New Jersey Judge Rules Employer Can Discriminate Against MMJ Use

A U.S. District Judge in New Jersey has ruled that an employer can indefinitely suspend an employee for his doctor-prescribed medical cannabis, The Daily Journal reports. Ardagh Glass in Bridgeton, New Jersey did not allow medical cannabis patient Daniel Cotto Jr. to return to work after he refused a drug test. Cotto claims his employer knew about […]

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PharmaCann Capsules Offer New Option for Medical Cannabis Patients

First-of-its-kind cannabis oral dosage form designed to be absorbed better, last longer Oak Park, Ill. – (August 6, 2018) – PharmaCann Capsules, designed to ensure medical cannabis is absorbed better and lasts longer, provide patients a first-of-its-kind delivery method beyond inhalation, edibles and tinctures. Developed by PharmaCann, one of the nation’s largest vertically integrated cannabis […]

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Pennsylvania MMJ Flower Sales Launch Today

Medical cannabis patients in Pennsylvania can purchase flower under the state’s MMJ program starting today, according to a press release from the office of Gov. Tom Wolf. A total of 16 dispensaries in Scranton and Williamsport started offering dry flower products on Wednesday; the product will launch in Edwardsville and State College next week, bringing the […]

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United Kingdom Legalizes Medical Cannabis

Medicinal cannabis products will be available by prescription in the United Kingdom this fall after the government relaxed drug laws surrounding the plant’s chemical compounds this week, The Independent reports. The move was prompted by several stories this summer about parents encountering trouble at the border after traveling overseas to acquire life-saving, cannabis-based epilepsy medicine for […]

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British Journal of Pharmacology Review: Cannabis Effective Treatment For Cancer

A review of pre-clinical studies by the British Journal of Pharmacology has found widespread evidence indicating that phytocannabinoids from the cannabis plant are effective treatments for many facets of cancer, ScienceDaily reports. The review included dozens of studies from a wide range of academic institutions. “In addition to the well‐established palliative effects of cannabinoids in cancer […]

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Dr. Jason Pirozzolo: Helping Doctors Understand Medical Cannabis

Dr. Jason Pirozzolo is a co-founder of The American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association, a collection of physicians and medical researchers who advocate for increased understanding and acceptance of cannabis as medicine. In this episode of the Ganjapreneur.com podcast, Dr. Pirozzolo joins podcast host TG Branfalt to discuss how mainstream medicine and medical cannabis have begun to […]

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Workers’ Comp Judge Orders New Jersey Town to Pay for MMJ

A Workers’ Compensation Judge in New Jersey has ordered Freehold Township to pay for a claimant’s medical cannabis, according to a report by the New Jersey Law Journal. This is the second time a New Jersey judge has ruled in favor of worker’s comp covering medical cannabis for an injured worker, setting a powerful precedent. A lawyer representing […]

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UK Home Office Returns Epileptic Boy’s Cannabis Medication After It Was Confiscated at Border

Controversy sparked last week when United Kingdom customs agents confiscated a stock of cannabis oils from Charlette Caldwell, mother of 12-year-old epilepsy patient Billy Caldwell. Thankfully, the medications were returned over the weekend, but not until after Billy was hospitalized due to a severe seizure — his first in 300 days, according to his mother. Ms. Caldwell […]

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Preliminary Study Results Show Cannabis Has Potential as IBD Treatment

Medical cannabis has shown promise in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a report by MedPage Today covering new research unveiled at Digestive Disease Week, which is taking place this week in Washington D.C. Dr. Mark Silverberg, MD, Ph.D. presented his review of using cannabis to treat IBD and reported that “when you have […]

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NCAA Won’t Allow Player to Use Low-THC Oil to Treat Seizures

A high school football player from Georgia has been barred from playing NCAA football due to his use of CBD oil to treat his seizures, according to a WGXA report. C.J. Harris, a senior at Warner Robins High School, received a preferred walk-on offer from Auburn University – his “dream school” – but the offer […]

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Analysis Suggests Cannabis Users Consume Less Alcohol, Fewer OTC Meds

According to a High Yield Insights report, recreational cannabis users report sharp decreases in over-the-counter medication use, sleep aids, and alcohol use. By the numbers: 27 percent of recreational cannabis users reported using fewer over-the-counter medications, 22 percent reported using fewer sleep aids, 21 percent indicated they consumed fewer spirits, and 20 percent said they […]

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Epidiolex Receives Initial Recommendation from FDA Committee

Epidiolex, a CBD-based pharmaceutical medication created by GW Pharmaceuticals in the United Kingdom, has received a unanimous recommendation from an FDA advisory committee. The committee’s recommendation sets Epidiolex up to potentially receive FDA approval for U.S. distribution by June, CNN reports. According to GW’s website, Epidiolex is a “proprietary oral solution of pure plant-derived cannabidiol.” It was developed […]

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Study Finds 51% of Participants Replace or Reduce Painkiller Use with MMJ

According to a study by California-based Dr. Francis D’Ambrosio, 74 percent of his 4,276 patients were able to use cannabis to “replace or reduce intake of their medications.” The study purports that 51 percent of those medications reduced or replaced by cannabis were painkillers, followed by antidepressants (27 percent), and anxiolytics, which are used for […]

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Judge Orders Illinois Officials to Add Intractable Pain to MMJ Program; Stalled While State Appeals

Cook County, Illinois Judge Raymond Mitchell has ordered the state Department of Health to add intractable pain to the state’s medical cannabis qualifying condition list, the Chicago Tribune reports. Despite the ruling, pain patients will continue waiting to access the program as the judge has allowed the change to be stalled while the state appeals. […]

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Federal Judge Rules Illinois Student Can Use & Store MMJ on School Grounds

Federal U.S. District Court Judge John Blakely on Friday ruled that an 11-year-old medical cannabis patient in Illinois can be administered cannabis oil in school, according to an NPR report. The Illinois attorney general’s office told the court they would not challenge the ruling and would work with state officials to address the issue in […]

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Research Review: Does Cannabis Kill Leukemia Cells?

Recently, an article was published covering the use of cannabis in the treatment leukemia, which caused quite a stir within the medical cannabis community. And although the results of this study are indeed promising, the researchers are certainly not the first to show the potential leukemia-fighting power of cannabis. The history of research on cannabis […]

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Dr. Allen Miller: Using Cannabis to Kick Opioid Dependency

Dr. Allen Miller is the founder/owner of Doctors Cannabis Consulting and, in addition to being a chiropractor and a consultant, is an enthusiastic patient and supporter of cannabis medicine. In this episode of the Ganjapreneur.com podcast, Dr. Miller joins our podcast host TG Branfalt to discuss using cannabis therapy as an exit strategy for opioid […]

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Study Finds Overwhelmingly Positive Response to Using MMJ as Opioid Substitute

According to a study conducted by HelloMD and the University of California Berkeley, cannabis can be used as a substitute for opioid and non-opioid based pain medication. The collaboration surveyed nearly 3,000 participants and 97 percent “strongly agreed” or “agreed” that they could decrease their opioid use when using cannabis. Ninety-two percent of respondents “strongly […]

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Australian Firm Set to Trial Two Cannabis-Derived Drugs

Australia’s Medlab Clinical Limited is expected to begin trials of two cannabis-derived medicines after receiving approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee, according to an Australian Journal of Pharmacy report. Both drugs are being considered as cancer therapies. NanaBis will be tested in advanced stage cancer patients with intractable pain. The product, which contains both […]

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New Mexico Health Secretary Rejects Adding ‘Opioid Use Disorder’ to MMJ List

New Mexico Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher has rejected several recommendations by the state Medical Cannabis Program advisory board, including their proposal to add “opioid use disorder” to the list of medical cannabis qualifying conditions, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports. The board had approved the measure 5-1 last November, which drew wide bipartisan support among […]

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Minnesota Company Launches Campaign to Remove MMJ Stigma

A Minnesota company has launched a statewide campaign aimed at normalizing and removing the stigma surrounding medical cannabis. The “More Firsts” campaign by LeafLine Labs, a licensed medical cannabis business, is meant to humanize patient stories and represent “firsts” for the company’s patients after starting medical cannabis treatment. Dr. Andrew Bachman, co-founder and CEO of […]

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Arizona Drug Rehab Offering Cannabis as Opioid-Exit Treatment

A drug rehabilitation facility in Scottsdale, Arizona is using cannabis to treat people addicted to opioid-based painkillers, ABC15 reports. Physicians at Blue Door Therapeutics are recommending cannabis pills and patches to help with nausea from opioid withdrawal and help stabilize the patient’s underlying condition. Doctors at Blue Door, however, are not encouraging their patients to […]

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New York Assembly Committee Approves Adding Severe Menstrual Pain to MMJ List

The New York Assembly’s Health Committee approved a bill last week that would add dysmenorrhea as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis access, Newsweek reports. Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for severe pain and discomfort associated with menstruation. The measure is sponsored in the Assembly by Democratic state Sen. Linda Rosenthal who has championed other […]

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Australia’s Revised MMJ Rules Not Improving Access

Despite a ruling by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration to make medical cannabis more available for patients, some lawmakers are arguing that the scheme has actually made access more difficult, the Australian Broadcasting Company reports. Under the original plan, first approved in 1992, a limited number of patients were allowed access to medical cannabis, under what […]

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