Study: Cannabis Inhalation Not Associated With COPD, Other Tobacco-Related Harms

"The long-term respiratory effects of cannabis differ from traditional smoking," authors concluded. "[C]annabis smoking does not appear to be carcinogenic."

UNITED KINGDOM: Cannabis smoke exposure, even long-term, is not positively associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, or irreversible airway damage, according to a literature review published in the journal Breathe. British researchers reviewed nearly 20 observational studies assessing cannabis inhalation and lung health, involving over 25,000 subjects. Investigators reported that the available literature fails to support Read the full article…

First Medicinal Cannabis Kitchen Of Its Kind in the Country Debuts In Arizona Friday, Oct. 5

Chef Carylann Principal is Executive Chef of The Mint Dispensary in Tempe, where she has helped to create a revolutionary new concept in the medicinal cannabis industry with the nation’s first full-service, on-site cannabis kitchen. (Photo: Business Wire)

Full-service Kitchen will offer chef-prepared foods to patients from a cannabis-infused menu ARIZONA: The Mint Dispensary, operator of one of the largest medicinal cannabis dispensaries in the United States, is launching the country’s first full-service cannabis kitchen in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday, Oct. 5. Patients seeking relief through medicinal cannabis can now access freshly prepared, cannabis-infused Read the full article…

First Ever Veterans-Focused Medical Bill Introduced In Senate

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) on Wednesday introduced legislation, The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, to expand and facilitate medical cannabis access to military veterans suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, and other serious medical conditions. Under existing regulations, VA doctors are not permitted to fill out the mandatory paperwork necessary Read the full article…

The Wink In Weed: The Road To Oklahoma Hempfest

The Road To Oklahoma Hempfest

By David Rheins  OKLAHOMA: You know the winds of progress are blowing in your favor when you find yourself making plans to head to Oklahoma City for a cannabis festival. The Road to Oklahoma Hempfest begins this weekend, as the first of three events heralding in a new era for the Sooner state.   A licensed and approved Read the full article…

Fibromyalgia Patients Report Subjective Benefits From Cannabis

Pain relief was reported by 94 percent of cannabis consumers

ISRAEL: Patients suffering from fibromyalgia frequently use cannabis to treat chronic pain and other symptoms of the disease, according to data published in the journal Pain Research and Treatment. Israeli researchers surveyed over 2,700 fibromyalgia patients. Of those who responded to the questionnaire, 84 percent reported consuming cannabis. “Pain relief was reported by 94 percent of cannabis consumers, while 93 percent Read the full article…

Connecticut: Regulators Expand Qualifying Conditions Eligible For Cannabis Therapy

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CONNECTICUT:Patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis, spasticity disorders, and neuropathic facial pain are among those who are now eligible for marijuana therapy following a decision this week by regulators to expand the program’s list of qualifying conditions. Under the just-announced rules, doctors may for the first time recommend medical cannabis to patients with the following diagnoses: spasticity, severe rheumatoid Read the full article…

Study: Cannabis Leaves Possess Anti-Bacterial Activity Against MRSA

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INDIA: Ethanol-based tinctures containing crushed cannabis leaves provide anti-bacterial effects against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to data published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine. Strains of the MRSA bacterium are often resistant to antibiotic treatment and can be associated with life-threatening infections, such as septic shock and severe pneumonia. A team of researchers from India assessed the antimicrobial Read the full article…

Illinois Governor Signs Landmark Medical Marijuana Legislation

"This law will give thousands of Illinoisans who struggle with the negative side effects of opioids, including harmful addiction, another choice to manage their pain," the governor said.

 Gov. Rauner extends health insurance to fertility preservation
Gov. Rauner extends health insurance to fertility preservation
​A new law (HB 2617) signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner amends the Illinois insurance code to require coverage of egg or sperm preservation, a well-established medical practice that gives hope to patients who receive life-saving cancer treatment that they can one day have their own children.

 Hearing Aid Legislation
Gov. Rauner approves landmark legislation to cover hearing aids for children
The governor signed House Bill 4516 at the Capitol with 10-year-old Hunter Martin. Hunter and his brother, Owen, 7, both wear hearing aids. Hunter, who resides in Illiopolis, testified in front of House and Senate committees in 2017 and again this year to advocate for the new law.

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Governor signs measures to ramp up treatment of mental illness, opioid abuse
Gov. Bruce Rauner this week signed a bill package that increases access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment and addresses the state's opioid crisis.

 Rauner enacts legislation to streamline services for veterans
Rauner enacts legislation to streamline services for veterans
​Legislation signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner streamlines veteran identification services and makes it easier for homeless veterans to access needed medical benefits. Rauner also made Nov. 4th GI Bill of Rights Day to pay tribute to the American Legion committee, chaired by the 29th Governor of Illinois, that wrote the historic Serviceman's Readjustment Act of 1944.

ILLINOIS: Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed the Alternatives to Opioids Act of 2018, adding those who might otherwise seek opioids for pain management to the list of those eligible for medical marijuana. “This law will give thousands of Illinoisans who struggle with the negative side effects of opioids, including harmful addiction, another choice to manage their Read the full article…

iCAN Signs MoU With Yom Chai for Crohn’s Disease And Autism

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ISRAEL: The Directors of Ananda Developments have announced that investee company iCAN has signed an MoU with a new Israeli Medical Cannabis company Yom Chai to develop and clinically validate cannabis based treatments for Crohn’s Disease, Autism and other neurodevelopmental, neurodegenerative and gastrointestinal diseases. Yom Chai has deep experience in the international medical cannabis market Read the full article…

How Legalized Marijuana is Changing The Healthcare Industry

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by Trevor McDonald Medical marijuana continues to be a hot-button issue, and we can expect that to continue until it’s legalized in all 50 states. But as the debate heats up and more states approve medical marijuana, we can look to the early adopters to find out what’s working. Here are a few ways legalized Read the full article…