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Medical Marijuana Program OK'd, Paving Way To License Growers and Dispensaries

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, August, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-program-in-contDespite some concerns that it conflicts with federal law, Connecticut's new medical marijuana program cleared the last major hurdle Tuesday when the program's regulations won approval in a key vote, allowing the state to move forward to license growers and sellers of medical marijuana.
 
The General Assembly's regulation review committee approved the regulations in a voice vote. William Rubenstein, consumer protection commissioner, said his department will file the regulations with the secretary of the state by next Tuesday. Within two weeks, he said, the department will begin accepting applications for producers and dispensaries. The application process will take 60 days, he said, and the department will award licenses around the beginning of the year.
 
Licenses will be issued to between three and 10 producers. Rubenstein said the "current thinking" is to license three to five medical marijuana dispensaries, although that could change as more patients register to use the drug. As of Tuesday, he said, 881 patients have been certified by their physicians for medical marijuana use.
 
The conflict between state and federal law was the main issue at the hearing. Federal law does not legally allow either recreational or medicinal use of marijuana; U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said earlier this year that federal officials will clarify their stance on medical marijuana "relatively soon."
 
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Doctor: Marijuana is a needed option

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
doctors-say-mj-option-neededNORWALK -- There was a personal reason why Dr. Gary Blick became one of the nearly 100 physicians in the state who are licensed to prescribe medical marijuana.
 
"I did this because my 91-year-old mother, who has glaucoma," he said. "Her glaucoma eye drops had failed to produce the desired results and she was facing surgery."
 
Glaucoma is a disease in which the eye typically has excessive internal pressure, damaging the nerve fibers of the retina, the delicate tissue at the back of the eye that's sensitive to light and color.
 
"She was needing surgery to repair her eyes," he said. "But after we started her on medical marijuana, her pressures dropped, and when she stopped smoking marijuana, the pressures went back up again."
 
He said her testimony in Hartford last year had the legislative committee considering the bill "in stitches," even though her testimony countered testimony of the president of the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians, who said marijuana would not be helpful to glaucoma patients.
 
"So one of the senators said, `Are you aware of Gloria Blick's testimony?' To which he replied, `Well, I guess it would help some people.' To which the senator replied, `Isn't that what we're here for?' "
 
Blick sees medical marijuana as just one of the arsenal of options that physicians should have to ease pain and provide relief for various diseases.
 

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New Study Finds Cannabis Provides Relief From All Symptoms Of Cancer

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, August, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
cancer-reliefA new study published in the annual journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine has found that cannabis consumption leads to a “significant improvement” in “all cancer or anti-cancer treatment-related symptoms”.
 
According to researchers, “Cancer patients using cannabis report better influence from the plant extract than from synthetic products. However, almost all the research conducted to date has been performed with synthetic products”.
 
To fix this, researchers for the study examined the effects of consuming the actual cannabis plant (and on human subjects), not a synthetic alternative or a natural derivative.
 
Researchers determined that; “All cancer or anti-cancer treatment-related symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, mood disorders, fatigue, weight loss, anorexia, constipation, sexual function, sleep disorders, itching, and pain had significant improvement.”
 
The study concludes that “The improvement in symptoms should push the use of cannabis in palliative treatment of oncology patients.”
 

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People who use marijuana are less aggressive

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, August, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
weed-smokers-non-aggressiveA new study on marijuana seems to prove, once and for all, that people who use the drug are less aggressive, even helping users to get along with people better.
 
Click here for the full study.
 
While those are desirable outcomes Dr. Peter Winsauer, Professor of Pharmacology at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine says as in all things in science, "It's not that simple. Marijuana and the cannabinoids compounds that have been used, and discovered in recent years, have both positive and negative effects."
 
But these finding, published by the journal Neuropharmacology, he says can potentially help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and there have been other discoveries at LSU Health Sciences Center leading to possible marijuana treatments for MS and HIV, where the benefits outweigh the many negative effects of the drug..
 
But smoking it he says is not the best delivery method. "Ideally we would administer it in another form, other than smoking." He says smoke in the lungs can cause a whole host of other issues.
 

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Ky. senator pushing state to legalize medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Kentucky House Committee on Health and Welfare is hearing from a senator, who's pushing the state to legalize medical marijuana.
 
They will hear from Kentucky State Senator Perry Clark along with a patient who says he's been helped by marijuana.
 
Currently the patient receives medical marijuana from the federal government, but plans to testify in an effort to put Kentucky on the map of states with legal medical access to the drug.
 

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Medical marijuana could help son with rare disease

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
medical-marijuana-helps-cureWEST LIBERTY, Ky. (WKYT) - "Everybody loves Charlie," boasted father, Eric Byrd,"he's just always smiling, it's his personality, he just glows."
 
Charlie Byrd looks like every little five-year-old boy and has a smile that will melt your heart. But Charlie is in a dangerous battle for his life against a rare, and even deadly, form of epilepsy called "Dravet Syndrome."
 
"He keeps smiling and he doesn't even know that he's sick," said Crystal Byrd, Charlie's mother, through tears.
 
The Byrds say the first seizure happened when Charlie was just a few months old, the second came just a few months later when he was six months old. From there the hospital trips added up, as did the pain and the seizures.
 
"We quit counting, it had become a little hard to deal with," stated Charlie's mom.
 
The Byrds have given their only son everything they can find.
 
"We've tried numerous therapies, medicines, and nothing's ever worked," said Eric Byrd, "Today, he's on four different types of anti-epileptic drugs. This morning he had two seizures in his sleep."
 
The West Liberty family even started the young boy on medicine from other countries after doing research. Along the way they connected with other families with children battling "Dravet Syndrome."
 
One case stands above the rest. Crystal Byrd pointed to a girl in Colorado who seems to have found a strong remedy, "The child went from 300 seizures to one a week, and sometimes the one-a-week doesn't even come."
 
The medicine, though, is only legal in 19 states and Kentucky isn't one of them.
 
"It was the medical marijuana, the CBDs," answered Crystal.
 
CBD, or cannabidiol, isn't like other forms of marijuana, as Crystal explained, she's not giving her son a cigarette. Instead, she said it can come in the form of an oil or even pill.
 
"He won't be high from it, it doesn't have the taboo marijuana association with it," she said.
 
Read more: http://www.wkyt.com

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