The Advocate: Weekly Cannabis News

Senior cannabis study reveals promising results

A recent survey discovered cannabis to be a hit with seniors. Medical researchers and doctors recently studied and surveyed 150 patients in New York and Minnesota, looking to discover the impact cannabis has had on their senior communities. “The geriatric population is my fastest-growing patient population. With medical marijuana, I’m taking more patients off opioids,” said Dr. Mark Wallace, a board member of the American Pain Society.

After a month of using cannabis the seniors reported going from a 9 down to a 5.6 in pain levels. Nearly all (91%) patients would recommend medicinal cannabis to someone else. The study was recently presented at the American Geriatrics Society meeting and will remain in the preliminary stages until published by a peer-reviewed journal.

Can cannabis save Lebanon’s economy?

US-based firm McKinsey & Co. recently presented a 1,000-page report to the Lebanese government. The global management consulting firm was hired in early January to help solve their growing economic crisis, one that has left the small country as the third most-indebted country in the world.

Until ratified, a release of the report will not be available to the public. However, early rumblings state that the vision of McKinsey is largely based around the cultivation and exportation of medicinal cannabis.

Caretaker Economy and Trade Minister Raed Khoury supported the idea of regulating and selling cannabis, and believes it to be a necessary step if they are to boost GDP growth.

Michigan adds and denies 11 qualifying medical conditions   

The state of Michigan added 11 medical conditions to the list of ailments that could qualify a person for a medicinal cannabis card. Notable additions include arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain, and autism.

Eleven other conditions were rejected by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, including anxiety, and depression.

Indiana judge rules against the First Church of Cannabis

Bill Levin, founder of the First Church of Cannabis received disappointing news this Tuesday. The cannabis advocate was hoping to strike judicial history, requesting the state of Indiana to allow the usage and consumption of cannabis within his holy grounds, even though it remains illegal in the Hoosier state.

Levin’s arguments were based on the grounds of free exercise of religion. Officials countered by claiming it to be a dangerous path to allow individual, illegal activity solely based on religious faith.

“It’s far from over. We are just getting started,” wrote Levin on Facebook.

John Kuster

As Social Media Coordinator, John oversees all things related to getting Revolution Enterprises' unique message out. An Iowa native, John joined the Revolution team to help educate, and inform the public on cannabis and all it has to offer. Prior to joining Revolution, John helped multiple companies grow and expand their reach, ranging from the tech industry to the world of international football. He is thrilled to be working in a rapidly expanding market, and is proud to represent Illinois patients and cannabis advocates across the globe.