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Congressional Briefing To Highlight Need To Fix Research System For Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

congress marijuana sanjay gupta weedOn Thursday, July 23rd Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is hosting a Congressional Briefing with Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) on federal barriers faced by researchers working to understand the medical uses of marijuana.   The briefing will provide expert testimony on how federal policy has undermined medical marijuana research, the state of  contemporary medical marijuana research and the impact of reform proposals.

Dr. Sue Sisley will present testimony on how federal barriers have directly blocked her research on using marijuana to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder including the adverse impacts of the Drug Enforcement Agency licensing only one entity (National Institute on Drug Abuse) to grow the federal research supply of marijuana. Dr. David Casarett, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and author of the recently published book, Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana will discuss contemporary medical marijuana research.  The final speaker will be John Hudak, fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institute and Managing Editor of the FixGov blog. Mr. Hudack will be discussing the often misunderstood impact of moving marijuana to a different schedule classification under the Controlled Substances Act.

“With prominent members of Congress calling for more research on medical marijuana,  it’s time we start hearing from experts about how to make increased medical marijuana research a reality,” said Steph Sherer ASA Executive Director.  ”These experts can tell us first hand how the federal government’s policies undermine research and how reforms like the CARERS act can move this essential medical research in area forward.”

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Marijuana CEO Puts Tornado Victims in Hotel Rooms

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

When tragedy happens, a pot dealer is typically the last person a community expects to come to the rescue. However, when a vicious tornado ripped through central Illinois last week and caused extensive damage to dozens of homes, the proprietor of the medical marijuana company swooped in to lend a helping hand, paying to house all the victims in a nearby hotel.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, Tim McGraw, CEO of Revolution Enterprises—a medical marijuana business licensed to cultivate in the small town of Delavan—paid for all of the people displaced by a recent tornado to stay in hotels until their living situation returns to some degree of normalcy. 

The town’s mayor, Liz Skinner, said that at least nine homes were completely destroyed and millions of dollars of damage was incurred.

The not-yet-operational, 75,000 square-foot cultivation center owned by Revolution Enterprises was fortunate enough to escape the wrath of Thursday’s twister—a stroke of luck that ultimately prevented the company from enduring the pains of starting operations all over again.

It was for this reason—when company heads heard that the families rendered homeless by the tornado would be forced to sleep on cots at the American Legion Hall—they immediately coughed up the green from their personal accounts to pay for everyone to stay in a hotel.

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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, July, 20th 2015 by THCFinder


How ‘Medical’ Is Marijuana?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

It is becoming easier to get marijuana, legally. In the last 20 years or so, 23 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have passed laws that make it legal to use marijuana for medical treatments. So have some countries, like Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Israel and Spain.
Advocates believe that this has allowed many with intractable medical problems to receive a safe and effective therapy. Opponents argue that these benefits are overblown, and that advocates ignore the harms of marijuana. Mostly, opponents say that the real objective of medical marijuana is to make it easier for people to obtain it for recreational purposes.
Both sides have a point. Research exists, however, that can help clarify what we do and don’t know about medical marijuana.
A recent systematic review published in The Journal of the American Medical Association looked at all randomized controlled trials of cannabis or cannabinoids to treat medical conditions. They found 79 trials involving more than 6,400 participants. A lot of the trials did show some improvements in symptoms, but most of those did not achieve statistical significance. Some did, however.



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