Dr. Manny: Medical marijuana for children should be approved by Governor Christie
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, August, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
There is overwhelming evidence to suggest that medical marijuana has helped thousands of patients that suffer from chronic medical ailments, whether you’re talking about management of chronic pain, nausea or GI problems or enhancement of appetite.
Additionally, there seems to be data suggesting that in certain neurological diseases, some of the chemical properties of marijuana might also be beneficial. Such is the case with Vivian Wilson, 2, whose father is urging New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to pass a law making it easier for children to obtain medical marijuana.
Wilson suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a severe, difficult-to-control epileptic condition. Her father, Brian, has said that ingestible extracts of certain strains of marijuana high in a compound known as CBD and low in THC, the chemical that gets pot users high, have reportedly helped children with Wilson’s condition.
Now, Gov. Christie has said he will decide by Friday whether to sign the bill into law.
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Delaware governor renews medical marijuana effort
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, August, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Gov. Jack Markell said Thursday that he is moving forward with a medical marijuana program in Delaware after halting plans last year over fears that state officials could be subject to federal prosecution.
Markell signed a medical marijuana bill in 2011 but halted implementation after federal officials indicated that people involved in cultivating and distributing marijuana could face civil fines or prosecution.
In a letter to lawmakers Thursday, Markell proposed a scaled-down pilot program involving a single, state-licensed ‘‘compassion center’’ that would grow and distribute marijuana to eligible medical patients. The bill he signed in 2011 called for three such centers, one in each county.
Seeking to allay federal concerns about multiple large-scale privately operated industrial marijuana cultivation centers, Markell proposed that the Delaware compassion center be limited to growing no more 150 plants and an on-site inventory of no more than 1,500 ounces of marijuana.
He also said regulations that the state Department of Health and Social Services will propose would require around-the-clock security monitoring at the center and measures to ensure that it dispenses marijuana only to eligible patients and caregivers.
The proposed regulations also will require the center to report missing marijuana within 24 hours and to disclose the source of any funds over $5,000.
In a letter to state Rep. Helene Keeley and state Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, Wilmington Democrats who were the chief sponsors of the billl, Markell said his office has spent the past few months reviewing policies adopted by other states in response to conflicting signals from the federal government.
‘‘The sensible and humane aim of state policy in Delaware remains to ensure that medical marijuana is accessible via a safe, well-regulated channel of distribution to patients with demonstrated medical need,’’ he wrote.
Asked about Markell’s proposal, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Charles Oberly III reiterated that federal law ‘‘unambiguously’’ prohibits the growing, distributing, or possession of marijuana outside a federally authorized research program.
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