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First federal agency to acknowledge medical marijuana removes anti-tumor information from database

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 30th 2011 by THCFinder

Last week, The American Independent was first to report that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) had added a section on medical marijuana to its treatment database, making it the first federal agency to formally recognize marijuana’s medicinal properties. Now, NCI has altered the page, removing any mention of the evidence that marijuana can diminish and even reverse tumor growth.

In an edit that appeared Monday afternoon, NCI replaced a sentence about marijuana’s direct anti-tumor effect with one stating that it is prescribed mainly to battle nausea, pain and insomnia among cancer patients. The original passage, which was published on March 17, read:

The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. In the practice of integrative oncology, the health care provider may recommend medicinal Cannabis not only for symptom management but also for its possible direct antitumor effect.

The amended version reads:

The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. Though no relevant surveys of practice patterns exist, it appears that physicians caring for cancer patients who prescribe medicinal Cannabis predominantly do so for symptom management.

In its overview of the drug, NCI still acknowledges the following:

  • Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years prior to its current status as an illegal substance.
  • Chemical components of Cannabis, called cannabinoids, activate specific receptors found throughout the body to produce pharmacologic effects, particularly in the central nervous system and the immune system.
  • Cannabinoids may have benefits in the treatment of cancer-related side effects.

The American Independent is awaiting reply from NCI on the reasons for the change. An image of the page as it appeared prior to Monday’s edit can be seen here.

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Cannabis has Medical Benefits

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
Marijuana or Cannabis is an extravagance in the teenage over potato chips. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active component of cannabis has some medicinal effects. Cannabis contains more than 60 psychoactive compounds.
 
An Irish Physician, conducted a cannabis experiment in 1830, and used it to treat muscle spasms, stomach cramps and general pain. Then cannabis started using for medicinal purpose throughout the West.
 
China was being refined marijuana by 6,000 BC; it used as medicine around 3,000 BC in China. After 2,000 years of cultivation the drug used to make textiles in China.
 
Marijuana has been used as a medicine in India, China, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Africa, and South America.
 
It increases appetite and also helps in the treatments of eating disorders. The component THC prevents vomiting, and hence useful to treat patients receiving chemotherapy. It can be used to treat many other diseases including multiple sclerosis.
 

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Rules about medical marijuana in Arizona released

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
"(The patients have) been walking away with sheets of paper that they believe are certifications that we'll accept. The fact is, we will only accept certifications that are on the department-provided form," Humble said.
 
The main changes made to the final version relate to selecting and distributing dispensaries:
 
- Dispensary selection
 
The final version builds on the previous draft's proposed two-step process of approving applications. Dispensary agents will be required to first apply for a registration certificate, which would include a background check and basic information such as location. The agent then will apply for an operating license, which requires more detailed plans, such as a site plan and a certificate of occupancy.
 
ADHS has added more requirements to the first application step. For example, applicants must include a business plan that shows projected expenditures before and after the dispensary is operational, and the projected revenue.
 
The final rules make it easier for dispensary owners to change locations within their designated health area.
 
- Dispensary distribution
 
There will be one dispensary in each Community Health Analysis Area, a geographical breakdown of the state that the DHS previously used to track public-health statistics. There are 126 of these health areas in the state, close to the number of dispensaries allowed.
 
If there is one qualified applicant for one health area, the department will approve the dispensary. But if there is more than one qualified application for the same health area, prospective dispensaries will be evaluated on a set of standards: whether the dispensary has access to $150,000 in start-up capital; whether the applicant has been bankrupt; whether anyone with a 20 percent or more interest in the dispensary is a board member or a principal member; whether the applicant is a resident of Arizona for three years; and whether the applicant has outstanding fees, such as federal, state and local taxes and child support.
 
If the applicants all rank the same, the department will choose dispensaries randomly.
 
One of the reasons this provision was included in the final rules was to encourage applicants to set up shop in rural areas of the state, Humble said. If applicants do not meet the standards, they will have a better chance applying for a less competitive health area. After three years, dispensary owners can apply to move to a different health area, perhaps inside the Valley.
 

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Montana: Senate panel passes medical marijuana overhaul that repeals current law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, March, 26th 2011 by THCFinder
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday approved a bill that will repeal Montana’s current medical marijuana law and replace it with a much stricter regulatory system designed to drastically reduce the number of cardholders and squeeze the profits out of the industry.
 
Senate Bill 423, by Sen. Jeff Essmann, R-Billings, cleared the committee by a 10-2 vote after some major amendments, including the repeal language, and will be heard by the full Senate on Monday. The current law would be repealed July 1, with the bill setting up a transition schedule.
 
The 49-page bill, written in less than a week by a three-member subcommittee, is on the legislative fast track, at least in the Senate. It received mixed reviews in a hearing earlier Friday.
 
Sen. Greg Hinkle, R-Thompson Falls, who voted against the bill, said, “I think we’ve gone way too fast on this thing.”
 
Also opposing the bill was Sen. Larry Jent, D-Bozeman, who favors a repeal.
 
But Sen. Anders Blewett, D-Great Falls, said, “I think this bill moves us in the right direction. The number of cardholders is going to diminish dramatically. We need to do something about medical marijuana. The people of Montana want us to regulate it.”
 

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Medical Marijuana Sales Set To Rival Viagra This Year

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
Born in California in 1996, medical marijuana has grown from a baby bud to a full-blown industry flower that has blossomed across the nation.
Legal in 15 states, medical pot sales this year are projected to reach $1.7 billion, according to the self-proclaimed "first ever investor-grade analysis of the medical marijuana markets" released this week.
 
That number nears the $1.9 billion annual sales number for Viagra.
 
Not that the comparison is fair: Viagra gets you up. For many, marijuana is a pain killer and, arguably, a depressant.
 
Still, the report, The State of the Medical Marijuana Markets 2011, makes it sound like we're all in on the ground floor of a green rush. (Where do we sign up?).
 
"We're witnessing the beginning of a legal business ecosystem forming around medical marijuana," the report's editor, Ted Rose, told reporters.
 
Medical marijuana markets are rapidly growing across the country and will reach $1.7 billion this year. We undertook this effort because we noticed a dearth of reliable market information about this politically charged business.
 

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MARYLAND: Senate approves defense for medical marijuana use

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland residents who can prove they have a doctor's approval to use marijuana for medical reasons would have a new defense to avoid a $100 fine and a misdemeanor conviction under a measure approved 41-6 by the Maryland Senate on Thursday.
 
Under current law, a person who uses marijuana for medical reasons can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined $100 in Maryland.
 
"What we've done is we're going to say we're going to give you a complete defense, an affirmative defense, where you have to prove by clear and convincing evidence that you were using it for medicinal purposes," said Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery.
 
The Senate bill was changed this month, after legislation that would have created a state-run production and distribution system for medical marijuana stalled in the House of Delegates.
 
Caren Woodson, a spokeswoman for the country's largest medical marijuana advocacy group, said Americans for Safe Access backed the bill as a step forward.
 
"It's not ideal, but the bill will help patients avoid what is now a guaranteed conviction if arrested," Woodson said in a statement.
 

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