, a Medical Marijuana Delivery … – Tech Times

Los Angeles prosecutors look to close Nestdrop, which allows users to order medical marijuana and have it delivered to any location in Los Angeles.(Photo : Chuck Grimmett) Prosecutors in Los Angeles have filed a lawsuit that aims to close a smartphone app that is able to deliver medical marijuana to the app’s users, which violatesContinue Reading

Things to know from medical marijuana applications – San Antonio Express-News

News Things to know from medical marijuana applications Kyle Potter, Associated Press December 1, 2014 Updated: December 1, 2014 4:29pm ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State officials said Monday they picked Minnesota Medical Solutions, or MinnMed, and LeafLine Labs to grow marijuana for a new medical cannabis program because their applications were the strongest fromContinue Reading

Bachmann lists 16 things she’ll miss when she leaves Congress – MinnPost

Bachmann lists 16 things she’ll miss when she leaves Congress – MinnPost

MinnPost file photo by Brian Halliday It’s not quite a Fox News gig. The Strib’s Rachel Stassen-Berger reports, “Bringing her term in Congress to an end, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann creates a buzz-worthy list of things she will miss. Her list of 16 miss-able things, posted on BuzzFeed, ranges from the serious — ‘Daily remindersContinue Reading

Minnesota picks its 2 medical marijuana producers; big questions remain – Minneapolis Star Tribune

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two Twin Cities-area companies will grow and distribute marijuana for Minnesota’s medical cannabis program, state officials announced Monday, filling in just one of many blanks as the state gears up to provide the newly legalized treatment. The Minnesota Department of Health chose Minnesota Medical Solutions, or MinnMed, and LeafLine Labs fromContinue Reading

State medical pot manufacturers chosen; production sites in Cottage Grove … – Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Monday the selection of LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions to become the registered manufacturers responsible for growing, processing and distributing medical cannabis products as part of the state’s new program. LeafLine Labs is a Minnesota-based company founded by members of the Bachman gardening business family, two emergency medicineContinue Reading

State reveals who will grow pot for medical marijuana program – Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Monday the selection of LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions to become the registered manufacturers responsible for growing, processing and distributing medical cannabis products as part of the state’s new program. LeafLine is comprised of some members of the Bachman florists family, along with two ER doctors and executivesContinue Reading

Minnesota medical marijuana producers named; Bachman group is 1 – TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Monday that LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions will be the state’s two medical marijuana producers. The manufacturers will be responsible for growing, processing and distributing medical cannabis products as part of the state’s new medical cannabis program. They will distribute the medications through eight sites around the state,Continue Reading

Parents find sugar can treat kids’ disease – WPTZ The Champlain Valley

Big wooden planters full of ripe tomatoes. Homemade pickles. Over good wine and grilled steak at the home of Chris and Hugh Hempel, in the hills around Reno, Nevada, the conversation turns to biomedical research and genetics. It’s a reminder of the path that the Hempels have walked for eight years, of a world thatContinue Reading

Marijuana Poisoning Incidents Spike in Washington State

Marijuana Poisoning Incidents Spike in Washington State

Reuters Health Information By Victoria Cavaliere November 19, 2014 SEATTLE (Reuters) – Marijuana exposure incidents, or “pot poisonings,” have spiked in Washington state, especially among teenagers, in a trend experts said on Tuesday appears to be linked to the state’s largely unregulated medical marijuana industry. Marijuana exposures are defined as any situation where an adultContinue Reading

Vape: Oxford’s 2014 Word of the Year – TIME

Vape: Oxford’s 2014 Word of the Year – TIME

A salesman waits for customers as he enjoys an electronic cigarette at the Vapor Shark store on April 24, 2014 in Miami. Joe Raedle—Getty Images Oxford’s editorial staff says the word is tied to this year’s big debates about health and society Oxford’s lexicographers keep watch over billions of words every month—from literary novels toContinue Reading

Marijuana patient sues after firm won’t hire her – seattlepi.com

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A graduate student has sued a textile company for refusing to hire her for a two-month internship because she uses medical marijuana to treat frequent and debilitating migraine headaches, a decision her lawyer calls discrimination. Christine Callaghan, who is studying textiles at the University of Rhode Island, sued Westerly-based Darlington FabricsContinue Reading

Study: Heavy pot smoking shrinks gray matter – Albuquerque Journal

Study: Heavy pot smoking shrinks gray matter – Albuquerque Journal

By Mike Bush / Journal Staff WriterPUBLISHED: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 12:02 am …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Longtime, chronic marijuana use causes significant abnormalities in brain function and structure – and perhaps lower IQ – according to a major new study conducted in part at the Mind Research Network on the campus of the University of NewContinue Reading

E-cigarette firm eyes franchising cannabis oil production method as more states … – Minneapolis Star Tribune

OKLAHOMA CITY — As more states approve the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, an Oklahoma-based electronic cigarette retailer is looking to build a national franchise. Marijuana is illegal under federal drug laws. But voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., approved ballot measures Tuesday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, joining Washington stateContinue Reading

Voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington Approve Recreational Use of Marijuana – Maine News

Voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington Approve Recreational Use of Marijuana – Maine News

Voters in three more states have approved medicinal and recreational use of marijuana. An Oklahoma-based electronic cigarette retailer is planning to build a national franchise network. It has been reported that marijuana is still illegal under federal drug laws. But voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D. C., gave approval on Tuesday to legalize theContinue Reading

Marijuana-Flavored E-Cigarettes Coming Soon? – American Live Wire

Marijuana-Flavored E-Cigarettes Coming Soon? – American Live Wire

Are marijuana-flavored e-cigarettes coming soon? Following the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska and the legalization of medical marijuana in over a dozen other states, a retailer of e-cigarettes in Oklahoma is hoping to set up a national franchise featuring cannabis oil products. Smoking e-cigarettes/Image: VaporIsSexy Chip Paul, co-founder and CEOContinue Reading

