Medical Marijuana At Core Of Court Case

Waselik was taken to the Morristown Medical Center where he was treated for a punctured lung and eventually released. Rios was charged with aggravated assault. Rios case is pending. During a search of the Waselik-Rios home, police found more than 70 grams of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia, according to police.

According to Beebe, the marijuana was not obtained or possessed legally. Both men were charged with possession. Waselik has disputed the charges and said the police are ill-informed. I expect nothing less than to get all seized materials back from the Sparta Police Department, Waselik said. Organizers have planned a protest in support of Waselik through social media.

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Cannabis Oil’s Legalization In Wisconsin Too Late To Help 7-Year-Old Patient Says Jim Stingl

“She taught us about patience, what it’s like to be inspired, and most of all we were blessed to witness miracles that otherwise we may have been too busy to notice,” the obit says. Sally remembered nursing her infant daughter in the days after learning she had serious health challenges. “I would sit in the quiet of her room and I would sing, ‘You Are My Sunshine.’ I’d tell her we’re going to make it. We’re going to do this. Mom is never going to give up.

“When I testified in Madison, I said please don’t take my sunshine away.” In Lydia’s honor, Sally plans to continue spreading the word on CBD oil. She said she was contacted by Sen. Robert Wirch’s office this week and told they would try to have the bill she championed called Lydia’s Law.

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Medical Marijuana Issues That Divide Dayton, House And Senate

While neither bill allows smoking, the Senate proposal allows approved patients to obtain 2.5 ounces of plant-form marijuana at any one time. Patients could then ingest the marijuana in various forms under the Senate bill, including crushing and heating the leaf form to just short of combustion. Sen. Scott Dibble For Dibble, having access to the whole plant is only way patients can get the therapeutic effects that medical marijuana can offer.

The House bill, authored by Rep. Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing, allows approved patients to use medical marijuana in an oil or pill form. They can also vaporize a liquid form of medical marijuana under the supervision of a practitioner. In an expansive letter to the House and the governor sent Sunday, Dibble said digestive absorption is slow and uneven with pill and other forms of medical marijuana, which does not allow patients to receive immediate benefit or very precisely limit their own dosage to alleviate symptoms.

Using the plant form also opens up the number of people who can receive treatment, Dibble said. The House medical marijuana bill allows coverage for a list of eight illnesses, including seizure disorders, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and other disorders that cause severe muscle spasms, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, HIV and AIDS. An estimated 5,000 Minnesotans fall under those categories for treatment, but the Senate bill would cover roughly 35,000 Minnesotans. Dibbles bill includes illnesses like intractable pain, which he says should be included because theres no other known treatment for the disease.

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Why People Can’t Get Medical Marijuana At Walgreens Or At CVS

Bloomberg News explains why national drugstore chains like CVS and Walgreens can’t currently get into the potentially lucrative medical marijuana business. While marijuana dispensaries in states where the drugs medical use is legalized may require a prescription, these businesses are not pharmacies that are registered with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. Under federal law, marijuana is still a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning it cant lawfully be prescribed or dispensed.

This is why federal agents occasionally pull raids on dispensaries otherwise deemed legal by the state. And its why drugstore chains simply cant get into the business. A rep for CVS confirms to Bloomberg that it has no plans to sell medical marijuana because it would violate the company’s registration with the DEA. Without that registration, it wouldn’t be able to operate its pharmacy business. There currently isn’t much of a profit incentive for drugstores to push for the ability to dispense medical marijuana in these states, as 18 of the states that allow the medical use of pot and its derived products have regulations that only allow for nonprofits to distribute them.

Additionally, while there are numerous forms of marijuana-based products that could eventually be dispensed through a drugstore pharmacy, these products are not going through the federal regulatory approval process for drugs and tobacco products.

To read more, visit http://consumerist.com/2014/05/13/why-cant-you-get-medical-marijuana-at-cvs-or-walgreens/

Legal Weed To Be Classified Like Painkillers By Lumma Federal Bill

But the odd part about the current law is that at a Federal level, marijuana plants are still considered illegal, which presents quite a problem when it comes to states rights and whether or not people should be arrested for legally buying marijuana in states like Colorado, where even recreational marijuana is allowed. U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith recently created a bill he calls the Legitimate Use of Medicinal Marijuana Act, or LUMMA.

While sponsors of marijuana bills have typically been Democrats, Griffith is stepping outside the party lines by sponsoring a medical marijuana federal bill as a Republican: It may take some time for people to warm up to it. But it is actually a very conservative bill. It says government should step back and let the doctors and health professionals use a substance in a manner that they would use any other substance for treatment of patients who need help. My bill is a conservative answer to folks who say, Well, why cant we use it?

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Medical Marijuana For Kids Proposed

She pointed to a 2013 National Institute of Health study published in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior that found similar results: 16 of the 19 children treated with CBD had decreased symptoms of epilepsy, and in two cases the epilepsy disappeared completely. But most of the powerful evidence is anecdotal; there are scores of success stories from families with children suffering from epilepsy.

