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Marijuana helps seniors in South Florida see pain go up in smoke

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 24th 2012 by THCFinder
That kindly gent with the rose garden, the cute little old lady in the deli line, the mahjong master at the community center — any one could be among a growing portion of our aging population: the senior stoner.
 
In retiree-rich South Florida, some golden-agers are — gasp! — sporting illegal smiles as they discreetly puff on joints to ease the aches and pains of advancing years.
 
"It's like taking a magic pill," said a 70-year-old Boca Raton woman who smokes pot almost daily to counteract cancer chemotherapy pain. "I can have a crappy, crappy day and I take one toke and in less than three minutes I'm leveled out and feel wonderful."
 
Such scofflaws opt to flout convention rather than suffer. And their numbers are hardly insubstantial: 30 percent of Americans 50 and older have tried pot, according to a 2009 survey by the government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive.
 
Last year, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that drug use among seniors has increased more than 3 percent over the past eight years. The number is expected to triple by 2020.
 
One recent convert was a 70-year-old Delray Beach woman who calls herself Mary. "I'm a good, Catholic churchgoing person," she said. "I've never taken a drug in my life."
 
But when a friend with an out-of-state prescription for medical marijuana offered a joint to alleviate the "excruciating" pain of a shoulder injury, Mary took a chance.
 
"I had one hit and I went, 'Oh, dear God, this is awesome,'" she said. "It made me feel that much better. It absolutely should be legalized."
 
For years, a 65-year-old Pompano Beach retiree tried every manner of drug from Dilaudid to morphine to battle pain from damaged bones, arthritis and fibromyalgia. "I've been on all the hard drugs and nothing happens," he said. Then he sampled a little reefer.
 
"I'll tell you, the first hit there was Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah day," he said. "The only thing that helps is happy grass."
 
Obtaining the illicit weed can be problematic for seniors. The Boca Raton cancer victim relies on her husband — while retaining plausible deniability. "He might get it on the golf course," she said. "I don't know where, I don't ask."
 
The Pompano Beach man grows pot in his backyard, cures it and smokes by the thimble-full in a hookah-like machine. "It's very therapeutic," he said. "I'm thinking of putting signs out in my yard — they could say 'Legalize Pot.'" One of his "happy grass" pals is 80.
 
Celeste Wheeler, 89, also of Pompano Beach, has never tried it, but is curious about joining the reefer club. "I'm very interested," she said. "Maybe something could help my back pain."
 
 
 

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Treating Emphysema/COPD with Medical Cannabis

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 23rd 2012 by THCFinder

Everyday millions of people in the U.S. alone make the choice to avoid dangerous and addictive prescription drugs as much as possible and instead treat their ailments with a non-toxic herb; the cannabis plant.

 

Whether legal or not in the state they are in, they choose medical marijuana over what the pharmaceutical companies and most doctors will try to force on them. One such patient is interviewed in-depth in the video below. Vey Linville, a medical marijuana patient and double lung transplant candidate, discusses using marijuana to treat his severe emphysema and tells the truth about dispensaries in San Diego, the recent federal crackdown in California, and his efforts in Imperial Beach.

 

He talks about the myriad of medications doctors had him on, at one point totaling 16 different prescriptions.

 

Why can’t people be allowed the choice of cannabis? Are the people running the pharmaceutical companies that heartless and greedy for money? Or do they actually believe the deadly garbage they churn out is better and healthier than marijuana?

 

When medical marijuana is available to everyone, we will look back on these days and marvel at the ignorance of marijuana prohibition and the damage it did to so many.

 


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Federal Prosecutor Calls Michigan Medical Marijuana a Ruse for Grow Operation

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 20th 2012 by THCFinder

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Courtade has some interesting things to say about two medical marijuana growers in Michigan.

 

Speaking about Lloyd Thomas Martin and Ronald Andrew Jach, two men alleging selective prosecution, and who are asking that charges of conspiracy to manufacture 100 marijuana plants be dismissed, Courtade saying in a court filing, “Defendants bought marijuana patient cards illicitly in a ruse to claim, when they were inevitably arrested, that they were growing marijuana in accordance with Michigan law.”

 

“This farce is one of the driving reasons behind the government’s filing Motions in Limine to preclude defendants from raising any (medical marijuana) defense,“ Courtade wrote.

 

The defendants’ attorney says the two men are just “ordinary people” with medical marijuana cards, but the feds say they sold marijuana to undercover agents.

 

“Securing the (medical marijuana) cards was done with laughable ease and in violation of the spirit and intent of the Michigan law,” Courtade said.

 

He said the men grew and possessed far more marijuana than would be allowed. Martin, Courtade wrote, told police that he sold marijuana to those with and without medical marijuana cards, but mostly sold to dispensaries, earning at least $250,000.

 

“Simply put, defendants were charged because the government believes that they are guilty of violating federal laws dealing with the manufacture and distribution of controlled substances and that they have no viable defense to the charges.”

 

There is probably more to this story, but assuming the men were illegally selling marijuana under state law 1) Why weren’t state authorities handling it? And 2) Why can’t medical marijuana be used in the defense of those with cards? If they are violating state law, it wouldn’t matter if they had a card or not, and it wouldn’t matter if the fact that they had a card was brought up in court.

