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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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Medical Marijuana Language Dropped From VA Bill

Follow Us!Share This!A provision that would have allowed Veterans Affairs doctors to legally discuss and recommend medical marijuana to their patients was recently dropped from the VA funding bill. The change was made in conference committee. It’s not known which Senators or Representatives are responsible. Some members of Congress now say they’re trying to get the provision put back in. Eleven of them — seven Senators and four Representatives — have signed a letter to the Congressional leadership asking that…
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AP: Judge Orders State Of Illinois To Add PTSD To List Of Approved Symptoms

Follow Us!Share This!Associated Press reported on June 28, 2016 (“Judge orders Illinois to add PTSD to medical marijuana list”) that a judge in Cook County has ordered the state of Illinois to add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to the list of conditions for which medical cannabis can be prescribed. The state’s advisory board on medical cannabis had recommended that PTSD be added to the list, however the state’s Department of Public Health rejected the recommendation, which prompted a patient in…
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Irv Rosenfeld Profiled On MassRoots

Follow Us!Share This!Patients Out of Time Board Member and medical marijuana patient Irv Rosenfeld was recently profiled on the MassRoots website. “Irv Rosenfeld: Meet The Longest-Surviving US Federal Marijuana Patient” by Lexi de Coning was published on June 23, 2016. You may have heard about Irvin Rosenfeld; he’s appeared on numerous television shows and done countless interviews with journalists in his time. And it’s no wonder: he’s the longest surviving federal medical marijuana patient. But his contribution to cannabis advocacy…
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CBS Baltimore: Former Raven Won’t Stop Fighting for NFL’s Acceptance of Medical Marijuana

Follow Us!Share This!CBS Baltimore, June 17, 2017 BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ) — After parting ways with the Baltimore Ravens, free agent offensive tackle Eugene Monroe took to Twitter to continue his campaign to get the NFL to recognize medical marijuana as an acceptable alternative to traditional pain treatment. Monroe has been outspoken in his advocacy for medical marijuana since becoming the first active NFL player to publicly champion the cause. The Ravens, who released the eight-year veteran Wednesday after failing to…
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Santa Rosa (CA) Press-Democrat: Raid of Santa Rosa cannabis oil raises questions

Follow Us!Share This!Santa Rose Press-Democrat, June 16, 2016 By Julie Johnson, Press-Democrat The Wednesday police raid that halted production of a popular line of cannabis oil-infused products made in Santa Rosa — and widely distributed throughout California — has revealed the deep political connections of a homegrown collective and raised questions about the safety of marijuana extraction methods. At least 150 medical marijuana patients, activists and supporters of the CBD Guild collective filled the steps outside the Sonoma County Superior…
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