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Cannabis and Pregnancy

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, February, 17th 2012 by THCFinder

Interesting old study...



Vermont Voters Support Decriminalizing Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, February, 16th 2012 by THCFinder
(MONTPELIER, Vt.) - According to a Public Policy Polling survey released today, a majority of Vermont voters are in favor of removing criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Under current Vermont law, the penalty for possession of marijuana is up to six months in jail and up to a $500 fine.
Of those polled, 63% supported replacing criminal penalties for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana with a civil infraction and a fine of up to $150, with no threat of arrest or jail.
The poll also reported that a majority of Vermonters would support politicians who also supported making this change. When asked if they would be more likely to vote for a legislator that voted to replace criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana, 52% reported that they would be more likely to support such a lawmaker. This is particularly relevant in light of a bill currently being considered in the Vermont House, HB 427, which closely mirrors the reform described to respondents in the poll.
Part of the reason behind support for this bill is the perception of danger associated with marijuana as compared to alcohol. Of those polled, 74% responded that marijuana is as safe or safer than alcohol. This perception, which is supported by many scientific studies, only serves to highlight the discrepancy between marijuana and alcohol penalties.
“Vermont voters overwhelmingly believe marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol and that people who possess a small amount should not face up to six months in jail and a criminal conviction,” said Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. “It’s time for legislative leadership to bring this sensible proposal to a vote, so that Vermont can focus its limited criminal justice resources on crime with actual victims.”


Hawaii Senate Bill Would Add Medical Marijuana to the Pain Bill of Rights

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 14th 2012 by THCFinder
A new Hawaii Senate bill would acknowledge that Cannabis (“marijuana”) is a pain medication.
A hearing for SB2262  has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 15 at 2:45pm. (The new 24-hour rule means that testimony for the bill must be received by Tuesday, February 14 at 2:45pm.)
Sandy and Charlie Webb, MD, of the MUM Clinic wrote the legislation, and describe it below:
In 2008 the Hawai’i Pain Patient’s Bill of Rights passed, in which acute and chronic pain patients are guaranteed the “right to request or reject all treatment modalities.” By specifically including the medical use of marijuana in the Patient’s Pain Bill of Rights, it confirms a patient’s right to choose what works best for them and will help strengthen the medical marijuana program.
Reasons to support SB 2262
Chronic pain patients deserve the right to avoid addicting and highly dangerous opioids (like Oxycontin and methadone)that constipate and sedate patients and are responsible for15,000 accidental deaths every year.
Chronic pain patients deserve the right to avoid pharmaceutical NSAID’s (Non Steroidal Anti Inflamitory Drugs). Many patients are allergic to NSAID’s (aspirin, advil, alleve, etc) which can also cause kidney failure and are responsible for 100,000 hospitalizations a year (including 6,000 deaths, mainly from bleeding ulcers).
Chronic pain patients who need medical cannabis deserve the same job protection as those patients who are prescribed other controlled substances for their pain.
Chronic pain patients who need medical cannabis deserve the same right as patients using other controlled substances to travel within the state with their medication.
Chronic pain patients deserve the right to use the safest pain medication known to science: Cannabis.
You can read the bill here.


Arizona Legislator Wants To Ban The Term 'Medical Marijuana'

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
GOP state Rep. Bob Robson has come to the conclusion that Medical Marijuana does not exist becuase "he hasn't personally seen any studies that prove marijuana has medical properties." Well if that is the case then why the hell is this guy a state rep? If his eyes are that closed on such huge issues that have dozens and dozens of studies backing the claims then I don't think that Rep. Bob Robson is the man we want for any government position. 
Do as I say, not as I doobie ... Despite voter approval of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, there is no such thing as medical marijuana. So says Rep. Bob Robson, who wants his fellow lawmakers to stop using that term.
"We're already tacitly committing this body to recognizing something that doesn't really exist," Robson, R-Chandler, said, as he urged the term be struck from bills that reference (dare we say it?) medical marijuana. Robson argued that he's seen no studies that codify marijuana as having medical properties.
Never mind that voters in 2010 added the term to the state's legal lexicon, or that voters did the same thing in 1996 and 1998, only to have the laws bollixed up with legal challenges.


