Articles Tagged with medical marijuana

Medical marijuana has long been known to be effective in treating conditions like anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain. Yet the U.S. military has long taken a hard-line stance against marijuana, a position solidified during the Vietnam War as reports blasted on the evening news indicated that half of all soldiers deployed were regularly using marijuana. A study by the Pentagon later revealed the actual figure was closer to 70 percent. This, along with the crash of an aircraft carrier by soldiers later found to have marijuana in their systems led to a zero tolerance policy. California medical marijuana veterans

This has led to all sorts of injustices. Historically, it’s been military policy to exclude from entrance any individual who previously used marijuana as a civilian. In recent years, waivers for “past misconduct” have risen, and are expected to continue rising. Just last year, for instance, the Military Times reported a Vietnam War veteran and head of a military school in Florida was terminated for using medical marijuana extract to treat cancer.

Now, Congressional leaders have filed twin bills in the House and Senate to change federal law that would allow U.S. veterans who abide by state medical marijuana laws to avoid federal intervention and would allow doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs to issue medical marijuana recommendations to their patients. The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, sponsored by U.S. Senate Democrats from California and Hawaii, notes that the drug is legal in 33 states and that medical marijuana can be used to treat chronic pain without the use of dangerous and highly addictive opiates. The sponsor of the House version of the bill said in a statement, “it’s past time to end the anti-science, anti-health cannabis prohibition laws that prevent veterans from accessing health care.” Continue reading

A survey from the Department of Veterans Affairs recently indicated about a millionmedical marijuana veterans are using medical marijuana. This is in spite of the fact that the department does not allow its doctors to recommend marijuana. The department cites Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. Section 812 as the reason for this policy, stating they are bound by the federal ban on cannabis being part of a federal agency. The department even shies away from studying the benefits of cannabis, instead focusing their research almost entirely on its problems, according to an article from New York Times.

For veterans who rely on medical treatment through the VA, this can mean they never receive access to medical marijuana. Many veterans have reported cannabis to be an effective treatment for chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder – two common issues among those who have fought in wars. It could also mean that veterans will still seek a way to obtain medical marijuana, either by visiting a physician certified to recommend cannabis other than their VA doctor, by purchasing recreational marijuana if they live in a state where it’s legal, or by illicit means. None of these methods are ideal, and this certainly is not the way we should be treating those who have served our country. There are, however, a few things that would be helpful for veterans to know about medical marijuana and the VA. Continue reading

A major victory in the fight for medical marijuana has finally arrived. Amedical marijuana marijuana-derived drug was recently approved by the FDA, making it the first of its kind. According to Washington Post, Epidiolex is a liquid anti-seizure drug which contains a purified cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive element in marijuana. CBD, as you likely know it as, only contains trace amounts of THC and does not create the “high” that so many marijuana naysayers point to as the defense for their outdated thinking.

CBD oil is commonly used for pain management, anxiety, addiction treatment, and now in a drug used for childhood epilepsy. Clinical trials of Epidiolex have shown better results without the severe side effects of epilepsy drugs already on the market. The drug has now been approved for patients 2 and older. Of course this is significant for families battling this debilitating disorder, but it also could be a groundbreaking moment for the rest of us as well.

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Recently, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era Department of Justice Directive that essentially urged federal prosecutors tomedical marijuana ignore marijuana crimes so along as alleged violators were in compliance with state laws. This step gave states the space to figure out how they wanted to handle recreational and/or medical cannabis laws without interference from the federal government.

Sessions, however, has made it clear he intends to revive marijuana prosecutions based on the drug’s current Schedule I controlled substance designation under the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. Section 812. By rescinding the 2013 order, Sessions has given federal officials the freedom to pursue charges against anyone for these violations – even if they follow state and local laws to the letter. Our marijuana attorneys in L.A. encourage all cannabis business owners in California to seek prompt legal counsel to best protect themselves and their livelihood.

Some don’t see this as an immediate threat, citing the lack of resources to go after so many operations. They also point to a lack of support among citizens to pursue such charges, meaning juries will be more reticent to convict. Others are less optimistic. Continue reading

Medical marijuana is very much a drug that can help millions of patients who often have tried many United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs and saw no major relief.  However, marijuana is not like these FDA-approved drugs. Because there is no legal way to produce medical marijuana under federal law, it is not regulated by FDA.  This means there is no safety testing or approval process.

marijuanaWhile on the one hand this is a good thing, as real life evidence might not line up with FDA clinical trial requirements, there are some legitimate concerns about safety.  There are also other issues that arise as a result of the fact that marijuana is a also a plant – a plant that is grown on a farm like corn, or wheat, or tomatoes.  Continue reading

According to a recent news feature from The Right Prospective, the head Rabbi of Orthodox Judaism in New York City has declared that smoking medical marijuana, or eating medical marijuana products is kosher for Passover.

antiquariat-1-1183562The first thing to understand is that marijuana, which is a plant that people consume, is classified as kitniyot, which includes other grains like corn, rice and beans.   These foods are generally prohibited during Passover, as the dietary restrictions are much different and stricter than they are during the rest of the year. Continue reading

Widespread acceptance of medical marijuana and an awareness that it is a vital medicine now exists in the U.S. The drug helps people ranging from young children with a seizure disorder to elderly people suffering from glaucoma. Yet there is still a large section of the population that sees users of medical marijuana as people who choose to sit at home and play video games and watch movies like Half Baked and Fast Times at Ridgemont High on repeat.

running-track-1442219In other words, there are those that believe people who use medical marijuana are a bunch of potheads who move slowly and have the munchies.  When an athlete tests positive for marijuana in the Olympics, he or she result is disqualified and there is a possibility of medals that have already been awarded could be stripped.  When this happens, as it has in past, many joke that marijuana is clearly not a performance enhancer, so it should be allowed. Continue reading

According to a recent news article from KPCC News, Los Angeles County has enacted legislation to ban the cultivation of medical marijuana within county limits. The ban is a temporary measure and requires that all growing of marijuana in the unincorporated areas of the county cease.  It should be noted that this ban is not effective in the incorporated areas of the county, including the City of Los Angeles.

wietplant-497934-mGiven the fact that California was the first state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana when the very bold initiative was taken back in 1996, the question is why would Los Angeles County not want medical marijuana being grown within its borders. Continue reading

For nearly 100 years, those opposed to marijuana being legal have been making unsupported claims that using marijuana will lead to violent crime and a society out-of-control. This anti-marijuana propaganda began around the time the Volstead Act (Prohibition) was passed and continued through much our country’s recent history. It is still a part of the modern rhetoric uttered by many groups.

rolled-cigarette-733342-mThe prohibition on marijuana was originally based upon a need to rid society of all “vices” and as a way to oppress minority groups in America.  The so-called “War on Drugs” has cost the taxpayers unfathomable amounts of money, much of which was spent on stopping the importation and sale of marijuana, and created unjust results in the federal penal system. Continue reading

For entirely political reasons that do not make very much sense in reality, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance.  While marijuana has been illegal since the time of Prohibition, it was not until the United States Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (USCSA) that there was an official schedule that listed controlled substances in a particular order.

medicalmarijuanajarsThe highest schedule on the USCA is known as “Schedule I” and is reserved for the most allegedly dangerous drugs available.  These drugs are supposed to have no known medical use and be highly addictive and dangerous to be listed as a Schedule I controlled substance. To get an idea of the type of drugs on Schedule I, we can look at a list of what is included.  Congress has chosen to classify heroin, Quaaludes, GHB, and many other dangerous hallucinogens, as well as marijuana, at the highest schedule. Continue reading

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