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PTSD Marijuana study in veterans wins federal backing

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government has signed off on a long-delayed study looking at marijuana as a treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, a development that drug researchers are hailing as a major shift in U.S. policy.

The Department of Health and Human Services' decision surprised marijuana advocates who have struggled for decades to secure federal approval for research into the drug's medical uses.

GW Pharmaceuticals Provides Update on Cannabinoid Pipeline

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London, UK; 17 March 2014: GW Pharmaceuticals plc, a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics from its proprietary cannabinoid product platform, today provided an update on the Company’s cannabinoid pipeline.

“While much of the recent attention regarding GW has been associated with our childhood epilepsy and cancer pain development programs, we continue to make great progress with  other pipeline programs, further demonstrating the breadth of our proprietary cannabinoid product development platform to yield interesting and therapeutically beneficial product candidates.” stated Dr. Stephen Wright, GW’s Director of Research and Development. “As GW continues to progress its clinical work with cannabinoids, our pipeline has the potential to yield, as it did with Epidiolex, a flow of exciting new product candidates in a wide variety of therapeutic areas.”

Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced In South Africa By Emotional Cancer Patient

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Last week, a member of the South African Parliament made a heartfelt plea to President Jacob Zuma and the MP’s to consider his proposal for the introduction of the Medical Innovation Bill.

These few minutes of his speech and courageous words have made national news headlines in the last week around South Africa.

Mario Oriani-Ambrosin is a member of the Inkatha Freedom Party and on the 19th of February he proposed the bill to MPs, as he had recently used cannabis illegally as an alternative therapy to help cure his Stage 4 cancer. With a smile on his face, and charismatic words coming from his heart, you could still the feel the pain this man was going through.

Medical Marijuana Bill Approved By The Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee

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27/02/14 FRANKFORT — The Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee approved a bill that would allow people suffering from conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), and HIV/AIDS to use medical marijuana by a vote of 9-5 today, following a public hearing. The Cannabis Compassion Act, or HB 350, introduced by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville) and co-sponsored by Committee Chairman Tom Burch (D-Louisville), would permit licensed patients and caregivers to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana, and it would establish regulations to operate a limited number of medical marijuana compassion centers and testing facilities.