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Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder
mmj-for-epilepsy-in-kidsSPRINGFIELD — Children would be able to use medical marijuana to treat severe cases of epilepsy and public universities would ban smoking on campuses under measures lawmakers advanced Wednesday.
 
The medical marijuana proposal cleared the Senate 49-5 as sponsoring Sen. Iris Martinez dismissed worries that children would be “getting stoned.” The Chicago Democrat said the oil part of the cannabis plant that’s been helpful to children contains little to no THC — the element often associated with getting high.
 
The bill, which heads to the House, would add epilepsy to the list of ailments that medical marijuana can be used for in Illinois and restrict use for epilepsy patients to those under age 18. Medical marijuana was approved by lawmakers last year for numerous ailments, but it is not expected to be available for the public until 2015.
 
Martinez said she took up the issue after receiving a letter from a mother who moved to Colorado with her child so he could receive medical marijuana to treat his seizures.
 
“They had to leave their family and their home in Chicago,” Martinez said. “I’m a mom, and that letter moved me to do something.”
 
The children would be given the oil to drink or take intravenously if they cannot swallow.
Republican Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington objected, saying calling it a hard choice because “children are struggling.”
 

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Will CBD Hurt THC?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder

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THC is not the only compound in cannabis that assists us. While it is the substance that gets the user high, not all people want that feeling from the medicine they get. And because marijuana is a plant and can be bred and changed, giving the user no effects other than relief from symptoms. The solution for this is simple; hemp based CBD oil. This oil can be taken orally or applied topically and contains very little amounts of THC, which makes the oil perfect for children who need medicine for epilepsy, ADHD, and other afflictions.

The push for the legalization of the CBD oil (the law states that CBD oil derived from hemp plants containing less then 3% THC is completely legal, although oil taken from plants with a higher content then 3% is still illegal) came from the parents of many children who suffer with epilepsy. Seizures in children are especially difficult and not all medicines work to stop the episodes. The children who have been using CBD oil have shown amazing improvement in their walking, talking, eating, and overall function since adding the CBD to their daily routine, not to mention an extremely large decrease in seizures. There are at least a dozen states, however, that are pushing to legalize the use of all CBD oil for patients that need it.

Although these CBD laws seem like they're very positive, there is still some skepticism coming from marijuana supporters, with the belief that the CBD bills might hinder the rest of the movement. The deputy director NORML criticized the CBD bills that are building up around the country. The deputy director said that the laws are "unworkable" and don't have any genuine benefits. And there was a policy manager from the Drug Policy Alliance who stated that they were concerned that the new bills will "leave other reform effects behind". While the CBD is great for younger children and those who don't want the effects of THC, there are people who utilize the THC for their ailments too. But with a non-psychoactive cannabis plant that seems to be gaining more and more popularity, THC may be in trouble.

Hopefully, CBD and THC will be able to co-exist together in the same movement. It's difficult to tell where it will go from here and it's understandable that some people are worried about the movement. If CBD takes off (which it already is, as it appeals to those who really just aren't looking to get high), there is the potential for psychoactive cannabis to become less popular in the mainstream. But as always, only time will tell what will happen in this brand new industry.


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Michigan Authorizes Cannabis For PTSD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 1st 2014 by THCFinder

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Post tramautic stress disorder effects far more people in the world then most people realize. These people have fought for our freedom and the emotional toll of that fight sometimes leaves them needing a powerful medication that not only alleviates their symptoms but also allows them to eat, sleep, and function normally. Although PTSD is recognized as a mental disorder that is treatable by medicine, the states in which medical marijuana has been passed vary on the allowance of PTSD sufferers using cannabis, considering that there is absolutely no doctor recommended medicine designed to treat PTSD. With about eight million Americans suffering from PTSD annually, these people absolutely deserve a medicine that will help them overcome this anxious disorder.

Michigan is taking a step towards allowing PTSD sufferers to ingest cannabis for the disorder. State regulators have agreed to authorize the plant as a recognized therapy for PTSD. Members of the Medical Marihuana Review Panel voted to expand the state's qualifying afflictions list to include post traumatic stress disorder. The inclusion of PTSD is the first time that Michigan has updated the list since the voters passed medical cannabis in 2008.

There are only six other states that recognize PTSD as an affiliation that merits the use of medical marijuana. Connecticut, Oregon, Delaware, Nevada, New Mexico, and Maine all have stated that cannabis is a recognized use in therapy treatments of those suffering from PTSD. In the last year, Nevada, Maine, and Oregon changed their laws to include post traumatic stress disorder. Other medical states haven/t progressed to this point yet, leaving patients with PTSD to deal with their problems illegally, purchasing cannabis from illegal street dealers instead of medical dispensaries.

Michigan's step towards making cannabis more widely available will hopefully lead the way for other states that are on the fence about this matter as well. PTSD can absolutely be helped with cannabis, as the relaxing, anxiety releasing effects of cannabis help sufferers to live more normal and healthy. Especially since this disorder has no medical treatment, other then a regimen of anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, and whatever else the doctors prescribe in order to attempt to "help"


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Parents Argue Medical Marijuana Helps These Kids Avoid A 'Death Sentence'

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 28th 2014 by THCFinder
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CHICAGO -- Yet another state is considering expanding its medical marijuana laws to include children suffering from debilitating conditions like epilepsy.
 
