Survey: More Than Seven In Ten Practicing Physicians Back Medical Marijuana Option

Doctors seek alternatives to opioids

NEW YORK: More than seven in ten practicing physicians support allowing qualified patients the option to use cannabis therapeutically, according to survey data published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. New York University investigators surveyed the attitudes of practicing physicians in New York State. Seventy-one percent of respondents said that cannabis ought to be legal for medical purposes, Read the full article…

Studies: Marijuana Legalization Laws Correlated With Reduced Opioid Prescribing Trends

Researchers reported that the enactment of both medicalization and adult-use laws were both associated with reductions in opioid prescribing rates, with broader legalization policies associated with the greatest rates of decline.

KENTUCKY: The enactment of statewide marijuana legalization laws is associated with a reduction in the number of opioids prescribed and filled, according to a pair of studies published online Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. In the first study, investigators from the University of Kentucky and Emory University assessed the relationship between medical and adult-use marijuana laws and opioid Read the full article…

Study: Traffic Fatalities Have Not Increased As A Consequence Of Legalization

"We find that states that legalized marijuana have not experienced significantly different rates of marijuana- or alcohol-related traffic fatalities relative to their synthetic controls."

OREGON: The enactment of adult use marijuana regulations in Colorado and Washington is not independently linked to an increase in traffic fatalities, according to a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Investigators at the University of Oregon compared traffic accident outcomes in Colorado and Washington following legalization to those in other states with similar pre-legalization Read the full article…

Aurora Cannabis Increases Stake In Hempco To 35%

"With this further investment by Aurora we are now very well capitalized to accelerate our various strategic initiatives to drive growth at Hempco,"

CANADA: Aurora Cannabis and Hempco Food and Fiber announced that Aurora has exercised 10,558,676 warrants to purchase common shares of Hempco for total proceeds of $4.3 million to Hempco. Consequent the warrant exercise, Aurora now owns 21,117,352 Hempco common shares, reflecting an ownership interest of approximately 35%. “With this further investment by Aurora we are now very well capitalized Read the full article…

Ontario Moves Ahead With Plan To License Cannabis Lounges

The proposed cannabis lounges could lag behind legalization legislation, which is expected by July.

CANADA: Initially, the province of Ontario – Canada’s most populated area – planned to institute a categorical ban on public smoking which would have restricted consumption to homes. However, that proposal harbored various shortcomings, including exposing children to second-hand smoke. Additionally, people living in buildings that ban smoking would have no place to smoke. Trina Fraser, an Ottawa Read the full article…

Michigan: Support Grows For Proposed Adult Use Initiative

Michigan likes its marijuana

MICHIGAN: More than six in ten Michigan voters endorse a proposed statewide ballot initiative legalizing the adult use and sale of cannabis. According to polling data compiled by the EPIC-MRA polling research firm and commissioned by Michigan NORML, 61 percent of voters say that they would vote yes on the measure “if the election were held today.” That percentage Read the full article…

Cannabis Policy Reform Advocates Release Report Card Grading Candidates for Governor in Maryland

MD Candidate scores based on responses to questionnaire, bill sponsorship, and public statements

MARYLAND: The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) released a voter guide Monday that grades Maryland gubernatorial candidates strictly on their positions and statements about cannabis policy. The report contains letter grades for each person running in Maryland’s Democratic Primary for governor in June and is based on answers to a questionnaire MPP sent to candidates, bill sponsorship, and Read the full article…

Removal Of Controversial Drugged Driving PSA Highlights Seriousness Of Impaired Driving

California PSA draws strong reaction

CALIFORNIA: A January 5 article at The Sacramento Bee reports on the decision to stop running a controversial public service announcement sponsored by the California Office of Traffic Safety.  Critics argued that the ad – which featured a diverse group of individuals explaining why they use pot but also do not drive while high — promoted the use Read the full article…

Study: Cannabis Is Safe And Effective For Elderly Patients

"The older population is a large and growing part of medical cannabis users. Our study finds that the therapeutic use of cannabis is safe and efficacious in this population."

ISRAEL: Cannabis therapy is safe and effective among elderly patients diagnosed with chronic pain, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the European Journal of Internal Medicine. Researchers from Hebrew University and the Ben Gurion University of Negrev in Israel assessed the use of therapeutic cannabis over a period of six months in a cohort of Read the full article…

FDA Grants ‘Priority Review’ Of Plant-Derived CBD Extract

If Epidiolex achieves FDA-approval, analysts suggest the product could retail for between $30,000 to $60,000 annually.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Representatives of the US Food and Drug Administration will undertake a ‘priority review‘ of data specific to the safety and efficacy of Epidiolex, a standardized, plant-derived CBD extract formulated by a British pharmaceutical company. The review is scheduled to be completed by June 27, 2018. Phase III clinical trial data shows that Epidiolex Read the full article…