Medical Marijuana

Mute Autistic 9-Year-Old Speaks For First Time After Consuming Cannabis Oil

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

cannabidiol cbd cannabis marijuanaI used to think marijuana was just a plant that got me really high and was fun to smoke with my friends. I didn’t realize its medicinal benefits until I began studying the plant as medicine extensively four years ago.

Now, thanks to cannabis-and specifically CBD oil-I believe the plant produces miracles. The latest proof of CBD as a miraculous sorcerer’s stone that aids those previously without a “cure” comes out of Puerto Rico-and it’s a tear-jerker.

Thanks to a rare form of cancer resulting in “severe, non-verbal autism”, Kalel Santiago lived the first nine years of his life without uttering a single syllable. Then, recently, his parents discovered the newfound miracle plant: CBD oil, the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that cures epilepsy and saves lives.

His parents administered the oil on Kalel, and the result was the boy’s first spoken words in his lifetime-and it only took two days of using the medicine to begin seeing the results.

They took home the tiny sample bottle of spray and began giving their son twice daily doses, as directed on the label, right into his mouth. And the results, they say, were startling: Kalel started talking — in just two days.

He surprised us in school by saying the vowels, A-E-I-O-U. It was the first time ever,” Abiel says. “You can’t imagine the emotion we had, hearing Kalel’s voice for the first time. It was amazing. The teacher recorded him and sent it to my wife and me and we said well, the only different thing we have been doing is using the CBD.” Soon thereafter, he adds, Kalel started using consonants to connect his sounds. “He said, ‘amo mi mama,’ ‘I love my mom,'” Abiel says. “I don’t know how to thank [the CBD oil makers].” [Yahoo

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Minnesota doctors reluctant to sign off on medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

Large numbers of Minnesota doctors say they won’t sign their patients up for medical marijuana.

Two-thirds of physicians who responded to a Minnesota Medical Association survey this week said they will not participate in the state’s medical cannabis registry. Just 9 percent of respondents said they would be certifying patients.

Medical marijuana will be legal — in limited form — in Minnesota on July 1, but to participate in the program, patients must be certified by a doctor or other medical professional to prove they have one of nine qualifying conditions.

Doctors can opt out of certification, and some already have. When Shelly Rapp of Chanhassen asked her neurologist to certify her 18-year-old son Scott, who uses a wheelchair because of epilepsy, she was told that while he was willing, his practice as a whole had opted out of the Health Department program.

“He called me today, and was really nice, but said he was unable to help,” she said.

Scott had tried medical cannabis while the family was living in California last year, and Rapp said a few drops of the oil a day not only cut his seizures from hundreds a day to just a handful, but allowed him to wean off his other seizure drugs. She’s eager to get him back on cannabis oil, but first she needs to find a doctor, nurse or clinic willing to certify to the state’s Office of Medical Cannabis that Scott has epilepsy.

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Congress Votes To End DEA’s Invasive Bulk Data Collection Program And Slashes Agency’s Budget

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

drug war drug treatment centersLegislators voted by a simple voice vote last night to end the DEA’s controversial bulk data collection programs, as part of the U.S. House of Representatives’ consideration of the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. The House also passed three amendments that cut $23 million from the DEA’s budget, and shifted it to fighting child abuse, processing rape test kits, reducing the deficit, and paying for body cameras on police officers to reduce law enforcement abuses.

Representatives debated four amendments to prohibit the DEA and Justice Department from undermining state marijuana laws — and those votes will happen later today.

“Congress dealt a major blow to the DEA by ending their invasive and offensive bulk data collection programs and by cutting their budget, said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. “The more the DEA ignores commonsense drug policy, the more they will see their agency’s power and budget come under deeper scrutiny.”

Three amendments cutting the DEA’s budget passed by voice vote. Rep. Ted Liew’s (D-CA) amendment shifted $9 million from the DEA’s failed Cannabis Reduction and Eradication program to the VAWA Consolidated Youth Oriented Program ($4 million), Victims of Child Abuse Act ($3 million), and deficit reduction ($2 million). Rep. Steve Cohen’s (D-TN) amendment shifted $4 million from the DEA to a program to reduce the nation’s backlog in processing of rape test kits. Rep. Joaquin Castro’s (D-TX) amendment shifted $9 million from the DEA to body cameras for police officers to reduce police abuse.

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Texas Governor Will Sign Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

Despite the restrictive nature of the bill, it appears as though Texas is about to officially legalize medical marijuana. A statement released over the weekend by Governor Greg Abbott indicates that he will sign into law a bill that will allow patients suffering from epilepsy and other chronic conditions to have access to non-intoxicating cannabis oil.

