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‘Medical’ marijuana: Broad support exists | desmoinesregister.com | The Des Moines Register

In Medical Marijuana on September 16, 2010 at 7:48 pm

‘Medical’ marijuana: Broad support exists

September 16, 2010

John L. Gray, the Altoona police chief, forgot to mention the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy was waiting to hear the Iowa Board of Pharmacy’s recommendation, that unanimously recommended implementing a medical marijuana program in Iowa. (” ‘Medical’ Marijuana a Path to Legalization,” Sept. 8 letter.)

The Drug Control Policy office considers prescription painkillers as the largest drug problem in Iowa. Marijuana is a safe alternative to the opiate-based (heroin) pills.

Over 95 percent of the 132 people who testified did so in support. These were patients, doctors and researchers. Over 12,000 additional pages were submitted, the vast majority of which were scientific studies. Marinol (THC) pills are legal, but they don’t contain the over 80 medicinal compounds found in marijuana. They are ineffective and cost over $800 a month. A cancer patient with chronic nausea should not be forced to attempt swallowing a pill with the hope it will work in an hour. Medical marijuana allows instant, effective relief.

I agree with Gray that it is important for citizens to make their voices heard. Iowans, by 64 percent, support medical marijuana.

- Jimmy Morrison, Iowa Patients for Medical Marijuana, Muscatine

via ‘Medical’ marijuana: Broad support exists | desmoinesregister.com | The Des Moines Register.

KTAR.com – Medical marijuana proposition stirs spirited debate

In Medical Marijuana on September 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Medical marijuana proposition stirs spirited debate

by Bob McClay/KTAR and Sandra Haros/KTAR (September 16th, 2010 @ 4:28pm)

PHOENIX — A spirited debate has developed over a medical marijuana proposition on Arizona’s Nov. 2 general election ballot.

Proposition 203 would allow patients with a debilitating medical condition to purchase, possess and use 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks with a doctor’s recommendation. The marijuana would be grown and sold by non-profit dispensaries regulated by the state.

Supporters say medical marijuana could help 55,000 Arizonans who suffer from such diseases as cancer, HIV or multiple sclerosis. Critics say it would just open the door to more drug abuse.

Andrew Myers is with the Arizona Medical Marijuana Project, which put Prop 203 on the ballot.

“What this initiative will allow is certain seriously and terminally ill patients, with a very distinct list of medical conditions, to get a recommendation from their physician to use medical marijuana,” said Myers.

He emphasized a recommendation is different from a prescription “because marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 substance by the FDA so it cannot be legally prescribed.”

Marijuana can help patients with HIV or AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s Disease, glaucoma and severe and chronic pain.

via KTAR.com – Medical marijuana proposition stirs spirited debate.

Board can’t reclassify marijuana – Omaha.com

In Medical Marijuana on September 15, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Board can’t reclassify marijuana

By Paul Hammel, WORLD-HERALD BUREAU

LINCOLN — Proponents of legalizing marijuana for medical use will have to look elsewhere to sell their message.

The Nebraska Board of Pharmacy decided Monday that it lacked the authority to reclassify marijuana as a drug that could be legally prescribed.

That is a decision for a federal agency such as the Drug Enforcement Administration or the Food and Drug Administration, said Rick Zarek, a Gothenburg, Neb., pharmacist who heads the State Pharmacy Board.

“There’s nothing the Board of Pharmacy can do as long as it’s listed as a Schedule 1 drug and ineligible for dispensing,” Zarek said.

Schedule 1 drugs, by federal law, cannot be prescribed because they are potentially addictive and have no medical use.

via Board can’t reclassify marijuana – Omaha.com.

City to consider medical marijuana ordinance soon – News – Press and Guide

In Medical Marijuana on September 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

City to consider medical marijuana ordinance soon

By Ben Baird, Press & Guide Newspapers

DEARBORN HEIGHTS — A zoning ordinance amendment that would allow medical marijuana manufacturing facilities in the city went past its first reading before City Council on Sept. 14.

The ordinance amendment also deals with medical marijuana dispensaries, facilities where legally registered primary caregivers can assist qualifying patients with medical marijuana use.

A medical marijuana moratorium was extended by council at the meeting. The moratorium was created to give council time to adopt ordinance dealing with the changes in state law on medical marijuana.

Council Chair Ken Baron said council will have a study session in about three weeks to discuss the ordinance before it goes for a second reading. The session will be public and any interested residents are welcome, he said.

Mayor Dan Paletko said he there are some interested residents who have already contacted his office regarding the ordinance.

