HLG week in review 4.23-4.27

Pharmaceutical CBD Bill Heads to Colorado Governor, How FDA Approved Cannabis Products Could Affect CBD Distribution Channels

Pharmaceutical CBD Bill Heads to Colorado Governor

A bill that creates a lane for the prescribing of FDA-approved CBD medicines in Colorado is now on the road to the governor’s desk. The state Senate on Tuesday morning unanimously passed House Bill 1187, which would allow for doctors to prescribe and pharmacies to dispense Epidiolex, a cannabidiol-based pharmaceutical drug for rare seizure disorders. Epidiolex is likely weeks away from becoming the first U.S. FDA-approved medicine containing plant-derived cannabis compounds. Read more.

How FDA Approved Cannabis Products Could Affect CBD Distribution Channels

Last week, GW Pharma (NASDAQ: GWPH) scored a milestone victory, as the thirteen-member panel at the Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee, which met on April 19th to consider the safety and efficacy of Epidiolex, its CBD-based product, and pass along its conclusions to the FDA, gave it a unanimous decision in favor of Epidiolex. The committee, which referred to Epidiolex as “Cannibidiol Oral Solution” (CBD-OS), saw it as safe and efficacious in treating seizures in patients 2 years of age and older suffering from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. The FDA is expected to complete its review process of the Epidiolex New Drug Application by June 27th. If approved, Epidiolex will be the first cannabis-derived FDA-drug approved. Read more.

More Older Americans are Smoking Marijuana

U.S. marijuana consumption is more prevalent today than during the conservative 1980s. Surges in drug use are often attributed to “kids these days,” but new research shows that the change has been driven not by stereotypical longhair youngsters but by the gray-haired and balding set. Read more.

Boehner Benefits From Weed. Blacks Are in Prison for Using It

If you want to see an example of staggering hypocrisy in the criminal justice system, consider the contrast between Fate Vincent Winslow, a prisoner in Louisiana, and John Boehner, the Ohio Republican who is a former speaker of the House of Representatives. Read more.

The World's Best Athletes Smoke Marijuana. Here's Proof. What Now?

Cannabis culture in sports has an old-school stigma. You'll hear vague talk of scientific research here, news of a failed drug test or arrest there. But, to be blunt, real talk is hard to come by. So here's a reality check: Professional athletes smoke weed. Indeed, the overwhelming majority of them do, according to new player estimates. Some even smoke before games.  Read more.