Study: Cannabis Can Help Treat Chronic Pain, Does So Better Than Opioids Alone

A study published recently by the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence,mmjplant and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis use for pain relief purposes is common among people living with chronic pain, and users report greater pain relieving effects when using cannabis than when using just opioids.

The study included 1514 people living in Australia who had been prescribed pharmaceutical opioids for chronic non-cancer pain. According to researchers; “Data on cannabis use, ICD-10 cannabis use disorder and cannabis use for pain were collected. We explored associations between demographic, pain and other patient characteristics and cannabis use for pain.”

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Pennsylvania Governor Says He’ll Sign Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis if Given the Opportunity

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced that he will sign legislation to legalizepenn medical cannabis if it reaches his desk. The announcement was made the same day as medical cannabis legislation was filed in the state’s Senate.

“I commend the bipartisan effort to allow Pennsylvania doctors to prescribe medical marijuana,” said Governor Wolf at an impromptu meeting today in his reception room with several parents whose children suffer from seizures. “We should not deny a physician’s ability to recommend medical marijuana treatment for Pennsylvanians suffering from seizures, those affected by PTSD, cancer patients affected by chemotherapy, and Pennsylvanians suffering from many other ailments and conditions that could benefit from this effective, doctor-prescribed treatment.”

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71% of Virginia Voters Support Decriminalizing Cannabis According to New Poll

A large majority of Virginia voters support their state removing criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of cannabis,prettybuds and a majority also support legalizing cannabis for medical use. This is according to a new Christopher Newport University poll released today.

According to the survey, 71% of voters in Virginia support decriminalizing “the possession of small amounts of marijuana by replacing the possibility of a criminal record and jail time with a civil fine”. Only 26% oppose the move.

The poll also found that 69% of voters support legalizing cannabis for medical use, with just 29% opposed.

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Over $2.7 Billion in Legal Cannabis Sold in the U.S. in 2014

There wascannabismoney over $2.7 billion in legal cannabis sold throughout the United States in 2014, up from $1.5 billion in 2013, according to a report released Monday by ArcView Market Research. The 74% increase makes the cannabis market the fastest growing industry in the country.

According to the report, if every state in the U.S. legalized cannabis the size of the cannabis industry would top $36.8 billion, making it larger than the organic food industry which is worth around $33.1 billion. The group predicts the industry to be worth roughly $11 Billion by 2020.

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Poll: 64% of Michigan Voters Support Legalizing, Taxing and Regulating Cannabis

A strong majoritycannabis of voters in Michigan support legalizing, taxing and regulating cannabis for recreational purposes, according to a new SurveyUSA poll.

According to the poll, 64% of Michigan voters support legalizing cannabis in order to increase road and school funding, with just 28% of voters opposed to the move.

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Proposal to Legalize Medical Cannabis Filed in Florida’s Senate

Florida Statefloridamed Senator Jeff Brandes, a Republican from St. Petersburg, has filed legislation to explicitly legalize the possession, use and distribution of cannabis for medical purposes.

Under Senate Bill 528, those with a qualifying condition such as epilepsy, cancer and HIV/AIDS who receive a recommendation from a physician would be legally authorized to possess and use medical cannabis. The proposal would legalize medical cannabis dispensaries as a means of safe access for patients, and caregivers would be authorized to purchase cannabis for designated patients.

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American Academy of Pediatrics Endorses Rescheduling Cannabis, Decriminalizing Cannabis Possession

The American Academy pediatricsof Pediatrics (AAP) has released an official position paper announcing their support for decriminalizing cannabis possession, as well as rescheduling cannabis so that children with debilitating conditions can use the medicine, and so that more studies can be conducted.

“The AAP strongly supports the decriminalization of marijuana use and encourages pediatricians to advocate for laws that prevent harsh criminal penalties for possession or use of marijuana.”, says Dr. Seth Ammerman, a clinical professor in pediatrics at Stanford University and the position paper’s lead author. “A focus on treatment for adolescents with marijuana use problems should be encouraged, and adolescents with marijuana use problems should be referred to treatment.”

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Federal Bill to Legalize Hemp Garners Over 50 Sponsors

The Industrialhempfield Hemp Farming Act of 2015, a proposal to legalize the cultivation of hemp throughout the United States, has garnered over 50 bipartisan sponsors in the House and Senate.

The proposal (S.134) was filed in the Senate on January 8th by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-KY), and a companion bill (H.R. 525) was filed in the House of Representatives earlier this week by Representatives Thomas Massie and Jared Pollis, in collaboration with 45 cosponsors.

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Jamaica’s Senate to Approve Measure Decriminalizing Cannabis, Legalizing Medical Cannabis

A proposal to decriminalize the possessionjamaica of up to two ounces of cannabis for all adults, and to legalize the medical and religious use of cannabis, will be before the Senate on Friday. The measure, which was approved by the nation’s Cabinet earlier this week, will be approved quickly in the Senate, according to United Press International.

The proposal would decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis, making it a ticketable, not an arrestable offense, and would establish a cannabis licensing authority to establish regulations for the cultivation, production and distribution of cannabis for medical, scientific and religious purposes.

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Mississippians Push to Legalize Cannabis and Demand Forgiveness

By Kelly Jacobs, Team Legalize

The Mississippimississippi Secretary of State just approved ballot initiative #48 on 12/29/14 which gave Mississippians one year to collect approximately 110K signatures on our petitions from registered voters who want to vote to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol and pardon non-violent cannabis offenders.

The Mississippi Attorney General wrote this description for the ballot summary: Initiative Measure No. 48 would legalize the use, cultivation, sale of cannabis and industrial hemp. Cannabis related crimes would be punished in a manner similar to, or to a lesser degree, than alcohol related crimes. Cannabis sales would be taxed 7%. Cannabis sold for medical purposes and industrial hemp would be exempt from taxation. The Governor would be required to pardon persons convicted of non violent cannabis crimes against the State of Mississippi.

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Legislation to Legalize Hemp Filed in Missouri Senate

Missouri hempState Senator Rob Schaaf has filed Senate Bill 255, a proposal to legalize the cultivation and production of industrial hemp.

“Buchanan County used to be one of the main growers of industrial hemp,” Dr. Schaaf told the Saint Joseph News-Press. “We could revitalize our rural area. It grows like crazy.”

A similar bill was filed in the House last session, and received unanimous approval in the House Economic Development Committee. Unfortunately time ran out on the session before a vote was scheduled in the full House.

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Washington Judge Rules It’s Unconstitutional to Prohibit Medical Cannabis Advertising

One of the ads that caused Dr. Scott Havsy to be sanctioned by the state.

One of the ads that caused Dr. Scott Havsy to be sanctioned by the state.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Martin has ruled that it’s unconstitutional for the state to ban doctors and other healthcare professionals from mentioning or showing cannabis in advertisements.

In her ruling, Judge Martin found that the state’s law banning cannabis advertisement violates both state and federal law by curtailing free speech.

“I find the statute impermissibly overbroad as it chills even informational speech aimed solely at public education,” Judge Martin said in a written decision.

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