Marijuana

News and updates about marijuana, health and medicine.

By the time Ann Marie Owen, 61, turned to marijuana to treat her pain, she was struggling to walk and talk. She was also hallucinating.

For four years, her doctor prescribed a wide range of opioids for transverse myelitis, a debilitating disease that caused pain, muscle weakness and paralysis.

The drugs not only failed to ease her symptoms, they hooked her.

When her home state of New York legalized marijuana for the treatment of select medical ailments, Owens decided it was time to swap pills for pot. But her doctors refused to help.

American Legion Of Indiana Wants Medical Marijuana Legalized To Ease Vet Pain

Jan 16, 2017
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The American Legion of Indiana passed a resolution Sunday calling on Congress to recognize marijuana as a drug with medical value and asking Indiana legislatures to develop a medical marijuana program.

Doctors Say Parenting And Pot Smoking Don't Mix

Dec 20, 2016
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With more states legalizing recreational marijuana, parents are facing the question of whether they should smoke pot around their children.

 


Could Legalizing Pot Diminish Gains Against Smoking?

Nov 17, 2016
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California’s decision to legalize marijuana was touted as a victory for those who had argued that the state needed a system to decriminalize, regulate and tax it.

But the new law, approved by voters on Nov. 8, also could be a boon to the tobacco industry at a time when cigarette smoking is down and cigarette companies are looking for ways to expand their market, according to researchers in Los Angeles County and around the state.

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Now that Florida voters have passed a medical marijuana constitutional amendment, some are already asking: Is recreational marijuana next?

College High: Students Are Using More Marijuana, Fewer Opioids

Sep 11, 2016

High school students and young adults are much less likely to use illicit drugs than their parents, according to data released Thursday. And compared to baby boomers, young adults today look like outright angels. Except for their acceptance of marijuana, that is.

This report comes from a running, four-decade-long study of drug, tobacco and alcohol use from the University of Michigan. This most recent iteration shows that people in their 40s and 50s used far more drugs in their youth than do people in their teens and 20s today.

As States OK Medical Marijuana Laws, Doctors Struggle With Knowledge Gap

Aug 15, 2016
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Medical marijuana has been legal in Maine for almost 20 years. But Farmington physician Jean Antonucci says she continues to feel unprepared when counseling sick patients about whether the drug could benefit them.

  Orlando commissioners narrowly approved a measure to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana Tuesday. First time offenders will have to pay a $100 fine if found with less than 20 grams of the drug. The penalty will increase to $200 for second and third time offenders will have a mandatory court appearance. They will also have the choice of going to a substance recovery program.

High out-of-pocket costs may prove to be an insurmountable obstacle for patients seeking medical marijuana. While the treatment has been legalized, the state has not set a price for it, and insurance companies will not be covering it.

As a result, people like Angel won't have access.

"My story is a long story."

In case you missed Wednesday's GOP presidential debate, Jeb Bush confessed he smoked pot "40 years ago" and Rand Paul defended a state's right to legalize weed. Yep, that's right. GOP candidates have gone soft on marijuana, as MSNBC reports.  Medical marijuana got the clearest support with both Christie and Paul coming out in favor: "I don’t want the federal government interfering and putting moms in jail, who are trying to get medicine for their kid,” said Paul.

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