Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Therapeutic cannabis blazing in New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Health's therapeutic cannabis program has risen to 45,347 total patients or a 77 percent increase over the same period last year.
Despite the frequent restatement of data by the NMDOH, the rapidly expanding Medical Cannabis Program continues to exceed projections and show significant year-over-year growth. The program remains on track to reach near 50,000 patients by Dec. 31. [Albuquerque Journal]
Two additional dispensaries, Kure Cannabis and the fourth outlet for Albuquerque-based producer Minerva Canna Group, brings the Santa Fe total to seven.

Researchers and pharmacologists agree: cannabis is a safe and effective treatment as a bridge to recovery from opioid addiction. University of New Mexico researchers and the Industrial Rehabilitation Clinics of Albuquerque have released findings that showed 71% of patients either ceased or reduced their use of manufactured opioids within 6 months of enrolling in that state's medical cannabis program.

On Friday North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved a petition that would let voters decide if cannabis should be legal for all adults.
Jaeger says backers of the ballot measure must gather about 13,500 qualified signatures to put it to a statewide vote next year. [Leafly]
South Dakota's more forward-looking neighbor to the north is already growing interest in cannabis as therapy.

North Dakota voters passed Measure 5 in 2016 and this year the legislature drafted rules then a Republican governor signed it into law.
The North Dakota Department of Health has filed proposed rules to be adopted for the Medical Marijuana Program with the state’s Legislative Council. The NDDoH expects to file all required information no later than February 1, 2018 in an attempt to have the rules presented in March to the legislative Administrative Rules Committee. [Valley News Live]
God might not be enough for northern tier religious states: they lead the nation in anti-depressant use.

Democrats are keenly aware that to energize millennials and a jaded base radical times call for sensible approaches to reforms of civil liberties for all adults even if it means enduring some feces-throwing from the earth hater Big Food, Big Booze, Big Pharma, NFL set.

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