Medical marijuana has been available in Illinois for about 18 months. But many people around the state, particularly in Southern Illinois, say they can’t find a doctor in their area to help them. A few groups have found a way to change that – they’re now bringing doctors directly to the patients with qualifying conditions.
Iowa officials insist the state’s newly expanded program, which includes the chance for two businesses to grow and sell medical cannabis, will remain safe from federal scrutiny. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants authority to go after such state programs.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked Congress to help roll back protections that have shielded medical marijuana dispensaries from federal prosecutors since 2014, according to a letter made public this week.
The Council of Veterans Organizations has lined up behind a proposal in the state Legislature that would add PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions for patients in the state’s tightly regulated medical marijuana program. PTSD – a condition not limited to the veteran population – was treatable with medical marijuana in at least 23 states as of last year, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The benefits of medicinal marijuana have been extolled by United States residents for a while, and now it’s Australia’s turn. After passing legislation in February, this Sunday saw the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016 come into being. This means people or organisations in Australia are now able to apply for a license to cultivate and manufacture medical cannabis in Australia.
“Fact #1: Legalizing marijuana is bad for the workplace.”
That’s the stark warning from the Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace, a nonprofit that works to combat drug use among American employees.
“The impact of employee marijuana use is seen in the workplace in lower productivity, increased workplace accidents and injuries, increased absenteeism, and lower morale,” the institute writes. “This can and does seriously impact the bottom line.”
Marlon Jones was arrested for taking legal painkillers, prescribed to him by a doctor, after a double knee replacement.
Jones, an assistant fire chief of Utah’s Unified Fire Authority, was snared in a dragnet pulled through the state’s program to monitor prescription drugs after someone stole morphine from an ambulance in 2012. To find the missing morphine, cops used their unrestricted access to the state’s Prescription Drug Monitor Program database to look at the private medical records of nearly 500 emergency services personnel—without a warrant.
Uneven medical marijuana access puts Americans at risk, according to a researcher at the Brookings Institution.
International commission urges complete reversal of repressive drug policies imposed by most governments
Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to consider the role legal marijuana could play in the prescription opioid epidemic.