Detroiters prepare to vote on marijuana measure
DETROIT (AP) — Detroiters are preparing to vote on a proposal that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/Vz30hR ) the ballot question, known as Proposal M, would allow adults over age 21 to possess less than an ounce of marijuana on personal property without criminal prosecution.
It's one of six issues facing city voters Nov. 6.
Proponents say Detroit no longer has the police resources to go after people using small amounts of marijuana at home. Opponents say it signals the city is soft on crime.
Detroit is struggling with high crime and a budget that's led to police cutbacks.
Michigan voters in 2008 approved the use of marijuana for medical reasons, but parts of the law are being challenged in court.
A Judge in Montana again suspends medical marijuana law
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Helena judge is again blocking the state from enforcing some provisions of the 2011 medical marijuana law.
The decision from District Judge Jim Reynolds comes a week before voters will decide whether to keep the new law, or reject it in favor of the original voter-approved 2004 initiative.
Reynolds said in an order last week that he re-evaluated the tougher new law in wake of new instructions from the Montana Supreme Court. The high court last month overturned Reynolds' initial decision blocking parts of the law.
Reynolds said he will again suspend enforcement of the law while fully evaluating the different test of constitutionality.
The ruling suspends the ban on medical marijuana providers receiving money for their product, and other provisions that advocates argue essentially shut the industry down.
Cannabis spray can help cancer patients cope with pain
Researchers are testing a cannabis mouth spray that they say can relieve pain in cancer patients who do not respond well to traditional painkillers like morphine.
The spray called Sativex is being trialled as evidence mounts for medicinal use of cannabis in people with cancer and multiple sclerosis.
Dr Brian Le, a palliative care specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, said four Australian hospitals were participating in the study which involves about 300 patients in 20 locations around the world.
The trial is the last of several studies required for manufacturer GW Pharmaceuticals to try to license the drug in Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
A spokeswoman for Novartis, the company employed by GW Pharmaceuticals to commercialise the drug in Australia, said it was also working with the Therapeutic Goods Administration to make Sativex available to patients with multiple sclerosis who suffer from uncontrolled muscle spasticity.
No pharmaceutical drugs based on cannabis are currently licensed for use in Australia. Since 2004, health authorities in the UK, Canada and Spain have licensed Sativex for patients with MS, a neurological condition that causes painful muscle stiffness in about 90 per cent of sufferers.
While cannabis has been strongly associated with mental illness, Le said phase one and two trials of Sativex in more than 400 cancer patients found it relieved pain with few side effects, the most common being nausea.
He said psychiatric side effects were very rare in the doses used and that patients did not report feeling "stoned".
"Our experience is that pain improves and the patients actually feel better. They're more able to do daily activities, sleep better through the night without pain and think clearly, so instances of feeling confused or 'out of it' are low," he said.
"They don't feel better because they're stoned, they feel better because their pain is well controlled," he said.
The drug works by targeting cannabinoid receptors in the brain.
"Cannabinoid receptors are like morphine receptors in the body, they mediate how the pain is sensed and how that pain message is transmitted to the brain and therefore perceived, so it reduces the conduction of that message to say there is pain occurring," he said.
Medical Marijuana Is on Your Ballot
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, October, 25th 2012 by THCFinder
In a little over a week, we the voters will elect representatives who will make momentous, sometimes life-or-death decisions on our behalf. As a patient and advocate of medical marijuana, I am motivated this election by strong, bipartisan support for this medicine -- up to 80 percent in recent polls. If you are part of the majority of Americans who support cannabis access for medical purposes, you don't need to be in the three states with an initiative on the ballot to weigh in. My organization, Americans for Safe Access, has created a tool that allows you to make your vote for Congress a vote for medical marijuana, by grading members of Congress on their record on this issue: VoteMedicalMarijuana.org.
Based on their record since 1997, VoteMedicalMarijuana.org grades Members of Congress up for reelection on a pass/fail basis. Those who have generally voted for access to medical cannabis pass, and those who generally vote against it fail. For example, the 72 percent of Democrats and 29 percent of Republicans who voted this May in favor of de-funding Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raids in medical cannabis states pass, and those who voted against it, fail. VoteMedicalMarijuana.org also identifies key champions of medical marijuana with the "honor roll" distinction, reserved for co-sponsors of important legislation that protects state medical marijuana laws.
Our Congressional Representatives are our voice in Washington. By voting for representatives who favor access, you are shaping public policy. In just the last two years, medical marijuana supporters have been key to statewide races, defeating Steve Cooley in his race for Attorney General in California, and electing Ellen Rosenblum as Attorney General of Oregon. Since Congress holds the key to granting medical cannabis access nationwide, supporters need to know whether or not their representative is on their side.
You may have read about the federal lawsuit ASA v DEA that was recently heard by the Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. We are excited and optimistic that the courts will recognize the medical value of marijuana and force the government to properly reclassify it. Once this is achieved, Congress can get to work on developing the comprehensive public health policy that every patient deserves. It is Congress that funds the aggressive federal enforcement campaigns against state law-abiding medical cannabis facilities. And it is Congress that has the power to let patients use a currently prohibited "medical marijuana" defense in federal criminal trials. Your vote for your Congressperson -- and every American outside of my hometown of D.C. has one -- can be a vote for a sensible medical marijuana policy.
If you care about medical cannabis access, please visit VoteMedicaMarijuana.org before you cast your vote. This information is based on the Congressional record, but it is not comprehensive. If you don't see your Congressional, State Legislature or City Council race on this list, we invite you to ask the candidates yourself, and share their responses with us.
Voters in Arkansas, Massachusetts and Montana have the opportunity to vote for state medical marijuana laws, but voters in every state can and should weigh in on medical marijuana policy. Don't let your vote be ignored, and Vote Medical Marijuana on November 6th!
Doctors Oppose Medical Marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 24th 2012 by THCFinder
"The pill form of cannabis is already available, but it is infrequently prescribed by palliative medicine physicians because it is an inferior medicine compared to other choices."
When will these doctors learn that you can't beat nature! Trying to compare synthesized cannabis to natural cannabis is just stupid.
A group of Little Rock doctors have announced their opposition to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act.
Dr. David E. Smith, a Palliative Care physician at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock says, " State of the art Palliative Care does not
support the use of smoked marijuana as desirable treatment for relief of pain or suffering. I help patients deal with pain, suffering, and death every day. I want everyone in Arkansas to know that so called ‘medical' marijuana is not a scientifically validated way to relieve suffering." .
Dr. Smith went on to say that he and his group are urging Arkansans to vote against Issue 5, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act. "I can think of no reason for using smoked marijuana as medicine," Smith said. "The pill form of cannabis is already available, but it is infrequently prescribed by palliative medicine physicians because it is an inferior medicine compared to other choices."
Several Arkansas organizations have recently gone on record against medical marijuana. These include the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, the Arkansas Sheriffs' Association, the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police, and State Drug Director Fran Flener.
Montana Supreme Court won't revisit marijuana ruling
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 24th 2012 by THCFinder
HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has denied a request by medical marijuana advocates to revisit its ruling last month that there is no constitutional right to access the drug.
The decision lifted a lower court judge’s block of portions of a 2011 law that prohibited marijuana providers from receiving compensation or anything of value for their services and limited them to three registered users each.
The Montana Cannabis Industry Association filed a petition for rehearing, which the state’s high court denied Tuesday.
Association president Chris Lindsey says the group will seek another injunction blocking portions of the law.
Voters also are being asked in the Nov. 6 election to either uphold the 2011 changes or to return to the original medical marijuana law approved by initiative in 2004.
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