Medical Marijuana

NJ Senate OKs Easier Child Access to Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-for-childrenThe New Jersey Senate approved a bill Thursday that would give children with certain medical conditions easier access to medical marijuana.
The Assembly budget committee also advanced the measure to the full chamber.
The bill would eliminate the need for written consent from a pediatrician and a psychiatrist for juveniles to be eligible.
It would also allow treatment centers to produce an unlimited number of strains, and for marijuana to be produced in an edible form, which is now banned.
The bill was drafted in response to the plight of a Scotch Plains girl with severe epilepsy, whose parents had not been able to find a psychiatrist to sign a consent form.
The 2-year-old toddler, Vivian Wilson, is forced to stay inside most of the time, and wear an eye patch, glasses and hat when she does go outside. 
"She's very pattern sensitive," her mother Meghan Wilson told NBC 4 New York. "Looking at this couch, she'll start staring at it and finding a pattern. She'll become transfixed and her head will start bobbing around." 
Wilson and her husband Brian say medical marijuana has worked with other kids with the same condition.
"I'm talking about one little girl in Colorado going from having hundreds of seizures a week to now being off all her pharmaceutical medications and having about three seizures a week," said Meghan Wilson. 


Federal Medical Marijuana Patient Detained By Washington DC Police

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
medical-marijuana-patientFederal medical marijuana patient Irvin Rosenfeld and the president of the US Marijuana Party William A. Chengelis were involved in separate incidents with Washington, D.C. federal police on Monday that resulted in one arrest.
Greg Pawlowski of Detroit, reporting on behalf of the American Cultivator and Partie T.V., told The Compassion Chronicles that the Chengelis incident stems from the transfer of a medical marijuana candy from Chengelis to a second person while on federal property. Chengilis was arrested and was scheduled for a bond hearing on the 18th.
Russ Belleville wrote on The Weed Blog that the potential penalty for ‘Wayward Bill’ Chengelis as a misdemeanor is a fine of up to $1,000 and a year in federal prison.
Rosenfeld was detained by D.C. police when when he was discovered with his infamous tin of federally- issued marijuana cigarettes. The nationally-known cannabis advocate was released after a few hours without being arrested. He was seated only a few feet away when the police officers cuffed Chengelis, according to Pawlowski.
“We had our Partie T.V. cameras set up. Robert Platshorn had some signage made up that was on display. Everything was fine until a police supervisor came downstairs,” Pawloswki explains. ”She said no cameras, no signs. What started as an interaction with a single officer quickly built to two officers, then five, then seven. At one point we thought that they were going to search every one of the lobby day participants.”
The officers were hovering around Chengelis, who was standing in front of Rosenfeld’s table, when they suddenly closed ranks. After emptying his pockets Chengelis was allegedly found to be in possession of candies made of cannabis and was accused of transferring at least one of them to another person. He was handcuffed on the spot.


Colorado marijuana dispensary owner, 11 others indicted on 71 charges

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
colorado-dispensary-owner-chargedA Colorado grand jury has indicted 12 people on allegations that they ran three medical-marijuana dispensaries as a front for an investment scam and an illegal marijuana-growing operation.
Among those named in the indictment are the dispensaries' owner, several of his business partners, a marijuana-grower, a lawyer and a doctor. The 12 people named in the indictment variously face charges of racketeering, marijuana cultivation and distribution, money laundering, securities fraud, tax evasion, forgery and attempt to influence a public servant.
The indictment was handed down last month by a state grand jury overseen by the Colorado attorney general's office. The charges were filed in Denver District Court. The 65-page indictment contains 71 total charges.
Carolyn Tyler, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, said the indictment was the result of "the careful oversight of the Department of Revenue and tight coordination between state agencies."
According to the indictment, the central figure in the case is 34-year-old Conley Hoskins.
Hoskins' attorney on Wednesday denied that his client was involved in anything illegal under state law.
"The attorney general's indictment is full of tortured and baseless allegations and is contrary in many respects to the plain language and protections provided by Amendment 20," attorney Steve Peters said, referencing the Colorado law that legalized medical marijuana. "Mr. Hoskins denies these charges and looks forward to presenting his defenses in court."


A Patient's Plea for Medical Marijuana in New York

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
Earlier this month, the New York State Assembly passed medical marijuana for the fourth time. Although this is good news, many New Yorkers living with debilitating illnesses, like myself, have learned to not get our hopes up. Unlike the 18 other states and the District of Columbia that have medical marijuana programs, New York does not provide compassionate medical care to its residents. It is completely unfair to allow people to suffer unnecessarily when there is a natural treatment which could potentially ease their pain.
The bill currently pending in Albany is one of the strictest and most tightly regulated medical marijuana bills in the country. It would allow patients living with an illness which their health care provider believes medical marijuana to be beneficial to access 2.5 ounces to alleviate their symptoms.
Research has shown marijuana to have a palliative and therapeutic effect in treating the symptoms from illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, Cancer, and multiple sclerosis (MS). As someone living with MS, I have a special interest in health care practitioners being allowed to recommend medical marijuana here in New York.
I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 34 years old; some of my symptoms include tingling, numbness, neuropathic pain, and fatigue. I have tried many of the prescribed pharmaceutical treatments, but none of them have had much of an impact, especially on the neuropathic pain.
I learned from my neurologist that my immune system was attacking something called myelin, the fatty substance that surrounds and protects the nerve fibers in the central nervous system. The nerve fibers themselves are damaged. The damaged myelin forms scar tissue (sclerosis), which gives the disease its name. When any part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is damaged or destroyed, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord are distorted or interrupted, producing a variety of symptoms.
As an attorney and leader in my community, I will not break the law. The risk of losing my license to practice law and the negative attention it would bring to my family is too much.
I want to continue serving my community as long as I am physically able to do so. I am convinced that using medical marijuana will enable me to continue to be productive and improve my quality of life.


New Hampshire is about to go live with their Medical Marijuana approval

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
newhampshire-medical-marijuana-program(Reuters) - New Hampshire is set to become the final state in New England to allow medical marijuana after negotiators from the Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic-controlled House agreed Tuesday on a bill backed by Governor Maggie Hassan.
The law would allow up to four marijuana dispensaries to open as soon as 2015. Patients with cancer, HIV, glaucoma and other diseases would be eligible to purchase the drug with state-issued identity cards from a physician or nurse practitioner certifying that they need it to soothe pain.
"Allowing doctors to provide relief to patients through the use of appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana is the compassionate and right policy for the State of New Hampshire," Hassan, a Democrat, said in a statement.
The compromise "addresses the concerns that I have heard and expressed throughout this session, and provides the level of regulation needed for the use of medical marijuana," she added.
Both legislative bodies must vote on the compromise language in the coming weeks, though that is seen as a formality given Hassan's support.
A provision in a version of the bill passed by the New Hampshire House that would have allowed patients to cultivate their own marijuana was stripped from the compromise bill, said Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, which supported the bill.
The compromise bill also bars the use of medical marijuana for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, and limits most caregivers - who can get marijuana prescriptions filled on a patient's behalf - to treating five medical marijuana patients at any one time.
"It's very restrictive in limiting access to only four points of distribution," said Simon. "We may find that's not sufficient access, but it's at least a start"


Cannabis Cures Cancer Without Poison

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 18th 2013 by THCFinder


Isn’t it strange that doctors can legally administer poison in the form of chemotherapy and radiation as well as numerous toxic pharmaceuticals and yet one of nature’s medicines- found to greatly assist cancer patients- which can be prepared by any common person without harmful side effects, is illegal and can send a person to prison for its possession?  There are numerous studies, now spanning the globe, revealing the miraculous healing properties of cannabis oil and its ability to cure cancers and other ailments without poisoning the body.
The International Medical Verities Association, an organization who is dedicated to providing information about new forms of medicines to both physician and layman alike, has recently added cannabis oil to their list of cancer protocol along with alpha lipoic acid, magnesium chloride, iodine, selenium and sodium bicarbonate – all nutritional supplements you can buy over the counter – well, all of them until now.
Cannabis oil, or Hemp oil  contains many healing benefits including a high amount of protein as well as essential fatty acids, including the harder to come by GLA’s – known to reduce inflammation and slow the growth of cancer cells.  As far as essential fatty acids go, we need a particular ratio of Omega 3, Omega 6 and GLA’s  in our body for good health.  Omega 3 comes largely from fish, Omega 6 can be found in many of our cooking oils such as olive and sunflower, but GLA is only found in a few sources such as borage oil, spirulina and hemp.  Hemp oil happens to contain the perfect 2:5:1 ratio of omega 3, 6 and GLA’s. Interesting.
As far as cancer goes, the research proof has been out there for a while.
Clear back in 1975 an article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute you can find an article called “Anti neoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids,” reporting the following cannabis positive results on cancer: “Lewis lung adenocarcinoma growth was retarded by the oral administration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinol (CBN)” using two types of cannabinoids, a family of active components in marijuana.



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