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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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California county can protect identities of registered medical marijuana growers

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
A Northern California county that allowed registered medical marijuana growers to buy permits for up to 99 plants will not have to reveal their identities to federal authorities.
 
US prosecutors dropped their legal demands for growers' names at a hearing Friday in federal court in San Francisco, according to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper.
 
Mendocino agreed to turn over information about program finances but not "confidential, private medical information of medical marijuana patients, cultivators and activists," said Adam Wolf, a lawyer for the Emerald Growers Association of Redway, Calif.
 
The EGA represents hundreds of growers and supporters in Mendocino and Humboldt counties, the newspaper said.
 
The office of Melinda Haag, the US Attorney for Northern California, declined to comment on the settlement.
 
But Haag said last year that California's medical marijuana program had been "hijacked" by profiteers, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting.
 
Mendocino County ended its 99-plant program in January 2012 after federal authorities threatened to sue under an Obama administration-authorized crackdown on California's medical marijuana industry.
 
The state legalized cultivation and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes in 1996 when voters approved Proposition 215, but left regulation to local communities.
 

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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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