Here’s one from the Chicago Tribune: Canada approves cannabis painkiller by Beth Duff-Brown (Associated Press):
”TORONTO -- Canada has become the first country in the world to approve a cannabis-based painkiller for patients suffering multiple sclerosis, a move applauded by those with the disease and proponents of medical uses for marijuana.
Health Canada, the federal agency that oversees medical care for Canadians, announced Tuesday that it approved the prescription painkiller Sativex, made from components derived from the cannabis plant that have been shown to ease pain.
British drug company GW Pharmaceuticals, which developed the drug, said Canada is the first country to grant regulatory approval for Sativex, which will be marketed by Bayer HealthCare and could be in pharmacies by the summer. The drug can be sprayed under the tongue or inside the cheek, avoiding the carcinogenic dangers of smoking pot.
Medical professionals voice high hopes for the drug's success.”
And I'm still waiting to see the outcome of what will be he U.S. Supreme Court rulings on those Feds v State issues over the Constitutional interpretation of the Commerce Clause as it relates to California's legal rules regarding Medical marijuana use. Should be very, very interesting.
Karen on 04.22.05 @ 04:26 AM CST