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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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L.A. Times Passes on City Medical Marijuana Tax

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 21st 2011 by THCFinder

‚ÄčAnd you say we're the party poopers when it comes to coverage of L.A.'s marijuana scene?

Take a look at Sunday's Los Angeles Times. The paper's dead against the March 8 ballot measure that would let the city tax medical pot shops. Just say no, argues the Times. Why?

Whew. Hold on to your bongs, stoners. The paper calls the state's medical-weed business ...

... a "quasi-legal industry."

That's right. The Times states:

"Getting in bed with a quasi-legal industry has drawbacks. If city government became reliant on tax revenue from medical marijuana sellers, city officials would be less likely to pass ordinances restricting their operations and police would be less inclined to raid their establishments to check whether they're really running on a nonprofit basis. A decrease in such scrutiny would encourage more illegal for-profit dispensaries, which draw other kinds of crime."

Again, that's the Times, not us. Send your hate email their way.

The paper notes that Jerry Brown, as attorney general, argued that state law says medical marijuana dispensaries must be nonprofit and supplied by members (and not by cartels and gang-driven grow houses).

Now, say what you will about pot shops, but you know and I know that grandma isn't sharing her backyard bud with friends at a nonprofit rate here.

What's more, many dispensaries, if not most, refuse to even register with the IRS as nonprofits for fear of running afoul of federal law that says there's no such thing as medical weed.

The L.A. City Attorney says taxing pot shops, then, would be illegal, particularly if they're running as for-profits.

What do you think? Yes to taxing weed? Measure M would let the city take home $50 for every $1,000 in pot-shop sales.

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Bill would help employers deal with medical-pot law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, February, 19th 2011 by THCFinder

PHOENIX - Now that Arizona voters have approved the use of medical marijuana, employers need new ways to deal with employees who are impaired for any reason, a state lawmaker says.

"Employers were left with their hands tied because they didn't know what to do when it came to dealing with impaired workers who came to the workplace," Rep. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, told the House Committee on Employment and Regulatory Affairs this week.

Yee authored a bill, HB 2541, that would give employers the right to reassign or put on leave someone who works in a "safety-sensitive" position if they have a "good-faith belief" that person has used or intends to use a legal or illegal drug that causes impairment.

This judgment could be based on a drug test, though the bill's definitions of good faith include observed conduct, lawful video surveillance or "information reported by a person believed to be reliable."

Businesses would have immunity from litigation when taking any action covered by the measure.

The committee endorsed the bill on a 6-2 vote despite concerns raised by dissenters, and even some who voted in favor, that the bill could grant employers too much power at the expense of employees' rights.

Rep. Sally Gonzales, D-Tucson, who dissented, called the measure overly broad. "I believe it gives too much power to employers and not enough to the employee," she said.

Rep. Daniel Patterson, D-Tucson, who also dissented, objected to the language shielding employers from litigation. "I think we should only be doing that in very limited circumstances," he said.

David A. Seldon, an attorney who crafted the bill on behalf of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the measure is necessary for employers who want to make sure workplaces are safe and also comply with the medical marijuana law.

"Before, most employers who had a drug policy would have a no-tolerance policy, so if someone tested positive, that was all they needed," Seldon said. "Now, with the medical marijuana act, there's a new increase in terms of impairment, so we needed some tools to look at employees who were on the job who were behaving in a manner that would suggest impairment."

The committee's chairman, Rep. Bob Robson, R-Chandler, said he's worried about the bill's immunity guarantees for employers, but that it's important to help employers deal with a complicated situation.

"I think, with all things said, this creates an understanding between employer and employee of what is right and wrong," he said.

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Augusta Man Facing Jail Time After Medical Marijuana Rule Change

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, February, 19th 2011 by THCFinder

Augusta - An Augusta man could be headed to jail because he didn't have the proper paperwork from the state in order to have medical marijuana.

The problem stems from a change in the law that took effect January 1st.

Last November, Beau Cornish was diagnosed with debilitating diseases that brought him to Maine Integrative Healthcare in Hallowell.

A doctor told him his conditions made him eligible, under Maine law, to use medical marijuana to treat his chronic back pain and hepatitis C. "He told me I was legal to grow 99 plants, 6 budding, 2 1/2 ounces on my person at any one time and I went home," Cornish says.

