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Beijing is threatened by the prospect of federal cannabis legalization in the U.S.

Beijing is threatened by the prospect of federal cannabis legalization in the U.S.

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

June 27, 2019

While it may be an exciting time for cannabis reform in the U.S., officials over in Beijing don’t seem quite as pleased at the prospect of legalizing pot. Deputy director of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, Liu Yuejin, recently announced his thoughts on cannabis legalization in th...

New York State Department of Health will allow medical cannabis as substitute for opioids

New York State Department of Health will allow medical cannabis as substitute for opioids

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

July 20, 2018

On July 12, medical cannabis patients in “The Big Apple” rejoiced as the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) announced it would permit cannabis prescriptions for the replacement of opioids. This could potentially help tackle the opioid epidemic. According to a report from the N...

Using cannabis to treat heroin addiction – is it possible?

Using cannabis to treat heroin addiction – is it possible?

July 14, 2018

America’s opioid epidemic has claimed countless lives and has also contributed to the number of heroin users across the nation. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), as much as 80 percent of heroin addicts claim they misused opioids before developing an addiction to the drug. On a m...

JAMA studies reveal decrease in opioid prescriptions in cannabis legal states

JAMA studies reveal decrease in opioid prescriptions in cannabis legal states

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

April 13, 2018

Two peer-reviewed studies published in the JAMA Internal Medicine have revealed how cannabis use may have a positive impact on America’s opioid epidemic, which claimed 17,087 lives in 2016 alone. The scientific studies showed how the number of opioid prescriptions dropped in U.S. states that had...

Opioid users in Vancouver are substituting medication for cannabis

Opioid users in Vancouver are substituting medication for cannabis

Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

January 30, 2018

The number of people using prescription opioids and non-prescription illegal opioid drugs has soared at a rapid rate since the 1990s. In the midst of an "opioid crisis", two million Americans have become reliant on prescription painkillers and street-bought narcotics. Back in 2015, over 52,000 deaths i...

Newly released opioid overdose figures show fatalities on the rise

Newly released opioid overdose figures show fatalities on the rise

December 23, 2017

The number of Americans who died from opioid overdoses continued its dramatic increase in 2016, according to a new report released by the National Center for Health Statistics this month. More than 42,000 people in the United States died from opioid overdoses in 2016, which is a 28 percent increa...

The cost of opioid epidemic passes $500 billion, according to the White House

The cost of opioid epidemic passes $500 billion, according to the White House

Sara Tiradossi

November 22, 2017

The true cost of the opioid epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars, according to a report released by the White House on Sunday. The Council of Economic Advisers said the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate determined by a private study...

Anheuser-Busch heir calls for medical cannabis legalization in Missouri

Anheuser-Busch heir calls for medical cannabis legalization in Missouri

Sara Tiradossi

October 5, 2017

Adolphus Busch IV, the great-grandson of the Anheuser-Busch founder, sent out a letter Friday asking people to make monetary donations in an effort to legalize a comprehensive medical cannabis program in 2018. Busch aimed to shed light on medical cannabis legalization, that was part of the New Approach...

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