Medical Marijuana

Doctors pioneer pot as an opioid substitute

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, October, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

Hundreds of opioid addicts are being treated with medical marijuana in Massachusetts, with advocates touting the new therapy as a life-changing alternative to a deadly epidemic — and facing down critics who contend they are peddling junk science.

“We have a statewide epidemic of opioid deaths,” said Dr. Gary Witman of Canna Care Docs, a network of facilities that issue medicinal marijuana cards in seven states, including nine clinics in Massachusetts. “As soon as we can get people off opioids to a nonaddicting substance — and medicinal marijuana is nonaddicting — I think it would dramatically impact the amount of opioid deaths.”

Witman, who works out of a Fall River Canna Care clinic, says he has treated about 80 patients who were addicted to opioids, muscle relaxers or anti-anxiety medication with cannabis using a one-month tapering program. More than 75 percent of those patients stopped taking the harder drugs, Witman said.

Cannabis, Witman said, can treat the symptoms patients had been using opioids to manage, such as chronic pain or anxiety — and treat them far more safely.

Dr. Harold Altvater of Delta 9 Medical Consulting in Malden says he has also seen success with medical marijuana as a substitution therapy.

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Texas Coalition To Inject Marijuana Debate Into State Legislative Races

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, October, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

texas marijuana legislatureTexans for Responsible Marijuana Policy to Mobilize Activists Statewide in Effort to Inject Marijuana Policy Debate Into 2016 State Legislative Races; New Texas Lyceum Poll Finds Three Out of Four Voters Support Reform

Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy will hold an advocacy training event Saturday in San Antonio that will mark the beginning of a statewide effort to inject the marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races. Regional events are also scheduled for Dallas on October 31, Corpus Christi on November 7, East Texas on December 5, and Houston on December 12.

“Comprehensive marijuana reform saw tremendous progress this legislative session largely because families and regular Texans shared their stories with lawmakers,” said State Sen. José Menéndez (D-San Antonio). “The movement to change our antiquated and dangerous prohibition laws are gaining traction. However, that momentum will be lost unless citizens stay engaged with their lawmakers during the interim and campaign season.

“That’s why these advocacy training events are so important because citizens will be the catalyst for change,” Sen. Menéndez said. “I’m excited the inaugural training session is taking place in San Antonio. Poll after poll shows Texans are ready for comprehensive marijuana reform.”

The guest speaker at the Saturday event in San Antonio is Michael Gilbert, Ph.D., a University of Texas San Antonio professor of criminal justice who previously served as a corrections officer. He will join representatives of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy for a media availability at 12 p.m. CT, and members of the media are invited to listen to his presentation at 1 p.m. CT.

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Hawaii Lawyers Forbidden From Assisting Medical Marijuana Licensee Hopefuls

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

According to a new formal opinion released by the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court, Hawaii lawyers are not allowed to provide legal services to clients applying for a medical marijuana license. 

Pacific Business News reports that lawyers are still allowed to provide legal advice about Act 241—the law that established Hawaii's first statewide medical marijuana retail dispensary system—but they may not aid in the creation of such businesses due to pot's illegal status under federal law.

"A lawyer may not 'provide legal services to facilitate the establishment and operation of a medical marijuana business' in accordance with Act 241 or otherwise," the opinion states. 

However, Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii Executive Director Carl Bergquist told Pacific Business Newsthat he was optimist the Supreme Court would resolve this issue and that similar dilemmas have already arisen in other states. 

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California Patients To File Lawsuit Over New Medical Marijuana Regulation And Safety Act

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, September, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

california capital marijuanaThe American Medical Marijuana Association (AMMA) has announced that it is filing a lawsuit over the violation of Prop. 215 by the California Legislature and Governor Brown. The recent adoption of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act attempts to modify a voter initiative, Prop. 215, something specifically forbidden by the California constitution.

“Our medical cannabis rights, protected for nearly 20 years by Prop. 215, have been hijacked and Prop. 215 is under attack like never before. The new law is an unacceptable and illegal infringement on our rights under Prop. 215,” said Steve Kubby, Executive Director of AMMA.

Kubby listed four areas that were of the greatest concern to patients and their physicians:

1. Patient gardens now limited to 100 square feet.
2. It is now a crime to share a joint from your garden with anyone.
3. Must now use your regular doctor for recommendations, most of whom have no experience with the medical use of cannabis
4. Allows city, county or both to ban cultivation, storage, manufacture, and transport.

“I’m getting calls from frightened patients who fear their own state government is planning on going after cannabis doctors as if they are some sort of dangerous threat that must be carefully supervised. Sick people cannot handle this kind of stress. Thousands of patients will die because of this calculated attempt to thwart the will of the people and deprive them of medical cannabis and the doctors who write recommendations to use the healing herb,” added Kubby.

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Group Proposes Changes to MMJ Law in NYC, Offering Weed for $1 Gram

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, September, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

The half-assed nature of the medical marijuana program that New York promises to have up and running at the beginning of 2016 isn’t enough to appease the majority of patients who will suffer a lack of access under the state’s heavily regulated scheme.

To combat this injustice, a group of disgruntled patients have reportedly drafted a piece of legislation aimed at tearing down the walls that make the Compassionate Care Act so restrictive and, in a lot of ways, worthless to the thousands of patients living in New York City that could benefit from the use of this medicine.

This band of average citizens has proposed a “medical marihuana users’ bill of rights,” in addition to requesting the support of the city council in backing the creation of a co-op system that would serve patients with various ailments, including those that do not fall under the state’s list of qualified conditions. The state’s current plan only allows patients suffering from 10 “severe, debilitating, or life threatening” conditions to receive a recommendation for medical marijuana.

“The law and the regulations don’t cover people who are [also] legitimate patients,” Dana Beal, one of the authors of the bill, told the Village Voice. “We believe that under home rule, we can extend better availability and better prices to more people." 

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Consuming Cannabis For Wellness Purposes

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, September, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

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Cannabis Expert Steve DeAngelo Explains How The Endocannabinoid System Works

The concept of using cannabis for wellness purposes is not new, but it has been growing in popularity for quite sometime. The first time I heard someone describe it (which means it obviously existed well before that point) was when I was watching the show Weed Wars on the Discovery Channel. Andrew DeAngelo of Harborside Health Center described how not only does he use cannabis when he is suffering from various ailments, but he also uses cannabis to ‘be well.’ It took me a long time to wrap my head around that concept to be honest, even though it seems so simple.

I have always said that I use cannabis for recreational and medical purposes, and I still believe that. However, a vast majority of the time I use it for medical or ‘wellness’ purposes. I have fairly severe tendinitis in both of my hands and wrists, some very achy joints, and bad feet and ankles. For some reason I had this great idea that I was going to grow up to be invincible or something, and I’m learning the hard way each year that goes by that I probably didn’t have the best approach. So I use cannabis for aches and pains constantly. I consume it in just about every form imaginable, with some small preferences. But for the most part I’m impartial to topicals, tinctures, edibles, vapor, smoke, etc..

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