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Delaware Considers Reviving Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, April, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
DOVER, DE — As the two-year anniversary of the signing of Delaware’s medical marijuana act approaches in May, state officials look to move forward with the now-halted medical marijuana program.
 
On May 13, 2011, Gov. Jack A. Markell signed legislation to allow state-regulated distribution of medical marijuana in good faith. The federal government had issued a memorandum in 2009 from then-U.S. Attorney General David W. Ogden, which had stated it was not a priority of the federal government to prosecute patients and their caregivers acting “in clear and ambiguous compliance” with state laws.
 
“It was largely based on that guidance,” Gov. Markell said of Senate Bill 17.
 
The act does not allow individuals to grow medical marijuana, but allows a patient with certain qualifying conditions, such as HIV, cancer and multiple sclerosis, to purchase up to six ounces of marijuana from any of the three proposed state-regulated compassion distribution centers.
 
Patients, at least 18 years of age, and caregivers for homebound patients can apply for an ID card which grants protection from arrest.
 

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Human Marijuana Trials Moving Forward To Determine Medical Benefits

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, April, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
Thousands of medical marijuana patients in the United States rely on the drug to alleviate a multitude of symptoms from cachexia to nerve pain; nevertheless, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) still considers it a Schedule I controlled substance that has no accepted medical use.
 
Despite this law-enforcement-agency-approved “analysis,” doctors are conducting their own research. In Israel, the Meir Medical Center is recruiting Crohn’s Disease sufferers for a study on the ability of marijuana to treat the inflammatory bowel disease, which affects 400,000-600,000 North Americans.
 
In San Francisco, for more than five years, doctors at California Pacific Medical Center have been studying the effects of the marijuana compound cannabidiol (CBD) on metastatic cancer cells (i.e., very aggressive tumor cells).  In their recently published large-scale animal trial, brain scans revealed the disruption of tumor cells after CBD was used to switch off a specific gene regulator.
 

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Should medical marijuana be legal in Illinois?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, April, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
A swing in public attitudes about marijuana could lead to passage this year of an Illinois law allowing medical use of the drug, according to proponents.
 
A vote in the Illinois House is expected this week on House Bill 1, a bill that would create a four-year pilot program through which patients suffering certain ailments could use marijuana. If approved, it then would go to the Senate, which approved such a measure once before.
 
The bill's opponents include the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. The group's director, John H. Kennedy, said officers are concerned about users driving under the influence and the amount of marijuana people would be allowed to possess.
 
Nineteen states have legalized the medical use of marijuana.
 
Read more: http://www.bnd.com

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Cannabis Career Institute offering medical marijuana school

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, April, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Senate panel unanimously approved a bill earlier this week that will pave the way for medical marijuana dispensaries in the state of Nevada.
 
And now, for the first time ever, a medical marijuana school is teaching the A-B-C's of starting your own budding business.
 
The Cannabis Career Institute announced Friday the first Nevada school to teach all things medical marijuana.
 
They say that dispensaries are a growth industry and feel confident this will be a big hit in Nevada.
 
The CCI began about five years ago and they operate in five states across the nation.
 
According to them, 1,500 students have learned how to be "budding" entrepreneurs and enrollment for the Nevada school will begin Saturday.
 
Attorney Michael Becker has defended several medical marijuana users and he sees this as a win-win.
 
Read more: http://www.ktnv.com

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House bill would bar Feds from acting against legalized marijuana in states

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, April, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON — Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., on Friday introduced “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013,” which would prevent the federal government from prosecuting residents who are acting in accordance with their state’s marijuana laws.
 
The bill, H.R. 1523, would legalize marijuana at the federal level to the extent it is legal at the state level.
 
“This bipartisan bill represents a common-sense approach that establishes federal government respect for all states’ marijuana laws,” Rohrabacher said in a statement.  “It does so by keeping the federal government out of the business of criminalizing marijuana activities in states that don’t want it to be criminal.”
 
So far, 18 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have legalized the use of marijuana to some extent, mostly for medical reasons, and Washington and Colorado have legalized its recreational use.
 
Those co-sponsoring the bill are Reps. Justin Amash, R-Mich., Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Don Young, R-Alaska
 

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Feds force Oregon to surrender medical marijuana patient records

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
Federal agents have forced the Oregon Public Health Division to turn over an untold number of patients’ medical marijuana records, according to court records recently uncovered by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
 
Department of Justice Special Agent Michael Gutensohn applied for a warrant to seize the records that was executed in November as part of an investigation into medical marijuana growers who were suspected of selling goods illegally.
 
“I have probable cause to believe that records from the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program will contain evidence and instrumentalities of marijuana manufacturing and trafficking and conspiracy to commit marijuana manufacturing and trafficking offenses,” he wrote.
 

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