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Poll finds majority in U.S. support treating instead of jailing drug users

Poll finds majority in U.S. support treating instead of jailing drug users

April 2 (UPI) -- Two-thirds of U.S. residents believe the emphasis should be on treatment, not jail, for non-violent drug users, a poll released Wednesday reported.
Frances Burns
Virginia voters show overwhelming support for medical marijuana, divided on recreational use

Virginia voters show overwhelming support for medical marijuana, divided on recreational use

March 31 (UPI) -- Poll finds Virginia supports medical marijuana by large margin, though the state remains divided on recreational use. Voters also support same-sex marriage.
JC Sevcik
Canada to contest injunction allowing medical marujuana

Canada to contest injunction allowing medical marujuana

March 31 (UPI) -- The Canadian government said it will appeal an injunction that allows people to grow their own medical marijuana.
Ed Adamczyk
Study finds no link between medical marijuana legalization and crime

Study finds no link between medical marijuana legalization and crime

March 27 (UPI) -- A new study suggests legalizing marijuana for medical use is not associated with an uptick in crime.
Brooks Hays
Medical marijuana pills or spray may ease multiple sclerosis pain

Medical marijuana pills or spray may ease multiple sclerosis pain

PORTLAND, March 25 (UPI) -- A study examining alternative therapies for those with multiple sclerosis says there is not enough evidence to indicate whether smoking marijuana is helpful.
Alex Cukan
Marijuana business association lobbies Congress

Marijuana business association lobbies Congress

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- The National Cannabis Industry Association lobbied the U.S. Congress for tax changes and other measures to help growers and dealers in legal marijuana.

Warehouses for pot cultivation hot properties as demand grows in Colo.

DENVER, March 11 (UPI) -- Healthy sales of marijuana have merchants scrambling to find warehouse space to grow it in Denver, a review of the city's industrial vacancy rate indicates.
Colorado raises $2.1M in recreational pot taxes

Colorado raises $2.1M in recreational pot taxes

March 10 (UPI) -- Pot sales netted Colorado more than $2 million in taxes and fees in the first month since recreational use of the drug became legal.
Gabrielle Levy

D.C.'s liberal marijuana law could be reversed by Congress

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Congress could intervene to nullify a new District of Columbia law which partially decriminalizes marijuana possession.
Rheumatologists advise against medical marijuana use

Rheumatologists advise against medical marijuana use

ATLANTA, March 3 (UPI) -- The risks of medical marijuana use outweigh the benefits, say rheumatologists in new paper published in Arthritis Care & Research.
Brooks Hays
Colorado girl scouts not allowed to sell cookies outside pot shops

Colorado girl scouts not allowed to sell cookies outside pot shops

DENVER, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Colorado Girl Scout leadership has prohibited members from selling cookies in front of pot shops, despite recreational marijuana being legal in the state.
Aileen Graef

Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy won't decriminalize pot for tax purposes

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, D-Conn., said Sunday it "doesn't make sense" to decriminalize marijuana for increased tax revenue.

Taxes from recreational marijuana turning heads

DENVER, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Tax revenues from recreational marijuana sales in Colorado are turning heads, even as they begin to trickle in for the first time, various observers say.

Girl Scouts selling cookies outside marijuana shops

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A San Francisco mom said her 13-year-old Girl Scout is selling lots cookies after setting up shop in front of medical marijuana dispensaries.
Girl Scout sells cookies outside pot dispensary in San Francisco

Girl Scout sells cookies outside pot dispensary in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- San Francisco Girl Scout Danielle Lei sold out of cookies in 45 minutes after setting up shop outside the Green Cross medical marijuana clinic on Monday.
Evan Bleier
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Medical cannabis (also referred to as medicinal marijuana) is the use of cannabis and its constituent cannabinoids such as THC as a physician-recommended form of medicine or herbal therapy. The Cannabis plant from which the cannabis drug is derived has a long history of medicinal use, with evidence dating back to 2,737 BCE.

Although the extent of the medicinal value of cannabis has been disputed, it does have several well-documented beneficial effects. Among these are: the amelioration of nausea and vomiting, stimulation of hunger in chemotherapy and AIDS patients, lowered intraocular eye pressure (shown to be effective for treating glaucoma), as well as general analgesic effects (pain reliever).

Synthetic cannabinoids are available as prescription drugs in many countries. Examples include Marinol, available in Germany and the United States, and Cesamet, available in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and also in the United States.

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