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White House Won't Say If Obama's Medical Marijuana Stance May Be Swayed By Sanjay Gupta

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, August, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
obamas-mmj-stanceWASHINGTON -- The White House declined to weigh in Tuesday on whether President Barack Obama has changed his position on medical marijuana use after the president's onetime choice for surgeon general, Sanjay Gupta, reversed his stance and apologized for misleading the public on the drug's effects.
 
During the daily press briefing, CQ-Roll Call reporter Steve Dennis asked White House spokesman Josh Earnest if the administration had any reaction to Gupta's Aug. 9 column, "Why I changed my mind on weed," in which Gupta explores the discrepancy between the Drug Enforcement Administration's classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug and scientific research demonstrating its benefits. Gupta, who serves as CNN's chief medical expert, not only apologized for dismissing the evidence from medical marijuana patients, but said he had concluded that marijuana has a low potential for abuse and "very legitimate medical applications."
 
Dennis also asked if Obama had personally been looking at the issue, given that national polls show rising support for marijuana legalization since he took office.
 
Earnest ducked the question, responding, "I have to confess I did not see the Sanjay Gupta column you're referring to, so it's hard for me to comment at this point."
 
The Obama administration has cracked down hard on medical marijuana, even in states that have legalized its use. A recent report found that this administration spent nearly $300 million on medical marijuana intervention through lawsuits, indictments and asset forfeiture attempts by the Justice Department. Over the past few years, the Internal Revenue Service has also targeted medical marijuana dispensaries, forcing many of them to the brink of closure, and largely ignoring the fact that many such businesses were in compliance with state laws.
 
But as the White House continues to wage war on pot, public opinion has shifted in the opposite direction. A HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted in April found that 51 percent of Americans said marijuana should be "legalized, taxed and regulated like alcohol." An earlier Pew Research Center survey also found majority support among Americans for marijuana legalization.
 

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Cannabis Can Prevent Cancer Caused By Cigarette Use, According To New Study

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, August, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-fights-cancerA new study published by the journal J-Stage, and funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, has found that cannabinoids - whether THC, CBD or CBDV – were effective at blocking a certain enzyme which is known to cause cancer, and is produced in large amount when cigarettes are consumed.
 
“These results suggest that the pentylresorcinol structure in CBD may have structurally important roles in direct CYP1A1 inhibition, although the whole structure of CBD is required for overall inhibition”, according to researchers.
 
CYP1A1 is an enzyme which isn’t dangerous at low-levels, but is produced in large quantities when someone smokes cigarettes; at large doses, the enzyme has been linked to cancer.
 
Researchers state that; “Accordingly, CBD and its related compounds, which are potent inhibitors of CYP1A1 activity, would be useful as a lead compound in anticancer chemotherapy.”
 

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Would You Support A Plan to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Georgia?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
gorgia-mmj-planAccording to a press release from James Bell, the director for Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform and Education (Georgia C.A.R.E.), Georgia activists believe the state of Georgia is ready to consider legislation allowing for medical marijuana.
 
“We believe the people of Georgia will support our efforts to allow patients with serious medical conditions to use marijuana under doctor’s supervision. We’re ready to take our plan to state lawmakers”, Bell said.  “In 1980 Georgia was one of the first states in the nation to pass a compassionate medical marijuana law. We believe Georgia lawmakers are no less compassionate today. We should not treat patients like criminals.”
 
In a seven page report, Georgia C.A.R.E. gave the following outline on how to remove criminal penalties and allow doctors to provide for a safe, legal source of medical marijuana.
 

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Cannabis Use Associated With Better Memory And Cognitive Function On Those With Schizophrenia

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-helps-cog-abilitiesA new government funded study published in the journal Psychiatry Research has found that heavy cannabis use leads to better emotional memory and brain function in those who are schizophrenic.
 
For the study – which was conducted at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Montreal - researchers “performed a functional magnetic resonance imaging study of emotional memory in schizophrenia patients with cannabis abuse”.
 
They conclude; “Our results suggest that emotional memory and prefrontal lobe functioning are preserved in dual-diagnosis patients [those who consume cannabis, and also have schizophrenia].. These results are consistent with previous findings showing that cannabis abuse is associated with fewer negative symptoms and better cognitive functioning in schizophrenia.”
 
This study – which can be found here - was funded in part by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
 

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Marijuana-Infused Nugtella Exists

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, August, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
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I bet whoever came up with the idea of Nugtella is pretty damn pleased with themselves right about now. As well they should. This actual pot-friendly item can be purchased at select dispensaries in California and are not available online.
 
The Sugarleaf-branded product comes from Organicares, makers of “medical edibles” and apparently all things brilliant. The hazlenut spread infuses 320 mg of hash oil, making for a particularly enjoyable treat. This discovery follows the recent announcement that an Official Nutella Cookbook will roll out come August 20th, making for a perfect opportunity to create incredible and no doubt mind-blowing chocolate desserts. Think “Nugtella” macaroons, chewy brownies and cheesecakes. Yes, MJ in your cheesecake.
 

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Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Has Collected Over 100,000 Signatures

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, August, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
legalize-mmj-floridaAdvocates, in roughly a months time, have collected over 100,000 signatures for a Florida initiative aimed at legalizing medical cannabis in the state. Proponents of the proposal had to collect approximately 70,000 signatures to have the initiative reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court, a number they reached quickly, and easily.
 
Once the review process is over, roughly 685,000 signatures will need to be gathered by February 1st to put the initiative to a vote in the November, 2014 general election.
 
The group behind the initiative - United for Care - is being headed by Orlando attorney John Morgan, who’s a former fundraiser of President Obama. Morgan has vowed to do “whatever it takes” to get the initiative on the ballot and approved, and plans to spend over $20 million on the campaign.
 
Polling released in February found that only 24% of Florida residents oppose medical cannabis legalization, with 70% being in support.
 

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