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Medical Marijuana on Probation? Courts Saying Yes!

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 20th 2017 by THCFinder

Probation is a far preferable alternative to incarceration for minor crimes. It’s 20 times cheaper for the state, which doesn’t have to pay to keep a low-level offender behind bars. That money can then be spent fixing schools or filling potholes, making life better for citizens.

And probation is better in every way conceivable for the offender, who can live at home and go to work and otherwise not have his or her life utterly disrupted by a spell behind bars, while still paying a debt to society.

But what if one of the terms of your probation was that you had to live in chronic pain, suffer abdominal cramps or be unable to sleep or eat? In other words, what if the state had the power to tell you, sure, you can stay out of jail, but you can’t use your medication—and if you do, and you’re caught, you’ll go there anyway?

You can imagine the outcry if the criminal justice system instructed AIDS patients to ditch their retrovirals or cancer patients to take a few years’ break from radiation. Yet the state can, and does, impose such restrictions if the medication is medical marijuana.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/medical-marijuana-on-probation-courts-saying-yes/


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Bill to Allow Medical Cannabis at Schools Filed in Washington State

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, January, 19th 2017 by THCFinder

Legislation to allow for minors to be administered cannabis-based products for medical use while on school grounds has been filed in Washington’s House of Representatives.

House Bill 1060 would allow parents, guardians, and primary caregivers to administer medical marijuana products to students if they are qualified patients who have received a recommendation from a physician. “School grounds” includes school buses and school-sponsored events.

Below is the legislative digest for this measure:

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/bill-allow-medical-cannabis-schools-filed-washington-state/


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Georgia Forms Medical Cannabis Committee, Cultivation Bill Filed

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 17th 2017 by THCFinder

Georgia House Speaker David Ralson (R-Blue Ridge) has announced the formation of a study group that is designed to find the best way to connect patients with cannabis based medicines. The committee will begin work this legislation session.

“I think the naming of this committee just reinforces that this is a real priority for the House, a real priority for Speaker Ralston. And I think that’s a good thing for a lot of Georgia citizens who could potentially benefit,” says Representative Allen Peake, who will chair the new group.

Peake us the author of a recently-filed proposal that would expand the state’s medical cannabis law to allow patients to grow their own medicine at home. Peake also wants the limited law to be drastically expanded to include other qualifying conditions such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain.

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/georgia-forms-medical-cannabis-committee-cultivation-bill-filed/


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Connecticut Board of Physicians Recommends Medical Cannabis for Several Disabling Conditions

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 16th 2017 by THCFinder

Connecticut officials have voted to expand the state’s medical cannabis program to include four more qualifying conditions.

The Board of Physicians voted in favor of adding fibromyalgia, muscular dystrophy, shingles and rheumatoid arthritis as medical cannabis conditions.

Unfortunately the panel rejected adding atopic dermatitis, eczema, osteoarthritis and severe COPD/emphysema.

“The program is maturing at a deliberate and a thoughtful rate but that it’s gaining more and more acceptance among patients and among the medical community”, says Jonathan Harris, Commissioner of the State Department of Consumer Protection, the agency that oversees the medical marijuana program. Harris applauded the decision to increase the number of qualifying conditions.
 

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/connecticut-board-physicians-recommends-medical-cannabis-several-disabling-conditions/


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Everything You Want to Know about Pot’s Health Effects

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 14th 2017 by THCFinder

NEW YORK (AP) — It can almost certainly ease chronic pain and might help some people sleep, but it’s also likely to raise the risk of getting schizophrenia and might trigger heart attacks.

Those are among the conclusions about marijuana reached by a federal advisory panel in a report released Thursday.

The experts also called for a national effort to learn more about marijuana and its chemical cousins, including similarly acting compounds called cannabinoids.

The current lack of scientific information “poses a public health risk,” said the report , released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Patients, health care professionals and policy makers need more evidence to make sound decisions, it said.

Several factors have limited research. While the federal government has approved some medicines containing ingredients found in marijuana, it still classifies marijuana as illegal and imposes restrictions on research. So scientists have to jump through bureaucratic hoops that some find daunting, the report said.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/medicinal/everything-you-want-to-know-about-pots-health-effects/


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Can Cannabis Rescue the Opioid Overdose Epidemic in 2017?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 13th 2017 by THCFinder

2017 needs to be the year we fight back against the opioid epidemic. We will use the greatest weapon—cannabis.

Is this wishful thinking? Is there scientific justification to this speculation?

My wife is a resident physician in Seattle’s trendy Capitol Hill neighborhood. Early in her residency, she was musing with her colleagues over their challenging patient interactions. I chimed in, “How many of your patients are just after pain medication?” One of the residents looked down and shook his head. “Too many. And if we don’t give [opioids] to them, they just keep switching their doctor until they find someone who will.”

And those are the high functioning opioid abusers. Dirty needles on the sidewalk or in empty green spaces off Seattle’s web of multi-use trails are mere shadows of those that have spiraled to heroin.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/medicinal/can-cannabis-rescue-the-opioid-overdose-epidemic-in-2017/


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