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Colorado: Transdermal Gel Pens Offer New Delivery Method For Charlotte's Web Hemp Oil

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Transdermal Gel Pens Offer Accurate, Discreet Delivery

CW Botanicals and Mary’s Nutritionals on Tuesday announced a partnership that expands the ways in which clients can take the Stanley Brothers’ Charlotte’s Web™ hemp oil.

The first new product as a result of the partnership, a transdermal gel pen, is available now on http://www.cwbotanicals.com and http://www.marysnutritionals.com for purchase and shipping nationwide.

“We’re seeing a general social acceptance for the use of hemp products rich in cannibidiol (CBD), in large part because of the story of Charlotte’s Web, which has created a demand for more innovative delivery methods,” said Joel Stanley, CEO of CW Botanicals. “The transdermal gel pen manufactured by Mary’s is a highly accurate, safe and innovative way for clients to benefit from Charlotte’s Web.”

Mary’s Nutritionals, the sister company of Mary’s Medicinals, manufactures a nutritional supplement line enriched with CBD and other plant-based nutrients. Its research and development team pioneered what it calls "the industry’s first transdermal cannabis patch" for accurate and discreet cannabinoid dosing.

“Mary’s mission is to ease pain—and CW Botanicals embodies that sentiment with Charlotte’s Web,” said Nicole Smith, CEO of Mary’s Nutritionals and Mary’s Medicinals. “As we hear more and more stories of lives being transformed by CBD, there is a growing need to get this compound to as many people in need as possible.

Pennsylvania: Doctors, Veterans Call On Lawmakers To Approve Medical Marijuana Bill

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A group of medical doctors will visit Pennsylvania state lawmakers on Tuesday and urge them to support legislation that would allow seriously ill residents to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

They will join a group of local combat veterans and their loved ones at 1:30 p.m. ET for a news conference outside the Lt. Governor’s Office.

Participants in the event will include Dr. Sue Sisley, a nationally recognized authority on treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with medical marijuana; Dr. Sanjay Gupta of Philadelphia, a prominent pain management specialist; Dr. Scott Mueller of Mechanicsburg, a family medicine physician; combat veterans Mike Whiter and Barrett Thompson of Philadelphia, both of whom suffer from PTSD; and Donnamarie Freedman of Cumberland County, the mother of a veteran who committed suicide after struggling with PTSD.

The Senate approved SB 3 40-7 on May 12, and the issue is awaiting consideration in the House. SB 3 would allow patients with serious medical conditions to obtain medical marijuana from a limited number of licensed, regulated dispensaries throughout the state.

Smoking would not be permitted, but patients would be allowed to consume marijuana in edible form, and patients with certain conditions would be allowed to consume it through vaporization. To qualify, patients would need recommendations from their doctors.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has said he would sign a medical marijuana bill into law.

California: Santa Cruz County Referendum Qualifies; Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ban Suspended

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Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin on Wednesday verified the signatures gathered for a referendum, and suspended an ordinance adopted on April 14 by the Board of Supervisors to ban all commercial medical marijuana cultivation in the county.

The county clerk rreleased a “Certificate of Examination of Referendum Petition” to Responsible Cultivation Santa Cruz (RCSC), a network of citizens dedicated to protecting medical cannabis patients' rights, to preserving the environment and to guarding the health and safety of the Santa Cruz community. The certificate states, “The result of the examination is that the petition is sufficient.”

RCSC circulated the referendum, and after 21 days filed 11,210 signatures with the county, on May 7. Required were 7,248 valid signatures to qualify the referendum for the ballot.

The ban ordinance will remain suspended until the County Supervisors decide to either repeal the law or let the county voters vote at the June 2016 primary election whether to approve or reject it.

The ordinance would have allowed a patient/caregiver to cultivate on only a space 10 feet by 10 feet, and required the garden to be on the property where the patient/caregiver resides. The ordinance also would have allowed only a single collective to operate in the entire county.

