Colorado Lawmakers Form Nation’s First Statewide Cannabis Caucus

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Colorado Lawmakers Form Nation’s First Statewide Cannabis Caucus | NORML

DENVER, CO — With Colorado lawmakers well into their fifth legislative session since the retail sale of adult-use marijuana was enacted, the need to coordinate the various policy discussions around the issue has never been greater. Since Colorado voters approved the law change in 2012, there have been ongoing debates surrounding various aspects of the […]

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Study: Cannabis Effective at Treating Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

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Study: Cannabis Effective at Treating Symptoms of Fibromyalgia | NORML

Cannabis therapy mitigates symptoms of the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia and is associated with a reduction in the use of other prescription drugs, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. An estimated 3 to 6 million Americans are afflicted by fibromyalgia, which is often poorly controlled by standard pain medications. Israeli investigators […]

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Clinical Trial: Use of Herbal Cannabis Safe and Effective in Cancer Patients

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — Cannabis administration is associated with the subjective improvement of symptoms in patients with cancer, according to clinical data published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine. Israeli researchers assessed the safety and efficacy of cannabis in a cohort of over 1,200 cancer patients over a period of six months. Ninety-six percent of patients “reported an improvement […]

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Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Delayed Progression to Injection Drug Use

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Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Delayed Progression to Injection Drug Use | NORML

Cannabis use is associated with slower rates of injection initiation among at-risk youth, according to longitudinal data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review. Canadian researchers assessed drug use progression in a cohort of 481 street-involved youth over a ten-year period. Authors reported: “[W]e observed a high rate of injection initiation among at-risk street-involved youth. Our […]

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Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Rates of Opioid Use Among Pain Patients With HIV

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Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Rates of Opioid Use Among Pain Patients With HIV | NORML

NEW YORK, NY — HIV patients suffering from chronic pain are far less likely to use prescription opioid drugs if they consume cannabis, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Substance Use & Misuse. A team of investigators from the City University of New York School of Medicine and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine […]

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Victory for Veterans as VA Changes Policy on Medical Cannabis

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Victory for Veterans as VA Changes Policy on Medical Cannabis | Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, DC — On December 8, 2017, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) quietly updated their policy in regards to VA doctors having discussions with veterans about medical cannabis, and clarified VA policy regarding access to Veterans Health Administration (VHA) clinical programs for veterans participating in state approved medical cannabis programs. VHA Directive 2017-1315 replaces an […]

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Study: Cannabis Use Likely Associated With Reduced Mental Decline in HIV Patients

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EAST LANSING, MI — Cannabis use is associated with reduced neuro-inflammation in HIV patients – a result that likely reduces cognitive declines typically associated with the disease, according to clinical data published ahead of print in the journal AIDS. Investigators at Michigan State University evaluated the relationship between cannabis use and chronic brain inflammation in patients with HIV. Investigators […]

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Cancer Treatment Providers Accepting of Medical Cannabis Use in Children

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Cancer Treatment Providers Accepting of Medical Cannabis Use in Children | NORML

NEW HAVEN, CT — Health professionals who specialize in the treatment of pediatric cancer overwhelmingly support medical cannabis as a therapeutic option, according to survey data published in the journal Pediatrics. A team of investigators surveyed the positions of 288 pediatric oncology providers in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington. Ninety-two percent of respondents reported their “willingness to help children with cancer […]

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Peru Lawmakers Approve Legislation to Regulate Medical Cannabis Oils

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Peru Lawmakers Approve Legislation to Regulate Medical Cannabis Oils | NORML

LIMA, PERU — Lawmakers have approved legislation to oversee the production and regulation of certain cannabis-derived oil products. Passage of the measure comes months after lawmakers had depenalized activities specific to the medical use of cannabis for “serious and terminal diseases.” Regulators have 60 days to iron out the details of the new program. Other South American […]

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Study: Cannabis Use Inversely Associated With Fatty Liver Disease

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Study: Cannabis Use Inversely Associated With Fatty Liver Disease | Paul Armentano

Adults with a history of cannabis use are less likely to suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) than are those who have not used the substance, according to data published online in the journal PLoS One. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most prevalent form of liver disease, affecting an estimated 80 to 100 […]

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