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Drug Delivery May Make Transformation in Light of Marijuana Economy

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May 9, 2014
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Drug delivery may forever be transformed in the U.S. now that pot is legal in some states. Panelists discussing the cannabis economy at a recent Milken Institute touted vaporizing devices as a more effective way to ingest medicine because it hits the bloodstream directly and bypasses the stomach. Vaporizing penicillin, for example would be through a mist or vapor and does not involve smoking or fire. A study found carcinogenic toxins in cannabis smoke, indicating the harm in the burning plant matter. Video provided by TheStreet


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TheStreet (May 9, 2014) — The National Institute for Drug Abuse, or NIDA, has asked the Drug Enforcement Agency for more marijuana. NIDA has requested an increase from 21,000 grams to 650,000 grams, or roughly 1,433 pounds of pot. As of January, NIDA has funded 28 active grants related to therapeutic uses of marijuana in six different disease categories covering AIDS, pain, schizophrenia, seizures and hard drug withdrawal. But NIDA frequently contradicts on the subject of marijuana: a NIDA-funded study at Yale looking at cannabis as a treatment for schizophrenia warned that marijuana could worsen the condition. NIDA gets its pot from The University of Mississippi, the only legal marijuana farm that grows pot for the government. The request is now open to the public for comment. Video provided by TheStreet
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Congress Tells DEA to Stand Down on Legal Marijuana

Congress Tells DEA to Stand Down on Legal Marijuana

TheStreet (May 30, 2014) — Congress passed a measure that would deny the Drug Enforcement Agency to spend federal money interfering with state approved medical marijuana businesses. Dan Riffle of the Marijuana Policy Project says the key to getting the measure passed this time was the 49 Republicans who voted in favor. Normally, Republicans see medical marijuana as a liberal issue, but now they are beginning to recognize it as a states' rights issue. California Representative Dana Rohrabacher sponsored the measure. Many California marijuana dispensaries and patients have been raided or arrested by the DEA. Video provided by TheStreet
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Senator Rand Paul Offers Medical Marijuana Amendment

Senator Rand Paul Offers Medical Marijuana Amendment

TheStreet (June 19, 2014) — Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) offered an amendment that would keep the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency from spending federal money to undermine states who have legalized marijuana. The House passed a similar amendment in May, but without the Senate the passage meant nothing. The DEA continues to harass groups involved with marijuana in states that have some legalization. Boston doctors were complaining of intimidating tactics by the DEA who threatened their licenses if they continued to support medicinal marijuana. A NY legislative vote has yet to happen today. Video provided by TheStreet
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GW Pharmaceuticals Gets New York Clinical Trial for Kids

GW Pharmaceuticals Gets New York Clinical Trial for Kids

TheStreet (June 3, 2014) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an agreement between New York State and GW Pharmaceuticals to develop a clinical trial for children with treatment-resistant epilepsy. GW Pharmaceuticals is known for its marijuana-based medicines that use the extract cannabidiol, or CBD. The FDA has already authorized 60 children in the NYU Langone Medical Center to use GW's drug Epidiolex. There are also roughly 300 children in various sites across the country that also receive the drug. NY legislators are considering legalizing medical marijuana but the bill hasn't gone to a floor vote yet. Video provided by TheStreet
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