Medical Marijuana

Marijuana blocks post-traumatic stress? What reefer research says

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder

Is Marijuana the cure for PTSD? New research shows some promising results which may just prove another ailement that Marijuana has medicinal value for.

(CBS) Can pot prevent post-traumatic stress disorder, a.k.a. PTSD? New research on rats suggests that it just might.
In a study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, Israeli scientists showed that injections of so-called "cannabinoid" compounds extracted from marijuana blocked development of PTSD-like symptoms in rodents that had been subjected to extreme stress. 
But timing was key.
"We found that there is a 'window of opportunity' during which administering synthetic marijuana helps deal with symptoms simulating PTSD in rats," study leader Dr. Irit Akirav, a psychologist at the University of Haifa, said in a written statement.
For the study, the scientists divided the rats into four groups. One group got no marijuana, and the other three groups were given the cannabinoid injections at different time intervals after being exposed to extreme stress - one group two hours after the stress, another 24 hours after the stress, and the third 48 hours afterward.
One week later, the researchers observed the rats and noticed that those who got no pot or pot after 48 hours continued to display high anxiety and PTSD-like symptoms. But the symptoms had disappeared in the rodents who got pot two or 24 hours after experiencing the stress.
Talk about lucky rats. 
Does the study really suggest that pot might prove helpful for humans at risk for PTSD? Maybe so. Experts say rats resemble humans in their response to extreme stress, with symptoms including an exaggerated startle reflex (being easily startled) and learning impairments. But since humans live longer than rodents, the researchers said, the "window of opportunity" might come a bit later than it did for the rodents.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people get after witnessing or living through a traumatic event - combat, sexual assault, physical abuse, natural disasters, etc. Symptoms include bad dreams, flashbacks, and frightening thoughts. The disorder is typically treated with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two.
About 6.8 percent of Americans will develop PTSD at some point in their lives.


Ohio medical marijuana ballot language rejected

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder

Ohio is trying and making progress but another speed bump has just gotten in the way to slow them down.

COLUMBUS (AP) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says a group wanting to legalize medical marijuana has enough petition signatures but failed to properly summarize ballot language in its initial effort toward putting the idea before voters.
The Columbus Dispatch reports DeWine last week rejected the 2012 ballot proposal by the Ohio Coalition for Medical Compassion. The constitutional amendment would require a prescription for marijuana purchases and allow those qualified to grow a limited number of plants.
An initial 1,000 signatures and approval of issue wording are required before the group can circulate additional petitions. It then needs about 385,000 valid signatures to make the ballot.


Arizona Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, September, 21st 2011 by THCFinder
How much longer will Arizona Medical Marijuana Patients have to continue waiting to be able to safely access and obtain their medication?
By now everyone knows by now that during last year's elections in November, Arizona voters passed Proposition 203 or the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act which allowed qualifying patients to obtain a medical marijuana card which allows patients to pose and use medical marijuana.
Since the propositions inception, the regulation of medical marijuana use and possession in public places and private places is an issue that is being dealt with for the first time.
Mesa Community College is not an exception.
Steve Corich, the director of public safety, sat down with the Mesa Legend in an attempt to get the message out to the students of MCC regarding the rules of medical marijuana.
"The possession and use of medical marijuana on campus is not allowed even if someone has an AZDHS (Arizona Department of Health Services) medical marijuana card," he said.
Corich basically means that regardless of what Proposition 203 says, marijuana, whether it is for medical use or not, is illegal to have on campus.
The reason for this, Corich explained, is because MCC receives "title four funding," or, in laymen terms, money from the federal government, and in order to receive this money, amongst other laws, MCC must enforce the federal laws pertaining to marijuana.
According to Americans for Safe Access, a website dedicated to advancing legal medical marijuana therapeutics and research, marijuana is treated by the federal government like every other controlled substance.
In the eyes of the federal government, marijuana is classified the same as heroin and cocaine thus making it 100 percent illegal.
The federal government's Controlled Substances Act does not recognize a difference between medical and recreational use of marijuana.


Banks in Medical-Marijuana States Going to Pot?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, September, 20th 2011 by THCFinder

More and more dispensary owners are having issues with their bank accounts and credit card merchants. The federal government has tried to go directly to the banks sending out warnings hoping they will follow the feds wild west rules.

Smoking medical marijuana may be legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia, but selling it still violates federal law, and “ganja-preneurs,” the owners of medical marijuana dispensaries, say this conflict between the state and federal government is a buzz-kill.
Banks in states where marijuana is legal for medical purposes won't do business with dispensary owners for fear that regulators will target them in federal investigations. Federal regulators maintain banks which do business with dispensaries are supporting activities that, even if legal in the state, are illegal at the federal level.
“There is an unclear regulatory situation…it became unmanageable in a lot of respects and that was unfortunate,” said John Whitten, Senior Vice President of Colorado Springs State Bank.
Whitten said the bank does not want to have to close their medical marijuana accounts, but one thing both banks and regulators agree upon is that until the differences between the federal and state policies on cannabis are reconciled, these businesses will continue to encounter difficulties finding a banker.
“How should the banks approach it? It’s illegal at the federal level and then legal at the state level, and yet the banks have an obligation to take care of their communities,” Whitten said. “These businesses are part of those communities, so how do we reconcile that?”


Is Montana's medical marijuana program going backwards?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, September, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
It seems medical marijuana pateints looking for their medical marijuana cards are getting fewer by the day after the strict rules and regulations the state has been pushing.
Montana lawmakers were told Monday that the number of medical marijuana users has continued to decline after the July implementation of a tougher new law, and that there are fewer providers after previous caregivers were stripped of their credentials.
There have been some glitches in implementing the tough new law, such as when the Department of Corrections found that some parolees were still able to get a medical marijuana card simply by lying on the form, members of the joint Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee were told. Those cards have since been revoked.
When the law went into effect, more than 4,000 caregivers in the state were stripped of their credentials as dramatically different rules for selling medical marijuana went into place. Since then, 285 caregivers have registered as marijuana providers and there are more applications pending.
Tougher new rules go into place soon that will force those providers to submit to a fingerprint background check, Kemp said.
"It is still very early for the department to discuss any changes at this time," Kemp told the committee.


Oregon State Police harass Federal medical marijuana patient Elvy Musikka

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 16th 2011 by THCFinder

A state trooper didn't belive Federal medical marijuana patient Elvy Musikka's paperwork and harasses her for a good part of the day.

Early Thursday morning, Oregon State Police detained Elvy Musikka, one of four remaining federal medical marijuana patients, along with other state medical marijuana registry cardholders following a town hall meeting on medical marijuana in the eastern Oregon / Idaho border town of Ontario.
According to Joey Nieves, clinic manager at 45th Parallel, a medical marijuana cardholders co-operative, a state trooper had staked out the co-op to harass cardholders as they left the building.  Members of the co-op were detained by the trooper who issued citations, including a $1,000 ticket for "residue" to a grower whose patient had left behind an empty pipe.



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