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Dad Ends Hunger Strike Amid Fight to Get Kids Back

Raymond Schwab lost custody of 5 kids amid abuse allegations

(Newser) - Raymond Schwab, a Gulf War veteran and father of six, has ended his 17-day hunger strike on the steps of the Kansas Statehouse now that an LA-based attorney is filing a lawsuit on his behalf. Schwab, who says he uses medical marijuana to manage chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder,... More »

Whoopi Starts Cramp-Relieving Medical Marijuana Line

It's definitely a niche

(Newser) - Whoopi Goldberg has started an interesting new business: It's a medical marijuana line meant to help with period cramps. "If you don’t want to get high high, this is a product specifically just to get rid of discomfort," Goldberg tells Vanity Fair . "Smoking a joint... More »

FDA Could Soon Approve 1st Drug Extracted From Marijuana

It would treat a severe form of epilepsy in children

(Newser) - The FDA could soon approve a marijuana-derived drug to treat a severe form of epilepsy in children, the New York Times reports. It would be the first-ever drug extracted from marijuana to be approved for use in the US. Epidiolex utilizes the active ingredient cannabidiol to treat Dravet's syndrome,... More »

Australia Legalizes Medical Marijuana

It's not clear when patients can pick it up

(Newser) - Medical marijuana is now legal in Australia. Parliament passed a measure Wednesday with amendments to the Narcotic Drugs Act that will allow marijuana to be grown for scientific and medical reasons, CNN reports. "This is an historic day for Australia and the many advocates who have fought long and... More »

Mom Says Hospital Won't Let Her See Baby Because She Smoked Pot

'They have violated my rights as a mother'

(Newser) - A mother in Chile claims a local hospital is keeping her away from her newborn daughter simply because she smoked marijuana a few days before giving birth, the AP reports. "They have violated my rights as a mother," the BBC quotes Sindy Ortiz. "I use this drug... More »

DEA Chief in Hot Water After Calling Medical Pot a 'Joke'

7 lawmakers and 100K signatures call for his removal

(Newser) - Medical marijuana supporters aren't joking; they want new DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg replaced now, Extract reports. Rosenberg has been in hot water with cannabis fans since calling medical marijuana a "joke" earlier this month. He also hedged on whether pot is safer than heroin. On Friday, Marijuana Majority... More »

Infant Taken From Mom Who Drank Pot Tea While Pregnant

Ohio woman says she researched using marijuana for sickness, pain

(Newser) - Ohio voters failed to legalize medical marijuana Tuesday—a law that could have prevented what's now happening to Hollie Sanford and her family. The Cleveland mom tried to alleviate extreme morning sickness and sciatic nerve pain during her pregnancy by drinking marijuana tea, a substance she tells Fox 8... More »

Why Minnesota's Marijuana Patients Still Buy Illegally

Prices are sky high, patients say

(Newser) - Just two months after Minnesota launched its medical marijuana program , some patients turned off by high costs say they are back to buying the drug illegally because it's the only way they can afford it. State officials and the companies hired to make marijuana products trumpeted the program's... More »

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 »

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