Uruguay takes ‘war on drugs’ in new direction: state monopoly over the production and distribution of marijuana

Uruguay has long been at the vanguard of social reform in Latin America. Today, it is on the verge of passing into law one of its most radical ideas yet.

The Broad Front – the center-left coalition that holds power – is proposing a state monopoly over the production and distribution of marijuana, making Uruguay the first national government to sell cannabis directly to citizens. The government says the measure is necessary to combat rising drug-related crime, decrease health risks for users, and counter ineffective US policies on drugs. But within Uruguay, interest groups have labeled the legislation totalitarian, while some international bodies argue it breaches global conventions.  More »

4 Americans Get Medical Pot From the Feds

Sometime after midnight on a moonlit rural Oregon highway, a state trooper checking a car he had just pulled over found less than an ounce of pot on one passenger: A chatty 72-year-old woman blind in one eye.
She insisted the weed was legal and was approved by the U.S. government.

The trooper and his supervisor were doubtful. But after a series of calls to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Agency and her physician, the troopers handed her back the card — and her pot.

For the past three decades, Uncle Sam has been providing a handful of patients with some of the highest grade marijuana around. The program grew out of a 1976 court settlement More »

Marijuana Cuts Nerve Pain Post Chemotherapy

A marijuana extract called ‘Cannabidiol‘ could help prevent painful neuropathy in patients receiving the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel, according to new animal experiments.

“Our preliminary findings…indicate that cannabidiol may prevent the development of paclitaxel-induced allodynia in mice and therefore be effective at preventing dose-limiting paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy in humans,” according to the report by Sara Jane Ward, Ph.D., and colleagues of Temple University School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia.

Paclitaxel-commonly used in the treatment of advanced breast or ovarian cancer-can cause nerve damage (neuropathy), leading to symptoms like pain, numbness, or tingling.  More »

Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of America

When the Mobile Doctors of America’s shiny, refurbed ’68 Airstream trailer pulls up in front of local medical marijuana centers, most people think it’s looking for directions to the nearest tailgate party. But no, it’s not lost on its way to the Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Instead, it’s an integral part of the Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of America’s (MMAPA) mission to help hospice patients, disabled veterans and indigent patients get access at little to no cost.

Sure, it makes it to parties, too. Many spotted MMAPA at last year’s Four Mile Canyon Revival concert headlined by String Cheese Incident, amongst others. And while we all love a good show, MMAPA’s Executive Director Vincent Palazzotto notes the group is “out six to seven days a week, with about half of our time spent along the Front Range and the other half in rural areas.” Most weeks it must feel like they’re the ones on tour.

With only a dozen staff members and volunteers to manage More »

Banks in Medical-Marijuana States Going to Pot?

Smoking medical marijuana may be legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia, but selling it still violates federal law, and “ganja-preneurs,” the owners of medical marijuana dispensaries, say this conflict between the state and federal government is a buzz-kill.

Banks in states where marijuana is legal for medical purposes won’t do business with dispensary owners for fear that regulators will target them in federal investigations. Federal regulators maintain banks which do business with dispensaries are supporting activities that, even if legal in the state, are illegal at the federal level.

In a memo the Department of Justice issued to U.S. Attorneys last June, the federal government made its stance on federal marijuana law clear: “The Department is committed to the enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act in all States,” the memo stated. “Congress has determined that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that the illegal distribution and sale of marijuana is a serious crime that provides a significant source of revenue to large scale criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels.”   More »

San Jose Votes to Curb Medical Marijuana Industry

San Jose lawmakers took a major step toward downsizing and regulating the city’s thriving medical marijuana industry on Tuesday, adopting a package of zoning regulations and laws that will sharply limit how and where pot collectives can operate and initially cap their number at 10.

Two years in the making, the new rules given preliminary approval by the City Council with an 8-3 vote are among the most detailed among the various frameworks local governments in California have adopted as they attempt to tread the thin line between complying with the state’s medical marijuana laws and inviting intrusion from the federal government, which does not recognize pot for medicinal use.  More »

National Drug Report Shows Increase In Marijuana Use

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released its annual report on illicit drug usage today, showing a sharp decline in methamphetamine use, but an upturn in marijuana consumption.

