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Colorado marijuana dispensary owner, 11 others indicted on 71 charges

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
colorado-dispensary-owner-chargedA Colorado grand jury has indicted 12 people on allegations that they ran three medical-marijuana dispensaries as a front for an investment scam and an illegal marijuana-growing operation.
 
Among those named in the indictment are the dispensaries' owner, several of his business partners, a marijuana-grower, a lawyer and a doctor. The 12 people named in the indictment variously face charges of racketeering, marijuana cultivation and distribution, money laundering, securities fraud, tax evasion, forgery and attempt to influence a public servant.
 
The indictment was handed down last month by a state grand jury overseen by the Colorado attorney general's office. The charges were filed in Denver District Court. The 65-page indictment contains 71 total charges.
 
Carolyn Tyler, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, said the indictment was the result of "the careful oversight of the Department of Revenue and tight coordination between state agencies."
 
According to the indictment, the central figure in the case is 34-year-old Conley Hoskins.
 
Hoskins' attorney on Wednesday denied that his client was involved in anything illegal under state law.
 
"The attorney general's indictment is full of tortured and baseless allegations and is contrary in many respects to the plain language and protections provided by Amendment 20," attorney Steve Peters said, referencing the Colorado law that legalized medical marijuana. "Mr. Hoskins denies these charges and looks forward to presenting his defenses in court."
 

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A Patient's Plea for Medical Marijuana in New York

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
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Earlier this month, the New York State Assembly passed medical marijuana for the fourth time. Although this is good news, many New Yorkers living with debilitating illnesses, like myself, have learned to not get our hopes up. Unlike the 18 other states and the District of Columbia that have medical marijuana programs, New York does not provide compassionate medical care to its residents. It is completely unfair to allow people to suffer unnecessarily when there is a natural treatment which could potentially ease their pain.
 
The bill currently pending in Albany is one of the strictest and most tightly regulated medical marijuana bills in the country. It would allow patients living with an illness which their health care provider believes medical marijuana to be beneficial to access 2.5 ounces to alleviate their symptoms.
 
Research has shown marijuana to have a palliative and therapeutic effect in treating the symptoms from illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, Cancer, and multiple sclerosis (MS). As someone living with MS, I have a special interest in health care practitioners being allowed to recommend medical marijuana here in New York.
 
I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 34 years old; some of my symptoms include tingling, numbness, neuropathic pain, and fatigue. I have tried many of the prescribed pharmaceutical treatments, but none of them have had much of an impact, especially on the neuropathic pain.
 
I learned from my neurologist that my immune system was attacking something called myelin, the fatty substance that surrounds and protects the nerve fibers in the central nervous system. The nerve fibers themselves are damaged. The damaged myelin forms scar tissue (sclerosis), which gives the disease its name. When any part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is damaged or destroyed, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord are distorted or interrupted, producing a variety of symptoms.
 
As an attorney and leader in my community, I will not break the law. The risk of losing my license to practice law and the negative attention it would bring to my family is too much.
 
I want to continue serving my community as long as I am physically able to do so. I am convinced that using medical marijuana will enable me to continue to be productive and improve my quality of life.
 

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New Hampshire is about to go live with their Medical Marijuana approval

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
newhampshire-medical-marijuana-program(Reuters) - New Hampshire is set to become the final state in New England to allow medical marijuana after negotiators from the Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic-controlled House agreed Tuesday on a bill backed by Governor Maggie Hassan.
 
The law would allow up to four marijuana dispensaries to open as soon as 2015. Patients with cancer, HIV, glaucoma and other diseases would be eligible to purchase the drug with state-issued identity cards from a physician or nurse practitioner certifying that they need it to soothe pain.
 
"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," Hassan, a Democrat, said in a statement.
 
The compromise "addresses the concerns that I have heard and expressed throughout this session, and provides the level of regulation needed for the use of medical marijuana," she added.
 
Both legislative bodies must vote on the compromise language in the coming weeks, though that is seen as a formality given Hassan's support.
 
A provision in a version of the bill passed by the New Hampshire House that would have allowed patients to cultivate their own marijuana was stripped from the compromise bill, said Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, which supported the bill.
 
The compromise bill also bars the use of medical marijuana for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, and limits most caregivers - who can get marijuana prescriptions filled on a patient's behalf - to treating five medical marijuana patients at any one time.
 
"It's very restrictive in limiting access to only four points of distribution," said Simon. "We may find that's not sufficient access, but it's at least a start"
 

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Cannabis Cures Cancer Without Poison

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 18th 2013 by THCFinder

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Isn’t it strange that doctors can legally administer poison in the form of chemotherapy and radiation as well as numerous toxic pharmaceuticals and yet one of nature’s medicines- found to greatly assist cancer patients- which can be prepared by any common person without harmful side effects, is illegal and can send a person to prison for its possession?  There are numerous studies, now spanning the globe, revealing the miraculous healing properties of cannabis oil and its ability to cure cancers and other ailments without poisoning the body.
 
