Oklahoma Voters Approve The Use of Medical Marijuana Across The State

On June 26, Oklahoma voters approved State Question Number 788 – Initiative Number 412, an activist-led, signature-driven ballot measure launched more than two years ago. This makes the Sooner State the 30th state in the nation to permit the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, and perhaps the most conservative state yet to approve its use. The measure  is one of the most permissive cannabis policies in the U.S. The typical list of Read entire story

How to Talk To Your Doctor About Becoming a Legal Medical Cannabis Patient

At the time of this article’s publishing, thirty states and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation permitting use of medical cannabis. Of those, nine states and DC have went a step further and legalized marijuana for all adults 21 and over. Although this is exciting for many advocates of the plant, many patients that are suffering from ailing health conditions are left wondering what this means for them, and how exactly all of Read entire story

Approval of Epidiolex Validates What Many CBD Users Already Knew

The FDA announced in a press release on Monday that it had approved the “first drug comprised of an active ingredient derived from marijuana to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy.” Prior to this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved only three cannabinoid-based medicines. None of the approved drugs contain, or are derived from, the whole cannabis plant. Instead, they are all created from isolated synthetics that do not Read entire story

The First Licensed Cannabis Retail Shop In Massachusetts Prepares For Its Big Opening

A major hurdle for recreational cannabis sales in the Bay State was cleared on Monday. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) has granted its first provisional retail license to sell adult-use marijuana. The five member commission unanimously voted to grant the license to Cultivate, a medical cannabis dispensary currently operating in Worcester County. The company describes itself as a farm-to-table operation, and takes pride in the Read entire story

New York State’s PTSD Expansion Analysis

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo marked this past Veteran’s Day by signing a measure that expanded the state’s medical cannabis qualifying conditions to include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The legislation was sponsored by Senator Diane Savino, a proponent of the inclusion since the program’s infancy. The bill received near unanimous support in the Assembly with a 131-8 vote, and with a Senate approval of 50-13. Its Read entire story

New York’s Medical Marijuana Program: The Patient-Doctor Disconnect

Introduced in July 2014, New York’s medical marijuana program has been a work in progress from the get-go. The state recently announced an expansion to its program that is beginning to open the door to improved patient access. These changes included adding chronic pain and PTSD to its list of qualifying medical conditions. Chronic pain, on its own, is already responsible for more than 7,500 new patients joining New York’s MMJ program. This is a Read entire story

New Regulations Are Changing the California Cannabis Industry As We Know It

While many California residents were originally happy when Proposition 64, “The Adult Use of Marijuana Act,” passed back in November, many medical patients are now left questioning how the upcoming changes to California’s legal cannabis industry are going to affect their treatment plan. Shifting to a recreational system is proving to be a very complicated and unsettling process, especially when the existing system isn’t exactly Read entire story

UK Researchers to Study the Effects of Cannabidiol on Brain Tumors in Children

As long as whole plant cannabis products remain federally illegal in the United States (and most other countries), many parents with sick children are forced to administer cannabidiol (CBD) to their child without having access to quality medical advice and/or scientific research. Prompted by the growing number of families who are deciding the potential benefits of using CBD outweigh the risks, British scientists are undertaking a study to Read entire story

Study: Chili Peppers and Cannabis Could Be The Answer To Gut Disorders

Patients with special dietary needs or those with diseases of the gut/pancreas often find themselves frustrated and in tremendous pain. Figuring out how to calm down the immunological response of the gut may make it possible to create a treatment for gastro diseases and disorders, and it turns out part of the solution may be found in both chili pepper and cannabis. You wouldn’t think chili peppers and cannabis have much in common; but researchers Read entire story

Washington College Launches Specialized Cannabis Courses

Just across the Oregon-Washington border, an organization known as Clark College Economic & Community Development (ECD) is providing workforce training and non-credit learning to more than 10,000 people annually. Currently, the ECD offers a wide variety of classes like painting, photography, cooking, languages, computer basics, personal finance, web design and much more. Now, in a move to keep up with the public’s interest in the plant, Read entire story

