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Ohioans divided on legalizing marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 17th 2012 by THCFinder
Ohioans remain split on whether marijuana should be legal, despite recent votes in Colorado and Washington.
 
The state was even with 47 percent supporting legalization and 47 percent opposing it in a Quinnipiac poll released this past week.
 
Ohioans were slightly more conservative on the topic than the nation at large. Fifty-one percent of Americans supported legalization of the drug and 44 percent opposed legalization, according to a poll released earlier this month.
 
Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana through ballot initiatives, but that’s an unlikely route for Ohio, said Morgan Fox, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project. A recent initiative, the Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment of 2012, didn’t make the November ballot.
 
“It’s so expensive to run a ballot initiative,” Fox said.
 
But efforts to legalize medical marijuana through legislation have not fared much better.
 
Ohio Reps. Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, and Bob Hagan, D-Youngstown, proposed legislation to decriminalize medical marijuana in April 2011, but the bill saw no action.
 
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use would be a mistake.
 
“When we say something’s legal, the law is a teacher,” DeWine said. “We’re saying it’s OK, it’s alright.”
 
That message would cause marijuana use to increase dramatically, he said.
 
Washington and Colorado voters still don’t know how their state initiatives will jive with federal law, which prohibits cannabis. A majority of Americans, 64 percent, want the federal government to stay out of states’ marijuana laws, according to a Gallup poll.
 
DeWine said he wouldn’t speculate on what the U.S. Attorney General should do.
 
Chillicothe Law Director Sherri Rutherford said she doubted Ohioans would support legalization of marijuana, even if taxing the drug would bring in funds for local governments.
 
“It’s a mentality we have. We won’t go for it,” Rutherford said.
 
In Ohio, support is strongest among Democrats (57 percent for legalization), African-Americans (60 percent) and people ages 18 to 29 (65 percent). Their views mimicked those of the nation at large, where 58 percent of Democrats, 57 percent of African-Americans and 67 percent of people ages 18 to 29 supported legalization.
 
 

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Medical marijuana helps stem 6-year-old's seizures

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 10th 2012 by THCFinder
Oakland, California (CNN) -- Six-year-old Jayden David violently shakes on the ground, his blue eyes vacant and then filled with searing pain. The video shows an unvarnished look at a seizure, something Jayden once experienced routinely.
 
Not anymore, says his father, thanks to medical marijuana.
 
Before he started taking a liquid, nonpsychoactive form of marijuana, Jayden couldn't walk, eat solid food or take a bath.
 
He has Dravet's syndrome, a rare and catastrophic form of childhood epilepsy. It has triggered seizures so frequent that 44 times he has been rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, his distraught father by his side.
 
Jayden's doctors prescribed 22 anti-seizure pills a day, which controlled the seizures but left him immobilized due to the side effects.
 
"He's in pain and suffering and crying," said Jayden's father, Jason David. "You can't help him no matter what. What are you supposed to do? You have to do whatever it takes to save their life."
 
Last year, he had enough. Delirious with fatigue and emotional pain, Jason David called his mother to say he wanted to put a gun to his head, just to end the heartbreak of seeing his son suffer. His mother convinced him to not give up.
 
David turned to something he had seen on television: medical marijuana.
 
On June 4, 2011, David gave his son marijuana. For the first time since Jayden was 4 months old, the boy went through an entire day without a seizure.
"Instead of medical marijuana, this is miracle marijuana," said David, holding up a jam jar full of liquefied and cooled cannabis.
 
Jayden is not just walking, he's running. He plays at a park, climbing up and down the steps of the jungle gym. He swims at his local pool, splashing in the water with his father and other children. He loves to go to Fuddruckers to dig into his favorite food, a cheeseburger with mushrooms. His father has begun to wean him off the powerful pharmaceutical pills, which he believes have kept his son from developing properly.
 

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Reasons to Vaporize Marijuana vs. Smoking Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 10th 2012 by THCFinder

 

Many people who smoke weed typically just go the traditional route and use bongs, bowls or papers. Now, those will get the job done, but you’re putting a few things at stake. You’re exposing yourself to unnecessary carcinogens and actually ingesting less of the THC than you would from using a vaporizer. I understand that using a vaporizer is a new idea for a lot of people and it might seem like a big change, but it’s really just as simple as loading up a pipe. If you’re not fully convinced yet, let me go over some of the benefits of using a vaporizer.

