medical marijuana

New York Lawmakers Wants Insurance to Cover Medical Cannabis Costs

New York Lawmakers Wants Insurance to Cover Medical Cannabis Costs

One of the most frustrating issues about cannabis legalization, particularly medical cannabis programs, is that it often leaves those with low income or no income without access to cannabis. Simply put, people who have severe conditions often can’t afford dispensary prices and can’t grow their own cannabis due to disability or legal reasons. Growing cannabis […]

Cannabis Could Be Powerhouse Issue In the Next Election

Cannabis Could Be Powerhouse Issue In the Next Election

Certain issues drive people to the polls. They cause such a strong feeling, be it positive or negative, that people feel compelled to get out and vote. Different states and eras have had different issues on the ballot that influenced the overall voter turnout. Sometimes, however, you can see a broader trend on an issue. […]

Not Prohibited Yet: Kratom Offers Pain Relief and Help with Opioid Addiction

Not Prohibited Yet: Kratom Offers Pain Relief and Help with Opioid Addiction

Opioid, opiate, and heroin addiction are increasingly worrying public health concerns here in the United States. Unfortunately, our country’s people struggling with addiction receive less support than castigation, often facing criminal consequences for what amounts to a serious health issue. This response is neither compassionate nor appropriate. Arresting and incarcerating individuals will do nothing to […]

DEA Props Up Outdated Cannabis Policy with Rescheduling Scheme

DEA Props Up Outdated Cannabis Policy with Rescheduling Scheme

Despite concerns about a pharmaceutical entity grabbing control of the cannabidiol (CBD) market, many legalization activists thrilled at the announcement that Epidiolex received approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in June. It was reasonable to hope that the approval of a cannabis-based drug for use in treating serious medical conditions would soon […]

Federal Medical Cannabis Patient, Barbara Douglass, Passes Away at 62

Federal Medical Cannabis Patient, Barbara Douglass, Passes Away at 62

The federal government has spent decades trying to keep cannabis out of the hands of its citizens. The federal government has spent decades trying to keep cannabis out of the hands of it citizens. However, that hasn’t stopped them from securing a patent on the plants or conducting studies. In fact, the federal government actually […]

One in Seven U.S. Adults Used Cannabis Last Year, and The World Didn’t End

One in Seven U.S. Adults Used Cannabis Last Year, and The World Didn’t End

Politicians, law enforcement officials, and other people whose careers are entangled with cannabis prohibition have long warned that legalization would result in rising rates of use. Well, it turns out they were right. A recent study has shown that thanks to cannabis legalization, roughly one in seven adults in the United States used cannabis in […]

Ensuring Adequate Pain Relief Is Compassionate Policy

Ensuring Adequate Pain Relief Is Compassionate Policy

For years, The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has obstinately insisted that cannabis is as dangerous as opioids and heroin. Those in the know, from activists to doctors, would bristle at the classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance. The Schedule 1 classification means that the federal government does not recognize any medical benefits or […]

Corona’s Parent Company Invested $4 Million In Cannabis

Corona’s Parent Company Invested $4 Million In Cannabis

Alcohol companies have often involve themselves in lobbying against cannabis legalization. Many of these companies no doubt worry that legal cannabis, medical or recreational, will eat into their profit margins. There is good reason for them to be concerned. After all, as we recently wrote, alcohol sales drop in states where medical cannabis is readily […]

Arrest of 80-Year-Old Grandma for Expired Card Highlights Issues With Medical Cannabis Laws

Arrest of 80-Year-Old Grandma for Expired Card Highlights Issues With Medical Cannabis Laws

The whole point of medical cannabis programs is to help those with a medical need connect with cannabis legally. Unfortunately, these programs usually have strict conditions for legal possession, cultivation, and use, leaving many people at risk for criminal charges. When state law enforcement choose to go by the letter of the law, rather than […]

Victory Across the Pond: UK Moves Toward Compassionate Cannabis Policy

Victory Across the Pond: UK Moves Toward Compassionate Cannabis Policy

In an announcement that surprised and encouraged many, the UK’s home office yesterday took a step toward more rational cannabis policy. After several high-profile cases in recent months, the government in the United Kingdom has been under increasing pressure to adjust its outdated policies on cannabis and cannabis medicine. The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has […]