Is Israel’s Medical Marijuana Leader Coming to America?

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Israel’s leading producer of medical marijuana is joining a local group vying for a coveted license to distribute the drug in New York State. Tikun Olam, which serves about a third of Israeli medical marijuana patients, has joined forces with the Compassionate Care Center of New York (CCCNY) in hopes of winning one of five licenses. If the state grants …

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Treating Pain With Medical Marijuana

In Arthritis, Global, Industry News, Top Stories by ChrisLeave a Comment

“Joints for Joints.” That was the title of a lighthearted yet science-based debate at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals in 2011. The topic: whether medical marijuana – that is, the medicinal use of the cannabis plant – was a safe and effective arthritis treatment. Taking the “con” view, Stuart L. Silverman, …

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Israeli medical marijuana creates buzz but no high— will it go global?

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Israel has been an early pioneer in the field of medical marijuana and continues to lead in research focused on developing unique cultivars and targeting them to specific disorders. Although many government regulatory agencies reject any efficacy whatsoever for cannabis medicine, citing the standard pharmaceutical drug/clinical trial process for any compounds that may prove beneficial (e.g., Sativex), the obvious way …

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Study: Patients Get More Relief From Medical Marijuana Than Painkillers

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I always say that the best medicine is the medicine that works and is safer. That is almost always the case when it comes to medical marijuana compared to pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals almost always come with harmful side effects, and have led to a lot of death and misery across the globe. Sadly, marijuana opponents would rather have patients using those …

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Dad charged with giving sick child cannabis prompts medical marijuana debate

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CANBERRA, Australia — The case of an Australian father who is facing prison for allegedly giving his cancer-stricken 2-year-old daughter cannabis to relieve her pain has triggered a groundswell of momentum for a campaign to legalize marijuana for medical purposes in the country. The 30-year-old father, who cannot be named under Australian law, was arrested outside his daughter’s hospital in …

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Global Report on Medical Marijuana: Mexico, Bahamas, New Zealand, Israel

In Feature Stories, Global by Brett Wilkins

Legalization of medical marijuana is on the agenda of at least half a dozen nations on three continents. A conference of Caribbean nations debates the merits of allowing medical use of cannabis. A cancer-stricken South African lawmaker makes an emotional plea for legalization. Parents of Israeli children suffering from debilitating epileptic seizures win the right to medicate with cannabis. All …

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Global Report on Medical Marijuana: Puerto Rico, Ireland, Israel, UK, Nigeria, New Zealand

In Feature Stories, Global by Brett Wilkins

In the first edition of a regular feature for The Medical Marijuana Review, we present a round-up of global stories on medical marijuana. These headlines have been attracting attention in August and September 2013. Learn about Puerto Rico’s med-cannabis push, how Nigerian researchers discovered marijuana’s health benefits for prostate cancer sufferers, and why New Zealand activists are urging their government …

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Global Report: United Kingdom

In Feature Stories, Global by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

Despite a long association of cannabis use in the U.K. as a lifestyle drug, marijuana has remained illegal, classified as a Class B drug (the second most dangerous group of controlled drugs). In the U.S., cannabis is a Schedule I drug, the only category of controlled substances that may not be prescribed by a physician The illegal status has, for …