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California State Assembly Passes Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Bill

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

california marijuanaThe California State Assembly passed AB 258, The Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act, yesterday by a vote of 52 to 8. The bill is authored by Assembly Member Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and sponsored by Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s leading medical cannabis patients’ advocacy organization.

Medical cannabis patients in California are routinely removed from the organ transplant waiting list if they test positive for cannabis use – even legal doctor-recommended medical cannabis. However, medical research has shown that there is no significant difference in survival rates between medical cannabis patients and non-users who receive an organ transplant.

“Today, I am proud to stand with my Assembly colleagues in support of AB 258, a common sense measure that will protect the lives of legal medical cannabis patients,” said Assembly Member Marc Levine (D-San Rafael). “With this legislation, California can insure that its residents are provided a fair assessment of their eligibility as an organ transplant recipient.”

AB 258 will reduce unnecessary suffering and preventable death by prohibiting anyone in the organ transplant process from determining the recipient of an organ transplant based on the potential recipient’s legal medical cannabis use, unless a doctor has determined that medical cannabis use is clinically significant to the transplant process.

Norman Smith lawfully used medical cannabis as part of his treatment for liver cancer. He was removed from the Wait List by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after testing positive for medical cannabis use in 2011. Program policies required that he test negative for medical cannabis for six months before requesting a new place on the list. Sadly, Mr. Smith died before he could be placed back on the list, a tragic and avoidable loss of life.

Unfortunately, Mr. Smith is not alone. Toni Trujillo was denied a life-saving kidney transplant at Cedars-Sinai the following year based on her cannabis use, which the transplant center called “substance abuse.” Yami Bolanos, 58, is an eighteen-year liver transplant survivor, who was warned that she would be ineligible for a re- transplant by the same doctor at UCSF that recommended her medical cannabis use. Richard Hawthorne, another patient in need of a liver, was denied a transplant by Stanford Medical School last year, despite a friend offering to be a donor.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/california-state-assembly-passes-medical-marijuana-organ-transplant-bill/


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Congress Will Not Allow VA Doctors to Discuss Medical Marijuana with Patients

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

Congress simply refuses to give in on the issue of allowing American veterans safe access to medical marijuana.

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives gathered on Capitol Hill to hash out the details of an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, which would have allowed physicians working with the Veterans Administration to recommend medical marijuana to their patients.

Unfortunately, while most Democrats stood in support of the proposal, aimed at preventing VA funds from being used to support a prohibitionary stance, the opposing forces of the Republican majority were enough to ensure the amendment had no chance of making it out alive. The measure failed in a vote of 213-210.

Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, the lawmaker who introduced the amendment, said he was disheartened by the congressional decision. Although the measure would have allowed VA physicians to discuss marijuana as a potential treatment option, he explained, it would not have given them the authority to write prescriptions for the herb. The goal of the amendment was to simply allow veterans and the doctors overseeing their care to work together in determining whether medical marijuana could be used as an alternative to prescription medication.

Although 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana programs, veterans living in those areas are restricted from participating because federal law prevents physicians working at the VA from even discussing the possibility of cannabis as a treatment option, much less offer a recommendation. A favorable congressional vote, however, would have at least opened up the issue for debate, benefiting  thousands of veterans.

The latest statistics from the Veterans Administration find that 30 percent of the men and women who served in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression—two common afflictions for which medical marijuana has been found to effectively alleviate symptoms.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/congress-will-not-allow-va-doctors-discuss-medical-marijuana-patients


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Sat, May, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder


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Hawaii lawmakers may revive dead marijuana dispensaries bill

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, May, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are saying they might revive a bill to create a system of medical marijuana dispensaries.

The bill died late Friday when it failed to pass out of a key committee before a legislative deadline. But Senate President Donna Mercado Kim said Friday night that the Legislature may make an exception and revisit passing the bill out of committee.

“There’s an opportunity that we may extend, only for this bill, until Monday,” Kim said.

Hawaii was among the first states to legalize medical marijuana nearly 15 years ago. But the estimated 13,000 patients approved for the drug statewide have generally been left to buy it on the black market or grow it on their own.

Negotiators between the House and Senate said they could not reach agreement before a committee deadline late Friday.

Hawaii was among the first states to legalize medical marijuana, but the estimated 13,000 patients approved for the drug statewide have generally been left to buy it on the black market or grow it on their own.

“It is certainly a very unfortunate turn of events for patients,” said Rafael Kennedy, executive director of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii. “Many patients are already pushed to the black market by the fact that there is no legal way for them to access their medicine.”

Kennedy later said he’s happy the Legislature would revisit the bill, but he wished there was a more definitive outcome.

Read More:http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/2/agreement-not-yet-reached-on-medical-marijuana-dis/


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