DC Council wants expanded medical marijuana access

DC Council wants expanded medical marijuana access

Posted: Updated:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council wants doctors to be able to prescribe medical marijuana to any patient they think would benefit from it.

Currently, medical marijuana can only be prescribed in the District of Columbia to people suffering from a short list of conditions, including AIDS.

The Washington Post (http://tinyurl.com/m7h2gzw ) reports that all 13 councilmembers have pledged to support a bill that would eliminate that list and leave decisions about medical marijuana up to doctors.

Medical marijuana has been available in the District since last year, but just 400 patients have been approved for its use. Councilmember Yvette Alexander, who chairs the council's health committee, says the program needs to be expanded to benefit more residents.

Earlier this year, the council decriminalized possession of small amounts of pot.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Latest health newsMore>>

  • Surgeons find 10-year-old sex toy inside woman's body

    Surgeons find 10-year-old sex toy inside woman's body

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:49:35 GMT
    After complaining of various health problems, a Scottish woman was found to have a sex toy inside her vagina – and that it had been left there for 10 years. According to a report by STV News, the 38-year-old visited Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after contracting sepsis and experiencing severe weight loss and urinary incontinence. At the hospital, doctors conducted an X-ray of her abdomen, which showed the five-inch toy protruding into her bladder from her vagina. According to the Dail...
    After complaining of various health problems, a Scottish woman was found to have a sex toy inside her vagina – and that it had been left there for 10 years. According to a report by STV News, the 38-year-old visited Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after contracting sepsis and experiencing severe weight loss and urinary incontinence. At the hospital, doctors conducted an X-ray of her abdomen, which showed the five-inch toy protruding into her bladder from her vagina. According to the Dail...
  • Study: Acetaminophen doesn't reduce lower-back pain

    Study: Acetaminophen doesn't reduce lower-back pain

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:04:27 GMT
    A new study says taking medication like Tylenol or Panadol for back pain is as effective as taking a sugar pill. Researchers split 1600 participants into three groups. Each was given two unmarked boxes. One group received two boxes of acetaminophen with instructions to use the second box as needed. Another group got a box of acetaminophen and a second box of placebos. They also got the instructions to use the second box as needed. The third group received two boxes of placebos. Researchers to...
    A new study says taking medication like Tylenol or Panadol for back pain is as effective as taking a sugar pill. Researchers split 1600 participants into three groups. Each was given two unmarked boxes. One group received two boxes of acetaminophen with instructions to use the second box as needed. Another group got a box of acetaminophen and a second box of placebos. They also got the instructions to use the second box as needed. The third group received two boxes of placebos. Researchers to...
  • Delaware reports 1st case of mosquito virus

    Delaware reports 1st case of mosquito virus

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:52:59 GMT
    Public health officials say Delaware has recorded its first case of a mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading in the U.S. from the Caribbean.
    Public health officials say Delaware has recorded its first case of a mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading in the U.S. from the Caribbean.

Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices