Pennsylvania Tackles The Medical Marijuana Issue

By |September 9th, 2014|

In the days leading up to the reconvening of the Pennsylvania Senate on September 15, perhaps the hottest issue on the agenda is medical marijuana. With the passing of Bill 1182 (the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act) in the Senate on the strength of a bipartisan vote on June 27, it appears that medical

NIH Looking To Buy 12 Acres Of Marijuana

By |September 1st, 2014|

The federal government may continue to classify marijuana as an illegal substance, but they are apparently considering doing more research on the drug. In a move that seemingly dovetails with the continued Class 1 classification of marijuana, the government has announced plans to solicit offers from companies that would be able to provide a sizeable

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Initiative Fails To Make The Vote

By |August 24th, 2014|

A vote which would have made  medical marijuana legal in Oklahoma did not push through due to an insufficient number of signatures. The Oklahomans for Health organization based in Tulsa required 155,216 signatures in order to be able to place the medical marijuana initiative up for voting in the general election ballot scheduled on November

Colleges Reaffirm Ban On Medical Marijuana

By |August 18th, 2014|

In Massachusetts, medical marijuana may have been legal for almost two years, but most local colleges continue to enforce a strict, “zero-tolerance” policy for marijuana use on-campus. Even if the student in question has a recommendation for medical marijuana from a legitimate doctor, he will not be allowed to use or even posses marijuana on

Florida Regulators Come To Terms With Medical Marijuana

By |August 12th, 2014|

With the medical marijuana initiative up for a Florida vote in three months, regulators are already working on rules that will shape the legal cannabis industry in the state. One of the most pressing concerns involves the implementation of a law that allows patients access to a non-intoxicating cannabis derivative–one variety being known as “Charlotte’s

CMAs ‘Outdated Views’: Hindrance To Marijuana Access?

By |August 2nd, 2014|

Like many medical organizations, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is opposed to the legalization of marijuana for medical use, citing lack of evidence supporting its medicinal value. The president of the organization, Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, has even stated that the legalization of medical marijuana would only result in people obtaining marijuana prescriptions, even if

Iowa Advocates Push For More Comprehensive Marijuana Laws

By |July 28th, 2014|

As one of the states that have recently passed medical marijuana legalization laws, Iowa is slowly coming to terms with the implications that such a move will have on society at large. One of the issues that have come to the fore is how medical marijuana patients and providers will deal with a law that

Shortage Expected When Illinois Legalizes Marijuana In 2015

By |July 21st, 2014|

With the inevitable legalization of marijuana in Illinois, proponents eagerly await what could well be the most significant development in the field of medical cannabis. Lawmakers in the state approved regulations that would govern the use, cultivation, and sale of marijuana. Although the law would come into effect on January 1, 2015, there are concerns

Vaporizing Gains Popularity With Medical Marijuana Users In Canada

By |July 14th, 2014|

In Canada, more and more medical marijuana users are opting for vaporizing as an alternative to smoking their medication. This observation was made by Dr. Ian Mitchell of Vancouver's University of British Columbia. The emergency physician and clinical assistant professor did describe the increasing popularity of vaporizing as a trend, rather than an increased awareness