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Latest Poll Shows Medical Marijuana Winning In Florida

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, September, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder
mmj-winning-in-fl-polls-showWait until 2016 they said. You can’t win in 2014 they said. I’m happy to report that national pundits and organizations that said Florida couldn’t win in 2014 have some explaining to do, as yet another poll has come out showing medical marijuana winning in Florida. The results of the poll aren’t as high as some of the previous polls which showed support as high as 88%, but the most recent poll shows Florida’s medical marijuana initiative winning by a landslide. Per the Orlando Sentinel:
 
Gravis Marketing, which has found voters hovering at or just below the 60 percent level needed to approve Amendment 2 in past surveys, found Floridians have passed that level now and 64 percent said they would “vote for the current amendment use of marijuana for certain medical conditions.” Just 26 percent were opposed and 10 percent said they were unsure.
 
Other polls have shown much greater support for medical marijuana in Florida — notably the Quinnipiac University poll, which found support as high as 88 percent. But the Quinnipiac Florida Poll did not ask specifically about Florida’s Amendment 2, but rather generically about medical marijuana.
 
The Gravis poll’s finding of a solid approval level strikes at Amendment 2 opponents argument that voters could overwhelmingly favor medical marijuana in principal without agreeing to the specific proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot.
 
I’m glad that Florida didn’t wait until 2016. Patients are suffering right now, and there is support to pass the medical marijuana initiative this year. I’m not guaranteeing victory on Election Day, because there is still a lot of campaigning to do, and polls are far from 100% accurate. However, with solid financial backing, support in the polls, and truth and compassion on the initiative’s side, things are looking promising. Florida requires at least 60% of the vote in order to pass a constitutional amendment.
 

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Florida mom to treat child with medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, September, 2nd 2014 by THCFinder
florida-mom-to-treat-child-with-medical-cannabisTAMPA – A Bay area mother will start treating her cancer-ravaged daughter with whole plant medical marijuana even though we are two months away from the amendment two vote.
 
10 Newstold you earlier this year how Moriah Barnhart sought legal counsel to somehow get her daughter access to use medical cannabis under Florida's medical necessity doctrine based on a 1991 ruling.
 
Barnhart said she had success while treating her daughter with cannabis in Colorado, but decided to move back to Florida to be closer to family and her support system.
 
In Jenks v. The State of Florida, the court ruled that patients suffering debilitating diseases have the right to consume, possess and cultivate marijuana, provided they can establish they have a legal medical necessity.
 
Recently, Barnhart and Christopher Ralph from Health Law Services in Jacksonville shows us the paperwork issued by a physician who evaluated Dahlia Barnhart and deemed medical marijuana a necessity.
 
"I'm not in any way shape or form uneasy about the law," said Barnhart. "The process for me is easy with regards to the paperwork."
 
According to Ralph, she will have to carry the paperwork with her at all times.
 
It includes information from the doctor, details on the Jenks v. State of Florida ruling and an identification number for law enforcement to verify its authenticity via a website.
 
"Our statutes allow for a physician to order the use of a schedule one controlled substance," said Ralph.
 
Earlier this year, state lawmakers legalized a non-euphoric strain of marijuana called Charlotte's Web.
 
Ralph says for that reason, he is not in full support of amendment two.
 
"Once amendment 2 passes, all we're going to have is low-THC cannabis run by 5 organizations throughout the state," he said. "Which was preempted by our current legislature… that's what they did because they didn't want amendment 2 to pass."
 

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Ill. residents may apply for medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, September, 2nd 2014 by THCFinder
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EAST ALTON, Ill. - The state of Illinois is taking another big step in medical marijuana this week. Tuesday is the first day residents can apply for a medical marijuana card.
 
Noel Carter is a mother of a four-year-old boy and engaged to be married. She suffers from Fibromyalgia and depression and is hoping with medical marijuana she can give her son the childhood he deserves. Right now her life as a mom and fiancée is plagued with prescriptions.
 
"The Fibromyalgia, it makes it to where it's hard to function there's just a lot of pain and it makes you have exhaustion," Carter said.
 
She suffered from the painful disease for eight years along with depression and doesn't like to rely on medications to get her through, for fear of addiction.
 
"I have to kind of have that mom power and the adrenaline to keep up with my child to help keep going because I know he needs me to be the best mom I can be," she said.
 
Now, as a resident of Illinois, she will be able to apply for a medical marijuana.
 
Listed on the Illinois Department of Public Health's website is a list of conditions that make a patient eligible. Fibromyalgia is listed, but not depression.
 
"I'm definitely not the worst case out there, there's so many people suffering from cancer and HIV that this can be so beneficial and let them live their lives," she said.
 
The application is not yet posted on the state's website nor are the requirements necessary to apply. All of that will be up Tuesday morning for residents.
 
Carter says there may be red tape to go through but it's worth it.
 
"It's going to be a long process and you have to go through your different doctor and get different documentations and proof," says Carter.
 
If she's not approved, she says she will continue on with her life the way it is.
 
Tuesday September 2, 2014 residents with last names starting with letters A - L can apply. Then on November 1, 2014 all other residents last names M - Z can apply. It will take about 45 days to get your card or be denied, but don't forget dispensaries and cultivation centers still aren't open.
 

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34,000 New Mexicans Suffering From Alzheimer's Denied Access To Medical Cannabis

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, September, 1st 2014 by THCFinder
new-mexicans-sufferingThe Secretary of Health denied a petition to add Alzheimer’s disease to the list of medical conditions eligible for the medical cannabis program, even though the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board voted unanimously to recommend making neurodegenerative dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, qualifying conditions.
 
