A new survey by WebMD/Medscape found that about 70 percent of physicians in the United States believe that medical marijuana should be legalized and that marijuana has therapeutic qualities. For this survey, WebMDs website for those who work in the health industry surveyed 1,544 doctors at a time when medical marijuana is legal in more than 20 states and Washington, D.C., and there is proposed medicinal legalization legislation in about 10 other states.
The doctors surveyed included physicians from 12 different specialties who lived in 48 different states some with medical marijuana legalization bills in effect or being discussed, some with none at all yet the majority opinion 69 percent was that marijuana can help with certain treatments and conditions. About 67 percent said medical marijuana should be an option for patients, and 56 percent of the doctors surveyed supported legalizing medical marijuana at a federal level or nationwide. Though support for medical marijuana’s legalization continues to grow among health care professionals, support for the personal use of marijuana is not quite as high yet, as doctors are not exactly sure how marijuana use can affect an individual in the long term.
A lot of the unknowns about marijuana use are a direct result of marijuana’s federal designation as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. This particular classification doesn’t recognize medicinal benefits, which is why the feds have largely blocked researchers from studying the substance. The medical community is clearly saying they support using marijuana as a potential treatment option for any number of medical problems, said WebMD Chief Medical Editor Michael W. Smith, M.D. In fact, many doctors already prescribe it.
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Maine voters first approved the use of medical marijuana in 1999 and a decade later expanded the law to include more medical conditions and allow medical marijuana patients to legally buy marijuana from the states eight nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries or caregivers. A 2013 amendment to the law, which took effect in late September, added post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, inflammatory bowel disease and other illnesses to the list of conditions for which a physician may prescribe medical marijuana.
Maines medical marijuana law also was amended in 2011 to make patient registration voluntary and to expunge all information in the records of the states medical use of marijuana program indicating a patients specific medical condition. The changes have made it difficult to track how many Mainers use medicinal marijuana, a number that Paul McCarrier, the legislative liaison for Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine, estimates is above 4,000. Both the Maine House of Representatives and Senate have approved another medical marijuana amendment, An Act Relating to Nursing Facility and Inpatient Hospice Patients and Medical Marijuana Use, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Colleen Lachowicz, D-Waterville, and state Rep. Deb Sanderson, R-Chelsea.
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The Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine held an information session today for those who are interested in cultivating their own legal medicinal marijuana dispensaries, and for those who wanted to learn more about the state of Maine’s medical marijuana laws. The organization went over what has recently changed with medical marijuana laws. Doctors are now allowed to recommend its medical use to patients and caregivers growing medical marijuana are now allowed to employ an extra person to help with maintaining their business. The Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine believe that more flexibility in law will allow for more jobs to be created in the industry.
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“She’s got a personality, and she smiles,” Janea says. “She’s making eye contact with us, it’s been an amazing change…. She’s letting us know when something doesn’t feel good, so that’s the first time in the longest time we’ve seen any instructions from her.” And, Janea said, Haleigh is getting a full night of uninterrupted sleep each night, instead of waking up constantly from her seizures. Haleigh even said “Mama,” for the first time, earlier this week a moment captured on video.
Janea’s husband, Haleigh’s father, Brian Cox — a firefighter will fly from Georgia to Colorado on Monday to visit them for the first time since they moved there last month. They can’t afford for him to quit his job and move there. “I can’t wait for her to smile at him for the first time,” Jenea Cox said. “I can’t wait for him to see what she’s like without having seizures. It definitely gives us a lot of hope that we’ll lead a seizure-free life hopefully soon. Gov.
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Herdener said the survey has already indicated there is an affordable housing problem in town. Seventy-five percent of the responses said there is a housing issue in Cannon Beach, no question, Herdener said. The need for labor is increasing, and people need a place to live. It is affecting business, Herdener said.
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In fact, unethical and criminal physicians and methods were used to convince the public of the value of Laetrile. The hoax was exposed and removed from the market by legal means, Supreme Court decisions, and the death of one of its proponents, actor Steve McQueen. Does marijuana work? Is it effective and safe? No scientific studies or research has validated the claims of users. Is it dangerous? Studies from New Zealand have shown a decrease in IQ measurements in users; Colorado emergency facilities have reported incidents using synthetic cannabinoids causing altered mental status, seizures, heart disease, and strokes.
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No one knows how long this injunction will continue and what will be done about the medical marijuana supply shortage in Canada in the future but the injunction is currently helping. A CBC article lists several reasons that Health Canada would like to make it illegal for users to grow their own medicinal products. They say that growing pot poses hazards like fire, toxic chemicals, threat of home invasion by criminals and mold.
They remind Canadians that marijuana is not an approved drug or medicine in Canada and Health Canada does not endorse its use. The government is fighting the injunction but it is unclear when the federal appeal of the injunction will be heard. If the government does not overturn the injunction, it will allow patients the constitutional challenge of the new planned system. Several patients are currently arguing that the new structure denies sick Canadians the right to grow a safe, affordable supply of medical marijuana. They say that they can grow their pot for pennies whereas those that buy from Health Canada pay a discounted price of between $3 to $13.50 a gram.
To read more, visit http://guardianlv.com/2014/04/medical-marijuana-supply-shortage-in-canada/
“They need to know that all of us are doing everything we can to move a solution forward”, Deal said. Deal’s two -pronged plan involves ramping up clinical trials on the effectiveness of cannabis oil on children with certain seizure disorders is through a partnership between Georgia Regents University and G.W. Pharmaceuticals.
The second will be through GRU’s own clinical trials using medical marijuana from a federal program in Mississippi. “I just think that we don’t need to wait until the next session of the General Assembly and then have to take up, even if they are successful in passing legislation, to begin the process that we can begin right now,” Deal said. Legislation to decriminalize possession of cannabis oil in Georgia died in the final hours of this years session. Senate leaders refused to bring it to a vote after the House stripped a late Senate amendment requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for children with autism. “That was very painful to go through.
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“At this point, we have no other option.” Hardy said her daughter needs what’s called cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil, to help reduce her seizures. The compound, Hardy said, has a very low dose of THC, which is the main mind-altering ingredient found in the Cannabis plant. She said other children in similar situations are responding well to the treatment.
It’s stories, like Jaqie’s, that have moved Oklahomans for Health to push the state to lift its ban on medical marijuana. “Literally, you could go to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary for treating your cancer with marijuana and that’s just wrong,” Paul said. He said doctors, not the government, should determine if patients use pot to treat their pain. As of now, Paul said, patients who suffer from serious medical conditions are prescribed pharmaceutical drugs that are highly addictive and have serious side effects.
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The bill does not impose any restrictions on the doctors who prescribe cannabis or their patients. Similar legislation, introduced by state Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) in March, has faced criticism from pro-pot groups for the restrictions it places on doctors and patients. Under Ammiano’s proposal, the ABC would charge fees on marijuana businesses to raise revenue for the state. Local municipalities would also be allowed to impose additional taxes.
“Everyone who has a business pays some taxes,” Ammiano said. “Without regulation, there’s no way to capture any of the income that could go toward our infrastructure or other worthy causes.” Some experts believe Ammiano’s bill could lay the groundwork for the full-scale legalization of marijuana in California. “One of the reasons that [California’s 2010 initiative to legalize marijuana] didn’t pass is because many communities had an unpleasant experience with cannabis regulation,” Steve DeAngelo, co-founder and executive director of Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the country’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, told HuffPost last year . Recent polls have suggested a majority of Californians support legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes. A national drug reform coalition, backed by Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom , plans to put a legalization initiative on the state’s 2016 ballot.
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