Cannabis vaping may be next – The Detroit News

Cannabis vaping may be next – The Detroit News

TIM TALLEY, Associated Press 10:25 p.m. EST November 9, 2014 The growing availability of legal pot opens the door for Tulsa-based Palm Beach Vapors to market a method for producing a cannabis oil product that can be inhaled through a common e-cigarette, according to CEO and co-founder Chip Paul. (Photo: Gina Ferazzi , MCT )Continue Reading

E-cigarette firm eyes emerging cannabis oil market – Boston Globe

Comments OKLAHOMA CITY — As more states approve the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, an Oklahoma-based electronic cigarette retailer is looking to build a national franchise. Marijuana is illegal under federal drug laws. But voters in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C., approved ballot measures Tuesday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, joining WashingtonContinue Reading

E-cigarette firm eyes emerging cannabis oil market – The Seattle Times

OKLAHOMA CITY — As more states approve the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, an Oklahoma-based electronic cigarette retailer is looking to build a national franchise. Marijuana is illegal under federal drug laws. But voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., approved ballot measures Tuesday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, joining Washington stateContinue Reading

Marijuana-Flavored E-Cigarettes Could Become a Thing – The Utah People’s Post

Marijuana-Flavored E-Cigarettes Could Become a Thing – The Utah People’s Post

After Colorado and Washington approved ballot measures to legalize marijuana for recreational use, voters in other states such as Oregon and Alaska joined in. Apart from them, more than a dozen states allow the use of medical marijuana, which remains illegal under federal drug laws in other U.S. states. And while this is going on,Continue Reading

Palm Beach Vapors Owner Seeks Patent for Cannabis Oil Vaping Product – Capital OTC

Palm Beach Vapors Owner Seeks Patent for Cannabis Oil Vaping Product – Capital OTC

By Evan Roberts / November 9, 2014 at 19:47 OKLAHOMA, November 9 – After state referendums have legalized recreational and medicinal marijuana, an Oklahoma-based e-cigarette retailer was encouraged to begin building a national franchise. Marijuana is still illegal under federal drug laws, however, Oregon, Washington and Alaska voters approved ballot measures for recreational marijuana useContinue Reading

E-cigarette firm eyes emerging cannabis oil market – KOMO News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – As more states approve the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, an Oklahoma-based electronic cigarette retailer is looking to build a national franchise. Marijuana is illegal under federal drug laws. But voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., approved ballot measures Tuesday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, joining WashingtonContinue Reading

E-cigarette firm eyes emerging cannabis oil market – Washington Post

By Associated Press November 9 at 10:58 AM OKLAHOMA CITY — As more states approve the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, an Oklahoma-based electronic cigarette retailer is looking to build a national franchise. Marijuana is illegal under federal drug laws. But voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., approved ballot measures Tuesday to legalizeContinue Reading

Medicinal Marijuana Dispensaries Popping Up Around The Country – Diabetes Insider

Medicinal Marijuana Dispensaries Popping Up Around The Country – Diabetes Insider

Health officials in Massachusetts have “mellowed out” a little bit when it comes to medicinal marijuana within the state. The change of heart has led to four new dispensaries for medical marijuana, including the first in the city of Boston. These most recently announced dispensaries include eleven others that were given the green light earlierContinue Reading

Boston Pot Dispensary And 3 Others Approved – WGBH NEWS

Massachusetts public health officials have given preliminary approval to four more medical marijuana dispensaries, including the first for Boston. Those announced Friday join 11 others approved earlier this year. All will go through final review before being granted licenses under the state’s 2012 medical marijuana law. The Boston facility is operated by Patriot Care Corp.,Continue Reading

Massachusetts gives a nod to Boston’s first marijuana dispensary – Capital Wired

Massachusetts gives a nod to Boston’s first marijuana dispensary – Capital Wired

The city of Boston will now be having its first marijuana dispensary very soon. Massachusetts state health officials approved the license of Patriot Care Corporation, to open Boston’s first marijuana dispensary for helping patients suffering from MS and epilepsy. The highly coveted license was approved on Friday and the facility will be operating in theContinue Reading

Boston’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Coming Soon – Beta Wired

Boston’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Coming Soon – Beta Wired

Boston will now have its first marijuana dispensary. State health officials approved the institutions that will be a run by Patriot Care Corporation. The highly coveted license was approved on Friday and the facility will be operating in the neighborhood of Downtown Crossing. Patriot Care Corp. had already been approved to open such a dispensaryContinue Reading

Massachusetts allows four medical marijuana dispensaries – WallStreet OTC

Massachusetts allows four medical marijuana dispensaries – WallStreet OTC

Massachusetts health officials have approved four more dispensaries of medical marijuana to run into the state including Boston where the first dispensary will be built. According to the reports, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has given provisional approval to three firms including Mass Medicum Corp., Coastal Compassion Inc. and Patriot Care Corp. to openContinue Reading

Massachusetts approves medical marijuana dispensaries in Boston, three other … – Tech Times

Massachusetts approves medical marijuana dispensaries in Boston, three other … – Tech Times

Massachusetts approves four more medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. Boston gets its first dispensary, which will be operated by Patriot Care Corp.(Photo : David Trawin) Massachusetts health officials have shown green light to four more medical marijuana dispensaries in the state including the first in Boston. The state’s Department of Public Health has givenContinue Reading

4 More Mass. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Approved – WBUR

4 More Mass. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Approved BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has given three companies provisional approval to open four medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. Patriot Care Corp., which already has a Lowell dispensary in the works, was approved for dispensaries at 21 Milk Street in Boston and 7 LegionContinue Reading