The Dispense: Cannabis for pain control

In case you missed them, here are the cannabis-related stories that caught our attention.

Opioid alternative for MS

Researchers are exploring ways cannabis may help control pain in people living with Multiple Sclerosis. A neuro-immunology team, led by Dr. Michael Namaka, is looking at the usefulness of two types of cannabis oil extracts, news report.

Read more Researchers explore use of cannabis in pain control for MS patients

Free speech prevails

Iowa State University cannot prevent a cannabis law reform advocacy group from distributing a T-shirt with the Iowa State University mascot on one side and a cannabis leaf on the other, according to a recent ruling by a federal appeals court. “The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said ISU administrators […] violated First Amendment rights of two students who were top officers of the ISU chapter of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws,” reports the Associated Press.

Read more Iowa State University loses appeal in marijuana T-shirt case

Cannabis funds provide scholarship help

High school seniors in Pueblo County, Colo. can apply for the nation’s first cannabis-funded scholarships. “County commissioners expect a $1,000 scholarship to be available to every graduating high school senior who resides in Pueblo County and plans to attend either Pueblo Community College or Colorado State University-Pueblo in the fall,” reports The Gazette. “The state funds would not be available without a local match, which was made possible by the cannabis-funded scholarship program.”

Read more World’s first cannabis-funded scholarship program accepting applications

DPA founder to step aside

Marijuana Business Daily sits down with Drug Policy Alliance Executive Director Ethan Nadelmann to discuss his views on the rapidly changing cannabis landscape, and his plans for stepping down from the organization by the end of April.

Read more Cannabis reform’s future + a farewell: Q&A with outgoing DPA chief Ethan Nadelmann

Cassandra Dowell

Cassandra oversees communications for Revolution Enterprises, a company committed to cultivating health through the science of cannabis. Prior to joining Revolution, Cassandra covered complex financial transactions and business trends within the cannabis and healthcare industries. During her time as a Chicagoland newspaper editor, she received more than 10 Illinois Press Association and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards for her coverage of mental health and housing issues.