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Connecticut Sets Rules For Medical Marijuana Farms

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
ct-mmj-farm-rulesFAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Medical marijuana farms and dispensaries could be up and running in Connecticut by early next year, according to the state Department of Consumer Protection.
 
The department will start the process of issuing permits for growing and distributing medical marijuana “in early September,” Commissioner William Rubenstein said last week.
 
“It is our hope to be able to make our selections for both producer and dispensary facility licenses by around the first of the year,” Rubenstein said.
 
The Connecticut General Assembly approved the law to allow medical marijuana in May 2012, and Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the act into law that same month. The Legislative Regulations Review Committee finalized the specifics of the state’s laws on Aug. 27, allowing the department to move forward with its permits.
 
The law allows doctors to prescribe marijuana to treat 11 conditions: cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn's disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. Residents can petition the state Board of Physicians to add more conditions to the list starting this fall.
 
Prescriptions are available only to Connecticut residents over 18 years old. The law also allows patients to have a “designated caregiver” who will be able to help buy and administer medical marijuana. Under state law caregiver must be approved by the state and be a family member or legal guardian.
 

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Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, September, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-helps-reduce-cancer-painThe use of medical marijuana to treat pain and other symptoms associated with cancer and chemotherapy shows promising results, according to Israeli researchers who say many patients found they needed fewer painkillers.
 
In an eight week study of 131 cancer patients who used cannabis, published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers reported significant improvement across a range of symptoms.
 
All cancer or anti-cancer treatment-related symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, mood disorders, fatigue, weight loss, anorexia, constipation, sexual function, sleep disorders, itching, and pain had significant improvement,” wrote lead author Gil Bar-Sela, of the Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care Unit, Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa.
 
“The population of the prolonged users in the current study reported significant improvement in all aspects of supportive and palliative oncology care.”
 
What makes this small study unique is its emphasis on medical marijuana, as opposed to synthetic cannabis, which is what researchers say is usually used during clinical studies.
 
Nearly one in three patients who used medical marijuana reported significant relief from cancer related pain and discomfort.
 
Of the 70 patients who used opioid pain medications at the start of the study, 31 of them reduced the dose they were taking eight weeks later.  One out of three patients taking anti-depressant or anxiety drugs also reported a reduction in dosage at the study’s end.
 

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