Medical Marijuana Helping Sick Kids in Michigan
There are currently 44 people under the age of 18 with medical marijuana cards in Michigan. Three of them are even under the age of 10.
This has been described as controversial, but kids are put on anti-depression and anti-anxiety medication all the time. Millions of kids take ADHD medication every day. So where is the controversy with kids and prescription pills? Marijuana is a non-toxic plant yet suicidal thoughts are a side effect of every depression medication there is.
Consider the case of 14 year-old Cooper Brown. He suffers from epilepsy and his mother – fed up with the inconsistency and dangerous side effects of every prescription epilepsy medication they tried – turned to medical marijuana.
So Rebecca Brown is considered controversial. Yet her son has dramatically less seizures now that he is being medicated with cannabis edibles. What exactly is controversial about that?
Doctors say the lack of clinical trials is a problem, but when you are a desperate mother watching your child suffer from drugs that have plenty of “clinical” trials behind them, you may begin to wonder if the FDA has any idea what it’s talking about.
Rebecca Brown doesn’t have time to wait for the federal government and the FDA to stop playing politics and approve medical marijuana. Her son suffers daily, or at least he did so before she began medicating him with cannabis.
"This isn't something we entered into lightly," Rebecca said. "I've done a lot of reading and a lot of research. I have everything tested.
"I am not a pot smoker and never in a million years thought of trying this," she said. "But when your child is suffering and you feel desperate, you consider things you may not have before.
"Parents, when their kids are healthy, they take it for granted."
And when their kids aren’t healthy, parents take action – or at least they should. Rebecca Brown took action, and her son is better for it.
Montana Supreme Court to Hear Medical Marijuana Appeals This Week
Starting Wednesday morning the Montana Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in two separate appeals of a 2011 law that severely restricted medical marijuana access in the state, one appeal by the Montana Cannabis Industry Association and one by the state of Montana.
The state is appealing whether the District Court Judge James Reynolds was wrong to block the law’s ban on medical marijuana cardholders compensating providers for marijuana products and its limit that a provider can provide pot for a maximum of three cardholders. The MCIA is appealing the same judge’s ruling that denied a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the entire 2011 Medical Marijuana Act as the Cannabis Industry had sought instead of just the five sections he blocked.
As many of you know, the medical marijuana industry has been decimated in Montana with over 90% of caregivers eliminated, thanks to federal crackdowns and state Senate Bill 423, which destroyed much of the 2004 MMJ law that was approved by voters.
Lawyers for the MCIA called SB 423 “an unconstitutional broadside on the rights of Montanans” and said in the brief the filed in their appeal that “The central problem with the act… is that it is calculated to deny all reasonable access to medical marijuana” and it seeks “to choke off access to medical marijuana for those in need by eliminating caregiver producers.”
Attorneys for the state say that commercially selling marijuana is illegal under federal and state law.
Arguments are expected to begin at 9:30 am local time in a case that will likely decide Montana medical marijuana law for some time to come. Hopefully patients have their access restored. Lawyers for the state can strut around all they want talking about their version of “the law,” but all they are really doing is hurting sick people.
Recall Elections in Wisconsin Could Pave the Way for Medical Marijuana
The June 5th recall elections of several Republicans could remove some major opponents of medical cannabis in Wisconsin.
Governor Scott Walker is an opponent of medical cannabis, saying “Federal law still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 narcotic and I believe state law should reflect this as well," when asked if he supported medicinal marijuana.
Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch is a former cancer patient and still opposes medical marijuana.
Four Republican State Senators are also facing recall, including State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, who is a longtime opponent of MMJ. Most of his constituents supported a medical marijuana bill in the legislature a couple years ago, according to records.
State Senators Pam Galloway and Terry Moulton are also opposed to MMJ and are facing recall.
No matter what happens with the others, if Governor Walker remains in office there is no chance for medical marijuana to become legal in Wisconsin, as the legislature doesn’t have enough votes to override his veto.
If things go well in Wisconsin next month, it could help send a major message to politicians across the country. Medical marijuana is overwhelmingly popular is every state and nationwide. Those hoping to secure elected office should assess how out of touch they are with voters on the MMJ issue.
