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Why these police officers and lawyers want to end the war on drugs

In Feature Stories by MichaelS

Much of the relief provided by medical marijuana isn’t physical, but ethical: freeing people not only from needing to hide their healthcare, but also worrying about where their medicine originated. At least, that’s the idea. But what if laws against non-medicinal use were what made marijuana such a powerful criminal currency, while licensing trends were actually driving medicinal users back …

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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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Drug abuse center NIDA on why it’s supporting medical marijuana research

In Feature Stories, Research Updates and News by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has issued a statement outlining its commitment to medical marijuana research. The statement, penned by NIDA Director Nora Volkow, includes a pledge to supply research-grade marijuana to researchers for scientific purposes. NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (which acts as the U.S. …

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Study: Marijuana could help treat Alzheimer’s disease

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study found that marijuana might help treat Alzheimer’s disease by replenishing cannabinoid receptors. Testing on mice, researchers say they have evidence which shows that Alzheimer’s disease is worsened by a lack of cannabinoid receptors, indicating that the disease could be treated with marijuana. Many cannabinoids are found in marijuana, with THC being the most notable compound. The authors wrote in the …

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How medical marijuana helps MS sufferers

In Feature Stories by Dave Gordon

Marijuana’s health benefits extend to people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), but how exactly do these patients see their symptoms lessen with medical cannabis? Here, The Medical Marijuana Review shares stories from MS sufferers who couldn’t picture life without marijuana as medicine. Diagnosed with chronic progressive MS in 1992 at the age of 28, wheelchair-bound Alison Myrden says that no …

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Why medical marijuana can work for your pets

In Feature Stories by KelliK

Humans aren’t the only species who can enjoy the medical benefits of marijuana. Find out how medical cannabis is helping sick dogs and cats, and giving hope to concerned pet owners who had nowhere else to turn. *    *    * Toronto’s Sam Mellace saw nothing wrong in giving his elderly border collie some marijuana-laced doggie biscuits. “I don’t …

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‘Without cannabis, I might not be alive today’

In Epilepsy, Feature Stories by David Silverberg

In our ongoing series of profiling medical marijuana users, we look at how cannabis is making one man’s life bearable in the face of unimaginable suffering.  Find out how David Michael helps control his debilitating seizures with marijuana, and learn why he is putting out an SOS call, as in Sick of Suffering. David Michael, 33, lives in New South …

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U.S. Senate Committee to review marijuana laws in September

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced recently that the Committee will hold a hearing next month on the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws, according to a release. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 10, at 10 a.m. ET Leahy has urged the Obama administration to determine its enforcement policy in light of several states …