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New Yorkers May Now Replace Opioid Prescriptions With Medical Marijuana

By | July 13th, 2018|featured, new york, News, opioid crisis|

One month after announcing it would dramatically overhaul qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use, the New York State Health Department of Health announced Thursday that it had filed emergency regulations instituting the new policy. Effective immediately, New Yorkers may now replace opioid prescriptions with medical marijuana. New York’s Massive Medical Marijuana Expansion Just Went Into [...]

Governor of Hawaii Vetoed Bill Allowing Cannabis for Opioid Addicts

By | July 11th, 2018|addiction, Hawaii, News, opioid crisis|

Despite overwhelming support from lawmakers, Hawaii Gov. David Ige has vetoed a bill that would have allowed medical marijuana treatments for opioid and substance use disorders. The veto comes six months after the Hawaii State Legislature introduced the SB 2407, which passed by a large majority in early May. But by late June, Gov. Ige [...]

Surgeon General Skeptical of Medical Marijuana as Opioid Alternative

By | June 14th, 2018|Donald Trump, News, opioid crisis, surgeon general|

Surgeon General Jerome Adams said today that he is skeptical that medical marijuana is an acceptable alternative to opioids. Adams was a guest at the Examining Opioids forum hosted by The Washington Examiner in Washington, D.C.   During an interview, he said that researchers have found that smoking marijuana can be harmful to young people. “We know that exposing [...]

New York Lawmakers Push to Treat Opioid Addiction with Cannabis

By | June 8th, 2018|addiction, new york, News, opioid crisis|

Although cannabis has long been falsely accused of being a “gateway drug” for harder substances like heroin and opioid-based painkillers, the public perception has dramatically shifted in recent years. So much so, in fact, that renowned doctors have essentially said just the opposite—cannabis can actually help ween people off of physically addicting opioids. Dr. Oz [...]

Philadelphia to Treat Opioid Addiction with Medical Marijuana

By | May 15th, 2018|News, opioid crisis, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia|

The Pennsylvania Department of Health approved two major changes to the state’s medical marijuana program on Monday. First, the health department added opioid addiction to the list of conditions eligible for treatment with medicinal cannabis. With that decision, Pennsylvania joins New Jersey as the only two states that have done so. Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. [...]

44 Pounds of Fentanyl, 73 Pounds of Cocaine Seized In Traffic Stop

By | May 1st, 2018|Busted, drug trafficking, Fentanyl, Nebraska, News, opioid crisis|

Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) troopers seized 73 pounds of cocaine and 44 pounds of fentanyl in a traffic stop last week. Law enforcement officers also arrested the truck’s driver and a passenger who was with him, according to local media. Buffalo County court records show that on April 26, a state trooper was driving eastbound [...]

Illinois Senate Votes To Give Medical Marijuana to Opioid Addicts

By | April 27th, 2018|addiction, Illinois, News, opioid crisis|

Yesterday, Illinois lawmakers cast an important vote. In response to the opioid crisis sweeping the nation, the Illinois Senate voted to give opioid addicts access to medical marijuana. Considering the state’s restrictive medical marijuana program and a spike in opioid-related hospital visits last year, this is a significant medical victory for Illinois. Temporary Access To [...]

Pennsylvania Governor Proposes Plan To Curb Opioid Overprescription

By | April 27th, 2018|featured, News, opioid crisis, Pennsylvania|

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has proposed a plan to curb opioid addiction in the state. He said that he will use a series of executive actions to reduce prescriptions of the powerful painkillers. His plan will only apply to patients covered by the state’s workers compensation program. Wolf said in a written statement that the [...]

Virginia Will Get Its First Needle Exchange Program This Year

By | April 26th, 2018|Harm Reduction, health, HIV/AIDS, News, opioid crisis, Virginia|

Virginia will get its first needle exchange program this year in an effort to prevent disease in the state. The public health initiative will most likely begin in or near Wise County, in southwestern Virginia. Officials hope to stem the tide of infectious diseases fueled by the epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction. A new [...]

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Writes Open Letter To Jeff Sessions About Cannabis

By | April 26th, 2018|featured, Jeff Sessions, News, opioid crisis, Sanjay Gupta|

In light of the opioid crisis and the Attorney General’s intense opposition to marijuana, renown Dr. Sanjay Gupta writes open letter to Jeff Sessions about cannabis. In his letter, Dr. Gupta outlines the three main benefits of cannabis: It reduces pain, opioid withdrawal symptoms and addicts’ craving. Here is what Dr. Gupta says in his [...]