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Why not use marijuana to ease pain?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 6th 2012 by THCFinder
State Sen. Deborah Dawkins’ proposal to permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes deserves to be debated by all of her colleagues.
 
Dawkins, D-Pass Christian, has been trying to convince the Legislature for several years to authorize the medical use of marijuana by seriously ill patients under a physician’s supervision.
 
Dawkins believes support for the legislation is growing. But it still attracts stiff opposition. Opponents are particularly concerned that permitting even this limited use of an otherwise illegal substance will make it more easily available and make its prohibition for nonmedical use harder to enforce.
 
That is small comfort for those whose suffering could be eased by the use of medical marijuana.
 
Marijuana has been found effective “in treating or alleviating the pain or other symptoms associated with certain debilitating medical conditions,” according to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine.
 
We see fewer and fewer reasons to deny its use to Mississippians who are suffering.
 
As for the flaws some find in Dawkins’ proposal, those could and should be addressed in a debate of the legislation’s merits by the full Senate.
 
We urge both the Senate and the House to have that debate during this session and then to legalize the medical use of marijuana in Mississippi.
 

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OC justices overturn judge's marijuana ruling

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 1st 2012 by THCFinder
SANTA ANA, Calif.—Three appellate judges in Santa Ana say cities cannot use nuisance ordinances to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, just regulate them.
 
City News Service says the Fourth Appellate justices issued their ruling Wednesday, striking down a preliminary injunction issued by an Orange County judge in May of 2010.
 
The ruling would have shut down the Evergreen Holistic Collective in Lake Forest but a stay was granted until the higher court could review it.
 
The justices also said nonprofit collectives can only dispense marijuana from where it is cultivated. It can't be brought from somewhere else and dispensed in a storefront.
 
Evergreen attorney David Welch says his client is satisfied.
 
Welch says Evergreen was shut down by federal authorities about four months ago. A hearing challenging the shutdown is scheduled March 26.
 

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Medical marijuana a defense in drug case?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 29th 2012 by THCFinder

Nick Diaz may have a chance afterall! He is likely to use medical marijuana as a defense to get his suspension lifted.

Diaz, a black belt in jiu-jitsu and one of the best all-around fighters in the game, told the LA Times in 2009 that he needs the drug to help with hyperactivity. Some of the other ailments that qualify for a California card look as if they came right off an IR report, including severe arthritis, chronic pain, migraines, persistent muscle spasms, seizures and severe nausea.
 
"Medical cannabis is especially helpful for athletes who have bad reactions to aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs," said Mitch Earleywine, a professor of psychology at the State University of New York in Albany who studies its benefits. "It doesn't create the gastric bleeding or stomach upset common in these other drugs."
 
So maybe it shouldn't be surprising that one sports governing body, the NCAA, recently found an uptick in marijuana use among student-athletes, even as some other drug rates are going down. In a survey of 20,474 players in 23 championship sports, the NCAA discovered that nearly a quarter (22.6 percent) "indicated the use of marijuana" in the prior 12 months. The median ranged from 16 percent in track to 29 percent in soccer. (The outlier was lacrosse, in which 48.5 percent of students reported taking at least one toke the prior year.)
 

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Orange You Glad You Drink Cannabis?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 29th 2012 by THCFinder
 
"There are a number of things that could go wrong with a cannabis orange soda," I thought to myself as I brought my $8 Nature'z Twist Orange home from The Green Skunk, a medical marijuana collective in north Seattle.
 
I mentally ticked off a few on the ferry ride back home: the soda could be too flat, as in under-carbonated; it could be too weak, as in under-cannabinated; and it could be too watery, as in under-juiced.
 
My Nature'z Twist Orange was none of these things. It had a delightful effervescence and a robust flavor -- and crucially, it had a working dose of cannabinoids, too.
 

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Illinois Medical Marijuana HB 30 Full Text

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 27th 2012 by THCFinder

Illinois is pushing hard for medical marijuana and they just got one step closer to making it a reality for medical marijuana patients in need of their meds for thier serious ailements.

IL--(ENEWSPF)--February 27, 2012.  Creates the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. Provides that when a person has been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition, the person and the person’s primary caregiver may be issued a registry identification card by the Department of Public Health that permits the person or the person’s primary caregiver to legally possess no more than 6 cannabis plants and 2 ounces of dried usable cannabis.
 
Amends the Cannabis Control Act to make conforming changes, including that any registered qualifying patient or registered primary caregiver who distributes cannabis to someone who is not allowed to use cannabis is subject to a penalty enhancement of not more than 2 years in prison or a fine of not more than $2,000, or both, for abuse of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.
 
Provides that the Act is repealed 3 years after its effective date.
 
Repeals the research provisions of the Cannabis Control Act.
 
Provides that the Department of Public Health shall develop and disseminate educational information about the health risks associated with the abuse of cannabis and prescription medications.
 
Provides that the Department shall promulgate rules governing the manner in which it shall consider applications for and renewals of registration certificates for medical cannabis organizations.
 
Provides that the provisions of the Act are severable.
 
Effective immediately.
 

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Family fights for medicinal marijuana for son

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 27th 2012 by THCFinder
Why should a child be denied life changing medicine that would only do good and no harm to himself or others around him?
 
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Deacon Mejias had a bright smile and even brighter future. His parents, Gill and Catherine, had big hopes and dreams for little Deacon. "He used to sit on the floor and spell words for us like octopus and pictures. He was obsessed with letters."
 
But then, without warning, Deacon's world wet dark at the age of two.
 
Deacon was diagnosed with autism.
 
Their sweet little boy had become aggressive, anxious and uncontrollable.
 
Gill and Catherine have installed swings in nearly every room of the house to keep him occupied and content.
 
According to Gill Mejias, "Quality of life is what it boils down to and he deserves to be able to enjoy life, to have a smile and have fun and all the things that make life, life."
 
Mainstream treatments make Deacon have mood swings, hyperactivity and deep depression.
 
Catherine wants something better for her son, "Yes. Yes. That's what we want. Now we're just trying to do what's best for him."
 
This Yukon, Oklahoma family wants to experiment with a controversial treatment, medical marijuana.
 
Mr. Mejias said, "These families that are using cannabis and THC for treatment of autism, they're actually saying they're getting their child back"
 
Seventeen other states have already approved this unique intervention, sometimes with dramatic results.
 
State Senator Constance Johnson has introduced legislation four times, with little support for the "Compassionate Use Act" Senate Bill 573.
 
According to Sen. Johnson, "I think the people who want to close their ears and don't want to hear about it, I'll never vote for it, that's not what we are here to do as elected officials. We are here to be the voice for the people."
 
But State Rep. Dr. Mike Ritze says treating children with pot is risky business.
 
"I can't condone it. I can't disagree if they say it works. I would advise them that they're dealing with a double-edged sword.”
 
It's a change the Mejias family is willing to take if medical marijuana is legalized in Oklahoma. Catherine told us, "The little boy we used to know, I want everyone to know. So, it would be for everyone that meets Deacon, including us. Because it's really hard right now. I don't enjoy him sometimes. And I want to enjoy him."
 
Gov. Mary Fallin has gone on record saying she'll veto any legislation endorsing medical marijuana.
 
But the Mejias family says, if lawmakers would walk in their shoes for just one afternoon, there would be quick and universal support for senate bill 573.
 

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