Cornish is also on probation in Kennebec County. He told his probation officer about the marijuana he had growing in his home and showed him the note from his doctor. But in January, the law changed. Cornish needed a registry identification card from the Department of Health and Human Services. He says his doctor told him something different. "They informed me that I was still under the Maine law and the state police were still recognizing these forms until I got my medical marijuana card."

DHHS officials say that's not true. "Law enforcement officers were advised to go with soft gloves if they found someone with medical marijuana who claimed they had submitted their application to us," says Cynthia Cobb, Director of Licensing and Regulatory Services at DHHS.

Cornish had not submitted his application before January 7th, the day Kennebec County Sheriff's deputies came knocking. "They searched my whole place, tore everything apart," Cornish says. "I showed them the grow room. They went into the room. I heard some plastic ripping and thrashing around in there."

Cornish was charged with numerous drug offenses. Cynthia Cobb says without having even applied for his registry identification card from the state of Maine the law is simple. "Your breaking the law," Cobb says. "And one of the things I keep emphasizing is the letter from the physician is not a prescription. The letter from the physician is an authorization to use medical marijuana."

Cornish's lawyer advised him to plead guilty and enter a program that would most likely spare him jail time, but he wants a jury to decide his fate. "If they feel that I was growing it without the correct medical ailments or if I was illegally growing it without the correct medical ailments or if I was illegally growing it altogether then find me guilty. I'm willing to take that risk."

Cornish is due in court next month

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Montana Repeals Medical Marijuana Law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, February, 18th 2011 by THCFinder
It appears that not everyone is utterly enamored with the idea of medical marijuana. Take for example, the state of Montana, where the House of Representatives voted torepeal the state's medical marijuana law.
 
The law, which was six years old, was voted against 63-37. Under the law, overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2004, those with a debilitating or terminal illnesses can use medical marijuana to treat pain and other chronic symptoms
 
The reason for the attempted repeal of the Montana medical marijuana law is a belief held by many that medical marijuana was not being used for the reason the law was passed. In fact, house speaker Mike Milburn said the state was originally "duped" into passing the act, CNN reports. Milburn said that many of the people who receive medical marijuana are not terminally ill.
 
State Democrats have said that the legislature is not the appropriate place to repeal the Montana medical marijuana law passed by a voter initiative, KTVH reports."A great majority of these people are honest people and they are using it because they're in a great deal of pain, they need medical cannabis," said Democratic Rep. Tim Furey, CNN reports.
 
If the measure passes the house, it will be sent to the Senate. The state is also considering two alternative measures, one that would tighten the law, and another that would establish a licensing and regulator system for medical marijuana in Montana. A number of states, including California, have legalized medical marijuana for sick patients. The laws remain controversial and part of a legal gray area, as marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

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Movement to to Make California Medical Marijuana For-Profit

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, February, 18th 2011 by THCFinder

‚ÄčOne of the more farcical aspects of medical marijuana in Los Angeles is the flouting of state law, which says pot shops must be nonprofit.

A recent SoCal Connected report estimated that one Eagle Rock pot shop (American Eagle Collective) saw one customer a minute as its cameras rolled during a daylong time-lapse shoot.

It's open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. SoCal Connected described its busy parking lot scene as looking "like McDonald's at lunchtime."So let's assume that each one of those 600 customers that day was getting an average "dose," let's say a $50 "eighth" of weed (we checked pot shop prices by flipping through our handy-dandy hardcopy of LA Weekly) and not a three-figure ounce or $30 bucks worth of "shake."

That's could be $30,000 day for AEC, conservatively. We're sure the local nuns are enjoying their cut.

So, getting back to state law: This is a nonprofit collective distributing homegrown cannabis among members who are "seriously ill?" Yeah, right.

So, here's the deal. San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano wants to propose an "omnibus cannabis bill" to better oversee the medical pot industry.

Don't worry, L.A. pot-shop owners. It sounds like what he wants to do is regulate it as-is -- codify its status as a business and forget this nonprofit b.s. Maybe.

In any case, Sacramento marijuana dispensary lawyer George Mull is proposing that yes, the state should just get rid of the nonprofit clause. It's not working.

(Source)


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