Alcohol or Marijuana? A Pediatrician Faces the Question

Doctors seek alternatives to opioids

Aaron E. Carroll is a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He blogs on health research and policy at The Incidental Economist, and you can follow him on Twitter at @aaronecarroll. NEW YORK:  As my children, and my friends’ children, are getting older, a question that comes up again and again from friends is Read the full article…

Patients Seek Cure For Medical Pot Dilemma

Washington's largely unregulated medical marijuana system, which traditional doctors often don't want to be involved with, is rife with problems.

WASHINGTON:  Critics of medical marijuana often note that most of the people using the system aren’t actually sick — they’re just using it as a way to get cheap, untaxed pot. And the critics aren’t entirely wrong. Even those in the medical marijuana community admit that there are likely more people gaming the system than Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Sales Climbing Higher In Maine

Medical marijuana sales at the state's dispensaries grew more than 30 percent in 2014 to over $16 million.

MAINE:  Medical marijuana sales at the state’s dispensaries grew more than 30 percent in 2014 to over $16 million, according to Maine Revenue Services — and that figure doesn’t include the thousands of people legally buying direct from growers. Last year, the state recorded $16.2 million in sales and collected $892,885 in sales tax from Read the full article…

Virginia Senate Approves Bill To Allow Marijuana Oils For Treating Epilepsy

The Virginia Senate passed a bill that would allow the use of two oils extracted from marijuana that help alleviate epileptic seizures.

VIRGINIA:  The Virginia Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow people with severe epilepsy to possess a form of medical marijuana without fear of criminal prosecution. The measure would allow the use of two oils extracted from marijuana that lack the plant’s intoxicating properties but help alleviate debilitating seizures. The bill provides a way for epileptics Read the full article…

The Dream Comes True: Pot-infused Pizza Sauce Comes To Marijuana Dispensaries

Pizza and pot may be a natural combination, but to prevent legal issues, sales are currently limited to dispensaries.

CALIFORNIA: Looks like the pizza industry is going to pot — literally. L.A.-based Podey Pizza has started selling jars of pot-infused pizza sauce at marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington State and Colorado. Each 5-ounce jar of Podey Pizza sauce sells for $20 and contains 300mg of medical cannabis per jar, enough for one large Read the full article…

Council Amends Zoning Law For Medical Marijuana, Adult Use

Park City Council amended their zoning ordinance Thursday to allow adult uses and medical cannabis uses within the city limits, but only as a conditional use, and with the ability to add regulations and location restrictions.

ILLINOIS:  Similar to other municipalities within the state, the Park City Council amended their zoning ordinance Thursday to allow adult uses and medical cannabis uses within the city limits, but only as a conditional use, and with the ability to add regulations and location restrictions. City Attorney Peer Karlovics, who worked with City Land Planner Read the full article…

Florida Governor Signs Law Allowing Limited Medical Marijuana Use

Florida governor signs law allowing limited MMJ use

FLORIDA:  Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law on Monday allowing for the limited use of a special strain of marijuana to treat epileptic seizures and other diseases. State lawmakers passed the measure this spring with bipartisan support after impassioned appeals from parents seeking access to the form of marijuana known as “Charlotte’s Web,” named Read the full article…

Potshots Over Florida’s Medical Marijuana Amendment

MMJ Amendment in Florida receives backing from both sides.

FLORIDA:  The gloves are off in the Amendment 2 battle to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. The main pro-amendment group pleads for money for a final push while anti-amendment groups that have stayed largely in the shadows have come out swinging. Rhetoric is ramping up as each side takes potshots at the other’s credibility. The Read the full article…

Colorado Preparing To Spend $9 Million On Medical Marijuana Research

Colorado prepares to spend $9 million on MMJ research

COLORADO:  More than a decade after voters here first said marijuana could be medicine, Colorado is preparing to embark on the largest state-funded effort to study the medical benefits of cannabis. Under a bill signed this year by Gov. John Hickenlooper, the state health department will give out about $9 million in grantsin the next Read the full article…

Washington Medical Marijuana Business Tests Advertising Limits

Washington MMJ business turns heads and tests advertising limits

WASHINGTON:  A Port Angeles-based medical marijuana company’s new advertising strategy is turning heads — and raising questions about cannabis marketing. The business, called Chronically On Time, deploys an individual dressed in a green bear suit to advertise the company’s MMJ delivery service. “Buddy the Bear” stands on the sidewalk of busy streets, wearing a sandwich Read the full article…