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Doctors call for study of marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, March, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
The Massachusetts Medical Society, which steadfastly opposed the medical marijuana ballot question approved by voters in November, called on Friday for large-scale research of the drug’s potential medical uses to ensure it is tested in the same rigorous way as prescription drugs.
 
At the same time, the organization representing the state’s doctors said it has dropped a push to change federal regulations and remove marijuana from a list of the most dangerous drugs — a classification that some scientists cite as an obstacle to the research.
 
Dr. Richard Aghababian, the group’s president, sent a letter in October urging the US Drug Enforcement Administration to facilitate research by reclassifying marijuana, removing it from a list of the most dangerous illegal substances for which regulators see “no currently accepted medical use.”
 
The agency responded recently, saying marijuana’s status as a Schedule I drug “does not preclude scientific research” on the plant or its components, as long as the research receives proper approvals.
 

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What's packed in your bowl?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 8th 2013 by THCFinder


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Company hopes to bring 30 marijuana-dispensing machines to San Diego

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
SAN DIEGO - They dispense snacks and movies, but vending machines in San Diego may soon be kicking out a different product -- marijuana.
 
Those medical marijuana dispensaries shut down during a crackdown in 2011 could soon reappear in San Diego, along with some high-tech help.
 
"It's armor-coated. Second, it's 800 pounds," said Bruce Bedrick, CEO of Medbox.
 
The Medbox system is a patented machine that resembles a vending machine with one big difference.
 
Medical marijuana patients swipe a prepaid card, press their fingerprint and browse for medicine.
 
Bedrick hopes to build up to 30 dispensaries containing the machines in San Diego.
 
In a few weeks, with Mayor Bob Filner's backing, the San Diego City Council will consider an ordinance that would issue permits for dispensaries.
 
"Have we started taking deposits on … locations … yes, we have," said Bedrick.
 
Unlike machines that dispense movies or snacks, the major difference with the Medbox is security. The fingerprinting helps prevent fraud, and the software also validates prescriptions and dosage.  
 

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Judge: Medical marijuana users can collect jobless benefits

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
MASON, Mich. — A Michigan judge has ruled that medical marijuana users who follow the state's medical marijuana law may collect unemployment benefits.
 
The Lansing State Journal reports Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette's decision Tuesday overturned a state commission that found a state-approved medical marijuana user wasn't eligible for benefits after being fired following a drug test.
 
The case involves ex-Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital employee Jenine Kemp of Lansing, who was fired in 2011. Kemp, whose duties included performing CT scans and starting IVs, has Lupus and neuropathy. She would ingest marijuana in food.
 
Collette says the drug test "merely demonstrated what she had informed her employer of prior to the test — that she uses medical marijuana."
 
Michigan voters in 2008 approved the use of marijuana for medical reasons.
 

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Iowa Senate Subcommittee Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
DES MOINES, IA – A bill that would legalize the medical use of marijuana in Iowa was approved by a Senate subcommittee Monday, but is unlikely to advance further this year.
 
Senator Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, said that his bill, Senate File 79, lacks support in the full Human Resources Committee, where the bill has been assigned.
 
The bill was approved by a three person subcommittee on Monday following testimony from citizens suffering from multiple sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder,  who told the subcommittee that marijuana was a better alternative to synthetic prescription drugs.
 
Sen. Bolkom’s bill would exempt patients in Iowa suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, severe pain and nausea, and other ailments from arrest and prosecution for using marijuana under their physicians’ recommendations.
 
Patients or their caregivers would be able to grow their medicine or they could obtain it from a nonprofit dispensary.
 
Republican subcommittee member Sen. Joni Ernst opposed the bill, saying it would be difficult to ensure dispensaries wouldn’t sell marijuana to people without a recommendation.
 

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