Your Week in Cannabis News April 23rd, 2023
Cannabis summit at the Capitol in Washington first of its kind
Consumers of cannabis celebrate the day as a smoker's holiday. The origin of the holiday is uncertain. Marijuana smokers celebrate with smoke-outs, festivals, and music on April 20.
Thursday, April 20, was a day in American history. It was the first time a cannabis policy event was held in the US Capitol. The National Cannabis Policy Summit was held in the Congressional Auditorium.
Medical marijuana, Medicaid, coming soon? The bill to change the name of FSU is progressing in the legislature. The event was part of the National Cannabis Festival. The National Cannabis Festival was created in 2015 by a small group of cannabis enthusiasts to celebrate the progress on marijuana legalization in D.C. and across the nation. Music, education and advocacy are principles of the festival.
The failed war on drugs. Cannabis entrepreneurs, advocates and consumers were able to petition their government on Thursday. Legislators such as Republican Rep. David Joyce of Ohio and Democratic Sen. John Hickenlooper of Colorado answered tough questions about federal policies on marijuana.
300 years of cannabis policy in North Carolina. The Congressional Forum is a step towards the decriminalization of marijuana. President Joe Biden pardoned thousands of people who had been convicted on federal charges for simple possession.
H.R.3617 and the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act are two bills that have been making their way through the Capitol.
The attendees were reminded that things on the Hill are moving slowly. The MORE Act was sponsored by a New York congressman. The MORE Act decriminalizes marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act and eliminates criminal penalties for individuals who manufacture, distribute or possess it.
The drug war failed because of the targeted arrests of black and brown people in impoverished communities, even though they consume the same amount of drugs. The MORE Act decriminalizes marijuana, but it does not legalize it.
Three days before the Congressional Summit on Capitol Hill, N.C. General Assembly filed a bill. The bill is sponsored by Dem. The sale, possession, and use of cannabis in North Carolina would be legalized under the act of Rep. John Autry of Mecklenburg County.
Access to funding for cannabis-based small businesses would be possible with legalization.
The war on drugs was a failure. S.910, or the SAFE Banking Act of 2021, was sponsored by Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, who is the first legislator to endorse recreational cannabis.
The war on drugs was a failure.
S.910, or the SAFE Banking Act of 2021, was sponsored by Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, the first legislator to endorse recreational cannabis. Federal banking regulators cannot penalize depository institutions for banking services to cannabis-related businesses.
Cannabis prohibition, like alcohol prohibition before it, has been a wasteful and destructive failure, according to the findings.
Cynthia Roseberry is an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union. She thinks the war on drugs was designed to lock up minorities. Diane Goldstein, a former Los Angeles law enforcement officer, acknowledged the existence of systemic racism.
The introduction of Proposition 64 in California was remembered by Goldstein. As a law enforcement officer, she was told to take a person's medical marijuana card and tell them to show up to court with a doctor.
The four-hour forum concluded with remarks from Chuck Schumer, the majority leader of the U.S. Senate. The senator from New York told the advocates to lobby their representatives.
The Marijuana Justice Coalition was awarded the Community Change Makers Award by the founder of the National Cannabis Festival after an introduction by a Democratic Representative.
A music festival featuring 2 Chainz, Juicy J, and The Backyard Band will be held just a mile from the Capitol.
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Researchers Call for Education About Cannabis Use for Cancer Survivors
The authors of a new study are calling for ongoing research and the development of standardized educational materials and clinical practice guidelines as cancer survivors turn to cannabis for treatment.
Cancer survivors who use cannabis reported doing so for medical reasons at a higher rate than users with no history of cancer.
The study was done by a team in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center's Hudson College of Public Health and published in the journal Cancer. Overall, 10.83% of individuals with no history of cancer and 7.51% of cancer survivors reported using cannabis.
The study looked at 2020 data from the BRFSS, an annual, national, telephone-based survey designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To inquire about respondents' utilization and administration methods of and reasons for using cannabis, researchers looked at responses from the 22 states that used the BRFSS optional cannabis use module.
Patient Experiences with Medical Marijuana for Cancer.
Current smoking and binge- drinking were associated with cannabis use for respondents with and without a history of cancer once researchers adjusted for factors like state-level policy, biological sex, age, education, self-reported race and ethnicity, home ownership, and status of mental and physical health. Both groups were associated with daily cannabis use.
The lack of strong clinical evidence for the effectiveness of medical cannabis was cited by the study.
According to the authors, clinicians are becoming more accepting of patients using cannabis for medical purposes; however, most report not feeling equipped to make clinical recommendations.
According to a news release from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that 80% of surveyed oncologists discussed medical marijuana with patients, and nearly half recommended its clinical use.
According to the release, less than 30% of doctors considered themselves knowledgeable enough to make such recommendations.
Braun, one of the study's co-authors, said at the time, "We can think of few other instances in which physicians would offer clinical advice about a topic on which they don't feel knowledgeable." We believe that this is due to the awkward spot in which oncologists find themselves. Medical marijuana is legal in more than half of the states, but the scientific evidence base supporting use of medical marijuana in oncology is thin.
Use with less medical oversight.
Patients using medical cannabis with minimal medical oversight, obtaining authorization from providers unfamiliar with their medical history, and relying on unregulated sources of information have been shown in a study.
An anonymous survey of patients with cancer and survivors was conducted by a team from the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center's Center for Transitional Research on Cannabis and Cancer (CTRCC) in Buffalo, New York.
According to a news release from Roswell Park, less than a third of patients have knowledge of the potency of cannabis products they consume.
According to the study, cannabis use is becoming more common among cancer patients and survivors, who often consume products to alleviate cancer symptoms. At Roswell Park, we recommend that patients have open and honest conversations about cannabis with their medical providers, so that the benefits and risks of cannabis use can be monitored and managed toOptimizing cancer treatment and overall patient well-being.
The authors of the Cancer study wrote that there are several key findings that need additional investigation to ensure that patients and providers are able to make informed evidence-based decisions regarding the use of cannabis.
The lack of reported use for medical purposes, the high prevalence of cigarette smoking among cannabis users and the use of inhalation methods as the preferred means of consumption are some of the factors. Individuals who use cannabis for medical purposes are more likely to use oral consumption methods.
Overall, the authors believe that the findingsunderscore the need for continued vigilance as well as the development of high quality standardized education materials.
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