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Why the medical marijuana industry opposes full legalization

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-legalizationMarijuana legalization advocates won some major victories in the last election, but a new report from Politico is spotlighting the divisions within a still emergent industry.
 
Legal marijuana vending appears to be splitting into two camps: medical and recreational. Though both sides have fought the federal law which still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 illegal drug, medical marijuana dispensary owners have a financial interest in keeping their selling rights exclusive. As Byron Tau reports in Politico, this has driven some in the medical marijuana industry to fight with authorities against further legalization.
 
Legal in 18 states, medical marijuana has had a big head start on recreational marijuana, which became legal in Washington State and Colorado only last year (and is yet to be fully implemented in either). Since California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, the industry has ballooned. This is thanks in part to medical marijuana’s virtual monopoly on legal selling rights, which keeps prices high because of scarcity and lack of competition.
 
In Maine, for example, where medical marijuana was legalized in 1999, a proposed measure to legalize the possession of small amounts of pot–by sending the issue to statewide referendum–failed to pass in the legislature by a handful of votes earlier this year. One of the measure’s key opponents was the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine (MMCM).
 
“The main objections came from the fact that the bill was not built around Maine’s medical marijuana industry,” lobbyist for the group Paul McCarrier told Politico. “Philosophically, we’re not opposed to the decriminalization of marijuana, but the devil is in the details.”
 
Read more: http://tv.msnbc.com

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New Study: Cannabis Can Inhibit The Pain Associated With Bone Cancer

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, July, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
bone-cancer-mmjA new study conducted by the Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, and published in the most recent issue of the journal Neuroscience, has found that cannabinoids – compounds found in cannabis such as THC – can stop the pain associated with bone cancer by activating an individual’s cannabinoid receptors.
 
“These results indicate that activation of either CB1 or CB2 receptors reduced the spontaneous activity of C-fiber nociceptors associated with tumor growth as well as their evoked responses”, states the study’s abstract, “Our results provide further evidence that activation of peripheral cannabinoid receptors may be a useful target for the treatment of cancer pain.”
 
The potential of cannabis as a treatment for cancer pains is an important one. As researchers note; “Pain from cancer can be severe, difficult to treat, and greatly diminishes patients’ quality of life. It is therefore important to gain new information on the mechanisms of cancer pain and develop new treatment strategies.”
 
Obviously further research is needed to help validate these findings, but they’re certainly promising.
 

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Hope for autistic children might lie in medical marijuana, study says

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, July, 28th 2013 by THCFinder

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Stanford University released a study that will most likely add more fuel to the already contentious debate over medical marijuana, especially regarding its possible use by kids. The study, released in April, shows that cannabinoids, which are found in cannabis, might help treat autism. In the human brain, endocannabinoid signaling affects memory formation, learning, and other processes, but forms of autism can block these signals. When cannabinoids were present in the brains of mice being studied, these signals were able to get through. While more research is needed, autism groups are hopefull about the possibilties of medical marijuana. As the Autism Daily Newscast put it, "Many children with autism are already given cocktails of drugs that may be even stronger than marijuana, with serious side effects and limited results.

Read more: http://now.msn.com


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Marijuana from a Vending Machine? Believe it, Dude

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, July, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
marijuana-vending-machinesYou can buy a lot from a vending machine. Umbrellas, eggs, pizzas and more can be found inside the convenience of a cash-swallowing machine.
 
But schedule I drugs?
 
It's not as crazy as it sounds, says Joe DeRobbio, founder of Aliso Viejo-based Dispense Labs. His company has taken a design meant for industrial tools and applied it to the needs of marijuana dispensaries, he told the Orange County Register.
 
And now an outside investor has taken an interest. DeRobbio told the Register he expects his company's pending acquisition by Endexx Corp. to be completed Friday. Endexx is a publicly traded company from Cave Creek, Ariz. that bought another marijuana vending machine firm, CannCan, in April.
 
The machines identify patients by scanning their thumbs and medical marijuana cards. Once identified, a customer uses a touch-screen monitor to select a purchase from nearly 800 individual marijuana compartments.
 
Then the machine's custom software tracks what's purchased, who purchased it, when and how often. That creates a paper trail that could help dispensaries stay on the right side of the law, DeRobbio said.
 
To further protect dispensaries, the machines are encased in steel, he told the Register.
 

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Anaheim bans medical-marijuana delivery services

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
mj-delivery-banned-anaheimANAHEIM – Courier services were immediately banned from delivering medical-marijuana to prescription holders living in Anaheim, under a so-called urgency ordinance unanimously adopted Tuesday night without discussion by the City Council.
 
Medical-marijuana dispensaries moved their businesses to the streets after the state Supreme Court ruled in May that cities and counties can ban storefront operations, despite a statewide ballot measure that legalized the practice 17 years ago.
 
Article Tab: All 11 of Anaheim's brick-and-mortar pot shops have shut down.
 
Anaheim's City Council prohibited dispensaries from operating in 2007, but waited for the court ruling .
 

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Stanford University Study Finds That Marijuana Could Help With Autism

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
studies-mj-helpA study conducted by Stanford University has found that there might be compounds in marijuana which have some very specific health benefits.
 
The study’s results reveal that cannabinoids – which are found in cannabis – might help to treat autism.
 
“A new study shows that mutations associated with autism block the action of brain molecules that act on the same receptors that marijuana’s active chemical acts on,” according to the Autism Daily Newscast. “Thomas Sudhof, a cellular physiologist at Stanford University, tested mutations associated with autism in mice. Two mutations associated with autism in a synapse-adhesion protein led to deficits in prolonged endocannabinoid signaling in mice. This suggests that autism could caused by a disruption of the brain’s ability to send clear signals.”
 
ADN references another study that supports the theory that cannabinoids could be used as a treatment to autism.
 
“Danielle Piomelli of UC Irvine and Olivier Manzoni of INSERM, the French national research agency, treated mice exhibiting symptoms of Fragile-X Syndrome, a disorder that causes autistic symptoms, with novel compounds that correct the signaling of endocannibinoid transmitters in the brain [which cannabinoids can do]. The mice showed dramatic behavioral improvements in maze tests measuring anxiety and open-space acceptance.”
 
ADN clearly believes that the study’s findings should be viewed as a reason for hope.
 
“Families who are already using the drug to treat their children’s symptoms believe it has made all the difference in the world. Many children with autism are already given cocktails of drugs that may be even stronger than marijuana, with serious side effects and limited results.”
 

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