Medical marijuana: Local cancer patient's card is his saving grace
In March, area resident Jules Demetrius went to the doctor with severe stomach pain and was immediately sent to the emergency room.
“I went in for a stomach ache and two days later they told me I had three different types of malignant cancer,” he said. “That definitely was not the Monday I was expecting.”
Demetrius spent 43 days in the hospital, receiving thousands of dollars worth of pain medication every hour. Every 45 minutes the pain returned.
Eventually, he got a visit from a friend who gave him some marijuana. He slipped outside for a walk and gave it a try and the result was remarkable.
“Within two minutes I was pain free,” he said. “Then I was pain free for the next four hours. It was maybe $5 worth of weed and it regulated the pain. At that point I was absolutely convinced.”
Demetrius, an artist and graphic designer, admits to having tried marijuana in the past, but says he was in no way a regular user. Today, he has his medical marijuana card and purchases what he needs once a week from Harvest of Tempe, then smokes every few hours as needed. Each “hit” takes away his pain for up to five hours.
He gets several different strains. Most are to help with the pain, but others help with nausea or to get to sleep. The strains are carefully engineered so there are even some available that will control pain without causing a high. That’s a huge benefit for Demetrius, who has kids and has been able to spend some time with them on his good days.
New Hampshire Legalizes Medical Marijuana
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill Tuesday legalizing marijuana for approved medical use. New Hampshire became the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana, and the final New England state to do so.
The new law, HB 573, provides for as many as four nonprofit dispensaries and allows qualified patients to possess up to two ounces of marijuana. To qualify, patients must have at least one of a limited range of conditions like cancer, Crohn’s disease or multiple sclerosis. Doctors must treat patients for at least 90 days and try other remedies before making medical marijuana recommendations.
Unlike in several other states, New Hampshire patients must purchase their medical marijuana from state-sanctioned dispensaries. They’re forbidden from growing their own or buying from other sources, leaving currently sick patients to wait as long as two years for the first dispensary to open.
New Hampshire’s House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow home cultivation of marijuana for approved patients, but that provision was stripped from the legislation by the state Senate at Hassan’s request. The Senate also struck post-traumatic stress disorder from the list of approved medical conditions and included a provision requiring patients to obtain written permission before using medical marijuana on anyone else’s private property.
“Allowing doctors to provide relief to patients through the use of appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana is the compassionate and right policy for the State of New Hampshire, and this legislation ensures that we approach this policy in the right way with measures to prevent abuse,” said Gov. Hassan in a statement.
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Medical marijuana dispensaries might offer Nevada job opportunities
Medical marijuana dispensaries could provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs as well as patients in Nevada, according to the CEO of a business training center who recently held a seminar in Reno.
“Who would have thought you could have a retirement plan or future or pay for your kids’ college with marijuana?” asked Robert Calkin, president and CEO of Cannajobs and a professor at Oaksterdam University in Oakland. “Now, you can.”
Calkin began the Cannabis Career Institute when he learned that many of his students at Oaksterdam weren’t going to class to become activists or learn more about marijuana — but rather to get into the business of the drug.
According to Calkin, people were leaving classes still disappointed because, while they were learning how to grow and work with plants, they weren’t learning the business aspect.
The Cannabis Career Institute has given Calkin the opportunity to create a support group and give detailed instructions on how to operate in the business — legally.
“I’ve been used to doing this illegally all my life, and I’m happy to be able to do it legally now,” Calkin said.
About 20 people attended an institute seminar at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Reno on Saturday. The event came a little more than a month after Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 374 to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada.
“When you leave here today, no one is going to be able to tell you you’re running a criminal operation,” Calkin said.
Read more: http://www.rgj.com
Individuals with PTSD top list of those registered in Connecticut to use medical marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
People suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder so far represent the largest group of Connecticut residents who have registered with the Consumer Protection Department to use medical marijuana.
Of the 735 people who have registered with the Consumer Protection Department to use medical marijuana, 212 name PTSD as their primary qualifying condition, according to a report from the Office of Legislative Research, which used statistics from early July.
One hundred and ninety two patients with spinal cord injuries have also registered as well as 141 patients with multiple sclerosis. Another 192 people have registered with various other ailments.
Best Treatment for Migraines? Marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
Marijuana is the best treatment for migraines, writes the father of internal medicine, Dr. Sir William Osler in “The Principles and Practice of Medicine” first published in 1892.
“Cannabis indica is probably the most satisfactory remedy [for migraines],” Osler wrote, agreeing with Edward Constant Seguin – the president of the New York Neurological Society and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons professor.
Such stunning endorsements for pot come courtesy of a new online medical cannabis study program initiated by TheAnswerPage.com, which is sponsored and accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society – the oldest continuously-operating state medical society in the United States.
Founded in 1998, TheAnswerPage began offering Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses on medical marijuana July 9. While the information on TheAnswerPage is designed mainly for physicians and healthcare professionals, a daily Q&A on medical marijuana is written for the lay person.
For example, The Answer Page asks: “How many overdose deaths have occurred from cannabis?”
The answer? “Zero. Cannabis, even in concentrated forms, is incapable of causing overdose in humans.”
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IL: Medical Marijuana Will Have to Wait for Now
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois state legislature adjourned last week without addressing a medical marijuana bill that some lawmakers hoped to push through before the end of the legislative session.
The bill will be reintroduced when the new legislative session begins later this month, and could see a vote within the first few months of the year.
“While disappointing, the news doesn’t come as a shock. We’ve been operating under a time crunch and against some competing issues all along,” said MPP legislative analyst Dan Riffle. “While this shouldn’t be a partisan issue, Illinois Democrats do tend to support medical marijuana more than their Republican counterparts.”
Following the November elections, Democrats now hold super-majorities in both the Illinois House and Senate.
Could this super-majority be the key to making Illinois the 19th medical marijuana state?
“It won’t be a slam dunk by any means, but we’re more optimistic heading into the next session than we were going into this one,” said Riffle.
Some Republicans in the Illinois House said they opposed legalizing medical marijuana because it could be a “gateway drug” to abuse of other illegal substances.
Democrat Rep. Lou Lang, sponsor of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, said in early November that he was closing in on enough votes in the House to pass the bill, but then delayed a late November vote on the bill because he did not want the bill to fail.
If passed, the bill would create a three year medical marijuana trail program in the state. Qualified patients would be allowed to buy and use up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis during a two-week period.
Illinois would become the second most populous state in the nation after California to allow medical marijuana.
Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana.
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