While the law is slowly coming along, those who need medicinal cannabis are mostly still unable to obtain it.
So far, only a few patients have been able to obtain lawful medicinal cannabis, and only after a long and difficult struggle.
A woman with MS leaves a licensed medical cannabis dispensary in Illinois.
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There are many anecdotal reports indicating cannabis' beneficial effects for treating MS symptoms, but research with cannabis is difficult to do.
Lucy Haslam and Alex Wodak helped convince the public and politicians that the time for legalised medicinal cannabis had come.
In 2016 three Australian states and the Commonwealth passed laws to legalise the growing of medicinal cannabis. It was an extraordinary result for a campaign that struggled for decades to gain traction.
Despite dozens of trials internationally, the evidence on medical cannabis is unconvincing.
NSW is about to embark on the largest and most definitive clinical trial ever of medicinal cannabis for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
Cannabis is on display at Shango Premium Cannabis, in Portland, Oregon, Sept. 30, 2015.
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The trend toward marijuana legalization is growing, but the legality, or illegality, of cannabis at the federal level hasn't changed at all.
There is incredible variation between strains of cannabis plant.
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The Australian government will now accept licence applications for groups wanting to grow cannabis for scientific and medical purposes. But there's still a lot we don't know about this complex plant.
Millions of Americans in nine states will vote on Nov. 8 for the right to do this.
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Nine states are deciding whether to legalize marijuana. Yet the drug's prohibition at the federal level has created an unstable financial environment for producers and retailers.
A variety of medical marijuana strains are seen at a dispensary in Denver in 2011.
With restrictions to cannabis loosening at the state level, research is badly needed to get the facts in order.
There is strong evidence that cannabis is useful for treating a range of conditions. Legalising small-scale cultivation is a start to helping those in need.
Legalisation of cannabis for therapeutic use is happening slowly in Australia.
Cannabis has a long history, and its misuse hangs over it like a dark shadow.
Sea of Green Farms in Seattle, Washington.
An era of prohibition may soon be over for marijuana, and powerful players are watching. A legal expert explains how smaller, local producers can keep their pot in the game.
In some states this is medical marijuana.
The phrase 'medical marijuana' might give you the image of people buying plants or dried marijuana to smoke. But that's not always the case.
The health minister has put forward legislation for the growing of marijuana, but what’s next to actually get it to patients?
This week minister for health Sussan Ley tabled amendments to our drugs act to allow the growth of cannabis for medicinal or scientific purposes.
A national regulator is proposed to oversee cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes in Australia.
The Commonwealth plans to legalise local production of cannabis for medical and research purposes; as do Victoria and NSW. But what laws need to change for all of this to work?
Throughout history, most people have used marijuana to escape the toils of everyday life.
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For over 500 years, the drug has been associated with racism and poverty.
Heavy cannabis use is consistently associated with poorer attention and memory, and increased rates of metal health problems.
The legislative changes poised to increase the availability of cannabis are outpacing our understanding of the impact that the drug has on the brain.
Chris Christie has vowed to ‘crack down’ on marijuana if elected president.
The myth has been debunked time and time again.
Easier access to marijuana doesn’t necessarily lead to more addicts.
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