Research Halted on PTSD Study
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, July, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
Suzanna Sisley used to be a professor at the University of Arizona, where she was working on four years of bureaucracy and nonsense to obtain the permission in order to conduct what was thought to be an extremely beneficial study. Sisley was getting ready to conduct the first federally approved research on the effects of cannabis on PTSD, an affliction that our veterans deal with on a constant basis. There are very few studies regarding the subject available so veterans, scientists, and marijuana activists were greatly looking forward to the study when the university terminated Sisley via letter, which stated that the researcher was getting the boot because funding was running out and because "the telemedicine program she worked with is shifting in a different direction". The school denies that Sisley was fired because state legislators opposed the work and were pressuring the school to fire her, something which the school claims wasn't happening. The spokesperson from the college said that they are trying to find someone to replace Sisley.
People were outraged when the story began to circulate the internet. Firing someone who was so close to conducting such an important study? Not okay. The study would've taken fifty vets, all suffering from the effects of PTSD, and tested those symptoms with different strains and smoking methods of marijuana. This study would've been the first and only controlled study of the effects that marijuana has on the illness and the fact that it's not commencing has a lot of people hanging their heads.
While the teacher is asking to be reinstated, Ricardo Pereyda said that ending the study is a huge disservice to military vets. Pereyda served in the Army in the Iraqi war and now suffers from the symptoms, which include serious depression, anxiety, and bad insomnia. "It allowed me to get some much needed rest and sleep," he said. "It reduced my anxiety attacks. It just allowed me to regain something that I had lost overseas during my deployment and allowed me to reconnect with people around me."
The process of getting funding and approval for research like this is difficult and Sisley had made it quiet far. With her termination, there is a great worry that the study will no be continued. That ominous feeling is only reinforced by a statement released by Matt Barden, a spokesperson for the Drug Enforcement Administration. He stated, "In regards to medical marijuana, the DEA of course recognizes the pain and suffering of individuals with seriously illness and their need for medication. However, the FDA has repeatedly concluded that marijuana has a high potentially for addition and no acceptable level of medical use." Unfortunately for Barden, the DEA, and the FDA, the acceptance of medical marijuana is spreading like wildfire and the pressure to conduct studies like these will only increase the longer the "War on Drugs" is dragged out.
Illinois Legalizes Medical Marijuana For Children With Seizures
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
July 20 (Reuters) - Illinois children and adults with epilepsy will soon be allowed to use marijuana to ease their symptoms under a law signed on Sunday by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, the latest in a series of measures loosening restrictions on cannabis by U.S. states.
The move to add epilepsy and other seizure disorders to the list of conditions legal to treat with marijuana or its extracts comes as numerous states have made medical use of the drug legal. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized its recreational use.
"This new law will help alleviate the suffering of many adults and children across the state," Quinn said in statement. "Epilepsy is a debilitating condition, and this much-needed relief will help to reduce some of its symptoms for those who endure seizures."
The Illinois law, which takes effect in January, would allow children who experience seizures to be treated with non-smokable forms of cannabis, as long as they have permission from a parent.
"I have a 14-year-old constituent by the name of Hugh who lives with epilepsy," said Republican state lawmaker Jim Durkin, who co-sponsored the new law. "His parents, Bob and Kelly, want to provide their son with as much relief as possible. Unfortunately, traditional medications and methods have not worked."
The state is putting the final touches on a broader medical marijuana plan, a tightly regulated program whose regulations were finalized just last week.
Residents will be allowed to apply for permission to use the drug to treat medical conditions in September, and the full program is expected to be up and running early next year, Quinn spokeswoman Katie Hickey said on Sunday.
Arizona To Allow Medical Marijuana For PTSD
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 11th 2014 by THCFinder
One of the conditions that would most benefit from the effects of marijuana is PTSD. Post traumatic stress disorder effects many of the people who are whisked overseas and fight for our freedoms... Which should include the freedom of getting the best medicine possible when they return from duty. However, that's not the case most of the time. Instead, the vets get told that they are not allowed to use a natural medicine like marijuana but instead are fed Vicodin and morphine. When vets ask for the plant, they are scorned at the VA hospital, being told that no, marijuana is still illegal.
Officials in Arizona, however, are beginning to think differently regarding their residents that have fought in wars. On Wednesday, the Director of the Department of Health and Services Will Humble, announced that PTSD sufferers will be able to utilize marijuana for their symptoms starting January 1st. Not only in this a great step for the vets who reside in Arizona but for marijuana advocates everywhere. Most states and laws do not recognize PTSD as a valid condition for medical marijuana and pro-potters have been trying to convince people that cannabis is extremely good for veterans and helps relieve their worst symptoms.
Humble published a blog post on the health department's website on Wednesday, stating, "Today, I issued a Director's Decision that will authorize the use of marijuana for patients that are currently undergoing conventional treatment for a diagnosis of PTSD. Physician certifications would be valid only for the palliative care of PTSD symptoms (not treatment). Certifying physicians will be required to attest that they have reviewed evidence documenting that the patient is currently undergoing conventional treatment for PTSD before signing the medical marijuana certification." The announcement from Humble comes as a surprise, as he previously said that there was insufficient evidence on cannabis' effects on PTSD. Humble seemed to change his mind about the subject when an administrative law judge suggested that state officials allow the use of cannabis for PTSD.
