Federal Policy

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved dronabinol oral solution (Syndros, Insys Therapeutics, Inc) for the treatment of anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with AIDS and for nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy in patients who fail to respond adequately to conventional antiemetic treatments, according […]

FDA Approves THC product from Insys | O’Shaughnessy’s

As one who has been involved in the medical marijuana movement from literally the very beginning and who brings to this issue 40 years of perspective, I can say with certainty that we have never been at a more opportune time to effect dramatic and positive change. Everyone is aware, […]

The U.S. Must Create a New Schedule for Cannabis: An ...

In this Brookings Essay, John Hudak writes on the uncertainty and inconsistency surrounding federal and state laws for medical marijuana use, distribution, and research, which is placing unnecessary obstacles in the way of suffering patients, their families, and the people trying to help them. Source: The medical marijuana mess: A […]

The medical marijuana mess: A prescription for fixing a broken ...

Today, on the House floor, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) addressed the serious opioid abuse epidemic across America, highlighting medical marijuana as an alternative to highly addictive prescription opioids in treating chronic pain. In his remarks, Representative Blumenauer called for further reforms to our medical marijuana laws, including making sure our […]

Congressman Blumenauer: Medical Marijuana Could Help Solve Opioid Abuse Epidemic

A group of eight U.S. senators, led by Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, is demanding answers from key federal agencies about why the government hasn’t yet enacted policies to better facilitate scientific research into the medical benefits of marijuana. “There are currently numerous federal and state regulatory barriers to researching marijuana,” the lawmakers wrote in a […]

U.S. Senators Press Federal Agencies on Medical Marijuana Research

When medical marijuana is legal statewide but illegal under federal law, things get tricky for patients. Once a week, 50-year-old Raymundo Marrufo drives 22 miles from Deming, New Mexico to the state’s second largest city, Las Cruces. It’s the medical marijuana dispensary that brings him there, the closest place to […]

Medical Marijuana’s Catch-22