Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News

Take a Cooking Lesson From Vice's Grandma of Ganja
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm

This is exactly what marijuana cooking needed: a 91-year-old Italian grandmother that knows how to throw down in the kitchen teaching her skills to the masses via the internet.

For what it's worth, Aurora Leveroni, star of Vice's "Munchies" series doesn't partake in the pot she cooks -- but she knows it can help and wants to share her love of healing through food with the world.

Indiana State Senator Promises Medical Cannabis Bill for 2015 Session
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Emboldened by recent federal developments that seemingly gives states more authority to regulate medical cannabis, an Indiana state Senator says she's ready to (once again) push a medical marijuana bill through the state legislature.

State Sen. Karen Tallian has unsuccessfully ran marijuana-related bills for years (including decriminalization measures) that didn't even get the respect of a hearing in a committee. But Tallian says that the time is right to have a real discussion about legalizing marijuana for medical uses in her state and urged Republicans on the other side of the aisle to get their heads out of the sand.

Researcher Sue Sisley on Her Request for Colorado to Fund Study on Pot and PTSD
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:20 am

Controversial cannabis researcher Sue Sisley is on her way back to Colorado today, after six months that have been a "pretty barbaric rollercoaster," she says. "One injustice after another, and I suspect it will not slow down for quite a while." But at the end of November, the Arizona-based researcher finally caught a break: Colorado's Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council chose eight research-grant proposals for the Board of Health to consider at its December 17 meeting -- including Sisley's proposal to study the effectiveness of using marijuana to treat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Conference to Discuss the Future of Medical Marijuana in Florida Happening This Week
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Florida For Care, the group that put together a bipartisan Blue Ribbon Committee to dictate regulatory standards had the medical marijuana amendment passed back in November, is hosting a couple of conferences they've dubbed "The Future of Medical Marijuana in Florida."

With Amendment 2 defeated in the polls in November, the group is moving forward to start, as they put it, "strategizing and planning in advance of Florida's Legislative Session."

The next legislative session is scheduled for March.

Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome and Other Alleged Impacts of Colorado Pot Legalization
Friday, December 12, 2014 at 11:20 am

The Journal of the American Medical Association has published a report penned by three emergency room physicians at the University of Colorado hospital in Aurora about the health-related fallout from marijuana legalization in the state. And while there are some positives to be found in the material, most of the focus is on negative impacts, including an increase in a condition referred to as cyclic vomiting syndrome.

Native Americans Can Grow and Sell Marijuana Without Government Interference, Justice Department Says
Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Florida remains one of the last few states where growing and selling marijuana in any capacity is still illegal. But that might change, at least in one aspect, according to a report by the L.A. Times that says the U.S. government will not stop Native American tribes from growing or selling pot on sovereign land.

The report says the Justice Department will not try to enforce federal marijuana laws on Native American reservations, even if it's otherwise illegal in a respective tribe's state. Which essentially means tribes can grow and sell weed on their land without government interference. Broward-Palm Beach New Times has more.

Is L.A.'s Pot Shop Scene Is Half of What It Used to Be?
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 10:20 am

Since voters passed Proposition D in 2013, which limited the number of dispensaries in L.A. to about 135, the count on registered stores actually ballooned to 1,140 before settling down to 972, far more than you'll find in the entire state of Colorado. Feuer has furthermore previously said that at least 100 have shut down, thanks to the efforts of his office.

On Tuesday, the top city prosecutor said that the number of shops in L.A. has now been cut in half, with 402 taken out by criminal cases, civil action and more. LA Weekly has the full story.

Big Pharma is Working on Medical Marijuana Gum
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 10:20 am

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A New York and Netherlands-based biotechnology company focusing on medical cannabis research says they plan to start making pot-infused bubblegum in the Netherlands that they plan to sell internationally.

Axim Biotechnologies, which already makes a product called CanChew that contains CBD, say they will manufacture CanChew and a new product, MedChew, which will contain THC. Officials with the company tell they are already conducting clinical trials on patients with Multiple Sclerosis as well as inflammatory bowel problems and Crohn's disease in Amsterdam.

Charlotte's Web: Untangling One of Colorado's Biggest Cannabis Success Stories
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8:20 am

Charlotte's Web, a high-CBD strain has become such a buzz-word for all things CBD-related in this country that it has even been included in the language of medical cannabis legislation in other states. This week, Denver's Joel Warner takes a look an excellent look at the strain, it's origins, it's supporters and it's critics.

Eric Prine's uncontrollable seizures began in late 1992, not long after the six-month-old's parents, Ronnie and Jennifer, took him to the doctor for routine vaccinations. The near-constant seizures soon left Eric a shell of his former self. "We lost every bit that was him," says Ronnie. "We never saw any more smiles or crying or anything like that, just seizures." Ultimately, mounting medical bills forced Ronnie and Jennifer to declare bankruptcy. They sold the home they'd built in Lucedale, Mississippi, and in 2004 moved to the Denver area so that Jennifer could take a nursing job; Ronnie became their son's full-time caregiver.

Minnesota's Medical Marijuana Industry Launches New Pot Labs
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Wyatt Hauser, 2, suffers from constant severe seizures. His parents plan to enroll him in Minnesota's medical marijuana program once dispensaries open in July.
The idea is to put pot in the pocket of every Minnesotan who is in pain. If all goes according to plan, the nation's 22nd state to legalize medical marijuana will start distributing cannabis pills and liquids to thousands of patients by mid-summer.

On Monday the state Department of Health charged two labs located in Cottage Grove and Otsego with producing Minnesota's entire supply of medical marijuana products. LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions are responsible for opening four distribution centers each by July 1. For a hookup, individuals need only a doctor's recommendation to register with the state's medical marijuana program.