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Handling medical marijuana on campus

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder

Universities are deciding on weather or not to allow medical marijuana patients smoke and use medical marijuana on campus. 

Read any newspaper in Michigan and you will see stories about the use and distribution of medical marijuana fill the pages almost every day. Eastern Michigan University’s ban of medical marijuana on its campus on Tuesday is the latest headline in this trend.
 
Although medical marijuana is allowed in the state of Michigan, federal law still lists it as illegal, and Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan and Oakland University follow federal law. MSU and Eastern Michigan’s medical marijuana policies on campus are slightly different from other the other universities’ policies.
 
If any MSU or Eastern Michigan students are registered medical marijuana users, their schools will help accommodate their needs by waiving their requirement to live on campus or by ending their housing contract so they are able to move off campus without penalty.
 
Some universities’ decisions to ban medical marijuana from the campus completely is a terrible way to handle the situation. It puts medical marijuana patients in the category of people who illegally use marijuana. It is better to acknowledge the fact there are and will be medical marijuana student-users at any college or university. And it is important for higher education institutions to help them out by not trying to categorize them.
 
I think there is no problem with people who attend college and are prescribed to use medical marijuana.
 
 

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Nevada's medical marijuana situation is an unclear mess

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

What sense does it make to pass a law to let medical marijuana users legally smoke medical marijuana but have absolutely no way to obtain it? You can grow it yourself but if you process the seeds thats a no no as well. 

Nevada’s medical marijuana statute is a cruel farce, like a dark Kafka story for those in need of weed.
 
Passed by voters in 2000 as section 38 of Article 4 of the Nevada Constitution, the measure called on the Legislature to approve “appropriate methods for supply of the plant to patients authorized to use it.”
 
Shocking: The Legislature largely ignored the mandate and told patients and caregivers to more or less fend for themselves.
 
So as it stands now, dispensaries are illegal, and even though you can grow your own plants, you may not possess the seeds to grow them.
 
Patients and patient, um, advocates, have tested the law by opening large-volume “co-ops” and nonprofit dispensaries. In retrospect, it was probably foolish, as both local and federal law enforcement have cracked down.
 
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced in 2009 he would stop prosecutions of medical marijuana in states where it is legal, though the order was confused by a second one from his deputy David Ogden, who said the feds would prosecute growers and sellers who go big.
 
After all the arrests this year, here and in other states, medical marijuana advocates asked for some clarity, but Holder has yet to offer it.
 
 

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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.
 

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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.
 
 

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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.
 
 

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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?”
 
 

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