Category Archives: Medical Marijuana

Marijuana legalization discussed in this balanced opinion by a retired banker.

Admin; Excellent article well written to present both sides of the argument. Bob Roper makes the case that civil liberties for Americans have also been eroded and money wasted on the war against marijuana.

Should we legalize marijuana?

By BOB ROPER

Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 12:00 am Comments (1)

On Nov. 4, voters in Oregon and Alaska passed initiatives legalizing recreational marijuana. This, of course, follows Colorado and Washington state, whose voters did the same not long ago. The trend is obvious — and hardly surprising considering in a recent poll Americans said, by 56 percent to 44 percent, that marijuana should be legalized provided it is appropriately regulated, as with alcohol.

There is a great irony here. Just as the legalization trend accelerates, maybe to the point of being unstoppable, the accumulated medical and scientific evidence proving marijuana is in fact a dangerous drug is overwhelming. Here are some of the studies and useful facts: Continue reading

Medical marijuana study on Alzheimer’s.

Admin; More medical study documentation about the medical marijuana THC benefits.

Marijuana fights Alzheimer’s disease, new study indicates

Posted on November 29, 2014 at 9:32 am by David Downs in Health, Science

The anti-inflammatory cannabis may prevent Alzheimer’s Disease later in life, researchers suspect (via Flickr – institut-douglas w/ CC license)

Another study is adding evidence to the case for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease with the compounds in cannabis.

Research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease this September “strongly suggest that THC [the main active ingredient in marijuana] could be a potential therapeutic treatment option for Alzheimer’s disease through multiple functions and pathways.”

More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s today. One in three seniors will die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, and Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the nation, costing America about $203 billion in 2013. Continue reading

Marijuana potency testing.

So we decided to buy a little marijuana …

Chris Vanderveen, KUSA4:06 p.m. MST November 24, 2014

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DENVER – There’s nothing quite like the moment you walk into your boss’s office and ask her for permission to buy marijuana.

I’m not going to lie. You envision a brief period of uncomfortable laughter followed by an escorted trip to the human resources department to pick up the proverbial brown cardboard box.

Oddly enough, however, I’m still here.

Hear me out on this one. There’s some journalism going on here, I swear.

This all started months ago when USA Today reporter Trevor Hughes and I started talking about the difficulties of finding data on how statewide testing of marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles was going. The state started ordering the testing over the spring, and yet it was becoming increasingly clear the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division was not particularly anxious to share any of the results. Continue reading

Medical marijuana; CBD, THC and seizures.

Admin; Excellent blog article about what has been learned about treatment with CBD for such afflictions like seizures. There is need for an amount of THC and other  components to be more effective. This complicates the efforts of some politicians that want to say that they are endorsing a specific strain to be “THE” medical marijuana strain. When politicians want to call their medical marijuana bill “Charlottes Web law” they are doing a simplified disservice  to the complexity of medical marijuana.


CBD Alone does NOT Treat Epilepsy Effectively

October 22, 2014/2 Comments/in Cannabis, Frontpage Article, Industry News, Medical Benefits,Op-Ed /by Daniel

“I know it freaks everybody out, but we need THC.  Only when doctors added a little nightly THC to Haleigh’s CBD regimen did she experience her first seizure-free day in years.”  Janea Cox speaking of her daughter’s response to medical cannabis treatment.

This candor from Janea Cox is not motivated by money or politics.  Instead, it’s motivated by love.  A mother’s love for her child.

Janea’s daughter, Haleigh, has a form of epilepsy which features seizures that do not respond to traditional medical treatments.  Current epilepsy treatments involve a heavy regimen of sedatives that include powerful benzodiazepines.  So the options for treating intractable epilepsy are either 1) deal with seizures that retard cognitive development and eventually kill or 2) live in a drug induced coma.

Parents like Janea Cox did not accept these and opted for a third option; medical cannabis.  Unfortunately, Georgia and many other states ignore the mountains of medical evidence proving cannabis has immeasurable medical value and criminalize it.  Janea was forced to leave her home, family and friends to save her daughter’s life. Continue reading

Marijuana legalization may be coveted by Big Tobacco.