On Tuesday, Illinois' Senate Public Health Committee unanimously approved legislation that would legalize medical marijuana treatment for minors in a 8-0 vote.
 
“Letters have been sent by so many parents who suffer watching their children have seizures — and not just one or two seizures: 100, 200, 1,000 seizures a week,” the bill's sponsor, state Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago), told the Sun-Times. “This could be a life-saving solution for children suffering from epilepsy.”
 
Nicole Gross, one of the parents of severely epileptic children who lobbied for the bill, testified to just how transformative medical marijuana treatment can be for kids like her son, Chase. Gross said her 8-year-old lost his ability to speak due to his seizures and functions at the level of a 1 1/2-year-old.
 
"Following his dose of the cannabis oil, we started to see one to two seizures in two minutes, and then two minutes seizure free, five minutes seizure free, then eight ... and when we hit twenty, I cried," Gross told Fox Chicago.
 
Chase is among the thousands of children across the U.S. -- and among an estimated 1,000 in the Chicago area alone, Fox Chicago estimates -- who don't respond to typical seizure medication but have experienced dramatic improvements using medical marijuana.
 
Unlike adults who can smoke medical marijuana, children using the treatment are commonly given Cannabidiol (CBD) oil. The oil comes from marijuana plants but has low levels of the mind-altering ingredient THC that creates a high. In recent days, states like Wisconsin, Tennessee and Utah have advanced legislation to legalize CBD oil.
 

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Oregon medical marijuana shops opening this week with state approval

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 26th 2014 by THCFinder
oregon-mmj-shopsMedical marijuana shops in Oregon are opening their doors with state approval for the first time this week, but at least one may not be in business very long.
 
The Releaf Center, a dispensary located just outside Hermiston city limits, opened its doors Tuesday for the first time since Feb. 28. Owner Jim Ruhe said he shut the store down when the state's dispensary law went into effect March 1, and waited for the state to approve his facility registration. The shop, and many like it around the state, had previously existed in a sort of legal gray area, neither explicitly authorized nor banned under state law.
 
Releaf's state certificate came in the mail Monday afternoon, he said, and now hangs on the shop's wall.
 
But the store could be shuttered again soon, this time for more than a year, if the Umatilla County Commission enacts a moratorium on dispensaries when it meets next week.
 
"How do I look my patients in the eye and say, 'There's nothing I can do for you,'" Ruhe said. "It's a terrible feeling."
 
George Murdock, vice chairman of the Umatilla County board of commissioners, said the commission will consider the issue at its April 2 meeting, but "whatever way we go, it's going to be painful."
 
Murdock said it's the commissioners' job to uphold the law, but a conflict between the federal prohibition on marijuana and the state's law allowing registered facilities to sell the drug creates a "huge conundrum" for them. He said he didn't think the issue should be decided at the county level, but state law leaves it up to them.
 

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Utah to Welcome Marijuana for Limited Medical Use

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 26th 2014 by THCFinder
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Parents of Utah children with severe epilepsy are cheering a new state law that allows them to obtain a marijuana extract they say helps with seizures, but getting it involves navigating a thorny set of state and federal laws.
 
Utah's Republican Gov. Gary Herbert has already approved the law and held a signing ceremony for about 50 parents and children at the state Capitol on Tuesday afternoon.
 
The new law doesn't allow medical marijuana production in Utah but allows families meeting certain restrictions to obtain the extract from other states.
 
Similar legislation is pending in at least one other state, and Utah advocates hope more will follow.
 
The marijuana extract, which some believe helps with a severe form of epilepsy, is produced in nearby Colorado and is designed not to produce a high.
 
But Colorado experts say restrictions passed in that state to appease the federal government make it a murky process for Utah families to actually get marijuana-derived products, particularly as all state medical marijuana laws are illegal under federal law.
 
Utah Rep. Gage Froerer, a Republican from Huntsville who sponsored the new state law, said families are willing to take that risk to treat their children with the oil.
 
"They know very well that this may not protect them from the DEA if the federal prosecutors stepped in," Froerer told his colleagues earlier this month.
 
To gain support in conservative Utah, the push for the legislation focused on helping children suffering from a severe form of epilepsy and the law itself is tempered with restrictions.
 
The law takes effect on July 1 and expires in 2016. It's restricted to those with severe epilepsy for whom the regular treatments are not effective, and requires a neurologist's consent to obtain and use the extract.
 
The extract comes from a strain of marijuana called Charlotte's Web, named after the first child treated with it. The plant is low in THC, the hallucinogenic chemical in marijuana, and high in CBD, a chemical that may fight seizures.
 
Doctors and others have warned that there's no proof yet that the extract is effective at treating epilepsy or even safe, but for parents like Jennifer May of Pleasant Grove, the hope that he oil will give their kids a better quality of life is worth pursuing.
 
"It helps more than our kids. It will hopefully help other states," said May, whose 12-year-old son can suffer hundreds of seizures a day. "It will hopefully push things a little more on a federal level if they see that even the most conservative states want something done."

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