On Monday, New Mexico’s state medical cannabis advisory board voted in favor of nearly doubling the patient purchase limit. In other public health news: seasonal affective disorder, what to do about Thanksgiving and more.
AP: Panel Recommends Higher Purchase Limits For Medical Cannabis
A panel of doctors and other health care professionals on Monday recommended increasing the amount of marijuana that can be purchased by participants in New Mexico’s medical cannabis program. But the debate over whether the state has an adequate supply has yet to be settled. The state medical cannabis advisory board voted in favor of nearly doubling the patient purchase limit to 15 ounces over 90 days after hearing from supporters that New Mexico has trailed other states when it comes to the accessibility of medical marijuana. Producers and patients noted that the higher limit would at least put New Mexico on par with Nevada and Arizona but that many other states allow for patients to buy significantly more. (Montoya Bryan, 11/16)
AP: Americans Across Party Lines, Regions Embrace Marijuana
Bill Stocker could be considered the archetype of a conservative voter: He’s a retired Marine and former police officer who voted for President Donald Trump. But he’s also among the majority of South Dakota voters who broadly legalized marijuana this month. Stocker, 61, said enforcing marijuana laws gets in the way of pursuing other drug crimes and called warnings about the ills of marijuana “a bunch of baloney” that even people in a Republican stronghold like South Dakota no longer believe. (Hanson, 11/16)
CNN: Seasonal Affective Disorder: How To Get Through The Pandemic’s Winter Months
With winter on the horizon, it’s getting darker earlier each day, and temperatures are slipping. Seasonal affective disorder could hit particularly hard this year, especially after months of social distancing