Want to stay on top of the news in the cannabis industry? In this article, we’ll give you ten of the top headlines in recent months about medical weed. We’ve collected some of the most important and newsworthy items for you right here in this article. Instead of scrolling around the Internet for questions and answers about medicinal marijuana, why not check out this article for all you need to know? These breakthroughs and headlines in the world of marijuana signal significant changes ahead. Will you be ready?
Studies suggest that legalized cannabis may be able to help solve America’s opioid crisis
If you haven’t heard about the opioid crisis by now, you are certainly out of the loop. This serious epidemic is a huge problem. More people than ever are hooked on these dangerous and powerful substances.
Opioids are essentially prescription pain killers. They are very strong drugs, and they come with a very high risk of tolerance which then results independence in many cases. Even people who are not addicts tend to get addicted very easily to opioids. That’s just the nature of these drugs.
This over-prescription of opioids in America has led to a crisis. How bad is this crisis? Well, over seventeen thousand people died from prescription opioid overdoes in the US in 2016 alone.
People are hooked on these drugs, damaging their health and in many cases resulting in death. Also, people tend to move on to even harder drugs when they can no longer get their fix from their prescription. This makes them turn to even more dangerous substances like heroin, fentanyl, and more.
However, this is where cannabis comes in. It, too, offers pain relief to patients who are suffering. However, unlike opioids, it comes without a high risk of addiction. Cannabis is extremely nonhabit forming. Today, it is thought that cannabis is a much more safe and natural alternative to these hard drugs that have become such a problem.
When states pass legalization laws and open dispensaries, the rate of opioid doses and prescriptions drops tremendously.
In fact, researchers at the University of Kentucky concluded: “The potential of marijuana liberalization to reduce the use and consequences of prescription opioids among Medicaid enrollees deserves consideration during the policy discussions about marijuana reform and the opioid epidemic.”
How many Americans can benefit from medicinal marijuana?
How beneficial is cannabis? Can that many people benefit from it?
Well, a lot of Americans suffer from a lot of different diseases and conditions. However, cannabis has excellent therapeutic properties, including anti-inflammation, antioxidant, and even pain relief properties as well.
Anecdotal evidence has demonstrated that cannabis can help out with a wide range of diseases and ailments. This includes but is not limited to Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, epilepsy, anorexia, nausea (especially when it is the result of chemotherapy and radiation treatments in cancer patients), anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and more.
This is a vast range of diseases that millions of people suffer from — and that’s not even the extent of it.
So how many people could benefit from medical weed? Quite a few. Millions. Anyone who suffers from one of these conditions may be able to benefit from the use of medicinal marijuana.
High at work? Employers prepare for the legalization of medical weed
As more and more states pass laws to allow medicinal or recreational cannabis, employers and workplaces have to figure out how to handle this new development.
As the laws expand, you can expect to see more and more stories about how to handle this. Of course, people know that you can’t do things like drink alcohol or smoke marijuana at work. However, medicinal marijuana is not in the same category as those things.
Instead, it is more like medicine or treatment. Of course, you can take your normal prescriptions and medicines before you go into work. No one says a word if you’re on Advil when you go to work.
However, medicinal marijuana, mainly when it contains THC, does affect your mental states, even though it is in the same category as medicine or treatment.
So how will this all pan out? Will you be able to show up high to work? Will you have to rely on CBD marijuana only to get you through the work week? Only time will tell.
Federal prosecutors won’t go after “small marijuana cases,” according to Attorney General Jeff Sessions
What is a small marijuana case, anyway? Moreover, will the possession or use of marijuana continue to be a punishable offense in the eyes of our government?
According to our Attorney General Jeff Sessions, we may see a change in this area.
Instead, Sessions announced, the Justice Department will focus only drug gangs and other large conspiracy organizations. Smaller, more routine cases do not deserve the time or attention of the federal government.
However, it’s important to note that marijuana is still illegal under federal law. So, if at any time these federal authorities wanted to pay attention to state-run dispensaries and the like, they do have the power to do that.
Supposedly, though, their main focus will be to pursue illegal marijuana operations. Outfits that are growing and selling without paying any heed to the existing legal framework set in place are their primary targets.
What’s going on with CBD marijuana? The United States sees a dramatic increase in the production of hemp
In 2017, the production of hemp in the US soared.
In fact, “From 2016 to 2017, the number of acres licensed for hemp cultivation in the top 10 hemp-growing states grew by 140% – while the number of hemp producers doubled over the same one-year period.”
