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Court rejects bid to have marijuana reclassified

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder

This is such complete bullshit it's beyond me how they can keep playing these games with peoples lives.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a petition to reclassify marijuana from its current status as a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use.

The appeals court panel Tuesday turned away the bid from a medical marijuana group, Americans for Safe Access.
 
Last year, the Drug Enforcement Administration rejected a petition by medical marijuana advocates to change the classification.
 
The court said that the question wasn’t whether marijuana could have some medical benefits, but rather whether the DEA’s decision was ‘‘arbitrary and capricious.’’ The court concluded that the DEA action survives review under that standard.
 
Marijuana is classified as a controlled substance, categorized as having a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use, together with drugs like heroin, LSD and ecstasy.
 

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Medical marijuana good for patients

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
Two months after Colorado and Washington became the first American states to legalize recreational use of marijuana, a proposal to reform Iowa’s marijuana laws has come to the state House of Representatives.
 
Rep. Bruce Hunter, D-Des Moines, proposed the Medical Marijuana Act last week.
 
The Daily Iowan Editorial Board supports Hunter’s push for medical marijuana in Iowa; the current legal framework around the drug in Iowa is untenable, and this proposal would be the first step toward improvement. Passage of the Medical Marijuana Act would also be a major victory for patients in Iowa who are currently deprived of a legitimate means of treating some particularly debilitating conditions.
 
The law would legalize the possession and use of marijuana for patients suffering from a number of diseases including cancer, HIV, AIDS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, and glaucoma. Patients with chronic, “intractable” pain or a condition characterized by persistent nausea would also be eligible to receive a prescription for medical marijuana.
 
The bill also includes provisions for the establishment of a licensing system for eligible patients and for the creation of nonprofit suppliers to sell marijuana to those licensed to buy.
 
“At this point, there’s no denying that marijuana helps alleviate the symptoms of a host of terrible diseases, many of which are notoriously difficult to treat,” Hunter said in a statement released through the Marijuana Policy Project. “There is a wealth of scientific evidence demonstrating marijuana is significantly less addictive and has far fewer severe side effects than the opiates and other narcotics these patients are taking now.”
 
The body of research concerning the efficacy of therapeutic marijuana and drugs derived from marijuana lends credence to Hunter’s claims that such drugs have proved to be both effective and safe when used responsibly.
 
According to an extensive summary of evidence produced by the Washington, D.C.-based NORML Foundation — an organization devoted to reforming America’s marijuana laws — cannabinoids (the class of chemical compounds that includes the chief psychoactive compound in marijuana) have a particularly impressive medicinal track record.
 
Cannabinoids have been shown to inhibit the growth of many types of cancers including breast cancer, skin cancer, and leukemia; they may also moderate the degenerative effects of autoimmune disorders.
 

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Why does the Federal Government have a patent for Medical Marijuana?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
On the one hand, United States federal government officials have consistently denied that marijuana has any medical benefits. On the other, the government actually holds patents for the medical use of the plant.
 
Just check out US Patent 6630507 titled "Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants" which is assigned to The United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services.
 
The patent claims that "Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia."
 
The patent was obtained in October of 2003.
 
Cannabinoids, for those who were wondering, are a group of chemical compounds found in marijuana that are also referred to as terpenophenolic compounds. One specific cannabinoid compound found in cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC. This substance gives marijuana its psychoactive effects.
 
Cannabis Sativa is the flower of a plant that is dried and smoked, vaporized, or ingested in food through cooking with canna-butter. When used the active chemical in the plant, thc, works in the brain causing the user to feel "high." This can be described and experienced in many different ways depending how it agrees or disagrees with the user. Most commonly effects are a feeling of a calm easy escape from the everyday stress on the mind, laughing, "munchies", as well as many other feelings.
 
The US government may hold this patent, but that will not stop their officials from consistently denying the benefits of medical marijuana. An FDA spokesperson, for instance, has claimed that "smoked marijuana has no currently accepted or proven medical use in the United States and is not an approved medical treatment."
 
