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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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Smoking Vs. Vaporizing

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 20th 2013 by THCFinder


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Florida in drafting phase to legalize medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
Marijuana -- a taxable form of medicine or a dangerous gateway drug?
 
The controversial issue has been gaining attention across the country now that 18 states are allowing it in some form.
 
Florida Cannabis Action Network president Jodi James said she’s an advocate for "sensible cannabis policy.”
 
"What’s happening right now is that people who truly need access to the medicine don’t have it,” James said.
 
James leads a state movement that would like to see medical marijuana legalized in Florida, just like other states.
 
“They regulated it, they controlled it. The sky didn’t fall down and it makes more sense for public safety,” James said.
 
Right now there’s an effort by Democratic Senator Jeff Clemens from District 27 from Palm Beach County to create a bill that would legalize medical marijuana.
 
Other bills have failed but supporters said the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado for recreational use have opened the doors of opportunity.
 

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Sativa and Indica

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, February, 16th 2013 by THCFinder


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Czech president signs law to approve use of marijuana for medical treatment

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, February, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
Czech President Vaclav Klaus has signed into law legislation that makes it legal in the Czech Republic to use marijuana for medical treatment.
 
Klaus gave his approval on Friday, after the law had been approved by both houses of Parliament.
 
It allows marijuana to be imported and later grown locally by registered firms licensed for such activity, which is currently illegal.
 
Patients will need a prescription from a doctor to get the drug at pharmacies, and treatment will not be covered by health insurance. Patients wouldn't be allowed to grow marijuana at home.
 
Medical marijuana use is legal in a number of European countries and parts of the United States. The drug is commonly used to relieve conditions such as chronic pain and cancer.
 

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