HHS Could Open the Door for More Marijuana Use in Nursing Homes

I have been touting the benefits of medical marijuana for nursing home/senior care residents for many years now.  As a cannabis attorney, as well, I have been immersed in the research and studies, showing how marijuana can benefit nursing home residents, just like any other drug our residents may take for their well-being.

But the risks of utilizing marijuana in the nursing home, I’ve been stating, have been too great. Marijuana remains a Schedule I federally illegal controlled substance, and, as such, the Controlled Substances Act defines cannabis and its distinct cannabinoids as possessing “a high potential for abuse … no currently accepted medical use … [and] a lack of accepted safety for the use of the drug under medical supervision.”

Read the full column by Duane Morris partner Neville M. Bilimoria in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News

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