Legal Medical Cannabis Displacing Alcohol Use?

Follow Us!Share This!The impact of medical cannabis on prescription drug use is becoming well known. Research presented at the Eleventh National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics showed that the legal availability of medical cannabis has led many people to reduce their use of opioids and other prescribed medications, and also that the number of prescriptions being written for opioids, anti-depressants, sleeping pills, and some other medications appears to have declined in states with medical marijuana laws. So what about the…
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Alcohol, News, Public Policy

House Votes To Keep Medical Cannabis Protections In Place Until Dec 22

Follow Us!Share This!The US House of Representatives on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, voted to keep protections in place that prevent the Department of Justice from going after state-legal medical cannabis businesses. The bill they approved is not the annual appropriations bill, rather it is a continuing resolution that only keeps the federal government funded and operating through December 22. The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment is a “rider” that was added to the Commerce, Justice Science, and Related Agencies appropriations legislation. That bill…
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Cannabis Industry, News, Public Policy, State Laws

FDA Sends Warning Letters To CBD Companies About Health Claims

Follow Us!Share This!On October 31, the US Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters to several companies involved in selling products that are reported to contain CBD, over health claims being made by the sellers about their products. According to the FDA: The FDA has grown increasingly concerned at the proliferation of products claiming to treat or cure serious diseases like cancer. In this case, the illegally sold products allegedly contain cannabidiol (CBD), a component of the marijuana plant that…
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TSA Does NOT Allow Medical Cannabis Aboard Flights in the US

Follow Us!Share This!The federal Transportation Security Administration does not allow medical cannabis on board any flights in the US. Earlier today a marijuana industry-related blog carried a report that the TSA was officially going to allow patients to bring their medical cannabis with them on board flights. This report was not correct. The story included a purported screenshot of the TSA website. Patients Out of Time checked the TSA site for confirmation, however, and discovered this: Presuming the original story…
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California, Cannabis Industry, Medical Cannabis, Michigan, News, Public Policy, State Laws, Travel, TSA

Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids

Follow Us!Share This!New from the National Academies of Science: Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research. “Significant changes have taken place in the policy landscape surrounding cannabis legalization, production, and use. During the past 20 years, 25 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis and/or cannabidiol (a component of cannabis) for medical conditions or retail sales at the state level and 4 states have legalized both the medical and recreational use…
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Cannabis Research, Medical Cannabis, News, Public Policy, Therapeutic Effects

Urge The White House: De-Schedule Cannabis Now

Follow Us!Share This!Join with Patients Out of Time in urging President Barack Obama to do the right thing before leaving office, and direct the Attorney General to remove cannabis from Controlled Substances Act immediately. Sign The Petition. Here’s the text: Cannabis is a natural herbal plant that has grown freely for centuries and provided humans food, medicine, fiber, fuel, and more; therefore, we demand that this highly beneficial plant be de-scheduled now. Veterans, patients, & all U.S. citizens have the…
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Congress Drops Veterans Medical Cannabis Amendment

Follow Us!Share This!Earlier this year, both the House and the Senate approved a Veterans Affairs appropriations bill that contained an amendment that would have allowed Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical cannabis to their patients who have qualifying conditions. The House and Senate versions of the bill differed in other ways, so it went to what’s called a conference committee, comprised of members from both chambers, in order to work out compromise language. That language did not include the medical…
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Great Falls (MT) Tribune: Opinion: Shameful State Medical Marijuana Law Hurts Patients

Follow Us!Share This!From the June 9, 2016 Great Falls (MT) Tribune: Opinion: Shameful State Medical Marijuana Law Hurts Patients By Elizabeth Pincolini 10:11 p.m. MDT June 9, 2016 A Billings Montana car salesman, Steve Zabawa, along with Montana’s attorney general, Tim Fox, have worked to overturn Montana’s medical marijuana law. Zabawa has once again proposed a 2016 ballot initiative that seeks to overturn Montana’s medical marijuana program. In 2014, Mr. Zabawa tried unsuccessfully to have an initiative added to the…
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Columbus (OH) Dispatch: Questions up in the air about medical marijuana law

Follow Us!Share This!From the June 10, 2016 online edition of the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch: Questions Up In The Air About Medical Marijuana Law By Alan Johnson The Columbus Dispatch • Friday June 10, 2016 6:54 AM Ohio’s new medical marijuana law is on the books, but many questions are unanswered. When it will be available? What edible forms of marijuana will be allowed? And how much it will cost taxpayers to run the program? The law spells out how marijuana…
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Medical Cannabis, News, Public Policy, State Laws

Veterans, Post Traumatic Stress and Medical Cannabis

Follow Us!Share This!Patients Out of Time recognizes that the federal prohibition of herbal cannabis is unjust and hurts patients. In 2010 Dr. Robert Petzel, the Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs issued a Directive that acknowledged the medical value of cannabis and directed VA physicians that they could continue to provide treatment to Veterans who use cannabis as long as they live in a state with a medical cannabis law and have a recommendation for cannabis from a civilian physician. This…
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