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4 Americans get pot from US government

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 29th 2011 by THCFinder

Thats right, for those who aren't aware there are still 4people left in the original federal program that gave medical marijuana to patients with serious ailements. That alone shows you proof that Marijuana has medicinal value and the Federal government is well aware of that.

Sometime after midnight on a moonlit rural Oregon highway, a state trooper checking a car he had just pulled over found less than an ounce of pot on one passenger: A chatty 72-year-old woman blind in one eye.
 
She insisted the weed was legal and was approved by the U.S. government.
 
The trooper and his supervisor were doubtful. But after a series of calls to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Drug Enforcement Agency and her physician, the troopers handed her back the card -- and her pot.
 
 

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Medical marijuana patients hold protest

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, September, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
Rhode Island needs help with getting access to their medical marijuana. As it stands right now the government won't help at all with moving forward on any plans for medical marijuana patients.
 
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Rhode Island medical marijuana patients and advocates are calling on Gov. Lincoln Chafee to open three pot dispensaries.
 
Last Spring, Gov. Chafee suspended plans to open three compassion centers under the state's medical marijuana law.
 
The decision came after officials learned the facilities could face prosecution for violating federal drug laws.
 
On Tuesday, protestors gathered at the Rhode Island State House, demanding that Gov. Chafee follow the Rhode Island law and license the compassion centers.
 
 

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Cancer patient's medical marijuana seized at airport

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, September, 28th 2011 by THCFinder

Luck prevails but at what cost? This poor woman who has breast cancer needs medical marijuan to treat her ailement just like any other medical patient. Why should she be treated any differently than someone carrying a bottle of aspirin, or their prescribed meds?

Indianapolis airport police will destroy a stash of medical marijuana that a 36-year-old breast cancer patient from California tried to bring aboard a flight yesterday.
 
Transportation Security Administration screeners found the marijuana in luggage after it passed through an X-ray machine at Checkpoint B of Indianapolis International Airport at 3:30 p.m., according to a police report.
 
The marijuana and a black pipe were found inside a pink case, police said. Screeners had searched the bag because the X-ray alarm had sounded.
 
Starling Wickes, 36, Van Nuys, Calif., told police she had breast cancer and showed them a medical card that confirmed that she was prescribed marijuana.
 
But authorities told her that though it was legal to possess and smoke medical marijuana in California it was illegal to do so in Indiana.
 
They took the pipe, marijuana and glass case and plan to destroy it, according to the report.
 
Wickes was not charged.
 
 

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Handling medical marijuana on campus

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder

Universities are deciding on weather or not to allow medical marijuana patients smoke and use medical marijuana on campus. 

Read any newspaper in Michigan and you will see stories about the use and distribution of medical marijuana fill the pages almost every day. Eastern Michigan University’s ban of medical marijuana on its campus on Tuesday is the latest headline in this trend.
 
Although medical marijuana is allowed in the state of Michigan, federal law still lists it as illegal, and Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan and Oakland University follow federal law. MSU and Eastern Michigan’s medical marijuana policies on campus are slightly different from other the other universities’ policies.
 
If any MSU or Eastern Michigan students are registered medical marijuana users, their schools will help accommodate their needs by waiving their requirement to live on campus or by ending their housing contract so they are able to move off campus without penalty.
 
Some universities’ decisions to ban medical marijuana from the campus completely is a terrible way to handle the situation. It puts medical marijuana patients in the category of people who illegally use marijuana. It is better to acknowledge the fact there are and will be medical marijuana student-users at any college or university. And it is important for higher education institutions to help them out by not trying to categorize them.
 
I think there is no problem with people who attend college and are prescribed to use medical marijuana.
 
 

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Nevada's medical marijuana situation is an unclear mess

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder

What sense does it make to pass a law to let medical marijuana users legally smoke medical marijuana but have absolutely no way to obtain it? You can grow it yourself but if you process the seeds thats a no no as well. 

Nevada’s medical marijuana statute is a cruel farce, like a dark Kafka story for those in need of weed.
 
Passed by voters in 2000 as section 38 of Article 4 of the Nevada Constitution, the measure called on the Legislature to approve “appropriate methods for supply of the plant to patients authorized to use it.”
 
Shocking: The Legislature largely ignored the mandate and told patients and caregivers to more or less fend for themselves.
 
So as it stands now, dispensaries are illegal, and even though you can grow your own plants, you may not possess the seeds to grow them.
 
Patients and patient, um, advocates, have tested the law by opening large-volume “co-ops” and nonprofit dispensaries. In retrospect, it was probably foolish, as both local and federal law enforcement have cracked down.
 
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced in 2009 he would stop prosecutions of medical marijuana in states where it is legal, though the order was confused by a second one from his deputy David Ogden, who said the feds would prosecute growers and sellers who go big.
 
After all the arrests this year, here and in other states, medical marijuana advocates asked for some clarity, but Holder has yet to offer it.
 
 

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Marijuana blocks post-traumatic stress? What reefer research says

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder

Is Marijuana the cure for PTSD? New research shows some promising results which may just prove another ailement that Marijuana has medicinal value for.

(CBS) Can pot prevent post-traumatic stress disorder, a.k.a. PTSD? New research on rats suggests that it just might.
 
In a study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, Israeli scientists showed that injections of so-called "cannabinoid" compounds extracted from marijuana blocked development of PTSD-like symptoms in rodents that had been subjected to extreme stress. 
 
But timing was key.
 
"We found that there is a 'window of opportunity' during which administering synthetic marijuana helps deal with symptoms simulating PTSD in rats," study leader Dr. Irit Akirav, a psychologist at the University of Haifa, said in a written statement.
 
For the study, the scientists divided the rats into four groups. One group got no marijuana, and the other three groups were given the cannabinoid injections at different time intervals after being exposed to extreme stress - one group two hours after the stress, another 24 hours after the stress, and the third 48 hours afterward.
 
One week later, the researchers observed the rats and noticed that those who got no pot or pot after 48 hours continued to display high anxiety and PTSD-like symptoms. But the symptoms had disappeared in the rodents who got pot two or 24 hours after experiencing the stress.
 
Talk about lucky rats. 
 
Does the study really suggest that pot might prove helpful for humans at risk for PTSD? Maybe so. Experts say rats resemble humans in their response to extreme stress, with symptoms including an exaggerated startle reflex (being easily startled) and learning impairments. But since humans live longer than rodents, the researchers said, the "window of opportunity" might come a bit later than it did for the rodents.
 
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people get after witnessing or living through a traumatic event - combat, sexual assault, physical abuse, natural disasters, etc. Symptoms include bad dreams, flashbacks, and frightening thoughts. The disorder is typically treated with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two.
 
About 6.8 percent of Americans will develop PTSD at some point in their lives.
 

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