U.S.: Medical Cannabis Advocates Call For New Direction At DEA After Leonhart Resignation

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New DEA Leadership Clears Way For Rescheduling and Other Needed Reforms

Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday announced that Michele Leonhart, administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), is resigning. Leonhart has been criticized by medical cannabis advocates as well as members of Congress for her unwillingness to adhere to the Obama Administration's stated policies on medical cannabis.

Under Leonhart, the DEA led increased raids against medical cannabis dispensaries and cultivators in defiance of guidance from the Department of Justice steering them away from cases that targeted state-legal medical cannabis patients.

The legacy of Leonhart includes opposing sentencing guidelines reforms embraced by the Obama Administration and other law enforcement agencies, working to maintain cannabis’ Schedule I status, and claiming that rising Drug War violence in Mexico was a sign of success.

During a notable Congressional oversight hearing in 2012, Leonhart refused to state if she thought crack or heroin were more dangerous than cannabis. When President Obama stated in a 2014 New York Times interview that he felt cannabis was no more dangerous than alcohol, Leonhart defiantly spoke out against the President.

U.S.: Americans for Safe Access To Host Advocate Discussion of CNN's Weed 3

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Sunday night continued his groundbreaking reporting on medical marijuana with "Weed 3," which continued to introduce Americans to new stories of patients benefiting from medical marijuana and document the challenges that continue to slow down progress in this critical area.

"Weed 3" included important moments like President Obama signaling his support for medical marijuana and documenting the political commitment of Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rand Paul (R-KY) to reform federal policy on medical marijuana with the CARERS Act. Patient profiles like that of U.S. veteran Sean Kiernan, who uses medical marijuana to treat PTSD symptoms again showed Americans that medical marijuana can have tremendous benefits in the lives of suffering patients.

“CNN’s 'Weed 3' showed how patient advocates are fighting for and winning the right to safe access to medical marijuana for themselves as well as researchers,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access. “Political leaders like President Obama, Senators Booker, Gillibrand and Paul are supporting medical marijuana reform because they understand the huge difference it can make in patient’s lives.”

"Weed 3" also highlighted the important veterans PTSD study that researchers Rick Doblin and Dr. Sue Sisley are moving forward with despite significant political obstacles that have delayed and threatened to prevent the study from being conducted.

U.S.: ASA To Host Advocate Discussion of CNN's Weed 3

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What’s Next for the Medical Marijuana Revolution?

Over the last two years Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s reporting has been truly groundbreaking in mainstreaming the benefits of medical marijuana. Dr. Gupta has brought stories of everyday Americans that obtain essential benefits from medical marijuana products into the living rooms of millions of Americans.

“Watching CNN’s 'Weed' was the first time many Americans saw everyday people benefiting from medical marijuana,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA). “Seeing how much good medical marijuana can do has lead to an outgrowth in activism that has helped create new laws at the state level and is laying the foundation for important federal legislation.”

On April 19, CNN will premiere the third installment of their documentary series on medical marijuana Weed 3, documenting the ongoing developments in what Dr. Gupta has declared a “medical marijuana revolution.” The following day -- on April 20, at 7 pm EST-- ASA will host a Google Hangout to discuss the documentary and the issues it examines.

What: Google Hangout on the medical marijuana revolution and issues raised in Sanjay Gupta's Weed 3.
Featuring: ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer, PA State Senator Mike Folmer (invited), Jahan Marcu Ph.D, Matt Kahl, U.S. combat veteran and activist with Grow for Vets and Weed 3 participant Dr. Sue Sisley.

U.S.: President Obama Declares Full Support For Medical Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
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President Barack Obama will state his full support for medical marijuana in a CNN special to be aired on Sunday.

The TV special, "Weed 3," features CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon who changed his mind and began supporting medicinal cannabis after reviewing the evidence, reports Jonah Bennett at The Daily Caller.

The third installment of "Weed" has Dr. Gupta delving into the politics of medical marijuana research, including an interview with President Obama. In addition to supporting medicinal cannabis, the President advocates for alternative models of drug abuse treatment which don't involve imprisonment.

