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Marijuana-Like Chemicals Inhibit Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Late-State AIDS

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 21st 2012 by THCFinder

A new study shows potential in helping late stage AIDS patients by possibly slowing down the virus's effects and reducing the infection of the virus.

Medical marijuana is prescribed to treat pain, debilitating weight loss and appetite suppression, side effects that are common in advanced AIDS. This is the first study to reveal how the marijuana receptors found on immune cells -- called cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 -- can influence the spread of the virus. Understanding the effect of these receptors on the virus could help scientists develop new drugs to slow the progression of AIDS.
 
"We knew that cannabinoid drugs like marijuana can have a therapeutic effect in AIDS patients, but did not understand how they influence the spread of the virus itself," said study author Cristina Costantino, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "We wanted to explore cannabinoid receptors as a target for pharmaceutical interventions that treat the symptoms of late-stage AIDS and prevent further progression of the disease without the undesirable side effects of medical marijuana."
 

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Medical Marijuana Crackdown Explained: Feds Are Saving the Children

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 19th 2012 by THCFinder
Melinda Haag finally gave us a reason. The United States Attorney for Northern California broke her media near-silence last week week, granting an extensive, exclusive interview to KQED in which Haag sought to explain the Justice Department's crackdown on medical marijuana.
 
The reasons why Haag's Justice Department has shut down five licensed, taxpaying San Francisco medical cannabis dispensaries and moved to shut down at least four more on Feb. 21 are simple: Pot clubs cause crime, and pot clubs threaten kids. 
 
"Many" people across the state have complained to Haag about this, she told California Watch's Michael Montgomery. "When a dispensary comes to my attention that is close to a school, a park, a playground or children, that's a line I've decided to draw," she said.
 
Yet this explanation rings a bit hollow in the Bay Area, where concerned citizens like the mayor of Berkeley "lamented" the shutdown of dispensaries in that city. Haag has also picked on neighborhoods such as the Tenderloin -- where strip clubs, liquor stores, and porn shops remain open near clubs shuttered by Haag -- to wage her war on the state's marijuana industry.
 
In the East Bay, Haag, a Berkeley resident herself, is shutting down Berkeley Patients Group, a large dispensary operating in an old car dealership on San Pablo Avenue. "There have been no complaints [about BPG]," said Mayor Tom Bates. "We get compliments from neighbors."
 
"There were no instances of violence, they were excellent neighbors, they had good security, they contributed to the economy and helped local nonprofits by making contributions," Bates said. "The voters of this city voted unanimously that they wanted to have four dispensaries in Berkeley and that was it. We grandfathered them in. But evidently we get trumped by the federal government."
 

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Patient punishment: Medicinal pot user weeded out of work

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 19th 2012 by THCFinder
A plumber with a valid medical marijuana prescription was denied work on a city project after testing positive for the drug, prompting a prominent San Francisco union boss to demand changes to a labor agreement.
 
Larry Mazzola Sr., a business manager for the UA Local 38 plumbers union, has initiated conversations with the general manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Ed Harrington, to change language in a project labor agreement for the $4.6 billion Water System Improvement Program. 
 
At issue is whether medical marijuana users should have certain protections when they fail drug tests. Mazzola’s effort began in January after the plumber was denied work. 
 
Mazzola said the agreement’s substance abuse policy flies in the face of San Francisco values, since elected officials have time and again reaffirmed the rights of medicinal cannabis users, declared The City a medical marijuana sanctuary and created a comprehensive dispensary licensing program. 
 

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Angel Raich, Cancer Patient, Kicked Out Of Hospital For Using Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 13th 2012 by THCFinder

I think I may have finally heard the most idiotic statement ever said, and sadly by a doctor!  "The pharmacist said, you can't use cannabis in this hospital," Raich told the television station. "That's a death sentence."

Angel Raich is busy dying. The famous marijuana activist -- who took the federal government to the Supreme Court of the United States for the right to use medical cannabis -- was, earlier this year diagnosed with an inoperable terminal brain tumor, a condition that causes frequent seizures as well as constant pain and headaches.
 
