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Why a Mother Uses Pot to Treat Autistic Son

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
A mother, desperate to treat her severely autistic son turned to medical marijuana when she says no other treatment worked.
 
Medical marijuana is used to treat dozens of ailments, and one mother swears by it to help her severely autistic son. Meiko Hester-Perez didn't make the decision lightly, but two-and-a-half years ago, her son weighed just 42 pounds. Today, he weighs 112 pounds. "My son was absolutely withering away. You could see the bones in his chest," Hester-Perez says.
 
After doing a lot of research, Hester-Perez decided to get a medical marijuana card for her son Joey. The first time she gave him a pot brownie, she says she saw immediate results. "He was calm, sociable, happy, more productive."
 
We had a hard time finding any doctor to criticize Hester-Perez's decision to treat Joey's autism with medical marijuana, but Dr. Seth Ammeran, a Stanford Professor who's also on the American Academy of Pediatrics Substance Abuse Committee is concerned. He says, "Parents have the best interest of their kids at heart, and they want to do what's best for their kids, but as a medical professional who really needs to look at the science behind recommendations, I can't in good conscious recommend it."  The main reason Dr. Ammeran won't recommend it is because there's no research.
 
Hester-Perez is very particular when it comes to the type of pot she gives Joey. It's not only organic, but also veganic, which means there it contains no animal products. She also has it tested at a Bay Area lab that tests cannabis, nothing else.
 

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Germany launch for cannabis drug Sativex

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
GW Pharmaceuticals will today launch its cannabis-derived multiple sclerosis (MS) drug in Germany, which has the highest prevalence of MS in Europe.
 
Sativex contains active ingredients called 'cannabinoids' that are extracted from cannabis plants. It took GW around 10 years to develop the medicine, using genetically unique cannabis plants that are grown at a top-secret farm.
 
The Aim-listed business already sells Sativex, which treats muscle stiffness associated with MS, in Britain and Spain. GW said in May that in the nine months since launching in the UK, sales had reached around £2m.
 
Sativex contains active ingredients called 'cannabinoids' that are extracted from cannabis plants. It took GW around 10 years to develop the medicine, using genetically unique cannabis plants that are grown at a top-secret farm.
 
GW, with its marketing partner Almirall, is planning further European launches of Sativex and GW is also trialling the drug as a potential treatment in cancer pain. Last week, the company began a second Phase III trial of Sativex in cancer, in conjunction with Japan's Otsuka Pharmaceutical.
 
The company said today that muscle stiffness is a common symptom affecting around 80pc of the 130,000 MS patients in Germany.
 

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Dream Cream makes medicated mochas on the Hill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
As a self-employed social media consultant and programmer, Jim Chaney used to wake up, smoke a joint and drink some coffee. Now he's growing a business that brings his morning ritual and the benefits of medicinal marijuana together in a tasty beverage bottled right here on Capitol Hill.
 
Cheney said he is just trying his best to "be a good American citizen and work within my rights." He hopes the latest effort by New Approach Washington will be successful in expanding the legal status of marijuana use. In the meantime, he has brewed up a popular new product.
 
"I really like Frappuccinos," said Cheney, "and it would be really great if you could get medical marijuana benefits from it." So Cheney decided to do it himself and started making Dream Cream in the spring.
 
Dream Cream is a cold brew of locally-roasted coffee mixed with medicated milk or cream, then "lightly sweetened" with cane sugar. The drink is manufactured, bottled and labeled for sale by Cheney himself in a kitchen space in an undisclosed Capitol Hill dispensary.
 
"It's basically a Frappuccino with the corporate stuff ripped out of it and replaced with cannabis," he said.
 
You can find bottles on sale for $10 at seven dispensaries in the city, including the Apothecary at Broadway and E Olive Way, Capitol Hill Patient Group at 14th and Pike, and the BOTH collective at 10th and Union (if you have your medical marijuana card, of course).
 

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News Montana Judge Blocks Medical Marijuana Restrictions

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 1st 2011 by THCFinder
In a preliminary injunction issued on Thursday, state District Judge James Reynolds in Helena ruled those limits would effectively deny access to pot for many patients entitled to use it under the state's 7-year-old medical marijuana statute.
 
Reynolds said in his 15-page ruling that he was refraining from making a judgment about whether marijuana has medical benefits, noting that issue already had been decided by Montana voters and the state Legislature.
 
Instead, he said provisions of the law passed earlier this year to overhaul the original voter-approved 2004 ballot measure legalizing pot for medicinal purposes went too far.
 
Reynolds specifically blocked provisions outlawing any profits in the supply of medical marijuana, including a ban on growers charging customers to recoup the cost of cultivation and a ban on advertising and promotion of medicinal pot.
 
He also barred enforcement of sections of the new law limiting cultivation to no more than three patients per supplier.
 
"The court is unaware of and has not been shown where any person in any other licensed and lawful industry in Montana -- be he a barber, an accountant, a lawyer or a doctor -- who, providing a legal product or service, is denied the right to charge for that service or is limited in the number of people he or she can serve," Reynolds wrote.
 
He added that such restrictions "will certainly limit the number of willing providers and will thereby deny the access of Montanans otherwise eligible for medical marijuana to this legal product and thereby deny these persons this fundamental right of seeking their health in a lawful manner."
 

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Ariz. officials reviewing medical marijuana memo

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 1st 2011 by THCFinder

Potential delays for medical marijuana in AZ continues as Arizona reviews the recently released federal memo concenrning medical marijuana dispensaries and growers.

PHOENIX (AP) — As Arizona officials review a new federal memo on medical marijuana, a lawyer for would-be dispensary operators say the memo doesn't really change anything.

The Department of Justice memo warns that commercial dispensaries and growers would still be violating federal drug laws regardless of state law.

Attorney Ryan Hurley says that stance is consistent both with a 2009 department memo and recent letters from U.S. attorneys.
 
Hurley says it means his clients — prospective dispensary operators — remain at risk of federal prosecution. But he says patients and individual caregivers apparently still won't be prosecution targets.
 
Arizona has filed a federal lawsuit asking a judge to rule on whether Arizona can implement its medical marijuana law despite the apparent conflict with federal law.
 

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Medical marijuana could cost epileptic man custody of daughter

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
A  Michigan father is in jeopardy of losing custody of his 10-year-old daughter, all because he can legally smoke marijuana.
 
Livingston Thompson Jr. has epilepsy.
 
He's been dealing with it for 20 years, and according to him, nothing has really helped except for the marijuana.
 
"It relaxes me. I'm not as stressed. I discovered that my epileptic seizures -- some of them are stress activated," says Thompson.
 
Still, his medication of choice could cost him his daughter, Shylynn.
 
"If I lost custody of my daughter it would crush me. They'd probably see a lot more episodes," he says.
 
That's something Shylynn can't handle.
 
"If my daddy lost custody of me I'd be sad, just as sad as he would be if he lost custody of me. Because my dad has had me for ten years. And I don't want to lose my dad," says Shylynn.
 
Last year, Thompson spanked his daughter and Child Protective Services was called.
 
It was decided that Shylynn wasn't in any danger and could return home, but Thompson now has to get periodic drug testing.
 
"I explained to the judge that should be modified because my client has a medical marijuana card," says attorney Charles Ford.
 
The judge has decided that marijuana is not the best treatment for his epilepsy and that it's in the best interest of the child that the parents are drug free.
 
The bigger question here is, with a state law that's so unclear, could other parents fall into the same situation?
 
"If he tested positive there's a strong possibility that he could lose his child," says Ford.
 
Thompson says this is a fight he can't afford to lose.
 
"I don't want to lose my family," adds Shylynn.
 
Thompson can choose to appeal the judge's decision.
 
He can make the case that his medical marijuana does not impair his judgment as a father and that he needs it for his medical condition.
 
If he doesn't appeal, then he has to stop using, otherwise she could be taken from the household.
 
An appeal would be precedent-setting because this is really the first time a judge has interpreted the law like this.
 
If the decision stands, then similar cases could have the same outcome.

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