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Seattle to close medical marijuana dispensaries operating without permits – Reuters

Seattle will close dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries operating without a license, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday, part of a statewide effort to reconcile the unregulated system with the voter-approved recreational pot industry. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray outlined a series of regulatory changes in how cannabis operations will do business in the city, sayingContinue Reading

Prepare for Questions on Cannabis as an Analgesic

PALM SPRINGS, California — Physicians must become better prepared to answer patients’ questions about cannabis because its use in medicine is exploding, according to a leading researcher. “It’s high time we got up to speed with the language and the issues around communication on this,” said Mark Ware, MBBS, MSc, from McGill University Health CentreContinue Reading

Marijuana Doesn’t Curb Agitation, Aggression in Dementia

Low-dose oral tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) does not reduce behavioral disturbances in patients with dementia, but it is well tolerated, a trial shows. The fact that 4.5 mg of THC daily did not produce adverse events suggests that the dose was too low, said study author Marcel Olde Rikkert, MD, PhD, professor, geriatrics, Radboud University Medical Center,Continue Reading

Provinces, cities move to regulate e-cigarettes in absence of federal rules – The Globe and Mail

Provinces, cities move to regulate e-cigarettes in absence of federal rules – The Globe and Mail

Comments AA Come May 31, vapers won’t be able to use electronic cigarettes in indoor public spaces in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotians under the age of 19 will be barred from purchasing e-cigarettes. And the same regulations that apply to cigarettes sales – no displays in stores where minors can shop – will also pertainContinue Reading

Medical Pot-Painkiller Combo

Medical Pot-Painkiller Combo

Medical Pot and Prescription Painkiller Combo But researchers say doctors should be kept informed of dual usage WebMD News from HealthDay By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Medical marijuana users don’t appear to increase their risk for drug or alcohol abuse if they also take prescription painkillers, a newContinue Reading

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s governor is signing into law a new crackdown on … – CBS Local

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s governor is signing into law a new crackdown on medical marijuana. Gov. John Hickenlooper was scheduled Monday to sign a bill that directs state health authorities to set new guidelines for doctors who recommend pot for “severe pain.” That’s the most common condition on Colorado’s medical marijuana registry. The new lawContinue Reading

The cannabis conundrum: How to keep marijuana from crossing state lines? – WCPO

The cannabis conundrum: How to keep marijuana from crossing state lines? – WCPO

FORT COLLINS – As efforts to legalize marijuana pick up across the country, friction is building between pro-pot states and those fighting to keep the drug out. The conflicts are sparking legal battles that could soon matter to lawmakers in Ohio and neighboring states. Work is under way now to place a measure on theContinue Reading

Lessons for Ohio inside Colorado’s booming pot industry – WCPO

Lessons for Ohio inside Colorado’s booming pot industry – WCPO

BY: Lisa Bernard-Kuhn, Emily Maxwell DENVER — Just outside of Downtown, far from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the Williams family is cultivating what they hope will become America’s next big consumer brand. They’re so confident in the new venture that they’ve invested millions of dollars into new processes, equipment designs and their increasinglyContinue Reading

The Weed Revolution: The race for legal pot in Ohio – WCPO

The Weed Revolution: The race for legal pot in Ohio – WCPO

BY: Lisa Bernard-Kuhn, Emily Maxwell DENVER — Entrepreneurs meander through rows of sticky green plants — Colorado’s booming cash crop that’s creating a new brand of millionaire. Stacks of cash pile up in hidden safes as banks balk at drug money. New arms of government hustle to understand candy that gets consumers high, and familiesContinue Reading

How DC pot legalization has become ‘the dealer-protection act of 2015′ – Washington Post

Not long ago, a man who had covertly dealt pot in the nation’s capital for three decades approached a young political operative at a birthday party in a downtown District steakhouse. He was about to test a fresh marketing strategy to take advantage of D.C.’s peculiar new marijuana law, which allows people to possess andContinue Reading

New Challenge for Police: Finding Pot in Lollipops and Marshmallows – New York Times

New Challenge for Police: Finding Pot in Lollipops and Marshmallows – New York Times

