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Minnesota: Do You Or Does Someone You Know Suffer From PTSD?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 10th 2016 by THCFinder

PTSD is a brutal thing to deal with. Those that suffer should be allowed to use medical marijuana if it works for them. If you live in Minnesota, do your part and contact your elected officials and urge them to push for adding PTSD to the list of conditions that qualify for Minnesota’s medical marijuana program. See the legislative alert that I received below:

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a life-threatening illness that can cause anguish and biochemical changes in the brain. Sufferers have found that medical marijuana can alleviate the effects of this disorder and help patients lead healthier lives, yet Minnesota’s medical marijuana program does not include PTSD on the list of approved disorders. Luckily, the law established the floor and not the ceiling for the program, which is why right now the Department of Health is accepting petitions for additional conditions as well as for new delivery methods.

MPP is partnering up with local allies to submit petitions to add PTSD as a qualifying condition and marijuana flowers as a delivery method. We need patients who suffer from the disorder to get in touch with us and join our petition. We are also seeking doctors who have experience with PTSD or who would like their patients to be able to use marijuana in its natural form. If this sounds like your physician — or if you are a supportive physician — please connect with us and get involved. Petitions must be in by the end of July, so the clock is ticking!

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/minnesota-do-you-or-does-someone-you-know-suffer-from-ptsd/


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FDA Simplifies Compassionate Use of Experimental Drugs, But Medical Marijuana Is Tricky

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 9th 2016 by THCFinder

Terminally ill patients will soon have to cut through less red tape to get permission from the federal government to use experimental medications, including cannabis, in some states, to ease the suffering in the final days of their life.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced a new compassionate use policy intended to make it easier for physicians to submit the necessary paperwork to gain access to experimental drugs for patients inflicted with serious or immediately life-threatening conditions for which there are no other treatments available. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/fda-simplifies-compassionate-use-experimental-drugs-medical-marijuana-tricky


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The Rise Of Medical Marijuana In Germany

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 9th 2016 by THCFinder

germany medical marijuanaBy Alex Rogers

The recent weeks have seen some important governmental decisions regarding the German medical marijuana program. A month or so back, a court ruling declared that the first medical marijuana patient in Germany has the right to grow his own medicine at home. This ruling is seen as a precedent for all other patients and has prompted action within the German Health Ministry to come up with clearer regulations regarding medical marijuana.

Currently, there are 650 patients in Germany. The Health Ministry’s action will hopefully create a more streamlined system for obtaining one’s medical marijuana permission, as well as, implement a supply system that is able to properly serve the rising amount of patients in Germany, especially as the knowledge benefits of medical cannabis  will only increase over time.

That all being said, medical marijuana patients in Germany can currently acquire medical marijuana directly from a German pharmacy. In fact, it is quite easy. The problem is that the Dutch government, who currently supplies Germany with their medical marijuana, cannot keep up with the demand, thus, putting the emphasis and onus on the German government to license private growers in Germany. Things are changing quickly in Europe’s largest economy and it seems that they are on their way to having a robust medical marijuana program.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/the-rise-of-medical-marijuana-in-germany/


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Illinois Prepares for Medical Marijuana Upgrade

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

Although the Illinois medical marijuana pilot program came limping out of the gate last year, the state's General Assembly has put its stamp of approval on a bill aimed at upgrading the state of cannabis medicine by extending the program’s expiration date and giving those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and terminal illnesses permission to participate.

The guts of this modest expansion effort consist of Senate Bill 10, a proposal begging Governor Bruce Rauner not to kill off the state’s medical marijuana program for a few more years. When the Illinois Medical Cannabis Program was pushed through back in 2013, it came marred with a “sunset provision” that insisted the state had until the beginning of 2018 to test the waters of cannabis medicine before deciding whether to sign on a more permanent plan. If the governor signs the latest measure, which is expected, the pilot program would remain on the books until the summer of 2020, not to mention give thousands more patients an opportunity to use medical marijuana as part of their overall healthcare strategy. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/illinois-prepares-medical-marijuana-upgrade


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Urge Ohio Governor Kasich To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

Ohio is one step away from legalizing medical marijuana. The Ohio Legislature recently passed a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. The change isn’t perfect, but it’s better than nothing, and it will help at least some patients. Exactly how many? That’s anyone’s guess right now. But one thing is for sure, if the Governor doesn’t sign the bill, NO patients will be helped. Below is a legislative alert that I received today. If you live in Ohio, contact your Governor and show your support:

Thanks to countless supporters from across the state, on May 25, the Ohio Senate followed the House’s lead and approved Ohio’s medical marijuana bill — HB 523. It will soon be sent to Gov. Kasich’s desk for his signature.ohio sign

Please ask Gov. Kasich to sign HB 523 so that seriously ill Ohioans can access this safe and effective treatment.

HB 523, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Huffman (R-Tipp City), allows patients with certain qualifying conditions to access medical marijuana from state-licensed dispensaries, so long as their doctors recommend it for treatment. Gov. Kasich said he will support a medical marijuana program if it’s “a good bill,” but he hasn’t specifically addressed HB 523.

While we are very optimistic that the governor will sign this bill, he should hear from some of the 90% of Ohio voters who support this compassionate measure.

Though the bill is far from perfect, it is an enormous improvement over current law, and would make Ohio the 25th state to adopt a workable medical marijuana law. This important bill deserves our support.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/urge-ohio-governor-kasich-to-sign-medical-marijuana-bill/


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New Poll Shows Majority of US Voters Approve of Marijuana Use for Vets with PTSD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 7th 2016 by THCFinder

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday, most American voters believe that veterans suffering from PTSD should have access to marijuana in pill form. By a margin of 87 to 9 percent, voters agreed that VA doctors should be allowed to prescribe medi-pot to vets, with support at 79 percent or high among every party, gender, age or racial group listed. 

“If you serve your country and suffer for it, you deserve every health remedy available, including medical marijuana in pill form," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, in a statement. "That is the full-throated recommendation of Americans across the demographic spectrum, including voters in military households. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is debilitating and life-threatening. The response from voters should take political considerations out of the debate and allow doctors to do what’s best for veterans."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-poll-shows-majority-us-voters-approve-marijuana-use-vets-ptsd


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