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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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Study: Marijuana may reduce risk of erectile dysfunction

In Research Topics, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study using mice found marijuana may help prevent erectile dysfunction in individuals most at risk. High cholesterol is often the culprit behind erectile dysfunction, but Swiss researchers were able to reduce erectile-related damage in mice with high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), as Leaf Science writes. The finding, published in the journal Clinical & Developmental Immunology, summed up how targeting specific pathways in marijuana, …

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U.S. researcher discusses challenges in studying medical marijuana

In Feature Stories by KentM

According to a medical marijuana researcher in the U.S., marijuana studies have already proven why the plant requires a new drug classification. He says studying marijuana effectively is hampered by the U.S. labeling the plant an illegal drug. Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, a New York–based medical resident involved in medical marijuana research and policy reform, told The Medical Marijuana Review the …

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Morocco seeking to legalize medical marijuana

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

Lawmakers in Morocco recently debated why the country should legalize marijuana for medical and industrial uses. The discussions, began by one of Morocco’s main political parties, are seen as the first steps to introduce a draft law next year aimed at legalizing the plant, according to media reports. But don’t expect full-out legalization. “We are not seeking to legalize the production of drugs, …

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Inside the medical marijuana edibles (medibles) craze

In Feature Stories by Brett Wilkins

From cookies to cola, from tinctures to truffles, the pharmacopeia of medical marijuana edibles – or “medibles,” as they’re known – is as immense and varied as the patients whose well-being depends on it. But while cannabis has a rich and ancient history as a source of fiber, medicine and, yes, even food, smoking has always been the preferred method …

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Study: Marijuana can help treat severe lung disease

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study found the compounds found in marijuana can help fight a severe lung disease known as acute lung injury, also called acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The disease is a life-threatening condition caused by acute injuries or infections of the lung. Researchers from Brazil and Germany were able to protect mice from acute lung injury by increasing levels …

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The highs and lows of being a medical marijuana patient

In Feature Stories by Chris Riddell

In our ongoing series of patient stories, The Medical Marijuana Review presents Colorado resident Zach Branson’s take on being a medical cannabis user. He shares with us why Big Pharma drugs could never alleviate his pain like marijuana does, and why being a card-carrying medical marijuana patient has made his job search even more challenging. When Zach Branson was born, …