Alzheimer’s disease, similar to many of the conditions presently included in New Mexico’s Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, is a neurologic disease and has no known cure. Existing medications provide only temporary relief, without stopping the progression of the disease.
 
“It is really unfortunate that New Mexicans suffering from Alzheimer’s related dementia, which often leads to a refusal to eat and combative moods, will not be allowed to seek relief from medical cannabis,” said Jessica Gelay, policy coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance. “There are no curative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, and, as the peer-reviewed evidence submitted to the department of health shows, there is reason to believe that medical cannabis could be helpful for people afflicted with this terminal condition.”
 
Medical cannabis is currently available to Alzheimer’s patients in thirteen of the twenty-three states with medical cannabis laws. Studies have demonstrated that people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease related anorexia and nighttime agitation increase their body mass and have improved sleep patterns. Additionally, emerging evidence suggests potential for cannabis to be beneficial in reducing inflammation in the brain, a factor that can lead to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
 
“In contrast to Secretary Ward’s decision, the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board’s action recognizes the debilitating impact neurodegenerative diseases have on New Mexico’s increasing elderly population, and recognizes that medical cannabis should be part of a larger comprehensive approach to support our elders’ quality of life,” stated Emily Kaltenbach, director of the Drug Policy Alliance’s New Mexico office. “New Mexico has a long history of respecting our elders and the board’s compassionate recommendation to add these conditions is rooted in the great values of our state, we are sorry that the secretary did not agree with the board’s recommendation.”
 
Published studies suggest that medical cannabis may improve symptoms related to Alzheimer’s disease and support the pharmacological and physiological benefits seen in the use of cannabinoid compounds and whole plant medicine on general symptoms of neurodegeneration.
 
A 2014 study done at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in conjunction with the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy, and published in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, supports the use of cannabis for Alzheimer’s. Among the positive findings are that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) does not weaken immune function, decreases synthesis and accumulation brain plaque a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, and at efficacious levels does not lead to cell toxicity. In conclusion the authors state “we believe the multifaceted functions of THC will ultimately decrease downstream tau hyperphosphorylation and neuronal death thereby halting or slowing the progression of this devastating disease.”
 
More than 30,000 New Mexicans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the number is expected to increase to more than 40,000 by 2025. It is the leading cause of dementia among the elderly and is estimated to affect approximately one in nine people of the population over 65 years of age. Racial and cultural disparities are evident when considering the prevalence of AD among elderly New Mexicans. Older Hispanics are one and a half times more likely to have dementia than Anglos. Veterans, who comprise eleven percent of New Mexico’s population, who suffer from PTSD are twice as likely as veterans without PTSD to develop AD or other age-related dementias.
 

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Marijuana compound may slow, halt progression of Alzheimer's

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 28th 2014 by THCFinder
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Neuroscientists found that extremely low doses of a compound found in marijuana may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
 
A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease reported that neuroscientists using a cellular model of Alzheimer's found low doses of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) reduced the production of amyloid beta, and prevented abnormal accumulation, which is one of the early signs of the memory-loss disease.
 
“Decreased levels of amyloid beta means less aggregation, which may protect against the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Since THC is a natural and relatively safe amyloid inhibitor, THC or its analogs may help us develop an effective treatment in the future,” said lead author Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist and PhD at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute and the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy.
 
Neuroscientists also found THC enhanced mitochondrial function which is needed to supply energy, transmit signals and maintain a healthy brain.
 
“THC is known to be a potent antioxidant with neuroprotective properties, but this is the first report that the compound directly affects Alzheimer’s pathology by decreasing amyloid beta levels, inhibiting its aggregation, and enhancing mitochondrial function,” Cao said.
 
The research noted that the therapeutic benefits of THC at low doses appear greater than the associated risks of toxicity and memory impairment.  
 
“Are we advocating that people use illicit drugs to prevent the disease? No,” study co-author Neel Nabar said. “However, these findings may lead to the development of related compounds that are safe, legal, and useful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.”
 
As many as 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, with the numbers projected to reach 14 million by 2050, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 

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Doctors In Pennsylvania Are Ready For Legal Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, August, 25th 2014 by THCFinder
doctors-in-pennsylvania-are-ready-for-mmj-legalizationPennsylvania, like every other state in America, has people suffering from various ailments. Not all of these people can treat their conditions with pharmaceutical drugs, or don’t want to because pharmaceuticals drugs can be harmful. These people would benefit greatly if Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana. It sounds like many doctors in Pennsylvania are on board with it. I just read an interesting article about medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. It included the following quote from a doctor named Jason Bundy, who works for the Center for Pain Control:
 
It is well known among pain management physicians that there are few good options to treat nerve dysfunction (neuropathic) pain….The relevant literature suggests that cannabis can prove more effective in treating neuropathic pain than using higher dose opioids – all while incrementally decreasing the risk posed to patients.  Therefore, I am cautiously optimistic that cannibinoid products may help a certain subset of appropriately selected chronic pain patients.
 
The fact that the federal drug enforcement agency (DEA) still lists cannabis as a schedule I substance (i.e. no accepted medical use / high abuse potential) troubles me though.  Assuming Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1182 passes, I plan to educate myself more on the subject, focus on best practice consensus guidelines and be guided by the anesthesiology adage… start low and go slow… in my practice and for each patient that may receive a cannabis prescription with my DEA number on it.
 
There are quotes from other doctors in the article, both for and against medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. I encourage you to check it out if you live in Pennsylvania. Some of the anti-medical marijuana doctors need to do some research. I’m hopeful that Pennsylvania’s Legislature passes a medical marijuana bill this next session. A real medical marijuana bill, which legalizes all forms of medical marijuana, not just CBD.
 

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