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8 in 10 Kentuckians support medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, May, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
Nearly 8 in 10 Kentuckians think residents should be able to purchase marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor recommends it, according to the 2012 Kentucky Health Issues Poll.
 
More than 4 in 10 adults in Kentucky support having lawmakers make the decision on whether the drug should be legal for medical uses, according to the poll. About the same number say voters should decide the issue.
 
The findings have some health officials concerned.
 
“The Food & Drug Administration lists marijuana in the most restricted category of the Controlled Substance Act, meaning it has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and is not safe for use, even under medical supervision,” said Mary Francis, director of the Assistance for Substance Abuse Prevention Center. “Marijuana plants contain over 400 chemicals, some of which are known carcinogens.”
 

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Smoking lots of marijuana lowers risk for bladder cancer, doctor says

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, May, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
A new study that spanned 11 years found that smoking marijuana may lower the chances of getting bladder cancer.
 
The study’s not been peer-reviewed yet, USA Today reported. It involved 83,000 men who smoked marijuana, cigarettes or both, Raw Story reported.
 
The findings, presented at the American Urological Association, found that men who smoked cigarettes increased their risks of bladder cancer, but that men who smoked marijuana only actually decreased their risks, Raw Story reported. Further, the study found that men who smoked both still have a higher chance of bladder cancer, but it was still a lower chance than those who smoked only cigarettes, Raw Story said.
 
“Cannabis use only was associated with a 45 percent reduction in bladder cancer incidence, and tobacco use only was associated with a 52 percent increase in bladder cancer,” the study’s author, Dr. Anil Thomas, said, Raw Story reported.
And smoking a lot of marijuana brought the greatest positive results.
 
Those who smoked marijuana more than 500 times a year had even less risk of bladder cancer than those who smoked the drug only once in a while
 

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Montana's Medical Marijuana Industry Goes Down

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, May, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — If American society's tolerance for marijuana is now growing, then what happened in Montana illustrates just what can happen when the government decides things have gone too far.
 
Pot advocates were running caravans, helping hundreds of residents in a day get medical marijuana user cards. Some doctors who conducted cursory exams on scores of people were fined. As the number of users quickly grew, so did a retail industry that led some to dub the state "Big High Country."
 
Today, thousands of medical pot providers have gone out of business, and a health department survey showed that the number of registered users have fallen to less than a quarter of their 2011 numbers.
 
The drop was driven in part by a tougher 2011 law on medical marijuana use and distribution. But more than anything, marijuana advocates say, the demise of the once-booming medical pot industry was the result of the largest federal drug-trafficking investigation in the state's industry.
 
The three-year investigation by the U.S. attorney's office, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal agencies wrapped up last week when the last of 33 convicted defendants was sentenced. That allowed its architect, U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter, to speak publicly for the first time on the crackdown.
 
"For a long time, we were hearing complaints from local law enforcement and from citizens ... that they were tired of marijuana and they were tired of it next to schools, to churches, people smoking it openly on the streets," Cotter said in an interview with The Associated Press.
 
"It was just something that had to be done," he said. "And the result of doing it the way that we did, it was a strong statement that marijuana wasn't going to be tolerated in Montana."
 

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Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, May, 12th 2013 by THCFinder

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Legal Marijuana, Coming to a Vending Machine Near You

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, May, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
It plans to dominate the legalized marijuana industry and become a star of Wall Street in the process:  Medbox says it is set to be a core part of the infrastructure of a drug business that, judging by current trends, will get a lot bigger in the coming decade.
 
Eighteen U.S. states have already passed some form of medical marijuana laws, and last year recreational marijuana was cleared for legalization by voters in Washington and Colorado. In a feature piece on Medbox this week, Bloomberg Businessweek said $1.7 billion of legal marijuana could be sold this year, reaching $5 billion by 2018.
 
Plenty of small companies are scrambling to get in on the action, spotting an informal and largely illegal industry that looks set to grow into something much more consolidated and professional. We took a look at a few of them after the legalization votes last year.
 
Some aim to produce pharmaceutical-grade drugs, others want to run chains of retail stores, but Medbox sees itself as something of an infrastructure company, Businessweek reported:
 
Medbox’s core product resembles a Redbox DVD dispenser, only it’s black, refrigerated, and armored. Bedrick avoids the term vending machine because you can’t just saunter up to a Medbox, put in a few bills, and walk away with a stash of weed. The devices sit behind sales counters at state-licensed marijuana dispensaries. Biometric technology identifies the fingerprints of patients carrying state-issued medical marijuana cards. Clerks hand over plastic vials of cannabis leaf or, depending on the machine, cannabis-infused brownies, lozenges, or other “medibles.” A database tracks everything so that patients can’t buy more than their legal allotment, clerks can’t pilfer the merch, and states can collect taxes.
 
The company’s technology, including patents connected to automated dispensing of drugs by machines connected to databases of prescription holders, has application well beyond the medical marijuana industry. Its founder, Bruce Bedrick, told Corporate Intelligence it is “the safest, most secure and legally compliant way to store and dispense” drugs of the herbal or pharmaceutical variety.
 

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Medicinal Marijuana May Help Ease Pets' Pain!

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, May, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
Although pets don't often show it - a lot of pets can and do feel pain.
 
Which was definitely the case for veterinarian Dr. Doug Kramer after his precious pet dog was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
 
Wanting to make sure the dog lived the rest of its life happy - Kramer decided to give the dog medical marijuana which is legal in the state of California.
 
And although people may frown upon using medical marijuana on a pet dog, PETA actually is for using marijuana upon one's own pets as long as it for medicinal purposes. It is not medicine to just blow smoke in your dog's face which is definitely not cool!
Kramer is hoping to develop a type of medical marijuana for animals that is totally safe to use.
 
Here's what he said:
“My goal is to have a pain medication somewhere between aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs without knocking your dog out."
 
Here's hoping to his success!
 
Marijuana can be a medicine even if not everyone uses it as such!
 

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