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Bill to Repeal Medical Marijuana Law in New Mexico

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, February, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
A New Mexico lawmaker has introduced legislation to repeal the state’s four-year-old medical marijuana law.
 
House Bill 593, introduced by Santa Fe Republican James Smith, aims to completely repeal New Mexico’s existing medical marijuana law, which was initially approved by the legislature and the Governor in 2007.
 
Presently, over 3,200 patients are using cannabis legally in compliance with state law. In addition, state officials have licensed some 25 facilities to produce or dispense medical cannabis. To date, reports of abuses regarding the use or distribution of medical cannabis as authorized by the law have been minimal
 
Nevertheless, Smith — who admits “I’m not a medical doctor, I don’t pretend to be” – states that the law sends a mixed message to young people and that other alternative medications are available.
 
House Bill 593 has been assigned to the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee and awaits a scheduled hearing. Newly elected Republican Governor Susana Martinez, who recently stated that this issue would not be a legislative priority for her administration in 2011, has said she would sign Smith’s bill if it reaches her desk.
 
Do not let that happen! There has never been a single state medical marijuana law that has been repealed. Do not let New Mexico be the first.
 

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Study: Cannabis Gives a "HIGH" to the Taste Buds of Cancer Patients

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, February, 24th 2011 by THCFinder

As per the findings of a new study, conducted by the researchers from a University of Alberta, it has been unveiled that an active ingredient present in cannabis can give a new ‘high’ to the taste buds of chronic cancer patients, who otherwise report for a decreased appetite.

 

The study enrolled 21 people, who were all in the advanced stages of any type of cancer, except brain cancer. Of these, 11 were placed on the dosage of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and the rest were put on placebo.

 

The dosage was assigned to the members of the trial group over the period of 18 days, to be taken twice a day. A survey focusing on taste and smell a preference of participants was also carried out before the onset of the therapy.

 

Surprisingly as many as 73% of THC group doted for ascended food enjoyment while 64% of them reported for significant improvements in appetite.

 

On the other hand, just 30% from placebo group said that their enjoyment of food was increased. Nearly 50% of them reported for descended appetite with 20% showing no changes at all.

 

The researchers said: "Our findings are important as there is no acceptedtreatment for chemosensory alterations experienced by cancer patients. THCtreatment may hold multiple clinical benefits for cancer patients, beyond its indication as a treatment for nausea and its effects on appetite”.

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Supreme Court Ruling That Landlords Can Evict Medical Marijuana Users

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder

People are reacting to an Oregon Supreme Court ruling late last year that landlords can choose to evict tenants that are medical marijuana cardholders. In November, the Oregon Supreme Court said that housing providers are not required to rent to medical marijuana cardholders. The Southern Oregon Cannabis Center alleges the ruling makes medical marijuana users second-class citizens. However, some landlords welcome the ruling, saying that renters who grow marijuana indoors do damage to walls and ceilings when they knock holes in walls for ventilation and lighting fixtures.

 

 

 

"I didn't have the opportunity to say, 'you're not doing this properly, you're ruining the walls, there's mold growing in that corner over there'," said Laurel Adams with the Rental Owners Association. Many landlords say their resident won't reveal that they grow, and the landlords only find out during inspections. Some say medical marijuana growers have been a magnet for other crimes, like robbery and assault. However, cardholders say they have the legal right to use pot just as anyone else would use a prescription medicine. Representatives with the Southern Oregon Cannabis Center say that of their 600 members, only one has been evicted for being a cardholder.


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Investing in Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder

 

Last year sales of medical marijuana in California exceeded $1.3 billion, which was roughly 9% of the estimated $14 billion in revenue from all pot sales in the state. This percentage is quickly getting larger in a market that continues to grow. Assuming the overall market reaches $16 billion in 2014, while the medical marijuana percentage grows to 15%, California medical cannabis will represent a $2.4 billion industry in two years.

 

 

 

A feature article in Mother Jones Magazine, reads, “In many respects, the semi-legit marijuana market resembles the early days of the internet bubble, where start-ups helmed by young entrepreneurs with risky business plans sought venture capital and dreamed of stock offerings. Where dot-coms had server farms, the pot-coms have high-tech ‘grow ops’ indoor farms of wires, fans, and coiled air ducts that keep genetically selected, cloned pot plants growing 24/7.”


