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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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In medical marijuana battle, Wisconsin likely won't go the way of Illinois anytime soon

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, August, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-wisIllinois became the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana Thursday, joining Michigan as the second of Wisconsin’s neighboring states to do so.
 
Patients seeking treatment still face an uphill battle to make the drug legal for medicinal purposes in Wisconsin, but that’s not stopping several state Democrats from trying.
 
Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, and Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, are co-sponsoring a bill that Taylor said is still in the drafting phase and should be ready to introduce in the fall legislative session.
 
Under the bill, medicinal marijuana could be prescribed to patients with cancer, glaucoma, AIDS-HIV, post traumatic stress disorder, seizures, severe pain and nausea, and muscle spasms.
 
Taylor said the bill would allow patients to grow up to 10 marijuana plants and have up to 3 ounces in their possession. Patients who choose not to grow their own would be able to purchase medicinal marijuana with a doctor’s prescription at state-regulated, non-profit “compassionate care centers.”
 
“It would be fairly tightly controlled,” Taylor said. “Given that, I would hope some Republicans would support this.”
 

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How Much Does The Obama Administration Spend On Medical Marijuana Enforcement?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, August, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-spendingAs part of our ongoing Peace for Patients campaign, ASA is fighting hard to end the federal war on medical cannabis patients … but we can’t do it without your help! This summer, Congress has the power to cut the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) budget on all medical cannabis enforcement, essentially calling a temporary ceasefire in the war on medical cannabis.
 
Throughout the month of August while Congress is on summer recess, organizers across the country will be meeting with their electeds in their home districts to lobby for a cut to the DOJ’s budget. To make the biggest impact, ASA needs your help informing Congress that Obama is wasting over $100,000 a day by dropping off a 100 Grand postcard and candy bar to your Senators’ and Representatives’ offices.
 
ASA’s staff has made it super easy to participate in this action by creating a Campaign Toolkit so that you have all the resources you need to be successful. Incldued in the toolkit:
 
100 Grand Postcard (see image above) to drop off
Policy Agenda to leave with congressional staff
Easy Talking Points for you to use when meeting with staff
Everything in the toolkit is downloadable, but you can also request printed copies be mailed to you at action@safeaccessnow.org
 
Steph will also be holding a conference call next week to give some updates on the Peace for Patients campaign. Join us on Thursday, August 8th to learn all about the 100 Grand action and why it’s important for you to participate!
 

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