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New Jersey Marijuana Laws Face Constitutional Challenge

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, May, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
Court Brief Argues Law Is Unconstitutional And Invalid
 
Burlington County, New Jersey — A prolific New Jersey Marijuana Activist, Robert Edward “NJ Weedman” Forchion has released a legal brief challenging the constitutionality of New Jersey’s marijuana laws designed to be used by anyone charged with violating the personal possession law that has caught the attention of major NJ Media.
 
The brief was written by Robert Edward “NJ Weedman” Forchion and Eric Hafner who acted as co-counsel on the brief.
 

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52 Percent of Americans Support Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, April, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
A recent poll by the Pew Research Center shows that 52 percent of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana; 45 percent are against. Of course, there's another number which is a little contradictory.
 
More than 70 percent of Americans think that federal law enforcement money spent on marijuana prohibition is a waste of money. And alongside that, on Monday, the legislature in Maryland passed a fairly modest bill that will allow a certain amount of medical marijuana experimentation at approved research centers.
 
Now joining us to talk about all of this and what's happening nationally is Neill Franklin. He's the executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, or known as LEAP. He's a 33-year police veteran who's led multijurisdictional antinarcotics task forces for the Maryland state police and training programs for the Baltimore Police Department.
 

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Medical Marijuana for Pets

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, April, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana (also known as THC) for pets makes perfect sense to me. California veterinarian Dr. Doug Kramer is seeking to have medical marijuana legalized for pets.
 
As I understand it medical marijuana offers relief to pressure from glaucoma and helps people suffering from pain, lack of appetite and nausea related to cancers, and other illnesses - also to assist with end of life. Also, for people, one beneficial outcome of the weed is that it helps to relieve stress related to illness.  Our pets do feel pain as we feel pain, so therefore, pain relief is essential. And for pets, end of life can even be scheduled. And when ill, our pets do sometimes get very anxious.
 
There are problems with these ideas. First, not sure how to teach pets to smoke. And brownies are out of the questions, since chocolate is dangerous to pets (though carob brownies would do the trick!).
 
More seriously, though in theory I do believe it is a really good idea - there may be the same beneficial affect of medicinal marijuana  for pets, to my knowledge there have been no clinical trials. Many drugs have the absolute same affect for pets as people, however, some do not- and even prove dangerous. And what would the dosage be? Another concern is if THC was made available for say the dog in the family, who's to say the teenagers in the family - or for that matter adults - won't use it too.
 
Kramer, though argues that THC helped his own dog. Kramer is correct to say that not all pets respond to pain relief or appetite stimulants.
 

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Cannabis Time Capsule, 1876: Marijuana as a medicine

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, April, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
Here's a pretty interesting and surprising positive story about cannabis being used as a medicine from the Colorado Banner out of Boulder County from July 1876 -- making this the oldest Cannabis Time Capsule piece we've run.
And though the mention of marijuana is brief, it illustrates how cannabis might have been perceived differently by the public and the press before paranoia and fear over this complex and amazing plant took over.
 
The item is basically a re-write of a Boston Globe obituary about Ruth W. Burgess, who died at the age of 64. The write-up talks about how Burgess suffered from a wide range of conditions in her life starting around the age of eight. Over the course of her life, she battled seizures, paralysis of her right eye and edema (then called "dropsy").
 
But the article says she found a cure for the ailments through cannabis. Apparently, her brother was in what is now Guyana when he met a French doctor who gave him an unlabeled bottle of tincture. It turned out to be cannabis (called "Indian hemp").
Burgess saw improvements for some time and regained the use of her eye; she was also able to walk again. But her seizures eventually became much worse and her condition deteriorated.
 
Still, the article mentions that Boston doctors continued to use cannabis to treat dropsy with great success for many years.
 
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New York State Lawmakers Push For Medical Marijuana Law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Lawmakers and terminally ill patients gathered on the steps of City Hall on Thursday to call for the passage of a medical marijuana law in New York State.
 
Beverly McClain has stage 4 breast cancer.
 
“I now have metastasis in my bones, in my lymph nodes and in my brain,” McClain told reporters including WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb.
 
She has used marijuana to ease her pain and nausea.
 
“Medical marijuana for me is synonymous with just being able to take a break from all the hell that people like me have to go through,” said McClain.
 
She said a lot of patients are afraid to use marijuana medicinally until it is legal.
 
“I would really appreciate it if we could pass this law before I die,” she added.
 

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Judge orders police to return mans Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
TACOMA, Wash. -- Police in Tacoma could soon be in real trouble over pot.
 
The department could be found in contempt if they continue to refuse to return a small amount of marijuana seized from a man after a traffic stop. Municipal Court Judge Jack Emery repeated an order to police Thursday to return the drug to Joseph L. Robertson within seven days or they could be found in contempt.
 
"Appeal or comply," Emery told assistant city attorney John Walker. "Or next week, show up, and I would advise you to bring counsel."
 
The judge first ordered police to return the drug on Feb. 28, but they have refused, The News Tribune reported Friday (http://bit.ly/10hwiD9).
 
It was seized in May of last year when an officer pulled over the Tacoma man for speeding. He was cited for driving without a license and misdemeanor marijuana possession. Prosecutors dismissed the drug charge in December, after state voters decided to legalize small amounts of the drug.
 
Robertson then asked for his pot back, and provided proof of medical marijuana authorization. The city refused, which led to Emery's Feb. 28 order. If the matter is not settled by the May 2 hearing, it could go to higher courts.
 

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