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Good News for Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 19th 2015 by THCFinder
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014Credit Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press

A bipartisan Senate bill that would permit the medicinal use of marijuana in states that allow it is slowly gaining support among lawmakers. The latest to sign on is Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, who became a co-sponsor of the bill on Tuesday.

Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, both Democrats, and Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican, introduced the bill earlier this month. They were joined a day later by Dean Heller, Republican of Nevada. The editorial board praisedthe bill as “a big step in the right direction” even though it would not repeal the destructive federal ban on marijuana altogether.

Instead, it would remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, which is meant for drugs that have no acceptable medical uses, like heroin. The legislation would place cannabis into Schedule II, which includes drugs like cocaine and methadone that have legitimate medical uses but have a “high potential for abuse.” It would also ease restrictions on research of marijuana’s medical uses.

The support of Ms. Boxer, who has spent 30 years in Congress andsaid in January that she will not seek re-election in 2016, adds political heft to the bill and will hopefully encourage more liberal lawmakers to back it, too. Her home state was the first to allow the medical use of marijuana through a ballot initiative in 1996.

A slight majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana altogether, according to polls by Gallup, the Pew Research Centerand other organizations. But support is much higher for medical uses of the drug. In a 2013 Pew survey, 77 percent of Americans said marijuana has “legitimate medical uses.”

Source: http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/18/good-news-for-medical-marijuana/


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Legal Marijuana In Colorado Has Already Generated $15 Million For Schools

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

Legal marijuana in Colorado has already generated more than $15 million in tax revenue that is specifically earmarked for public schools, according to the latest data from the state's Department of Education.

Since Jan. 1, 2014, when the state's first retail marijuana shops opened, $15.6 million has been generated for the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant program, said Scott Newell, director of the office of capital construction for the state's Education Department. The marijuana funds for schools were generated via a special voter-approved 15 percent excise tax on marijuana sales.

Newell's office oversees all funds flagged for school construction in the state through BEST. In addition to marijuana excise taxes, additional funding for BEST is provided from state lottery spillover proceeds and interest, as well as the state land trust -- all of which is put into a single fund and dispersed via grants to needy districts and schools.

"This year will mark the first year [marijuana] excise tax dollars will be part of the revenues we provide in the form of grants," Newell said.

The BEST grant program was first established in the state in 2008 as a way to generate additional funding for public schools in the state to renew or replace deteriorating facilities. The grant money is available to state public school districts, charter schools and boards of cooperative educational services, as well as the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. It can be used for construction of new schools and general construction, in addition to renovation of existing school facility systems and structures.

The BEST program disperses its grant funds annually, Newell explained, and the Education Department projects that in the 2014-2015 fiscal year the program will take in about $108 million in revenue, from all sources, including an estimated $16 million total in marijuana excise taxes. In the fiscal year following, the department projects, it will take in another $16 million from marijuana excise taxes, with a total of more than $90 million in revenue that year.

 

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/17/colorado-marijuana-schools_n_6888444.html


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What Is The Difference Between THC And CBD?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
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What Is The Difference Between Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) And Cannabidiol (CBD)?
The cannabis plant contains dozens of cannabinoids. The most well known cannabinoid for a long time has been tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but as more scientific research is conducted involving cannabis and its ability to be used as a medicine, more and more people are learning about other cannabinoids, expecially cannabidiol (CBD). The last couple of years interest in CBD has grown exponentially, as it’s been featured on numerous television episodes showing how well it works in treating people who suffer from severe epilepsy. One of the most common questions I get asked these days is ‘what is the difference between THC and CBD?’
 
The most important thing that I try to get people to grasp is that THC will get you high (assuming you consume enough of it) and CBD will not. THC has psychoactive properties that affect your brain and give you a ‘buzz’ while CBD does not. I have talked to many, many people that avoided medical cannabis at all costs simply and only because they didn’t want to be high all the time. Once they understand that there are dozens of cannabinoids, and that they all don’t get you stoned (specifically CBD), they are much more open to the idea of trying medical cannabis.
 
A brief description of THC is below, via Wikipedia:
 
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), or more precisely its main isomer (−)-trans-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol ( (6aR,10aR)-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), is the principal psychoactive constituent (or cannabinoid) of the cannabis plant. First isolated in 1964 by Israeli scientists Raphael Mechoulam and Yechiel Gaoni at the Weizmann Institute of Science[8][9][10] it is a water-clear glassy solid when cold, which becomes viscous and sticky if warmed.
 
A brief explanation of CBD is below, via Project CBD:
 
Cannabidiol — CBD— is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis doesn’t get one high makes it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and/or anti-spasm effects without troubling lethargy or dysphoria.
 
To sum up, if you want to get high, consume strains or products made from strains that are high in THC. If you don’t want to get high, but want to still get the medical benefits of cannabis, consume strains or products made from strains that are high in CBD. Be aware that all cannabinoids (THC, CBD, and beyond) have a medical benefit, and it’s important to research which strains contain which levels of cannabinoids, and what cannabinoids are best suited for the particular conditions you are trying to treat. I will be writing more articles moving forward on what strains work best for what conditions.
 
It’s worth noting that just because someone claims that ‘X’ strain is known to have a certain percentage of THC and CBD, doesn’t mean that every plant ever produced of that strain will always have those percentages and ratios of THC and CBD. Different grow methods and factors can change those levels, so always make sure what you are buying has been tested by a reputable testing facility if cannabinoid levels are important to you.
 

