Illinois Legalizes Medical Marijuana For Children With Seizures
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
July 20 (Reuters) - Illinois children and adults with epilepsy will soon be allowed to use marijuana to ease their symptoms under a law signed on Sunday by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, the latest in a series of measures loosening restrictions on cannabis by U.S. states.
The move to add epilepsy and other seizure disorders to the list of conditions legal to treat with marijuana or its extracts comes as numerous states have made medical use of the drug legal. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized its recreational use.
"This new law will help alleviate the suffering of many adults and children across the state," Quinn said in statement. "Epilepsy is a debilitating condition, and this much-needed relief will help to reduce some of its symptoms for those who endure seizures."
The Illinois law, which takes effect in January, would allow children who experience seizures to be treated with non-smokable forms of cannabis, as long as they have permission from a parent.
"I have a 14-year-old constituent by the name of Hugh who lives with epilepsy," said Republican state lawmaker Jim Durkin, who co-sponsored the new law. "His parents, Bob and Kelly, want to provide their son with as much relief as possible. Unfortunately, traditional medications and methods have not worked."
The state is putting the final touches on a broader medical marijuana plan, a tightly regulated program whose regulations were finalized just last week.
Residents will be allowed to apply for permission to use the drug to treat medical conditions in September, and the full program is expected to be up and running early next year, Quinn spokeswoman Katie Hickey said on Sunday.
Arizona To Allow Medical Marijuana For PTSD
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 11th 2014 by THCFinder
One of the conditions that would most benefit from the effects of marijuana is PTSD. Post traumatic stress disorder effects many of the people who are whisked overseas and fight for our freedoms... Which should include the freedom of getting the best medicine possible when they return from duty. However, that's not the case most of the time. Instead, the vets get told that they are not allowed to use a natural medicine like marijuana but instead are fed Vicodin and morphine. When vets ask for the plant, they are scorned at the VA hospital, being told that no, marijuana is still illegal.
Officials in Arizona, however, are beginning to think differently regarding their residents that have fought in wars. On Wednesday, the Director of the Department of Health and Services Will Humble, announced that PTSD sufferers will be able to utilize marijuana for their symptoms starting January 1st. Not only in this a great step for the vets who reside in Arizona but for marijuana advocates everywhere. Most states and laws do not recognize PTSD as a valid condition for medical marijuana and pro-potters have been trying to convince people that cannabis is extremely good for veterans and helps relieve their worst symptoms.
Humble published a blog post on the health department's website on Wednesday, stating, "Today, I issued a Director's Decision that will authorize the use of marijuana for patients that are currently undergoing conventional treatment for a diagnosis of PTSD. Physician certifications would be valid only for the palliative care of PTSD symptoms (not treatment). Certifying physicians will be required to attest that they have reviewed evidence documenting that the patient is currently undergoing conventional treatment for PTSD before signing the medical marijuana certification." The announcement from Humble comes as a surprise, as he previously said that there was insufficient evidence on cannabis' effects on PTSD. Humble seemed to change his mind about the subject when an administrative law judge suggested that state officials allow the use of cannabis for PTSD.
Those that are suffering from PTSD will be able to use the plant this January, after the state has time to work out official rules and regulations. The dispensaries also need to prepare their educational literature as well as up their stocks, as there are many people that suffer from PTSD and will probably end up needing the plant to help assist them sleep, eat, and live normally. Hopefully the new ruling will allow PTSD sufferers to get the help and treatment that they need.
Pharmacist urges county to prepare for medical marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 9th 2014 by THCFinder
Brevard County commissioners want to know how they can handle issues related to medical marijuana dispensaries, with a focus on zoning approaches for such facilities.
After hearing Tuesday from three speakers discussing the issue, commissioners asked county planning and development officials to do the research and report back to the commission.
The issue came before the commission after Satellite Beach pharmacist Eric Luzar made a citizen’s request to put it on the agenda.
Luzar is a founder, along with other Florida pharmacists, of Sunrise Compassionate Care, which is considering getting involved in medical marijuana dispensaries should voters in November approve the medicinal use of pot,as well as related to a recently passed state law.
Luzar said he and pharmacists from Fort Lauderdale, Naples and St. Petersburg have formed a business venture to open medical marijuana dispensaries around the state, if permitted by state regulations. Locally, he said, potential sites could be on Merritt Island and in Palm Bay.
Luzar told commissioners he believes such dispensaries should have pharmacists involved in dispensing the marijuana.
Additionally, he said, the County Commission needs to decide how it wants to set up zoning rules for such dispensaries, such as hours of operation; restrictions on on-site consumption; how far away they should be from schools, churches or residentially zoned property.
Initially, the state will have dispensaries tied to a recently passed law allowing the use of a special strain of marijuana that is supposed to eliminate or dramatically reduce life-threatening seizures in children with severe epilepsy. The law also allows patients who suffer from severe muscle spasms or cancer to be put on a “compassionate-use registry” for the product, as long as their doctors approve.
Florida’s law, known as the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, restricts legal marijuana to strains that are low in euphoria-inducing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and high in cannabadiol, or CBD.
The bill allows physicians to start ordering this marijuana for medical use by their eligible patients on Jan. 1.
Read more: http://www.floridatoday.com
New York legalizes medical marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 8th 2014 by THCFinder
(CNN) -- New York became the latest state to permit the use of medical marijuana on Monday.
At a news conference in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act, which allows doctors to prescribe marijuana in a nonsmokable form to patients with serious ailments that are recognized by the state on a predefined but flexible list of conditions.
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The bill was passed by the State Assembly and Senate in June, said Jason Elan, a spokesman for Sen. Diane Savino, a sponsor of the bill.
