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Pa. Senate Approves Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 25th 2014 by THCFinder
pa-senate-approves-medical-marijuanaThe Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday passed a bill permitting medical marijuana in the state — despite the objections of Gov.Tom Corbett.
 
Here’s what they’re saying about the event:
  
CBS Philly:
 
The Republican-controlled Senate voted 43-7 in favor of medical marijuana. The measure was championed by state senator Daylin Leach, a suburban Philadelphia Democrat.
 
“This is going to help people who are in desperate situations,” he said.
 
AP adds:
 
The chamber's debate had been propelled by parents who believe a marijuana oil extract can help their children who suffer from seizures so debilitating that they worry about whether their child will survive another day. But proponents talked about the wider possibilities it has for treatment of other people, such as veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.
 
"It is cruel and heartless to deny people the best medicine that is available," Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, said during floor debate. "And it's time to stop treating this irrationally and saying, 'we're not going to let you have this, we're going to instead make you take far more dangerous and less effective drugs.' That's just not how we would want to be treated; it's not how we want our families to be treated."
 
The Patriot-News:
 
Children are at risk of death every day they can't access a medical-marijuana oil that has been effective in treating intractable epilepsy, said Dana Ulrich, a Berks County mother whose 7-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with the condition.
 
But she said mothers who've lobbied for medical marijuana aren't only concerned about seizures, and Wednesday's victory was bittersweet because the bill has been amended to remove a majority of the conditions the original language would've allowed for treatment.
 
"We don't want to give off the impression that this is a whole victory," she said after the vote. "There are patients all over Pennsylvania who are still going to be ignored if this becomes law."
 
Click here and scroll to the bottom to see a full list of which conditions will and won't be included for legal treatment with marijuana.
 

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Victorian Parents Overwhelmingly Support CBD For Sick Children

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, September, 23rd 2014 by THCFinder
cbd-cannabis-support2014 could be known as the ‘year of CBD.’ Many state legislatures in America that would likely have never never passed a real medical marijuana program have passed ‘CBD only’ legislation this year. CBD has been proven to be a successful treatment for those suffering from severe forms of epilepsy, including children. A doctor in Australia was treating a dozen children with CBD, which does not cause euphoric effects and is not smoked. The Australian doctor has received a lot of media scrutiny, however, parents in the area are very supportive according to a recent poll. Per the Herald Sun:
 
More than 80 per cent of mums and 67 per cent of dads who did the Herald Sun Primary School Parents’ Survey want the ban overturned.
 
The issue has been hotly debated since the Herald Sun revealed in January the case of Tara O’Connell, 9, who had been given months to live but made a miraculous recovery from severe epilepsy after her mother started giving her liquid cannabis.
 
The Herald Sun also revealed this month “Dr Dope” Andrew Katelaris is supplying cannabis oil and tincture to 12 children around Australia from a secret laboratory, despite the threat of legal action.
 
Critics of the doctor lack compassion. It’s easy for these opponents to hurl accusations and pass judgement because they are not in the doctors, or parents, shoes. I know if my son was sick, and I couldn’t find anything that could help him, I would absolutely consider giving him CBD medicine because as I stated, it doesn’t get individuals ‘high’ and it’s not smoked. It’s less harmful than pharmaceuticals, and in many cases, it’s much more effective. Kudos to this doctor for doing what is right, even when faced with criticism and potential prosecution.
 

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Medical Marijuana Sales To Begin In Connecticut

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, September, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
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Medical marijuana patients have been waiting a long time in Connecticut to get safe access to medicine. It appears that the wait is over. Late last week it was announced that the first crop of legal medical marijuana is ready for distribution. Per CT Now:
 
Sales of medical marijuana in Connecticut are expected to begin next week as the first grower prepares to make shipments to dispensaries around the state, nearly two years after the state legalized the use of marijuana to relieve symptoms of some chronic illnesses.
 
“We are on track to make a Monday delivery,” Daniel Emmans, chief operating officer at Theraplant LLC in Watertown, said Friday. “Over the weekend, we will be arranging the deliveries at the dispensaries.”
 
Six dispensaries have been licensed by the state to sell medical marijuana, and those contacted Friday said it was likely sales would begin one day after shipments were received at their storefronts. That could put medical marijuana for sale as early as Tuesday.
 
Prices for medical marijuana in Connecticut are expected to be between $17 and $20 per gram. To an Oregonian, where prices are less than half of that, I find those prices to be incredibly high. However, I’d like to hear from Connecticut residents to see if those prices are average for the area. Right now there is only one producer, so as more producers come on line, hopefully those prices drop. It makes me sad when price gouging occurs because this should be about patients, not profits.
 

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Iowa legislative committee backs legalizing medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 12th 2014 by THCFinder
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DES MOINES — A legislative committee narrowly recommended allowing medical marijuana to be grown and sold in Iowa to help people with epilepsy.
 
The 10-member committee was formed to look at problems with a new law that was supposed to allow some epilepsy patients to get marijuana extract. On Thursday, the committee also backed changing state law to reclassify marijuana so it would be easier to get as medication, The Des Moines Register reported.
 
In May, lawmakers vote to allow people to possess marijuana extract, an oil that doesn't contain the chemical that makes people high, to treat seizures if it's prescribed by an Iowa neurologist. But the law didn't provide any way for people to make or distribute the extract in Iowa.
 