 

Source: http://www.mlive.com


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New Research Backing up Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, July, 19th 2012 by THCFinder

While the federal government says marijuana has no medicinal value and does its best to stifle research, the state of California has spent nearly $9 million studying the effects of medical cannabis.

 

But after about a dozen years, things are coming to an end as the budget for these studies is drying up.

 

The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research in California — established by the Legislature to find out if marijuana has therapeutic value — has now all but completed America’s most comprehensive studies into the efficacy of pot.

 

And what did they find?

 

A myriad of areas of study were researched, and marijuana was found to provide pain relief for those with HIV/AIDS and other painful ailments, plus the “Volcano” Vaporizer was found to deliver a healthier form of cannabis. Those are just some of the 300 subjects researched since the Center was established in 1999.

 

“Every one of the studies showed a benefit,” said Dr. Igor Grant, a neuropsychiatrist who served as director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research. “The convergence of evidence makes me convinced there is a medical benefit here and there may be a niche for cannabis.”

 

Dr. Grant says the federal government scheduling of marijuana in the same category as heroin and LSD and claiming it has no medical value “is completely at odds with the existing science.”

 

“It is intellectually dishonest to say it has no value whatsoever, because it’s just not true,” he said.

 

Dr. Donald Abrams at UC San Francisco and Dr. Ronald Ellis at UC San Diego knew AIDS and HIV patients with nerve damage were treating themselves with cannabis to quell shooting pains, so they sought to find out.

 

In separate clinical trials between 2002 and 2006, Abrams and Ellis found that patients infected with HIV got marked pain relief from pot — even on top of prescription pain medications.

 

In May, a published study by Jody Corey-Bloom, director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at UC San Diego, reported that 30 patients smoking marijuana got noticeable relief from painful spasticity.

 

Marijuana has obvious medical benefits, and it’s time the federal government reschedules cannabis and allows full-blown research nationwide.

 

Source: http://www.sentinelsource.com


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Researchers in AZ Say Marijuana Not Effective for a Range of Issues; What are they Smoking?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 18th 2012 by THCFinder

As health department officials in Arizona consider adding more ailments to the list of those qualified for medical marijuana (http://www.thcfinder.com), a new study from researchers at the University of Arizona are saying that there is little or no evidence that marijuana helps with the new conditions to be added.

 

The researchers, working for the state Department of Health Services, which oversees the state's medical-marijuana program, reviewed dozens of scientific studies related to marijuana use for the four medical conditions - anxiety, migraines, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder - and determined that most of the research was of little value in deducing the medicinal risks and benefits.

 

"The key question for us is: Do the benefits outweigh the risks?" said Will Humble, state health director. "And there's just not that much research in this area to help form our policy decisions."

 

It’s true that research is important, but we must always remember that these decisions affect real people, and aren’t just a bunch of lab results. Will Humble will be making the decision on adding the four ailments, and it seems as though he is taking all things into account, including personal testimony and reviews of documents submitted by people who want to expand the medical-marijuana program.

 

It is very accurate to say that more research needs to be done on marijuana and its medical properties; there is likely so much more the cannabis plant can do. But while the federal government drags its feet and delays such research, real people are suffering from real ailments and they get real relief from marijuana.

 

Beyond that, you have to wonder what studies these researchers were looking at, because there are many studies that point to marijuana’s efficacy with these ailments that can be found with a simple Google search.

 

Source: http://www.azcentral.com


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Medical Marijuanas 78-Year-Old Billionaire Supporter

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 17th 2012 by THCFinder

The main financial backer of the ballot measure in Massachusetts to legalize medicinal marijuana is 78-year old billionaire and former chairman of Progressive Insurance, Peter Lewis.

 

Lewis has given $525,000 to the campaign behind the measure in MA, and has given an estimated $40 million to marijuana law reform measures nationwide.

 

Lewis says he was a recreational marijuana smoker earlier in his life, but after an infection took his lower left leg, he realized firsthand the value of marijuana as a pain killer. On his experience in the hospital dealing with the pain, Lewis writes, “I was very glad I had marijuana. It didn’t exactly eliminate the pain, but it made the pain tolerable — and it let me avoid those heavy-duty narcotic pain relievers that leave you incapacitated.”

 

In 2012 alone Lewis has donated to reform efforts in Washington, Colorado, and his home state of Ohio.

 

The reason the propaganda against marijuana has been so successful is the money behind it. From William Randolph Hearst’s smear campaign against marijuana in the 1930’s to the alcohol and pharmaceutical companies funding the drug-free America campaigns in modern times, there have always been rich people looking to profit off of marijuana prohibition.

 

But here is a rich man using his money to actually bring about political change that will help millions of people, millions of sick people.

 

Simply put, the medical marijuana movement needs more money behind it. Political campaigns cannot be effective without money, for signature gathering all the way to getting out the vote on Election Day.

 

Elected officials on all levels would be more amenable to look into the medical marijuana issue if they were getting campaign money from MMJ supporters like Peter Lewis. This is why medical marijuana support in places like the U.S. Congress lags so far behind public polls; money.

 

Source: http://blogs.bostonmagazine.com


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