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Marijuana Helps Heal Broken Bones

New treatment helped bones grow back stronger, researchers say

(Newser) - There's a new and very promising use for marijuana, or at least a compound found in it. Researchers discovered that cannabidiol (CBD) worked wonders for rats with broken limbs. When rats with mid-femoral fractures were given CBD, the healing process was "markedly enhanced" within just eight weeks, according... More »

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Users Can't Smoke It

Cannabis pills only available to people with severe conditions

(Newser) - There will be no baggies of pot awaiting patients this week when Minnesota joins 21 other states in offering medical marijuana, nor any glass pipes or plants to tend at home. Instead, the nation's latest medical-marijuana program is a world of pill bottles and vials of marijuana-infused oil. Minnesota'... More »

Medical Marijuana May Not Be as Medical as You Think

Researchers: Low-quality studies aren't enough to prove benefits

(Newser) - Just because medical marijuana is approved to treat conditions like anxiety, sleep disorders, and Tourette's syndrome doesn't mean it actually provides any benefit. That's the takeaway from a new JAMA assessment of 79 studies involving nearly 6,500 people that found little evidence the drug helps patients,... More »

Colo. Court: Dish Can Fire Worker for Pot Use at Home

Even though marijuana is legal in that state, and even if it's medicinal

(Newser) - A Colorado quadriplegic who lost his Dish Network job for using marijuana outside of work for medical reasons lost his case in the state's highest court today. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled 6-0 that businesses can fire employees who violate their drug policies, even if that drug use is... More »

Roseanne Barr Is Going Blind

She has macular degeneration, glaucoma

(Newser) - Roseanne Barr is going blind, she reveals in a new Daily Beast interview. The comedian was explaining why she's such an advocate for marijuana legalization: "It's a good medicine, you know," she says. "I have macular degeneration and glaucoma, so it's good for me... More »

Drug That Could Top Medical Marijuana Exists

It's a cholesterol drug called fenofibrate, aka Tricor

(Newser) - Pain, insomnia, nausea, and some psychological conditions are among the health issues medical marijuana is used to treat—but the drug can come with frustrating side effects like dizziness, dry mouth, and telltale red eyes. Plus, not everybody wants to get high, a doctor notes. Another drug that's been... More »

Your Pup on Pot? Maybe Soon in Nevada

Senator intros bill to allow owners to get medical marijuana for sick pets

(Newser) - Pets might soon be able to use pot under a bill introduced yesterday in the Nevada Legislature. Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the measure that would allow animal owners to get marijuana for their pet if a veterinarian certifies the animal has an illness that might be alleviated by... More »

DEA Agent Warns Utah of Pot-Crazed Rabbits

He argues against legalization of medical pot

(Newser) - People who advocate legalizing medical marijuana in Utah clearly haven't given much thought to the risk of pot-crazed rabbits running wild, a DEA agent testified last week. Special Agent Matt Fairbanks told a state Senate hearing about how in the course of his marijuana eradication work, he had encountered... More »

This Girl Could Change Idaho's Marijuana Oil Rules

Alexis Carey's family pushing legislature to legalize potential treatment

(Newser) - Ten-year-old Alexis Carey of Boise, Idaho, has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic disease causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up will pass or turn fatal. Her family learned that oil extracted from... More »

A Little Pot Now Not Such a Big Crime in Jamaica

Possession of 2 oz. or less, cultivation of 5 or fewer plants is now 'petty offense'

(Newser) - Alaska yesterday became the third state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and now a country where you would have thought that was the case already is moving closer to that goal itself. Jamaica's parliament last night approved a law decriminalizing small amounts of pot, the AP reports. People... More »

For Kids, Medical Pot a Last Resort Only: Docs Group

New AAP policy worries about pot's effects on developing brains

(Newser) - With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy published today in Pediatrics. Some... More »

Dad Arrested for Giving Cannabis Oil to Dying Girl, 2

Adam Koessler says oil returned 'quality of life' to daughter Rumer

(Newser) - A 2-year-old girl was recently given a 50/50 chance of surviving stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer, and dad Adam Koessler wants to do everything in his power to boost those chances. The Australian man started putting cannabis oil in Rumer's food and noticed "extremely beneficial" and even "miraculous"... More »

On-Air Shocker: Reporter Quits in Vulgar Fashion

KTVA's Charlo Greene says she'll work for marijuana legalization, utters F-bomb

(Newser) - Reporter Charlo Greene feels passionately about marijuana legalization in the state of Alaska. So passionate, in fact, that she outed herself as the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club in last night's 10pm news broadcast on Anchorage's KTVA, then made another shocking declaration. "[I'll] be dedicating... More »

Princeton, Worker Square Off Over His Medical Pot

Navy vet, activist Don DeZarn on paid leave while 2 sides duke it out

(Newser) - Don DeZarn is a Navy veteran who suffers PTSD, a candidate for New Jersey state office, a member of the Legalize Marijuana Party, and a user of medical marijuana. He's also the senior operations manager of campus dining at Princeton University, which is taking exception to that last part... More »

Medical Marijuana May Cut Painkiller ODs

States with new laws see drop in opioid deaths

(Newser) - The solution to America's addiction to painkillers may be … more drugs? A new study found a drop in painkiller overdose deaths in 13 states that allowed medical marijuana, CNN reports. That's because a patient prescribed marijuana will either stop taking opioids or take less of them, researchers... More »

Breastfeeding Mom Refuses to Stop Smoking Pot

She says doctors made her sign a waiver acknowledging the risks

(Newser) - Breastfeeding rates are higher in Oregon than any other state in the US, with the Portland area leading the pack at more than 90%, reports the USDA . But it was in Portland that a woman recently had to sign a waiver before being allowed to breastfeed her newborn—because she... More »

Berkeley to Dispensaries: Give Free Pot to the Poor

City council votes for 2% giveaway

(Newser) - It might sound like a slogan from the student radicals the city was famous for in the '60s, but Berkeley, Calif., really is giving free pot to the poor. The city council voted unanimously on Tuesday to order medical marijuana dispensaries to give at least 2% of their pot... More »

Genius Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Pot Clinic

Danielle Lei sold out in 45 minutes outside SF Green Cross

(Newser) - A business-savvy Girl Scout in San Francisco had to call for back-up cookies just 45 minutes after setting up shop in an inspired location: outside a medical marijuana clinic. In two hours on Monday, 13-year-old Danielle Lei sold 117 boxes of cookies to customers who may have been expecting to... More »

Loosen Up Pot Restrictions—So We Can Study It

Much more data needed on medical effects of marijuana: Devinsky, Friedman

(Newser) - A story making the rounds on social media goes like this: A young girl's epileptic seizures went from hundreds a week down to just a few a month after her parents began treating her with marijuana. Her case prompted families of children with similar disorders to move to Colorado... More »

Next Big Step for Pot Business: Banks?

Holder says feds are working on new regulations

(Newser) - The Obama administration will soon take the radical step of allowing legal pot businesses to actually put their money in banks—sort of. At an event yesterday, Eric Holder said he was working with the Treasury Department on new regulations and would unveil them "very soon," Politico reports.... More »

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