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Hawaii Senate Bill Would Add Medical Marijuana to the Pain Bill of Rights

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 14th 2012 by THCFinder
A new Hawaii Senate bill would acknowledge that Cannabis (“marijuana”) is a pain medication.
 
A hearing for SB2262  has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 15 at 2:45pm. (The new 24-hour rule means that testimony for the bill must be received by Tuesday, February 14 at 2:45pm.)
 
Sandy and Charlie Webb, MD, of the MUM Clinic wrote the legislation, and describe it below:
 
In 2008 the Hawai’i Pain Patient’s Bill of Rights passed, in which acute and chronic pain patients are guaranteed the “right to request or reject all treatment modalities.” By specifically including the medical use of marijuana in the Patient’s Pain Bill of Rights, it confirms a patient’s right to choose what works best for them and will help strengthen the medical marijuana program.
 
Reasons to support SB 2262
 
Chronic pain patients deserve the right to avoid addicting and highly dangerous opioids (like Oxycontin and methadone)that constipate and sedate patients and are responsible for15,000 accidental deaths every year.
Chronic pain patients deserve the right to avoid pharmaceutical NSAID’s (Non Steroidal Anti Inflamitory Drugs). Many patients are allergic to NSAID’s (aspirin, advil, alleve, etc) which can also cause kidney failure and are responsible for 100,000 hospitalizations a year (including 6,000 deaths, mainly from bleeding ulcers).
Chronic pain patients who need medical cannabis deserve the same job protection as those patients who are prescribed other controlled substances for their pain.
Chronic pain patients who need medical cannabis deserve the same right as patients using other controlled substances to travel within the state with their medication.
Chronic pain patients deserve the right to use the safest pain medication known to science: Cannabis.
 
You can read the bill here.
 

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Arizona Legislator Wants To Ban The Term 'Medical Marijuana'

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
GOP state Rep. Bob Robson has come to the conclusion that Medical Marijuana does not exist becuase "he hasn't personally seen any studies that prove marijuana has medical properties." Well if that is the case then why the hell is this guy a state rep? If his eyes are that closed on such huge issues that have dozens and dozens of studies backing the claims then I don't think that Rep. Bob Robson is the man we want for any government position. 
 
Do as I say, not as I doobie ... Despite voter approval of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, there is no such thing as medical marijuana. So says Rep. Bob Robson, who wants his fellow lawmakers to stop using that term.
 
"We're already tacitly committing this body to recognizing something that doesn't really exist," Robson, R-Chandler, said, as he urged the term be struck from bills that reference (dare we say it?) medical marijuana. Robson argued that he's seen no studies that codify marijuana as having medical properties.
 
Never mind that voters in 2010 added the term to the state's legal lexicon, or that voters did the same thing in 1996 and 1998, only to have the laws bollixed up with legal challenges.
 

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Legal Medical Marijuana Does Not Increase Teen Pot Smoking

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 8th 2012 by THCFinder

More studies continue to come out and support the fact that medical marijuana does not cause a rise in Teen use at all! In fact some instances are showing the exact opposite with a decline in teen smokers in states with medical marijujana programs.

The enactment of state laws allowing for the limited legal use of cannabis by qualified patients has little to no causal effect on broader marijuana use, according to data published online in the journal Annals of Epidemiology.

Investigators at McGill University in Montreal obtained state-level estimates of marijuana use from the 2002 through 2009 US National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Researchers used difference-in-differences regression models to estimate the causal effect of medical cannabis laws on marijuana use, and simulations to account for measurement error.
 
Authors reported: “Difference-in-differences estimates suggested that passing MMLs (medical marijuana laws) decreased past-month use among adolescents … and had no discernible effect on the perceived riskiness of monthly use. … [These] estimates suggest that reported adolescent marijuana use may actually decrease following the passing of medical marijuana laws.”
 
They concluded, “We find limited evidence of causal effects of medical marijuana laws on measures of reported marijuana use.”
 
Previous investigations by researcher teams at Brown University in 2011 and Texas A&M in 2007 made similar determinations, concluding, “[C]onsistent with other studies of the liberalization of cannabis laws, medical cannabis laws do not appear to increase use of the drug.”
 
The findings are in direct conflict with public statements made by Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske, who in recent years has frequently alleged that the passage of medical cannabis laws is directly responsible for higher levels of self-reported marijuana consumption among US teenagers.
 

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KOCI station cancels medical marijuana radio show

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 6th 2012 by THCFinder
It's always sad to see something like this happening, no show should be shutting down because of federal influence, the people shouldn't have to worry about these things.
 
COSTA MESA – The "Cannabis Community" radio program on KOCI FM/101.5 was canceled by the station's management shortly before it was to air 11 a.m. Sunday.
As a non-profit, community radio station, KOCI "is required to remain neutral on controversial topics," General Manager Brent Kahlen said in an email to the Register.
 
"Cannabis Community" was hosted by U.S. Army veteran Robert Martinez, the former president of the Newport Mesa Patients Association, a medical marijuana provider. Last month, the United States Attorney's Office sent letters to Martinez and about three dozen other owners and operators of medical marijuana stores in the city, ordering them to close shop as part of a federal enforcement operation.
 
"In light of Martinez's difficulties with federal authorities in recent weeks, KOCI management felt it was in the community interest that the radio station no longer broadcast the 'Cannabis Community,'" Kahlen wrote.
Ten minutes before the broadcast on Sunday, Martinez said KOCI legal counsel Barry Jorgensen told him "Cannabis Community" had to be moved to a new time slot.
 
Later, he learned the show would not air at all, he said.
 
