NEW YORK (AP) — Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids. But some research suggests marijuana may encourage opioid use, and so might make the epidemic worse. The new studies don’t directly assess the effect of legalizing marijuana on…"Studies link legal marijuana with fewer opioid prescriptions"
PORTLAND, Maine — The Trump administration’s anti-marijuana move has some members of the president’s voting base fuming. Fans of President Donald Trump who use marijuana say Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to tighten federal oversight of the drug is the first time they’ve felt let down by the man they helped elect. The move feels especially punitive to Trump voters who work in the growing industry around legalized marijuana that has taken root in states…"Some fans of Trump and pot feel allegiances go up in smoke"
BEND, Ore. — Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They’re selling well. “The ‘Up and Moving’ is for joints and for pain,” he explains. “The ‘Calm and Quiet’ is for real anxious dogs, to take away that anxiety.” People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But…"Pot for pets: Veterinarians seek permission to research pot meds for pets"
HARRISBURG (AP) — More than 3,800 patients have registered for Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program in its first week. Gov. Tom Wolf says more than 200 caregivers also have registered for the program. He says the demand shows the “need for this vital medication.” A 2016 state law gives people under a doctor’s care access to medical marijuana if they suffer from an illness on a list of 17 qualifying conditions. The law permits pills, oils,…"Over 3,800 sign up for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania in first week"
HARRISBURG (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health says more than 1,000 people signed up for the state’s new medical marijuana program on its first day last week. A health department spokesman tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the registrations include patients and caregivers. The department announced Wednesday it was accepting applications to participate in the system. A 2016 state law gives people under a doctor’s care access to medical marijuana if they suffer from an…"Over 1,000 sign up for Pennsylvania medical pot program on first day"
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania gynecologist says she has been inundated with calls from men trying to set up appointments after hearing she was permitted to approve patients to seek medical marijuana from the state. Dr. Liang Bartkowiak told the Altoona Mirror she was mentioned in the media as being eligible to certify medical marijuana users, and then her office phone started ringing off the hook. It was primarily men on the line. Bartkowiak…"Men seeking medical marijuana bombard gynecologist’s office in Pennsylvania"
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvanians moved a giant step closer Wednesday to being able to get marijuana to help treat medical conditions, as the state announced the launch of its patient and caregiver registry. The Health Department said a pilot program was successful, leading the agency to start taking applications from people to participate in the system through a new dedicated website. Patients are expected to be able to obtain the medication by May 1, the current…"State starts signing up medical-pot patients; drug should be available by May 1"
Once Pennsylvania approves doctors to see patients seeking medical marijuana, Compassionate Certification Centers will be ready to open up franchise-like offices, including one in Scranton, to get people into the state program. Dr. Bryan Doner, co-founder of the company, said he anticipates having between 20 and 25 locations statewide within the next year and a half. “It’s very similar to an urgent care center. They function similar to any outpatient healthcare clinic,” said Doner Friday.…"Company eyes Scranton office for people looking to enter marijuana program"
HARRISBURG — Physicians can begin their involvement in the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program, according to the state’s Department of Health. The first step is to register, according to a press release from the agency. “Since April 2016, we’ve been working to implement a patient-focused Medical Marijuana Program for Pennsylvanians in desperate need of medication,” Dr. Rachel Levine, the state’s acting Secretary of Health and Physician General, said in the release. “Many physicians treat these patients…"Medical marijuana: Doctors the next step in Pennsylvania’s program"