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Category: Fun | Posted on Sat, March, 21st 2015 by THCFinder


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Washington Senate Approves PTSD As Qualifying Medical Marijuana Condition

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, March, 21st 2015 by THCFinder
 

washington state capitol olympia marijuanaMedical marijuana has been found to be an effective treatment for PTSD. That’s why so many states have added PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient. Washington unfortunately is not one of those states. But it does appear that PTSD has a good chance of being added to Washington State’s medical marijuana program. This week the Washington Senate approved a bill that would do just that. Per The Joint Blog:

Washington State’s full Senate, with a 48 to 0 vote, has approved a bill to add PTSD as a qualifying medical cannabis conditions.

Senate Bill 5379 was filed by Senator Steve Hobbs, an active member of the Army National Guard, and has been sent to the state’s House of Representatives. Its passage in the House will send it to Governor Jay Inslee for consideration. Nine other states – Michigan, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Arizona and Oregon – allow those with PTSD to use cannabis for medical purposes.

No one should be denied medical marijuana if it helps treat their condition. To deny a suffering person medicine is a terrible thing, and such an act lacks compassion towards sick and suffering people. I’m happy to see this bill move forward. The bill now moves to the Washington House. I have to assume that if the bill passed unanimously in the Washington Senate, that it has a good chance of passing in the House, albeit maybe not unanimously.


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Marijuana Gears Up for Production High in U.S. Labs

Category: News | Posted on Sat, March, 21st 2015 by THCFinder
 


Now, with legal marijuana increasingly available to the US public, NIDA is quietly working to expand the amount and variety of the drug available for study. 

Residents of 23 US states can buy medical marijuana to treat everything from cancer pain to anxiety, but US scientists must wade through onerous paperwork to score the drug for study. Their sole dealer is the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which has a contract with the University of Mississippi in Oxford to produce marijuana for research purposes.

The agency has long faced complaints that its marijuana is too weak to represent what is sold on the street, and contains low levels of the non-psychedelic chemicals that show therapeutic promise for conditions such as epilepsy and chronic pain. Now, with legal marijuana increasingly available to the US public, NIDA is quietly changing course—working to expand the amount and variety of the drug available for study.

“We want to be able to evaluate the claims that marijuana is therapeutically beneficial” and to explore treatments for addiction, says Nora Volkow, director of NIDA in Rockville, Maryland.

In 2014, the institute increased its spending on research marijuana by 50%. Annual production at the University of Mississippi farm, where all the agency supplies are grown, soared from 18 to 600 kilograms, and the crop harvested late last year includes two new strains. One has low concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), marijuana’s primary active ingredient, but high levels of cannabidiol, a non-hallucinogenic substance that seems to have therapeutic effects. The second has relatively balanced levels of the two chemicals.

Mahmoud ElSohly, who directs the University of Mississippi cultivation programme, says that the new strains will soon be ready to ship to researchers. But the farm’s improved offerings may not appease NIDA’s critics—including US states such as Colorado, which legalized recreational pot use in 2012. In December, the Colorado state government asked the federal government to allow state universities to grow marijuana for research, citing bureaucratic hurdles in obtaining products from NIDA and from private growers overseas.

Read More: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/marijuana-gears-up-for-production-high-in-u-s-labs/

 

 


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Stoned Driving Takes a Backseat in California's Legislature

Category: News | Posted on Sat, March, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

While everyone from public policy experts to the underground betting community have wagered that California is a lock when it comes to the legalization of marijuana in 2016, it seems that state lawmakers have thrown in the towel when it comes to drafting legislation to police stoned driving.

For the first time in three assemblies, the state legislature did not receive a filing of any measure aimed at passing a more definitive law against operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana. A recent report by SF Weekly showed that out of the almost 20 cannabis-related proposals submitted, not a single lawmaker took a stand on the issue of driving high.

Perhaps this is because state lawmakers are sick of the huge amount of discrepancies surrounding the definition of “stoned driving.” Some of the last proposals on the issue would have made it illegal for drivers to operate a vehicle with any sign of marijuana in their system.

Of course, those proposals were viciously attacked and, ultimately, snuffed out because they made outlaws of people who had consumed marijuana days or even weeks before being tested.

Read More: http://www.hightimes.com/read/stoned-driving-takes-backseat-californias-legislature


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