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Help Legalize Medical Marijuana In Texas

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, April, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

texas marijuana legislatureThere are serious marijuana reform efforts occurring right now. That’s not to say that there hasn’t always been a push for reform in Texas, but with momentum at an all time high, the chances of achieving reform are as strong as they have ever been. For the first time ever, there is comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in Texas and a hearing could happen as early as this month. Stand with seriously ill Texans and urge your legislators to approve safe and legal access to medical marijuana. The Drug Policy Alliance has created a great tool that helps you send a message to your Texas Senator and Representative. Below is the message – you can personalize your letter and send it at this link here:

Support HB 3785/SB 1839

Every year, thousands of Texans are diagnosed with cancer, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, and other debilitating illnesses. The suffering that these patients experience is devastating for them and their families.

HB 3785/SB 1839 would allow patients the freedom to access the medicine that can best alleviate their suffering. The proposed bills would create a system in which individuals with qualifying medical conditions receive licenses allowing them to possess limited amounts of medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. It would also establish a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana cultivators, processors, and dispensaries to qualified applicants.

The law currently does not reflect marijuana’s legitimate medical use and denies access to patients, such as veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and patients suffering from cancer. By continuing to deny access to patients, we limit the rights of families to seek the best possible treatment for conditions that do not respond to other drugs or therapies.

Three out of four Texans (77%) think seriously ill people should have the right to use marijuana for medical purposes, according to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released in February 2014, and across the country, twenty-three states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territory of Guam have passed laws that allow people with qualifying conditions to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

Please support this legislation so that thousands of severely ill Texans, including veterans, could access the medicine they need to lead a life free of suffering.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/help-legalize-medical-marijuana-in-texas/


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Pot Delivery Startup Raises Big Money in San Francisco

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

People love convenience, and pot delivery services are filling those demand. Now those delivery businesses are getting some very green backing—in the form of multimillion-dollar investments.

Eaze, an on-demand pot delivery service, recently raised a cool $10 million thanks to a group of investors led by DCM Ventures, Fresh VC, 500 Startups and Snoop Dogg’s Casa Verde Capital.

Eaze, based in San Francisco, was one of the first pot companies to get support from institutional investors, who, up until now, have been reluctant to invest in the industry. Those days are coming to an end as all things marijuana are squeezing their way quietly into the mainstream. For example,DCM Ventures, based in Asia and California, is a $2.5 billion venture capital firm that invests in seed, early and mid-stage start-ups, usually in the tech industry. However, DCM was the first company to give seed money, pardon the pun, to Eaze when it started up last summer, with a $1.5 million investment.

“At the time we invested in the seed, we had a thesis the medical marijuana market would continue to grow…Things accelerated much faster than we had anticipated,” Kyle Lui, a principal at DCM, told Quartz. (*1)

Referred to as the “Uber for weed,” Eaze’s founder and CEO Keith McCarty, says the company works with “only the best” dispensaries and has narrowed products down to flowers, edibles, and concentrates, most commonly purchased by users. (*2)

McCarty added that since its launch, Eaze it has made more than 30,000 deliveries.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/pot-delivery-startup-raises-big-money-san-francisco


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Tokers | Posted on Tue, April, 14th 2015 by THCFinder


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Marijuana Extract May Help Reduce Epilepsy Seizures

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

A medicine made from marijuana may provide some relief to people with severe epilepsy who don't get better after trying other treatments, according to a new study.

 

In the study, researchers examined 137 people, ranging in age from toddlers to adults, who all had severe epilepsy, a condition that causes seizures. The participants took an extract made from cannabis plants daily for 12 weeks, and during that time, the number of seizures they experienced fell by an average of 54 percent.

 

The researchers noted that the participants knew they were receiving the extract, and that the study did not include a comparison group of people with severe epilepsy who were not given the marijuana drug or who were given a placebo instead.

 

"While the findings are promising, more research is needed, such as randomized-controlled trials to help eliminate the possibility of a placebo effect," said study author Dr. Orrin Devinsky, director of New York University Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.

 

The main ingredient in the drug the participants took was cannabidiol, a marijuana compound that does not have psychoactive properties. (The "high" feeling that marijuana produces comes from another compound in the plant, called THC.)

 

The people in the study had previously tried other treatments for their epilepsy, such as anti-epileptic drugs, diet changes, surgery and neurostimulation therapies, Devinsky said. In fact, "about one-third of patients with epilepsy do not respond to medications," he told Live Science. [11 Odd Facts About Marijuana]

 

There were 213 participants at the beginning of the study, but some dropped out of the study before reaching the 12-week mark, including 6 percent (12 people) who stopped taking the marijuana extract because of the drug's side effects. Overall, more than 10 percent of people in the study experienced side effects. Sleepiness occurred in 21 percent of the people, 17 percent experienced diarrhea and fatigue and 16 percent said their appetites decreased.

 

Read More:http://www.livescience.com/50469-marijuana-extract-reduce-epilepsy-seizures.html


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