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Congressional Forces Vote Against Studying Medical Marijuana as Alternative to Painkillers

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, May, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

While there is increasing evidence that medical marijuana could be a viable alternative to opioids in terms of pain management, a new report indicates that Congress is still not prepared to give the scientific community the green light to dig any deeper into this progressive concept. 

Earlier last week, the U.S. House Rules Committee voted against two proposed amendments that would have required a special pain management task force to consider how weed might be used as an alternative or in conjunction with prescription painkillers.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/congressional-forces-vote-against-studying-medical-marijuana-alternative-painkillers


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Texas GOP Supports Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, May, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

texas norml region conference marijuana cannabisI received the following alert out of Texas, which is very encouraging, especially considering that reform in Texas can only come via legislative action (Texas has no citizen initiative process):

Over the weekend in Dallas, the Republican Party of Texas convened for their state convention where, among other business, delegates adopted a platform to express their position on various political issues.

With support from 78% of delegates, the following is now the official position of the Texas GOP: “We call upon the Texas Legislature to improve the 2015 Compassionate Use Act to allow doctors to determine the appropriate use of cannabis to prescribed patients.”

Thanks to the work of dedicated Republican delegates who support marijuana law reform, the Texas GOP is now officially in support of medical marijuana!

Of course, this confirms what we already knew: Marijuana law reform is not a partisan issue. Texans of all political persuasions acknowledge that cannabis is medicine and support the reform of outdated policies. This move by Republican delegates affirms the integrity of the doctor/patient relationship by declaring that patients should have safe and legal access to medical cannabis if their doctors recommend it, consistent with another section of the platform which states, “Health care decisions…should be between a patient and health care professional and should be protected from government intrusion.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/texas-gop-supports-medical-marijuana/


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Baltimore Ravens' Eugene Monroe Donates $80K to Medical Marijuana Research

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 13th 2016 by THCFinder

Baltimore Ravens’ Eugene Monroe has donated $80,000 to researchers studying the potential medical benefits of “cannabinoid products” for NFL players, CSN reports. The money backs a “When the Bright Lights Fade” fundraising campaign for University of Pennsylvania and John Hopkins University School of Medicine research into whether cannabinoids like CBD can help treat sports-related injuries including pain, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

“What we are looking at is a first stab at documenting cannabis use among current and former players, including the types of cannabis being used,” said University of Pennsylvania's Marcel Bonn-Miller, co-lead investigator on the studies told the International Business Times. “We are also going to document the impacts of cannabis use on players' recovery from injury. We know NFL players get banged up a bit, from concussions to chronic pain to inflammation. There is mounting evidence that certain cannabinoids, like cannabidiol, might have some beneficial effects for these conditions.”

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/baltimore-ravens-eugene-monroe-donates-80k-medical-marijuana-research


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New law could put some medical marijuana dispensaries out of business

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 13th 2016 by THCFinder

In 2001, Steve DeAngelo agreed to help a friend by attending the delivery of nearly 200 pounds of marijuana in a Maryland trailer park and verifying the quality of the product. In exchange, DeAngelo said he would get 10 pounds of the cannabis that he planned to distribute to medical marijuana patients in that state, where he lived at the time.

Instead, the police swooped in, and DeAngelo ended up convicted of felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell. 

Fifteen years later, DeAngelo runs what may be the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the U.S., but a new law says he will have to get a state license by 2018 — and the state can reject applications from those with drug felonies on their records.

Read More:http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-pot-dispensary-felon-owners-20160513-story.html


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Ohio House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 10th 2016 by THCFinder

The Ohio House of Representatives passed a medical marijuana bill Tuesday, sending the proposal to the Senate for a final vote. Ohio officials have said they expect the legislature to enact the law by the end of the month, and the program to be up and running in two years.

The bill gives a commission two years to come up with licensing rules and distribution regulations, and does not allow the smoking of medical marijuana.  

Despite the legislature’s apparent plan to legalize medical marijuana, activists working to put their own proposal on the November ballot say lawmakers’ plan is too restrictive.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/ohio-house-passes-medical-marijuana-bill


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“Cannabis Saved My Life” Says Ex-NHL Enforcer Larry DePalma

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 10th 2016 by THCFinder
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Larry DePalma (Left) and Darren McCarty are two former hockey players who now advocate for marijuana use

While music thumps and people laugh in the background, tough guy Larry DePalma talks about how he tried to kill himself several times since leaving the National Hockey League in a new video called, “Cannabis and Concussion.”

In the YouTube video, DePalma, who played professional hockey for teams in San Jose, Pittsburgh and Minnesota, lays out the facts of his traumatic brain injuries and how the medical use of marijuana stopped him from thoughts of suicide and halted his addictions to alcohol and pain pills. He joins fellow Detroit Red Wing, Darren McCarty, in supporting the current medical marijuana system while also advocating for the legalization measure offered by the MILegalize organization in Michigan. DePalma’s interview was taped during one of the MILegalize fundraisers in Detroit.

DePalma and McCarty had reputations as enforcers on the ice, and both men still look like they could put Claude Lemieux face down in the face-off circle with a single punch. McCarty was famed in Detroit as a member of the Grind Line; DePalma is featured onHockeyfights.com with an amazing 12 notable fights in a single year while he skated for the Minnesota North Stars.

In the video DePalma explains how he suffered “eight major concussions” and numerous minor ones during his 11-year hockey career; he has been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury and CTE, another head injury. In a 2012 video for a treatment program, DePalma explained the severity of these injuries.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/cannabis-saved-my-life-says-ex-nhl-enforcer-larry-depalma/


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