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NJ Bill to Allow Organ Transplants for Pot Patients

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, March, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
One of the great tragedies of medical marijuana being simultaneously legal on the state level and illegal on the federal level is the denial of organ transplants to medical pot patients by hospitals.
 
However, a bill seeking to right that wrong was recently approved by New Jersey’s Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee by a convincing 7-2-1 tally.
 
The bill is sponsored by state Senators Joseph Vitale (D-19th District) and Nicholas Scutari (D-22nd District) and would properly render medicinal cannabis as the equivalent of any prescription medication in New Jersey.  
 
Vitale, chairman of the N.J. Senate Health Committee, announced in a press release he was motivated to co-craft this bill after learning of previous patients who've suffered needlessly and even died simply because they were legal pot patients using a drug the healthcare hierarchy chooses not to accept. 
 
The bill would “provide that a registered, qualifying patient’s authorized use of medical marijuana would be considered equivalent to using other prescribed medication rather than an illicit substance and therefore would not disqualify the person from needed medical care, such as an organ transplant.”
 
The bill must now be approved by both New Jersey state chambers and be signed by Gov. Chris Christie. Should it become law, the legislation could set an overdue precedent for other medical marijuana states across the U.S. follow. 
 

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Sativa vs. Indica

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, March, 9th 2013 by THCFinder


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Doctors call for study of marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, March, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
The Massachusetts Medical Society, which steadfastly opposed the medical marijuana ballot question approved by voters in November, called on Friday for large-scale research of the drug’s potential medical uses to ensure it is tested in the same rigorous way as prescription drugs.
 
At the same time, the organization representing the state’s doctors said it has dropped a push to change federal regulations and remove marijuana from a list of the most dangerous drugs — a classification that some scientists cite as an obstacle to the research.
 
Dr. Richard Aghababian, the group’s president, sent a letter in October urging the US Drug Enforcement Administration to facilitate research by reclassifying marijuana, removing it from a list of the most dangerous illegal substances for which regulators see “no currently accepted medical use.”
 
The agency responded recently, saying marijuana’s status as a Schedule I drug “does not preclude scientific research” on the plant or its components, as long as the research receives proper approvals.
 

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What's packed in your bowl?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 8th 2013 by THCFinder


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Company hopes to bring 30 marijuana-dispensing machines to San Diego

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
SAN DIEGO - They dispense snacks and movies, but vending machines in San Diego may soon be kicking out a different product -- marijuana.
 
Those medical marijuana dispensaries shut down during a crackdown in 2011 could soon reappear in San Diego, along with some high-tech help.
 
"It's armor-coated. Second, it's 800 pounds," said Bruce Bedrick, CEO of Medbox.
 
The Medbox system is a patented machine that resembles a vending machine with one big difference.
 
Medical marijuana patients swipe a prepaid card, press their fingerprint and browse for medicine.
 
Bedrick hopes to build up to 30 dispensaries containing the machines in San Diego.
 
In a few weeks, with Mayor Bob Filner's backing, the San Diego City Council will consider an ordinance that would issue permits for dispensaries.
 
"Have we started taking deposits on … locations … yes, we have," said Bedrick.
 
Unlike machines that dispense movies or snacks, the major difference with the Medbox is security. The fingerprinting helps prevent fraud, and the software also validates prescriptions and dosage.  
 

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Judge: Medical marijuana users can collect jobless benefits

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
MASON, Mich. — A Michigan judge has ruled that medical marijuana users who follow the state's medical marijuana law may collect unemployment benefits.
 
The Lansing State Journal reports Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette's decision Tuesday overturned a state commission that found a state-approved medical marijuana user wasn't eligible for benefits after being fired following a drug test.
 
The case involves ex-Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital employee Jenine Kemp of Lansing, who was fired in 2011. Kemp, whose duties included performing CT scans and starting IVs, has Lupus and neuropathy. She would ingest marijuana in food.
 
Collette says the drug test "merely demonstrated what she had informed her employer of prior to the test — that she uses medical marijuana."
 
Michigan voters in 2008 approved the use of marijuana for medical reasons.
 

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