Medical Marijuana

As Feds Crack Down on Medical Pot, Groundbreaking Lawsuit Fights Back

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, November, 10th 2011 by THCFinder
NORML Attorneys Matt Kumin, David Michael, and Alan Silber, have filed suit (read here) in the four federal districts in California to challenge the Obama Administration’s recent crackdown on medical marijuana operations in the Golden State.
Aided by expert testimony from NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano and research from California NORML Director Dale Gieringer, the suits seek an injunction against the recent federal intrusion into state medical marijuana laws at least and at most a declaration of the unconstitutionality of the Controlled Substances Act with respect to state regulation of medical marijuana
The NORML attorneys allege the federal government has engaged in entrapment of California patients and their caregivers.  
They point to the courts’ dismissal of County of Santa Cruz, WAMM et al. v. Eric Holder et al.where the Department of Justice (DOJ) “promised a federal judge that it had changed its policy toward the enforcement of its federal drug laws relative to California medical cannabis patients.”  So after 2009, California providers had reason to believe that the federal government had changed its policy.  
The legal argument is called ‘judicial estoppel’, which basically means that courts can’t hold true to a fact in one case and then disregard it in another.


Ohioans may get to decide on medical marijuana in 2012

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, November, 8th 2011 by THCFinder
MARIETTA - Marijuana could be grown and used for medical purposes under a state constitutional amendment Ohio voters may consider in 2012.
The Ohio Alternative Treatment Act recently met initial criteria to allow supporters to begin collecting the more than 385,000 signatures needed to place the issue on the 2012 general election ballot.
The amendment would allow medical practitioners in a "bona fide practitioner-patient relationship" to recommend cannabis as a treatment for qualifying medical conditions. These would include cancer, AIDS, Parkinson's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder and other diseases, conditions or treatments that produce severe nausea, pain or muscle spasms.
The amendment would allow patients to possess no more than 3.5 ounces of usable cannabis and 12 cannabis plants if they are growing their own. A caregiver or safe access center could grow the plants for a patient but that individual or location must be registered with the state. The possession limits for a caregiver are 3.5 ounces of usable cannabis or 12 plants for each patient with whom he or she is connected.
Safe access centers could have no more than 12 cannabis per patient or caregiver with whom they are registered. Local governments could control the locations of these centers through zoning.


More Proof that Supports Cannabis Use For Cancer Cure

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, November, 8th 2011 by THCFinder


You may recall a story that appeared on a few weeks ago about a cancer survivor who credits the narcotic, Hash Oil as a cure for his cancer. 
David Triplet was diagnosed with skin cancer and opted for alternative treatment instead of the regular treatment prescribed by his doctor. 
Triplet, who took matters into his own hands started doing his own research when he learned about the healing powers contained in the illegal drug. 
Once he discovered that cannabis cured his cancer, Triplet produced a short documentary outlining his success and why the the " establishment " has not pushed for more research into cannabis for cancer treatment. 
Triplet contacted about a follow up video that documents his findings along with other patients that have also tried the cannabis treatment. 
"This is the story of how myself and others cured our cancer using cannabis oil. This film goes into the closing of dispensaries, politics and history of cannabis and cancer. It features several cannabis patients who's lives have been saved through the miracle of cannabis." said Triplet. 
Triplet believes it's time to legalize cannabis and to use hash oil as a treatment for various cancers. In the video Triplet documents other survivors from prostate , and other skin cancers. Triplet notes in the video that more and more studies about the drug as a cure for cancer are being made. 


R.I. sees no teen pot increase

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, November, 7th 2011 by THCFinder

RI is proving that medical marijuana may not be linked directly to higher teen use of marijuana at all.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Rhode Island did not find increases in adolescent marijuana use related to the state's 2006 legalization of medical marijuana, researchers say.
Dr. Esther Choo, an emergency medicine physician with Rhode Island Hospital, and co-authors of a study on the issue said state-level legalization of medical marijuana five years ago raised concerns about increased accessibility and appeal of the drug to youth.
The researchers compared trends in adolescent marijuana use in Rhode Island and Massachusetts using the Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System between 1997 and 2009.
The analysis of data on 32,570 students found while marijuana use was common throughout the study period, there were no statistically significant differences in marijuana use between states in any year.


Medical Marijuana Patients Will Take Sacramento, Protesting DOJ Crackdown

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, November, 7th 2011 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana patients and supporters will rally in Sacramento on Wednesday to address the recent Department of Justice (DOJ) crackdown in California. Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a coalition of advocacy and labor groups and the aforementioned supporters will descend on the federal building at noon to protest DOJ attacks on the Golden State's medical marijuana laws.
ASA California Director Don Duncan, one of the protest organizers, says that "no matter how you spin it, an attack on access to medical marijuana is an attack on patients," per today's news release. He continued, "Not only is this crackdown bad for the economy, workers and much-needed tax revenue, it literally pushes patients into the illicit market and into harm's way. We are sick and tired of being the target of the Obama Administration, and we're calling on the Justice Department to stand down."


Study: Legal Medical Marijuana Doesn't Encourage Kids to Smoke More Pot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, November, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
Despite warnings from opponents of medical marijuana, legalizing the drug for medical purposes does not encourage teens to smoke more pot, according to new research that compared rates of marijuana use in Massachusetts and Rhode Island after the latter state changed its laws.
Rhode Island legalized medical marijuana in 2006, but Massachusetts did not. "We wanted to pair these two states because they have so much in common culturally and geographically," says Dr. Esther Choo, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School and emergency medicine physician at Rhode Island Hospital.
Choo's analysis used data collected from 1997 to 2009 for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The analysis involved nearly 13,000 youth in Rhode Island and about 25,000 in Massachusetts. In each state in any given year, the study found, about 30% of youth reported using marijuana at least once in the previous month.
In other words, while marijuana use was common, there was no significant difference in rates of pot use between the years before and after legalization in Rhode Island. "We found no effect of the policy change," says Choo.



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