 

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Czech MPs vote to legalize marijuana for medical use

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, December, 7th 2012 by THCFinder
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech lawmakers voted on Friday to allow marijuana and drugs derived from it to be available on prescription from pharmacies from next year, extending narcotics laws which permit possession of small amounts of drugs including heroin and cocaine.
 
Only imported marijuana will be available for the first year, after which the central European country's State Institute for Drug Control will allot licenses to local growers.
 
"The point of the proposal is to make medical marijuana accessible to patients that need it and that already use it today, even when it is against the law," said Pavel Bem, one of a group of deputies who created the bill.
 
The central European country already lets the public grow, possess, and consume - but not sell - small amounts of most illicit drugs and considers the possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana as legal.
 
It also tolerates the use of recreational drugs in pubs and clubs, and the sight of people rolling and smoking marijuana joints in public and outside pubs is common.
 
Czech lawmakers were told how the use of marijuana can help some people with debilitating medical conditions. The upper house Senate is expected to approve the bill, which needs to be signed by the president.
 

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Dad gives 6-year-old medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, December, 6th 2012 by THCFinder
MODESTO, Calif. (CNN) - A 6-year-old boy with epilepsy has been suffering fewer seizures since taking medical marijuana.
 
The video with this story is hard to watch. In it, Jayden is having an epileptic seizure.
 
His father, Jason David, explains what it’s like to hold his son when he's screaming.
 
“I would say hell,” said David. “There's nothing you can do to make him feel better.”
 
But there is something.
 
David administers an unorthodox drug for his son's catastrophic epilepsy, called Dravet syndrome -- a disease that can be fatal for children.
 
Some 45 minutes after giving Jayden the drug, not only did it calm him down, David said it stopped the seizure.
 
“He's in pain and suffering and crying,” he said. “You have to do whatever it takes to save their life.”
 
Pharmaceutical drugs have failed the Modesto, Calif., family.
 
“He couldn't chew. He couldn't walk. He couldn't take a bath,” said David.
 
After a year of taking a liquid form of medical marijuana -- made mostly of cannabidiol that doesn't get you high -- Jayden's playing, running and climbing.
 
Jayden is also eating solid food.
 
From 22 pills a day to treat his epilepsy, he's down to a pill and a half.
 
And there were 44 ambulance trips before starting on legal medical marijuana. Yet, now it’s down to zero.
 
“Miracle marijuana, instead of medical marijuana,” said David, referring to what he calls the treatment.
 
And Jayden is not the only one.
 
There are no solid national figures of how many sick children are using medical marijuana, but where it's legal -- from Oregon to Montana -- states report dozens of registered users under the age of 18, some as young as 2.
 
A vault full of various types of medicinal marijuana exists at Harborside Health Center in Oakland, where technicians sort, analyze and distill the plant.
 
It's science here, and they believe it will help children with severe autism, epilepsy, ADHD and cancer.
 
Read more: http://www.wdtn.com

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Medical-marijuana law is legal, Arizona judge rules

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, December, 5th 2012 by THCFinder
PHOENIX - Arizona's 2-year-old medical marijuana law is legal and is not preempted by federal law, a trial judge ruled Tuesday.
 
In an extensive ruling, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Michael Gordon rejected arguments by Attorney General Tom Horne and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery that the voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act is void because the possession and sale of marijuana remain a federal crime.
 
In his decision, Gordon pointed out 18 states and the District of Columbia already have laws permitting some form of legal marijuana use. And the judge said he wasn't about to declare Arizona's own version invalid.
 
"This court will not rule that Arizona, having sided with the ever-growing minority of states and having limited it to medical use, has violated public policy," he wrote.
 
Most immediately, the decision should pave the way for a planned dispensary in Sun City to get the paperwork it needs to open. But the broad scope of the ruling, unless overturned, provides legal grounds for the state going ahead with plans to license more than 100 dispensaries around the state.
 
Both Horne and Montgomery vow to appeal.
 
Gordon acknowledged Congress enacted the Controlled Substances Act to combat drug abuse and to control the legitimate and illegitimate traffic of drugs. That law classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug for which there is no legitimate medical use.
 
And the judge agreed the 2010 initiative allowing the medical use of marijuana reflects "a very narrow but different policy choice" about the drug. But he said the fact Arizona has a different view of the drug does not conflict with or illegally undermine the federal law: Federal agents remain free to arrest Arizonans who violate federal law.
 

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