The President had previously predicted that more states will legalize recreational cannabis, and has confirmed that although marijuana is still illegal under federal law, the feds won't interfere as states implement legalization.

Gupta and Obama briefly discussed the recent bill on the Senate floor introduced by Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey. The bill would reschedule cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II under federal law. Gupta asked if Obama supports Booker's bill.

U.S.: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports - Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution On April 19

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CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s two-year "Weed" investigation exposed the new faces and incredible potentials of medical marijuana to the American public, and also highlighted the growing frustration, and anger around gaining access to medical marijuana.

In the third installment of his award winning series, WEED: The Marijuana Revolution – Gupta reports on a watershed moment in medical marijuana research that could change everything we know about the plant and it’s effects.

At last count, nearly half of the United States has legalized medical marijuana, enabling millions of Americans to treat everything from pain to glaucoma to epilepsy to cancer with a hit of medicinal weed. Yet science has not proven conclusively whether it’s safe and effective.

With marijuana still illegal federally, the roadblocks to research have been impenetrable - until now. Scientists around the U.S. are finally breaking down the walls put up by the government. Gupta gains exclusive access to their history-making research and their patients, as they try to unravel the mystery of marijuana.

WEED: The Marijuana Revolution will air on CNN Sunday, April 19th at 9 pm ET/PT.

Immediately following WEED 3,, the CNN Original Series High Profits will premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT. High Profits follows two business-minded visionaries with a plan to franchise marijuana. The eight-part series grants viewers exclusive access to a couple poised to be the first ever “moguls of marijuana.”

U.S.: Surgeon General Says Marijuana Can Be Helpful

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By Steve Elliott
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U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has joined the growing number of top medical professionals and organizations favoring the reform of marijuana allows to allow access to cannabis for medicinal purposes.

"We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms, that marijuana can be helpful," Dr. Murthy said, reports communications director Jag Davies at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). "I think that we have to use that data to drive policymaking."

Despite the legalization of medical marijuana in 23 states, the federal government still insists cannabis is a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and no medical value.

It's an "interesting story that's unfolding in our country right now," according to Dr. Murthy, and "we have to see what the science tells us about the efficacy of marijuana, and I think we're going to get a lot more data on that" as more states legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Patients in states without medical marijuana laws have no legal access at all to this therapeutic substance. Even in states where medical marijuana has been legalized, patients and providers are vulnerable to arrest and harassment from federal law enforcement agents.

California: Exhale Med Center Offers Highest Tested and Rare CBD Strain

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Pioneers in cultivating CBD (cannabidiol) genetics for over two years, Exhale Med Center, the #1 rated medical marijuana shop on Yelp, carries one of the rarest strains of CBD-rich cannabis found today, called “CBD Web.” This strain contains 16 percent CBD to 2 percent THC, a ratio high enough to comfort the parents of a sick child suffering from epilepsy, giving them the confidence that the child will not feel high while reaping the medicinal rewards.

CBD Web is a constant at Exhale Med Center, in addition to three variations of CBD-rich strain genetics, CBD edibles, tinctures, creams, Rick Simpson Oils, and many different forms of concentrates. With last year's release of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's CNN Special Weed, a demand has been created for highly concentrated CBD products that will help patients’ symptoms without giving them a psychoactive high.

Known as one of the elite shops in Los Angeles, Exhale Med Center is a Prop D compliant, “Pre-ICO,” medical marijuana pioneer, offering one of the best selections of strain variations in town, in every price range. From high-end indoor sativas and hybrids from the Bay Area and top shelf indicas from SoCal to the outdoor and green house varieties from Northern California’s ‘Emerald Triangle’, Exhale says its range of more than 50 strains offers a quality remedy for most ailments. This December will mark their first year anniversary in their new zone-compliant location at 980 North La Cienega Blvd, Suite 102, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

California: Company Says Lane Recognition Technology Provides Boost To Marijuana Industry

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A California company which specializes in custom vending machines and automated retailing systems announced on Wednesday that its new Lane Recognition Technology will have a "profound impact" on America's growing legal marijuana industry.

