Mormon mom wants medical marijuana for her sick son
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, September, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
Pleasant Grove • Jennifer May has tried 25 treatments in 10 years, a mix of prescribed diets and drugs, to quiet the lightning in her son's brain.
Only two eased Stockton May's seizures. But their toxic side effects ravaged his bones and immune system, and the relief was temporary.
His rare and intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet syndrome, "always found a way around the treatment," said his mom, a self-described conservative and devout Mormon who is now pursuing what for her was once unthinkable: medical marijuana.
Use of marijuana is outlawed in Utah. But mounting evidence of its medicinal benefits — from controlling cancer pain and nausea to reducing seizures — has pushed 18 states to legalize it for medical use.
Moved by preliminary studies and patient testimonials, May is now fighting for legislation to make it available to Utahns, including children with epilepsy.
"It's not just anecdotal. It's huge," she said. "We're talking about a group of kids for whom no other options are left."
She has the backing of the Epilepsy Association of Utah and a Facebook group of 25 to 30 like-minded moms.
"This is not smoking the drug, or getting high off it," she said, stressing she seeks only to legalize medical-grade products derived from the cannabis plant, and only for certain patients where science warrants it.
Utah's Republican legislative leaders have opposed any attempts to decriminalize marijuana, including pro-tem Senate President Curtis Bramble, R-Provo.
"If someone comes forward with credible research, I'll listen; I'll listen intently," he said Tuesday. "I'm not persuaded at this point."
But former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, a cancer survivor, has said he'd testify in favor of the drug's medical use.
Under current Utah law, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana can lead to a sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The sale of any amount can result in a five-year sentence and a $5,000 fine.
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Marijuana grower killed by own booby trap
Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
A New York man died after being nearly decapitated by a booby trap he set to protect marijuana plants on his property.
Daniel R. Ricketts, 50, who owns property and a residence on Saw Mill Road in Albany County, was identified as the victim on Sunday, the Times Union reports.
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said Ricketts was driving an ATV on his property on Saturday afternoon when he was nearly decapitated after running into a nearly invisible wire that was part of fortifications he made near four large marijuana plants.
The wire appeared to be the type used in pianos, but Apple said it’s unclear what purpose it served as a security measure. Other components of the booby traps included barbed wire and a leg trap similar to those used to trap coyotes.
Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident, Apple said. An investigation is ongoing.
Legalize/Decriminalize Marijuana, Canadians Say
Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, September, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
The Canadian public strongly supports reforming the country’s marijuana laws, according to a new Forum Research poll. The survey found that 69% either want to see marijuana legalized, taxed, and regulated or see the possession of small amounts decriminalized.
The poll comes just weeks after Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau called for legalization, bringing new life to the long-running debate on pot policy north of the border. It also comes just a week after Canadian police chiefs called for decriminalization, although they didn’t want to use that word, instead preferring to say they wanted a “ticketing option.”
Support for legalization was slightly higher (36%) than for decriminalization (34%), but the combined support for pot law reform was far ahead of support for the status quo (15%) or increasing marijuana penalties (13%). Only 3% were undecided.
Among political parties, support was strongest among self-described Liberals (76%), followed by New Democrats (72%), and even 61% of Conservatives. The Conservative government of Prime Minister Steven Harper has positioned itself as the party of cracking down on marijuana, but the ministers might want to check in with their base.
The poll also asked respondents whether Trudeau’s recent admission that he had smoked pot while a Member of Parliament would affect their vote. Nearly two-thirds (63%) said it did not matter, while one in five (21%) said they would be less likely to vote for him. Conversely, 14% said they would be more likely to vote for him.
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