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Medical marijuana will create 1,500 jobs in Arizona

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
PHOENIX -- When Arizona voters approved the use of medical marijuana in 2010, Steve Cottrell saw a way to combine his laboratory background and his interest in the plant he'd been studying since his 11-year-old son died of cancer more than a decade before.
 
Cottrell is now the owner of AZ Med Testing, a medical- marijuana testing laboratory. Dispensaries pay Cottrell and his business partner, Brenda Perkins, to test marijuana samples for mold and pesticides.
 
"We're making money, but we definitely have our challenges," he said. "But now that dispensaries are open, it's moving forward."
 
According to a study sponsored by the Regulated Dispensaries of Arizona Association, the jobs at AZ Med Testing are among estimated 1,500 that will be created by Arizona's medical-marijuana industry.
 
Tim Hogan, an Arizona State University research associate who authored the study, used information from Oregon's established medical marijuana industry to estimate the size of Arizona's market
 
"It's a pretty simple industry," he said. "There's not too much nuance. The main driving mechanism is how many patients."
 
Hogan found that the industry had the potential to create not only 1,500 direct jobs for marijuana growers and dispensary employees but up to 5,000 indirect jobs at places like grocery stores.
 
Arizona has approximately 38,000 medical marijuana cardholders and is allowed 126 dispensaries, a percentage of the state's operating pharmacies. Only a handful are open now.
 
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San Diego City Council Rejects Mayors Medical Marijuana Proposal Without Consideration

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
San Diego City Council rejected Mayor Filner’s medical marijuana zoning proposal without consideration, voting instead to re-introduce their extremely restrictive original zoning proposal, overturned by a voter signature drive in 2011, with additional new restriction suggestions.
 
Mayor Filner had introduced his medical marijuana zoning proposal at the beginning of the council session dedicated to its consideration.
 
Describing his proposal, Mayor Filner said, “I’ve tried to do both – to widen access and increase protection for neighborhoods and children.”
 
Faced with a full house of speakers on the issue, Council President Todd Gloria instructed speakers to limit their comments to the mayor’s medical marijuana ordinance being considered and give feedback on the same. For the next three and a half hours, dozens of speakers spoke for and against the provisions of the ordinance, with the majority of speakers being in favor of the mayor’s proposal. Clark Metcalf, a patient suffering from a traumatic brain injury stated, “I believe that we should have safe, responsible, access and I thank the mayor for proposing this.”
 

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Marijuana Pill May Be Better for Pain

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, April, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
A pill form of marijuana may work just as well to relieve pain as the smoked form, but with fewer side effects, new research suggests.
 
In the study, people who either smoked marijuana or took the drug dronabinol — a pill that contains the active ingredient of marijuana — were able to hold their hands in a bath of ice water (showing that they could tolerate the pain of the cold temperature) for longer than participants who took a placebo.
 
What's more, the pain-reducing effect of dronabinol lasted longer than that of smoking marijuana, the researchers said. While smoking the drug decreased pain sensitivity for about 2.5, the pill continued to have pain-reducing effects for about 4.5 hours. However, analgesic effects of the pill took about an hour to kick in, compared with about 15 minutes for smoking marijuana.
 
Medical marijuana is legal in 18 states, and studies have suggested that smoking the drug relieves pain. For instance, a 2010 study found that smoking marijuana eased pain from nerve injuries.
 
However, more research is needed to confirm the results. Because the study involved healthy people, it's not clear if individuals who suffer from a condition such as chronic pain would experience the same effect from the pill. (But Cooper noted that, in the past, drugs that worked in early studies to reduce the pain of an ice bath ended were indeed later shown to relieve chronic pain.)
 

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Allow medical marijuana in Florida?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
Eighteen states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Next year voters in Florida could be faced with the choice of whether to join them.
 
A citizens' campaign to legalize medical marijuana in the Sunshine State got a big boost last month when John Morgan, among Florida's most visible lawyers and prolific political fundraisers, agreed to lead the effort. In one of today's Front Burner columns, Morgan recounts his very personal reasons for stepping up.
 
But today's other columnist, Debi MacIntyre — leader of a Lake County coalition fighting youth substance abuse — argues that there are safer, more medically sound and less abuse-prone alternatives to medical marijuana.
 
Though a recent poll indicated that more than 70 percent of Floridians favored legalizing medical marijuana, proposals to do so in the Legislature have never gotten much traction with members. This year is no exception.
 
Another path to legalization — an amendment to the Florida Constitution — would need signatures on petitions from almost 700,000 voters to secure a spot on the 2014 ballot. Then it would need support from at least 60 percent of voters.
 

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Uses of medical marijuana soon may include PTSD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow people with post-traumatic stress disorder to get medical marijuana cards, but not all lawmakers were sold on the idea.
 
Senate Bill 281, which passed on a 19-11 vote, is now headed to the House.
 
The issue divided many of the Senate Republicans, some of whom weren’t convinced that medical marijuana would effectively treat the anxiety disorder.
 
While there has been anecdotal evidence about its beneficial effects on post-traumatic stress disorder, there isn’t a consensus about the drug in the medical community.
 
“You know you could sit down with a bottle of Jack Daniels and listen to Charlie Daniels and probably get the same effect,” said Sen. Alan Olsen, R-Canby, a former narcotics investigator.
 
Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, said he voted against the bill because he thinks that marijuana should be treated like any other medicine.
 

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Pharmaceutical Companies Rush To Patent Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
It seems like one of the greatest fears of the medical marijuana community is slowly being realized, as corporations quickly adopt cannabinoids into their vast profile of patented medicines. Leading the charge is GW Pharmaceuticals (1), a UK- based pharmaceutical company who manufacturers Sativex, an outrageously overpriced oral spray that relies on THC and CBD for its medical effects.
 
Although Sativex is not currently available to patients in the U.S., it can be prescribed in Canada, the UK and other European countries, at a price of £175 per bottle. As crazy as it sounds, the only difference between a £175 bottle of Sativex and a $20 bottle of marijuana extract from your local dispensary are the patents that GW Pharma has been all-too-quick to file.
 
Just last month, GW Pharma’s newest patent application (2) was published with the title “Phytocannabinoids in the treatment of cancer.” That’s right, the makers of Sativex are trying to patent the compounds of marijuana for treating all forms of cancer. But is that even allowed?
 
Probably not, since medical marijuana’s cancer-fighting effects have been well known since the 70s, not to mention prominent spokespeople of the movement, such as Rick Simpson, who have provided personal testimonies of marijuana’s ability to cure cancer. As a result, it is unlikely that a patent would be granted on medical marijuana itself or common extracts like hemp oil.
 
Even still, pharmaceutical companies are well aware of the loopholes in patent laws that can easily be exploited by slightly altering a chemical or formula, which is what seems to be the case with GW Pharma. In their most recent patent, all GW Pharma had to do to claim exclusive rights to the cancer-fighting effects of cannabis was to call it a “botanical drug substance”, which they define as a mixture of cannabinoids and non-cannabinoid materials. As a result, GW may just be holding the golden ticket to a cutting-edge cure for cancer, something that has eluded medical research for decades.
 

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