"We were all blow away," Martinez said Sunday afternoon. "It was mind-boggling. ... I'm sitting here still flabbergasted."
 
Martinez and the scheduled guest of Sunday's show, Sue Lester, sent out a press release Sunday afternoon that said federal officials influenced the station's decision.
Kahlen and Jorgensen both said that was not true.
 
Kahlen said that he did not speak directly to Martinez.
 
Jorgensen conceded he had communicated with Martinez in an "inelegant manner," and apologized for the misunderstandings in the statement from KOCI.
 
Kahlen said KOCI remains committed to providing fair access to all points of view.
 
Federal authorities recently raided three medical marijuana establishments in Costa Mesa and ordered the rest to be shut down.
 
Mayor Gary Monahan said he supported regulating medical marijuana dispensaries on a Jan. 8 broadcast of "Cannabis Community" from his bar, Skosh Monahan's.
Kahlen said he had received good feedback about the program in emails.
 
KOCI has been on the air for 3 1/2 years. As of two years ago when the last ratings poll was taken, the community station had 42,000 listeners across Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Corona del Mar.
 

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Marijuana collective worker says pot gave him his life back

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, February, 3rd 2012 by THCFinder

Another case were marijuana is helping the lives of people!

SOQUEL, Calif. -- Boulder Creek Collective founder Marc Whitehill, a former nurse, has seen a lot of people come through his doors seeking medical marijuana, enough that he thinks he has a pretty clear idea of the patient demographic at most local dispensaries.
 
He estimates 60 percent are 40 or older and use cannabis "to avoid taking much harsher pharmaceutical alternatives to treat nausea, sleeplessness, anxiety and aches and pains," he said. They use the medicine instead of resorting to common prescription painkillers and tranquilizers.
 
Another 20 percent are youngsters with no visible signs of illness.
 
"With them, I have to trust the physician that they made the right call," he said.
 
But the last category, the 20 percent who are chronically or terminally ill receive special attention at the Boulder Creek Collective. If not for these patients, medical cannabis might not have grown into a burgeoning industry.
 
One such patient is Gary Goldsworthy, 42, who was given a free membership at the collective in exchange for volunteer hours about two years ago. Goldsworthy was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disorder that triggers the immune system to attack the gastro-intestinal tract, when he was 27.
 
During a long period of remission, Goldsworthy had been a successful musician who toured nationally with acclaimed blues artist James Armstrong. But an additional diagnosis of skin cancer and the removal of several lymph nodes a few years ago caused a resurgence of the Crohn's and sent him downhill fast.
 
When he first discovered marijuana as medicine, he had been housebound for more than a year, confined to his bed and the bathroom, hardly able to eat and suffering from diarrhea and intense abdominal pain, among other symptoms.
 
"I kept on getting advised by nurses to try (marijuana) because I don't get a natural appetite," he said, explaining that smoking has allowed him to regain some semblance of his former life, bringing him out of the house and allowing him to eat regularly and have more energy.
 
Against the advice of his doctors, Goldsworthy eventually decided to forgo the mainstream treatments that cost $50,000 a year, in favor of marijuana which he got for free, and which he thought did a better job addressing his symptoms.
 
"My symptoms are semi-manageable now," he said. "I was on disability and SSI but I've been able to be self-sufficient."
 
Goldsworthy now works as a part-time paid employee at the collective handling admissions. He continues to receive enough free medicine to smoke three to four times a day, around meal times.
 

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When is medical marijuana "usable?"

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, February, 2nd 2012 by THCFinder
This is a perfect example of why medical marijuana guidelines need to be set in stone instead of just having everyone stuck in a large grey area thinking they are following the law properly.
 
ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – When police knocked on Josh Brewer's door to check for marijuana, even one of the nation's most liberal medical marijuana laws was put to the test.
 
Officers were fine with the two pounds 10 ounces he and a cousin had grown, harvested, and processed. That was under the pound and a half each allowed by law. And they didn't care about the 12 plants — six each — growing in the backyard. Also legal.
 
But after they discovered the additional two pounds 11 ounces drying on coat hangers suspended from the ceiling in the living room, officers arrested Brewer, sparking a legal battle over what was enough — in the maximum sense — for medical use, and what crossed the line into the potential for illegal sales.
 
After all, even 1.5 pounds by one measure would equal 1,200 joints.
 
A motion to dismiss the case because the drying marijuana was not "usable" under Oregon law was turned down by a judge. Brewer served 60 days in jail and received three years of probation, putting him back on conventional pain pills for a wrist he said he injured in a construction accident.
 
But Brewer, 24, beat the rap and has already started a new pot garden after the state attorney general's office conceded last week that, based on a 2007 Oregon Court of Appeals ruling, the marijuana still drying on coat hangers did not qualify as ready for use.
"Without the hanging marijuana, there is no evidence that defendant possessed more than the lawful amount of 'useable marijuana,'" said the state brief on Brewer's appeal.
 
The case illustrates that 16 years after California became the first state in the nation to make medical marijuana legal, the legal questions over what is legal and who goes to jail and who doesn't are far from clear. The 15 states that allow marijuana use for medical reasons each have their own widely-varying approaches.
 
Southwestern Oregon lies at the northern tip of what is known as the Emerald Triangle, for its prime marijuana-growing climate. The region also has the highest per capita concentrations of medical marijuana growers in the state. With so much pot allowed under Oregon law, law enforcement says it's difficult to make sure that none is sold illegally.
 
"It's turned into a Cheech and Chong movie. 'Up In Smoke,' man," said Medford police Chief Tim George, whose officers arrested Brewer in 2009. "We are swimming in weed."
 

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