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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Canadian Health Officials Recommend Limiting THC in Edibles to 5mg

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse has called for THC limits for edible cannabis products to be set at a maximum of 5 milligrams per package. The recommendation is part of a brief submitted to Health Canada as the federal health agency develops regulations for marijuana edibles and extracts, which are scheduled to be legalized in Canada later this year. The country legalized cannabis flower and oils for recreational use and sale in October of last year.

Under current regulations for medical marijuana products, cannabis edibles are capped at 10 milligrams of THC per package. But the CCSA, an agency that was created by Parliament to provide national leadership to address substance use, believes that the maximum allowed should be lowered for several reasons. The CCSA brief notes that edible products can be unwittingly ingested by children or adults who are not aware they contain THC, that edibles carry a risk of over-consumption because of the increased time for ingested THC to take ..

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Oklahoma House Passes Medical Cannabis Protection Bill

Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program has divided patients and health professionals, voters and their elected officials. But a new bill, which cleared the House floor Thursday with a 93-5 vote, aims to create unity on the issue. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act represents a bipartisan effort to craft new rules for the state program. It also marks the culmination of a working group’s efforts to create a framework based on input from proponents and opponents of State Question 788.

Oklahoma’s New Medical Marijuana Rulebook Just Passed in the House
Jon Echols (R-Oklahoma City), Oklahoma’s House Speaker and co-chair of the working group behind HB 2612, said the goal of the Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act “is not to fix every issue or deal with every issue that will pop up.”

Instead, Echols said the goal was to establish a framework for the booming industry and move on from there. That framework came as a result of 13 meetings group members held with pr..

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