Two More Studies Show Patients Are Replacing Prescription Painkillers With Marijuana

Two new studies out this month offer additional evidence that chronic pain patients are skipping addictive pharmaceuticals and using marijuana instead to help them find relief. The findings are just the latest in an ever-growing body of research revealing cannabis’s...

Two Presidential Candidates Voice Support For Drug Decriminalization At Democratic Debate

Two Democratic presidential candidates said they support decriminalizing opioids in order to combat the country’s drug epidemic on Tuesday, marking the first time the issue of removing criminal penalties for possession of illicit substances beyond marijuana has been...

CDC Official Pushes Back Against Congressman Linking Legal Marijuana To Vaping Deaths

A top official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasized on Wednesday that the majority of vaping-related injuries associated with THC-containing cartridges are being traced back to the illicit market, rather than state-legal cannabis shops....

Advocacy Group Urges Congressional Action To Prevent Pesticide Misuse On Marijuana

The lack of federal regulations for the use of pesticides on marijuana plants is putting consumers at risk, the nonprofit organization Beyond Pesticides said in an action alert on Tuesday. In order to prevent contamination from toxic pesticides, the group is asking...

Former FDA Chief Wants Federal Government To Regulate State Marijuana Markets

Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Monday that the federal government should regulate state marijuana programs. In his clearest comments on the issue to date, Gottlieb said in a CNBC appearance that the rise in vaping-related...

Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Cause Increased Crime, Federally Funded Study Finds

Legalizing marijuana has little to no impact on rates of violent or property crime, according to a new study that was funded by a federal agency. The policy change did seem connected to a long-term decline in burglaries in one state, however. While previous attempts...

Pilot Study Shows Marijuana Can Help Chronic Pain Patients Stop Taking Opioids

When chronic pain patients participated in a program to reduce their use of opioids with medical marijuana, a quarter of them completely stopped taking opioid medications within half a year, a new pilot study reports. “After 6 months, 156 patients (26%) had ceased...

POLITICS

INDUSTRY

Anti-marijuana group SAM nears its last breath

Anti-marijuana group SAM nears its last breath

Anti-cannabis legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana nears its last breath in its most underwhelming assault on the cannabis industry yet.  In a recent report aimed at ginning up anti-cannabis media stories, SAM states that the cannabis industry has donated...

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FAKE NEWS

No, marijuana is not a gateway to opioid abuse

No, marijuana is not a gateway to opioid abuse

Despite claims from the Fake News generators of the cannabis opposition spin machine, marijuana legalization does not lead to expanded opioid and pharmaceutical abuse. It's a popular talking point for cannabis opponents. Here's one example, in which drug...

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