According to a press release from AVT, Inc., the technology, which identifies every item in its temperature controlled storage area, provides verification on each package that it dispenses. The system eliminates human error, and provides 100 percent dispensing accuracy, according to the company.

This can be especially important in retail environments where precise "seed-to-sale" tracking is often required.

The use of marijuana to treat a variety of conditions is now allowed in almost half the country, reports CNN. New York was one of the latest states to pass a form of medical marijuana legalization.

"The momentum has picked up recently," CNN reported, as more states line up to pass sensible laws regarding the medical use of cannabis.

U.S.: New Review of Epilepsy and Medical Marijuana Provides Scientific Evidence

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"Cannabis in the Treatment of Epilepsy" comes as demand grows for using the plant to treat intractable seizure disorders

The medical research group American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) has issued a new scientific review entitled "Cannabis in the Treatment of Epilepsy," which it is offering for free to the public. The review compiles much of the leading and historical research on epilepsy and cannabis (medical marijuana) for use by scientists, physicians, patients, and parents, as well as those producing and manufacturing it for treatment.

This newly compiled scientific information on epilepsy and medical marijuana comes as CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta aired a follow-up documentary to last year's "Weed," both of which feature children whose parents use cannabis to help treat rare and sever forms of epilepsy unresponsive to medication. "Weed 2" highlights the plight of Vivian Wilson, a two-year-old who suffered 75 seizures a day, while Dr. Gupta's first documentary featured Charlotte Figi, a seven-year-old whose use of cannabis reduced her seizures from 300 per week to three or four a month.

"This review of cannabis and epilepsy provides scientific foundation for the claims being made by CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta," said ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer. "This material provides us with the tools to increase our knowledge and build on the research that already exists."

U.S.: Dr. Gupta Doubling Down On Medical Marijuana With Another Documentary

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By Steve Elliott
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta changed the landscape of the medical marijuana debate last year with his groundbreaking CNN documentary, "Weed," which drew attention everywhere from parents to the halls of Congress. At 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, Dr. Gupta returns with a second, hour-long documentary on the health benefits of cannabis.

Dr. Gupta will narrate the show, which will include sick children and their parents struggling for safe access to medical marijuana despite legal barriers caused by state and federal laws. The show will also discuss how cannabis can ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, arthritis, cancer, epilepsy and other diseases.

"We think it'll be another big deal across our country, and hopefully even in other parts of the world where they are thinking about changing their laws," said Heidi Parikh of Romulus, Michigan, founder of the Michigan Compassion education groups, reports Bill Laitner at the Detroit Free Press.

"If you want to understand the science, this is something you'll want to watch," Dr. Gupta told the Free Press on Monday. "The drug continues to be unfairly rejected by most of the American medical establishment and by government drug regulators."

Colorado: Alabama Family Relocates To Treat Epileptic Daughter With Marijuana

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An Alabama family is celebrating their first New Year in Colorado after relocating to treat their epileptic daughter with medical marijuana.

Butch and Mandy Swann of Haleyville, Ala., moved to Colorado on September 15 with their children Allie, 14; Cy, 6; and Carter, 2. Allie has violent seizures that brain surgery and potent pharmaceuticals haven't helped, reports Martin J. Reed at Al.com.

The parents administer three oral doses of marijuana-derived CBD oil, containing cannabidiol, to Allie every day in order to control her seizures.

"This has kind of been, I wouldn't say a depressing Christmas because we're trying to make it as good as we can for the children, but it's not like back at home," Butch Swann said. "It's sad to an extent that we don't have our family, but at the same time we understand what Christmas is all about -- that's the birth of Jesus. As long as the children are OK, that's all that matters."

