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“Cannabis Saved My Life” Says Ex-NHL Enforcer Larry DePalma

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 10th 2016 by THCFinder
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Larry DePalma (Left) and Darren McCarty are two former hockey players who now advocate for marijuana use

While music thumps and people laugh in the background, tough guy Larry DePalma talks about how he tried to kill himself several times since leaving the National Hockey League in a new video called, “Cannabis and Concussion.”

In the YouTube video, DePalma, who played professional hockey for teams in San Jose, Pittsburgh and Minnesota, lays out the facts of his traumatic brain injuries and how the medical use of marijuana stopped him from thoughts of suicide and halted his addictions to alcohol and pain pills. He joins fellow Detroit Red Wing, Darren McCarty, in supporting the current medical marijuana system while also advocating for the legalization measure offered by the MILegalize organization in Michigan. DePalma’s interview was taped during one of the MILegalize fundraisers in Detroit.

DePalma and McCarty had reputations as enforcers on the ice, and both men still look like they could put Claude Lemieux face down in the face-off circle with a single punch. McCarty was famed in Detroit as a member of the Grind Line; DePalma is featured onHockeyfights.com with an amazing 12 notable fights in a single year while he skated for the Minnesota North Stars.

In the video DePalma explains how he suffered “eight major concussions” and numerous minor ones during his 11-year hockey career; he has been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury and CTE, another head injury. In a 2012 video for a treatment program, DePalma explained the severity of these injuries.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/cannabis-saved-my-life-says-ex-nhl-enforcer-larry-depalma/


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Ohio Medical Marijuana Bill Advances, But Activists Are Not Celebrating

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

A revised bill to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio cleared a House panel on Thursday, readying the proposed legislation for a House vote next week. Despite the legislative victory, Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, a group working to put their own medical marijuana initiative for the November ballot, takes issue with the legislature’s restrictive plan.

An amendment requiring physicians recommending marijuana to patients specify the forms and methods of marijuana the patient may use—as well as the amount of THC in the product—is a detail Ohioans for Medical Marijuana say is particularly problematic.

“These kinds of provisions risk putting doctors at odds with federal law, and have significantly hindered the two-year-old medical marijuana program in New York,” Aaron Marshall, spokesman for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, said in a press release.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/ohio-medical-marijuana-bill-advances-activists-are-not-celebrating


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CO Passes Law Allowing Medical Marijuana in Schools

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

In an unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Colorado Senate approved “Jack’s Law,” a measure allowing children to use medical marijuana on school grounds. The law, which Governor John Hickenlooper supports, requires schools to establish policies for medical marijuana access, but does not require school administrators or nurses to administer it. Instead, it allows parents or caregivers to provide non-smokeable marijuana to students. 

“Jack’s Law” is named after Jack Splitt, a 15-year-old suffering from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and dystonia, who requires around-the-clock support. Splitt’s mother Stacey Linn began fighting for access to medical marijuana in schools after administrators confiscated Jack’s cannabis-infused arm patch last February. A nurse who provides daily support for Jack was carrying marijuana oils that were also taken.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/co-passes-law-allowing-medical-marijuana-schools


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State Department Says NIDA Monopoly On Research Marijuana Is Unnecessary

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 5th 2016 by THCFinder
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The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the State Department has gone on record stating that the United States could issue multiple licenses for the cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes without violating the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs treaty. The statement came in response to a direct request from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) regarding whether issuing multiple licenses to grow medical marijuana was a violation of the Single Convention. The State Department’s interpretation is at odds with that of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) which has always maintained that the treaty only allows a single license, which is granted to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This has created what is referred to as the “NIDA monopoly on cannabis,” which has stalled medical cannabis research for years.

Senator Gillibrand reacted to the State Department’s position, “For years, the DEA has cited this international treaty as the reason for limiting medical research. Now that the State Department has confirmed this treaty should not be a barrier to expanding research, the DEA should issue new licenses to supply medical researchers and stop letting antiquated ideology stand in the way of modern medical science.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/state-department-says-nida-monopoly-on-research-marijuana-is-unnecessary/


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Smoking, high-potency pot outlawed in Ohio's medical marijuana bill: What you need to know

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, May, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Patients using marijuana could not smoke marijuana flowers nor use cannabis with high levels of THC under revisions expected to be made Wednesday to Ohio's proposed medical marijuana law. 

State lawmakers wrestled with the idea someone would "smoke their medicine" and had initially wanted an appointed commission to decide whether Ohio would allow smoking. But revisions planned for House Bill 523 specify marijuana could not be smoked or available in products attractive to children, such as gummy bears. It would allow patients to use a vaporizer, which heats marijuana to the point it releases chemicals but not smoke.

Read More:http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2016/05/smoking_marijuana_high-potency.html


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Volunteer To Help Put Medical Marijuana On The 2016 Ballot In Arkansas

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, May, 1st 2016 by THCFinder

Arkansas medical marijuanaI received the following message from the Arkansans for Compassionate Care campaign. Volunteer if you are able:

We now have only two months left for gathering medical cannabis signatures to make the November 2016 ballot.  Although we now have 80,000 signatures, and surpassed the required threshold of 68,000 signatures, we need another 20,000 to ensure we will make up for the many invalid signatures.  Generally, about 65% of signatures are valid.

Luckily, there are abundant events in May and June to help us make this historical achievement.  Please volunteer at as many of the following May events as possible, and show up early to events with *asterisks to catch people before they enter the venue:

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/volunteer-to-help-put-medical-marijuana-on-the-2016-ballot-in-arkansas/


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