The hemp industry in the US is still fairly new. However, this rising popularity is likely because more and more people are interested in using marijuana to help with their ailments.
Whether this is in the form of CBD — which is legal and does not contain any component that will get you high — or medical weed, people are willing to give it a try. This is likely what caused the dramatic spike in hemp production.
Hemp is what most growers source CBD from. More and more people are interested in benefiting from the medical use of marijuana but without experiencing the high.
With this, there has also been more of a push to legalize hemp. We understand now that THC is the part of marijuana that’s responsible for getting people high — so without its presence, people are free to simply benefit from marijuana and go about their normal daily life.
Protection for medicinal marijuana extended by the new federal spending bill
Medical weed in the US is on the rise. We are sure to see greater acceptance and greater legality as time goes on.
Want proof of this? In March 2018, President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion federal spending bill.
This bill includes extending the CJS Medical Marijuana Amendment, which is also called the Rohrabacher – Blumenauer Amendment. New federal spending bill has been approved or renewed by Congress frequently since 2014.
We hope that this bill should help to discourage the Department of Justice from interfering with medicinal marijuana operations in states where medical weed is legal.
While marijuana is still illegal under federal law, more than half of the nation has passed state laws to allow it for medical use. This has become a question of states rights versus the federal government.
The Republican senator from Kentucky announces a bill to legalize hemp
Senator Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, recently announced a bill that would help to legalize hemp.
Introducing a bill at the federal level to legalize hemp as an agricultural product is a big and bold move. If hemp is legal on a federal level, then more and more people can have access to the very therapeutic product CBD.
What makes CBD so good for you? Well, it offers a lot of what marijuana offers to you — just without the high.
In a recent statement, Senator McConnell said, “Hemp has played a foundational role in Kentucky’s agricultural heritage, and I believe that it can be an important part of our future. I am grateful to join our Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles in this effort. He and his predecessor, Jamie Comer, have been real champions for the research and development of industrial hemp in the Commonwealth. The work of Commissioner Quarles here in Kentucky has become a nationwide example for the right way to cultivate hemp. I am proud to stand here with him today because I believe that we are ready to take the next step and build upon the successes we’ve seen with Kentucky’s hemp pilot program.”
His belief in the value of hemp stands as an example to the rest of the nation. Legalizing hemp can help pave the way and encourage more and more legalization in the world of cannabis. This is good news for people and medical patients all around.
$60 million in tax revenue from recreational marijuana? New Jersey thinks so
The state of New Jersey has a governor named Phil Murphy, and he has demonstrated a commitment to make New Jersey one of the few states in the US that legalizes marijuana completely.
While this still faces much opposition in his state, he included an estimate in his recent budget that declared $60 million as the estimated tax revenue if New Jersey were to legalize marijuana by the close of the year 2018.
However, think of what a large number this is and all the amazing efforts that could be accomplished with this many millions of dollars in tax revenue.
Also, a member of the group New Jersey United for Marijuana describes this estimate as proof that legalization in the state of New Jersey is “marching toward inevitability.”
A new study finds that cannabis reduces the use of opioids for cancer pain
A recent study offers great news for cancer patients who are suffering from the intensity of their treatments. Cannabis may be a great alternative to opioids when it comes to managing pain and sickness.
According to the lead researcher in a study on the use of cannabis for cancer patients, “Cannabis is a very good alternative to reduce opioid consumption, to increase the quality of life, and to reduce pain, nausea, and vomiting.”
In addition to helping with pain relief, cannabis is a great treatment for nausea. It can help to greatly reduce this discomfort, which helps make the process at least a bit more endurable.
Any way to make it through cancer treatments a bit more comfortably is good news for those who are suffering through these intense treatments.
Veterans in Louisiana advocate for medicinal marijuana
Veterans in Louisiana have recently made headlines for their advocating for the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.
This group of people tends to suffer from mental health conditions like PTSD due to their traumatic time in combat.
CBD may be able to help with PTSD by helping ease pain, anxiety, discomfort, and unpleasant thoughts. Some people with PTSD have seen great improvement through their use of CBD to treat their symptoms. It helps to nourish and protect the brain along the way.
Passing legal cannabis in Louisiana could make a huge difference for residents there who are suffering due to their time fighting for our nation’s freedom.
“They are making us into criminals, and we are veterans,” Paul Bonial said. “We are law abiding citizens. We respect and covet the constitution.” He served in the Louisiana Army National Guard and then the US Army from 1983 to 1992.
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