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New Study Shows Cannabis Use May Be Responsible For Improved Health And Quality of Life

A nonprofit organization dedicated to therapeutic cannabis research and education known as the Realm of Caring Foundation, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, has been diligently collecting data from cannabis users and non-users alike over the past 4 years for purposes of evaluating the impact of medicinal cannabis use on patient-level health and quality of life. A web-based study enrolled 1,276 participants (including those already using a cannabis product and those considering its use) between April 2016 and February 2018. Of the 1,276 participants, 524 adult patients and 284 adult caregivers of children or dependent adults, all self-reported using cannabis for medicinal purposes. The control group consisted of 271 adult patients who were considering cannabis use, and 197 adu...

Dispensaries Plan To Open Soon Despite Medical Marijuana Mess In Missouri

Although medical cannabis has technically been legal in Missouri for over a year and cards have been issued, patients are still waiting desperately for dispensaries to open across the state. On November 8, 2018, Missouri became the 31st state to legalize medical marijuana. Missouri residents overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 2, with 65.59% of the vote — more than 1.5 million votes. In fact, the amendment garnered more votes than any other measure on the ballot, including the vote for Governor. Amendment 2, which became effective on December 6, 2018, legalizes marijuana for medical purposes, allows home growing, and imposes a 4% marijuana sales tax. Since its legalization, more than 45,000 Missourians have been approved for medical marijuana identification cards — and about 1,000 n...

California Extends Expiration of Medical Marijuana Identification Cards

California Gov. Newsom issued an executive order today that extends some critical deadlines that have been impacted by COVID-19. One of these extensions affects the expiration dates of some medical marijuana cards held by patients in California. Medical marijuana identification cards issued under Health and Safety Code section 11362.71, which would otherwise have expired between March 4, 2020, and any day within 60 days from the date of the executive order (May 20, 2020), shall remain valid for 60 days from the date of the order. It is important to note that the executive order only applies to MMJ ID cards issued under Health and Safety Code section 11362.71 and does not apply to medicinal cannabis recommendations obtained from a patient’s physician. Licensed retailers must accept any affe...

Summitt Labs Issues National Recall of Kore Organic CBD Oil Due to High Lead Results

Summitt Labs is voluntarily recalling Batch #730 Lot #K018 of KORE ORGANIC Watermelon CBD Oil Tincture, 30 ml bottle, 15mg 450x to the consumer level. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services tested a random sample of the watermelon CBD oil tincture from Kore and found it contained lead levels at 4.7 ppm. Summitt Labs is licensed under the Florida Department of Food and Agriculture and Consumer Services to produce products containing CBD; however, the Federal Food and Drug Administration does not consider CBD to be a legal drug or dietary supplement at this time. Ingestion of KORE ORGANIC Watermelon CBD Oil Batch #730 Lot #K018 could result in high lead exposure. According to the Florida Department of Health, signs and symptoms of acute lead poisoning could include: Pain...

The Beehive State Goes to Pot – How To Get Medical Cannabis In Utah

Utah was the 33rd state to legalize medical marijuana. That legislation was passed in 2018, but it wasn’t until the first week of March this year that Utah’s medical marijuana patients have had legal access to medical cannabis. Dragonfly Wellness in Salt Lake City was the first pharmacy to open its doors. Since then, True North’s Perfect Earth Modern Apothecary has opened two locations, one in Logan and one in Ogden. Fourteen pharmacies in all are permitted under Utah law, while eight companies (including one currently in the plans for Weber County) have been licensed. The program had a somewhat rocky start but things are getting better. An initial backup in issuing cannabis cards, for instance, is getting addressed. Since late March, the number of medical cannabis cards issued to Utahns h...

The Impact of COVID-19 on Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced in March that in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is taking steps to assist those who require access to medical marijuana. Under Gov. Tom Wolf’s order, dispensaries and other businesses operating in Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis industry are deemed to be essential, life-sustaining entities that need to remain open to support the Commonwealth’s growing patient-base. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth temporarily suspended certain statutory and regulatory provisions. For starters, dispensary workers are now able to provide medical cannabis to a cardholder in their vehicle located on the facility’s property, thus creating a drive-thru model of sorts. The shift to the drive-thru dispensary model is fundamentally changing h...

