Nowadays it seems riskier than ever for major corporations to take a stand on a hot-button political issue, however Walgreens has opened the door to discussing the positive benefits of medical marijuana on its health and wellness blog.
While the company hasn’t come right out and said, “We support medical marijuana,” its post titled “Clarifying Clinical Cannabis” lists its many health benefits, providing readers with a perceived alternative to traditional pain medication and treatments.
Last week the U.S House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate both voted to allow doctors with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss medical cannabis with their patients in states where such medicine is legal.
Both chambers of Congress tacked on amendments to military spending bills that would lift the restrictions on VA doctors discussing medical cannabis as an option in legal states.
Canadian Insurance company Sun Life will now cover its members’ medical cannabis costs as part of their insurance coverage, making it the first company in North America to do so.
Currently Canada has a for-profit, commercially structured medical cannabis program, thanks to the passing of 2013’s Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. The nation’s medical cannabis program could most closely be likened to that of California, where prescriptions are written for anything from eating and sleeping disorders to cancer and epilepsy.
Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe has had enough of the NFL’s antiquated stance on medical marijuana.
Over his seven-year career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he’s suffered multiple concussions, sprains, and shoulder injuries, which cause him to be in constant pain. Currently, if marijuana — medical or not — shows up on an NFL player’s mandatory drug test, penalties include fines, suspensions, and even expulsion form the league. This policy makes it so the only option for athletes to treat their pain is the addictive opiate painkillers constantly prescribed by NFL doctors.
More medical marijuana is coming to the South. On May 5, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed a bill into law that legalizes the use of cannabidiol (CBD) for those suffering debilitating medical conditions.
The bill is known as Leni’s Law for the young girl whose family was forced to relocate from Alabama to Oregon in order to access to the CBD oil she desperately needed to treat her seizure disorder.
With medical cannabis being legal in almost half of the country now, there are a lot of questions regarding how one obtains a prescription and is able to start using it. Luckily, we are well versed on the subject, and are here to help.
First, it is important to be familiar with the medical laws in your state. Once you know that you can legally purchase medical marijuana where you live, look up the specific laws that govern the industry so you can make sure that you always remain compliant.