The report, which analyzes survey data collected last year, showed an uptick in the percentage of marijuana users. In fact, the percentage of Americans who admitted to regular illicit drug use increased for most age groups from 2009 (see graph below).

According to USA Today, marijuana is also the most widely used illicit drug, with 6.9 percent of the population admitting to regular use. The reason for its increased prevalence may also be attributed to the increasing number of states that have approved its consumption for medical purposes.  More »

Marijuana For ADHD

States generally demand recommendations occur from a medical doctor licensed to apply in that state. Arizona does this. As soon as the certification is acquired, the up coming phase is to utilize with the Arizona Department of Wellbeing Services for an Arizona Healthcare Marijuana ID Registry Card.

The Arizona Clinical Marijuana ID card is very good for one 12 months from the date of production. Then a new certification will be essential. A composed certification includes:

* The physician’s identity, license amount, address, telephone number, amount and email.

*The qualifying patient’s title and date of birth

*A assertion that the qualifying patient has a debilitating health-related issue as defined by the Arizona Division of Well being Companies  More »

Court order closes medical-marijuana Greater Michigan Compassion Club in Muskegon Township

A court order appears to have shut down a controversial Muskegon Township medical-marijuana dispensary, at least for now.

Late Friday afternoon, Muskegon County 14th Circuit Judge Timothy G. Hicks signed a temporary restraining order enjoining the Greater Michigan Compassion Club from “operating or maintaining a public nuisance” and from “violating the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act and the Michigan Public Health Code” as interpreted by a recent Michigan Court of Appeals decision declaring dispensaries illegal.

The order was served on club leaders shortly before 6 p.m. Friday, and Muskegon Township Police Chief Ken Sanford said Tuesday the club at 2116 E. Apple appears to have stayed closed since that time.

Derek Antol, the club’s executive director, declined to comment Tuesday and referred calls to the club’s attorney, Matthew Newburg of Lansing. Newburg did not immediately return a call seeking comment.  More »

Medical Marijuana Inc’s Marijuana Extract Cannabidiol (CBD) Possible Use As A Prevention And Treatment To Alzheimer’s Disease

SAN DIEGO-( Business Wire )-

Medical Marijuana Inc (OTC: MJNA) is pleased to announce that studies have shown Cannabidiol (CBD) as a possible prevention and treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Medical Marijuana Inc. through CannaBANK has a patent pending on an extraction method from Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) and its industrialized non psychoactive counterpart Hemp, allowing Cannabidiol (CBD) to be isolated in its pure form.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org), Alzheimer’s is said to cost $182 billion annually and is the 6thleading cause of death in the United States.

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Marijuana and Medical Marijuana

Marijuana, whose botanical name is cannabis, has been used by humans for thousands of years. It was classified as an illegal drug by many countries in the 20th century. But over the past two decades, there has been a growing movement to legalize it, primarily for medical purposes.

Medical marijuana use has surged in the 15 states and the District of Columbia that allow its use. But states and cities are also wrestling with the question of what medical marijuana is, or should be.

The Montana House of Representatives voted in February 2011 to repeal the state’s six-year-old medical marijuana law. The 63-to-37 vote, largely along party lines in the Republican-controlled chamber, pushed Montana to the front lines of a national debate about social policy, economics and health regarding medical marijuana use

Montana’s House speaker, Mike Milburn, a Republican and sponsor of the repeal bill, who said he thought that the arguments about medical use had been a pretext for encouraging recreational use and creating a path to full legalization. More »

Medical Marijuana: Is It For You?

Many cancer survivors claim that cannabis (marijuana) can be used to ease the nausea and vomiting often associated with chemotherapy. Are you challenged by tough chemo side effects? Medical marijuana is deemed illegal by the federal government, but legal in 16 states; find out what the legal ramifications of its use are and, if you want to try it for your chemo-induced nausea, how you can obtain it.

Chemotherapy.

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear that dreaded word?

Hair loss, right? Quickly followed by nausea. And vomiting.

While the various combinations of chemo drugs come with all sorts of side effects – some mild, some potentially deadly – it seems hair loss and nausea are the two we fear the most.  More »

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