Cannabis Activism

ASA Reacts To Committee Passage Of SAFE Banking Act

On March 28, the House Financial Services Committee voted in favor of the Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019. The bill would create protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to legitimate cannabis-related businesses,  their service providers, and some ancillary businesses, thereby granting state-legal cannabis-related businesses [read more]

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Medical Marijuana

Virginia Lawmakers Pass Bills Expanding Medical Access To Cannabis Products

Legislation is heading to the Governor’s desk to expand patients’ access to medical cannabis products. Senate Bill 1557 expands the pool of health professionals who can approve cannabis therapy to include nurse practitioners and physician assistants. It also permits qualifying patients access to a broader spectrum of products containing both plant-derived CBD [read more]

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Medical Marijuana

Survey: Three Of Four Military Veterans Would Consider Using Medical Cannabis

Seventy-five percent of military veterans say that they would consider using either “cannabis or cannabinoid products as a treatment option,” according to member survey data compiled by the group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). The organization represents over 400,000 veterans nationwide. Under existing federal regulations, physicians affiliated with the Department [read more]

Marijuana Studies

Study: Patients Frequently Substitute Medical Marijuana In Place Of Other Controlled Substances

Canadian patients who consume medical cannabis products in compliance with federal law typically reduce or eliminate their use of alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceutical drugs, according to data published in the Harm Reduction Journal. A team of investigators from Canada and the United States surveyed over 2,000 federally registered medical cannabis patients with regard [read more]

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Medical Marijuana

Medical Cannabis Access Associated With Decreased Use Of Opioids Per Study

The enactment of medical cannabis access laws is associated with moderately lower levels of prescription opioid use, even after controlling for potentially confounding variables, according to data published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. A team of investigators from the University of Arkansas assessed prescription drug use data in a nationally representative [read more]