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Medical Marijuana Activists Appeal to US Supreme Court

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
Medical cannabis advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) will ask the US Supreme Court to review the United States' classification of marijuana as more dangerous than cocaine, meth, or Oxycodone. Oakland-based ASA said Monday that they had filed a petition with the US Supreme Court to appeal a January Circuit Court decision which maintains cannabis' prohibition as one of the world's most dangerous drugs.
 
The Drug Enforcement Administration classifies pot as a "schedule 1" narcotic with a high potential for abuse and no medical use. ASA took the DEA to court arguing the classification is wrong. Marijuana is one of the least addictive drugs on the planet and it is impossible to overdose on it. Conversely, about 30,000 Americans die every year from unintentional overdoses of Vicodin, Oxycodone, and other FDA-approved prescription drugs that are schedule 2 or lower.
 
In January, the circuit court found that there is not enough research on medical uses of pot and denied ASA's petition.
 
ASA argues in its SCOTUS appeal that the District of Columbia Circuit Court used an unreasonable and unprecedented standard in denying ASA's petition for a re-schedule. More than two hundred peer-reviewed studies attest to cannabis' medical efficacy, ASA states. Three out of four doctors polled by the New England Journal of Medicine in May also recommended cannabis for a hypothetical breast cancer patient.
 
But no major drug company has tried to bring cannabis to market, the circuit court argued. ASA contends that this opinion conflicts with another circuit court ruling made in 1987.
 
In that ruling, the court said that FDA marketing approval of a drug does not make it a medicine. ASA also notes that federal law all but bans research on medical uses of cannabis, creating a ludicrous, unscientific Catch-22.
 
"The court has unreasonably raised the bar for what qualifies as an 'adequate and well-controlled' study thereby continuing the government's game of 'Gotcha'," stated Kris Hermes for ASA.
 

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Drexel University receives NIH grant to study medical marijuana use among LA young adults

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
grant-to-study-mmjDrexel University has received a grant for a five-year study of medical marijuana and its impact on drug use and physical and psychological health among young adults in Los Angeles. It is the first large-scale NIH project funded to directly investigate medical marijuana use among young adults aged 18 to 26.
 
The study, "Medical Marijuana, Emerging Adults & Community: Connecting Health and Policy," is being led by Dr. Stephen Lankenau, an associate professor in Drexel's School of Public Health, who was awarded an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health for $3.3 million over five years, beginning July 1. Ultimately, Lankenau hopes the study's findings can guide medical marijuana policies at local, state and national levels to result in the most positive health outcomes for young adults and communities.
 
Lankenau aims to determine the impact of medical marijuana policies in Los Angeles on young adults' physical and psychological health. A core focus is understanding the significance and influence of dispensaries - storefronts that sell medical marijuana - on health.
 
"Dispensaries are a relatively new and unusual institution, and they haven't been studied much," Lankenau said. One study hypothesis is that dispensaries, which often provide social support in addition to medical marijuana, may provide the basis for better physical and psychological outcomes for medical marijuana users, compared to non-medical users who purchase the drug on the black market.
 
The study emerged out of preliminary findings from an earlier NIH-funded project, which examined non-medical prescription drug use among high-risk young adults in two cities. Among Los Angeles participants, Lankenau observed key differences in patterns of drug use and health between those who had a physician recommendation for medical marijuana, and those who used marijuana without a recommendation.
 

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Food Containing Marijuana THC Deemed Illegal by Michigan Court

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, July, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-edibles-illegal-miDespite being one of the earliest states to approve the use of medical marijuana, Michigan has been maintaining a strict direction towards the legal use of cannabis.
 
browniesA ruling was brought down by the state Court of Appeals July 12, in light of a 2011 case involving the arrest of Earl Cantrell Chambers over illegal possession of baked goods and other products laced with marijuana’s active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While Michigan allows the use of medical marijuana, Chambers’ possession does not fall within the bounds of the law, according to a news release.
 
According to the state’s medical marijuana law, “usable marijuana” includes the marijuana plant’s flowers and leaves. Extracts or any form of THC is not included in the law provisions.
 
Chambers figured in a traffic stop last January 2011, when he was found to carry in his vehicle a lot of marijuana-based products, some of which included brownies with labels that specify the amount of medical cannabis in each pack. Despite presenting his medical marijuana card, Chambers was apprehended and slapped with a 33-day jail sentence and a probation for three years.
 
According to the Court of Appeals, the case is now turned over to a trial court so as to ascertain if Chambers can claim the medical marijuana law provision that allows him to bring any amount that ensures the availability of pot “for the purpose of treating or alleviating the patient’s serious or debilitating medical condition or symptoms.”
 

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Fla. faces campaign for medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, July, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
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Oxycodone didn't work. Neither did hydrocodone nor any of the other narcotics sold to stop pain.
 
So an area woman did what many others do. She smoked marijuana to ease the pain she felt deep in her bones caused by treatment for breast cancer.
 
"I have a high tolerance for pain ... and I hated taking pills," the woman said. "But when I laid down to go to bed and my body started hurting and I couldn't sleep ... taking four or five tokes took the edge off so I could get to sleep."
 
A lot of people in the U.S. share the view that marijuana is medicine. Eighteen states plus the District of Columbia allow varying use of marijuana for medical use.
 
Washington state approved medical marijuana in 1998 and Colorado in 2000. Last year Colorado and Washington state went further — voters approved referendums to legalize marijuana for recreational use as well.
 
Florida allows neither recreational use of pot nor medicinal use. Several attempts have been made to get the Legislature to approve medical marijuana, but the bills never advanced far.
 
Now, however, a major push to take the question to voters is starting. Orlando attorney John Morgan of Orlando-based Morgan and Morgan law firm — known for its "For the People" advertising — is pledging $3 million to get a statewide referendum on the 2014 general election ballot.
 
The backers need the signatures of 788,000 Floridians by early next year to get it on the ballot.
 

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Oregon Clears the Way for Easier Access to Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, July, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
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Oregon is on track to become the 15th state to license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.
 
Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office confirmed Wednesday that, despite opposition, the governor is expected to sign House Bill 3460 into law.
 
Under the bill, the Oregon Health Authority would set up a registration system of medical marijuana dispensaries by 2014. The dispensaries will be authorized to deliver the drug and immature marijuana plants to patients.
 
State law currently allows patients with certain debilitating medical conditions to grow their own marijuana or designate someone else to do it, but there are no provisions to allow places for patients to legally purchase marijuana.
 
Read more: http://reason.com

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Pot brownies not 'usable' under Michigan's medical marijuana law, appeals court rules

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-browniesLANSING -- Baked goods and other food containing THC, marijuana's active ingredient, are not "usable marijuana" under Michigan's medical marijuana law unless they contain actual plant material, an appeals court has ruled.
 
However, registered medical marijuana patients who possess THC-laced foods may still be able to claim immunity from prosecution under a different section of the law.
 
The ruling comes in a case centering on a January 27, 2011 traffic stop in Oakland County. Police charged Earl Cantrell Chambers with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after a search of his car revealed "marijuana found in various locations within the vehicle, including mason jars, plastic bags, and a binder of plastic pouches, as well as containers of brownies that were individually labeled to indicate the weight of the brownie and content of medical marijuana," according to the Michigan Court of Appeals opinion issued Thursday.
 
Chambers also had "packaging materials, including Glad zipper bags, labels, price labels, plastic portion cup lids, a vacuum sealer, and a grinder," the opinion states, and paperwork indicating sales had been made to a list of people.
 
When arrested, Chambers presented both a medical marijuana identification card, a caregiver certificate and applications for four patients. Chambers was tried and convicted of possession with intent to deliver and sentenced to 33 days in jail and three years of probation.
 
On appeal, Chambers argued he should have been allowed to claim immunity under Section 4 of the medical marijuana law, which protects patients from prosecution if they possess no more than 2.5 ounces of "usable marijuana" and protects caregivers if they possess that amount for each registered patient.
 

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