Photo Commercial marijuana products confiscated by Oklahoma agents in one seizure in July. Credit Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics After nearly 20 years on the job, Jim Jeffries, the police chief in LaFollette, Tenn., has seen his share of marijuana seizures — dry green buds stashed in trunks or beneath seats, often double-bagged to smother theContinue Reading

Pot edibles’ rise poses new test for police – Worcester Telegram

After nearly 20 years on the job, Jim Jeffries, the police chief in LaFollette, Tennessee, has seen his share of marijuana seizures — dry green buds stashed in trunks or beneath seats, often double-bagged to smother the distinctive scent. But these days, Jeffries is on the lookout for something unexpected: lollipops and marshmallows. Recently hisContinue Reading

‘Medical Marijuana’ Pill Falls Short in Dementia Study – Intelihealth.com

May 13, 2015 WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — So-called medical marijuana pills may not ease the common behavioral symptoms that affect people with dementia, a small study suggests. In a trial of 50 dementia patients, researchers found that pills containing the main active ingredient in marijuana were no better than placebo pills inContinue Reading

Medical Marijuana Has No Effect on Symptoms of Dementia – Neurology Advisor

Medical Marijuana Has No Effect on Symptoms of Dementia – Neurology Advisor

May 14, 2015 Share this article: Medical Marijuana Has No Effect on Symptoms of Dementia HealthDay News — Low-dose oral tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may not have an effect on the common behavioral symptoms that affect people with dementia, according to a small study published in Neurology. The study included 50 seniors with dementia. About half livedContinue Reading

Pot Pill Doesn’t Lessen Dementia Symptoms – MedPage Today

Action Points A low-dose medical marijuana pill wasn’t effective at mitigating symptoms of dementia. Note that that the 4.5-mg daily dose was well-tolerated, so a dosage increase may boost efficacy. A low-dose “pot pill” wasn’t effective at mitigating symptoms of dementia, researchers reported. In a randomized controlled trial, patients who were taking either placebo orContinue Reading

Pot Pill Doesn’t Lessen Dementia Symptoms (CME/CE)

Action Points A low-dose medical marijuana pill wasn’t effective at mitigating symptoms of dementia. Note that that the 4.5-mg daily dose was well-tolerated, so a dosage increase may boost efficacy. A low-dose “pot pill” wasn’t effective at mitigating symptoms of dementia, researchers reported. In a randomized controlled trial, patients who were taking either placebo orContinue Reading

Medical Marijuana Pill Falls Short: Dementia Study

Medical Marijuana Pill Falls Short: Dementia Study

Medical Marijuana Pill Falls Short: Dementia Study Researchers had hoped to ease anxiety, agitation and wandering WebMD News from HealthDay By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — So-called medical marijuana pills may not ease the common behavioral symptoms that affect people with dementia, a small study suggests. In a trialContinue Reading

Ride-Share Company Sidecar To Deliver Medical Marijuana In San Francisco – Huffington Post

Ride-Share Company Sidecar To Deliver Medical Marijuana In San Francisco – Huffington Post

May 13 (Reuters) – Ride-sharing startup Sidecar has expanded its services to include door-to-door medical marijuana deliveries to customers in San Francisco, the company said on Wednesday. Sidecar, which competes with on-demand car services such as Uber and Lyft, said in a statement it had formed a partnership with medical marijuana startup Meadow, which letsContinue Reading

Ride-share company Sidecar to deliver medical marijuana in San Francisco – Philly.com

Reuters Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 2:42 PM (Reuters) – Ride-sharing startup Sidecar has expanded its services to include door-to-door medical marijuana deliveries to customers in San Francisco, the company said on Wednesday. Sidecar, which competes with on-demand car services such as Uber and Lyft, said in a statement it had formed a partnership withContinue Reading

Nebraska lawmakers advance medical marijuana bill – Washington Times

By – Associated Press – Tuesday, May 12, 2015 LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska residents suffering from debilitating illnesses could find relief from marijuana under a bill that cleared a first-round vote in the Legislature. Senators voted 27-12 Tuesday to advance a measure that would allow pharmacists to distribute cannabis to patients with cancer, epilepsyContinue Reading

