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Medical marijuana dispensaries might offer Nevada job opportunities

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
neveda-jobsMedical marijuana dispensaries could provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs as well as patients in Nevada, according to the CEO of a business training center who recently held a seminar in Reno.
 
“Who would have thought you could have a retirement plan or future or pay for your kids’ college with marijuana?” asked Robert Calkin, president and CEO of Cannajobs and a professor at Oaksterdam University in Oakland. “Now, you can.”
 
Calkin began the Cannabis Career Institute when he learned that many of his students at Oaksterdam weren’t going to class to become activists or learn more about marijuana — but rather to get into the business of the drug.
 
According to Calkin, people were leaving classes still disappointed because, while they were learning how to grow and work with plants, they weren’t learning the business aspect.
 
The Cannabis Career Institute has given Calkin the opportunity to create a support group and give detailed instructions on how to operate in the business — legally.
 
“I’ve been used to doing this illegally all my life, and I’m happy to be able to do it legally now,” Calkin said.
 
About 20 people attended an institute seminar at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Reno on Saturday. The event came a little more than a month after Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 374 to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada.
 
“When you leave here today, no one is going to be able to tell you you’re running a criminal operation,” Calkin said.
 
Read more: http://www.rgj.com

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Individuals with PTSD top list of those registered in Connecticut to use medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
ptsd-mmj-usePeople suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder so far represent the largest group of Connecticut residents who have registered with the Consumer Protection Department to use medical marijuana.
 
Of the 735 people who have registered with the Consumer Protection Department to use medical marijuana, 212 name PTSD as their primary qualifying condition, according to a report from the Office of Legislative Research, which used statistics from early July.
 
One hundred and ninety two patients with spinal cord injuries have also registered as well as 141 patients with multiple sclerosis. Another 192 people have registered with various other ailments.
 

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Best Treatment for Migraines? Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
migraines-fixed-cannabisMarijuana is the best treatment for migraines, writes the father of internal medicine, Dr. Sir William Osler in “The Principles and Practice of Medicine” first published in 1892.
 
“Cannabis indica is probably the most satisfactory remedy [for migraines],” Osler wrote, agreeing with Edward Constant Seguin – the president of the New York Neurological Society and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons professor.
 
Such stunning endorsements for pot come courtesy of a new online medical cannabis study program initiated by TheAnswerPage.com, which is sponsored and accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society – the oldest continuously-operating state medical society in the United States.
 
Founded in 1998, TheAnswerPage began offering Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses on medical marijuana July 9. While the information on TheAnswerPage is designed mainly for physicians and healthcare professionals, a daily Q&A on medical marijuana is written for the lay person.
 
For example, The Answer Page asks: “How many overdose deaths have occurred from cannabis?”
 
The answer? “Zero. Cannabis, even in concentrated forms, is incapable of causing overdose in humans.”
 

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IL: Medical Marijuana Will Have to Wait for Now

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
ill-waiting-for-mmj
SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois state legislature adjourned last week without addressing a medical marijuana bill that some lawmakers hoped to push through before the end of the legislative session.
 
The bill will be reintroduced when the new legislative session begins later this month, and could see a vote within the first few months of the year.
 
“While disappointing, the news doesn’t come as a shock. We’ve been operating under a time crunch and against some competing issues all along,” said MPP legislative analyst Dan Riffle. “While this shouldn’t be a partisan issue, Illinois Democrats do tend to support medical marijuana more than their Republican counterparts.”
 
Following the November elections, Democrats now hold super-majorities in both the Illinois House and Senate.
 
Could this super-majority be the key to making Illinois the 19th medical marijuana state?
 
“It won’t be a slam dunk by any means, but we’re more optimistic heading into the next session than we were going into this one,” said Riffle.
 
Some Republicans in the Illinois House said they opposed legalizing medical marijuana because it could be a “gateway drug” to abuse of other illegal substances.
 
Democrat Rep. Lou Lang, sponsor of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, said in early November that he was closing in on enough votes in the House to pass the bill, but then delayed a late November vote on the bill because he did not want the bill to fail.
 
If passed, the bill would create a three year medical marijuana trail program in the state. Qualified patients would be allowed to buy and use up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis during a two-week period.
 
Illinois would become the second most populous state in the nation after California to allow medical marijuana.
 
Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana.
 

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Can NH patients get medical marijuana in other states? Not really

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, July, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
nh-patientsWhile New Hampshire patients wait for marijuana dispensaries to be established in this state, a process that may take years, it’s easy to wonder whether they could just drive over the border and get their doctor’s order filled at dispensaries already up and running in neighboring states.
 
The answer? Not really.
 
The only possibility is Maine, whose medical marijuana law includes a “reciprocity clause” that allows out-of-state residents to get marijuana.
 
However, this is allowed only if you have a medical certificate from a physician or osteopath certified to practice in Maine. It’s not enough to have a certificate from your own doctor in New Hampshire; you’d have to establish a relationship with a Maine doctor, which at a minimum would include office visits.
 
That clause was designed “to allow people who summer in Maine, or college students, to get (marijuana),” said Marietta D’Agostino, director of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program. “We’re certainly not looking to have people drive up for the day to get it.”
 
Heading west instead of east won’t help: While Vermont’s medical marijuana law allows certificates from New Hampshire doctors, it is limited to Vermont residents only.
 
Massachusetts may have dispensaries operating by next year, but it is also limited to state residents.
 

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Brandon Krenzler defends giving marijuana to ill 7-year-old daughter MyKayla

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, July, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
father-gives-child-marijuanaSHORTLY after MyKayla Comstock, 7, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia, her father Brandon Krenzler began administering marijuana to her.
 
The family live in Oregon, where medical marijuana is legal, however the use of it by children remains controversial.
 
"She was very sick, she was in a lot of pain ... she was basically experiencing everything you wouldn't want your daughter to experience," Mr Krenzler told the Huffington Post.
 
Doctors initially suspected lactose intolerance before discovering a mass in her chest and making the cancer diagnosis. Her parents sought approval from her oncologist for cannabis use ten days after her diagnosis.
 
"The doctor’s response was not very good at all," Mr Krenzler says. "She called us, basically, criminals."
 
The family sought a new oncologist. Mostly, however, he says the medical professionals the family deals with will not be drawn on the subject, some asking that he "refrain from discussing their opinions with the media or anyone else at all."
 
Writing on his CannaDad blog, Mr Krenzler describes some of MyKayla’s symptoms in the weeks leading up to her diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia: fevers and spotty rashes, constantly coughing, severe stomach pain, a lack of appetite and night sweats.
 

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