California university hosts medical cannabis program

Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California, recently announced plans for “Medical Cannabis: A Clinical Focus,” a six-hour course aimed at addressing the “complexities and practicalities” of medical cannabis use.

The event, presented by Untied Patients Group in association with the Sonoma State Department of Nursing, will look at the issue from multiple angles, including a history of cannabis and an introduction to cannabinoids and terpenes, to a discussion of the endocannabinoid system, dosing and administration, clinical implication and drug interactions to a discussion on legal barriers and implications, covering conditions such as cancer, chronic pain and geriatric considerations and “Pesticides & More: What you don’t know.”

The course will be taught by Eloise Theisen, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC and will also feature Dr. Donald Land, chief scientific consultant to Steep Hill Labs, Inc., and a professor of chemistry at UC Davis.

The course is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with an hour lunch) on March 11 at Sonoma State University. The class will also be streamed live on the internet for those who cannot attend in person. General admission tickets are $120 at the door.

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United Patients Group hosts Utah MMJ seminar


Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City. Photo by Jkinsocal (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

SALT LAKE CITY – United Patients Group (UPG), Sacred Roots of Healing and the Utah Association for Responsible Cannabis Legislation recently announced they will host an evening of information, education and awareness for lawmakers, health care providers, public safety officials and others at an invitation-only summit, “Medical Cannabis: The Science. The Truth.” on Oct. 12, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Community leaders like Juanita Ramos believe the time is now to review and expand the availability and access to medical cannabis to the citizens of Utah. Ramos, along with the nonprofit United Patients Group have formed the Utah Association for Responsible Cannabis Legislation, working closely with Utah lawmakers, such as Rep. Gage Froerer (R-Huntsville) who is committed to bringing a more sensible and comprehensive medical cannabis solution to the people of Utah.

Several polls in the state indicate that two-thirds of Utah residents support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.

Froerer has been working with Ramos, United Patients Group, as well as other legislators across the U.S. to craft a bill that will ensure “… that patients will have access to a safe, tested product that cannot be exploited for recreational purposes.”

“The bill also provides for strict enforcement for professional growers and processors as well as relevant education for our healthcare professionals in this emerging area of medicine,” Froerer said. “This will ultimately benefit a broader cross-section of patients who are in desperate need.”

John Malanca, founder of United Patients Group said, “While we applaud the efforts of lawmakers across the country in considering the healthcare needs of their constituents, some laws help only a small percentage of the patient population. What we typically find is not a stubborn resistance to the idea of cannabinoid medicine, but rather a lack of understanding and awareness of the true science that backs up the efficacy of the drug.”

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