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Maine Could Be 1st State to OK Medical Pot to Treat Addicts

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 20th 2016 by THCFinder

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Maine could become the first state to add addiction to opioid prescriptions and illegal narcotics like heroin to its list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.

Nearly 30 medical marijuana caregivers and patients told state regulators at a public hearing on Tuesday that marijuana eases the symptoms of opioid withdrawal and offers a healthier alternative to the prescription painkillers that can lead to addiction.

Joseph Legendre, 50, of Mount Vernon, choked back tears as he spoke about the pain he endured after hurting his back 26 years ago at construction site and how marijuana finally eased that pain. Britney Lashier, 23, of Saco, said smoking marijuana helped her break a heroin addiction she picked up in Morocco while studying in college.

"Marijuana saved my life for sure," she said.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/maine-could-be-1st-state-ok-medical-pot-treat-addicts


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UNGASS: Mexican President Supports Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 19th 2016 by THCFinder

At the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs in New York on Tuesday, Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto unveiled his support for the legalization of medical marijuana.

"I am giving voice to those who have expressed the necessity of changing the regulatory framework to authorize the use of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes," Pena Nieto said in a speech at UNGASS, adding that groups in Mexico have "showed the need to lift, in accordance with international standards, the amount of marijuana that can be considered for personal use, with the purpose of not criminalizing users.”

Pena Nieto will release details of how Mexico might implement the policy shift later this week.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/ungass-mexican-president-supports-medical-marijuana


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Medical Pot Activists Fear Epilepsy Drug Could Undercut Them

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, April, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An experimental epilepsy drug made from cannabis plants grown in England is complicating the medical marijuana debate in hospitals and statehouses.

Epidiolex is a nearly pure extract of cannabidiol, or CBD, with little of the tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, that gets traditional pot users high. CBD products are the current rage in medicinal pot products, and activists fear that if the maker of Epidiolex manages to get FDA approval it could undercut the political momentum of the medical marijuana movement.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/medical-pot-activists-fear-epilepsy-drug-could-undercut-them


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Pennsylvania Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bill Into Law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, April, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

pennsylvania medical marijuanaIn a ceremony crowded with patients and supporters at the State Capital on Sunday, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill into law that will provide seriously ill Pennsylvanians with legal access to medical marijuana. The passage of SB 3 makes Pennsylvania the 24th state to allow medical marijuana. More than half of Americans now live in states with effective medical marijuana laws.

SB 3 would allow patients with a qualifying condition and their doctors’ recommendation to use and safely access medical marijuana. Up to 25 Department of Health-permitted growers and processors would produce medical marijuana, which could be dispensed by up to 50 dispensaries, each of which could have up to three locations. The qualifying conditions include cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, seizures, autism, sickle cell anemia, and intractable pain if conventional therapies or opiates are contraindicated or ineffective.

“Finally, Pennsylvania patients who could benefit from medical marijuana will no longer have to suffer needlessly or be treated like criminals,” said Latrisha Bentch of Harrisburg, whose daughter suffers from mesial temporal sclerosis, a condition marked by frequent seizures that could be treated with medical marijuana. She is a founding member of the Campaign for Compassion, a local organization of patients and families advocating for comprehensive medical marijuana legislation.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/pennsylvania-governor-signs-medical-marijuana-bill-into-law/


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Zombie Legislation: Are Lansing’s Marijuana Bills Dead Yet?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, April, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

michigan capital marijuanaIn a really bad B-movie, sometimes the dead just keep on popping up to surprise the living- even after being stabbed, shot, burned and re-buried. Similarly, a pair of pro-marijuana bills that were (supposedly) killed by corporate greed have popped back up into relevance again, and were put down one more time on Wednesday, April 13.

The MIRS news service (“Meekhof: Senate A No-Go On Medical Marijuana Regulation For Now,” April 14) reports that Michigan’s Republican Senators caucused nearly all Wednesday morning on the subject of HBs 4209, 4210 and 4827, describing the proceedings with terms like “the outlook was not promising” and “concerns are broad” within the party caucus.

When asked after the caucus by media what the problems were with the bills, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) said simply, “All of it.”

Another apparent death for the legislative package, which once represented the best hope for patient and business protections and are now hated by nearly everyone in Michigan’s cannabis community. But in a bizarre world where the rules are fluid and the ‘killed’ seem to have more lives that a Siamese cat, is any piece of legislation ever really dead?

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/zombie-legislation-are-lansings-marijuana-bills-dead-yet/


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U.S. Senate Votes to Give Veterans Access to Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 15th 2016 by THCFinder

Federal lawmakers are working once again to provide military veterans with hassle-free access to state medical marijuana programs.

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved an amendment aimed at giving physicians employed with the Department of Veterans Affairs the freedom to recommend medical marijuana to their patients without incurring the wrath of Uncle Sam.

Although only a temporary solution to conflicting state and federal marijuana laws, the amendment to the 2017 Military Construction Appropriations bill, which was brought to the table by Senators Steve Daines and Jeff Merkley, would prevent federal funds from being used to drop the hammer on VA physicians who choose to discuss cannabis treatment with their patients. It would also prevent VA clinics from disqualifying veterans from receiving prescription drugs and other services simply for testing positive for marijuana. The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/us-senate-votes-give-veterans-access-medical-marijuana


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