Admin; Big Tobacco may very well welcome marijuana legalization.  This articles documents that Big Tobacco has been interested in marijuana since 1969.

Here’s What It Will Take For The Marlboro Of Marijuana To Emerge

 

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The legal cannabis industry is run by minnows. As liberalisation spreads, that may not last

“FRESH and fruity, right?” says a bright-eyed young man behind the counter, wafting an open jar of something called “AK-47” under Schumpeter’s nose. “Whereas with this one”,–unscrewing another jar, fanning the scent up to his nostrils and closing his eyes in concentration–“I’m getting notes of dill.”

Drug dealers aren’t what they used to be.

In Colorado, which in January became the first place in the world fully to legalise cannabis, buying a joint feels more like visiting a trendy craft-brewery than a drug den. Dispensaries along Denver’s “green mile” are packed with young, bearded men earnestly discussing the merits of strains with names like “Bio-Jesus” and “Death Star”. Some varieties claim to be inspirational, while others say they promote relaxation, or “couch-lock”, as the tokers call it.

Colorado’s pot industry expects to rack up sales of $1 billion this year. Across America the market is reckoned to be worth about 40 times that much. Most of it is still illegal, of course. But slowly, entrepreneurs are prising it out of the hands of crime gangs. Nearly half the 50 states permit the sale of marijuana to medical patients, which in practice may include anyone willing to fake a back problem.

This week Oregon and Alaska joined Colorado and Washington in legalising it for recreational purposes, too. If other countries legalise, as Uruguay already has, it could open up a global cannabis market worth perhaps $100 billion a year (by the best guesses, which are stabs in the dark). Continue reading

Medical marijuana’s surprising Florida supporter base for the votes.

Admin; I love to see the truth weigh into medical marijuana politics.

Seniors Could be Key on Medical Marijuana in Florida

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Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 • Updated at 1:39 PM EST

The debate over legalizing medical marijuana in Florida constantly generates talk of young people potentially flooding the polls. But seniors are the most reliable voters and could be key to the outcome of the measure.

Though polling on Amendment 2 has been erratic, seniors have been showing a level of interest in the initiative that underscores the fact they may benefit most from its passage.

“You get older, you get sick, you start getting diseases, your bones stop working as well as they used to and you’re presented with this pharmacopoeia of different drugs that you have to take just to get through the day,” said Ben Pollara, who leads United for Care, the pro-Amendment 2 campaign. “To the extent that seniors can use marijuana to supplement or replace any of those drugs I think is a good thing.” Continue reading

Medical marijuana legislation in Florida.

Admin; The truth shall prevail about medical marijuana benefits…

Medical marijuana politics in Florida

Matt Sedensky, Associated Press6:38 p.m. CDT October 31, 2014

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In this Oct. 8, 2014 photo, Beth Ann Krug, 61, of Del Ray Beach, Fla., speaks during a debate on medical marijuana in Boca Raton, Fla. Krug, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, found relief from her symptoms during a recent trip to Colorado to see if marijuana would help. She has not used the drug since, because she refuses to get it illegally and worries her full-time volunteer position would be jeopardized because they do drug testing. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)(Photo: J Pat Carter, AP)

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WEST PALM BEACH – Florida’s race for governor has focused on the candidates’ integrity and their credit or blame for the economy. But an issue seldom mentioned on the campaign trail could play the spoiler in the razor-thin contest.

Medical marijuana, up for legalization under the Amendment 2 initiative, is supported by Democrat Charlie Crist and opposed by Republican Rick Scott. Though neither candidate has made the issue a campaign centerpiece, its presence on the ballot could help decide who takes the governor’s mansion.