Told by her doctors at the University of California-San Francisco that she should prepare to die, that's what Raich, 46, is doing, one day at a time -- with purpose as well as dignity.
 
Except for Monday night, when she was summarily removed from the hospital at UCSF's Parnassus campus for using marijuana, according to NBC Bay Area -- which showed up for an interview that was cut short when Raich had a seizure and had to be rushed to a (different) hospital.
 
Now might be a good time to mention UCSF also happens to be one of the nation's teaching hospitals that researches marijuana's efficacy in treating cancer and pain.
 
Raich has lived with her brain tumor for some time, but earlier this year she was diagnosed with radiation necrosis, a complication from radiotherapy.
 
Details are scant, but it appears Raich was at UCSF for tests and was using marijuana via a vaporizer at the Parnassus campus when someone -- a doctor or a pharmacist -- took offense, and told Raich that they'd "call the Feds" unless she stopped using marijuana.
 
"The pharmacist said, you can't use cannabis in this hospital," Raich told the television station. "That's a death sentence."
 

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Marijuana Initiatives in California Flaming Out

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 12th 2012 by THCFinder

Our sources are tellling us to be on the look out for Cannabis to be rescheduled to a schedule 2 substance , finally admitting that cannabis has medicinal values. So this could be the beginning of a whole new chapter for the medical mariuana industry.

‚ÄčIn 2010, when we came oh so close to passing a California marijuana initiative that would have legalized it, medical or not, cannabis supporters were elated, confident and maybe even cocky.
Prop. 19 was essentially a one-man band, the brainchild of an Oakland dispensary magnate. Just wait until 2012 when the forces of decriminalization finally get on the same page.
 
Today, only weeks away from a deadline to turn in more than 700,000 signatures of support from registered voters, several legalization and regulation initiatives appear to be in competition for limited money and, as the Los Angeles Times put it over the weekend, "in disarray."
 
Late last week it was reported that Americans for Safe Access and its partner, the Bay Area's food and commercial workers' union (UFCW), pulled the plug on the highest-profile marijuana initiative aimed at the November ballot.
 
The groups' Medical Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act would have created a statewide body to police, tax and generally keep an eye on dispensaries.
 
It was seen as a workaround for cities like L.A. that were tiring of dispensaries that were running outside the law. With this, the state would deal with it.
 
Except that a federal crackdown on pot shops and a state court case that some cities like Los Angeles are interpreting as a death sentence for dispensaries have made the ASA's initiative a hard sell.
 
What's more, as the Times notes, fundraising among as many as five marijuana initiatives has been difficult even as the dispensary business has been largely profitable:
 
... Dispensary operators know that broader legalization could lower prices and bring more competitors into their business.
For now supporters seem to be hopefull that a state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano will carry the torch with a bill that might extend the lives of pot shops in the state by mirroring the ASA's would-be initiative.
 
Good luck.
 

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Medical marijuana community up in arms over Roach comments

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 9th 2012 by THCFinder

Like the old saying goes, ignorance is bliss...

Declaring that marijuana has no known medical value, The DEA’s new regional chief Barbra Roach has also let it be known that she would find a place to live that does not allow medical marijuana businesses. It is not surprising that in Colorado, where voters have approved medical marijuana, some find her comments to be more than a little offensive.
 
“By federal law, marijuana is illegal,” she told the Denver Post. “There is no medical proof it has any benefit.”
 
Roach told the Post that marijuana is illegal despite state law that legalizes it for medical use. She has not returned a call seeking further comment.
 
It is well documented by now that Colorado U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a longtime proponent of drug reform took immediate and impassioned exception to Roach’s comments.
 
From Polis’s Facebook page:
 
She concludes that her goal is to “focus on dismantling the “top echelon” of drug organizations.” And “to strive for the large drug trafficking organizations – not just domestically, but internationally.”
 
On this, I wish her well. Ironically, Colorado’s legalized and regulated marijuana industry has probably done more damage to large drug trafficking organizations than her work will ever accomplish, but I certainly wish her well in her efforts unless she starts raiding legal Colorado businesses who are abiding by our laws.
 

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