The Swanns uprooted their family to give their teenage daughter a chance to change her life with CBD oil, which doesn't product marijuana's "high" but helps control the seizures which started when Allie was just six months old. Doctors don't fully understand the cause. The Swanns were inspired to try medical marijuana for their daughter after they saw Dr. Sanjay Gupta's CNN medical marijuana documentary, "Weed."

Canada: MediJean Announces Medical Marijuana Outreach Program For Medical Community

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Canadian medical marijuana company MediJean announced on Thursday it has developed a multifaceted program to help health care practitioners in the Great White North better understand the use of medical marijuana. The new program includes a Continuing Medical Education (CME) course, private cannabis medical communities, and a Health Care Practitioner engagement plan.

"Based on the discussions we are having with professionals in the health care sector and the research we have conducted, it is clear that Health Care Practitioners want more information on this innovative medicine," said Anton Mattadeen, chief strategy officer at MediJean. "We have a plan to help them."

The global perspective on medical marijuana is experiencing a transformation, as more people understand the health benefits of cannabis medicine. CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, illustrated this in his August 8 article, "Why I Changed My Mind On Weed." In this publication, Dr. Gupta said, "there are very legitimate medical applications [for marijuana]. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works."

"MediJean recognizes that the medical community requires a wide body of accessible knowledge on medical marijuana in order to make more informed decisions prior to prescribing its use," reads a prepared statement from the company.

West Virginia: Medical Marijuana Continues To Gain Traction In Legislature

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Most members of the West Virginia Legislature know that marijuana has medical benefits; what they don't know is the best way for their state to legally regulate the use and sale of medicinal cannabis.

That, according to Matt Simon, legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project, is what he's gleaned from his talks with legislators on the subject, reports Dave Boucher of the Charleston Daily Mail.

"I don't have a head count," Simon said, "but that's the impression we get. Speaking with legislators, it seems a majority understands that if somebody has a severe case of cancer or multiple sclerosis, they should be able to use it without any criminal penalties."

Simon, a Parkersburg, W. Va., native with a master's degree from West Virginia University, returned home this week to present information on cannabis regulations to a legislative interim committee.

Karmen Hanson, health program manager for the National Conference of State Legislatures, on Wednesday will discuss with Simon before the Joint Committee on Health how other states have legalized medical marijuana.

"I strongly believe West Virginia should pass a law like this, and should regulate it in such a way that prevents major problems from happening, but so patients have safe, legal access," Simon said.

U.S.: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Slams Federal Marijuana Policy - 'This Is Hypocrisy'

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CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta slammed federal marijuana policy in a Tuesday interview with Anderson Cooper, following up on his August 7 apology for having opposed medicinal cannabis before reversing his position.

"The U.S. holds a patent [on marijuana] on one hand, and on the other hand, same government says it has no medical applications," Gupta told Cooper, reports Arturo Garcia at The Raw Story. "Journalists are trained to hate hypocrisy. This is hypocrisy. I've never seen it quite like this."

Sanjay explained that the Department of Health and Human Services holds a patent on medical marijuana as "a protectant for the brain," even while classifying cannabis as a Schedule I drug with "no accepted medical uses."

The patent states that "cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia."

U.S.: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Changes His Mind; Now Supports Medical Marijuana

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CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has reversed his position on medical marijuana. The former staunch opponent of pot now endorses its use in a new essay and an upcoming documentary.

"We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that," Gupta, who penned a 2009 article in Time magazine titled "Why I Would Vote No On Pot," wrote for CNN.

"I didn't look hard enough, until now," Gupta wrote, reports Liz Raftery of TV Guide. "I didn't look far enough ... I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis."

The research for Gupta's upcoming documentary film, Weed, required that he speak to "medical leaders, experts, growers and patients." He now believes that "it doesn't have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications.

"In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works," Dr. Gupta said.

Gupta pointed to research indicating that only 9 to 10 percent of adult marijuana users become dependent, as compared to 20 percent of cocaine users, 25 percent of heroin users and 30 percent of tobacco users.

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