Cuomo said Monday that it was difficult to develop and pass the bill because it needed to embrace increased medical acceptance of marijuana while rejecting situations and conditions that state legislators said could have "good intent and bad results."
"There is no doubt that medical marijuana can help people," Cuomo said Monday. "We are here to help people. And if there is a medical advancement, then we want to make sure that we're bringing it to New Yorkers."
Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein said the "patient-centric program" will provide relief to thousands of people and will be "one of the safest, most tightly regulated medical marijuana programs in the country."
The legalization of medical marijuana has had "overwhelming support" in state polls, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has said in a statement.
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Cuomo has said the act included criminal penalties in case a person tries to defraud the system, as well as a "fail safe" mechanism allowing the governor to "suspend the program at any time on recommendation of either the State Police Superintendent or the Commissioner of Health if there is a risk to the public health or public safety."
New York will be the 23rd state, along with the District of Columbia, to allow medical marijuana in some form, according to information compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Among the states that allow medical marijuana are Connecticut, Vermont and New Jersey, each of which borders New York.
The momentum has picked up recently, with most of these efforts taking effect over the past decade.
Read more: http://www.cnn.com
Raleigh NC Passes CBD Oil Bill
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 7th 2014 by THCFinder
Epilepsy is a terrible affliction, especially for those who suffer and are children. The amount of seizures that a child can have a day can seriously stunt the growth of the brain and development, leaving young kids unable to hold up their own heads, eat on their own, walk, or function in any way. With harsh medicine and sometimes even animal tranquilizers, it's shocking that a natural medicine like cannabis would be looked over, simply because of some negative nonsense. The plant could help hundreds of thousands of people to cope with the sadness of dealing with epilepsy.
For those who follow my Instagram, you'll know that I'm currently writing from the city of Raleigh, located in North Carolina. So you can only imagine the goofy smile on my face when I stumbled across the article stating that Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill, allowing epileptic patients to get CBD oil in order to treat the disorder. The North Carolina Senate unanimously voted on House Bill 1220. The bill states that hemp oil extract is now to be considered legal and regulated when a patient has tried three or more treatments and failed to respond. The oil that has been approved is derived from the Charlotte's Web strain, developed for this specific purpose of treating epilepsy in children. The strain is very low in THC but extremely high in CBD, the substance that cannabis contains that has been proven to decrease seizures to the point where the child can function normally and be almost seizure free.
The State Representative that suggested the bill, Pat McElraft, introduced the legislation (named "Hope 4 Haley and Friends") says that the bill isn't going to legalize medical marijuana. Instead, this bill is directed at the children who suffer. McElraft stated that, "This is only a medicine for these children so that they can develop motor skills." The Department of Health and Human Services has until October 1st to set up temporary rules regarding the registration cards for the use of the oil, as well as a database of registered caregivers, patients, and neurologists that recommend the treatment.
Utah Working Towards Getting Epileptic Children Cannabis
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 4th 2014 by THCFinder
It's a mostly well known fact that children with epilepsy seem to respond really well to treatments involving CBD, even when the prescribed medicine doesn't seem to do the trick. Children who have hundreds of seizures a week take a few drops of CBD oil a day and immediately show improvement. Although the plant seems to be doing wonders for these children, not everyone has access to it, as the plant remains illegal. But for those patients in Utah, Primary Children's Hospital are working on getting the right medicine to their little patients.
The patients must apply to be part of the study and unfortunately, there are only 25 spots open for participants. Only those with severe epilepsy will be eligible, from ages 2 to 17 will be able to be a part of the study, in the hopes that the drug Epidiolex will have a positive effect on their symptoms. The neurologists at Primary Children's car will draw the patients names from a pool in order to see who will recieve the treatment.
However, those in Utah have another option starting on July 8th, where those with severe epilepsy will be able to apply for something called a "hemp supplement" card, which will allow them to import whole-plant cannabidiol extracts from states like Colorado. But by getting the hemp supplement card, patients would risk exclusion from the patient pool that will contain those eligible for the study. Patients must obtain a letter from their primary doctor, saying that they have tried the medicines and what the diagnosis is to make sure that they really need the medicine.
The study is federally approved and the only thing standing between the patients and this medicine is bureaucracy, says Ed Clark, chief medical officer at the hospital. Since cannabis is still considered a schedule 1 substance, the hospital also needs a special license in order to handle and provide the medicine. The study has been in the planning process since back in 2013 and the doctors believe that they will get approved to continue this study.
In addition, the Epidiolex that is being given in the study, is still in the planing stages with no published formal results, contains no remnants of THC, unlike the medicine made by the Realm of Caring, the group of growers that makes the CBD oil that seems to have such an amazing effect on those who use it. This oil (known as "artisanal") still have trace amounts of THC in them but do not effect the children who ingest it. This treatment seems to work wonders for those who literally have no other option and have exhausted all of the medicines on the market. In a study that looked at 19 epileptic patients with seizures, nearly half had an 80% reduction in seizures and others saw a considerable drop in seizure frequency. Epidiolex, on the other hand, was studied and showed a high portion of those studied showed a reduction in seizure frequency of greater than 50% and a portion of the patients were reportedly seizure free at the end of the 12 week treatment study.
While Epidiolex will technically be legal for everyone to use, it will be extremely expensive. And by that, the cost of the medicine will be upwards of $10,000 a year, which some people may not be able to afford. Oils from the Realm Of Caring run the patients about $200 and aren't covered by insurance. However, the difference between $2,400 a year and $10,000 a year, plus the appeal of the natural cure may be enough to keep people waiting around for the artisanal oils to become legal... Or they may just move to Colorado.
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