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Man grew cannabis plantation to cure his mother's cancer

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
A MAN who believed radiation and chemotherapy treatment killed three loved ones started growing cannabis because it was a "major benefit" to the immune system and "cured" his mother of cancer.
 
Michael Bede Dooley, 59, was given a six-month fully suspended jail sentence in the NT Supreme Court for cultivating 81 cannabis plants, The Northern Territory News reports.
 
The service station owner of Batchelor, south of Darwin, had been growing the crops for up to seven months when police raided his property in May last year.
 
The court was told that Dooley was growing the plants because he believed cannabinoids were beneficial to the human immune system and could cure his sick mother.
 
Justice Peter Barr was told his belief stemmed from the loss of his wife, grandmother and friend who were all undergoing radiation or chemotherapy when they died.
 
Justice Barr said: "This case is a most unusual one."
 

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Doctors and patients could decide who gets medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
Draft rules for medical use of marijuana in Massachusetts, issued Friday by the state Department of Public Health, largely leave it up to doctors to decide which patients will qualify for treatment with the drug.
 
Patients must have a debilitating condition -- defined as causing weakness, wasting syndrome, intractable pain or nausea, or impairing strength or ability and limiting major life activities -- and the regulations list qualifying conditions, including cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and ALS. But the rules also would allow doctors and their patients to decide what other conditions would qualify patients for treatment.
 
The 45 pages of rules also would require applicants wishing to open a medical marijuana treatment center, known as a dispensary, to be a nonprofit and to operate their own cultivation and dispensing facilities. No wholesale distribution of marijuana products would be allowed, the department said in a news release.
 
“This allows for uniform seed-to-sale control and maximized security,” the release said.
 
Voters in November approved a ballot referendum that legalized marijuana for medical use, but the measure left it to the health department to issue regulations that would implement the law
 

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Seeds vs Clones

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
These days it seems Cannabis growers only talk about using clones. A clone is a cutting from a ‘mother plant’ and according to Wikipedia any organism whose genetic information is identical to that of a parent organism from which it was created . Many medical marijuana dispensaries offer clones for sale as a service to their patients.  The advantages would seem obvious, you know what strain it is, what you can expect for yield and strength. And for an indoor grower it shortens the entire cycle by a month or more.
 
However there are other growers that rarely use clones if at all. The anti-clone argument goes like this: Annual plants like cannabis were never “designed” to be maintained for years and years in order to maintain “clone only” varieties. Because these plants do not live for more than a year in natural conditions, perpetually fighting off environmental stresses, diseases and insects weakens the “vigor” of the genetics. The original plant from seed is capable of yielding more than a cloned offspring- the difference in yield only increases with time.
 
Cannabis plants grown from seed produce a Tap Root, cloned plants simply cannot-they produce a fibrous root system only. The Tap Root is a survival advantage in nature, as it is in any growing condition. A tap root not only more firmly anchors the plant down for better support, it is capable of driving downward to great depths in search of water and nutrients; an immeasurable advantage when growing outdoor crops in hot and dry conditions.
 
Indoor growers will tend to use clones more than outdoor growers for those reasons. Another advantage to seeds is a legal and practical one.
 

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Is medical marijuana just a few votes from passage in the Illinois state House?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
The sponsor of an Illinois medical marijuana bill said it is “one or two” votes short of passage in the state House, according to a report by the Pekin Times.
 
State Representative Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie, has proposed a four-year pilot program with limits on how much marijuana a patient could purchase every two weeks, and which specifies just a few conditions eligible for such treatment, the Times said. Opponents told the Times they still have strong concerns about the bill, particularly that the upper limit on marijuana might be too high, and that law enforcement does not have adequate means of assessing whether a driver with a medical marijuana prescription is too impaired to drive.
 
The Huffington Post reported that the legislation would allow for 66 licensed dispensaries in the state, and noted that the state Senate has approved similar bills in the past.
 

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San Diego mayor OK with some marijuana vending machines

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
The San Diego mayor’s office accepts the use of some marijuana vending machines, according to a major manufacturer of the drug-dispensing devices.
 
Mayor Bob Filner proposed banning marijuana vending machines earlier this month after Medbox Inc. announced it obtained leases to put the machines in up to 30 locations around the city.
 
In a statement released Tuesday, Medbox said an attorney working on behalf of the mayor’s office had clarified that only certain types automated dispensing machines would be prohibited.
 
“The Mayor’s opposition is to ‘vending machines’ that do not have a human element of security,” the attorney told Medbox. “The Medbox technology is a device that goes behind the counter to provide the dispensary owner additional inventory control and oversight, and in the office’s opinion, is not a vending machine and would not be banned by the proposed City ordinance.”
 

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Medical Cannabis

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 25th 2013 by THCFinder


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