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2 Medical Marijuana Efforts Underway In Ohio

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 30th 2012 by THCFinder
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Backers of a medical marijuana amendment in Ohio say they aren't deterred by a separate ballot effort already under way to legalize the substance for medical purposes.
    
The Ohio Medical Cannabis Association was recently cleared by state officials to circulate petitions for their amendment to appear on fall ballots.
    
The proposal would allow authorized vendors to make and distribute the otherwise illegal drug and set up a state oversight commission. It also spells out patients' privacy and confidentiality rights.
    
A separate measure cleared last year by officials specifies how much marijuana people could possess, and it doesn't set up a commission.
    
Both amendments need about 385,000 valid signatures to appear before voters in November.
    
Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana's medical use to treat certain illness.
 

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Marijuana-Like Compounds Stop Spread of AIDS, Study Says

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 29th 2012 by THCFinder
‚ÄčIn many ways, without AIDS, there would be no medical marijuana. But there could be a twist, according to new research: With medical marijuana (or synthetic marijuana-like compounds), there could be fewer cases of AIDS.
 
Researchers believe there's a link between cannabis use -- or at least drugs that share an active ingredient with marijuana -- and the body's ability to withstand or fight off HIV infection. According to a study led by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, when cannabinoid receptors are activated in the body's immune cells, those cells are more likely to withstand infection from the HIV virus.
 
In other words, pot not only helps AIDS patients survive by allowing them to eat and sleep and otherwise counter the wasting effects of the disease, it might actually fight the disease itself, according to the study published in the Public Library of Science's online journal.
 

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Legislature passes ban on medical marijuana on college campuses

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 29th 2012 by THCFinder
Seems pretty stupid that alcohol is no problem on campus but medical marijuana is...?
 
The ability of faculty and students to use medical marijuana on college and university campuses is now in the hands of Gov. Jan Brewer.
And it may end up in court.
 
With only two dissenting votes, the Senate on Wednesday approved legislation to ban possession and use of the drug, even by people who have a state-issued card entitling them to use it for medical purposes, on college campuses. The House already gave its blessing to HB 2349 on a 52-2 margin.
 
Brewer is no fan of medical marijuana, having urged voters to defeat the 2010 initiative that allows those with a doctor’s recommendation to obtain and use up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. But the governor also has allowed the state Health Department to implement the law.
 
As of the beginning of the month, the state had issued user cards to more than 22,000 Arizonans.
 
More recently, Brewer gave the go-ahead to start licensing dispensaries later this year to sell the drug legally. In the interim, cardholders have been allowed to grow their own.
 
The fight is over the fact that the initiative bans use in public areas and public schools. But it leaves the door open for possession and use on the campuses of colleges and universities.
Rep. Amanda Reeve, R-Phoenix, said she sponsored the legislation to expand the ban at the behest of the Arizona Board of Regents.
 
She said allowing the drugs on the campuses would put the schools in violation of federal regulations which require campuses to have policies against illegal drugs. And while the initiative legalized marijuana for medical uses under state law, it remains a felony under federal law to possess it.
 
The danger, Reeve said, is the schools could become ineligible for federal grants, and federal aid and loans for students could be put at risk.
But Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Tucson, said that argument does not wash.
 
“Medical marijuana is legal in a whole bunch of other states,” she said. “And they haven’t had any problems getting federal funding for their university and college campuses.”
 

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Should marijuana be taxed and regulated in Canada?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 28th 2012 by THCFinder
Public health doctors from across Canada are proposing decriminalizing marijuana and imposing taxation and regulation instead. 
 
. Some of the pot choices at The Apothecarium Medical Cannabis Dispensary in San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)The chief medical health officers in three provinces published a paper Wednesday comparing Canada's current illicit drug policies to those of other countries.
 
"For the last decade, Portugal has decriminalized all drug use and they have some of the lowest rates of drug use in Europe and they have some of the least amounts of harm from drug use," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical health officer, a co-author of the paper.
 
