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Medical marijuana clinic Good Intentions opens in Chicago

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, August, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-eval-in-chicagoAugust 7, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- A medical marijuana clinic opened Wednesday in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood, becoming the first of its kind in the state of Illinois.
 
Good Intentions is located at 1723 North Ashland Avenue and is managed by a medical practice. There is no large, flashy sign outside the clinic -- only a small one in a window that reads, "Medical marijuana may be right for you."
 
Good Intentions is privately owned by Tammi Jacobi, who said the clinic would open Wednesday for patient evaluations. Marijuana will not be distributed until the Illinois Compassionate Use Act Program Pilot goes into effect on January 1.
 
Jacobi operates a similar clinic in Michigan. The director of the Chicago clinic said there has been such an overwhelming response that the clinic will have an open registration.
 
Last week, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill making it legal for doctors to prescribe as much as 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana every 14 days for people suffering from certain illnesses.
 
Illinois became the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana.
 
The clinic hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 

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Michigan medical marijuana panel to consider adding PTSD, autism, asthma, insomnia to law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, August, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-ailmentsLANSING, MI -- A reconstituted state panel on Tuesday is expected to consider petitions seeking to add autism, asthma, insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder to a list of debilitating conditions suitable for treatment under Michigan's medical marijuana law.
 
Critics say chronic delays and mismanagement by the state has prevented earlier updates to the 2008 law -- changes they believe could have helped patients treat symptoms and ease pain.
 
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act Review Panel, established under administrative rules in 2009, did not meet until 2012. Earlier this year, panel members voted to recommend adding Parkinson's disease and PTSD to a list of conditions that would allow an individual to qualify for a medical marijuana card.
 
But the panel was disbanded in late April -- and their recommendations denied -- because the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs determined it had not appointed members in accordance with the administrative rules.
 

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Marijuana receptor key to possible anti-anxiety drug

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, August, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
mj-anxietyScientists at Vanderbilt University have developed a drug that may relieve anxiety by triggering the same molecules in the brain that respond to marijuana highs.
 
The drug, chemically modified inhibitors of COX-2 enzyme, has been shown to to work with mice, according to a paper to be posted online Sunday in the journal Nature Neuroscience. It relieves anxiety behaviors by activating natural “endocannabinoids” without gastrointestinal side effects.
 
These receptors are also found in the gastrointestinal system and elsewhere in the body, the scientists said, and there is evidence that they play a role in wide range of physiological and pathological processes. The Vanderbilt team hopes to begin clinical trials in humans in the next several years. They also see the potential of of activating endocannabinoids by substrate-selective COX-2 inhibition, including relieving pain, treating movement disorders, and possibly preventing colon cancer.
 
“The door is really wide open,” said Dr. Sachin Patel, assistant professor of psychiatry and of molecular physiology and biophysics. “We’ve just scratched the surface.”
 

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Implementing medical marijuana law will take time

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-laws-take-timeCHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has become the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana with some of the strictest standards in the nation. But the proposal will take many months to set into motion because of complex rules and regulations. Here's a closer look at the details:
 
Q: When will medical marijuana be available for purchase in Illinois?
 
A: No one knows for sure, but estimates are several months to more than a year after the law takes effect Jan. 1. That's because three separate state agencies — the departments of Public Health, Agriculture and Financial and Professional Regulation — must draft rules for patients, growers and dispensaries. Then the rules must be approved by a legislative committee. Next comes issuing permits and setting up the 22 so-called cultivation centers where the plants will be grown. They'll be set up in each Illinois State Police district, and state authorities will review security plans. The marijuana will be sold in up to 60 dispensaries. Nineteen other states and Washington, D.C., have implemented medical marijuana laws but implementation time has varied greatly. The longest was Washington, D.C., where medical marijuana was available for purchase just last month, 15 years after voters approved. Maine took less than a year. New Jersey took about three years and still only one dispensary is open in the state.
 
Q: Who will be able to obtain marijuana?
 
A: Only seriously ill patients who have a longstanding relationship with a doctor will be able to apply for a state ID card. The new law specifically lists dozens of qualifying illnesses and diseases, including lupus, HIV, hepatitis C and multiple sclerosis. Patients will be limited to 2.5 ounces every two weeks. No one under 18 years old will be eligible.
 
Q: Can people be arrested for having medical marijuana?
 
A: Patients who are registered with the state can't be arrested or charged for using medical marijuana, if they're using it in compliance with the law. However, employers still can maintain drug policies in the workplace, meaning someone using medical marijuana could face consequences for failing a drug test.
 
Q: What makes Illinois' new law so tough?
 
A: The state will require background checks for patients, caregivers and all staff members at dispensaries and growing centers. Cultivation centers will be under 24-hour video surveillance. Illinois won't allow home-growing and there's no reciprocity with other states that allow medical marijuana.
 

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Is N.J. medical marijuana program the most expensive in nation?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
expensive-mmj-programSuzette Roberts would rather not break the law.
 
But playing by the rules of New Jersey’s struggling medical marijuana program has gotten the 64-year-old Cliffside Park woman nothing but $500 in doctor bills and a $200 ID card she has yet to use. New Jersey’s only licensed dispensary told her in the spring they’ve been swamped and haven’t gotten to her name on the waiting list.
 
Roberts — who says marijuana "lessens the pain and gives me more of an appetite" as she undergoes treatment for stage 4 breast cancer — buys the drug illegally because she can’t afford to wait.
 
"This is a disgrace," Roberts said. "I am upset and angry that I laid out $700 and I am not getting any answers. I am upset with the state, too, and they don’t seem to care."
 
In the eight months since New Jersey’s first dispensary — Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair — opened, patients and providers have learned the nation’s most restrictive medical marijuana program is also the most expensive.
 
Read more: http://www.nj.com

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Good Intentions Medical Marijuana Clinic In Chicago Readies For Wicker Park Opening

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, August, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
chicago-mmj-dispensariesThe ink on Illinois' newly-signed medical marijuana bill has barely dried and already, Chicago's first medical marijuana clinic is ready to roll.
 
Clinic president Tammy Jacobi told Crain's Chicago Business Good Intentions LLC at 1723 N. Ashland Ave. in Wicker Park will start accepting its first patients Aug. 7.
 
"We're very excited about it," Jacobi said. "We're already getting calls from people asking if they can invest.
 
Jacobi, a registered nurse who has run a similar clinic on the lakeshore town of Saugatuck, Mich. since 2011 said Good Intentions will not grow, sell or dispense marijuana. Rather, the clinic's role will be to help would-be users of medical marijuana develop a relationship before the Jan. 1 2014 effective date.
 
Jacobi is firing up the clinic now since the medical marijuana bill passed before June 1; under Illinois law, if the bill has no immediate effective date, it goes into effect Jan. 1 of the following year.
 
DNAinfo Chicago reports that while clinics like Good Intentions can't dispense marijuana, patients can get prescriptions for pot from a doctor there. 
 
State law stipulates there can only be 60 actual marijuana dispensaries throughout Illinois and the location of where they'll be distributed is still unknown.
 
The state's new law is among the strictest in the nation and stipulates doctors may only approve medical marijuana use for patients with whom they have an existing relationship.
 

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