“I don’t think that there’s anyone out there that doesn’t think this race isn’t going to be won or lost by a couple of percentage points,” said Erik Williams, a longtime Democratic political consultant who now coordinates government relations for beMindful, which operates marijuana dispensaries in Colorado. “Driving turnout on an issue such as this it absolutely could play a major role in determining who’s the next governor.”

Experts disagree on how much a ballot question such as Amendment 2 increases turnout, but most agree Crist will get any extra votes. Medical marijuana has wide support nationally and, unlike other social issues that often show up in ballot initiatives like abortion or gay marriage, it is less likely to drive opponents to the polls solely to voice their disapproval.

“With marijuana, there’s no backlash. There aren’t people that turn out to vote just to vote against it,” said Celinda Lake, a pollster who has conducted surveys on marijuana ballot measures.

Amendment 2 requires 60 percent approval to pass. Polls have consistently shown Democrats and younger voters showing more support for it than Republicans and older voters.

Voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia also have marijuana questions before them — to legalize recreational use — but Florida’s initiative has attracted more money and attention. Outside Florida, the race for Senate in Alaska is the closest, most high-profile race, but it seems much less likely to be affected by the marijuana vote because neither candidate has endorsed it.

Mason Tvert of the Marijuana Policy Project downplayed the role marijuana initiatives play in political races, but conceded in very close races like Florida’s, it could be the decider. Still, Tvert said ballot questions don’t inherently benefit Democrats unless a candidate has vocally supported it.

“A race that’s coming down to just thousands or even hundreds of votes, it could play a big role,” he said.

Earlier this year, Scott signed legislation legalizing a single strain of low-potency medical marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web, but he has spoken against the broader initiative.

“I’ve watched family members deal with drug abuse, so it scares the living daylights out of me,” Scott said when questioned about it at a debate earlier this month.

John Morgan, an Orlando-based personal injury attorney, chairs United for Care, the pro-Amendment 2 campaign. But because he’s also a supporter, and employer, of Crist, it has raised suspicions among some voters about the amendment’s true purpose. Crist says he supports the measure “out of compassion” for the suffering, but also suggests it could help him politically.

“I’m going to vote for it. My opponent does not support it and that may be a big difference maker, especially to younger voters, but I think also to seniors,” he said.

Still, even in Colorado, where marijuana has been on statewide ballots three times since 2000, the wider political impact of such initiatives isn’t clear.

President Barack Obama won the state in 2012, but with less support than the marijuana initiative, meaning some in the pro-pot camp cast ballots for the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, exit polls showed more young voters there than four years earlier, when marijuana wasn’t on ballots.

Some remain convinced, though, that the increased turnout had a spillover effect.

“Of course it played a role,” said Rick Enstrom, a Republican who lost a state House race by about 1,500 votes. “It energized a portion of the voting populace that does not ordinarily vote. I think it helped motivate the college students, and I think that’s partially what it was designed to do.”

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Medical marijuana explained.

Admin; Very well written article about medical marijuana’s best treatments for most people.

Why some doctors are in favour of medical cannabis

by Bianca Nogrady

The politics of medical cannabis may be complicated. But for some people it makes a world of difference in relieving pain, nausea, seizures, and other symptoms.

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With the recent political debate around medical cannabis trials, you could be forgiven for thinking that the notion was something altogether new.

In fact, cannabis has been used medicinally for thousands of years in India and Asia. It was introduced to western medicine in the mid-nineteenth century by an Irish doctor William O’Shaughnessy, upon his return from service in India, and become a popular therapy around the world.

Even former US president Richard Nixon’s 1972 National Commission on ‘marihuana’ supported studies of its use in the treatment of conditions such as glaucoma, migraine and cancer (although Nixon subsequently ignored his own Commission’s findings and instead declared a ‘war on drugs’).

The criminalisation of marijuana saw it swiftly fall from medical favour. However, it seems that medical cannabis’s star is once again rising, with some evidence suggesting it may offer considerable relief in conditions where few other treatments are able to help.

