BCCLA slams medical marijuana reforms
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 27th 2011 by THCFinder
The federal government’s plan to reform Health Canada’s medical marijuana program is not dope, says the B.C. Civil Liberties Association.
Last month, the federal government launched a public consultation on proposed amendments to the program, following a recent Ontario court decision that struck down the program as unconstitutional.
Currently, people seeking marijuana for medical purposes must first get a declaration from a licensed medical practitioner before they can apply to Health Canada for authorization to possess pot. Existing regulations also allow authorized patients or a designated person to get a licence to grow their own medical marijuana.
Under the proposed changes, doctors would directly authorize patients to use medical marijuana and patients would have to purchase it from commercial producers licensed by Health Canada.
But BCCLA’S Micheal Vonn said Health Canada’s proposal is heading in the wrong direction.
“Patients have a constitutional right to access (medical marijuana) without fear of criminal prosecution,” she said.
The BCCLA is also calling for the development of a “non-profit or price-regulated production and distribution system” based on the “compassion clubs” model.
Dana Larsen, director of the Vancouver Dispensary Society, said he would like to see dispensaries brought into the program because they have the ability to work with producers and growers, offer organic-quality product and provide one-on-one consultation and education.
Marijuana Derivative May Offer Hope in Cocaine Addiction
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 26th 2011 by THCFinder
A new study in mice has found that activating a receptor affected by marijuana can dramatically reduce cocaine consumption. The research suggests that new anti-addiction drugs might be developed using synthetic versions of cannabidiol (CBD), the marijuana component that activates the receptor—or even by using the purified natural compound itself.
Researchers formerly believed that the receptor, known as CB2, was not found in the brain and that therefore CBD had no psychoactive effects. But a growing body of research suggests otherwise. After THC, CBD is the second most prevalent active compound in marijuana.
The study found that JWH133, a synthetic drug that activates the CB2 receptor, reduced intravenous cocaine administration in mice by 50-60%.
"It's a very significant reduction,” says Zheng-Xiong Xi, the lead author of the study and a researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
JWH133 comes with some other features that make it an attractive candidate as a potential anti-addiction treatment. It does not seem to produce either a high or a negative experience, which is critical if it is to become a useful and politically acceptable anti-addiction option. While mice given drugs like cocaine or heroin will spend more time in the place where they got high (apparently hoping for more), mice didn't develop such a “place preference” when given JWH133. Nor did they avoid the spot where they'd been given it, which happens when mice are given drugs they find unpleasant.
"It's extremely exciting,” says Antonello Bonci, scientific director for intramural research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Cannabis Oil Fights Cancer
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
A number of recent studies have confirmed the cancer-fighting, tumor-shrinking value of medical marijuana.
Although the first study to demonstrate that cannabis has anti-carcinogenic properties was done back in 1974 by the U.S. National Institute of Health, more recent studies, which began abroad in 1999, have shown that cannabis can effectively and safely treat many forms of cancer.
Since 1999, there have now been a number of studies that clearly demonstrate that cannabis has the ability to effectively shrink tumors, kill cancer cells, and safely treat many aggressive forms of cancer, including brain, breast, skin, prostate, and lung cancer.
However, due to the political controversy that surrounds medical marijuana, some physicians still remain unaware of these valuable studies, and mistakenly believe the misguided government reports that cannabis actually causes cancer. In some cases, it may be important to educate your doctor about the important research discussed in this column.
A study done at UCLA in 2006 showed that not only does smoking marijuana not cause lung cancer, as had been previously thought, but that smoking cannabis actually protects the lungs from cancer. The study followed four groups of subjects: nonsmokers, cannabis-only smokers, tobacco-only smokers, and cannabis and tobacco smokers.
The results showed that nonsmokers and cannabis-only smokers had the same amount of lung cancer, and that tobacco-only smokers had the highest rate of lung cancer. Those subjects that smoked both cannabis and tobacco had significantly less lung cancer than those who just smoked tobacco. In other words, smoking cannabis actually had a protective effect on the tobacco smokers’ lungs.
Half-baked pot plan in Chico unravels
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
Four city councilors wanted to provide something for medical marijuana users, but now the users may end up with nothing.
The City Council's plan to endorse two huge marijuana-growing operations in Chico is quickly unraveling. Wow, who saw that one coming?
