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Medicinal marijuana bills clears Kentucky House hurdle

A Kentucky House committee voted today to add Kentucky to the list of at least 33 other states with a government-regulated medicinal marijuana program.

The program would be established under House Bill 136, sponsored by Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, and Rep. John Sims Jr., D-Flemingsburg, approved today by the House Judiciary Committee. The bill sets out policies for cultivation, processing, sale, distribution and use of medicinal marijuana, should HB 136 become law.

Utah legislators working on more medical marijuana revisions

Modifications to law would eliminate blister pack requirement, decriminalize previous medical users, sponsor says

A new bill expected to roll out during this legislative session would again modify Utah’s medical marijuana law, changing a controversial form of packaging and decriminalizing previous medical users.

Beyond THC and CBD: The Science of Cannabinoids and the Brain

There are more than 100 cannabinoids in cannabis, and all of them can affect our brains and bodies. Here's what science does — and doesn't — know about cannabinoids and the brain.

When we think cannabis, most of us think of the chemical THC — although CBD is quickly rising in popularity, too. Both cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol, to give them their full names, are cannabinoids — chemical compounds found in marijuana. But while they are the most famous, they are far from the only cannabinoids. 

Recreational cannabis is legal in Illinois, but medical marijuana requests are up. Here’s why.

Since recreational weed went on sale in Illinois three weeks ago, long lines have formed outside dispensaries, stores have established buying limits, and some have run out of product.

All that was expected, based on what’s happened as other states legalized cannabis. But there’s also been a less-anticipated result: More people want medical marijuana cards.

WISCONSIN | 2 Republicans introduce bill that would legalize medical marijuana

Two Republican lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that would legalize medical marijuana in the state, an indication GOP lawmakers are warming to a proposal that has for years failed to become a reality in Wisconsin.

But the bill from Rep. Mary Felzkowski, R-Irma, and Sen. Kathy Bernier, R-Chippewa Falls, which would create a regulatory framework for medical marijuana, already faces stiff opposition from Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau.

New research suggests daily cannabis use could be effective alternative to opioids for chronic pain

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Don Durban has been using opioids for years to cope with chronic pain in his feet from diabetic swelling. He also once sought out the drugs to help with symptoms of pancreatitis.

But the Vancouver man and many others are now using cannabis as an alternative means to alleviate symptoms.

Mr. Durban, 66, said the herb has been an “awesome painkiller," especially in its edible form. “They helped cut back on my Dilaudid [an opioid] use when I was getting that prescribed.”