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Will Georgia, Minnesota, Tennessee legalize medical marijuana?

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

The next U.S. states poised to legalize medical marijuana may be Georgia, Minnesota and Tennessee. Looking to be the favorite among the three, Minnesota will see medical marijuana bills in both the House and Senate when the Legislature convenes in February. HF 1818 allows an approved patient or the patient’s caregiver to posses 2.5 ounces of marijuana and 12 marijuana plants in an …

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How to talk to your kids about medical marijuana

In Children, Feature Stories by AdrienneB

Steven Stairs has no qualms about talking to his 11-year-old daughter and five-year-old son about his medical marijuana use. The Winnipeg resident has been legally growing his own medicine since 2009, with about 45 to 50 plants in his backyard. Stairs smokes daily to relieve stress, treat eye pain associated with glaucoma, and maintain his vision. He says he has …

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How marijuana can decrease alcohol’s effect on your liver

In Degenerative, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study found a compound in marijuana may protect alcohol drinkers from liver disease. The compound cannabidiol (CBD) works to fight the build-up of fat caused by alcohol, also known as fatty liver disease. Published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, the study came to its conclusion by injecting mice with ethanol twice a day for five days to replicate the impact …

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MS patient: ‘Marijuana takes the pain away’

In Feature Stories, Multiple Sclerosis by Chris Riddell

In our ongoing series of patient stories, The Medical Marijuana Review interviews Ontario resident Laurie Modderman about how she curbs the pain from multiple sclerosis with a nightly dose of medical marijuana. Confined to a wheelchair, 57-year-old Modderman has been using medical cannabis for 10 years and couldn’t picture living without it. In 1979, Laurie Modderman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. …

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New York poised to legalize medical marijuana

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York will announce this week plans to loosen the restriction marijuana laws to make the plant available to those with specific illnesses. Cuomo’s initiative will be more restrictive than medical marijuana laws passed in states such as California and Nevada. The plan will allow “just 20 hospitals across the state to prescribe marijuana to …

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How do Buddhists view medical marijuana?

In Feature Stories by Dave Gordon

When the Dalai Lama recently revealed his support for the use of medical marijuana, advocates of the drug discovered they had a new ally. But are the Dalai Lama’s views on medical cannabis breaking rank with the traditional Buddhist stance? Or are Buddhists generally in favour of medical marijuana as well? Primary to the debate is what Buddhism calls the …

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Depression sufferer chooses medical marijuana over antidepressants

In Feature Stories, Research Topics by Chris Riddell

In our ongoing series of patient stories, The Medical Marijuana Review talks to Ottawa resident Diego Dias about his use of medical marijuana to alleviate his crippling depression. He explains how Big Pharma drugs only clouded his head, why he struggled to get help from his doctors and what medical marijuana does to make him feel better every day. Diego …

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College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to review its medical marijuana policy

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

The regulatory body overseeing medical professionals in Ontario is asking for input on medical marijuana, and will soon review its current approach to the plant. A new page on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario website asks for feedback on the group’s current policy and what amendments need to be made. As the page says, “…we are inviting feedback …