Well the truth is, everyone, except the four city councilors who voted for it knew this would happen.
Ignoring the warnings of the Department of Justice, the Butte County district attorney, the police chief and the local police force, the council voted 4-3 on July 5 to allow two dispensaries where marijuana could be grown and distributed, each up to 10,000 square feet.
Before the council vote, the U.S. attorney for northeastern California sent a letter warning the councilors they were considering something that was unlawful in the federal government's eyes. It told them the consequences of breaking the law. Ann Schwab, Mark Sorensen and Bob Evans got the message and wisely voted against the dispensary ordinance.
Andy Holcombe, Mary Flynn, Scott Gruendl and Jim Walker shrugged off the threat and approved the ordinance.
Since then, the U.S. attorney invited City Manager Dave Burkland, Police Chief Mike Maloney and City Attorney Lori Barker down for a little talk.
Those three probably already knew the council's idea was a bad one, but the federal prosecutor drove home the message.
They needed to find a delicate way to tell four councilors that they need to rethink their idea.
Police officers were not so delicate.
The officers union came out Friday and said flat-out they wouldn't help enable people who are breaking federal law.
It's the first time we can remember a local police force telling elected officials they wouldn't enforce one of their ideas.
The council is expected to discuss the matter again at its Aug. 2 meeting. Councilors would be wise to quickly backtrack.
They know that only two cities in the U.S. attorney's entire district got warning letters, though others have allowed dispensaries.
Those two cities were Isleton and Chico.
Both approved enormous, city-sanctioned marijuana growing facilities.
Even if the council decides to allow small-scale dispensaries, just to get off the U.S. attorney's radar, there's another problem: The police force still probably wouldn't ignore federal law and look the other way.
The council's missteps may mean that, instead of doing a favor for medical marijuana supporters who want "access to medicine," those people may end up with nothing.
Chico POA won't enforce city's medical marijuana dispensary law
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder
Stupid is as stupid does I guess....
CHICO — The Chico Police Officers' Association executive board said today it will not enforce the city's medical marijuana dispensary ordinance.
The association planned to deliver letters to council members today stating that the ordinance allowing for two dispensaries conflicts with federal law.
"Our only option is this. The members of the Chico Police Officers' Association will not participate in any part of the medical marijuana ordinance that involves commercial marijuana growing or selling operations," the letter reads.
"We will not assist in any way in any activity that normalizes, standardizes, expedites or assists in the establishment of facilities set up for the commercial growing and selling of marijuana.
"It is our sworn duty to enforce all laws regarding controlled substances and we will continue to do so."
Medical marijuana group claims more than 2,000 signatures for referendum in 7 days
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, July, 21st 2011 by THCFinder
HELENA -- In just a week, some 2,000 Montanans have signed petitions to let voters in 2012 to decide the fate of the more restrictive medical marijuana law enacted this year, referendum backers said Tuesday.
A group called Patients for Reform - Not Repeal recently launched a statewide campaign seeking enough signatures to place Senate Bill 423 on the ballot next year. If it obtains an additional level of signatures by Sept. 30, the law will be suspended until voters in November 2012 decide whether to retain or reject the statute
The referendum and lawsuit are a two-pronged attack by some medical marijuana businesses and patients.
In addition, a separate effort announced last week by Barb Crego, medical marijuana patient from East Helena, has plans for a constitutional initiative to decriminalize medical marijuana. Backers of the referendum and lawsuit said they are not involved in the proposed decriminalization constitutional initiative.
The Montana Cannabis Industry Association and others challenged the constitutionality of the new law in court.
On June 30, District Judge James Reynolds of Helena temporarily blocked some key parts from taking effect until a full hearing is held. One enjoined provision would have prevented growers from charging patients for supplying them with medical marijuana, while another would have limited the number of patients each provider could grow pot for.
"The temporary injunction is just that," said Rose Habib of Missoula, petitioning coordinator for Patients for Reform - Not Repeal, citing the need for the referendum.
So far, Habib said she's trained more than 150 "core volunteers," who in turn have taught 500 additional volunteers on how to gather signatures correctly. More than 1,500 other people have volunteered, she said.
Local election officials must verify that those signing the petitions are registered voters so they count.
"It's the largest gathering of volunteers I've ever seen in the 20-plus years I've worked on initiatives," said C.B. Pearson, a Missoula consultant assisting the group.
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