The International Medical Verities Association, an organization who is dedicated to providing information about new forms of medicines to both physician and layman alike, has recently added cannabis oil to their list of cancer protocol along with alpha lipoic acid, magnesium chloride, iodine, selenium and sodium bicarbonate – all nutritional supplements you can buy over the counter – well, all of them until now.
 
Cannabis oil, or Hemp oil  contains many healing benefits including a high amount of protein as well as essential fatty acids, including the harder to come by GLA’s – known to reduce inflammation and slow the growth of cancer cells.  As far as essential fatty acids go, we need a particular ratio of Omega 3, Omega 6 and GLA’s  in our body for good health.  Omega 3 comes largely from fish, Omega 6 can be found in many of our cooking oils such as olive and sunflower, but GLA is only found in a few sources such as borage oil, spirulina and hemp.  Hemp oil happens to contain the perfect 2:5:1 ratio of omega 3, 6 and GLA’s. Interesting.
 
As far as cancer goes, the research proof has been out there for a while.
 
Clear back in 1975 an article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute you can find an article called “Anti neoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids,” reporting the following cannabis positive results on cancer: “Lewis lung adenocarcinoma growth was retarded by the oral administration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinol (CBN)” using two types of cannabinoids, a family of active components in marijuana.
 

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The 'Marijuana Moms of Beverly Hills' who throw cannabis-infused dinner parties

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
beverly-hills-momsA group of mothers in wealthy Beverley Hills, California, is trying to change the perception that drugs and parenting don't mix.
 
These 'marijuana moms' meet regularly for lavish cannabis-infused dinners. Many of them smoke marijuana several times a day to relax and cope with chronic pain. 
 
They say the drug, which is legal with a prescription in the state of California, makes them better parents and better wives. 
 
Many of the women in the group are married. Most have young children. Some are wealthy stay-at-home mothers. Others work part-time as bartenders or in the service industry. One is the wife of a police officer.
 
We've all come up against people who say marijuana is for dirty druggies, but we are proof you can be good parents and productive members of society and use it,' Cheryl Shuman, a 53-year-old mother of two, said. 
'I like to think we are bringing some glamor and exclusivity to marijuana use.'
 
She compared ingesting marijuana on a regular basis to mothers in the 1960s who took 'mother's little helper' pills - Valium - to help them cope with the daily strains of motherhood and running a household. 
 
'Taking marijuana is just the same, it helps us get through the day,' she said. 
 
Shuman throws marijuana-themed dinners every month for her friends, most of whom are mothers with children. She even enlisted the help of top Beverly Hills chef David Schanhals to craft menus. 
 
Past meals have included cannabis leaf salad, chicken fried in cannabis oil and marijuana milk shakes.
 

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Vaporize Cannabis, the healthier way to smoke!

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
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Smoking is the definitive delivery method for inhaling cannabis and has begun to stagnate real research efforts, simple because no doctor can endorse smoking. Vaporization has emerged as a safer, viable delivery method for inhaling the active compounds from cannabis. But don’t take our word for it.

One of the studies conducted by the University of California, San Francisco under the umbrella of the CMCR pitted smoking versus vaporizing as a delivery method. The study, entitled “Vaporization as a Smokeless Cannabis Delivery System: A Pilot Study” used medical cannabis supplied by NIDA-grown weed at the University of Mississippi and the Volcano Classic vaporizer. The study illustrated that not only is vaporization equally as effective at delivering the same beneficial compounds of cannabis, the same compounds stay in the system for a greater duration than from smoking. Meaning, you get the best of the medicinal effects longer.

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Smoking has been reviled as a cannabis delivery method because of the harmful by products of combustion.  When asked point blank, Dr. Atkinson, Co-Director of the Center for Medical Cannabis Research (and coordinator of a decade long series of studies on the effects of cannabis) could not openly endorse the medical benefits of cannabis strictly based on smoking as the delivery method. Combusting cannabis produces carcinogens, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), tar, and other compounds that lose ground among medicinal research experts quickly.

VAS High_Smoked vs. VaporizedCannabis research hinges on the quantifiability of the delivery into the system. Initial response favored smoking for rapidity of delivery, but only by a matter of minutes. Blood saturation levels were taken at regular intervals among control groups for THC after smoking/vaporizing equal amounts of cannabis of varying concentrations (1.7%, 2.4% 6.8% – VERIFY). Vaporized cannabinoids, once absorbed into the bloodstream through inhalation, do not degrade as quickly as combusted cannabinoids. The difference is a more rapid onset with a quicker deterioration (and often more side effects) versus an only slightly more gradual onset with longer lasting effects.

This is largely based on the fact that volatilization (vaporization) of the glandular trichomes (the resinous oils that contain cannabinoids – the active agents in cannabis) produces a purer derivative in the vapor than the smoke from combustion. Smoking via combustion denatures the herbal content, and over half the compounds are destroyed when ignited. As an added bonus, because the vaporized cannabis is not denatured, it continues to volatilize/vaporize cannabinoids at varying temperatures to produce up to 4 times more vapor than smoking the same amount (your bud lasts longer).

Vaporize Cannabis For Longer, Cleaner Highs

Source: StonerDays.com


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