"Wal-Mart of weed" set to open: Should medical marijuana go mainstream?

Category: News | Posted on Fri, February, 25th 2011 by THCFinder

(CBS/AP) SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Is medical marijuana going mainstream? 

On Saturday, a cavernous 10,000-aquare-foot pot emporium is set to open here, and in coming months the company behind it plans to open similar stores in Arizona, Colorado, New Jersey, and Oregon.

The new weGrow store - which wags have dubbed the "Wal-Mart of Weed" - isn't selling weed. It's offering up how-to experts and merchandise to help medical marijuana patients grow pot hydroponically.

The Sacramento Bee says the enterprise started in Oakland last year as a warehouse store called iGrow.

In the past, hydroponics outlets have avoided any mention of marijuana because pot cultivation is illegal under federal law. But hydroponics stores have exploded as states approve medical marijuana use.

Fifteen states now allow the use of marijuana for pain relief, nausea, and loss of appetite by people with debilitating diseases like AIDS and cancer, according to the New York Times

Given the federal government's opposition to decriminalizing pot, what should patrons of the weGrow store be called?

Smart shoppers? Or scofflaws?



OU's Stacy McGee cited for marijuana possession

Category: News | Posted on Wed, February, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
NORMAN - Oklahoma defensive tackle Stacy McGee was cited for marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession Sunday during a traffic stop in Norman. 
According to Sgt. Jennifer Newell of the Norman Police Department, McGee was cited on municipal charges of possession of one marijuana joint, as well as a marijuana grinder. 
Newell said McGee was allowed to sign the misdemeanor citation before being released at the scene. The incident occurred at approximately 5:15 p.m. Sunday on East Lindsey Street. 
OU spokesman Kenny Mossman confirmed that any discipline McGee faces will be managed internally, consistent with Bob Stoops' policy on his players' legal issues. 
McGee made 26 tackles while starting 11 games at defensive tackle last year as an OU sophomore. He made three stops during the Sooners' 48-20 victory over Connecticut in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl. 


Two-year-old boy prescribed medical cannabis in battle against brain tumour

Category: News | Posted on Wed, February, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder

A two-year-old boy is one of over 50 under-18s being prescribed medical cannabis in one U.S. state alone.


Toddler Cash Hyde, who lives in Montana, was given the drug to help ease debilitating symptoms as he battled a brain tumour and, according to his dad, it worked. 


'I believe that you know Cashy's with us for a lot of reasons, one of them I would have to say is the power of prayer, one he's a walking miracle and the other one is he is a patient of medical cannabis, which has I think greatly benefited his battle,' Mr Hyde told KPAX News.


The young boy, who is now in remission, struggled to cope with the side-effects of chemotherapy but his parents say cannabis helped improve his appetite and made him sleep better.


'I watched Cashy not be able to eat for over 40 days, live off nothing but fluid intravenously to the point where he couldn't lift his head up off his pillow,' his father said.


Montana has a total of 51 medical cannabis card holders under the age of 18 - a much more modest number than it at first appears, argues the Missoula Chapter Director of Montana Medical Growers Association, Tayln Lang.


'When I see the number 51 and we're in a state of a million people that's a fraction of a percentage and even with the 28,000 people that are on the program, it's still a fraction not even 1 per cent, so the number is really really small,' he said.

The prescription of cannabis, which some believe can affect brain development, to minors has caused concern, but Mr Hyde believes the benefits outweigh the negative effects.


'If you or someone you know has battled cancer I don't have to tell you how devastating it is to watch chemo and cancer consume your loved one and when you can actually watch something that you're doing for them actually benefit them in a way that nobody else can do, you feel empowered you feel like you can make a difference,' he said.


Supporters of the scheme are also quick to point out that, in many cases, children who are prescribed cannabis will not smoke it, but rather will ingest it in the form of cakes and muffins.



Cannabis whets appetite for cancer patients

Category: News | Posted on Wed, February, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder

People with advanced cancer said food tasted better when they took the active ingredient in cannabis compared with sugar pills, a small Canadian study showed.

Cancer patients commonly report decreased appetite and changes in their sense of taste and smell that can lead to weight loss, anorexia, a poorer quality of life, and decreased survival, according to several short-term studies.

To explore whether tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis — actually improves taste and smell perception and appetite, researchers in Montreal and Edmonton tested THC and placebo capsules in 21 adults with cancer. Of these, 11 were randomly assigned to THC and 10 to placebo.

The participants all had advanced cancer of all types except brain cancer, and they were all either being treated with chemotherapy or had in the past.

The subjects filled in taste and smell surveys before and after they took the pills twice daily for 18 days, recorded what they ate for three days, and were interviewed.

The majority (73 per cent) of those in the THC group said their enjoyment of food increased compared with 30 per cent of those in the placebo group, Prof. Wendy Wismer of the University of Alberta and her co-authors reported in the journal Annals of Oncology.

Appetite improved for 64 per cent of those in the THC group, with three patients showing no change and one gave incomplete data.

Among the placebo group, half had either decreased appetite, and 20 per cent showed no change.

There was no difference in calories consumed between the two groups but those in the THC-treated group tended to eat more protein and 55 per cent of them said savoury foods tasted better. Cancer patients often find meat smells and tastes unpleasant and avoid it, the researchers noted.

"Our findings are important as there is no accepted treatment for chemosensory alterations experienced by cancer patients," the study's authors concluded.

"THC treatment may hold multiple clinical benefits for cancer patients, beyond its indication as a treatment for nausea and its effects on appetite."

Wismer said she was "excited" about the possibility of using THC to improve patients' enjoyment of food, given it could improve their quality of life.

The study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Alberta Cancer Board, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Solvay Pharma Inc. provided the drug, placebo, and third party monitor but was not involved in the study design or dissemination of the results



Police Seize $4.1m Of Cannabis

Category: News | Posted on Sat, February, 19th 2011 by THCFinder

Police said today the raids in the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command (LAC) take their total haul in the Strike Force Unwin cannabis eradication program to $21.7 million. Strike Force Unwin comprises detectives from the Drug Squads Cannabis Team, the NSW Police Air Wing, Dog Squad and Coffs Clarence LAC.




This latest raids from Monday to Friday targeted areas including Repton, Boambee, Korora, Sandon District, Woombah, Ashby, Tyndle, Billys Creek and Dorrigo. Police seized 2057 plants, up to 3m high. They plan more raids in coming months. Drug Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Nick Bingham warned drug cultivators they wouldn't know where or when police would strike. "Our aim is to detect and destroy cannabis crops across the state," he said in a statement. "Whether it's a semi-rural crop or on a steep mountainside in a remote part of the state, there's a very high chance police will find it."


Canadian Auto Insurance Company Ordered To Pay For Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sat, February, 19th 2011 by THCFinder

Quebec’s auto insurance protection agency has been ordered to pay a man $5,000 so that he may grow cannabis to treat his lingering ailments from a car crash in 1986. The tribunal judges decided that all previous medications prescribed to the man to treat the back spasms that resulted from the crash had not worked, and since marijuana does help, the insurance company must pay for his rehabilitation.




This is an unprecedented decision; since the man is a legal medical marijuana patient in Canada, his cannabis use is recognized by the federal government to be legitimate therapy, and the judges decided the insurance agency must pay for him to grow and smoke marijuana to treat his back pain.

This is yet another example of medical marijuana’s acceptance as a viable alternative to prescription pills and “regular” therapies. Canada seems to be ahead of the U.S. in this acceptance, but hopefully we aren’t far behind.



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