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Tagged With: Patients

Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Patients’ Afforded Workplace Protections, High Court Rules

State-registered medical cannabis patients may sue a private employer for discrimination if they are fired for their off-the-job marijuana use, according to a first in the nation ruling issued today by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Opining for the court, Chief Justice Ralph Gants determined that it is “not facially unreasonable” for employers to make … Continue reading »

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New York: Legislation Introduced To Expand Patients’ Medical Marijuana Access

Legislation is pending in the Assembly, A. 8598, to expand the pool of patients eligible for medical cannabis therapy. The measure eliminates the state’s limiting list of qualifying conditions. Rather, it leaves the decision of whether to recommend medical cannabis entirely up to the discretion of each individual physician.  It states, “[M]edical marihuana may be … Continue reading »

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Study: Patients Report Substituting Cannabis For Opioids, Other Pain Medications

Pain patients report successfully substituting cannabis for opioids and other analgesics, according to data published online in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Kent State University in Ohio assessed survey data from a cohort of 2,897 self-identified medical cannabis patients. Among those who acknowledged having used opioid-based … Continue reading »

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Maine: Do Not Deny Medical Cannabis Patients From Receiving Organ Transplants

Legislation (LD 764) is before Gov. Paul LePage that will prohibit medical cannabis patients from being denied organ transplants. The measure “prohibits a transplant evaluator from determining a qualifying patient to be unsuitable to receive an anatomical gift solely because the qualifying patient uses medical marijuana.” No sound scientific evidence exists showing that medical cannabis … Continue reading »

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Federal: Legislation To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients Pending In Senate (CARERS Act)

Legislation has been reintroduced in the Senate, The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act of 2017, to strengthen protections for those compliant with their state’s medical marijuana laws and to impose various changes to federal law.  Passage of CARERS 2017 exempts from federal prosecution those who are engaged in the “production, possession, … Continue reading »

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Study: Inhaled Cannabis Controls Tics In Patients With Tourette’s Syndrome

Inhaled cannabis is effective and well-tolerated in patients with Tourette’s Syndrome, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. A team of researchers at the University of Toronto retrospectively assessed the safety and efficacy of inhaled cannabis in 19 TS patients. Researchers reported, “All study participants … Continue reading »

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New York: Senate Legislation Pending To Expand Patients’ Access to Medical Cannabis

A pair of bills are pending in the Senate to expand patients’ access to medical cannabis. Senate Bill 6092 expands the pool of patients eligible for medical cannabis access to include those with Alzheimer’s disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and a number of other debilitating diseases. It also removes arbitrary caps imposed on the amount of … Continue reading »

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Colorado: Patients May Use Medical Cannabis While Awaiting Trial

Legislation was signed into law that permits registered medical cannabis patients to legally use marijuana while on bond in a criminal case. Senate Bill 17 states, “[T]he court shall not require as a condition of any bond that [s] person … with a valid registry identification card … abstain from the use of medical marijuana.” … Continue reading »

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Last Chance To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients and Providers From Jeff Sessions

Update: Congress passed a one-week Continuing Resolution, to maintain the current spending levels and Rohrabacher-Farr, meaning state medical marijuana patients and businesses will remain protected from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice until May 5. Today is the final day that Congress has to pass a short-term budget to fund the federal government … Continue reading »

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Kansas: Legislation Pending To Permit Patients Access to Low-THC Cannabis

Update: Members of the House Health and Human Services Committee heard the bill on Wednesday, Match 15 at 1:30pm, Room 546-S. Legislation is pending, House Bill 2152, to permit qualified patients access to marijuana or extracts containing CBD and low levels of THC. The measure would permit patients with Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic … Continue reading »

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