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NIDA Monopoly on Providing Research Cannabis Broken At Last

Follow Us!Share This!Since 1968, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Mississippi Research Center have had a monopoly on production and provision of cannabis for research purposes in the United States. The Drug Enforcement Administration fought in court for years to maintain that monopoly. On August 12, 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration finally relented, and published a proposed rule that would allow other institutions to register with the DEA and legally to produce cannabis for research purposes….
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DEA Rejects Two Rescheduling Petitions

Follow Us!Share This!The Drug Enforcement Administration finally announced that it was rejecting two separate petitions that called for the agency to reschedule cannabis, moving it from Schedule One under the Controlled Substances Act to Schedule Two. One of the petitions had been filed in 2011 by then-Governors Christine Gregoire (WA) and Lincoln Chafee (RI). The other was filed in 2009 by Bryan Krumm, a nurse and advocate for patients who use cannabis medicine. Follow Us!Share This!

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Sept. 25: The Endocannabinoid System and Cannabis: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know

Follow Us!Share This!The Endocannabinoid System and Cannabis: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016 Time: 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. [Registration from 9 – 10 a.m.] Location: NMC Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI Contact Hours: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #16044, for 6 contact hours Cost: $50.00* until September 24 (*for Healthcare Professionals seeking CEUs; specially discounted rates for patients, the general public, and for HCPs not…
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Should Marijuana Be Legalized Or Not? pt. 2

Follow Us!Share This!Al Byrne, co-founder of Patients Out of Time, CEO of Veterans for Compassionate Care LLC, and Founding Director of Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access, recently had a piece published by the website WalletHub on the question of “Should Marijuana Be Legalized?” Following is ML’s article, which also appears here.) Should Marijuana Be Legalized Or Not? pt. 2 I am a DEA certified cannabis expert. I am a Veteran. I am a patient. Let’s get it down right. ‘Marijuana’…
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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

Follow Us!Share This!(Patients Out of Time co-founder and President, Mary Lynn Mathre, recently had a piece published by the website WalletHub on the question of “Should Marijuana Be Legalized?” Following is ML’s article, which also appears here.) Should Marijuana Be Legalized? First of all, we should call it Cannabis – the proper name for this highly beneficial plant. There is much baggage with ‘marijuana’ or ‘marihuana,’ the Mexican name for this ancient plant. The alcohol prohibition had ended in the…
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Medical Marijuana Laws Related To Decrease In Work Absences

Follow Us!Share This!New research shows that medical marijuana laws may lead to fewer work absences. When considering medical marijuana laws, some people — particularly employers — raise concerns about the impact on workers. New research published in the journal Health Economics shows that in fact, medical marijuana laws appear to be related to a decrease in sick days. “Health Economics Letter: The Effect of Medical Marijuana on Sickness Absence” by Darin F. Ullman, PhD, was published July 15, 2016. The…
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Veterans Affairs Study: 20 Vets Per Day Commit Suicide

Follow Us!Share This!The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a new report on veteran suicides. Many people are probably aware of the VA’s earlier report issued in 2012, which estimated that 22 veterans a day were committing suicide. That report was based on limited data, so though that number was picked up and used by a number of advocates and organizations, some — including the VA — questioned its accuracy. On July 7, 2016, the VA released the results of…
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New Jersey Accepting Petitions To Add Qualifying Conditions

Follow Us!Share This!The state of New Jersey has announced that it will accept petitions from the public to add qualifying conditions for medical cannabis recommendations to the state’s list. The New Jersey Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program announced on July 5, 2016 “The New Jersey Department of Health will be accepting petitions to approve additional medical conditions or the treatment thereof as ‘debilitating medical conditions’ pursuant to the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, N.J.S.A. 24:6I-3.” The public notice and…
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PTSD Added As Qualifying Condition In Illinois

Follow Us!Share This!Post-traumatic stress disorder has finally been added to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in the state of Illinois. Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation adding PTSD to the state’s medical cannabis law on Thursday, June 30. In addition, people suffering with a terminal illness whose diagnosis is six months or less, regardless of the kind of condition, will now qualify for a medical cannabis recommendation. Click here to read the full text of SB0010. Follow Us!Share…
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