Making people more comfortable

Cannabis’s therapeutic benefits stem from the way it stimulates with the body’s own method of making us feel good, known as the endocannabinoid system, explains Emeritus Professor of Anaesthesia Laurence Mather, from the Northern Clinical School at the University of Sydney. Continue reading

California Judge Rules drought is no reason for a warrantless search over Medical Marijuana plants

Admin; Mendocino County in California has been experiencing a drought for the last three years, and although this is a serious thing, it apparently, according to Judge  Thelton Henderson isn’t a good enough reason to search and seize medical marijuana plants with NO warrant. The marijuana patients who had their property unlawfully searched along with NORML sued the sheriff’s department and California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Drought Doesn’t Justify Seizing Medical Marijuana Plants without a Warrant

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In two weeks, Lake County voters will decide if they want to loosen up, or even eliminate, the restrictive medical marijuana ordinance (pdf) they passed in June.

For now, the county sheriff will have to stop enforcing that ordinance illegally—by seizing, without a warrant, marijuana being grown on private property. Sheriff’s deputies allegedly raided the homes of several medical marijuana patients in August without a warrant, seizing their plants.

The ordinance states that law enforcement officers who want to abate an “unlawful marijuana cultivation” five days after issuing a warning “may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for a warrant authorizing entry upon the property for purposes of undertaking the work, if necessary.”

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson said it was necessary and issued an injunction blocking the county from conducting the raids. The judge was responding to a complaint brought by the marijuana patients and the state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). They sued the sheriff’s department and California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Judge Henderson did not buy the county’s argument that the three-year drought, which has been particularly hard on poverty-stricken Lake County up near Mendocino, constituted an emergency that warranted not seeking a warrant. Marijuana needs a lot of water.

The judge wrote in his October 14 decision, “The need to reduce water use, even during a drought, falls below the level of urgency associated with emergencies justifying a warrantless search in existing case law.”

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American investors at risk in Canadian medical marijuana.

Admin; This investment is currently at risk until the US takes marijuana off schedule 1 classification.  Slow but sure this should happen in the next 10 years.

Exclusive: U.S. DEA ‘most interested’ in U.S. investors in Canadian marijuana firms

BY JOHN TILAK AND BRETT WOLF

TORONTO/ST. LOUIS Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:41am EDT

Section Grower Morgan Blenk inspects a marijuana plant clone before planting it at Tweed Marijuana Inc in Smith's Falls, Ontario, in this file photo from March 19, 2014.  REUTERS-Blair Gable-Files

Production Assistant Dan Brennan collects marijuana plant clones to be moved into a growing room at Tweed Marijuana Inc in Smith's Falls, Ontario, in this file photo from February 20, 2014.  REUTERS-Blair Gable-Files

Droplets of oil form on the surface of a marijuana plant at Tweed Marijuana Inc in Smith's Falls, Ontario in this file photo from March 19, 2014. REUTERS-Blair Gable-Files

1 OF 6. Section Grower Morgan Blenk inspects a marijuana plant clone before planting it at Tweed Marijuana Inc in Smith’s Falls, Ontario, in this file photo from March 19, 2014.

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(Reuters) – U.S. investors in Canada’s medical marijuana industry are betting they will not fall under the scrutiny of U.S. law enforcement officers – but it is a risky bet.

With marijuana still illegal on a federal level in the United States, American investors in Canadian medical marijuana can be seen as violating the Controlled Substances Act, according to some U.S experts. And the use of the banking system to transfer the proceeds of such investments could be seen as money laundering.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has already been tracking investments made in state-sanctioned marijuana business in the United States. When asked by Reuters about the DEA’s view of U.S. investments in Canadian marijuana, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said the agency is “most interested in those types of activities.”

After the Reuters report, shares in Canadian medical marijuana companies fell sharply at the open before recovering some ground. OrganiGram Holdings Inc (OGI.V) dropped 6.9 percent in early trading, Bedrocan Cannabis Corp (BED.V) fell 4.2 percent and Tweed Marijuana Inc (TWD.V) declined 2.8 percent. Continue reading