The Texas Tribune reports that Governor Abbott is planning to hold a signing ceremony on Monday for Senate Bill 339, which will legalize the distribution and use of “low-THC” high CBD oil for patients suffering from specific conditions.

The signing of this bill, however, will not be the wherewithal for patients suffering from a variety of ailments across the state, it will merely allow physicians to “prescribe” the herb primarily to epilepsy patients.

Unfortunately, while marijuana advocates are encouraged by the Governor’s decision to sign this bill into law, they claim its passage will do nothing to actually help patients because the language of the bill proves too risky for the healthcare community.

The Marijuana Policy Project’s Heath Fazio told CBS News last month that even if SB 339 becomes law, it would be impossible for patients to get their hands on the medicine because the language requires doctors to “prescribe” rather than offer recommendations. She suggested that no physician in his right mind would dare write a prescription for cannabis oil since federal law prohibits such practices. 

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CT Lawmakers Push To Add Children And Hospital Patients To Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, May, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

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This week the General Law Committee of the Connecticut House and Senate gave its approval for a final vote to add children to the state’s medical marijuana program with certain restrictions.

The main provision that was added to gain the Committee’s support would block minors from smoking or vaporizing marijuana despite a doctor’s recommendation. While the debate did stir the standard, “We don’t want people to think it’s okay for kids to smoke weed” argument, it also gave opportunities for the new rhetoric being heard in state capitols around medical marijuana a chance to shine. Rep. Dan Carter made an excellent case for not restricting a doctors ability to treat a patient telling the Connecticut Post:

“I do believe there’s a clear need with respect to younger patients,” Carter said. “In a way, I think we’re putting the political part of it above the health part of it. I think there should be freedom for those practitioners who are going to prescribe this to utilize any delivery system they need to do. Clearly there are benefits, certain times, to inhale certain products. If we shut it down and say you can’t smoke it or you can’t vaporize it, I think in a way that retards… some of the studies we need to do.”

The provision has a chance of being removed with time, more so with folks like Dan Carter already on the right side of the fence. With the way things are going, I don’t expect a 16 year old smoking a joint on the way to chemo to rip at the moral fabric of society much longer.

The bill will also allow hospitals and hospices to administer cannabis to their patients. This will be a major factor in improving the quality of life for folks forced to live under medical supervision. Also it would request a group of pediatricians be formed for the purpose of adding more ailments to the 11 already approved for use in the state.

In general the bill represents a step forward, with a bit of a pothole that will be filled in time. Time is also the keyword in getting it passed, as lawmakers have until midnight on June 3rd to vote on the bill.



Why Oregon Senator Jeff Kruse Decided To Attack The Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 29th 2015 by THCFinder
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Oregon Senator Jeff Kruse co-sponsored Senate Bill 964, which was passed this week by the Oregon Senate, and is a clear attack on the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. The bill does many things, some of which include putting new plant limits on growers, requiring over burdensome reporting for all medical marijuana growers, and the ability for municipalities to ban marijuana businesses without a vote by the municipalities residents. Jeff Kruse was supposed to be working on implementing Oregon Measure 91, which Oregon voters approved overwhelmingly, and which included language no less than three times specifying that the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) should remain untouched.

So why is Jeff Kruse attacking the OMMP? He sent out an e-mail recently to his constituents that explained his actions (dated May 22nd). The e-mail was forwarded to me by a reader (thanks!) and I figured I would post it in an effort to provide equal time to a marijuana opponent, and to let his own words explain his poor decision to introduce and push Oregon Senate Bill 964:

I have received a lot of phone calls and emails on the subject of marijuana, which advocates say we should call cannabis, but for the sake of brevity in this letter I will call it pot. While a good number of these have been thoughtful and courteous, a large number and been vulgar and even threatening. To those in the latter category, if you are trying to make a valid point with a legislator, you are going about it the wrong way. I can’t speak for my colleagues, but personally I don’t respond to such tactics and have little respect for those who use them.

Before I go any further it might be a good idea to once again tell you why I am qualified to be working in this subject area. First, I am a recovering addict. I have been drug and alcohol free for 29 years; but, among the other things I did, I was a daily pot smoker for eighteen years. Additionally I have been involved legislatively with the medical marijuana program since the passage of the ballot measure in 1998. I entered this Session with a lot of thoughts, but two primary objectives. The first was to protect the integrity of the medical program and the second was to attempt to end the black market sales in Oregon. Senate Bill 964 (which deals with the medical program) goes a long way to achieving those objectives.

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