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House votes to nullify Missoula Countyâs marijuana initiative

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder

The Montana House voted 68-31 Tuesday to prohibit local initiatives to set law enforcement priorities, an act that would overturn Missoula County's 2006 voter-approved measure to make marijuana enforcement the county's lowest priority.

The bill faces a final House vote before heading to the Senate.

House Bill 391, by Rep. Tom Berry, R-Roundup, also would prevent other local initiatives elsewhere from setting law enforcement priorities.

Berry said he introduced the bill at the request of Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg, with whom he served on a group. Van Valkenburg testified before a legislative committee that he has tried to make the initiative work but feels torn between the wishes of Missoula County residents and his obligation to enforce state laws.

His concern is having a hodgepodge of locally enacted initiatives throughout the state to set local their law enforcement agencies' priorities, Berry said.

"Next thing you know, it ends up chaos," he said.

County attorneys and law enforcement officials don't know which state laws to enforce, Berry said.

"State law is state law," he said. "If you don't like state law, come here and change it."

Rep. Dick Barrett, D-Missoula, opposed the bill. He said there's nothing wrong with local citizens deciding on what the most and least important priorities are for their local authorities.

"There's nothing wrong with the citizenry of the local area deciding what is most important and what is least important in terms of what their local law enforcement agencies do," he said. "What people of Missoula decided was there were other things that were more important to them. Maybe that's enforcing DUI laws, or dealing with domestic abuse or dealing with other kinds of crimes."

Rep. Steve Lavin, R-Kalispell, opposed this bill.

"This is an attempt by local people to go around the law," the Highway Patrol officer said.

He said there should be consistent laws statewide both for citizens to observe and police and sheriff's departments to enforce.

HB391 is one of two bills targeted at undoing or repealing actions taken by Missoula County voters or the Missoula City Council.

The other is HB516, by Rep. Kristin Hansen, R-Havre, which prohibits local governments from enacting ordinances that say it's illegal to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation and gender, as the cities of Missoula did through an ordinance and Bozeman did through a policy.

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Cannabis Science Extracts Kill Cancer Cells In Cancer Patients

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cannabis Science, Inc. (OTCBB: CBIS) a pioneering U.S. biotech company developing pharmaceutical cannabis (marijuana derivative) products, is pleased to announce that numerous patients are reporting that Cannabis Science extract treatments are killing cancer cells. Cannabis Science, in conjunction with Rockbrook, its Colorado-licensed dispensary, consulted with a variety of cancer patients who were seeking to inform themselves of the current peer reviewed scientific literature, regarding the historical use of cannabis to treat "tumors”. Unlike most conventional cancer treatments, cannabis has an outstanding safety profile, and patients in states with medical marijuana laws are able to make an informed decision to legally try various cannabis preparations to determine what is most effective for their particular condition.
 
Some of these scientifically informed patients have chosen to self-administer Cannabis Science extracts supplied by Rockbrook to treat their own cancers. Cannabis Science is delighted that patients are reporting dramatic improvements in their conditions, including basal cell carcinoma, non-small cell lung cancer accompanied by COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), ovarian cancer, and glioma.
 
For example, a patient with basal cell carcinoma used a topical formulation to dramatically and rapidly eliminate her obvious skin cancer. Meanwhile, patients with internal tumors used oral formulations for their treatment. We currently await more complete clinical evaluations of the patients’ own reports of dramatic health improvements coincident with tumor shrinkage and disappearance.
 
Dr. Robert J. Melamede, the CEO and President of Cannabis Science Inc., stated, "We will pursue and acquire intra-state generated data to make these cancer medicines available to the public at large as rapidly as possible. To accomplish this goal, we will seek accelerated FDA approval. We are on the verge of a revolution in medicine. Cannabis is now returning to modern medicine for all the right reasons. State generated results give us a unique ability to acquire scientific and clinical data for cannabis-based cancer treatments. As previously announced, we will use our new laboratory facility to house analytical instrumentation, tissue culture, clean rooms and additional necessary equipment. This facility will meet or exceed all federal, state, and local requirements to allow for the necessary for FDA clinical trials.”
 
Cannabis Science expects to hold a press conference soon to formally announce its cancer formulation progress and future plans for cancer treatments. Brand names for our new cancer treatment drugs are currently being vetted through the company attorney for future commercial use.
 

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