I spoke with the mother of one of Goldsteins patients, Genesis Rios, who told me her son suffered from seizures all day long until she started the CBD treatment. Now, the boy can now go two weeks without having a seizure, she said. Its been basically a miracle, Rios told me. “He was having seizures 24 hours a day, even when he was sleeping, and none of the medications worked. Nothing worked, not even surgery. For hundreds of families, it’s a miracle treatment, and epilepsy isn’t the only example.

Austria has prescribed medical marijuana to kids with autism. In the US,cannabis has been used to treat young kids with leukemia, as VICE reported last year. But the idea of treating kids with weed is still incredibly controversial. Some question the validity of the treatment, and the problem is there is very little research to prove the alternative medicine is safe and effective.

To read more, visit http://motherboard.vice.com/en_ca/read/the-rise-of-medical-marijuana-for-kids

Minnesota House Okays Bill On Medical Marijuana Study

Representatives voted 86-39 on a bipartisan basis to advance the Medical Marijuana Study bill, which differs from a measure state senators approved on Tuesday that would make physician-prescribed medical marijuana legal for a broad range of illnesses. More than 20 U.S. states have approved medical marijuana on a broad basis and others on a narrower basis, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The two versions had bipartisan support in the Democratic-controlled legislature. Democratic Governor Mark Dayton said in a letter on Friday to sponsors of both measures that he would sign the House bill if the legislature approves it. “I know it’s easy for us sometimes as politicians or legislators to just tell people that we’ll wait another year, but these families can’t wait another year, they need relief now,” said Representative Carly Melin, the bill’s sponsor.

Patients would have to be Minnesota residents and register with the state health department to receive medical marijuana from licensed pharmacists under the bill. The health department estimated that about 5,000 people would enroll. Participants would have to be diagnosed with one of several conditions that include seizure disorders, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and other disorders that cause severe muscle spasms, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, HIV and AIDS. Patients would be allowed to vaporize the cannabis, but would be prohibited from smoking it and would not be allowed to use the plant or leaf form. The Minnesota Medical Association supports the House proposal, but not the Senate measure, which would make medical marijuana legal on more broad terms.

To read more, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/10/us-usa-minnesota-marijuana-idUSBREA480WW20140510

Dayton Gives Thumbs Up For Medical Marijuana Bill To Be Passed By House

On the House floor, the debate over the measure was emotional and free of the rancor that often accompanies controversial issues. Instead, a bipartisan cohort of lawmakers who stand on both side of the issue tearfully told personal stories of illness, pain and struggle that brought tears to speakers and listeners. “I feel like I’ve been crying all day long, hearing the stories, said Rep. Kathy Lohmer, R- Stillwater. But, she said, she feared the measure could harm the people it was designed to help.

Families of those who hope to be helped if the bill becomes law lined the House gallery Friday and watched the five-hour debate. Neither the House nor Senate proposals allow marijuana to be smoked; the House version allows vaporizing, but only in pill or oil form. The expansive Senate version lacks support from groups representing police and prosecutors, as well as medical professionals. Earlier this week, the Minnesota Medical Association announced its support for the current House proposal.

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Can Planting Medical Marijuan Leave Local Watersheds Dry?

Wayne Hanson said the methods used to grow the plants are often anything but that. “Very rarely do I run into a legitimate marijuana grow,” Hanson said. “The sheriff’s office is not targeting those folks. But if they violate medical marijuana laws in how many plants they are growing or destroying the environment, they will be arrested and criminally charged. They have to face the consequences.”

Hanson estimates that there are more than 5,000 medical marijuana grows in the county. North Coast Water Board Executive Director Matt St. John said that there are no regulations specifically addressing environmental damage caused by medical marijuana grows. “The State Water Board directed me to develop a regulatory program for the discharges from marijuana operations, and has given us the goal of trying to complete that by the end of this calender year,” St. John said. St. John said water diversion only makes up a portion of the environmental damage caused by grows.

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Medical Cannabis Report Are Disappointing

The health select committee considered a petition asking it to look at the decriminalisation of cannabis for pain relief and managing symptoms of chronic illness. The petition said unlike opioids cannabis does not need to be taken in increased dosages to maintain pain relief. The Ministry of Health said it was concerned about the use of raw cannabis as it varied greatly in chemical composition and strength.

In a report released on Friday, the committee said the Ministry of Health and drug funding agency Pharmac should continue to monitor international evidence about the use and benefits of medical cannabis, but made no other recommendations. “This report offers little relief to the many people who would benefit from a robust medical cannabis regime in New Zealand,” New Zealand Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell said. “The report also failed to recognise that any health risks from smoking raw cannabis can be mitigated through edible or vaporised alternatives.”

Pharmaceutical cannabis medicine Sativex had already been approved for use in New Zealand, but was difficult to get and was not subsidised, Mr Bell said. “No one has approval to use raw cannabis, and only 10 people have approval to use Sativex. The application process is a never-ending labyrinth of confusing paperwork.” Many other countries and states allowed its use for medicinal purposes, Mr Bell said.

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