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Iowa Senate Subcommittee Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
DES MOINES, IA – A bill that would legalize the medical use of marijuana in Iowa was approved by a Senate subcommittee Monday, but is unlikely to advance further this year.
 
Senator Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, said that his bill, Senate File 79, lacks support in the full Human Resources Committee, where the bill has been assigned.
 
The bill was approved by a three person subcommittee on Monday following testimony from citizens suffering from multiple sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder,  who told the subcommittee that marijuana was a better alternative to synthetic prescription drugs.
 
Sen. Bolkom’s bill would exempt patients in Iowa suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, severe pain and nausea, and other ailments from arrest and prosecution for using marijuana under their physicians’ recommendations.
 
Patients or their caregivers would be able to grow their medicine or they could obtain it from a nonprofit dispensary.
 
Republican subcommittee member Sen. Joni Ernst opposed the bill, saying it would be difficult to ensure dispensaries wouldn’t sell marijuana to people without a recommendation.
 

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UMass Professor Blocked From Growing Marijuana For Medical Research

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, February, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
BOSTON — Although Massachusetts is now the 18th state to allow the medical use of marijuana, scientists continue to grapple with understanding the properties of the drug and developing pot into medicine. Some researchers blame the federal government for blocking more study that could clarify marijuana’s medicinal benefits. The federal government says marijuana has no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse, and it recently upheld marijuana’s classification in the same category of drugs as heroin and LSD.
 
Lyle Craker is an agriculture professor at UMass Amherst who studies medicinal plants. For more than a decade, he’s tried to get permission from the federal government to grow marijuana for medical studies. Rick Doblin is founder and director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, or MAPS, which is sponsoring Craker’s efforts.
 
WBUR’s Deborah Becker spoke with Craker and Doblin, who said that some 40 years after researchers first touted marijuana’s medicinal benefits, they haven’t been able to get very far.
 
Read more: http://www.wbur.org

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North Carolina Lawmakers Kill Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, February, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
The GOP-controlled North Carolina House Rules Committee killed a medical marijuana legalization bill earlier this week, after lawmakers complained that backers of the measure were bothering them with requests for their support.
 
As WRAL's N.C. Capitol blog reports, lawmakers allowed only 20 minutes of public debate on the legislation before deciding to give it an "unfavorable report." An infrequently used procedure, such an action effectively prevents any further medical marijuana legalization bills from being considered by the General Assembly this session.
 
A state Republican explained the extraordinary maneuver to N.C. Capital blog:
 
"We did it to be done with it, so people could move on for the session," said Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake. He said lawmakers we're being "harassed" with phone calls and emails about medical marijuana.
 
The medical marijuana movement has seen some support in North Carolina, and on Wednesday, Catherine Lyles, a 51-year-old brain cancer survivor testified before lawmakers, telling them that marijuana had allowed her to regain her appetite after treatment. Medical marijuana advocates reportedly heavily outnumbered the single opponent who appeared at the hearing, but lawmakers were apparently unmoved by the showing of support.
 

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