Epilepsy Drug Made From Marijuana Plant Gets Backing From FDA Staff

Epilepsy Drug Made From Marijuana Plant Gets Backing From FDA Staff | Fortune



Army veteran deported to Mexico after drug conviction

A veteran who did two tours of Afghanistan has been deported to Mexico after his citizenship was denied due to a felony drug conviction.

…Perez-Montes was sentenced to 15 years in prison and had his green card taken away after he was found guilty of delivering cocaine to an undercover cop, CNN reported. He served half of his sentence when deportation proceedings took place.

…“This case is a tragic example of what can happen when national immigration policies are based more in hate than on logic and ICE doesn’t feel accountable to anyone,” Duckworth said in a statement on Saturday.

Perez-Montes reportedly arrived in the U.S. when he was 8-years-old with his parents and sister who are now naturalized U.S. citizens. He has another sister who is an American citizen by birth.

Perez-Montes said his conviction was the result of his PTSD, according to CNN.

Army veteran deported to Mexico after drug conviction | TheHill


Medical Marijuana and Gun Laws Collide

The [9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals] ruled 3-0 on Wednesday that a ban preventing medical marijuana card holders from purchasing firearms is not in violation of the Second Amendment, the Associated Press reports. There are nine western states under the appeals court’s jurisdiction, including Nevada, where the case originated.

Medical Marijuana and Gun Laws Collide | Fortune


For all their risks, opioids had no pain-relieving advantage in a yearlong clinical trial

In the first randomized clinical trial to make a head-to-head comparison between opioids and other kinds of pain medications, patients who took opioids fared no better over the long term than patients who used safer alternatives.

“There was no significant difference in pain-related function between the 2 groups over 12 months,” researchers reported Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.

…”Overall, opioids did not demonstrate any advantage over nonopioid medications that could potentially outweigh their greater risk of harms,” wrote the team led by Dr. Erin Krebs of the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System’s Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research.

… Over the course of a year, 41% of those taking opioids saw at least a 30% improvement in their pain severity, as did 54% of those who weren’t on opioids.

Measures of how pain interfered with things like work, sleep, mood and general enjoyment of life were nearly identical in both groups. On a scale of 0 to 10, the average score was 3.4 for those on opioids and 3.3 for those who weren’t. After 12 months, 59% of those in the opioid group and 61% of those in the nonopioid group reported an improvement of at least 30%.

…Patients in the opioid group had significantly more trouble with medication-related symptoms.

For all their risks, opioids had no pain-relieving advantage in a yearlong clinical trial

No shit, Sherlock?!