Israeli Ministry of Health Approves Therapeutic MDMA for PTSD Treatment

After a government representative was sent to learn about the substance from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), Israel has approved the use of MDMA to treat PTSD on 50 patients.

“The ministry is taking this seriously and with appropriate caution, an in-depth investigation has been carried out,” Ministry of Health official Bella Ben-Gershon told Israeli newspaper Haaretz. “There is a considerable population in Israel of people suffering from PTSD that is resistant to other treatment.” Treatment will take place in Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center and psychiatric hospitals in Be’er Yaakov, Lev Hasharon, and Be’er Sheva.

MDMA’s effects on PTSD are considered by many to be a crucial point of research. It is estimated that 8 percent of US residents have PTSD at any one time, for a total of 24.4 million people. That rate rises considerably when one looks at the country’s population of veterans, for whom the rate varies between 11 and 20 percent.

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Governor Of Michigan Abolishes Medical Marijuana Licensing Board

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan signed an executive order on Friday that abolishes the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board and creates a single state agency to regulate both medical and recreational cannabis. Whitmer’s order, which is scheduled to go into effect on April 30, establishes the Marijuana Regulatory Agency as a part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The governor said in a statement on Friday that the move will streamline the issuing of licenses for cannabis growers, processors, and dispensaries.

“This executive order will eliminate inefficiencies that have made it difficult to meet the needs of Michigan’s medical marijuana patients,” Whitmer said. “All elements of this agency have been designed to serve and better protect Michigan residents, and I’m eager to have a unified effort across state departments to make sure this process runs effectively and efficiently.”

Whitmer said that combining the board with the regulatory structure for ..

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Investing Cannabis Stocks Could be Trouble for Department of Defense Employees

Federal workers in defense and national security positions don’t just have to worry about keeping their urine free of banned substances. According to a recent statement from the Department of Defense, they also have to worry about keeping their investment portfolios free of cannabis stocks. The DoD says that investing in cannabis could lead to the loss of security clearances for service members, defense contractors and DoD civilians workers. Owning stock in a cannabis company can also block someone from gaining a security clearance in the future.

Federal Prohibition Threatens Security Clearances for Defense Dept. Workers Who Invest in Cannabis
The DoD Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoDCAF) is the sole authority that can grant clearances for Defense Department employees. And their stated legal position is that ownership of cannabis stocks counts as involvement in drug-related activities. As such, investing in marijuana would qualify as a “reportable incident.” The DoD continuousl..

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