SideCar partners with Meadow to do medical marijuana deliveries – Los Angeles Times

On-demand transportation company SideCar has partnered with Meadow, a “full-service cannabis concierge,” to do medical marijuana deliveries for patients in the Bay Area, the two San Francisco start-ups announced Tuesday. Under the arrangement, when medical marijuana card-holding patients order cannabis from one of Meadow’s partner dispensaries, some of the deliveries will now be made byContinue Reading

SideCar rolls out medical marijuana delivery in SF – CNET

SideCar rolls out medical marijuana delivery in SF – CNET

SideCar’s customers in San Francisco can now order medical marijuana Marta Franco/CNET SideCar is aiming for a new high — literally. The ride-hailing app, which like Uber and Lyft connects a fleet of on-demand drivers with passengers via smartphone, announced Tuesday that it has formally launched a service to deliver medical marijuana to customers’ doorstepsContinue Reading

Sidecar Will Now Deliver Weed to Your Doorstep if You Have a Doctor’s Note – Re/code

Sidecar Will Now Deliver Weed to Your Doorstep if You Have a Doctor’s Note – Re/code

Just imagine: Door-to-door weed delivery. The startups are on it. Ride-hailing service Sidecar will start delivering marijuana to San Franciscans who have prescriptions. It has partnered with Meadow, the on-demand weed company born out of the selective Y Combinator accelerator. Some Sidecar drivers — those with medical marijuana cards of their own — will pickContinue Reading

Sidecar’s Newest Cargo: Weed Deliveries – Forbes

Sidecar’s Newest Cargo: Weed Deliveries – Forbes

Sidecar drivers can now carry around marijuana deliveries after a partnership with on-demand weed app Meadow. Drivers will have a smell-proof lockbox in the trunk. (Photo: Meadow) The next time you hop into a car from ride-hailing service Sidecar, your co-passenger might be an eighth of weed. Sidecar will now deliver medical marijuana alongside itsContinue Reading

Talking to kids about legal marijuana – CNN

Story highlights Recreational marijuana use is now legal in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, D.C. and soon Oregon Legalization poses challenges and opportunities for parents, experts say Program note: Watch the CNN Original Series “High Profits” Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNN. Sue Scheff, a parent advocate who works with children in at-risk communities, saysContinue Reading

Here’s Where The GOP’s 2016 Presidential Contenders Stand On Marijuana … – Huffington Post

Here’s Where The GOP’s 2016 Presidential Contenders Stand On Marijuana … – Huffington Post

While the federal government maintains a blanket ban on marijuana, recreational marijuana is already legal in four states and the District of Columbia. In addition, 23 states, as well as D.C., have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. And with at least 10 more states expected to consider legalization in some form by 2016, the nextContinue Reading

Illinois board OKs migraines, PTSD for medical marijuana treatment – Chicago Sun-Times

A state-appointed advisory panel suggested Monday that migraines, irritable bowel syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder should be added to conditions that may be treated by medical marijuana in Illinois. But diabetes and anxiety did not receive the backing of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, which met in the Thompson Center. The panel heard fromContinue Reading

Louisiana’s medical marijuana legislation slides through Senate, headed to House – NOLA.com

The Louisiana Legislature on Monday (May 4) moved closer to authorizing pharmacies to dispense medical marijuana to patients in Louisiana. The state Senate rubber-stamped the legislation, which spells out how the state’s medical marijuana industry would work, by a vote of 22-13. If the bill is adopted into law, those with a prescription could obtainContinue Reading

11 health conditions recommended by Illinois marijuana board – Washington Times

By – Associated Press – Monday, May 4, 2015 CHICAGO (AP) – An advisory board voted Monday to recommend adding 11 health conditions to the Illinois medical marijuana program. The board rejected three others because of a lack of scientific evidence or, in the case of diabetes, because of concern that marijuana would stimulate appetiteContinue Reading

Hawaii lawmakers may revive dead marijuana dispensaries bill – Chron.com

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are saying they might revive a bill to create a system of medical marijuana dispensaries. The bill died late Friday when it failed to pass out of a key committee before a legislative deadline. But Senate President Donna Mercado Kim said Friday night that the Legislature may make an exceptionContinue Reading

