Federal Policy

The U.S. government continues to classify cannabis as a drug with “no accepted medical use in treatment.”  Unbelievable but true.  Laughable?  Yes.  But this antiquated policy is harming countless individuals and is in desperate need of reform.  This selection of articles highlights existing policy and efforts to change it.


Marin hospital could be first in state to allow medical marijuana – SFGate

The resolution, if approved, would direct the hospital’s administrative and medical staff to review and research the clinical and legal implications of using medical marijuana in the hospital and report back to the board. …. The California Hospital Association, which opposes Prop. 64, does not keep any information on whether hospitals allow the use of […]

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

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 to a company news release. […]

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The U.S. Must Create a New Schedule for Cannabis: An Open Letter the U.S. Congress | Cannabis Now

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, however, that changing the federal […]

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The medical marijuana mess: A prescription for fixing a broken policy | Brookings Institution

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 prescription for fixing a broken […]

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Congressman Blumenauer: Medical Marijuana Could Help Solve Opioid Abuse Epidemic

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 Veterans – who are frequently […]

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

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 letter on Monday. “This regulatory […]

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