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Quinn signs Illinois medical marijuana bill into law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
illinois-gov-mmj-billGov. Pat Quinn today signed a bill legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Illinois that supporters say is the strictest in the nation.
 
Jim Champion, a military veteran from Somonauk who suffers from multiple sclerosis, joined the governor at a bill signing ceremony at the University of Chicago. He told of the relief he gets from marijuana, which his wife indicated allows him to more than cut in half the number of pills he takes. Champion said he is glad he'll soon no longer be violating the law to get pain relief.
 
The law takes effect Jan. 1, but state regulators are likely to need months to come up with the rules. That means it could be until next summer before those suffering from 42 illnesses including cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis can legally seek relief through marijuana.
 
Under the new law, a person could be prescribed no more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana over two weeks. That's enough to fill two small sandwich bags. In addition, the prescribing doctor must have a prior and ongoing medical relationship with the patient. And a doctor must find that the patient has one of a few dozen serious or chronic conditions for the marijuana to be prescribed.
 
Patients would have to buy the marijuana from one of 60 dispensing centers throughout the state and would not be allowed to legally grow their own. Workers at dispensing centers would undergo criminal background checks, the stores would be under round-the-clock camera surveillance and users would carry cards that indicate how much they had bought to prevent stockpiling.
 
Marijuana would be grown inside 22 cultivation centers registered with the state.
 

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Push is on for medical marijuana in Florida

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-floriday-push-continuesThe push to legalize medical marijuana is gaining support in Florida and across the country.  
 
And one of the biggest legal names in Florida is among those leading the efforts. If well-known attorney John Morgan gets his way, Florida voters will get to decide whether to legalize medical marijuana.
Right now, medical marijuana users risk going to jail in Florida.
 
Bob Jordan, the husband of a marijuana user said, "We know it's an uphill battle, but it's a battle worth fighting."
 
Jordan said marijuana saved his wife Cathy's life. She has been battling ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease) since 1991.
 
Both she and her husband believe she has survived for more than two decades because she smokes marijuana.
 
"She has medical necessity. She has to use it," Bob Jordan said. "There's nothing else out there that works. We've proven that. So they're saying they agree with her on using it, but you can't buy it or grow it."
 
It's that Catch 22 that has lawyers like Morgan pushing legislators to put the legalization of medical marijuana on the November 2014 ballot. He takes his pot fight to a political forum in Tallahassee on Thursday, but he says it is an uphill battle.
 
"I mean you can't even get a hearing in Tallahassee," Morgan said. "They were having hearings on everything else, but not on this."
 
And although the Jordans support the idea, for Cathy, 2014 could be too late.
 
"I am very grateful that this is gonna happen," she said. "But I'm really hoping that the current House and Senate will work with us and get it done this year."
 

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Why the medical marijuana industry opposes full legalization

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-legalizationMarijuana legalization advocates won some major victories in the last election, but a new report from Politico is spotlighting the divisions within a still emergent industry.
 
Legal marijuana vending appears to be splitting into two camps: medical and recreational. Though both sides have fought the federal law which still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 illegal drug, medical marijuana dispensary owners have a financial interest in keeping their selling rights exclusive. As Byron Tau reports in Politico, this has driven some in the medical marijuana industry to fight with authorities against further legalization.
 
Legal in 18 states, medical marijuana has had a big head start on recreational marijuana, which became legal in Washington State and Colorado only last year (and is yet to be fully implemented in either). Since California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, the industry has ballooned. This is thanks in part to medical marijuana’s virtual monopoly on legal selling rights, which keeps prices high because of scarcity and lack of competition.
 
In Maine, for example, where medical marijuana was legalized in 1999, a proposed measure to legalize the possession of small amounts of pot–by sending the issue to statewide referendum–failed to pass in the legislature by a handful of votes earlier this year. One of the measure’s key opponents was the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine (MMCM).
 
“The main objections came from the fact that the bill was not built around Maine’s medical marijuana industry,” lobbyist for the group Paul McCarrier told Politico. “Philosophically, we’re not opposed to the decriminalization of marijuana, but the devil is in the details.”
 
Read more: http://tv.msnbc.com

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New Study: Cannabis Can Inhibit The Pain Associated With Bone Cancer

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, July, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
bone-cancer-mmjA new study conducted by the Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, and published in the most recent issue of the journal Neuroscience, has found that cannabinoids – compounds found in cannabis such as THC – can stop the pain associated with bone cancer by activating an individual’s cannabinoid receptors.
 
“These results indicate that activation of either CB1 or CB2 receptors reduced the spontaneous activity of C-fiber nociceptors associated with tumor growth as well as their evoked responses”, states the study’s abstract, “Our results provide further evidence that activation of peripheral cannabinoid receptors may be a useful target for the treatment of cancer pain.”
 
The potential of cannabis as a treatment for cancer pains is an important one. As researchers note; “Pain from cancer can be severe, difficult to treat, and greatly diminishes patients’ quality of life. It is therefore important to gain new information on the mechanisms of cancer pain and develop new treatment strategies.”
 
Obviously further research is needed to help validate these findings, but they’re certainly promising.
 

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Hope for autistic children might lie in medical marijuana, study says

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, July, 28th 2013 by THCFinder

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Stanford University released a study that will most likely add more fuel to the already contentious debate over medical marijuana, especially regarding its possible use by kids. The study, released in April, shows that cannabinoids, which are found in cannabis, might help treat autism. In the human brain, endocannabinoid signaling affects memory formation, learning, and other processes, but forms of autism can block these signals. When cannabinoids were present in the brains of mice being studied, these signals were able to get through. While more research is needed, autism groups are hopefull about the possibilties of medical marijuana. As the Autism Daily Newscast put it, "Many children with autism are already given cocktails of drugs that may be even stronger than marijuana, with serious side effects and limited results.

Read more: http://now.msn.com


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Marijuana from a Vending Machine? Believe it, Dude

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, July, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
marijuana-vending-machinesYou can buy a lot from a vending machine. Umbrellas, eggs, pizzas and more can be found inside the convenience of a cash-swallowing machine.
 
But schedule I drugs?
 
It's not as crazy as it sounds, says Joe DeRobbio, founder of Aliso Viejo-based Dispense Labs. His company has taken a design meant for industrial tools and applied it to the needs of marijuana dispensaries, he told the Orange County Register.
 
And now an outside investor has taken an interest. DeRobbio told the Register he expects his company's pending acquisition by Endexx Corp. to be completed Friday. Endexx is a publicly traded company from Cave Creek, Ariz. that bought another marijuana vending machine firm, CannCan, in April.
 
The machines identify patients by scanning their thumbs and medical marijuana cards. Once identified, a customer uses a touch-screen monitor to select a purchase from nearly 800 individual marijuana compartments.
 
Then the machine's custom software tracks what's purchased, who purchased it, when and how often. That creates a paper trail that could help dispensaries stay on the right side of the law, DeRobbio said.
 
To further protect dispensaries, the machines are encased in steel, he told the Register.
 

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