The new paper in the JAMA Internal Medicine looked at opioid overdoses from 1990-2010. It found that “states with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8% lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws.”
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 26, 2014 7:50 am|
|By: Jon Walker Friday August 15, 2014 2:26 pm|
This is another example of how Latin American seems to be moving towards a new approach when it comes to drug policy. Over the past few years top officials across the region have talked openly about the possibility of big changes and last year Uruguay adopt a new law legalizing and heavily regulating marijuana for adults.
|By: Jon Walker Friday August 15, 2014 8:54 am|
It is worth highlighting and remembering this statement because Jeb Bush has been considering a 2016 Presidential run and polling indicates he has a chance at winning the Republican nomination. If Jeb Bush were elected President he would have the power to impede, harass or even completely destroy all the medical marijuana and adult-use marijuana companies in the places where they are legal under state law.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday July 31, 2014 11:20 am|
Jessica Spencer, director of the well-funded Vote No on 2 campaign opposing legalization of medical marijuana may have Sheldon Adelson’s millions on her side, but apparently not the facts.
Florida resident Cathy Jordan was diagnosed with Amyoltrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 1986 and given 5 years to live. She claims credits smoking marijuana for the fact that she is still alive today.
Spencer, however, isn’t buying it. “No major medical organization has come out in support of medical marijuana” she says.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 30, 2014 1:15 pm|
We have gotten to the point where the most common arguments against marijuana reform often focus on children. The implication is usually that legalizing marijuana for adults will cause youth usage to skyrocket. Yet there is now more research that indicates even these fears could be misplaced.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 2, 2014 4:25 pm|
I was looking at the new Center for Disease Control and Preventions report on opioid prescriptions and I immediately noticed an interesting correlation. States with medical marijuana laws on average had noticeably lower rates of prescriptions for opioid pain relievers than states without medical marijuana.
|By: Jon Walker Monday June 30, 2014 10:57 am|
Bill Clinton has clearly been evolving on the issue of marijuana while out of office. In a Meet the Press interview Clinton acknowledge there is real evidence behind medical marijuana and supports letting states experiment with reform.
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 20, 2014 3:26 pm|
New York is set to become the 23rd state to adopt medical marijuana, but just barely. On Friday both chambers of the New York legislature easily passed the new compromise bill sending it to Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), who has promised to sign it.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Friday June 20, 2014 10:55 am|
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday June 11, 2014 9:20 am|
Sheldon Adelson, billionare Las Vegas mogul and veteran of the Scissor Sheldon campaign, has decided to take a stand against medical marijuana in Florida — an issue that has 70% support among likely Florida voters in the November election.