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Minnesota doctors reluctant to sign off on medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

Large numbers of Minnesota doctors say they won’t sign their patients up for medical marijuana.

Two-thirds of physicians who responded to a Minnesota Medical Association survey this week said they will not participate in the state’s medical cannabis registry. Just 9 percent of respondents said they would be certifying patients.

Medical marijuana will be legal — in limited form — in Minnesota on July 1, but to participate in the program, patients must be certified by a doctor or other medical professional to prove they have one of nine qualifying conditions.

Doctors can opt out of certification, and some already have. When Shelly Rapp of Chanhassen asked her neurologist to certify her 18-year-old son Scott, who uses a wheelchair because of epilepsy, she was told that while he was willing, his practice as a whole had opted out of the Health Department program.

“He called me today, and was really nice, but said he was unable to help,” she said.

Scott had tried medical cannabis while the family was living in California last year, and Rapp said a few drops of the oil a day not only cut his seizures from hundreds a day to just a handful, but allowed him to wean off his other seizure drugs. She’s eager to get him back on cannabis oil, but first she needs to find a doctor, nurse or clinic willing to certify to the state’s Office of Medical Cannabis that Scott has epilepsy.

Read More:http://www.startribune.com/survey-minnesota-doctors-uneasy-about-medical-marijuana/306057661/


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Texas Governor Will Sign Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

Despite the restrictive nature of the bill, it appears as though Texas is about to officially legalize medical marijuana. A statement released over the weekend by Governor Greg Abbott indicates that he will sign into law a bill that will allow patients suffering from epilepsy and other chronic conditions to have access to non-intoxicating cannabis oil.

The Texas Tribune reports that Governor Abbott is planning to hold a signing ceremony on Monday for Senate Bill 339, which will legalize the distribution and use of “low-THC” high CBD oil for patients suffering from specific conditions.

The signing of this bill, however, will not be the wherewithal for patients suffering from a variety of ailments across the state, it will merely allow physicians to “prescribe” the herb primarily to epilepsy patients.

Unfortunately, while marijuana advocates are encouraged by the Governor’s decision to sign this bill into law, they claim its passage will do nothing to actually help patients because the language of the bill proves too risky for the healthcare community.

The Marijuana Policy Project’s Heath Fazio told CBS News last month that even if SB 339 becomes law, it would be impossible for patients to get their hands on the medicine because the language requires doctors to “prescribe” rather than offer recommendations. She suggested that no physician in his right mind would dare write a prescription for cannabis oil since federal law prohibits such practices. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/texas-governor-will-sign-medical-marijuana-bill


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CT Lawmakers Push To Add Children And Hospital Patients To Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

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This week the General Law Committee of the Connecticut House and Senate gave its approval for a final vote to add children to the state’s medical marijuana program with certain restrictions.

The main provision that was added to gain the Committee’s support would block minors from smoking or vaporizing marijuana despite a doctor’s recommendation. While the debate did stir the standard, “We don’t want people to think it’s okay for kids to smoke weed” argument, it also gave opportunities for the new rhetoric being heard in state capitols around medical marijuana a chance to shine. Rep. Dan Carter made an excellent case for not restricting a doctors ability to treat a patient telling the Connecticut Post:

“I do believe there’s a clear need with respect to younger patients,” Carter said. “In a way, I think we’re putting the political part of it above the health part of it. I think there should be freedom for those practitioners who are going to prescribe this to utilize any delivery system they need to do. Clearly there are benefits, certain times, to inhale certain products. If we shut it down and say you can’t smoke it or you can’t vaporize it, I think in a way that retards… some of the studies we need to do.”

The provision has a chance of being removed with time, more so with folks like Dan Carter already on the right side of the fence. With the way things are going, I don’t expect a 16 year old smoking a joint on the way to chemo to rip at the moral fabric of society much longer.

The bill will also allow hospitals and hospices to administer cannabis to their patients. This will be a major factor in improving the quality of life for folks forced to live under medical supervision. Also it would request a group of pediatricians be formed for the purpose of adding more ailments to the 11 already approved for use in the state.

In general the bill represents a step forward, with a bit of a pothole that will be filled in time. Time is also the keyword in getting it passed, as lawmakers have until midnight on June 3rd to vote on the bill.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/ct-lawmakers-push-to-add-children-and-hospital-patients-to-medical-marijuana-program/


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Why Oregon Senator Jeff Kruse Decided To Attack The Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 28th 2015 by THCFinder
 
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Oregon Senator Jeff Kruse co-sponsored Senate Bill 964, which was passed this week by the Oregon Senate, and is a clear attack on the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. The bill does many things, some of which include putting new plant limits on growers, requiring over burdensome reporting for all medical marijuana growers, and the ability for municipalities to ban marijuana businesses without a vote by the municipalities residents. Jeff Kruse was supposed to be working on implementing Oregon Measure 91, which Oregon voters approved overwhelmingly, and which included language no less than three times specifying that the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) should remain untouched.

