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Medical Marijuana Expo in Detroit Draws Criticism

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 22nd 2012 by THCFinder
Detroit, MI (Detroit Free Press) -- Just as state lawmakers move toward voting on bills to tighten regulation of medical marijuana, a legalization advocate has planned an event in Detroit that critics say points up abuses of medicinal pot.
 
Tom French, promoter for the second annual Medical Marijuana Expo, concedes that law-enforcement agencies would take a dim view of the three-day festival March 23-25 in Detroit. But he said he's staying within state law.
 
Alongside the hemp fashion show and a display of worms bred to aid the growth of marijuana plants, some of the show's 135 vendors plan to exhibit equipment ideal for growing marijuana -- but won't say that for fear of federal prosecution, French said.
 
The expo will include a "medicating tent for those who hold state registry cards, but French won't say where.
 
"We'll take anyone who wants to go on our vapor bus," said French, 47, who also runs a Roseville concrete business.
 
French expects the expo to draw about 8,000 people. His similar event last year in Novi drew 7,800 people, he said.
 
Scheduled speakers will advocate wider access to marijuana and full legalization for possession of small amounts of the drug in Michigan.
 
Finally, the expo will feature what critics call a "pot doctor," an MD who can certify would-be patients on the spot.
 

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Family Uses Medical Marijuana to Treat Sonâs Cancer

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 22nd 2012 by THCFinder
MISSOULA, Mont. — A Montana family is using medical marijuana to save their son’s life. Cash is three years old and he’s considered the youngest medical marijuana
patient in Montana history.
 
He’s doing okay after two bouts with brain cancer. The toddler takes Hydrocortisone along with Cannabis oil twice a day. His parents say they’re not criminals. They’re breaking state and federal laws to keep their son alive.
 
“You know we just live our life three months at a time,” said Cash’s dad. “His scans are every three months and we just continue with our protocol that we had him on and just hope and pray that the cancer doesn’t come back again.”
 
The Hydes say the medical formula works for their son even though they’re going against doctors recommendations of different pharmaceutical drugs.
 

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Marijuana-Like Chemicals Inhibit Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Late-State AIDS

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 21st 2012 by THCFinder

A new study shows potential in helping late stage AIDS patients by possibly slowing down the virus's effects and reducing the infection of the virus.

Medical marijuana is prescribed to treat pain, debilitating weight loss and appetite suppression, side effects that are common in advanced AIDS. This is the first study to reveal how the marijuana receptors found on immune cells -- called cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 -- can influence the spread of the virus. Understanding the effect of these receptors on the virus could help scientists develop new drugs to slow the progression of AIDS.
 
"We knew that cannabinoid drugs like marijuana can have a therapeutic effect in AIDS patients, but did not understand how they influence the spread of the virus itself," said study author Cristina Costantino, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "We wanted to explore cannabinoid receptors as a target for pharmaceutical interventions that treat the symptoms of late-stage AIDS and prevent further progression of the disease without the undesirable side effects of medical marijuana."
 

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Medical Marijuana Crackdown Explained: Feds Are Saving the Children

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 19th 2012 by THCFinder
Melinda Haag finally gave us a reason. The United States Attorney for Northern California broke her media near-silence last week week, granting an extensive, exclusive interview to KQED in which Haag sought to explain the Justice Department's crackdown on medical marijuana.
 
The reasons why Haag's Justice Department has shut down five licensed, taxpaying San Francisco medical cannabis dispensaries and moved to shut down at least four more on Feb. 21 are simple: Pot clubs cause crime, and pot clubs threaten kids. 
 
"Many" people across the state have complained to Haag about this, she told California Watch's Michael Montgomery. "When a dispensary comes to my attention that is close to a school, a park, a playground or children, that's a line I've decided to draw," she said.
 
Yet this explanation rings a bit hollow in the Bay Area, where concerned citizens like the mayor of Berkeley "lamented" the shutdown of dispensaries in that city. Haag has also picked on neighborhoods such as the Tenderloin -- where strip clubs, liquor stores, and porn shops remain open near clubs shuttered by Haag -- to wage her war on the state's marijuana industry.
 
In the East Bay, Haag, a Berkeley resident herself, is shutting down Berkeley Patients Group, a large dispensary operating in an old car dealership on San Pablo Avenue. "There have been no complaints [about BPG]," said Mayor Tom Bates. "We get compliments from neighbors."
 
"There were no instances of violence, they were excellent neighbors, they had good security, they contributed to the economy and helped local nonprofits by making contributions," Bates said. "The voters of this city voted unanimously that they wanted to have four dispensaries in Berkeley and that was it. We grandfathered them in. But evidently we get trumped by the federal government."
 

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Patient punishment: Medicinal pot user weeded out of work

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 19th 2012 by THCFinder
A plumber with a valid medical marijuana prescription was denied work on a city project after testing positive for the drug, prompting a prominent San Francisco union boss to demand changes to a labor agreement.
 
Larry Mazzola Sr., a business manager for the UA Local 38 plumbers union, has initiated conversations with the general manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Ed Harrington, to change language in a project labor agreement for the $4.6 billion Water System Improvement Program. 
 
At issue is whether medical marijuana users should have certain protections when they fail drug tests. Mazzola’s effort began in January after the plumber was denied work. 
 
Mazzola said the agreement’s substance abuse policy flies in the face of San Francisco values, since elected officials have time and again reaffirmed the rights of medicinal cannabis users, declared The City a medical marijuana sanctuary and created a comprehensive dispensary licensing program. 
 

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Angel Raich, Cancer Patient, Kicked Out Of Hospital For Using Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 13th 2012 by THCFinder

I think I may have finally heard the most idiotic statement ever said, and sadly by a doctor!  "The pharmacist said, you can't use cannabis in this hospital," Raich told the television station. "That's a death sentence."

Angel Raich is busy dying. The famous marijuana activist -- who took the federal government to the Supreme Court of the United States for the right to use medical cannabis -- was, earlier this year diagnosed with an inoperable terminal brain tumor, a condition that causes frequent seizures as well as constant pain and headaches.
 
Told by her doctors at the University of California-San Francisco that she should prepare to die, that's what Raich, 46, is doing, one day at a time -- with purpose as well as dignity.
 
Except for Monday night, when she was summarily removed from the hospital at UCSF's Parnassus campus for using marijuana, according to NBC Bay Area -- which showed up for an interview that was cut short when Raich had a seizure and had to be rushed to a (different) hospital.
 
Now might be a good time to mention UCSF also happens to be one of the nation's teaching hospitals that researches marijuana's efficacy in treating cancer and pain.
 
Raich has lived with her brain tumor for some time, but earlier this year she was diagnosed with radiation necrosis, a complication from radiotherapy.
 
Details are scant, but it appears Raich was at UCSF for tests and was using marijuana via a vaporizer at the Parnassus campus when someone -- a doctor or a pharmacist -- took offense, and told Raich that they'd "call the Feds" unless she stopped using marijuana.
 
"The pharmacist said, you can't use cannabis in this hospital," Raich told the television station. "That's a death sentence."
 

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