Medical marijuana bill unlikely to pass in Wisconsin
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, September, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
Nobody wants to be a criminal. That’s the thought that crosses John’s mind each night as he gets ready for bed. Part of his nightly routine involves breaking the law, but he isn’t losing any sleep over it. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite.
John (not his real name) uses medical marijuana to manage the chronic, neuropathic pain that he’s lived with for the past nine years. Surgery to correct a herniated disc left scar tissue that put pressure on a root nerve, causing unbearable pain in his leg and foot. During the day he could keep himself distracted enough to cope, but at night he would lie awake in agony — sometimes going as many as five nights without sleep.
“It’s like stepping on a nail,” he said.
His doctors at Gundersen Health System, unable to treat the source of his pain, tried to treat the symptoms. A long list of powerful opiates did little to dull the ache, and the side effects left him walking in a constant fog.
“My mind is what I am,” he said. “When I can’t think clearly, I’m crippled.”
He tried acupuncture, an inversion table, homemade pressure braces for his foot. He’s had anti-inflammatory medicine injected into the base of his spine. He’s seen four physical therapists, including one in the Twin Cities whom he took 15 round trips to see, paying for his visits out of pocket. A spinal specialist in Madison finally told him he was among the 1 percent of patients who would never get relief.
As a last resort, John turned to marijuana. In his younger years, he “used to smoke a little pot,” but now, in his 70s, he says he has no interest in getting high. Intrigued by the drug’s potential as a pain reliever and out of other options, he ate a pot brownie before bedtime. He slept through the night.
“This stuff has worked wonderfully for me when nothing else did,” he said. “I have friends with cancer and chronic pain — I know this could help them too. But if I were to offer them some, would I be a friend, or would I be a felon?”
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Medical marijuana restrictions to be enforced again
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Police Department and the city's Neighborhood Code Compliance Office have been ordered to resume enforcing medical marijuana zoning restrictions, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said Thursday.
In the first of what he promises to be weekly media briefings, Gloria said a draft medical marijuana ordinance will be publicly vetted this fall, and could go before the City Council early next year.
Without such a law, medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal within city limits.
Former Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned in disgrace at the end of last month, was a strong supporter of medical marijuana and refused to enforce the city's zoning ordinances.
While dozens of dispensaries were shut down under previous Mayor Jerry Sanders, many resumed doing business during Filner's nine months in office.
"The city of San Diego will not reward bad behavior," Gloria said.
He said he issued the order to resume enforcement last week, but was unaware of whether any cases had been referred to the City Attorney's Office.
"What I've identified as we've been working through our top-down review of city departments is that the previous administration didn't always follow the rules," Gloria said. "When we know that we don't actually have zoning regulations that allow for medical marijuana dispensaries, obviously the mayor had ceased enforcement, and was not providing the cases that Code Compliance would generate to the City Attorney's Office."
The city of San Diego went years without adopting rules that would allow dispensaries to operate legally under the Compassionate Use Act, passed by state voters in 1996.
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Mexico Backs Medical Marijuana, But Not Recreational
Politicians who want to change Mexico’s marijuana policies must face an uncomfortable reality: An overwhelming majority of this country’s population opposes the legalization of weed.
A poll published this week, however, does offer some good news to those who would prefer a less prohibitionist stance towards the herb.
It suggests that 65 percent of Mexicans favor the legalization of marijuana for medical use. Only 29 percent of the country’s residents oppose medical marijuana, according to the poll, which was conducted in August by the Parametria research group.
The findings come as Mexican politicians discuss new approaches to marijuana policy. Current laws strictly prohibit the sale and production of the plant.
In Mexico City, the local legislature has held several hearings on marijuana policy this summer, with some officials backing plans to legalize cannabis clubs, where the herb could be grown and smoked, for recreational purposes.
Meanwhile in the Mexican Congress, a group of legislators has drafted a bill that would regulate the production and sale of marijuana. The bill would also allow Mexicans to buy weed at state-sanctioned distributors, or grow up to four plants at home.
