Hawaii Adds ALS as Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition

The Hawaii Department of Health has added Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use.

According to the department, the decision “was based on a rigorous review and analysis of written and oral testimony, a public hearing, and peer-reviewed scientific evidence.” Of the 29 states and U.S. jurisdictions that permit medical cannabis, 19 include ALS as a qualifying health condition.

During its review, the department determined “medical cannabis may be appropriate for patients diagnosed with ALS after receiving a comprehensive assessment by a patient’s physician or APRN and a risk-benefit discussion.”

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Florida Officials Begin Issuing Medical Marijuana Cards to Patients

Florida’s Office of Compassionate Use has officially started issuing medical marijuana cards to patients and caregivers.

florida medical marijuanaAccording to Mara Gambinieri, spokesperson for the state’s Department of Health, their Office of Compassionate Use began processing patient applications once the state’s new medical marijuana rules took effect on February 19th.

Under the state’s law, those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician to use medical marijuana can apply with the department to do so. Qualifying conditions include HIV/AIDS, cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, chronic muscle spasms, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Crohn’s disease.

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Florida Senate Committee Unanimously Passes Medical Cannabis Bill

Florida’s floridaSenate Health Policy Committee voted 8 to 0 Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 7066, a proposal to greatly expand upon a medical cannabis bill approved by state lawmakers – and signed by Governor Rick Scott – in 2014. The bill has already been approved by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee.

In July, Governor Rick Scott signed into law a proposal that legalized the possession, use and state-licensed distribution of low-THC cannabis extracts for the treatment of cancer, epilepsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Senate Bill 7066 would add multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, paraplegia, quadriplegia and terminal illness to the list of conditions that qualify an individual to purchase and use cannabis medicines.

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Study: Cannabinoids May Treat Symptoms of MS, ALS, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases

A study published recently in the International Journal of High Risk Behavior and Addiction, and published online by thecannabinoids U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that cannabinoids may treat the symptoms of a large variety of neurodegernative diseases including multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

“The aim of this review is to highlight the role of endocannabinoid system in neurodegenerative diseases”, claims the abstract of the study, which researchers call “a critical analysis of the most recent data currently present in scientific literature on the subject; a qualitative synthesis of only the most significant articles has been performed.”

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