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Michigan Legislator says Medical Marijuana should be left to Communities

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 25th 2012 by THCFinder

A state legislator in Michigan is sponsoring a bill that he says would make it easier for patients to get their medication.

 

State Rep. Mike Callton’s bill would allow towns and cities to decide whether or not to have medical marijuana “provisioning centers.”  State Attorney General Bill Schutte recently declared dispensaries illegal, and Callton hopes his bill will allow for more access for patients.

 

Rep. Callton talked about his bill at a meeting Tuesday night at Birmingham's Baldwin Public Library in Oakland County, Michigan, where many run-ins with law enforcement have patients skittish.

 

"How many of you have been arrested?" Callton asked the crowd. Ten people raised hands.

 

"How many have had your property seized?" he asked next. Six hands went up.

 

"And how many of you live in fear of being arrested?" Just about every hand went up.

 

While in states like California allowing cities and towns to decide on dispensaries can lead to discrimination and a step back for patients, in a state like Michigan it is better than state authorities saying there can be no dispensaries at all.

 

Callton’s bill - House Bill 5580 - would guide municipalities on how to regulate marijuana distribution centers, he says.

 

Callton is one of a handful of Republican lawmakers who think patients in Michigan should have fewer obstacles to obtaining medical marijuana. That’s a big change of heart for the chiropractor, who said he voted against allowing medical marijuana in Michigan when the statewide vote was held in 2008, but then began seeing patients who benefited from medical marijuana.

 

He says one was "a sweet 75-year-old lady, definitely not a hippie," who was able with medical-marijuana candies to control her tremors from Parkinson's disease "enough to get a good night's sleep again.”

 

Once you see how medical marijuana helps people, it’s impossible for most to see it the same way ever again.

 

Source: http://www.freep.com


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Marijuana Extracts Fight Muscle Stiffness in Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 25th 2012 by THCFinder
The oral administration of cannabis extracts significantly reduces muscle stiffness in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to just published clinical trial data published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.
 
Investigators at the University of Plymouth, Clinical Neurology Research Group, in the United Kingdom assessed the use of cannabinoids versus placebo in 279 subjects with MS over a twelve-week period. Cannabis extracts in the study contained standardized doses of THC and cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive constituent in cannabis, contained in a soft, gelatin capsule.
 
Investigators reported that oral cannabis extracts were “superior” over placebo in the treatment of MS-associated muscle stiffness and pain.
 
Authors concluded: “Treatment with standardized oral extract of cannabis sativa relieved muscle stiffness. The proportion of participants experiencing relief was almost twice as large in the cannabis extract group as in the placebo group. … Effective pain relief is also achieved by cannabis extracts, especially in patients with a high baseline pain score. Our findings suggest that standardized cannabis extracts can be clinically useful in treating the highly complex phenomenon of spasticity in MS.”
 
In May, clinical trial data published in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association reported that cannabis inhalation significantly mitigates spasticity and pain in patients with treatment-resistant multiple sclerosis.
 
Separate clinical trials assessing the administration of oral cannabis extracts on patients with MS have indicated that cannabinoids can alleviate symptoms of the disease long-term and may also act in ways to mitigate MS progression. Sativex, an oral spray containing plant cannabis extracts, is presently legal by prescription to treat MS-related symptoms in over a dozen countries, including Canada, Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, and Spain. Nonetheless, the National MS Society of the United States shares little enthusiasm for cannabis as a potential treatment for multiple sclerosis, stating, “Studies completed thus far have not provided convincing evidence that marijuana or its derivatives provide substantiated benefits for symptoms of MS.”
 

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