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For reasons that can’t be explained rationally, cannabis is classified by the DEA as a Schedule I drug, which means it has a high potential for abuse and no medicinal value. It also means that the federal government makes it very hard to conduct clinical studies on it. Since the DEA is an agency more […]

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), an influential federal agency with a billion dollar budget that conducts studies and helps shape public policy, has officially changed its stance on the benefits of medical cannabis. On the agency’s “DrugFacts: Is Marijuana Medicine?” webpage, it reads: Revised December 2014 The marijuana plant contains several chemicals that […]

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New York’s state Assembly approved a medical cannabis bill for the fifth time since 2007 this week, but state Senate leadership under Republican Dean Skelos and Democrat Governor Cuomo have historically been opposed to any such legislation. To urge them to reconsider, the Marijuana Policy Act is running two pro-weed television ads in New York, […]

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Thanks to new laws that require Canadian medical cannabis patients to buy their herb from large-scale, federally approved operations, the door is wide open for big-time growers. Tweed Marijuana, one such company, operates out of a converted Hershey’s plant in a small Ontario town called Smiths Falls, and is permitted to hold 15,000 kilograms of […]

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A new review of studies from the American Academy of Neurology confirms what many medical cannabis patients already know: that weed can help alleviate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis like pain, stiffness, and overactive bladder. The study also looked at weed’s ability to treat other brain diseases, finding inconclusive evidence for whether pot could effectively treat […]

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to bring medical cannabis to 20 hospitals around New York, announced this week, has been criticized by activists for being too narrow and too reliant on federal government approval to do any good. Now, Patricia Lynch, a powerful Albany lobbyist, says a more powerful piece of legislation could be enacted in […]

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Though Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan for medical cannabis legalization is a step in the right direction, it isn’t enough to get suffering New Yorkers the treatment they need, according to the weed advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project. Cuomo’s plan, which he will announce in his State of the State address this afternoon, calls for weed […]

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Last week, Michael Bloomberg called medical cannabis “one of the greatest hoaxes of all time,” ignoring countless scientific studies  that have shown the plant’s usefulness in treating everything from cancer to HIV. We figured the mayor could use some brushing up, so we sent a packet of summer reading to his Upper East Side townhouse. […]

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