In contrast, drug use hasn't decreased since the $1-trillion US "war on drugs" was declared and aggressive drug law enforcement began, the report said.
 
The authors said governments need to consider other approaches that include public health objectives that minimize health and social harms, such as taxing marijuana, licensing cannabis dispensaries and issuing prescriptions for medical marijuana.
 
Do you think marijuana should be taxed and regulated in Canada? Let us know what you think.
 

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Michigan Supreme Court to decide whether medical marijuana patients can sell to other patients

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 28th 2012 by THCFinder
LANSING – The Michigan Supreme Court agreed today to decide a key issue in the wide range of disputes over Michigan’s voter-approved medical marijuana law – whether registered patients are permitted to sell marijuana to other registered patients.
 
An appeals court decision last year prohibiting such sales resulted in the closure of dozens of so-called marijuana dispensaries across the state.
 
The case to be heard by the Supreme Court involves a dispensary called Compassionate Apothecary in Mt. Pleasant which was targeted by the Isabella County Prosecutor’s office in 2010. A lower court found that patient-to-patient sales were permitted under Michigan law and allowed the dispensary, where registered patients could purchase marijuana from other patients, to remain in operation. It closed after last year’s appellate ruling. 
 
Prosecutors and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette argue the only sales of marijuana allowed under the law are those by a registered “caregiver” to his or her registered patients. They asked the courts to order Compassionate Apothecary and other retail sales outlets closed as public nuisances.
 
Advocates for medical marijuana claim the law permits such sales, and that closing the dispensaries leads many vulnerable patients to seek medicine on the black market. 
 

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Seniors having Trouble Getting Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 27th 2012 by THCFinder

I firmly believe that our seniors should have the esiest time obtaining their medication instead of making it such a hassle for them to find something that will ease their pain and suffering from their ailments.

As the senior population ages and many enter assisted living facilities, access to medical marijuana only becomes more difficult.  Those in nursing facilities could use medical marijuana to relieve the inevitable symptoms of aging such as insomnia, reduced appetite, pain, and reduced energy among others instead of using pills that often have harmful side effects.  The reasons for lack of access are many, but there may be hope in dealing with some of the obstacles.
 
According to new report released by the Arizona Department of Health Services, of the state’s 22,200 legal medical marijuana users, 51 to 81-year-olds represent more than 35 percent of patients and over half are older than 41.  Arizona’s director of the Department of Health Services Will Humble told the Arizona Republic that this shift is largely because people tend to develop more debilitating medical conditions as they age.
 
This larger number of older medical marijuana patients (and potential patients) raises many questions and challenges.  Aside from dispensaries being forced to close due to federal crackdowns, nursing homes typically receive federal funds and are thus forbidden by law to allow cannabis on the premises, which also applies to hospitals and hospice care facilities.  Furthermore, seniors often don’t know where to go or how to get it even if they want to.  For those entering these facilities who are already medical marijuana patients, lack of access only makes matters worse.
 
While assisted living facilities are normally highly controlled – where everything entering the facility must be reviewed by staff and doctors – that’s not to say illegal “sneaking in” of marijuana doesn’t occur.  However, facilities risk loss of federal funding and losing licenses by doing so.
 
Despite the lack of easy answers for legalizing medical marijuana for use in medical facilities and elsewhere, a number of movements are attempting to spread awareness and encourage activism among the senior community.  One such movement is The Silver Tour, which aims to teach seniors about the benefits of medical marijuana and how to get involved, particularly at venues where seniors gather in large groups such as at senior living centers, religious centers, retirement homes, and hospices.  Another such effort is the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM), a collective of patients and caregivers based in Santa Cruz, California.  WAMM provides education and outreach, particularly to seniors and the sick and dying.  The collective also offers medical marijuana donations to seriously ill patients with a doctor's recommendation.
 

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