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Yet Another Study Says Cannabis Can Curb Or Even Prevent Opioid Use

Evidence that cannabis can be used as an effective alternative to powerful painkillers continues to mount, most recently demonstrated by the results of a study out of British Columbia.

An academic paper published in the Harm Reduction Journal found that not only can medical marijuana curb or even prevent opioid use, it can provide addicts with an exit strategy.

“There’s a growing body of evidence that cannabis can be a safer substitute and play a harm-reduction role by reducing the use of prescription opioids, reducing the use of alcohol, and even reducing the use of tobacco and illicit substances,” states author Philippe Lucas.

Cannabis has “no chance of (fatal) overdose, far less of a chance of developing dependence, and you don’t have a lot of the similar side effects you do with opioids,” he adds.

Lucas concludes that governments and health care providers … Continue reading

How Scott’s Miracle-Gro Is Helping Make Cannabis Legal

The cannabis industry is expected to contribute roughly $25 billion to the U.S. economy by 2025 — and many experts suggest that forecast may be a little too modest. With that kind of explosive economic future, it is not a surprise to find out that a lot more money will be spent in an attempt to shape federal policy. According to a report from the Center for Responsive Politics, the cannabis industry in the first six months of 2017 spent $450,000 on lobbying efforts in the nation’s capital — a 100 percent increase from the same period a year earlier.

The Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks federal campaign contributions and lobbying data, released its findings earlier this month on OpenSecrets.org.  According to the report:

The industry that saw the largest percent difference between the first six months of 2016 and the… Continue reading

VA Studies Find Medical Cannabis Good for Nerve Pain

A recent research review found that medical marijuana may be effective at reducing chronic nerve pain, known as neuropathy, common among diabetes sufferers.

Dr. Sachin Patel of the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital in Nashville said the findings on MMJ and neuropathy “fit generally well with what we know.”

In the second research review, both of which were commissioned by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, researchers came up with less evidence that cannabis helps treat other types of pain or the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“That doesn’t mean that it’s not, it just means we don’t have that evidence right now,” said Patel.

The authors of the studies also decried the fact that there has not been enough high-quality research to produce conclusive evidence of the benefits or harms of cannabis for pain or PTSD.

There’s no way to come to conclusions based on the… Continue reading

FDA Asks for Public to Comment on CBD

FDA officials put out a call for comments in this morning’s Federal Register, seeking information about CBD and how the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) should designate it under the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. In doing so, the FDA acknowledged the ‘beneficial’ effects CBD has shown in patients with neurological disorders.

All those who have information on, or experience with, the use of CBD as a healing substance are encouraged to comment at this federal website. Sept. 13 is the deadline for public comment, and no input will be considered after that date.

Republican Beth Harwell ‘Open’ to Medical Cannabis in Tennessee

House Speaker Beth Harwell, campaigning for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, says treatment of her sister’s back injury has caused her to reevaluate Tennessee’s ban on medical marijuana, reports the Associated Press.

“She was in a yoga class and came down out of a shoulder stand the wrong way,” Harwell said. “And she was, of course, in a great deal of pain.”

But after the initial doses, she wanted to stop taking the painkillers.

“She called me and said, ‘I want you to know that if I continue this opioid regimen I will become addicted to opioids,’” Harwell said. “She said, ‘There was no doubt in my mind.’”

Harwell’s sister lives in Colorado where marijuana has been legalized, so she decided to send her husband out to buy her some of the drug, which she consumed mixed with coconut oil for four or five days until she felt better.… Continue reading

Nashville Sounds Hit a Foul, Cancels on Medical Cannabis Education Charity Night Last Minute

As many of you are aware because you had already purchased your tickets, Safe Access Tennessee had been working with the Nashville Sounds since the 5th of July on a Charity Night for Educate Tennessee – the Educational Foundation that works with Safe Access Tennessee.

The non profits had completed the Sounds forms and submitted their IRS determination letter, and had purchased the requisite number of tickets to host this community event.

The Sounds organization agreed to sponsor the event, and agreed to allow the medical cannabis activism organizations to set up a table and educational displays. Safe Access Tennessee spent weeks  advertising and promoted this event on their Facebook pages and in their Facebook groups. They spent money advertising the Sounds game in the Nashville market because their event was scheduled to take place at the game, and they printed special materials for this exciting event.

The Sounds… Continue reading

Feds Blocked in Attempt to Prosecute Cannabis Growers 

A U.S. District Court this week blocked federal prosecutors from moving forward with their conspiracy case against a pair of Northern California cultivators because the duo was determined to be in compliance with Golden State medical marijuana laws.

Humboldt County growers Anthony Pisarski and Sonny Moore had already pleaded guilty to federal allegations (conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute) but sought an evidentiary hearing based on legislation, first enacted in 2014, that prohibits the U.S. Department of Justice from cracking down on cannabis suspects who are otherwise following their state laws. The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment is a budget rider, co-authored by SoCal U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, that prevents enforcement and prosecution in medical marijuana states by stripping funding for such endeavors.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg on Tuesday stayed the prosecution, so the case is closed unless the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment expires and fails to be re-enacted… Continue reading