So why is Jeff Kruse attacking the OMMP? He sent out an e-mail recently to his constituents that explained his actions (dated May 22nd). The e-mail was forwarded to me by a reader (thanks!) and I figured I would post it in an effort to provide equal time to a marijuana opponent, and to let his own words explain his poor decision to introduce and push Oregon Senate Bill 964:

I have received a lot of phone calls and emails on the subject of marijuana, which advocates say we should call cannabis, but for the sake of brevity in this letter I will call it pot. While a good number of these have been thoughtful and courteous, a large number and been vulgar and even threatening. To those in the latter category, if you are trying to make a valid point with a legislator, you are going about it the wrong way. I can’t speak for my colleagues, but personally I don’t respond to such tactics and have little respect for those who use them.

Before I go any further it might be a good idea to once again tell you why I am qualified to be working in this subject area. First, I am a recovering addict. I have been drug and alcohol free for 29 years; but, among the other things I did, I was a daily pot smoker for eighteen years. Additionally I have been involved legislatively with the medical marijuana program since the passage of the ballot measure in 1998. I entered this Session with a lot of thoughts, but two primary objectives. The first was to protect the integrity of the medical program and the second was to attempt to end the black market sales in Oregon. Senate Bill 964 (which deals with the medical program) goes a long way to achieving those objectives.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/why-oregon-senator-jeff-kruse-decided-to-attack-the-medical-marijuana-program/


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Washington To License Roughly 400 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, May, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

marijuana washington state felony drug possessionThere are medical marijuana dispensaries spread all over Washington State. Many of these establishments have been helping patients access medicine for a long time. Despite these medical marijuana dispensaries being good neighbors in the neighborhoods they operate in, the State of Washington is trying to shut most of them down. The State of Washington announced recently that it would approve roughly 400 medical marijuana dispensary licenses when they are available. PerThe Joint Blog:

On July 24th, the Washington State Liquor Control Board will be renamed the Liquor and Cannabis Board, and will be tasked with deciding which of the state’s currently operating medical cannabis collective gardens – which are forced to close by July 1st, 2016 – will be allowed to become licensed and legal outlets.

According to the Associated Press, the Board will use a merit-based system to decide which outlets to license. The Boardestimates that 825 outlets will apply for a license, and they expect to approve about half.

First dibs on licenses will go to those that have been in the medical cannabis industry since before 2013, have paid their taxes and have applied for a recreational cannabis license.

When I see caps on dispensary licenses, I can’t help but wonder why there aren’t similar caps on pharmacies? Or retail locations that sell alcohol? Or cigarettes? After all, pharmaceuticals, alcohol, and cigarettes are all more dangerous than medical marijuana. If we are going to apply the same logic across the board, All three of those types of businesses should have licenses capped too. But, as usual, marijuana is singled out, and now patients get to either pay more at a recreational outlet, go back to the black market, or go without unless they are lucky enough to frequent a dispensary that is lucky enough to get a license. Although, I expect prices at dispensaries to go sky high after this all shakes out.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/washington-to-license-roughly-400-medical-marijuana-dispensaries/


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Medical marijuana use in Texas now up to the governor

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, May, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

Tens of thousands of Texans with a loved one suffering from epilepsy are now waiting to see what Governor Abbott will do. The legislature has sent to his desk a bill that would permit the medical use of marijuana oils to treat intractable epilepsy. The question is, will he sign it or veto it?

150,000 Texans suffer epileptic seizures, young and adult. There are families like Jim and Katie Graham. Their five year old son Eliot has them. They are supporting the Compassionate Use Act, to allow those patients to use cannabis oil. They’ve watched fourteen other states approve such a law. The cannabis oil has little THC content, the stuff that gives pot smokers their buzz. But it has been proven nearly 100% effective stopping seizures. The Grahams say Eliot’s seizures began when he was two.

Katie Graham, Eliot’s mother, recalls, “He was a typically developing two year old. Played, loved to be with his brother, very social and smiley. Then the seizures started. They are extremely debilitating. He was having them all day, clusters of ten a day, eight jerks in a cluster, 80 to 90 seizures in a day. We tried medication after medication, they did not work.”

The cannabis oil could only be used if a patient did not see results from at least two medications and has the approval of two physicians. Several doctors testified on behalf of the bill. The Grahams say other medications have side effects or simply do not work. Katie Graham says, “It’s a hard, sad moment when the doctor tells you well, it’s time to try the drugs you tried before, again. It’s a really hopeless moment. So we’re really hoping to have access to this high CBD oil. And give Eliot a chance.”

Texas is one of sixteen states where marijuana is illegal for medical and recreational use. Although some critics argued the law would open the barn door for other uses of marijuana, the Compassionate Use Act cleared both the House and Senate easily this session, now it is up to the governor.

Source:http://kxan.com/2015/05/23/medical-marijuana-use-in-texas-now-up-to-the-governor/


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