Medical marijuana bill advances in Maryland
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 18th 2014 by THCFinder
The Maryland House of Delegates approved legislation Monday intended to make it possible for patients to use medical marijuana, which was legalized last year but remains unavailable in the state.
Delegates voted 127 to 9 to allow “certified physicians” to discuss the option of medical marijuana with patients and then recommend its use. Those patients or their caregivers could obtain a 30-day supply from a licensed grower. The legislation now heads to the Senate, where approval is expected.
The bill was one of dozens approved by the House on Monday during a marathon meeting ahead of a “crossover” deadline, after which legislation that has not been approved by either the House or the Senate has longer odds of being passed before the legislative session ends in early April.
Delegates also voted in favor of expanding pre-kindergarten classes to include more children, providing more oversight of the implementation of new education standards and “shielding” certain criminal records from the public record with the aim of making it easier for former convicts to get jobs.
The Senate convened Monday evening with its own full agenda that included bills that would boost annual tax credits given to movie and television companies that film in the state and require restaurants to urge patrons to alert their servers about any known food allergies the customers have before their orders are taken.
Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com
Feds approve University of Arizona study on pot and PTSD
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 17th 2014 by THCFinder
The federal government has given a green light to a University of Arizona researcher who plans to look at whether marijuana helps veterans with post-traumatic stress, The Los Angeles Times reports.
The feds' approval is a major development, given that research into marijuana's potential benefits has been stymied by the government's prohibition of the drug. The Times reports that the move by the government may open the door to additional research into cannabis.
"This is a great day," said the Arizona researcher, Suzanne A. Sisley, clinical assistant professor of psychology at the university's medical school, who has been trying to get the green light for her study for three years. "The merits of a rigorous scientific trial have finally trumped politics.
"We never relented," Sisley said. "But most other scientists have chosen not to even apply. The process is so onerous. With the implementation of this study and the data generated, this could lead to other crucial research projects."
Backers of medical marijuana hailed the news as an indication that the government had started coming to terms with one of the more striking paradoxes of federal drug policy: Even as about 1 million Americans are using marijuana legally to treat ailments, scientists have had difficulty getting approval to study how the drug might be employed more effectively.
Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com
Iowans Strongly Support Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 17th 2014 by THCFinder
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Iowans overwhelmingly support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana for medical use, according to poll results released this morning.
By an 87 to 17 percent majority with the support of 68 percent or more of every party, gender and age groups, Iowans support legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, Quinnipiac University Poll found.
That level of support is comparable to other states, according to Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
“Iowans overwhelmingly think marijuana should be legal for medical purposes, but most voters oppose legalizing personal recreational use,” Brown said. On the other hand, “Opposition to personal marijuana is higher in Iowa than in any state we’ve surveyed so far on this subject.”
Despite that level of support, efforts in the Iowa Legislature to legalize medicinal marijuana have failed to gain broad support this year.
Both Republican and Democratic legislative leaders say there is more interest and discussion about medicinal marijuana, but more education and research is needed before the issue can be considered further.
Among those leery of medicinal marijuana is Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican seeking a sixth term.
Although he sympathizes with families who say medicinal marijuana would offer them relief from a variety of conditions, Branstad said officials must keep in mind the “unintended consequences” that could lead to abusing the system.
“I think we have to be careful about drafting our laws just for a few people that have a particular problem or ailment,” Branstad said.
By a 55 to 41 percent margin, Quinnipiac found Iowans oppose allowing marijuana for personal use. Democrats support personal marijuana use 54 to 44 percent and voters 18 to 29 years old support it 62 to 35 percent. Quinnipiac found all other groups are opposed to legalizing recreational use, with men opposed 51 to 45 percent and women opposed 59 to 37 percent.
Read more: http://www.kcrg.com/
Georgia Sentate panel OKs bill to ease access to medical marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 13th 2014 by THCFinder
ATLANTA – A Georgia Senate panel this week unanimously approved a newly-revised bill that would legalize marijuana derivatives in Georgia for treatment of patients with cancer, glaucoma and seizure disorders.