Parents who pushed for the bill have said in the months since that it's basically unworkable. Most states where medical marijuana is legal don't allow people from other states to buy it. And people from Iowa would have to break the law to bring it back home.
 
State Sen. Bill Dotzler, D-Waterloo, said he saw the original law as a giant step for families, but now it's clear that it needs to be fixed.
 
He and five other lawmakers voted to recommend the closely regulated production and distribution of medical marijuana for approved patients. It did not say what type of marijuana but did say it should not be taxed.
 
Four of five Republicans on the committee voted against the motion. The tie-breaking vote came from state Rep. Clel Baudler, a Greenfield Republican and retired state trooper who said the state needs to find a way to help people with severe epilepsy. He said he opposes expanding the law to let people possess marijuana for other conditions such as cancer or Crohn's disease. The committee voted against recommending such an expansion.

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Study finds marijuana post-trauma benefits

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, September, 8th 2014 by THCFinder
ptsd-mj-benefitsGiving synthetic cannabinoids soon after a person went through a traumatic event can prevent -- in rats -- post-traumatic stress disorder-like symptoms caused by the trauma and by reminders of it. This was discovered by Nachshon Korem and Dr. Irit Akirav of the University of Haifa’s psychology department, which has just been published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.
 
“The importance of this study is that it contributes to the understanding of the brain basis of the positive effect cannabis has on PTSD. This thus supports the necessity of performing human trials to examine potential ways to prevent the development of PTSD and anxiety disorders in response to a traumatic event,” the researchers said.
 
About nine percent of the population suffer from PTSD; in some groups, such  as Holocaust survivors, combat soldiers, prisoners, victims of assault and citizens in lines of confrontation, the prevalence is even higher. A common phenomenon among those who suffer from trauma is that exposure to a “trauma reminder” -- an event that is not essentially traumatic but evokes the memory of the experience of the traumatic event -- can further heighten the negative effects of the trauma. For example, for a person who has developed PTSD syndromes as a result of “Color Red” sirens (air raid sirens), a trauma reminder can occur following a loud car alarm.
 
In previous studies performed by Akirav, she discovered that the use of cannabinoids within a specific time window after the traumatic event occurred reduces PTSD symptoms in rats. In this current study with doctoral student n Korem, she aimed to examine whether the use of cannabinoids may also moderate the effects of trauma in cases of exposure to trauma reminders. The researchers chose rats because of their great physiological similarity to humans in the way they respond to stressful and traumatic events.
 
During the first half of the experiment, the rats underwent the traumatic event of getting an electric shock and were exposed to trauma reminders on the third and fifth days of the trial. After the event, and within the time window found in earlier studies, some of the rats were injected with a cannabinoid substance. The rats then went through extinction procedures for trauma (a conditional psychological procedure similar to exposure therapy in humans, the purpose of which is to cope with PTSD symptoms).
 
It became clear that the rats that were injected with the cannabinoid substance showed no PTSD symptoms such as impaired extinction learning, increased startle response, changes in sensitivity to pain and impaired plasticity in the brain’s reward center (the nucleus accumbens), compared to those not injected with the drug. The researchers added that the rats injected with the drug showed better results compared to rats who received the antidepressant drug sertraline, a substance used with limited success in reducing PTSD symptoms.
 
In fact, for some of the symptoms, the rats that were injected with the drug showed similar behavior to rats exposed to trauma but that were not exposed to trauma reminders. In other words, cannabis made the effects of trauma reminders “disappear.”
 

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Free Marijuana For Low-Income Residents Under New Berkeley Law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 5th 2014 by THCFinder
mj-for-lower-income-residentsA California city is offering a unique benefit for low-income residents: free marijuana.
 
Starting next summer, Berkeley residents who earn less than $32,000 per year (or $46,000 per family) and have a prescription for medical marijuana will be able to get it for free from one of the dispensaries operating within the city.
 
Under a law passed unanimously by the city council, dispensaries must set aside 2 percent of their pot for distribution to the poor.
 
Not everyone is on board with the plan.
 
“It’s ludicrous, over-the-top madness,” Bishop Ron Allen, head of the International Faith Based Coalition, told Fox News. “Why would Berkeley City Council want to keep their poverty-stricken under-served high, in poverty and lethargic?”
 
But supporters say that marijuana is recognized as a legal medicine in the state of California (although not federally). And as medicine, people who need it shouldn't be kept away from it due to lack of funds.
 
“Basically, the city council wants to make sure that low-income, homeless, indigent folks have access to their medical marijuana, their medicine,” Berkeley City Councilmember Darryl Moore told CBS San Francisco.
 
“There are some truly compassionate cases that need to have medical marijuana,” Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates told The New York Times. “But it’s expensive. You hear stories about people dying from cancer who don’t have the money.”
 
Despite the controversy, many dispensaries say this won't change much since they already set aside a certain amount of weed for compassionate (a.k.a. free) distribution.
 
“We do this on our own, so we certainly welcome the city mandating that all dispensaries create these sorts of programs,” Sean Luse, chief operating officer of Berkeley Patients Group dispensary, told Berkeleyside over the summer.
 

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