Integrating Medical Cannabis Into Your Health Regimen

Healthcare in the Western world is dominated by doctors, physician assistants, nurses and other professionals who practice “standard” medical care. There are, however, others that specialize in providing compassionate integrative medicine and use all healing sciences to promote health and prevent illness. Dr. Donald Abrams, a world-renowned doctor utilizing the latest integrative cannabis therapies with patients, is on the record for saying “I believe people, especially those getting cancer treatments, really benefit from having both a Western diagnosis, as well as a whole-person approach. Good nutrition is an important part of the prescription, but other options are: fitness training, massage, acupuncture, herbs, biofeedback, meditation, guided imagery, integrative psychiatry, yoga, or ta...

The First Licensed Cannabis Retail Shop In Massachusetts Prepares For Its Big Opening

A major hurdle for recreational cannabis sales in the Bay State was cleared on Monday. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) has granted its first provisional retail license to sell adult-use marijuana. The five member commission unanimously voted to grant the license to Cultivate, a medical cannabis dispensary currently operating in Worcester County. The company describes itself as a farm-to-table operation, and takes pride in the fact that it grows and sells medicinal grade cannabis at the same location. The company has also applied for cultivation and manufacturing of adult-use cannabis. Planning documents show it plans to use the same address for retail sales, as well. “We’re very excited to be the first and with this exciting industry ahead, we all feel it’s going to be ...

Approval of Epidiolex Validates What Many CBD Users Already Knew

The FDA announced in a press release on Monday that it had approved the “first drug comprised of an active ingredient derived from marijuana to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy.” Prior to this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved only three cannabinoid-based medicines. None of the approved drugs contain, or are derived from, the whole cannabis plant. Instead, they are all created from isolated synthetics that do not offer the benefits of the entourage effect. FDA Grants Approval of Epidiolex On June 26, 2018, the FDA granted approval of Epidiolex, a cannabidiol (CBD) oral solution, to GW Research Ltd (GW). The new drug is indicated for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, ...

How to Talk To Your Doctor About Becoming a Legal Medical Cannabis Patient

At the time of this article’s publishing, thirty states and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation permitting use of medical cannabis. Of those, nine states and DC have went a step further and legalized marijuana for all adults 21 and over. Although this is exciting for many advocates of the plant, many patients that are suffering from ailing health conditions are left wondering what this means for them, and how exactly all of these changes will impact their healthcare options. Do you qualify for medical cannabis? There is no universal handbook for a medical cannabis program. You will find that the requirements for becoming a legal medical cannabis patient vary from state to state, especially with regard to qualifying conditions. For example, in Pennsylvania the list of qualifyi...

Oklahoma Voters Approve The Use of Medical Marijuana Across The State

On June 26, Oklahoma voters approved State Question Number 788 – Initiative Number 412, an activist-led, signature-driven ballot measure launched more than two years ago. This makes the Sooner State the 30th state in the nation to permit the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, and perhaps the most conservative state yet to approve its use. The measure  is one of the most permissive cannabis policies in the U.S. The typical list of qualifying conditions doesn’t exist. Instead, doctors will be able to recommend cannabis using the same accepted standards for recommending any other medications — a fact that sparked bitter opposition, particularly from law enforcement. The new law would allow patients with a medical marijuana license to possess up to eight ounces of cannabis in their reside...

New York’s Medical Marijuana Program: The Patient-Doctor Disconnect

Introduced in July 2014, New York’s medical marijuana program has been a work in progress from the get-go. The state recently announced an expansion to its program that is beginning to open the door to improved patient access. These changes included adding chronic pain and PTSD to its list of qualifying medical conditions. Chronic pain, on its own, is already responsible for more than 7,500 new patients joining New York’s MMJ program. This is a step forward for the state that was once criticized for its strict rules. Similarly so, New York recently took steps to end some of the issues plaguing patients and medical professionals alike. Unfortunately, many problems still remain, including woes that can only be addressed by certain segments of the pipeline. This means politicians, medical pro...

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