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Georgia Looks At Pro Marijuana Bills

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, December, 18th 2014 by THCFinder
georgia-marijuanaEarlier this year, Georgia tried to pass a CBD bill that would allow patients access to this healing medicine. The bill died a sudden death but advocates are hoping that a similar bill will have more success come 2015. With election season over, there are two state legislators that have turned their eyes to cannabis reform in Georgia state. 
 
 
The first bill that will be presented is quite restrictive. Rep. Allen Peake is at the head of this one. It aims for CBD only legislation and not expansive medical or retail marijuana. As for the second bill, it is led by Senator Curt Thompson. This bill proposes all out legalization and is more unlikely but still being presented. Peake’s bill appears likely to make legislative rounds and while it’s a small step, it would be a step in the right direction. 
 
 
Allen Peake had this to say about HB-1; "We had two missions, really, since the end of last session. Very simply, bring Georgia families back home — those families who have become medical refugees to seek cannabis oil in other states. Secondly, we want to establish a safe, legal, effective and timely regulatory structure in Georgia for the growing, processing and dispensing of cannabis oil. We have to find a solution inside our own borders. There are certain parameters crucial to that. It’s medical cannabis oil. It’s in a non-smokable form. It has a low enough amount of THC to be effective but can’t get you high. We want to follow the guidelines Gov. Deal has said he would (need) to consider any medical marijuana bill: Is it safe? Is it legal? And is it recommended by doctors and supervised by doctors?”
 
 
Even though the bill doesn’t actually go for the full legalization of cannabis or even medical cannabis, it would definitely improve the quality of life for some children and other patients that need the healing help of CBD in order to live normally. Most states, however, that have passed a CBD related bill don’t allow for a place to produce or obtain the CBD medicine. Peake at least acknowledges this issue and has ideas on how to get the system moving. But like most CBD bills, it is expected to have a high fail rate in the long run.
 
 
And while Thompson’s bill is more unlikely to pass, the statement that he made about it is on point; "SR 6 puts the discussion of retail marijuana regulation and taxation on the table. We have an opportunity in Georgia to regulate sales and make available another revenue stream without raising existing taxes. Several states have approved this option, and the revenue generated is so large, tax rebates to citizens are being considered. Legalizing and regulating marijuana also allows us to reduce the strain on our public safety system and jails.In 2010, for example, marijuana possession arrests accounted for over 65 percent of drug arrests in Georgia. There were over 32,000 arrests for marijuana possession in that year alone. Legalizing and regulating marijuana would free up law enforcement to focus on more dangerous drugs and save taxpayers money by significantly reducing the number of people in our state’s prisons and jails.”

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Michigan In The Top Five Medical Marijuana States

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, December, 16th 2014 by THCFinder
mi-top-5-mmj-statesA new graphic from the Marijuana Business Daily illustrates the nation’s top five medical marijuana states, as measured by public participation.
 
Created by Jennifer Mann, the graph compares states based on the number of people enrolled per one thousand residents of the state. Colorado leads all states in terms of public participation with 22.3 patients per 1,000 residents.
 
California, the nation’s oldest medical marijuana program, ranks second with  19.30, followed by Oregon (17.9) and Washington State (16.5). Michigan ranked fifth with 12.3 medical marijuana patients per 1,000 residents.
 
The US has 23 states with medical marijuana programs, not all of which are in effect yet. The Marijuana Business Daily chart considered only those states with medical marijuana programs in operation for more than one year. The national average for participation in all states qualifying for the chart was 10 patients per 1,000 residents.
 
The participation level in the Great Lakes State may be lower than anticipated, considering the maturity of the program and the size of the state. Michigan’s medical marijuana program was instituted via public vote in 2008 and the state is 9th in population nationally.
 

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Marijuana May Treat PTSD-Induced Nightmares

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 15th 2014 by THCFinder
marijuana-and-ptsd-nightmaresI have a friend that suffers from sever PTSD. She was the victim of some horrific circumstances, and she has tried everything to help cope with her PTSD. The only thing that works is medical marijuana. Unfortunately, Child Protective Services frowns upon medical marijuana, even in the most extreme cases, which has resulted in her kids being taken away. She is in the process of getting her kids back, but it comes on the condition that she never uses medical marijuana again while they live in her home, which is sad. She doesn’t smoke in front of her kids, and most of the time was using tinctures. But, sadly, she has to suffer from her PTSD without help from medical marijuana in order to get her kids back.
 
PTSD is a horrible thing to deal with. One of the worst parts is the PTSD-induced nightmares. A recent study shows that medical marijuana can help with PTSD-induced nightmares. Per The Joint Blog:
 
Subjects were “followed for 7 weeks and then, following a 2-week washout period, were titrated with the other study treatment and followed for an additional 7 weeks. The modified intent-to-treat (mITT) population, which included all treated subjects that met inclusion/exclusion criteria, was analyzed.”
 
Researchers found that; “In this small sample NAB provided significant relief for military personnel with PTSD, indicating that it shows promise as a clinically-relevant treatment for patients with nightmares and a history of non-response to traditional therapies.
 
If you know someone that suffers from PTSD-induced nightmares, suggest that they use medical marijuana. It might be what they need to help cope with such a debilitating condition.
 

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