Legal Medical Marijuana Does Not Increase Teen Pot Smoking

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 8th 2012 by THCFinder

More studies continue to come out and support the fact that medical marijuana does not cause a rise in Teen use at all! In fact some instances are showing the exact opposite with a decline in teen smokers in states with medical marijujana programs.

The enactment of state laws allowing for the limited legal use of cannabis by qualified patients has little to no causal effect on broader marijuana use, according to data published online in the journal Annals of Epidemiology.

Investigators at McGill University in Montreal obtained state-level estimates of marijuana use from the 2002 through 2009 US National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Researchers used difference-in-differences regression models to estimate the causal effect of medical cannabis laws on marijuana use, and simulations to account for measurement error.
Authors reported: “Difference-in-differences estimates suggested that passing MMLs (medical marijuana laws) decreased past-month use among adolescents … and had no discernible effect on the perceived riskiness of monthly use. … [These] estimates suggest that reported adolescent marijuana use may actually decrease following the passing of medical marijuana laws.”
They concluded, “We find limited evidence of causal effects of medical marijuana laws on measures of reported marijuana use.”
Previous investigations by researcher teams at Brown University in 2011 and Texas A&M in 2007 made similar determinations, concluding, “[C]onsistent with other studies of the liberalization of cannabis laws, medical cannabis laws do not appear to increase use of the drug.”
The findings are in direct conflict with public statements made by Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske, who in recent years has frequently alleged that the passage of medical cannabis laws is directly responsible for higher levels of self-reported marijuana consumption among US teenagers.


KOCI station cancels medical marijuana radio show

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 6th 2012 by THCFinder
It's always sad to see something like this happening, no show should be shutting down because of federal influence, the people shouldn't have to worry about these things.
COSTA MESA – The "Cannabis Community" radio program on KOCI FM/101.5 was canceled by the station's management shortly before it was to air 11 a.m. Sunday.
As a non-profit, community radio station, KOCI "is required to remain neutral on controversial topics," General Manager Brent Kahlen said in an email to the Register.
"Cannabis Community" was hosted by U.S. Army veteran Robert Martinez, the former president of the Newport Mesa Patients Association, a medical marijuana provider. Last month, the United States Attorney's Office sent letters to Martinez and about three dozen other owners and operators of medical marijuana stores in the city, ordering them to close shop as part of a federal enforcement operation.
"In light of Martinez's difficulties with federal authorities in recent weeks, KOCI management felt it was in the community interest that the radio station no longer broadcast the 'Cannabis Community,'" Kahlen wrote.
Ten minutes before the broadcast on Sunday, Martinez said KOCI legal counsel Barry Jorgensen told him "Cannabis Community" had to be moved to a new time slot.
Later, he learned the show would not air at all, he said.
"We were all blow away," Martinez said Sunday afternoon. "It was mind-boggling. ... I'm sitting here still flabbergasted."
Martinez and the scheduled guest of Sunday's show, Sue Lester, sent out a press release Sunday afternoon that said federal officials influenced the station's decision.
Kahlen and Jorgensen both said that was not true.
Kahlen said that he did not speak directly to Martinez.
Jorgensen conceded he had communicated with Martinez in an "inelegant manner," and apologized for the misunderstandings in the statement from KOCI.
Kahlen said KOCI remains committed to providing fair access to all points of view.
Federal authorities recently raided three medical marijuana establishments in Costa Mesa and ordered the rest to be shut down.
Mayor Gary Monahan said he supported regulating medical marijuana dispensaries on a Jan. 8 broadcast of "Cannabis Community" from his bar, Skosh Monahan's.
Kahlen said he had received good feedback about the program in emails.
KOCI has been on the air for 3 1/2 years. As of two years ago when the last ratings poll was taken, the community station had 42,000 listeners across Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Corona del Mar.



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