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee amended House Bill 885, the original House version of the medical marijuana bill, to make it easier for Georgians to gain access to cannabidiol (CBD) oil, a non-psychoactive derivative of marijuana.
The major change would grant immunity from prosecution in Georgia for possession of CBD oil obtained legally in a state that permits the use of medical marijuana.
Twenty states have legalized medical use of marijuana, and two states, Colorado and Washington, recently legalized recreational use.
The original HB 885 was sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, who championed the legislation to help children who suffer from serious seizure disorders. CBD has proved effective in reducing the number and duration of seizures, according to parents and physicians.
Under the Senate committee version of the bill, children with seizures or patients with cancer or glaucoma could use CBD or other marijuana derivatives as soon as they were able to secure them from outside Georgia. And patients could take them directly without supervision by a Georgia physician or an academic medical center.
But there’s still a legal catch if the bill is passed. Transporting any marijuana, medical or otherwise, across state lines is a federal crime. That means Georgia parents or adult patients would risk arrest by federal authorities if caught bringing CBD from another state, such as Colorado, where the oil is manufactured. Some Georgia families already have moved to Colorado to get legal access to the oil for their ailing children.
Read more: http://onlineathens.com
Five Important Things To Know About CBD
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 5th 2014 by THCFinder
There are over sixty different compounds that are found in the cannabis plant which we have grown so fond of. Out of these sixty, however, it is THC and CBD that are found in the highest levels and therefore the most studied. When medicating with cannabis, it is the substance know as CBD that treats illnesses such as cancer, epilepsy, and arthritis. CBD is not psychoactive and doesn't get the user stoned, making it a good option for children suffering with diseases that don't want to use the harsh medicines put out by big pharma. There is a lot to know about CBD but these are the five most important things that you should know about this beneficial substance.
1. CBD levels vary from strain to strain. Some kinds of cannabis have higher CBD content and lower THC content, giving them a not so high feeling but relief from certain symptoms. Cannabis breeders have been able to breed cannabis strains with almost no THC but high amounts of CBD, making them awesome for medical uses.
2. Since CBD is non-psychoactive, it doesn't get the user stoned. This makes the CBD strains much less desired among the recreational users but highly sought after in the medical field. Since cannabis has virtually no negative side effects, it makes for a very desirable treatment.
3. With a wide range of medical benefits, the effects of CBD really can't be brushed off. This was proven by a study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology that showed that CBD contained the following medical uses; it combats nausea and vomiting as well as seizures. In addition, CBD is anti inflammatory and combats psychosis disorders. The study goes on to state that CBD fights neuro-degenerative disorders and cancer cells/tumors, plus it fights anxiety.
4. Most stoners know that the negative side effects of THC seem to be paranoia and a slight impairment of memory. CBD actually negates these effects and reduces them. There are multiple studies that show CBD counteracting these negative effects from THC. Both substances have also both been shown that they contain no risk of overdose, lethal or not.
5. Even with all of this positive information regarding CBD, it is still considered an illegal substance and a Schedule I drug in the United States and a Schedule II in Canada. However, due to the overwhelming amount of information regarding CBD, the FDA recently approved a pharmaceutical version of CBD to begin trials in pediatric epilepsy.
New Development In Attempt To Destroy Medical Cannabis Law In Washington
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 4th 2014 by THCFinder
House Bill 2149, the proposal to gut Washington State’s medical cannabis law, failed to receive a public hearing in the Senate Ways and Means Committee yesterday, which was the deadline for the bill to receive one. This means that the proposal, in its current form, won’t be advancing. However, according to staff of the committee, the proposal will be implemented into an upcoming budget bill, which will be voted on in the coming days (sometime before the session ends on March 13th).
It’s now more important than ever that those in Washington State contact their lawmakers and urge them to oppose the regressive changes that this move would bring. Some of these changes include:
Creating a mandatory patient registry
Shutting down all collective gardens
Drastically reducing patients’ possession and cultivation limit
Putting medical cannabis under the same tax structure as recreational cannabis (25% at three different levels).
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
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