Medical Marijuana

Veterans Affairs Hospital Blocks Cannabis Lecture

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, May, 28th 2016 by THCFinder

Despite an encouraging word from Capitol Hill suggesting that federal lawmakers are beginning to loosen up when it comes to allowing physicians with the Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss medical marijuana with their patients, some VA hospitals are still refusing to allow any information regarding cannabis to be discussed in their facility.

Dr. Sue Sisley, a Phoenix-based doctor who has received federal approval to conduct a first-of-its-kind study on cannabis and PTSD, recently reached out to the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Medical Center in hopes of presenting its physicians some details of her latest research. However, the hospital rejected her proposal, even though Sisley says some of the doctors on staff likely have a number of patients who could benefit from participating in the study.

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Marijuana Policy Project drops Ohio medical marijuana initiative

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, May, 28th 2016 by THCFinder

COLUMBUS — Ohioans won't be voting on medical marijuana this fall because Marijuana Policy Project dropped its campaign after lawmakers passed a comprehensive plan Wednesday.

National marijuana legalization powerhouse Marijuana Policy Project, and its local affiliate, Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, announced Saturday they would suspend a campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio. The group had been working to collect the more than 305,000 valid signatures it needed by July 6 to make the November ballot.

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Toronto Police Crack Down On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 27th 2016 by THCFinder
project claudia toronto medical marijuana raids

(image via Facebook)

Yesterday was a sad day in Toronto as Toronto Police cracked down on several medical marijuana dispensaries as part of ‘Project Claudia.’ While it is unknown how many dispensaries were raided, I saw many reports on social media that put the number as high as 40. Those reports are from social media, so take the number for what you will, but the fact of the matter is that a very large number of dispensaries were raided, which is a huge waste of law enforcement resources. Per the Toronto Sun:

Giant bags of weed locked in police cruisers, young people in handcuffs inside dispensaries, signs that say “Closed” or “Closing.”

This was the very public face Thursday of Project Claudia — an effort by Toronto Police to crack down on stores selling medical marijuana over the counter.

Police wouldn’t say how many marijuana dispensaries were raided across the city over the lunch hour, how many people were arrested or the charges.

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It’s Not The Kids Turning On To Marijuana, It’s Grandma And Grandpa

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 26th 2016 by THCFinder

grandma marijuana senior seniors cannabis grandpaBy Phillip Smith

The growing acceptance of and access to legal marijuana has some people worried that the youth are going to start using it more frequently, but that’s not the demographic where pot has really taken off. Instead, it’s senior citizens.

Whether it’s wide-open medical marijuana states like California or fully legal states like Colorado, the gray-haired set is increasingly turning to pot, and not just to ease their aches and pains With a half-dozen more states likely to have legalization on the ballot (and win) this year and medical marijuana coming to more, grandma and grandpa are set to become even more interested.

Last week, CBS This Morning reported on the phenomenon of senior marijuana use, and the numbers are striking. Citing data from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the program reported that the number of pot users over 55 jumped from 2.8 million in 2013 to 4.3 million in 2014, a 55% increase in a single year.

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Correspondent Barry Petersen took viewers inside Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the world’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, where the senior demographic was well-represented. His footage shows people in their 50s and60s describing how marijuana treats what ails them.


Urge D.C. Judiciary Committee To Improve Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, May, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

washington dc decriminalization marijuana possessionI received the following alert out of DC:

While D.C. has an effective medical marijuana program, there is still room for improvement. Two bills are pending to do just that, but they’re stalled in the Judiciary Committee. Click here to urge all the Judiciary Committee members to make sure these bills move forward NOW.

B21-192 would require lab testing so that patients know what they are getting and that their medicine is free of contaminants, while B21-210 would allow reciprocity for out-of-state patients and remove the arbitrary cap on the number of plants a cultivation center can grow, alleviating shortages and driving down prices.

Unfortunately, Judiciary Committee Chairman McDuffie has not scheduled either bill for a hearing or vote, although one of the bills has been before the committee for seven months. Other members of the committee also have the authority to request that the bills be considered at a special meeting. Please ask your council members to support these bills and expand compassionate access to D.C.’s program.

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Marijuana Activist Toolbox Update: Cannabis And The Brain Research

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 24th 2016 by THCFinder

Marijuana brain stressWhile doing research for an article being featured in print later this year, I’ve accumulated a nice little body of quotes and research regarding the brain, its chemistry and the methods through which cannabis interacts with it- specifically, how cannabis can inspire creativity and thought.

Quotes included are from the abstract and are not meant to stand alone as definitive statements about each study’s conclusions.

3 Studies That Show Cannabis Grows Brain Cells


“The endocannabinoid system has been implicated in the modulation of adult neurogenesis.
Here, we describe the effect of type 1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1R) activation on self-renewal, proliferation and neuronal differentiation in mouse neonatal subventricular zone (SVZ) stem/progenitor cell cultures.
Expression of CB1R was detected in SVZ-derived immature cells (Nestin-positive), neurons and astrocytes.
Stimulation of the CB1R … increased self-renewal of SVZ cells, as assessed by counting the number of secondary neurospheres … Moreover, … treatment for 48 h, increased proliferation …
Surprisingly, stimulation of CB1R … also promoted neuronal differentiation (without affecting glial differentiation), at 7 days, as shown by counting the number of NeuN-positive neurons in the cultures.
Moreover, by … a method that allows the functional evaluation of neuronal differentiation, we observed an increase in neuronal-like cells.
This proneurogenic effect was blocked when SVZ cells were co-incubated with … the CB1R antagonist AM 251, for 7 days, thus indicating that this effect involves CB1R activation.
In accordance with an effect on neuronal differentiation and maturation … also increased neurite growth …
Taken together, these results demonstrate that CB1R activation induces proliferation, self-renewal and neuronal differentiation from mouse neonatal SVZ cell cultures.”

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