Cannabis-Based Drug Awaits Approval in Scotland
Scottish patients and doctors are anxiously awaiting the decision of whether or not a cannabis-based drug will be approved for use to treat patients. The drug, called Sativex, is a mouth spray that would help relieve problems associated with multiple sclerosis like aching spasms and other mobility issues. The drug was developed by doctors after some people broke the law to obtain the drug in an effort to relieve their symptoms.
Scotland, which has more than 10,000 sufferers of MS, making it one of the highest in the world, faces opposition on both sides of the argument. For example, Dr. Jayne Spink of the MS Society said that the new drug has gone through plenty of testing and has been helpful to MS patients who haven’t responded will to other types of treatments. “We think the treatment should be available to anyone who needs it”, she said.
On the other hand, people like Michael Morgan, husband of an MS sufferer, who believes that the decision in favor of the drug would be nothing more than a soul-destroying decline. “There are hard-working chemists out there creating ways to help people like Michelle, only to have their methods squashed by bureaucrats”, he said. “What hope can we have that other new treatments for MS – like stem cell research – won’t be blocked too? We’re just clutching at straws”.
No one knows exactly when the decision will be made, but Dr. Simon Fletcher said there was not yet enough evidence supporting the drug.
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Could California's Medical Marijuana Crop Be Tainted by Japanese Radiation?
This passes for a serious concern in California.
Our precious multi-billion-dollar marijuana crop could possibly maybe be threatened by radiation from Japan.
So unless somehow you happen to be growing and ready to harvest outdoor crops in the next two weeks and an amount of radiation escapes that's huge enough to affect us here in California, you don't really have to worry. But if you want to be extra careful, you should wash off the leaves and buds of any plant that grew in contaminated conditions, and you'd still probably want to do a water cure for the safest result.
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Grow Weed, Get Your Wrist Slapped Under Proposed California Marijuana Law
Smoking weed? fairly legal, especially if you have a doctor's recommendation. Having personal-use weed? Same deal. Growing weed? Not so much.
"When it comes to marijuana cultivation, one size does not fit all. The proposed change affords local District Attorneys the charging discretion to determine, for example, that a home gardener with a few non-medical marijuana plants will not be prosecuted at the same level as a profiteer operating a major marijuana plantation.
Too high to drive? CO considers pot DUI law
DENVER (KABC) -- Colorado could soon have some new rules affecting marijuana users who may be driving under the influence.
Lawmakers are considering a driving under the influence blood-content threshold for marijuana.
Under the proposal, drivers who test positive for 5 nanograms or more of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, would be considered too impaired to drive.
One of the bill's sponsors is trying to assure medical marijuana users that they're not going to be stopped if they're driving appropriately.
While it's already illegal to drive while impaired by drugs, states have taken different approaches to the issue. Twelve states, including Arizona, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Rhode Island, have a zero-tolerance policy for driving with any presence of an illegal substance, said Anne Teigen, policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Minnesota has the same policy but exempts marijuana.
Nevada, which is among the 16 states that allow medical marijuana, and Ohio and have a 2 nanogram THC limit for driving. Pennsylvania has a 5 nanogram limit, but that's a state Health Department guideline, which can be introduced in driving violation cases, Teigen said.
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