Hawaii lawmakers may revive dead marijuana dispensaries bill – San Francisco Chronicle

Hawaii lawmakers may revive dead marijuana dispensaries bill – San Francisco Chronicle

News Hawaii lawmakers may revive dead marijuana dispensaries bill Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press May 1, 2015 Updated: May 2, 2015 12:26am Photo: Cathy Bussewitz, AP Hawaii Sen. Josh Green, right, negotiates with Rep. Della Au Bellati, left, while working out the final details on a bill to create a system of medical marijuana dispensaries onContinue Reading

Can Medical Marijuana Treat Multiple Sclerosis?

Can Medical Marijuana Treat Multiple Sclerosis?

By Rachel Reiff EllisWebMD Feature Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD If you live in a state where it’s legal and your doctor OKs it, medical marijuana might be an option to help treat some of your MS symptoms. Your doctor isn’t likely to suggest you use it until you try other medicines first. He mightContinue Reading

New York Begins Accepting Medical Marijuana Applications – Forbes

New York Begins Accepting Medical Marijuana Applications – Forbes

New York State has begun accepting applications for its medical marijuana licenses this week. Applicants can submit questions through May 5th and the Department of Health Services (DOH) must answer those questions by May 14th. The deadline for filing an application is May 29th. The nonrefundable application fee is $10,000 and the registration fee isContinue Reading

Health Agencies Warn About Synthetic Marijuana – Diabetes Insider

Health Agencies Warn About Synthetic Marijuana – Diabetes Insider

While America is getting more open to the idea of public marijuana use—or, at the very least, medical marijuana use—it appears that it has also opened the doors towards the introduction of synthetic marijuana. Yes, it is a bit strange, but the new product—known as “spice” on the street, and in smoke shops—has been makingContinue Reading

Morning Break: Fixing Embryos, Acquittal in Alzheimer’s Sex Case

Don’t fire Mehmet Oz, even if he is a circus sideshow — Saurabh Jha, MD, makes the case. Faker. Turns out Belle Gibson, a high profile holistic wellness personality and self-declared cancer survivor, made it all up. A research team in China says it’s tried to correct genes in over 80 human embryos. Here’s whatContinue Reading

21 health benefits of marijuana – Chron.com

21 health benefits of marijuana – Chron.com

Despite the fact that the Drug Enforcement Agency categorizes marijuana as a schedule I drug, one that has no accepted medical use, a majority of Americans have thought medical pot should be legal since the late 1990s — and a majority now support recreational legalization as well. Washington D.C. and 23 states have legalized medicalContinue Reading

Why more and more states legalized marijuana? – Biotech Wired

Why more and more states legalized marijuana? – Biotech Wired

Just recently, a Georgia bill was passed allowing the use of medical marijuana in the state, a sign that more and more states are taking steps in legalizing marijuana in the country. Before you say anything, let’s find out some facts as to why marijuana is considered as a medicine in these states. Advertisement MarijuanaContinue Reading

Read These Facts From Marijuana Legal States Before You Celebrate 4/20 – News One

Read These Facts From Marijuana Legal States Before You Celebrate 4/20 – News One

Source: Getty The stoner holiday – April 20 – is here and more and more states are taking the steps to make marijuana legal. In past years, its benefits have been discussed between lawmakers, while the decriminalization has left police officials perplexed. Since the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, marijuana was listed as a ScheduleContinue Reading

Do You Really Know The Differences Between Hemp and Weed? – Forbes

Do You Really Know The Differences Between Hemp and Weed? – Forbes

It is on trend these days to support the growing marijuana business model. There are two parts of the discussion – medical marijuana that is now legalized in twenty-three states and the District of Columbia; as well as the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in four states. On CNN’s Weed 3: The Marijuana RevolutionContinue Reading

Medical Marijuana, Inc. Launches New Website on “420″ – Military Technologies

SAN DIEGO, April 20, 2015 (MILITARY-TECHNOLOGIES.NET) — As the public learns the truth about cannabis (hemp and marijuana), cannabis research, and accessibility, the stigma from decades-old false propaganda that began in the late 1930s is rapidly fading. Nearly 80 years later:Legal cannabis is the fastest growing industry in the United StatesLaws are changing: Federal enforcementContinue Reading

