Medical Cannabis benefits and Opioids crisis

cannabis-benefits-opioid-crisisOver the last few years use of prescription opioids in USA has strongly increased. An over reliance to treat disease and pain that creates some problems to public health.

According to a report released by America for Safe Access (ASA), involved in ensuring safe and legal access to medical cannabis, thousands of patients in pain and without a safer alternative to relieve their suffering are dying over the last year from opioid overdoses.

Year 2014 was a record year for overdose deaths; most of them (65%) involving opioids. Including prescription opioids as pain relievers. This kind of prescription has nearly quadrupled since 1999.
This is the reason why ASA is asking legislators and health practitioners to educate on the real benefits of medical cannabis and other derived substances as for example CBD oil, which is a very useful product in pain therapy. Medical CBD oil has many benefits in treating chronic pain and it could be well suited as an antispasmodic and anti-anxiety remedy, or to fight pain and inflammation.

Because of this increasing interest in medical cannabis and due to many deaths from opioid overdoses, Asa released this report to try to inform and educate to an alternative treatment for patients suffering from pain.
Recently President Obama proposed to increase funding for a new approach to address the opioid overdose epidemic. He signed last month the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), a bill to address the national epidemics of prescription opioids abuse and heroin use. The bill contains many provisions and strategies for treating this drug abuse, including ways to reduce the amount of opioids prescribed.

But it is also important to continue to provide patients with effective opioids prescribed treatments, as evidences regarding cannabis medical benefits continue to increase. The idea that reducing prescription opioids could reduce deaths and addictions in people could be too simplistic

Some states have tried this way, as for example Massachusetts: last March the governor signed a bill that puts strict limits on opioid painkillers prescribing. But no one knows whether this should be the right way or not.
According to Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the more access to medical cannabis for pain treatment increases, the more accidental overdoses and addiction due to opioids decreases.
The challenge is being able to allow cannabis as a medicine in every state; in facts US States with a medical cannabis program showed a 24.8% reduction in opioids related overdose deaths compared to states without programs.
And currently only few states, including the ones with a full medical cannabis program, are including the chronic pain as a qualifying condition for opioids medical use.

Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Passes California Assembly

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SACRAMENTO, CA — Civil asset forfeiture reform legislation authored by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and David Hadley (R-Torrance) passed the California Assembly Floor by a 67 to 7 vote on Monday. The bill will require that in all cases where law enforcement seize cash under $ 40,000, that there be a conviction in the underlying […]

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Maine ready to legalize recreational use of cannabis

white-widow-strainAs everybody knows, in Maine citizens will decide on recreational marijuana legalization in November 2016. A very important ballot, because it would legalize adult use and possession up to 2,5 ounces.
Announcement has been given last April from Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, and now campaign to legalize marijuana is growing day by day.
Last 27th of June Matthew Dunlap declared that the initiative to regulate marijuana will appear on the state ballot as question n.1; and that’s because usually first question gets more votes having an higher chance to be approved.

Cannabis legislation in Maine is currently a little outdated: law criminalizes use and possession of marijuana, while many other US states are approving permissive laws. The proposed law contained in ballot as question n.1 would allow in Maine possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age; ballot also talks about the opportunity to allow cultivation, distribution, testing and sale of marijuana subject to state regulation and taxation.

Issue of taxation is very important because it’s believed that cannabis legalization would represent a great business for the state of Maine. This because other US states that already legalized recreational use of cannabis are experiencing a great economic growth.

There are many companies involved in legal pot industry. As for example Leafly, the world’s largest cannabis information resource, also known for producing videos describing the different and most famous cannabis strains as Barney’s Farm, Dutch Passion, White Widow and many others.
According to Leafly and its parent company, cannabis legalization in a state with prohibition laws, as the state of Maine is, would generate a great business: this year fledgling industry is expected to generate 7 billion dollars. By 2020 the amount could be 220 billion dollars.

This prediction is based on specific industry analysis and could be real if states with prohibition laws, as Maine is, would knock down their regulations. Beside that, for the industry of legal cannabis it would be important to ensure a clear regulation, that should be the same in all states: this because states where recreational use is allowed have problems with their laws, which are still in conflict with federal prohibition on cannabis cultivation and consumption.

For all these reasons there is still reluctance by some investors in being involved in legal marijuana industry. If they succeed in overcoming those issues, legal marijuana could become one of the richest industries in Usa, and with no doubts in Maine, where farmers who are now limited under medical marijuana system could have access to a larger market after legalization of recreational cannabis.

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