“Massachusetts has this really highly regulated framework, where there’s a lot of effort put into making sure medicine is really only for patients, and I have not heard of this in any other state with such a framework,” he said. Meanwhile, the U.S. House voted in late May for an amendment that would prevent the DEA from spending money to target medical marijuana operations that are legal under state laws. Romano said the DEA’s actions certainly seemed to violate the spirit of Deputy Attorney General James Cole’s August 2013 memo on the federal government’s approach to state marijuana regulations.
“Certainly the administration, the executive office, seems to indicate that they want to leave it alone. One would presume that the DEA would take their cue from the rest of the executive office, but I guess in their case they’re not,” Romano said. “This is another way they can go after the dispensaries without actually violating the letter and what they’ve been instructed.” But, for almost 20 years now, we’ve sat back admiring our accomplishment while the world, the nation, and states like Colorado and Washington have passed us by. Its time to legalize, its time to tax, its time to regulate marijuana for adults in California. “I think its wrong to use language like ‘potheads’ or ‘stoners’ or ‘hippies.’ I think this is a serious issue and it requires a serious debate. It’s impacting too many people and too many lives and its costing the tax payers a fortune.”
“To me it is not one of the major issues facing this country.” “By regulating marijuana like alcohol, Colorado voters hope to reduce crime and keep marijuana away from kids. Congress should simply allow states to regulate marijuana as they see fit and stop wasting federal tax dollars on the failed drug war. “The people of California have made it legal for patients to have safe access to medicinal marijuana and as a result thousands of small business owners have invested millions of dollars in building their companies, creating jobs, and paying their taxes.
We should be protecting and implementing the will of voters, not undermining our democracy by prosecuting small business owners who pay taxes and comply with the laws of their states in providing medicine to patients in need.” “Indeed, we view our top priority as creating an environment where negative impacts on children from marijuana legalization are avoided completely.” I didn’t say I was holier than thou, I said I tried.
To read more, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/06/dea-doctors-medical-marijuana-_n_5460077.html
DeFrancisco said he remains a no vote on the Savino bill. The legislation passed the Senate Health Committee earlier this week by one vote. It’s now before the Senate Finance Committee, which DeFrancisco chairs. It’s before the Finance Committee because, like most bills in the Senate, it involves money — possible costs of new regulations and revenues because of new taxes. There are 20 Republicans and 17 Democrats on the committee. DeFrancisco says he’s spent hours this session reading hundreds of pages of testimony, talked with doctors at Upstate Medical University and met almost half a dozen times with proponents of the bill. His concerns still come down to this: If marijuana is an effective drug to alleviate suffering associated with conditions like cancer and lupus, why hasn’t the U.S.?
To read more, visit http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/05/medical_marijuana_the_latest_on_defrancisco_savinos_bill_and_nyers_views.html
Patient recruitment details will be announced in the coming weeks. “With 36 per cent of the patients registered in the former MMAR program suffering with symptoms of serve arthritis – the largest concentration of any disease area – we felt there was no option but to continue our clinical exploration within this important patient group,” said Brent Zettl, President and CEO of Prairie Plant Systems and CanniMed. “Today we are announcing the launch of our clinical trial program where we will formally study several varieties of medical marijuana to determine not only the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis, but also to provide prescribing physicians with the clinical data they are looking for regarding dosing.”
Studies show that the body’s own pain-regulating system, (the endocannabinoid system) has receptors in nervous system tissue, immune cells, bone and joint tissue. These receptors respond to the cannabinoids found in medical marijuana, similar to how a key opens a lock. Medical marijuana research has demonstrated its efficacy at reducing pain when used by itself or in combination with other pain-relievers. Many cases of anecdotal evidence have been reported for arthritis patients who have very successfully used medical marijuana either in conjunction with traditional therapy or alone. “Well designed controlled trials are needed to answer many of the claims made around medical cannabis,” says Dr. Mark Ware, executive director of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC) and a practicing pain physician at the McGill University Health Centre.
To read more, visit http://finance.yahoo.com/news/first-medical-marijuana-clinical-trial-130000981.html
But the answer is a definite “f.” Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, had opposed connecting the Charlotte Web language in a bill that reduces minimum mandatory sentences that passed both houses. He did, however promise to allow the stand-alone bill to come before his committee, the last step before heading to the House floor. However, he opposed it even though it passed in his committee and on the House floor, stating that “I pray that this bill does everything intentioned for it,” (end the suffering of thousands of children with intractable epilepsy) but worried that it may also be “the rifle-shot that begins an avalanche… I don’t have the stomach to pull that trigger.”
Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, who once had a drug addiction , also had reservations and worried that the bill may be a “Pandora’s box”. He recognized that it was not about marijuana and addiction as much as about quality of life. Against my own personal feelings about Pandora’s box… I hope that the message goes forth, not that it’s OK about opening Pandora’s box, but that we care about quality of life, and I’m willing to err on that side. Those two statements from one of the most conservative members of the GOP in the House and one of the more liberal Democratic members demonstrate why answers “c” and “d” are wrong.
To read more, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-stein/medical-marijuana-in-florida_b_5326196.html
The small city of Delavan is strongly looking into the idea of developing a medical marijuana cultivation center. Under the Illinois new law, a cultivation center will be approved for each state police district. The Delavan cultivation center would take care of district 8 in Illinois, covering Marshall, Peoria, Stark, Woodford and Tazewell Counties. Delavan officials say some residents may not like the idea of medical marijuana growing in their city, but argue there is an upside.