“A lot of the council members don’t know which way to go, and I’m one of them,” Baron said. “I see a lot of problems.”

Councilwoman Margaret Van Houten said she is against the ordinance because she believes it will be impossible to enforce.

She would like Dearborn Heights to move in the direction of not allowing marijuana manufacturing facilities in the city, she said, which she believes is the direction Dearborn and Livonia are going in.

“A lot of residents are very concerned that the laws are going to be abused,” Van Houten said.

She said she shares the concern that manufacturing facilities could be abused and lead to the situation where they would be accessed by the general public.

The city can’t restrict residents licensed for medical marijuana for their own use, Van Houten said, but the city does have control over what kinds of businesses come here.

There are a lot of questions council has at this point, Baron said. He said attorney Mark Roberts will be at the study session to answers their questions.

Council has to be careful with the ordinance, he said. He hopes there will be a good explanation of what residents can and can’t do, he said. He said he wishes the state had made laws on medical marijuana more stringent.

The moratorium has been extended four months, Baron said, so council has the time to give the ordinance careful consideration.

via City to consider medical marijuana ordinance soon – News – Press and Guide.

Maine Voices: Marijuana safe and effective medication for many purposes | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

In Medical Marijuana on September 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Maine Voices: Marijuana safe and effective medication for many purposes

The human body already produces many similar substances to enable good health, so why not introduce one more?

HALLOWELL – Advocates of medical marijuana claim it is a safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, chronic pain, diabetes, depression, PTSD, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, nausea, Parkinson’s disease, PMS, wasting syndrome and many others.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dustin Sulak, D.O., is a healing arts practitioner and teacher with a practice in Hallowell. He has lectured on integrative medicine, medical marijuana and the endocannabinoid system to clinicians and patients across the country.

How is this possible? How can one herb do so much, safely?

Our bodies have been wired to respond to this medicine since before we were born.

The story begins when you were a blastocyst, a tiny, hollow ball of cells, making your way to the wall of your mother’s uterus.

In order for you to properly attach to your mother, she had to have enough endocannabinoids in her uterine tissue, the endometrium. Luckily, she did.

Endocannabinoids are a class of compounds used all over the body for a variety of important physiological processes.

They get their name because they act similarly to the active substances in cannabis sativa, also known as marijuana.

Endocannabinoids helped direct the growth of your nerve cells when you were a fetus, and they continue to do so today.

When you were an infant, your mother (or a surrogate) provided her own cannabinoids to you via breast milk; without them, you would have had decreased appetite and may have starved to death.

Since then, your cannabinoid system has been regulating your brain, immune system, metabolism, hormones and a lot more.

Every physiological process in your body is in some way influenced or regulated by the cannabinoid system.

It is easy to understand why researchers around the world have directed their attention to this system, and why more than 16,000 scientific papers have been published on the topic in the last 20 years.

The cannabinoid system is a potential mechanism for body-mind integration and a powerful way to promote healing and balance within our physiology.

Strangely, most medical school curricula don’t even mention it once.

When I graduated from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008, I had been exposed to the cannabinoid system twice; both were brief slides in pharmacology lecture. We did not discuss cannabinoids at all in physiology or pathology.

The first slide was about Marinol, an FDA-approved synthetic version of THC, the most abundant cannabinoid found in marijuana. This drug is indicated for severe nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy.

My professor mentioned that it doesn’t work well for three reasons: It has a slow onset; it has an intensified version of marijuana’s side-effect profile including drowsiness, dizziness, euphoria and paranoia; and, of course, it’s hard to keep down a pill while vomiting.

Keep in mind, the FDA approved Marinol in 1985, while the DEA continues to classify marijuana as a schedule 1 controlled substance (one deemed to have no known medical uses and unsafe for research).

The second mention of cannabinoids was about an experimental, unapproved drug called Rimonabant, which blocks the cannabinoid receptors. It was designed to act as an “anti-munchies” drug used to treat obesity. When it was given to baby rats, they starved themselves to death. Adult rats develop tumors. Later, when it was given to humans, it caused suicide and depression, so the FDA decided not to approve it.

Unlike synthetic derivatives, marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically active substances on the planet.

According to a 1995 review prepared for the World Health Organization, “There are no recorded cases of overdose fatalities attributed to cannabis, and the estimated lethal dose for humans extrapolated from animal studies is so high that it cannot be achieved by users.”

Furthermore, marijuana smoke has not been shown to cause lung cancer, and likely prevents several types of cancer through its documented anti-tumor and anti-oxidant properties.

