Explaining His Cannabis Conversion, John Boehner Cites a Marijuana Myth


The Justice Department has been prohibited from using federal funds to target state-legal medical marijuana businesses since 2014. But he said someone inclined to illegally smoking marijuana is probably doing so already, and using less expensive marijuana bought on the street.

Patient advocates have stressed that leaf from of medical marijuana, because it involves less processing, is the least expensive form, and probably the fastest-acting.

In states that have legalized cannabis, binge-drinking rates have fallen 9% below the national average, and 11% below states that don't allow the sale of recreational marijuana, according to the note. The first medical marijuana sales in Pennsylvania began February 15, almost two years after Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation authorizing it.

The study focused on opioid prescriptions filled between 2010 and 2015 for patients using Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit plan.

Boehner said in a statement his position "has evolved" from opposing to supporting legalization of marijuana. By passing the medical cannabis ballot initiative ...

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The move is a stark reversal for the former speaker, who in 2011 wrote a constituent that he was "unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana or any other FDA Schedule I drug", adding that "I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs, including alcohol".

Opioids killed or helped kill 42,249 people in 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. "So, to be able to have a voice for those people who otherwise don't have a voice in this issue is an honor".

The upcoming Israeli government vote on marijuana exports will only affect medical-use marijuana, excluding raw cannabis.

But addiction experts said the findings are an important piece of science in an area in which laws are often passed based on emotions and not on medical research. In addition, doctors know that endogenous cannabinoids - compounds in the body similar to those found in marijuana - are integral to the body's pain system, Heard said.

Synthetic cannabinoids are chemicals sprayed on dried plants to be smoked or sold as e-cigarette liquids. "Patients are then issued identification cards that allow them or their caregivers to possess a certain amount of marijuana through home cultivation and licensed dispensaries".