I guess she didn't get the memo.
 

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Hawaiian lawmaker introduces pot-legalization bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
The Aloha State may soon follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington by becoming the third state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 and older.
 
While the historic laws in Colorado and Washington passed despite opposition from elected leaders, Hawaii’s measure was proposed by state lawmakers themselves.
 
House Speaker Jospeh Souki introduced the Personal Use of Marijuana Act on Friday. If passed, it will allow adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow a limited number of plants for personal use. It will also create a system of licensing for retail stores and cultivation facilities. As with the laws in Colorado and Washington, public use would be prohibited.
 
In a statement released by the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii, Mason Tvert, one of the architects of Colorado’s Amendment 64 and a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, lauded the bill.
 
“Regulating and taxing marijuana similarly to alcohol takes marijuana sales out of the hands of criminals and puts them behind the counter in legitimate businesses that will generate significant new revenue for Hawaii,” he said. “Law enforcement resources should be focused on preventing and responding to serious crimes rather than enforcing antiquated marijuana prohibition laws.”
 
The ACLU also released a poll last week showing that 57 percent of Hawaiians support legalizing marijuana. The organization said that similar laws are expected to be introduced in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.
 
Like in many states, pot use in Hawaii is nothing new, but it gained new notoriety when it was learned that President Obama regularly partook of this federally prohibited substance as a member of the so-called Choom Gang in his youth.
 
Obama is opposed to legalization, but said in an interview with Barbara Walters last month that his administration wouldn’t make arresting pot smokers a high priority.
 

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Medical marijuana bill introduced in Iowa House

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
Months after two states legalized marijuana within their borders, a lawmaker is seeking to authorize medical uses of the drug here in Iowa.
 
State Rep. Bruce Hunter, D-Des Moines, introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow patients diagnosed with cancer, HIV or AIDS, ALS , Crohn’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, among other illnesses, or who suffer from a medical condition or the treatment of a condition that causes “intractable pain” to be licensed to possess marijuana and not subject to arrest or prosecution.
 
“Iowans clearly want our state policy to be sensible and rooted in evidence, that's why I'm introducing this medical marijuana legislation,” Hunter said in a statement released by the Marijuana Policy Project. “At this point, there's no denying that marijuana helps alleviate the symptoms of a host of terrible diseases, many of which are notoriously difficult to treat.”
 
The bill calls for the creation of nonprofit dispensaries that would grow and sell the medical marijuana and related supplies.
 
The Des Moines Register’s February, 2010, Iowa Poll showed 64 percent of Iowans supported allowing medical uses of marijuana.
 
The Marijuana Policy Projected highlighted that finding this week, along with an Iowa Board of Pharmacy vote that same year unanimously recognizing the drug’s medical value.
 
“The bill introduced by Rep. Hunter will bring Iowa in line with a growing number of states that recognize the medical efficacy of marijuana,” Robert Capecchi, deputy director of state policies at the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement. “There is no reason to let seriously ill patients continue to suffer in Iowa while the rest of the country adopts this type of sensible legislation.”
 
But the bill likely will not go anywhere. Hunter is in the minority in the House, and Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, indicated last week he has no interest in pursuing medical marijuana.
 

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Judge says MT Marijuana Act will harm patients

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
A Helena District judge has once again struck down portions of the Montana Marijuana Act.
 
Judge Jim Reynolds issued his ruling saying medical marijuana cardholders will be injured if the current law stays in tact. It states a provider can only serve three medical marijuana patients and it prohibits the patient from paying the provider for the marijuana.
 
The medical marijuana community argues the Montana Marijuana Act forces patients to grow their own.
 
Reynolds says under the current law medical marijuana users will be unable to do that which will cause harm to the patient.
 
This is the second time Reynolds has ruled on this case. The first time his ruling was overturned by the Montana Supreme Court and sent back to him for further review.
 
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox's office has not said whether or not it will appeal the ruling.
 

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