The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act (JRMMA) languished in the state legislature in 2009 and 2010, and all of the officials listed above opposed it publicly, and they are being opposed in the recall elections by mostly JRMMA supporters. So medical marijuana is likely to play a key role in the minds of voters on June 5th.
The feelings of elected officials need to be brought into line with those who are voting for them. Which means many elected officials need to lose their jobs.
9th Circuit Court Rules MMJ Not Protected By Americans with Disabilities Act
Costa Mesa and Lake Forest, California have been trying to ban medical marijuana dispensaries for several years and today the 9th Circuit court agreed with the cities, saying that medical marijuana use wasn’t protected by the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
Several patients had filed suit in federal court trying to overturn the bans, seeking relief from the government under the ADA. "We recognize that the plaintiffs are gravely ill, and that their request for ADA relief implicates not only their right to live comfortably, but also their basic human dignity," Judge Raymond Fisher wrote for the majority. "We also acknowledge that California has embraced marijuana as an effective treatment for individuals like the plaintiffs who face debilitating pain. Congress has made clear, however, that the ADA defines 'illegal drug use' by reference to federal, rather than state, law, and federal law does not authorize the plaintiffs' medical marijuana use. We therefore necessarily conclude that the plaintiffs' medical marijuana use is not protected by the ADA."
In other words, marijuana’s illegality under the federal Controlled Substances Act means there is really nothing patients can do to protect themselves, from the feds or even from their own city. Which means the battle over federal marijuana policy continues. Until federal laws are changed, there is nothing a state can really do to allow medical cannabis.
There was one small ray of hope in the 9th Circuit’s decision as Judge Marsha Berzon dissented from their opinion, saying, "Looking at the language of § 12210(d)(1) alone, I would come out where the majority does - concluding that the statute is ambiguous," she wrote. "But unlike the majority, I would not declare a near-draw. Instead, looking at the words alone, I would conclude that the plaintiffs have much the better reading, but not by enough to be comfortable that their interpretation is surely correct. Turning then to the legislative history, I would again declare the plaintiffs the winner, this time sufficiently, when combined with the language considerations, to adopt their interpretation, absent some very good reason otherwise. And I am decidedly not convinced that the majority's facile 'trump' via the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) works, because, among other reasons, the supposed tension relied upon does not exist."
Small hope indeed as the onslaught against medical marijuana continues on all government levels across the country.
N.Y. judge battling cancer makes case for medical marijuana
Who Would Be Worse For Medical Marijuana: Obama or Romney?
Sadly it looks like the 2012 U.S. Presidential election is going to be between President Obama and Mitt Romney. If you are a medical marijuana patient you probably see this as a depressing outcome, and you’re right.
We already know President Obama’s feelings on the matter. He used to be in favor of not using federal resources to override state law, but he has since altered his feelings on the issue. Mitt Romney is a Republican who has said in the past he opposes medical marijuana and even gets snippy when someone brings it up in his presence (http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog/politics/2012/05/medical-marijuana-is-an-important-issue-mitt-romney).
While pre-President Obama seemed to have a common sense grasp on the issue, Romney clearly has given it no thought whatsoever and simply parrots what conservatives have told him to say. The odds of a President Romney doing something positive about medical marijuana (especially in a first term when his base will have him by the nugs, so to speak) couldn’t be any worse. You’re more likely to buy a winning Powerball ticket while being struck by lightning than to see President Romney lift a finger for medical cannabis patients.
So this leaves us with President Obama – unless Gary Johnson makes a miracle run to the White House. Things in the first term have been bad, there’s no doubt about that. But some seem to believe that Obama’s second term will bring about the change we keep hearing about on medical marijuana. While there is some precedent for Presidents being bolder in their second terms, there is also precedent for 2nd terms to be incredible crash and burn events (see George W. Bush, Richard Nixon, Harry Truman and Abraham Lincoln – he won the war but got shot in the head and killed). Will he even have time to consider the matter in between bouts of golf and picking NCAA Tournament brackets?
Is there still hope with Obama? Unlikely, but since we can’t trust his word on the matter, it could really go either way. I guess that’s where the “Hope” comes in.
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