Individuals at highest risk for adverse effects are those who do not benefit from the advice of a health care provider or experienced user. When the appropriate dosage, delivery system, and strain of cannabis are used, adverse effects are rare and mild.

Also, unlike synthetic derivatives, herbal marijuana contains over 100 different cannabinoids, including THC, which all work synergistically to produce better medicinal effects and fewer side effects.

Yet, despite a 5,000-year history of safe therapeutic use and a huge amount of published research, most doctors know little or nothing about medical marijuana.

This will change, in part because the public will demand it. As the current health care system continues to crumble under the weight of self-destructive expense and the reality of poor outcomes, we will demand safe, natural and inexpensive treatments that stimulate our bodies’ ability to self-heal and help our population improve its quality of life.

Medical marijuana is one such solution, and it can also improve the health of our local economy and agriculture.

via Maine Voices: Marijuana safe and effective medication for many purposes | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Medical pot advocates to protest arrests, raids | freep.com | Detroit Free Press

In Medical Marijuana on September 11, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Medical pot advocates to protest arrests, raids

BY BILL LAITNER – FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Following a protest Wednesday by more than 150 people at the Oakland County courthouse, medical marijuana advocates said they plan to gather Monday in Pontiac and Lapeer for more protests against the arrests of patients and raids on dispensaries selling the drug.

Oakland County authorities said the protests would not alter their tactics, such as last month’s raids that shut dispensaries in Ferndale and Waterford, and closed a center in Waterford where patients gathered to use the drug.

A protest is to be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday outside the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office and a second is to be at 3:30 p.m. outside the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Rick Thompson of Oak Park-based Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine said Friday.

Southfield attorney Michael Komorn, who helped organize the protests, is defending some of those arrested in Waterford.

“The idea that it’s acceptable for law enforcement to beat down doors, hold weapons at patients’ heads, discuss killing family pets in front of children — all that has to stop,” he said.

via Medical pot advocates to protest arrests, raids | freep.com | Detroit Free Press.

Should Marijuana be legalized: Pro-legalization |  Daily Titan

In Medical Marijuana on September 9, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Should Marijuana be legalized: Pro-legalization

By Mi Tran

For the Daily Titan

Published: September 09, 2010

I say that marijuana, especially medicinal marijuana and its dispensaries, should be legalized and these businesses should be able to continue to remain open to help their patients. In doing so, it might help alleviate some of the economic woes California is currently facing.

Sure, marijuana is considered to be a dangerous drug that is harmful to our health, but what about other legal drugs like alcohol and cigarettes? Too many drinks could lead to alcohol poisoning and do major damage to the brain, liver and can even lead to a coma. Cigarettes contain hundreds of chemicals. According to the American Cancer Society website, after many years of consumption, tobacco use can lead to emphysema, cardiovascular disease and many types of cancers.

On the other hand, there isn’t any concrete proof or facts that marijuana can cause more damage than the drugs mentioned above. Just like any other substance, moderation is the key. Users should be educated about the pros and cons of smoking marijuana and then make an informed decision as to how much should be consumed.

For people who suffer from chronic pain, nausea, anxiety and arthritis, medicinal marijuana is proven to be a life-saving substance helping to alleviate their pain. A Washington Post article cites that research conducted over the course of five days at a San Francisco hospital ward tested AIDS patients, all whom suffered from some sort of nerve pain. The patients were allowed to smoke three marijuana cigarettes per day.

After those five days, more than half the patients noticed a decrease of the pain they were feeling before they smoked the marijuana.

With thorough evaluations from doctors in order to obtain a medical marijuana card and providing strict security for dispensaries to keep their businesses open and safe, I believe this will help the patients who otherwise might not have a better alternative to treat their illness.

In November, the ballot measure that would legalize the possession and sales of marijuana

(Proposition 19) will be on California’s ballot.

If passed, taxing marijuana may alleviate the state’s budget, which has been in trouble for the past few years and is not getting any better. So why not approve the ballot and be the first state with the guts to make a change and see where it leads us?

via Should Marijuana be legalized: Pro-legalization |  Daily Titan.

Pot Chronic Pain Neuropathic Relief Study Reviews Marijuana

In Medical Marijuana on September 7, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Pot Chronic Pain Neuropathic Relief Study Reviews Marijuana

Published: Sep 7, 2010

Pot chronic pain patients say marijuana eases neuropathic nerve damage.

Pot chronic pain neuropathic relief study reviews marijuana. Pot may ease chronic neuropathic pain, according to a new study. Chronic neuropathic pain is due to nerve damage where pot could used to east pain using medical marijuana.