Congressman Fernando Belaunzaran, who is leading efforts to get this bill approved, says that legalizing marijuana would reduce the incomes of violent drug cartels who currently traffic the drug, and are responsible for thousands of murders in Mexico.
“To take that market away from them, would be a big hit on their finances. They are only as strong as their resources,” Belaunzaran told local news site Animal Politico.
But Belaunzaran’s argument does not seem to fly too well with most Mexicans.
In polls conducted over recent years by different firms, at least 75 percent of Mexicans have said they oppose the legalization of weed, while support for legalization hovers between 10 to 20 percent of the population.
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Florida mom fights for medical marijuana for ailing 2 year old girl
TAMPA - Dahlia is fighting brain cancer after surgery to remove part of an aggressive tumor at St. Joseph's Hospital. Now, her mother says she just wants to get her to her third birthday, with the help of a type of marijuana that's been shown to reduce cancerous tumors.
"Dalia's 2. She's almost 3 at the end of the month,” said mom Moriah Barnhart.
This Tampa mom knows there are no guarantees in life, not even third birthdays.
"They sedated Dahlia and took her in for an MRI,” she said in a YouTube video.
"I'm under the impression this was about as aggressive as it could be. It spread to her brain stem in the three weeks since her surgery to remove the portion of the tumor they could remove,” she told me via Skype.
Doctors diagnosed the cancerous tumor on May 5. Then Barnhart says she chose to take Dahlia to St. Jude's in Memphis, Tenn., where she's now being treated with chemotherapy and drugs.
But the treatment Barnhart is fighting for may take other parents off guard.
"To tell me that you would have given that to a 2 year old right before her diagnosis probably would have horrified me at this point I completely understand that it's safer and it's necessary."
Barnhart says medical marijuana, in liquid form, has been shown to reduce cancerous tumors.
"Generally, it’s an extract from the drug as morphine is. You extract it from the plant and you take it in liquid form," she said.
The Tampa mom is petitioning the Obama administration and telling her story on YouTube.
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Colorado marijuana dispensary names pot strain for Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
Fans in Denver are a mile high thanks to Peyton Manning, and it has nothing to do with his seven touchdown performance in Week 1.
A medicinal marijuana dispensary in Colorado is selling Peyton Manning pot, renaming a common strain of weed after the Broncos quarterback.
“That happens all the time. You can grow anything and name it anything you want,” one dispensary employee who didn’t want to be named told the Daily News. “Dispensaries will have the same strain but name it different things.”
The Manning strain — Chem 91 SFV OG Kush — is described as offering “The best of both worlds, a Uplifting, Happy, Euphoric, thought provoking
Sativa,” designed to treat MS, anxiety, nausea and headaches. It also has a cartoon drawing of Manning, big head included.
A dispensary worker said that particular strain is common, but different dispensaries will name it different things to breed competition.
“We don’t like to mess with (celebrity) names too much,” another anonymous dispensary worker said. “Too many problems.”
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com
Cannabis May Treat Brain Damage Caused By Heavy Alcohol Consumption
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
A new study published last week by the journal Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior has found that cannabis may reduce the brain damage associated with long-term, heavy alcohol consumption.
According to researchers, “the current study aimed to advance the preclinical development of transdermal delivery of cannabidiol (CBD) for the treatment of alcohol-induced neurodegeneration.”
For the study, rat models were treated with two forms of administered cannabidiol (a compound of cannabis), through a transdermal gel, and an intraperitoneal injection.
Researchers found that a gel which consisted of 5% cannabidiol “resulted in a 48.8% reduction in neurodegeneration in the entorhinal cortex”, which “trended to statistical significance.”
Researchers studied the results of a gel which contained 2.5% cannabidiol, and an injection, and found “similar magnitudes of neuroprotection following both routes of administration”.
Researchers conclude that; “These results demonstrate the feasibility of using CBD transdermal delivery systems for the treatment of alcohol-induced neurodegeneration.”
The study was conducted by researchers at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences for the University of Kentucky, and the University of Maryland.
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