City Administrator Joe Woith says economic growth in Delavan has been low for several years. He thinks medical marijuana may be the spark the city needs. “The benefit would be the 25 jobs and also it would be a project in the tif district which would bring in approximately a millions dollars to the school over a twenty year period”, says Woith. He says it would also generate anywhere from $2.5-3 millions dollars for city infrastructure. A medical marijuana cultivation center in Delevan is still very much in the works. But some locals there say they’re on board, if it helps their community. Illinois state police will be in charge of applying state laws and keeping up with how much medical marijuana is grown and transported from the cultivation center.
To read more, visit http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/story/d/story/medical-marijuana-could-soon-grow-in-central-illin/36806/Y7mlEscHLEmYPs4Xyx1RqA
Jennie says that her story has taken a possibly dangerous turn over the last few months. She said that Jack had a bad reaction to prescription drugs and was taken to the Hackensack University Medical Center where they were told that because of their policies, Jack had to either stop taking his medical marijuana immediately, or he couldn’t stay there. They gave us two options, leave and you can continue taking your marijuana or you can stay in the hospital and you have to stop. So abruptly stopping a medication that’s effective and working is very dangerous, Jennie explained.
This problem seems to be present in most states with legalized medical marijuana where the use of it is legal within the state, but its still illegal on a federal level. So if there is a conflict, which laws do you actually follow? When faced with possible legal issues many are siding with the federal government. Jennie took her concerns to a town hall with Governor Christie but he disagreed with her stance and said that the feds would not interfere with New Jerseys program.
Hospitals are afraid of the feds right now because their state hasn’t authorized them to do it and so listen, were not gonna get into a debate back and forth about this, we obviously have a disagreement about this, Christie said to Jennie. In a statement, Dr. Jeffery Boscamp, Chairman of Pediatrics at the Joseph Sanzari Children’s Hospital said: Were in a very difficult position.
To read more, visit http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/25598235/battle-over-medical-marijuana-pits-state-vs-federal-government
“I think the biggest struggle will be finding doctors who are willing to sign off on medical marijuana treatment,” Gross said. In addition to doctors, parents will have to ensure marijuana growers cultivate strains of cannabis that are best for epileptic kids — high in CBD and low in THC — like the popular “Charlotte’s Web” variety.
The Illinois bill initially passed the state Senate in April , but it must be re-approved following changes that would allow medicinal marijuana treatment for minors with not just epilepsy, but other debilitating medical conditions, including cancer and Crohn’s disease. While Gross said she’s happy about the state House approval, she’ll feel better once the bill is on Gov. Pat Quinn’s (D) desk. “It’s a good place for us to be for now, but we’re very eager to come home,” she said. Both the Kentucky State Police and Gov. Steve Beshear support the bill. If passed, the law would allow anyone (even children) enrolled in a U.S.
To read more, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/23/medical-marijuana-epilepsy-illinois_n_5374418.html
He said he voted with his conscience to represent some of his constituents that suffer from a rare form of epilepsy that causes them to have multiple seizures a day. “The Compassionate Care Act is the only legislation that has come before the Senate committee which could provide the families of these children with the relief they are seeking,” the 86-year-old Republican told the Associated Press.
While the Senate finance committee is one hurdle, getting it to a vote in the Senate will be another. Due to the power sharing agreement between Republicans and a faction of five Democrats that control the Senate, each leader can block bills from being brought to the floor by using their veto power. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos has warmed up to the idea, saying he supports medical marijuana use in oil form, but has trepidation about smoking the drug. Savino’s bill would prohibit patients under the age of 21 from smoking the drug. Republican Sen. Phil Boyle introduced medical marijuana legislation last week for non-combustible use; it would instead be administered through oils, edibles or vaporizers.
To read more, visit http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/20/6418319/medical-marijuana-slated-for-key.html
In an interview with the UK’s Daily Mail in 2011, Nicholson said that he personally still used marijuana, before making the case for ending the prohibition on pot as well as other drugs. “I don’t tend to say this publicly, but we can see it’s a curative thing. The narcotics industry is also enormous. It funds terrorism and – this is a huge problem in America – fuels the foreign gangs,” he said. “More than 85 percent of men incarcerated in America are on drug-related offences. It costs $40,000 a year for every prisoner. If they were really serious about the economy there would be a sensible discussion about legalization.”
In a 2013 American Conservative op-ed chock full of moderate Republican views, Huntsman snuck in a call to “applaud states that lead on reforming drug policy.” While Obama and his administration have responded to state marijuana reforms by saying they must enforce federal laws against marijuana, the president has the power to reschedule the drug, which would allow federal authorities to shift resources away from a prohibitive approach.
To read more, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/20/medical-marijuana-new-york_n_5359718.html
But they were much less positive about legalizing recreational marijuana, as the states of Colorado and Washington have done. Less than half of respondents, 43 percent, backed legalization. The greater support for medical marijuana may reflect the emotional appeals of patients as detailed in this NPR report on a successful effort to put medical marijuana on the fall ballot.
One of those stories involves Charlotte Figi, a Colorado girl whose parents lobbied the Florida legislature in January, saying that a marijuana extract reduced the girl’s seizures from 1,200 a month to one or two. But there are no randomized controlled trials testing the safety and effectiveness of the special form of marijuana being used to treat Charlotte Figi and other children, and very few on any use of medical marijuana. For instance, Maine and several other states have approved medical marijuana for treating post-traumatic stress disorder.
To read more, visit http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/05/20/310108721/poll-yes-to-medical-marijuana-not-so-much-for-recreational-pot