Those that are suffering from PTSD will be able to use the plant this January, after the state has time to work out official rules and regulations. The dispensaries also need to prepare their educational literature as well as up their stocks, as there are many people that suffer from PTSD and will probably end up needing the plant to help assist them sleep, eat, and live normally. Hopefully the new ruling will allow PTSD sufferers to get the help and treatment that they need.
Pharmacist urges county to prepare for medical marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 9th 2014 by THCFinder
Brevard County commissioners want to know how they can handle issues related to medical marijuana dispensaries, with a focus on zoning approaches for such facilities.
After hearing Tuesday from three speakers discussing the issue, commissioners asked county planning and development officials to do the research and report back to the commission.
The issue came before the commission after Satellite Beach pharmacist Eric Luzar made a citizen’s request to put it on the agenda.
Luzar is a founder, along with other Florida pharmacists, of Sunrise Compassionate Care, which is considering getting involved in medical marijuana dispensaries should voters in November approve the medicinal use of pot,as well as related to a recently passed state law.
Luzar said he and pharmacists from Fort Lauderdale, Naples and St. Petersburg have formed a business venture to open medical marijuana dispensaries around the state, if permitted by state regulations. Locally, he said, potential sites could be on Merritt Island and in Palm Bay.
Luzar told commissioners he believes such dispensaries should have pharmacists involved in dispensing the marijuana.
Additionally, he said, the County Commission needs to decide how it wants to set up zoning rules for such dispensaries, such as hours of operation; restrictions on on-site consumption; how far away they should be from schools, churches or residentially zoned property.
Initially, the state will have dispensaries tied to a recently passed law allowing the use of a special strain of marijuana that is supposed to eliminate or dramatically reduce life-threatening seizures in children with severe epilepsy. The law also allows patients who suffer from severe muscle spasms or cancer to be put on a “compassionate-use registry” for the product, as long as their doctors approve.
Florida’s law, known as the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, restricts legal marijuana to strains that are low in euphoria-inducing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and high in cannabadiol, or CBD.
The bill allows physicians to start ordering this marijuana for medical use by their eligible patients on Jan. 1.
Read more: http://www.floridatoday.com
New York legalizes medical marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 8th 2014 by THCFinder
(CNN) -- New York became the latest state to permit the use of medical marijuana on Monday.
At a news conference in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act, which allows doctors to prescribe marijuana in a nonsmokable form to patients with serious ailments that are recognized by the state on a predefined but flexible list of conditions.
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The bill was passed by the State Assembly and Senate in June, said Jason Elan, a spokesman for Sen. Diane Savino, a sponsor of the bill.
Cuomo said Monday that it was difficult to develop and pass the bill because it needed to embrace increased medical acceptance of marijuana while rejecting situations and conditions that state legislators said could have "good intent and bad results."
"There is no doubt that medical marijuana can help people," Cuomo said Monday. "We are here to help people. And if there is a medical advancement, then we want to make sure that we're bringing it to New Yorkers."
Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein said the "patient-centric program" will provide relief to thousands of people and will be "one of the safest, most tightly regulated medical marijuana programs in the country."
The legalization of medical marijuana has had "overwhelming support" in state polls, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has said in a statement.
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Cuomo has said the act included criminal penalties in case a person tries to defraud the system, as well as a "fail safe" mechanism allowing the governor to "suspend the program at any time on recommendation of either the State Police Superintendent or the Commissioner of Health if there is a risk to the public health or public safety."
New York will be the 23rd state, along with the District of Columbia, to allow medical marijuana in some form, according to information compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Among the states that allow medical marijuana are Connecticut, Vermont and New Jersey, each of which borders New York.
The momentum has picked up recently, with most of these efforts taking effect over the past decade.
Read more: http://www.cnn.com
Raleigh NC Passes CBD Oil Bill
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 7th 2014 by THCFinder
Epilepsy is a terrible affliction, especially for those who suffer and are children. The amount of seizures that a child can have a day can seriously stunt the growth of the brain and development, leaving young kids unable to hold up their own heads, eat on their own, walk, or function in any way. With harsh medicine and sometimes even animal tranquilizers, it's shocking that a natural medicine like cannabis would be looked over, simply because of some negative nonsense. The plant could help hundreds of thousands of people to cope with the sadness of dealing with epilepsy.
For those who follow my Instagram, you'll know that I'm currently writing from the city of Raleigh, located in North Carolina. So you can only imagine the goofy smile on my face when I stumbled across the article stating that Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill, allowing epileptic patients to get CBD oil in order to treat the disorder. The North Carolina Senate unanimously voted on House Bill 1220. The bill states that hemp oil extract is now to be considered legal and regulated when a patient has tried three or more treatments and failed to respond. The oil that has been approved is derived from the Charlotte's Web strain, developed for this specific purpose of treating epilepsy in children. The strain is very low in THC but extremely high in CBD, the substance that cannabis contains that has been proven to decrease seizures to the point where the child can function normally and be almost seizure free.
The State Representative that suggested the bill, Pat McElraft, introduced the legislation (named "Hope 4 Haley and Friends") says that the bill isn't going to legalize medical marijuana. Instead, this bill is directed at the children who suffer. McElraft stated that, "This is only a medicine for these children so that they can develop motor skills." The Department of Health and Human Services has until October 1st to set up temporary rules regarding the registration cards for the use of the oil, as well as a database of registered caregivers, patients, and neurologists that recommend the treatment.
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