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EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Sanjay Gupta on ‘doubling down’ on medical marijuana, his new CNN film Weed 2

In Feature Stories, Media by David Silverberg

Once again, CNN’s chief medical correspondent is training his scientific eye squarely on a topic that continues to generate big buzz around the world. Medical marijuana is the subject of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s new film for CNN airing Tuesday March 11 at 10 p.m. ET. Weed 2: Cannabis Madness will delve deeper into the science behind the plant, a subject Gupta explored …

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Doctors press Iowa Senate to legalize medical marijuana

In Advocacy, Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

This week, doctors and marijuana users and experts explained to Iowa lawmakers how medical marijuana can be beneficial to some patients. Thomas Carlstrom, a retired Des Moines neurosurgeon, said at the committee meetings Wednesday: “I think its time has come. I think the medical uses for marijuana are absolute, they are happening …I think we really need to give serious thought to …

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Why this 10-year-old boy needs medical marijuana

In Children, Feature Stories by Brett Wilkins

It’s been more than a year now since Zaki Jackson suffered his last seizure. The 10-year-old Colorado Springs boy has Doose Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that strikes in early childhood and is extremely resistant to pharmaceutical medications. Zaki’s seizures started when he was just four months old. He was diagnosed with Doose two months later. By the time …

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Study: Medical marijuana may prevent Alzheimer’s disease

In Alzheimer's, Top Stories by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

Pioneering new research suggests that smoking marijuana before the onset of certain types of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, can slow down the development of degenerative conditions. Taken at the right age and with sufficient frequency, smoking marijuana could prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease from manifesting, to the degree that a person could die from old age before the …

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New research uncovers why marijuana stimulates appetite

In Research Topics, Top Stories by David Silverberg

If you ever wanted to know exactly why marijuana users get the “munchies” new research from France offers some answers. A new study published recently in Nature Neuroscience reports marijuana stimulates appetite because the plant’s properties allow users to smell and taste food more acutely. The research team from the University of Bordeaux has found that, in mice, THC is placed into receptors in the brain’s …

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Florida to vote on medical marijuana legalization in November

In Regulatory, Top Stories by Dave Gordon

With nearly half of the US already legalizing medical marijuana – 20 states and the District of Columbia – one more state may be added to the list. Floridians will have the opportunity to vote on the issue this November, thanks to supporters of a successful petition campaign and a recent court decision. The petition received a whopping 1.1 million …

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Medical marijuana user wins daughter custody battle

In Children, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A Spokane County Superior Court judge decided to give custody of a 16-month-old toddler to her Washington father, a medical marijuana user who has been fighting to prove his medicine doesn’t interfere with his parenting duties. The judge said said the state can’t require Billy Fisher to take inpatient chemical dependency treatment as a condition of gaining custody of his young daughter. …

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Why the NFL is slowly embracing medical marijuana

In Feature Stories, Research Topics by Kay Mathews

NFL players want medical marijuana, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he’ll consider medical experts’ advice on the issue, and now Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters he supports athletes using medical marijuana. Will we soon see the NFL exempting medical marijuana from its drug ban policy? The buzz began when Howard Bryant, senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The …