Medical Marijuana Users Become Legal: Nearly 600 People Approved, Mostly for Chronic Pain
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder
Most people approved to use marijuana legally in Arizona complain of chronic pain related to back problems, severe headaches, injuries or arthritis, new stats show.
The Department of Health Services is keeping close track of nearly every facet of the program, and will also soon release the number of recommendations for medical weed that are being written by each physician. The names of the doctors won't be released, but the public will known whether physicians are recommending pot across the board, or if it's just a few adventurous doctors taking the plunge.
As of yesterday, 718 have applied to the DHS for medical marijuana cards, and 579 were approved. The latter, once they receive their cards in a few days, will be able to possess up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana, grow up to 12 plants (for now) and buy products from the marijuana dispensaries when they open this fall.
More than three-quarters of the applicants are men, and 20 percent of all applicants were between the ages of 18 and 30. (No one under 18 has applied.)
Chronic pain was listed as the qualifying condition in 85 percent of cases, though some patients reported multiple conditions. Six percent of applicants have cancer, while 1 percent have HIV or AIDS.
Medical Cannabis prescribed mostly for aches, pains
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 21st 2011 by THCFinder
The vast majority of about 64,000 people authorized to use marijuana as medicine have unspecified ailments that cause severe and chronic pain, muscle spasms and nausea, state data obtained by the Free Press show.
And just 55 doctors certified about 45,000 patients -- 71% of all the authorized medical pot users.
In all, 2,197 doctors wrote at least one certification for a patient asking for marijuana approval.
The Michigan Department of Community Health data, obtained by the Free Press, is the first peek at what has happened under the state's new medical marijuana law.
The top nonspecific ailments cited by medical marijuana patients were severe and chronic pain, muscle spasms and nausea.
Of specific diseases, cancer was the most cited. It was given as a reason for certification by 1,407 patients (2.2%).
The numbers come from a broader report the department compiled on the medical marijuana law that is expected to be released within days.
Local Group Prepares For Arkansas Medical Marijuana Petition
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansans for Compassionate Care have launched a ballot initiative to allow sick and dying patients to have legal access -- with a doctor's prescription -- to medical marijuana in Arkansas.
On Monday, Arkansas Atty. Gen. Dustin McDaniel approved "The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act" as an appropriate November 2012 ballot title.
Arkansans for Compassionate Care is working towards the legalization of medical marijuana. They are not working towards decriminalizing the drug for everyone.
"We're talking about a physician who would be recommending medical marijuana for someone with cancer or AIDS. So you know, this is a serious issue. A doctor's credibility is on the line, if he gives it to somebody who doesn't need it. So this is only for sick and dying patients," said Arkansans for Compassionate Care Campaign Director Ryan Denham.
Denham said the point is to make sure doctors and patients don’t live in fear of discussing marijuana as a viable treatment option.
"It reduces spasticity for multiple sclerosis patients, it helps prevent seizures for epileptic patients, it reduces inner ocular pressure for glaucoma patients. It's an anti-nauseate, so it's really good for people that have cancer and people that are on chemotherapy. It helps them regain their appetite. It helps them sleep," Denham said.
But some people we talked to said even with a doctor’s prescription, marijuana is not medication.
"This is not California. This is a safe town. You start promoting that and legalizing that for medical purposes and then it's going to lead to something else and then something else and then it's going to be worse than what it is," said Fayetteville resident Roger Murphy.
Denham said the law is highly regulated to avoid pitfalls. The state would be allowed to have a maximum of 30 non-for profit dispensaries and if a patient lived more than five miles from a dispensary they would be allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants.
The petition needs 60,000 signatures by July 2012 to make the November ballot.
Montana Gov. vetoes bill tossing medical marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, April, 18th 2011 by THCFinder
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer last week vetoed legislation that would have overturned the state’s medical marijuana law. He said he thought the law needed some work but that he could not let the Legislature toss out a law approved by 62 percent of Montana voters.
“I issue this veto of HB 161 because I do not believe it is right that 91 legislators overturn the will of the people of Montana,” he wrote in a letter to legislators.
“We were very pleased that the governor stood up for patients and for the people of Montana and did not let the Legislature get the best of him,” said Jim Gingery, executive director of the Montana Medical Growers Association.
“Having twice been elected to statewide office, I bring to this issue an ever-abiding respect for Montana’s electoral process,” Schweitzer wrote. I know it is the people of Montana I serve, and so it is the people of Montana I listen to as I execute the laws of this state day in and day out.”
He went on to write that law as currently interpreted and enforced is broader than the people intended. “However, balancing that fact with the medical needs of Montana citizens, I believe the proper resolution of this unanticipated outcome is not outright repeal, but amendment to serve the original intent–to provide a medicinal option for Montanans ‘to alleviate the symptoms or effects of the patient’s debilitating medical condition.’”
Feds Warn Washington on Medical Marijuana Law
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 15th 2011 by THCFinder
Governor Gregoire fired back at the Obama administration today, saying, “They can take our medical marijuana when they pry it from our cold dead hands,” and putting the Washington National Guard on alert. The Governor gave her press conference in front of a hastily constructed flag that read “The Soviet of Washington.”
That’s what I’d like to tell you happened anyway. The above was not meant as a factual statement. I don’t think anyone believes we elected that kind of governor.
Instead Governor Gregoire has announced that she will veto the medical marijuana bill that passed both House and Senate. “In light of the Department of Justice’s guidance, it is clear that I cannot sign a bill that authorizes our state employees to license marijuana dispensaries when the department would prosecute those involved,” Gregoire said.
Gregoire had asked for guidance from federal authorities, and got an answer from U.S. Attorneys Jenny Durkan (Washington’s Western District) and Michael Ormsby (Eastern District), which noted that the bill:
…would authorize conduct contrary to federal law and thus, would undermine the federal government’s efforts to regulate the possession, manufacturing, and trafficking of controlled substances. Accordingly, the Department could consider civil and criminal legal remedies regarding those who set up marijuana growing facilities and dispensaries as they will be doing so in violation of federal law.
New medical marijuana rules pass in Colo. House
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 15th 2011 by THCFinder
DENVER -- With no additional debate, the Colorado House of Representatives gave its final approval Friday to new rules for medical marijuana dispensaries, caregivers and patients.
House Bill 1043 passed by a margin of 52-12.
Among the many changes to the Colorado Medical Marijuana Code, the bill would require marijuana growers to register their cultivation site and identify all patient, keep no more than 500 marijuana plants on-site unless granted a waiver, and also extends a moratorium on new dispensaries by a year, to the summer of 2012.
New marijuana rules for dispensaries, caregivers and patients in Colorado have been given final approval in the Colorado House.
The bill now heads to the Senate.
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