New York: Physicians Now Can Recommend Medical Marijuana for Any Condition

New York’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) announced this week that the state’s medical marijuana program is being significantly expanded.

The OCM says that effective immediately physicians will be able to recommend medical marijuana for literally any condition they feel it can be useful for. This is a stark change from the state’s previous policy (and the policy of most other medical marijuana states), which allowed medical marijuana to be recommended for a set list of conditions such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. The change comes as New York prepares for implementation of its recreational marijuana program, which was signed into law by then-Governor Cuomo last year.

“It is terrific to see the Medical Cannabis Program expand so vastly with the launch of the new certification and registration program and the ability of practitioners to determine qualifying conditions as included in the MRTA,” said Tremaine Wright, Chair of the Cannabis Control Board (CCB). “The new cannabis industry is taking shape as we continue to implement the MRTA and provide greater access for New Yorkers to a medicine that we’re learning more about every day.”

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Mississippi’s Full Legislature Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

The full Mississippi Legislature has now given approval to legislation that will establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program.

Senate Bill 2095 has now been given final approval by the House of Representatives and Senate, following their agreement on amendments the House made after it passed the Senate. The measure’s final vote in the House was 103 to 13, and 46 to 4 in the Senate.

The measure now goes to Governor Tate Reeves, who has expressed opposition to the bill and requested the possession limits to be lowered. However, both the House and Senate passed the measure with a super-majority (of 2/3rds support), allowing them to override any potential veto. This gives the governor three options: Sign it into law, allow it to become law without his signature, or veto it knowing the legislature would likely override said veto.

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Retail Giant Amazon Announces Support for Federal Marijuana Bill

In a surprise announcement Amazon made it clear yesterday that they support legalizing marijuana, for all uses, across the United States.

“We’re pleased to endorse @RepNancyMace ‘s States Reform Act”, said Amazon Public Policy in an official Tweet. “Like so many in this country, we believe it’s time to reform the nation’s cannabis policy and Amazon is committed to helping lead the effort.”

The legislation Amazon is referring to – the State’s Reform Act – was filed by U.S. Representative Nancy Mace, who is a Republican from South Carolina. The measure would remove marijuana s a controlled substance, allowing states to determine their own marijuana policies without fear of federal intervention.

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Study: Medical Marijuana Associated With Improved Health-Related Quality of Life

Medical marijuana is associated with improvements in health-related quality of life including anxiety and sleep, according to a new study published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoids Research, and published online ahead of print by the National Library of Medicine.

According to the study, “there is a growing body of literature supporting the efficacy of cannabis-based medicinal products (CBMPs).” Despite an increase in prescribing globally, “there is a paucity of high-quality clinical data on the efficacy of CBMPs for many conditions.”

This study “aims to detail the changes in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and associated clinical safety in patients prescribed CBMPs for any clinical indication from the UK Medical Cannabis Registry (UKMCR).”

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$1.2 Billion in Marijuana Sold in Arizona During First Year of Legal Sales

In 2021, the first year or legal sales, there was $1.2 billion in marijuana and marijuana products sold in Arizona.

The $1.2 billion in sales garnered the state $190 million in taxes, and that’s not including taxes made in December. This is according to data released by the Arizona Department of Revenue.

“Rarely does an industry produce over $1.2 billion in revenue in its first year”, says Samuel Richard, the Executive Director of the Arizona Dispensaries Association (ADA). “This number shows that the legalization of cannabis is something Arizonans believe strongly in and the many benefits it contributes to the state’s economy.”

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Full Mississippi House Votes to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Mississippi’s House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed legislation that would make medical marijuana legal in the state for the first time since the start of prohibition.

The Mississippi House voted 104 to 14 to pass Senate Bill 2095, a larger margin than even proponents expected. The measure would allow those with a qualifying medical condition (there’s a couple dozen listed) to receive a recommendation from a physician to purchase marijuana from a licensed retail facility.

The measure has already passed the state’s Senate, but will need to go back for a final vote as the House approved an amendment to lower the monthly purchase limit from 3.5 ounces to 3 ounces. The daily purchase limit remains 3.5 grams of dried flower and up to a gram of concentrates.

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Thailand to Remove Marijuana as a Controlled Substance

Thailand will soon remove marijuana as a controlled substance, effectively decriminalizing its possession and consumption.

Thailand was already the first country in Southeast Asia to legalize medical marijuana, and now the nation’s Food and Drug Administration is set to propose the removal of marijuana from a list of controlled drugs to the narcotics control board. The move is expected to come tomorrow.

Once given approval by the FDA, the the proposal will head to Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul who has the option of passing it into law or vetoing it. It’s heavily expected he will do the former.

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Study: Marijuana Users Have Improved Sexual Function, Better Orgasms

Young people (aged 18 to 30) who use marijuana have improved sexual function and experience better orgasms, according to a new study published in the journal Healthcare.

The study, titled The Influence of Cannabis and Alcohol Use on Sexuality: An Observational Study in Young People (18–30 Years), was conducted by researchers at the University of Almeria, Jaume I University, Almeria Health District and Hospital de Poniente, all located in Spain.

“Sexual function is improved in young people who are high-risk cannabis consumers with a moderate risk of alcohol use, resulting in increased desire, arousal, and orgasm,” states the study “This improvement is usually associated with a reduction in anxiety and shame, which facilitates sexual relationships.”

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Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in Delaware

Legislation that would legalize marijuana for everyone 21 and older has been filed in Delaware.

Representative Ed Osienski’s legislation (House Bill 305) would allow those 21+ to purchase, possess and consume up to an ounce of marijuana for all uses. The measure, would not allow marijuana to be cultivated for personal use, with only licensed sales being allowed. Of the 18 states in the U.S. with legal marijuana only one (Washington State) doesn’t allow home cultivation.

The legislation – which has been referred to the House Health and Human Development Committee and was cosponsored by 27 members of the House and Senate – would place a 15% tax on all recreational marijuana sales. This tax would not apply to the sale of medical marijuana.

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Canada: Marijuana Legalization Not Associated With Increased Psychosis or Schizophrenia

New research shows that marijuana legalization in Canada “was not associated with evidence of significant changes in cannabis-induced psychosis or schizophrenia emergency department presentations”.

The study, published by the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, is titled Associations Between Canada’s Cannabis Legalization and Emergency Department Presentations for Transient Cannabis-Induced Psychosis and Schizophrenia Conditions: Ontario and Alberta, 2015-2019.

“Cannabis legalization in many jurisdictions worldwide has raised concerns that such legislation might increase the burden of transient and persistent psychotic illnesses in society”, states the study’s researchers. “Our study aimed to address this issue.”

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