Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) has long since been an advocate of legalization, both medically and recreationally, and he just made history as being the first Republican representative to openly admit to medical marijuana use.
While addressing NORML, the 69-year-old congressman said the pain from his arthritis made his favorite pastime of surfing an actual past-time; the discomfort even made it difficult for him to sleep. That is, until Rohrabacher tried medical marijuana salve.
Officials in the city of Aurora, Colorado say they will be directing some of the tax revenue from recreational marijuana toward programs designed to help the homeless.
In all about $1.5 million in revenues will be used for homeless programs, including some money to local groups to buy vans for homeless outreach as well as $200,000 to a nonprofit organization that assists homeless people living in hotels.
Nowadays it seems riskier than ever for major corporations to take a stand on a hot-button political issue, however Walgreens has opened the door to discussing the positive benefits of medical marijuana on its health and wellness blog.
While the company hasn’t come right out and said, “We support medical marijuana,” its post titled “Clarifying Clinical Cannabis” lists its many health benefits, providing readers with a perceived alternative to traditional pain medication and treatments.
Last weekend the Republican Party of Texas held its state convention in Dallas where GOP delegates met to confirm the party's position on major political issues. One of these issues was that of medical marijuana within the state, and while the GOP didn’t decide that Texas should implement an MMJ program á la California, it did make a statement.
Of all delegates, 78% voted to support the following new official stance of the Texas GOP: “We call up on the Texas Legislature to improve the 2015 Compassionate Use Act to allow doctors to determine the appropriate use of cannabis to prescribed patients.”
Last week the U.S House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate both voted to allow doctors with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss medical cannabis with their patients in states where such medicine is legal.
Both chambers of Congress tacked on amendments to military spending bills that would lift the restrictions on VA doctors discussing medical cannabis as an option in legal states.
Canadian Insurance company Sun Life will now cover its members’ medical cannabis costs as part of their insurance coverage, making it the first company in North America to do so.
Currently Canada has a for-profit, commercially structured medical cannabis program, thanks to the passing of 2013’s Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. The nation’s medical cannabis program could most closely be likened to that of California, where prescriptions are written for anything from eating and sleeping disorders to cancer and epilepsy.