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March 16, 2017

Medical Marijuana For Chronic Pain Starts

Chronic pain sufferers will soon be able to get medical marijuana prescribed to them in New York.
After announcing in December it planned to add chronic pain to its list of eligible conditions, the state Health Department on Thursday said medical marijuana for the ailment will be available starting Wednesday.

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January 19, 2017

NY Keeps Medical Marijuana Doctors Secret, Hampering Access

More than a year after the first New Yorkers started receiving medical marijuana, less than 1 percent of the state's doctors are qualified to steer patients to providers.
And the names of that handful of doctors is a secret, according to the Department of Health, which has thwarted efforts to publicize Compassionate Care Act providers for as long as there has been a Compassionate Care Act.

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January 12, 2017

Here’s What the National Academy’s Medical Cannabis Report Actually Says

The release of “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids,” a comprehensive report by the National Academy of Sciences, has sparked a flurry of reaction around the nation. Cannabis advocates have focused on the report’s conclusion that cannabis possesses therapeutic value for chronic pain patients, while others emphasized the report’s warnings about car crashes and memory problems.
What is the report, what does it actually say, and why is it important?

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January 02, 2017

Mysterious Marijuana-Related Illness

A mysterious marijuana-related illness is popping up with increasing frequency in hospital emergency rooms, particularly in states where cannabis is now legal.
The symptoms are severe abdominal pain and violent vomiting — and most doctors are initially stumped when they encounter patients with the problem.
The illness is cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, which is linked to heavy, long-term use of marijuana, according to experts. For some reason, the nausea and vomiting of CHS can be relieved with hot showers or baths, which can serve as an important hint for physicians trying to diagnose a patient.

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December 30, 2016

The Global Experiment of Marijuana Legalization

In 2016, more countries legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes. Marijuana, or cannabis, is "the most widely cultivated, produced, trafficked and consumed drug worldwide," according to the World Drug Report, but its legality has long been a topic of debate worldwide.
In the US, Maine recently confirmed legalized recreational marijuana use, joining seven other states and the District of Columbia. Medical marijuana is now legal in more than half of US states.

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November 16, 2016

A New Review Suggests Cannabis May Help Mental Health Disorders

Legal access to marijuana, medicinal or otherwise, is growing. In 2016, four states approved recreational use of the drug and four states passed laws related to medical-cannabis access, bringing the total number of states that allow some form of legal marijuana use to 28.
Scientists know that marijuana contains more than 100 compounds, called cannabinoids, that have biological effects on the body. Medically, cannabis can be prescribed for physical ailments like arthritis and cancer symptoms as well as mental health issues like PTSD, depression and anxiety.

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November 15, 2016

The New Cannabis Capital Of The U.S. Is … CANADA?!

U.S. investors are looking to Canada as they anticipate legal regulation of recreational marijuana.
The industry in Canada is attracting investors eager to capitalize on the flourishing "green rush." Among them are Americans who see more opportunity north of the border than at home. The Canadian medical marijuana industry is valued at roughly $150 million – a figure worth about 200 million Canadian dollars – and may grow twentyfold in the next five years.

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November 15, 2016

Marijuana Wins BIG On Election Night

Voters in California, Massachusetts and Nevada approved recreational marijuana initiatives Tuesday night, and several other states passed medical marijuana provisions, in what is turning out to be the biggest electoral victory for marijuana reform since 2012, when Colorado and Washington first approved the drug's recreational use.
In addition to the states above, local outlets in Maine are declaring victory for that state's legalization measure, but with 91 percent of precincts reporting just a few thousand votes separate the "Yes" and "No" columns.
A similar legalization measure in Arizona did not gain sufficient support to pass, with 52 percent of voters rejecting it.
On the medical side, voters in Florida, North Dakota and Arkansas have approved medical marijuana initiatives. Voters in in Montana also rolled back restrictions on an existing medical pot law.

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October 24, 2016

A ‘Green Rush’ to the Great White North

U.S. investors are looking to Canada as they anticipate legal regulation of recreational marijuana.
The industry in Canada is attracting investors eager to capitalize on the flourishing "green rush." Among them are Americans who see more opportunity north of the border than at home. The Canadian medical marijuana industry is valued at roughly $150 million – a figure worth about 200 million Canadian dollars – and may grow twentyfold in the next five years.

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August 24, 2016

Health Canada - Understanding the New Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations

Individuals with a medical need, and who have the authorization of their health care practitioner, will now be able to access cannabis in three ways: they can continue to access quality-controlled cannabis by registering with licensed producers, they can register with Health Canada to produce a limited amount for their own medical purposes, or they can designate someone else to produce it for them.

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