Chronic neuropathic pain can be caused by physical damage to nerves when they do not regrow correctly. It is especially difficult to treat with traditional methods. During the study, they confirmed the apparent medicinal properties of pot, also known as Marijuana.

Neuropathic discomfort can be very painful. However, a the new study conducted by McGill University in Montreal included 21 people who suffered from this condition. These subjects were treated with different strengths of cannabis over a 3 month period. The study found, “A single inhalation of 25 mg of 9.4 percent tetrahydrocannabinol herbal cannabis three times daily for five days reduced the intensity of pain, improved sleep and was well tolerated.”

The highest strength used in this study was 9.4 percent. In addition, 6 percent and 2.5 percent were used and showed little effect. “This is the first time anyone has done a trial of smoked cannabis on an outpatient basis,” Mark Ware, stated the lead researcher, said in a statement. “They were not experienced marijuana users,” Ware said. “They came because they had severe pain that was not responding to any conventional treatment.”

Pain that is too great to fight using medications are leading to new a legalization of marijuana movement across the United States. There are 14 states where medical marijuana is legal. Researchers are hopeful that states where medical marijuana is legal, will increase the prescription of pot for chronic relief.

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// via Pot Chronic Pain Neuropathic Relief Study Reviews Marijuana.

Medical marijuana clinics can offer treatment to various ailments | Seer Press

In Medical Marijuana on September 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Marijuana has been proven to have medical benefits for patients with certain conditions. Although marijuana is still considered as an illegal drug, doctors have been administering marijuana because it provides relief for some minor ailments and even on major complication such as cancer and glaucoma. That is why more medical marijuana clinics are opening up to provide the marijuana treatment for patients.

Medical marijuana clinics offer marijuana treatment for various ailments. One benefit that patients get from medical marijuana clinics is the proven antiemetic components that marijuana possesses. Marijuana is known to treat nausea and vomiting. Its THC targets parts of the brain that trigger nausea. THC is usually used among patients who are undergoing staggering chemotherapy sessions. THC is then administered to the patients to induce vomiting and nausea.

Another major ailment that medical marijuana clinics treat is multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis causes spasms in the muscular system of an affected patient. And since marijuana is also known to have a relaxing effect on the muscles, it provides a relief for those who have the particular disease. Some studies have already shown that upon administering THC on the multiple sclerosis patients, 40 percent of the respondents had a temporary relief in their muscle spasms and other symptoms that multiple sclerosis brings. Moreover, it showed that most of the patients who had a relief from smoking marijuana eventually were treated from the disease.

In addition, marijuana is proven to cure glaucoma. Glaucoma is the complication that involves the eye. The eye is damaged as the production of the aqueous humor increases. This then increases the intraocular pressure in the eye causing severe pain and decreased vision. With the components of THC, the intraocular pressure may be decreased thus, relieving pain and improving the vision. Eventually with the use of marijuana, the glaucoma can be successfully treated. However, to get the relief patient should be administered with THC regularly. That is why most medical marijuana clinics administer marijuana derivatives to mitigate the continual smoking method of consumption of marijuana.

Epilepsy can be treated as well with the help of medical marijuana clinics. Epilepsy involves the damages of the nerves in the body. It is a neurological disorder which in turn, may cause unprecedented seizures. However, with the help of marijuana, the symptoms of seizures brought by epilepsy may be treated since THC also targets the Autonomic Nervous System. THC balances the ANS thus, giving relief to the symptoms caused by epilepsy.

via Medical marijuana clinics can offer treatment to various ailments | Seer Press.

FOXNews.com – Michigan judge allows medical pot use for suspects

In Medical Marijuana on September 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Michigan judge allows medical pot use for suspects

Published September 03, 2010| Associated Press FERNDALE, Mich. AP –

A Detroit-area judge is allowing some defendants arrested in a series of raids to keep using state-approved medical marijuana while out on bond.The Detroit Free Press reports the decision by Ferndale District Judge Joseph Longo on Thursday is in sharp contrast to a Waterford judge’s ruling earlier in the week.That judge, Richard Kuhn Jr., ruled that marijuana use by defendants in a parallel case would be a bond violation.Both sets of defendants were arrested Aug. 25 in raids by the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team.The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak says the defendants face a range of charges that include illegally growing and selling marijuana.The Detroit News reports Longo ordered the 10 defendants before him to return to court Sept. 20.

via FOXNews.com – Michigan judge allows medical pot use for suspects.

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