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Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Has Collected Over 100,000 Signatures

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, August, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
legalize-mmj-floridaAdvocates, in roughly a months time, have collected over 100,000 signatures for a Florida initiative aimed at legalizing medical cannabis in the state. Proponents of the proposal had to collect approximately 70,000 signatures to have the initiative reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court, a number they reached quickly, and easily.
 
Once the review process is over, roughly 685,000 signatures will need to be gathered by February 1st to put the initiative to a vote in the November, 2014 general election.
 
The group behind the initiative - United for Care - is being headed by Orlando attorney John Morgan, who’s a former fundraiser of President Obama. Morgan has vowed to do “whatever it takes” to get the initiative on the ballot and approved, and plans to spend over $20 million on the campaign.
 
Polling released in February found that only 24% of Florida residents oppose medical cannabis legalization, with 70% being in support.
 

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New Jersey Gov. Christie Will Allow Medical Marijuana For Sick Kids

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, August, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
christie-mmj-kidsN.J. Gov. Chris Christie agreed Friday to ease access to medical marijuana for chronically ill children. The governor offered provisions to a bill allowing marijuana cultivators to produce more than three strains of the drug and for state-approved dispensaries to sell ingestible forms of pot for children to consume.
 
According to Christie’s tweaks in the bill:
 
“Qualified minors should be allowed access to products in appropriate edible forms to ensure that children can receive treatments consistent with their age and medical needs, as well as the individual preferences of their guardians.
As I have repeatedly noted, I believe that parents, and not government regulators, are best suited to decide how to care for their children.”
 
He conditionally vetoed an existing bill, leaving one provision which requires referrals from a pediatrician as well as from a psychiatrist. A third doctor’s approval is required if the pediatrician is unregistered with the medical marijuana program.
 

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Delaware governor renews medical marijuana effort

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, August, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
delaware-mmj-being-brought-backDOVER, Del. (AP) — Gov. Jack Markell said Thursday that he is moving forward with a medical marijuana program in Delaware after halting plans last year over fears that state officials could be subject to federal prosecution.
 
Markell signed a medical marijuana bill in 2011 but halted implementation after federal officials indicated that people involved in cultivating and distributing marijuana could face civil fines or prosecution.
 
In a letter to lawmakers Thursday, Markell proposed a scaled-down pilot program involving a single, state-licensed ‘‘compassion center’’ that would grow and distribute marijuana to eligible medical patients. The bill he signed in 2011 called for three such centers, one in each county.
 
Seeking to allay federal concerns about multiple large-scale privately operated industrial marijuana cultivation centers, Markell proposed that the Delaware compassion center be limited to growing no more 150 plants and an on-site inventory of no more than 1,500 ounces of marijuana.
 
He also said regulations that the state Department of Health and Social Services will propose would require around-the-clock security monitoring at the center and measures to ensure that it dispenses marijuana only to eligible patients and caregivers.
 
The proposed regulations also will require the center to report missing marijuana within 24 hours and to disclose the source of any funds over $5,000.
 
In a letter to state Rep. Helene Keeley and state Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, Wilmington Democrats who were the chief sponsors of the billl, Markell said his office has spent the past few months reviewing policies adopted by other states in response to conflicting signals from the federal government.
 
‘‘The sensible and humane aim of state policy in Delaware remains to ensure that medical marijuana is accessible via a safe, well-regulated channel of distribution to patients with demonstrated medical need,’’ he wrote.
 
Asked about Markell’s proposal, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Charles Oberly III reiterated that federal law ‘‘unambiguously’’ prohibits the growing, distributing, or possession of marijuana outside a federally authorized research program.
 

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Cannabis May Reverse Symptoms Of Parkinsons And Alzheimers

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-helps-brain-damageA new study funded by the National Institute for Translational Medicine, and published in last month’s issue of the journal Molecular Neurobuology, has found that cannabis may treat, as well as reverse the symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parknson’s and Alzheimer’s.
 
According to researchers; “Our findings support the potential of cannabidiol in reversing cognitive decline and its clinical use in treating neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.”
 
For the study, researchers dosed rats with cannabidiol – a compound found in cannabis – and concluded that:
 
CBD rescued iron-induced effects, bringing hippocampal DNM1L, caspase 3, and synaptophysin levels back to values comparable to the control group. Our results suggest that iron affects mitochondrial dynamics, possibly trigging synaptic loss and apoptotic cell death and indicate that CBD should be considered as a potential molecule with memory-rescuing and neuroprotective properties to be used in the treatment of cognitive deficits observed in neurodegenerative disorders.
 
The study was conducted by researchers at Pontifical Catholic University.
 

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Christie confronted over medical marijuana bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
christie-blows-off-mmj(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told a desperate father Wednesday that he will decide by Friday whether or not to sign a medical marijuana bill that would make a version of the drug available to the man's epileptic daughter.
 
The bill, S2842, was passed by the state assembly June 24 with a large majority in the Democratically-controlled legislature, 55-13, but Christie has so far not said whether or not he will sign it. The measure would expand to children the medical marijuana access already in place for adults.
 
According to CNN affiliate WCBS-TV New York, Brian Wilson is the father of two year-old Vivian, who suffers a version of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome. Normal epilepsy medications have so far failed to work for Vivian and her family believes medical marijuana may be able to help.
 
Trying to get an answer on the bill but unable to get a meeting with the governor, Wilson and members of his family crashed a small Christie campaign stop at a local diner in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. They beseeched the governor to sign the bill and allow for a version of medical marijuana to be administered to Vivian and other children like her.
 
"I was wondering what the holdup was, it's been like two months now," Wilson said to Christie.
 
Christie responded that while the decision may be simple for Wilson, it's not as simple for the Republican governor. Christie is thought to be a major contender for his party's 2016 nomination for president.
 
"These are complicated issues," Christie told Wilson.
 
"I know you think it's simple and it's not."
 
Christie has in the past expressed trepidation about marijuana. "I am not going to turn New Jersey into Colorado and California. I'm not legalizing marijuana in New Jersey," he said in July.
 

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Bad news: Monsanto Ready to Enter Medical Marijuana War

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, August, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
monstanto-mmj-businessAs legally allowed medical marijuana becomes more widespread, it is no surprise that many are realizing there is legal money to be made off of this traditionally illegal cash crop. Even Illinois has adapted medical marijuana laws, and soon it will be legal to buy weed in Chicago as long as you have a prescription. With so many dollar signs hanging in the air, ready to be snatched, it is no surprise to see agriculture giant Monsanto getting poised to jump into selling genetically modified marijuana as well.
 
Is Monsanto Evil?
 
Monsanto has been getting a lot of bad press recently due to the way it has dominated the food agriculture business and for being suspected of playing a role in the mass death of honeybees. Monsanto is a publicly traded Missouri-based company, and is the leading provider of genetically altered seeds for US agriculture.  Monsanto was also recently named the world’s “Most Evil Corporation” by the NaturalNews website. Monsanto garnered 51% of the votes with second runner up, British Petrolium, or BP getting only 9% of votes
 
Monsanto already distributes medical marijuana grown without RNAi, and has sold genetically altered marijuana for over a decade. Monsanto also contributed funds to state-run initiatives to legalize marijuana for medical use. While the company maintains that its products are safe for human consumption, it has been widely debated that this truly is the case. While moving into medical marijuana may be a winning move for Monsanto stockholders, it may also be a strong case of “buyer beware” for the end consumers of the product.
 

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