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Most Docs OK With Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of doctors who responded to a survey about medical marijuana said they would approve the use of the drug to help ease pain in an older woman with advanced breast cancer.
 
In a February issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors were presented with a case vignette, as well as arguments both for and against the use of medical marijuana. Doctors were then asked to decide whether or not they would approve such a prescription for this patient.
 
The results now appear in the May 30 edition of the journal.
 
Seventy-six percent of the 1,446 doctors who responded said they would give the woman a prescription for medical marijuana. Many cited the possibility of alleviating the woman's symptoms as a reason for approving the prescription.
 
"The point of the vignette was to illustrate the kinds of patients that show up on our doorstep who need help. This issue is not one you can ignore, and some states have already taken matters into their own hands," said Dr. J. Michael Bostwick, a professor of psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
 
Bostwick wrote the "pro" side for the survey, but said he could've written the "con" side as well, because there are valid arguments on both sides of the issue.
 
"There are no 100 percents in medicine. There's a lot of anecdotal evidence that this is something we should study more. Forgive the pun, but there's probably some fire where there's smoke, and we should investigate the medicinal use of marijuana or its components," Bostwick said.
 
Marijuana comes from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. It's a dry, shredded mix of the plant's leaves, flowers, stems and seeds. It can be smoked as a cigarette or in a pipe, or it can be added to certain foods, such as brownies.
 

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Several Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients Surrender to Federal Authorities to Serve Lengthy Prison Sentences

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
Detroit, MI—(ENEWSPF)—May 27, 2013. Several Michigan medical marijuana patients and caregivers are being forced to surrender to federal authorities over the next few days to serve out lengthy prison terms, after being convicted in federal court without any opportunity to defend themselves on medical necessity or state law grounds. Some defendants went to trial while others pleaded guilty when they saw no opportunity to defend their actions under state law. Advocates are staging a press conference at the federal courthouse in Detroit on Tuesday at Noon at the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette Blvd., to draw attention to the Obama Administration's ongoing imprisonment of state lawful medical marijuana patients and providers.
 
53-year-old Michigan medical marijuana patient Jerry Duval, a kidney-pancreas transplant patient with coronary artery disease and a strict medication regimen, was sentenced earlier this year to 10 years in prison and will be surrendering to FMC Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts on June 11th. Duval will be filing a Compassionate Release Request this week, urging the the Bureau of Prisons to consider his extraordinary and compelling circumstances. Three other Michigan cultivators, Dennis Forsberg, 59, his son Lance Forsberg, 32, and Ryan Basore, 36, who were sentenced to 3-4 years in prison will be self-surrendering to FCI Morgantown in West Virginia on May 30th.
 
"Jerry Duval and his 10-year sentence is emblematic of how the Obama Administration has been undermining state medical marijuana laws, while persecuting patients who are in no way violating state law," said Steph Sherer, Executive Director with Americans for Safe Access, which is hosting Tuesday's press conference. "President Obama and Attorney General Holder must start owning up to the unnecessary torment they're forcing not only cultivators, but thousands of patients, to endure."
 
Read more: http://enewspf.com

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New Study Seeks 10,000 Veterans For Marijuana Treatment Monitoring

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
Study will base operations in Denver; $240,000 in funding already secured
 
DENVER- Medical professionals and interested parties have announced the start of Stage 1 of a new and highly ambitious study involving Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and cannabis use designed to answer a singe question: “Do Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress benefit from the Use of Medical Marijuana ?”
 
The principals involved in the project include Mary Lynn (ML) Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN, listed as the President and Co-Founder of Patients Out Of Time; Clifton Croan, MA; and attorney William Graf, of Colorado. Mathre is also the founder of the American Cannabis Nurses Association and is on the advisory board of Veterans for Medical Cannabis.
 
Funding for the project includes a pledged donation of $240,000 from Croan’s company Enigami Systems. The group is still looking for money to pay for a June 7th-10th research planning meeting in Denver, establishment of an Internet website with resources and to offset the costs of establishing the 501(c)(3) federal non-profit organization.
 

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N.H. Senate to vote on amended medical pot bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, May, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire could be on its way to joining 18 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing the medical use of marijuana by people with serious illness.
 
The Senate will vote this week on a heavily amended version of the House passed medical marijuana bill, which among other changes strikes a home grow provision advocates said was crucial to providing timely access for patients who have waited years to use marijuana legally.
 
The Senate version also removes PTSD from the list of approved conditions, decreases the number of dispensaries from five to four, and requires patients to have a state-issued ID card.
 
The changes were requested by Gov. Maggie Hassan, who supports medical use but wanted tighter regulations. 
 

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Medical marijuana helps senior sleep, contend with other problems of aging

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, May, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
Before Cherie Scott goes to sleep every night, the 86-year-old has a sweet bedtime snack: a marijuana cookie.
 
With her chic bob hairstyle and tweed blazer, Scott — who prefers to be addressed as “Mrs. Scott” — doesn’t exactly fit the stoner stereotype. Admittedly, before she tried it, she was totally against the drug.
 
“I thought the whole system, it was evil and addictive and you were a little cuckoo with it,” the Burnaby senior told The Province.
 
But when she found herself in a dire situation, unable to sleep after her husband died of lung cancer in 1980, Scott said she was desperate for relief. Fearing she would become addicted to sleeping pills, Scott’s son suggested she try marijuana.
 
Mitch D’Kugener, who has a doctor’s prescription, smoked pot to alleviate symptoms of his attention deficit disorder and arthritis pain, and he thought it might also help his mom.
 
“Now she’s having the best sleep that she’s had in the last 30 years,” he said. “Her quality of life has improved.”
 

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Substance In Marijuana Could Keep HIV From Entering Brain

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, May, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A local HIV researcher has found that a substance in marijuana could keep the virus from entering the brain.
 
THC, the main active substance in marijuana, can block inflammation and slow down HIV”s ability to reproduce itself when it attaches to a specific protein, according to Dr. Servio Ramirez, assistant professor of pathology at the Temple University School of Medicine.
 
“The idea is to prevent a lot of these cells from moving into the brain during the course of infection and if you are able to suppress or somehow control hive replication in this particular immune cell, the whole hope is that less of these cells would be entering the brain through the course of infection,” says Ramirez.
 
He says keeping the virus out of the brain is important, because many of the drugs currently used to control HIV can’t get into the brain or are not effective once there.
 

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