Obama open to supporting medical pot – The Hill

President Obama signaled he is open to supporting medical marijuana, saying “we should follow the science as opposed to ideology” on the issue. In an interview with CNN that aired Sunday, Dr. Sanjay Gupta asked the president whether he would support a Senate bill that would roll back federal restrictions on medical marijuana. ADVERTISEMENT TheContinue Reading

Marijuana sales to hit $13B by 2020 – The Hill

The marijuana industry is projected to grow by more than 30 percent annually over the next five years as more and more states legalize pot for medical and recreational purposes, according to a new study from IBISWorld, a market research firm. Marijuana sales could hit $13.4 billion by 2020, the report projects. ADVERTISEMENT Much ofContinue Reading

On 4/20 day, more doctors say it’s high time for marijuana research to expand – Daily Democrat

It’s 4/20 Monday, which means weed is the word, and hundreds of events will be held in California and nationwide to observe cannabis culture, a tradition that stems back to the 1970s. Yet while the celebrations hail freedom, rebellion and a call for legalization, many of the questions surrounding the health benefits of cannabis remainContinue Reading

Obama signals support for legalizing medical marijuana – Quartz

In a CNN documentary aired for the first time Sunday night, on the eve of the informal April 20 holiday celebrating cannabis subculture, US president Barack Obama reiterated his support for medicinal use of marijuana and moving towards decriminalization of the drug. In the documentary, “Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution,” CNN chief medical correspondent SanjayContinue Reading

Obama lends support to marijuana legalisation: ‘We should follow the science … – The Independent

Obama lends support to marijuana legalisation: ‘We should follow the science … – The Independent

On the eve of 4/20, cannabis smokers’ unofficial holiday, Barack Obama has appeared on CNN’s special report WEED3 backing decriminalisation of marijuana, saying that he favours a “public health model” over an “incarceration model”. The president stopped short of endorsing the legalisation of the drug, but did signal support for the medical marijuana bill backedContinue Reading

Obama Voices Support for Medical Marijuana in Cable News Interview – Slate Magazine (blog)

Obama Voices Support for Medical Marijuana in Cable News Interview – Slate Magazine (blog)

A photo of President Barack Obama is seen on the cover of the magazine Cannabis Now at the HempCon medical marijuana show on May 24, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images President Obama offered support for decriminalizing medical marijuana, as well as an overall change in the way theContinue Reading

NERDSCREEN: The Marijuana Vote – NBCNews.com

NERDSCREEN: The Marijuana Vote – NBCNews.com

For marijuana legalization advocates April 20th, or 4-20 as it is known, is something of a holiday that is usually marked with a celebratory toke or two. And the pro-legalization crowd has a lot to celebrate on Monday. Laws regarding the drug have been rolled back in states around the country and marijuana legalization isContinue Reading

Weed 3 Special Guest: President Obama Speaks Out in Support of Medical … – Medical Jane

Weed 3 Special Guest: President Obama Speaks Out in Support of Medical … – Medical Jane

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent, spoke out in August 2013 apologizing for previously making negative comments about marijuana. Later that year, he launched a documentary that aired on CNN, called ‘Weed,’ in which he traveled around the world to collect scientific and anecdotal evidence of the medical validity of cannabinoids.Continue Reading

Marijuana Benefits Continue To Find More Exposure – Pioneer News

Marijuana Benefits Continue To Find More Exposure – Pioneer News

The energy and focus put into the study of medical marijuana has been remarkable of late. And it has been fruitful as well, demonstrating that chemical components in marijuana can be very beneficial in the treatment of many diseases and conditions. Studies show that medical marijuana can help treat cancer, epilepsy, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, Glaucoma,Continue Reading

Nathan Deal Legalized Medical Marijuana In Georgia – Market Journals

At last, a legislation has been signed by Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday in order to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. Although the effectiveness had already been proved for the treatment of cancer, sickle cell disease and other problems still tremendous hurdles remain for patients who want to get the drug. The House Bill 1Continue Reading