Two-year-old boy prescribed medical cannabis in battle against brain tumour
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.
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Police Seize $4.1m Of Cannabis
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
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.
Medical Merijuana, Pot Of Gold
A statement that Globe Farmacy expects to charge $450 for an ounce of medical marijuana prompted one planning and zoning commission member to ask the obvious question. “Four- hundred-fifty dollars? That’s a lot of money,” said Palmer Lund. “It looks to me there will be no demand for medical marijuana.” At this time, there is no medical insurance program that will cover the cost of the product.
Dr. Mark Siegel, whose proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary and grow facility is expected to be approved in Globe, said the contrary is true based on experience in other states. “There are no facilities who can keep up with the demand,” Siegel said. He explained that Arizona is allowing 124 dispensaries in the state and some of those dispensaries will not have their own grow site. Although an ounce of marijuana costs approximately $75 to $100 in an illegal sale, Siegel said the product they will be selling is of a different quality.
“The stuff we are manufacturing is a different strain from what people are growing in their back yard,” he said. He added that people who will be purchasing medical marijuana are looking for its pain relieving qualities. “It makes all the difference in a person’s quality of life,” Siegel said. “We want to educate people that this is truly a medicine.” Even though the dispensary is required by state law to be a not-for-profit organization, the attorney general has ruled that medical marijuana is taxable. City manager Kane Graves said any tax collected will most likely be applied to Globe’s general fund.
Tractor Trailer Was Loaded With Tomatoes And 600 Pounds Of Pot
Two men were arrested Monday on drug charges after the tractor-trailer they were in was stopped by Illinois State Police for a safety inspection. The occupants of the vehicle gave police permission to search their truck after they were stopped on Interstate 55-70 near mile marker 15, said Joe Beliveau, commander of the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois.
During the search of the truck, which was loaded with tomatoes and bound for Maryland, ISP troopers uncovered nearly 600 pounds of marijuana. Beliveau said. Charged in the case were Jose A. Martinez, 25, from Glendale, Ariz., and Manuel Medrano, 26, of Merced, Calif.
Martinez and Medrana both were charged by the Madison County state's attorney's office with unlawful possession of marijuana trafficking and unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Both men are being held at the Madison County jail with bail set at $150,000 for each of them, Beliveau said.
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