Research Halted on PTSD Study
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, July, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
Suzanna Sisley used to be a professor at the University of Arizona, where she was working on four years of bureaucracy and nonsense to obtain the permission in order to conduct what was thought to be an extremely beneficial study. Sisley was getting ready to conduct the first federally approved research on the effects of cannabis on PTSD, an affliction that our veterans deal with on a constant basis. There are very few studies regarding the subject available so veterans, scientists, and marijuana activists were greatly looking forward to the study when the university terminated Sisley via letter, which stated that the researcher was getting the boot because funding was running out and because "the telemedicine program she worked with is shifting in a different direction". The school denies that Sisley was fired because state legislators opposed the work and were pressuring the school to fire her, something which the school claims wasn't happening. The spokesperson from the college said that they are trying to find someone to replace Sisley.
People were outraged when the story began to circulate the internet. Firing someone who was so close to conducting such an important study? Not okay. The study would've taken fifty vets, all suffering from the effects of PTSD, and tested those symptoms with different strains and smoking methods of marijuana. This study would've been the first and only controlled study of the effects that marijuana has on the illness and the fact that it's not commencing has a lot of people hanging their heads.
While the teacher is asking to be reinstated, Ricardo Pereyda said that ending the study is a huge disservice to military vets. Pereyda served in the Army in the Iraqi war and now suffers from the symptoms, which include serious depression, anxiety, and bad insomnia. "It allowed me to get some much needed rest and sleep," he said. "It reduced my anxiety attacks. It just allowed me to regain something that I had lost overseas during my deployment and allowed me to reconnect with people around me."
The process of getting funding and approval for research like this is difficult and Sisley had made it quiet far. With her termination, there is a great worry that the study will no be continued. That ominous feeling is only reinforced by a statement released by Matt Barden, a spokesperson for the Drug Enforcement Administration. He stated, "In regards to medical marijuana, the DEA of course recognizes the pain and suffering of individuals with seriously illness and their need for medication. However, the FDA has repeatedly concluded that marijuana has a high potentially for addition and no acceptable level of medical use." Unfortunately for Barden, the DEA, and the FDA, the acceptance of medical marijuana is spreading like wildfire and the pressure to conduct studies like these will only increase the longer the "War on Drugs" is dragged out.
German Court Says Patients Can Grow Medical Marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
This week a German court ruled that medical marijuana patients can grow their own medicine. Germany has a medical marijuana program, but up until the court ruling, most patients had to purchase their medicine through pharmacies. Per Leafly:
The ruling occurred after five people issued a complaint to a court in Cologne after they were refused permission to grow cannabis at home. These people actually had permits to purchase and consume medical cannabis, but they wanted the option to grow plants at home because the cost to purchase cannabis was too high and their health insurance didn’t cover it.
Three of the five plaintiffs met requirements to grow plants at home because they were able to assure the court that their plants wouldn’t be accessible to third parties. The approved applicants will have a permit to purchase and use cannabis for medical purposes and will be permitted to grow the amount needed to treat their chronic pain. However, the other two were rejected because one patient had a too-small apartment for safe cultivation and couldn’t prove that third parties would be denied access to the plants, while the other patient had not exhausted other available treatment options before turning to medical cannabis.
The court ruling doesn’t apply to each and every medical marijuana patient in Germany. The court ruling means that it’s possible for a patient that is licensed to purchase, possess, and use medical marijuana to also be granted the right to grow their own medicine. Each patient will have to pursue their own case, and if they can prove that they meet stringent requirements, then they may be granted the right to grow their own medicine.
Being able to grow ones own medical marijuana is a very important right that I wish more medical marijuana states allowed in the United States. When home cultivation isn’t allowed, it forces patients to pay high prices to dispensaries, or in the case of Germany, high prices at pharmacies. In some cases, due to supply shortages, there isn’t any safe access at all, as in the case of New Jersey.
Smoke Weed? Stay Out Of Philly
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, July, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
When the Philadelphia City Council voted to pass the decriminalization of up to one ounce of marijuana, citizens who smoked thought that they would at least be safe from winding up with an arrest record. But thanks to a cop with a severely poor attitude and lingering issues with racism, Philly is still not a friendly place for stoners to be. The bill passed though the Council but Mayor Michael Nutter opposes it and the Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says that he will continue to arrest those who choose to posses marijuana.
In a failing economy where people really need to be working and producing goods, hindering someone's life for being in possession of a simple plant is ridiculous. Due to a dime bag, a person can be screwed out of a job for the rest of their lives. Councilman Jim Kenney was the one who introduced the bill and with a 26% poverty rate in Philadelphia, Kenney doesn't see the point in arresting people who really aren't doing anything wrong.
A magazine in Philly did a little study and researched the amount of arrests between June 19th of this year and last Friday, which was July 18th. In that time there were 264 arrests and of that number, there were 140 people that were charged with just marijuana possession. That means that they weren't speed, being rowdy, hitting their partner, or causing trouble. They were simply in possession of the plant. The remaining 124 people were charged with additional crimes that included other drugs. Among those remaining arrests, there were also two aggravated assault cases, a handful of gun and prostitution charges, and one litterbug. 200 of the arrests made and charged with cannabis possession were released without bail.
So all of these arrests were basically useless and the only thing they did was tarnish the records of 140 people that didn't have prior offenses and didn't resist arrest at the time that they were charged for the plant. What also remains unknown at this point is the racial breakdown of the arrests. Kenney has previously pointed out in his speeches that about 83% of the people being arrested for marijuana possession in Philly back in 2013 were black. This suggests that there are still some seriously strong racism issues happening in this city and the War on Drugs has definitely not ended here.
What happens next depends. Mayor Nutter will be forced to take action in September, where he will have to veto the bill, sign it, or do nothing, in which case the bill would go in to effect but without the mayor's go-ahead. Even then, it can't be certain as to what will happen since Ramsey still says that he wants to fill up Philadelphia's jails and prisons with completely nonviolent offenders while rapists, murderers, and animal abusers run rampant. Clearly, there are not more important things to worry about then people who want to smoke a plant.
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