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.


 

As Trump wages war on legal marijuana, military veterans side with pot – LA Times

Military veterans have joined the fight over pot legalization in a big way this year. And they are not on Trump’s side. Source: As Trump wages war on legal marijuana, military veterans side with pot – LA Times

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In a first, marijuana substance reduces seizures for some epilepsy patients in clinical trial | PBS NewsHour

A component of cannabis reduced seizures in children with a rare form of epilepsy, marking a significant step in efforts to use marijuana and its derivatives to treat serious medical conditions. Source: In a first, marijuana substance reduces seizures for some epilepsy patients in clinical trial | PBS NewsHour

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Science Calls Out Jeff Sessions on Medical Marijuana and the “Historic Drug Epidemic”

Rolling back protections from federal interference in state legalization laws could worsen the opioid overdose crisis Source: Science Calls Out Jeff Sessions on Medical Marijuana and the “Historic Drug Epidemic”

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Regulation of Cannabis in FDA-Regulated Products – Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI)

July 19, 2017 | 2:00-3:30 PM ET | Webinar A regulatory-oriented webinar on cannabis edibles. Source: Regulation of Cannabis in FDA-Regulated Products – Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI)

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On weed, homeland security chief and attorney general could hardly be further apart – The Washington Post

Editor’s Note:  Policy changes seem inevitable with respect to cannabis under the Trump Administration.  But this article reveals there is division with regard to the appropriate way to proceed.     Source: On weed, homeland security chief and attorney general could hardly be further apart – The Washington Post

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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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