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Australian Government to Legalize Growing of Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

Australia's federal government announced on Friday that it plans to overturn a ban on growing cannabis for medicinal purposes, but it will be up to individual states to legalize the herb for local medical use. 

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Health Minister Sussan Ley was moved by stories of medical marijuana patients and hopes to give those suffering from debilitating illnesses access to effective medical treatment.

"I have heard stories of patients who have resorted to illegal methods of obtaining cannabis and I have felt for them, because with a terminal condition, the most important thing is quality of life and relief of pain," Ley told ABC's AM radio program. "And we know that many people are calling out for medicinal cannabis."

"It is important therefore that we recognize those calls for help, that we put in place what we know will support a safe, legal and sustainable supply of a product," she continued.

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Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, October, 16th 2015 by THCFinder


Marijuana Legalization 2015: Croatia Legalizes Weed For Medical Use

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

Marijuana became legally available in Croatia for medical purposes Thursday. The decision to legalize followed a high-profile case in which a multiple sclerosis patient was jailed last year for growing the plant to ease his pain.

Huanito Luksetic, 37, was detained for growing cannabis plants in his garden in a village near Rijeka. Police seized around 44 pounds of marijuana from the multiple sclerosis patient, who said he used the plants to make cannabis oil.

Doctors and other patients spoke out in support of legalization after Luksetic made news, and a monthslong campaign was launched to legalize medical marijuana. "For us, patients, cannabis is one of the most important plants for our lives and health," Luksetic told Agence France-Presse. "Everyone should have the right to choice and self-cure."

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Canadian Researchers: Use Medical Marijuana Instead Of Opioids For Neuropathic Pain

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, October, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

medical marijuana doctorUsing opiods for pain is a hard thing for many people. Sure, the painkillers provide temporary relief from pain, but the side effects can be horrific. They tear up your organs, and often times lead to a level of addiction that ruins lives. If only there was another medicine out there that was effective that didn’t come with all of the problems…You see where I’m going with this. Medical marijuana is a proven form of treatment for pain, specifically neuropathic pain.

Recently researchers in Canada started pushing for Canadian doctors to substitute opioid based painkillers for medical marijuana. Per The Globe and Mail:

Canadian doctors should use medical marijuana instead of frequently abused opioids to treat patients with neuropathic pain and a host of other conditions cannabis has been proven to combat, Vancouver-based HIV/AIDS researchers argue in a newly published editorial.

Thomas Kerr, Julio Montaner and Stephanie Lake of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS argue the Canadian Medical Association is holding pot to a higher standard than other pain-relieving pharmaceutical drugs and is ignoring high-quality, peer-reviewed studies on the use of cannabis. Their editorial is in the latest edition of the Journal of the Canadian Public Health Association.

Dr. Kerr, co-director of the centre’s Urban Health Research Initiative, said five recent randomized control trials and two systemic reviews have found marijuana helps relieve neuropathic pain. Yet many doctors are still loathe to prescribe a drug that has not been approved by Health Canada.

Doctors should want their patients to get better, and in the meantime reduce their suffering. Getting patients hooked on pharmaceutical painkillers may reduce their suffering for a brief time, but it rarely results in patients getting better. As I said earlier, it often times ruins the person’s life with addiction and the creation of other ailments due to the side effects of the painkillers. Marijuana is medicine, proven by science, and it’s a much, much better alternative to pharmaceutical painkillers. It’s time that doctors in Canada, and around the world, got on board. People’s lives are depending on it.

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