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.
Medical marijuana ban to hit campuses
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, February, 23rd 2012 by THCFinder
I would really like to understand why Colleges think they can tell people what they can and cannot medicate on if their ailement depends on it.
The UA may have to keep the bongs at bay, as a new bill would make medical marijuana on campus illegal, even if it is allowed in the state.
The university already bans medical marijuana on campus in order to receive federal funding under the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989. House Bill 2349 would make it illegal for the ban not to exist.
Institutions of higher education cannot receive funds or financial assistance under any federal program unless there is a ban on use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol on campus, according to the UA drug free statement.
While this is something the UA is already doing, there could be changes in how the drug ban is enforced, said Joe Bermudez, a crime prevention officer with the University of Arizona Police Department.
Bermudez said he is unsure if students with medical marijuana cards would face criminal charges, as it would depend on the exact wording of the law.
Students found with medical marijuana on campus will be instructed to dispose of it and the incident will result in a Code of Conduct violation. Residence Life and the Dean of Students Office would deal with the student, Bermudez said.
If someone is caught with marijuana on campus without a medical marijuana card, he or she will be arrested for possession and could face criminal charges, Bermudez added.
Medical Marijuana Laws Result in Fewer Suicides
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 22nd 2012 by THCFinder
The enactment of statewide laws allowing for the limited use of cannabis therapeutically is associated with reduced instances of suicide, according to a discussion paper published recently by the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany.
Researchers at Montana State University, the University of Colorado, and San Diego State University assessed rates of suicide in the years before and after the passage of statewide medical marijuana laws.
Authors found, “The total suicide rate falls smoothly during the pre-legalization period in both MML (medical marijuana law) and non-MML states. However, beginning in year zero, the trends diverge: the suicide rate in MML states continues to fall, while the suicide rate in states that never legalized medical marijuana begins to climb gradually.”
They reported that this downward trend in suicides in states post-legalization was especially pronounced in males. “Our results suggest that the passage of a medical marijuana law is associated with an almost 5 percent reduction in the total suicide rate, an 11 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 20- through 29-year-old males, and a 9 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 30- through 39-year-old males,” they determined.
Authors theorized that the limited legalization of cannabis may “lead to an improvement in the psychological well-being of young adult males, an improvement that is reflected in fewer suicides.” They further speculated, “The strong association between alcohol consumption and suicide-related outcomes found by previous researchers raises the possibility that medical marijuana laws reduce the risk of suicide by decreasing alcohol consumption.”
They concluded: “Policymakers weighing the pros and cons of legalization should consider the possibility that medical marijuana laws may lead to fewer suicides among young adult males.”
Pot helps the brain fight Alzheimer's
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 21st 2012 by THCFinder
Yes, pot helps the brain fight Alzheimer's, according to journalist Clint Werner's Marijuana: A Gateway to Health.
The notion that pot fights Alzheimer's is nothing new: A study published in 2006 by The Scripps Institute said that THC -- described as "the active ingredient" in marijuana, a notion since exploded by the discovery of other active cannabinoids like CBD, with hundreds others yet to examine -- worked better at stopping the spread of amyloid plaque in the brain than pharmaceutical drugs prescribed for the purpose.
THC blocks the enzyme which creates the plague that inhibits brain function, which means that marijuana can inhibit or halt entirely the spread of Alzheimer's in an older brain, researchers said. Stopping the enzyme's attack on brain cells is one thing, but marijuana use has also been linked to the creation of healthy, new brain cells, according to Werner's book, which was released last year (and is available on Amazon.com, we should mention).
McCartney and the rest of the Beatles first used marijuana in the early 1960s at the behest of Bob Dylan -- and who were the Fab Four to turn Zimmy down? The habit apparently took, as McCartney wrote "Got To Get You Into My Life" about reefer, according to reports, and spoke in favor of drug legalization in interviews well into the 1990s.
If Rolling Stone asked him about legalization, Sir Paul was demure; the interview doesn't mention it one way or the other, nor does he say exactly when he decided he'd smoked a lifetime's worth of cannabis.
"I smoked my share," he said, adding: "When you're bringing up a youngster, your sense of responsibility does kick in, if you're lucky, at some point." He ended with: "Enough's enough -- you just don't seem to think it's necessary," according to the interview (which you can't read online, sorry; go buy a magazine, freeloader).
So did marijuana use contribute to McCartney's longevity? Possibly, but since he and the other Beatles admitted to using that as well as LSD in order to create "Sergeant Pepper" and other records regarded as indispensable classics, seems as if it's immaterial at this point.
Cannabis and Pregnancy
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, February, 17th 2012 by THCFinder
Vermont Voters Support Decriminalizing Marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, February, 16th 2012 by THCFinder
(MONTPELIER, Vt.) - According to a Public Policy Polling survey released today, a majority of Vermont voters are in favor of removing criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Under current Vermont law, the penalty for possession of marijuana is up to six months in jail and up to a $500 fine.
Of those polled, 63% supported replacing criminal penalties for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana with a civil infraction and a fine of up to $150, with no threat of arrest or jail.
The poll also reported that a majority of Vermonters would support politicians who also supported making this change. When asked if they would be more likely to vote for a legislator that voted to replace criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana, 52% reported that they would be more likely to support such a lawmaker. This is particularly relevant in light of a bill currently being considered in the Vermont House, HB 427, which closely mirrors the reform described to respondents in the poll.
Part of the reason behind support for this bill is the perception of danger associated with marijuana as compared to alcohol. Of those polled, 74% responded that marijuana is as safe or safer than alcohol. This perception, which is supported by many scientific studies, only serves to highlight the discrepancy between marijuana and alcohol penalties.
“Vermont voters overwhelmingly believe marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol and that people who possess a small amount should not face up to six months in jail and a criminal conviction,” said Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. “It’s time for legislative leadership to bring this sensible proposal to a vote, so that Vermont can focus its limited criminal justice resources on crime with actual victims.”
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