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Family uses medical marijuana to treat severely autistic son

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana is a controversial treatment option for adults – let alone children.
 
But Jeremy Echols, of Oregon, says that that the drug is helping his autistic – and severely self-destructive – 11-year-old son, Alex.
 
By the time Alex was 5, he demonstrated severe self-destructive rage – such as head-butting walls until his face was black and blue. But after enrolling Alex in the state’s medical marijuana program, the family saw a dramatic improvements in Alex’s behavior.
 
“He went from hitting himself, bloodying his face, to  within an hour or hour-and-a-half, he would be playing with toys, which at that time was almost unheard of,”  Echols said.
 
Alex’s parents give him a liquid form of the drug three times a week.  
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics is against the use of medical marijuana in children, and a doctor told My Fox New York that the drug can be toxic to children’s developing brains.  Also, there isn’t enough known about marijuana’s long-term side effects.
 
But for the Echols family, the benefits significantly outweigh the risks.
 

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Fighting Drug Addiction With Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder

For decades, Colombia has been searching for ways to treat people who are addicted to basuco, the nation's version of crack cocaine.
 
Now, the country's capital, Bogota, is considering a new approach: transition users to marijuana.
 
BBC Mundo reports that the city is interested in trying a pilot program to see if pot helps mitigate the symptoms of withdrawal that basuco users experience. The goal is to minimize the social and health risks that accompany the drug.
 
Basuco isn't the same as crack, but it's an apt comparison. Like crack, it's smokable and more common among a poorer segment of society.
 
When it comes to quality, basuco is some of the least pure cocaine out there. The base of the drug is an intermediary product that you get if you're turning coca leaves into cocaine, and it can contain residue from the solvents used in that process, including kerosene. Dealers add things like ash and crushed bricks to give it bulk. For less than a dollar, you can get a short but powerful high.
 
One expert in Bogota estimates that the city has at least 7,000 "problem users," which means they might take up to 15-20 hits a day, according to BBC Mundo.
 
To confront the issue, the city is planning to test out "controlled consumption centers," where addicts of hard drugs will be able to consume in a safer environment, with the goal of kicking the habit.
 

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Czech pharmacies begin selling medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana legally went on sale Tuesday in pharmacies across the Czech Republic for patients suffering from cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or psoriasis.
 
The new law does not foresee health insurance coverage for marijuana, touted by some as a medical miracle drug.
 
The prescription-only drug formally became legal on Monday, but was virtually unavailable as most pharmacies across the ex-communist European Union state of 10.5 million were closed over to the Easter long weekend.
 
Prague will first import the drug for about a year, reportedly from Israel or the Netherlands, until the State Institute for Drug Control starts issuing licences to local growers for a maximum of five years.
 
The institute will also determine the crop area and organise tenders for marijuana purchases from farmers.
 

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Hearing Tomorrow on Oregon Marijuana Legalization Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, April, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
SALEM, OR — April showers could bring legal cannabis flowers to Oregon if bill that would legalize marijuana possession and create a state-regulated system of legal marijuana commerce passes the State Legislature.
 
House Bill 3371, also known as the Control, Regulation and Taxation of Cannabis Act, was introduced in March by the House Committee on Revenue and has been scheduled for a hearing April 2 at 1:00 pm by the House Judiciary Committee.
 
The bill would legalize the possession of up to six plants and 24 ounces of marijuana “on the premises” of non-commercial home grows, the same amounts allowed under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, for adults 21 or older. The bill does not otherwise set possession limits, but leaves them to the Oregon Health Authority to regulate.
 
House Bill 3371 would not prevent employers from prohibiting the manufacture, delivery, possession or use of marijuana in the workplace.
 
The bill would also legalize industrial hemp.
 

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Changes to Michigan's medical-marijuana law kick in Monday

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, March, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Some of the first significant changes to Michigan's medical-marijuana law kick in Monday, including extending the one-year registry cards to two years and setting rules for the doctor-patient relationship for medical-marijuana users.
 
Voters endorsed the use of medical marijuana in 2008 to alleviate side effects of certain illnesses, such as cancer or chronic pain. But lawmakers said the law left too much open to interpretation and pushed through bipartisan measures at the end of last session designed to clarify the act. One of the biggest changes defines the type of doctor-patient relationship needed before medical marijuana use can be certified.
 
Democratic Rep. Phil Cavanagh of Redford Township in Wayne County, who sponsored one of the bills, said lawmakers had concerns that the certificates were given out too liberally, like over the phone or Internet.
 
But starting Monday, doctors must complete face-to-face medical evaluations of patients, review their relevant medical records, and assess their medical condition and history. The amendments also require follow-up with patients after providing the certification to see whether the use of medical marijuana to treat the illness is working.
 

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Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, March, 30th 2013 by THCFinder


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