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Oklahoma’s Proposed Medical Pot Rules Detail Doctor, Patient Parameters

A few things would be banned under proposed emergency rules to regulate medical marijuana in Oklahoma, including dispensaries near schools, indoor smoking in public places and psychoactive gummy bears. Oklahomans voted to legalize medical marijuana Tuesday via State Question 788, …

Pain Medicine Group Cancels Marijuana Training for Doctors

A national medical group Thursday abruptly canceled its plans to train doctors about marijuana for pain relief after a federal agency pulled its funding. The episode highlights an ongoing conflict between federal and state laws on marijuana. The American Academy …

Federal Regulations on Marijuana Could Be Eased

President Donald Trump said Friday that he was inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, a proposal that would dramatically reshape the nation’s legal landscape for pot users and businesses. The federal …

Medical Marijuana Considered in War Against Illinois’ Opioid Crisis

Illinois lawmakers have come up with an unusual solution to combat its opioid crisis, allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana instead of opiates as a way to curb a growing epidemic. Doctors could choose to temporarily prescribe cannabis for patients …

Florida Judge Considers Lifting Stay on Smokable Medical Pot

Floridians who are eligible to receive medical marijuana will still have to wait a long time to access smokable products if a judge lifts a stay. An attorney representing the state’s Department of Health said Monday that even if smokable …

California DOI Approves First Coverage Protecting Landlords Leasing to Marijuana Industry

The first insurance coverage for commercial landlords that addresses risks specific to renting to cannabis businesses, has been approved by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. California Mutual Insurance Company is the first insurer in the state approved to add Lessor’s …

Iowa Medical Marijuana Industry Says Future Remains Hazy

Serious questions linger about the fate of medical marijuana in Iowa as Republican lawmakers find themselves considering an eleventh-hour deal that would expand the program to more patients. The state’s sole manufacturer of medical cannabis oil worries that, once sales …

Study: Medical Marijuana Users More Likely to Use and Misuse Prescription Drugs

Can medical marijuana help to fight the opioid epidemic? Many believe that it can. But a new study finds that people who use medical marijuana actually have higher rates of medical and non-medical prescription drug use—including pain relievers. The study …

Poll: Older Adults Wary of Medical Marijuana

Few older adults use medical marijuana, a new national poll finds, but the majority support its use if a doctor recommends it, and might talk to their own doctor about it if they developed a serious health condition. Four out …

Research Links Legal Marijuana With Fewer Opioid Prescriptions

Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk …