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.
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
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.
How To Sell Medical Marijuana Legally, In Four Inconvenient Steps
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, December, 5th 2012 by THCFinder
On our show yesterday, we talked with John Davis, who runs a legal medical marijuana business in Washington state. He described one of the big hurdles of starting a legal marijuana business: It's really hard to get a bank account.
His story reveals not only the gray area the marijuana business still inhabits (it's still illegal under federal law), but also just how hard it is to run a small business without a bank.
Here are four key steps Davis recommends, based on his own experience:
1. Buy three safes. One for "bulk product," one for "inventoried, ready-for-sale product," and one for cash. "If you put your cash in with the cannabis, it will end up smelling like cannabis, and when you go down to the bank, I guarantee you're going to have a talk with the manager of that bank."
2. Get an ATM — and be prepared to stock it with cash yourself. Credit card companies may not want to do business with you. Same goes for the companies that run ATMs in small businesses. "The companies that traditionally maintain ATMs will not stock your cash," Davis says. "Why? Because it's possible that the federal government will come, break down the door and take that cash."
3. Find angel investors. No bank is going to give you a loan to start a weed shop, even if it's legal.
4. Create a shell company. Banks don't want to do business with weed shops. But they don't mind opening accounts for legal corporations whose business dealings are vague. "I had to be colorful with the way that I opened my account," Davis said. "I don't feel great about having to toy with the truth, but it's essential for me to have banking. I'm a business."
Check out http://www.start-a-dispensary.com/ for more information on starting a Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary
What's your favorite strain to Medicate with?
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, December, 4th 2012 by THCFinder
Doctor says marijuana reduced infant's brain tumor, should be used for children
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 3rd 2012 by THCFinder
According to the Huffington Post on Dec. 1, a formerly skeptical doctor says medical marijuana should be a part of a pediatrician's arsenal to help children after he witnessed a remarkable reduction in a baby's brain tumor.
Dr. William Courtney, a former skeptic, has drastically changed his tune after he witnessed the effects of marijuana treatment on an 8-month-old patient. Dr. Courtney said that the baby had a "very massive centrally located inoperable brain tumor." The child's father wanted non-traditional treatment.
"They were putting cannabinoid oil on the baby's pacifier twice a day, increasing the dose... And within two months there was a dramatic reduction, enough that the pediatric oncologist allowed them to go ahead with not pursuing traditional therapy."
After eight months of treatment, the tumor was greatly reduced in size. Dr. Courtney says that because of the cannabis treatment and the excellent results, "This child is not going to have the long-term side effects that would come from a very high dose of chemotherapy or radiation."
The child is being called a miracle baby. Dr. Courtney further stated, "I would have to agree that this is the perfect response that we should be insisting is front line therapy for all children before they launch off on all medications that have horrific long term side effects."
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