New Study Finds Cannabis May Help Preserve Brain Function As We Age

As we get older, the brain ages. As the brain ages, cognitive ability decreases. Short-term memory, learning new things, or devoting attention to several things at the same time becomes more difficult. Researchers have long been looking for ways to slow down or even reverse this process. Scientists at the University of Bonn and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) have now achieved this in mice. A new study published in Nature Medicine Read entire story

The Cayman Islands Make Ground-Breaking Medical Cannabis Introduction

In response to mounting evidence supporting the effective use of medical cannabis to treat chronic pain, seizures, and many other health problems, and in the face of case studies revealing life changing results for patients who incorporate cannabis into their healthcare plan, the Cayman Islands are making a ground-breaking medical cannabis introduction. Medical Cannabis Introduced in Grand Cayman Grand Cayman’s CTMH Doctors Hospital and Cayman Read entire story

Update: Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Industry Begins to Heat Up

According to the York Daily Record, the state of Pennsylvania will receive roughly $7.9 million in revenue from marijuana permit applicants this year alone. Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process, as well as approved 231 applications; completed temporary Read entire story

Cannabis Rules Are Changing in California – Now Is The Time For Your Input

While many California residents were originally happy when Proposition 64, “The Adult Use of Marijuana Act,” passed back in November, many medical patients are now left questioning how the upcoming changes to California’s legal cannabis industry are going to affect their treatment plan. Shifting to a recreational system is proving to be a very complicated and unsettling process, especially when the existing system isn’t exactly Read entire story

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? Patrick Kennedy’s War on Weed

In a recent interview with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy claimed the concept of cannabis having medicinal purposes is more likely “a Trojan horse designed to addict people.” Yes, you read that correctly. Kennedy, a man who claims to care for patients, believes that legalization normalizes the use of what he sees as an addictive drug despite a growing mound of scientific evidence proving Read entire story

Three Different Cannabinoid-Based Medicines Approved by the FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is aware that cannabis and cannabis-derived products are being used for a number of medical conditions, such as AIDS wasting syndrome, epilepsy, neuropathic pain, treatment of spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis, and cancer and chemotherapy-induced nausea. Despite this fact, the FDA has not yet approved a marketing application for a drug product containing or derived from the whole cannabis Read entire story

New Unemployment Drug Testing Law Unfair to Medical Marijuana Patients

Last week, President Trump signed into law H.J.Res. 42 undoing a regulation finalized by the Obama administration for drug testing the jobless. The Joint Resolution, rolling back the Obama-era provision, was introduced by U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady and sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz. Unemployment insurance was created by the Social Security Act of 1935, and forbade states from drug testing unemployment compensation applicants. But in the final months of Read entire story

Delaware Could Become The First State To Legalize Adult Use Marijuana Through Legislation

As the first state to ratify the United States Constitution, Delaware officially became known as The First State. Now, six years after approving a state-wide medical marijuana program, and two years after passing a bill to decriminalize cannabis possession, Delaware could become the first state to legalize adult use marijuana through legislation. As of today, the District of Columbia and eight other states have legalized adult use through ballot Read entire story

The Journey of Joey and Mieko Hester-Perez: Where Are They Now?

In 2011, we covered the story of an incredible and dedicated mother, Mieko Hester-Perez, and her son, Joey. Joey was diagnosed with a severe form of autism at 16 months old. You may have seen their journey featured on a number of shows such as NBC, CBS, ABC’s 20/20, and Vice Media, just to mention a few, as well as internationally in several countries. We wondered what was happening in their lives now, so we reached out to Mieko, and here Read entire story

March 30: Celebrate and Help Spread Awareness on World Bipolar Day

World Bipolar Day (WBD) is celebrated this Friday, March 30, 2017 and its goal is to educate the masses about the disorder to improve sensitivity towards the illness. The stigma of bipolar disorder is a reality and can hinder one’s ability to stay on track to living a full, healthy life. A strong support system is essential to anyone suffering from this illness. WBD is an initiative of the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD), the Read entire story