PTSD & Medical Marijuana

As someone who has suffered with both survivors guilt and PTSD stemming from the event, I can tell you first hand treating PTSD with medical marijuana works tremendously in managing your day to day life. Balancing guilt and emotions and triggers, the panic, the anxiety,… only those who carry it, understand.

Veterans and other individuals residing in Arizona who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will now have the option of using cannabis to treat the symptoms of that illness. State Health Director Will Humble recently made the decision to allow the use of marijuana for the relief of PTSD, but has also stated that there has been no research documented that indicates a cure.

This decision does not mean that marijuana will be readily available to those patients. Humble has also stated that physicians can only recommend marijuana for their patients who have already undergone more conventional treatments, including the use of pharmaceutical antidepressants, without relief.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, more than 50,000 Arizonans have qualified under the list of conditions to receive 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks to ease the pain and discomfort associated with a myriad of illnesses ranging from cancer to glaucoma.

Medical Marijuana can be used to treat PTSD. Anyone who says otherwise speaks not from experience.

Reschedule Marijuana Legalize Medicine

We need to reschedule marijuana and not only that make medical marijuana available to all those who need it. Look at this!

Sloane Fournier, 15, suffers at least six seizures a day. She has a chromosome disorder that causes her epilepsy. But the Metairie teen’s family believes she could find relief with medical marijuana.

“You have children that were like Sloane, not walking not talking, that used to do those things and are doing them now. It’s actually healing their brains,” said Fournier’s mother, Kelly.

In 1991, Louisiana was one of the first states in the country to legalize medical marijuana. Louisiana law allows licensed physicians to prescribe it for patients suffering from glaucoma, side effects from chemotherapy cancer treatment, or spastic quadriplegia, a severe form of cerebral palsy.

But even though a Louisiana doctor can legally write a pot prescription, the law has never been put into practice because pharmacies can’t legally obtain or provide it.

Now, there’s a renewed push to put regulations in place, so pharmacies can make the drug available.

“What we’re now doing is depriving people in Louisiana of a remedy that might actually alleviate suffering for large numbers of people,” said Marjorie Esman, executive director of the ACLU of Louisiana. “I’m hoping that now that we’ve had this law on the books for almost 25 years, that something will actually come of it.”

But the head of a local addiction clinic says medical marijuana is a contradiction in terms.

“We don’t have anything else in our society that we call medical in that we can’t recognize the potency, purity, concentration, and consistency,” said Ken Roy, Ph. D, medical director of Addiction Recovery Resources.

The conversation about legalizing marijuana in general is moving forward in our state. State lawmakers passed a resolution last year asking the House Criminal Justice Committee to study the impact of legalizing marijuana. Legislators plan to meet with stakeholders Tuesday in Baton Rouge. They are set to present their findings before this year’s legislative session.

Meanwhile, Fournier’s family is set to make their plea to Senator Mary Landrieu’s office this month, and will continue their fight to expand medical marijuana legalization.

“I have to try everything there is to try, I’m not a good parent if I give up, if I say, ‘I’m accepting that this is Sloane’s life,’” Fournier.

from Family pushes to expand longtime state law legalizing medical marijuana

Reschedule Marijuana

This is history being made in America towards pro medical marijuana.

Even longtime supporters of marijuana legalization were surprised early Friday morning when the House of Representatives voted for an amendment that would prevent the Drug Enforcement Administration and federal prosecutors from targeting medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

“Quite frankly, many of us who were sponsors of this amendment… didn’t expect to win and were surprised by the margin of that victory this morning,” Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) said at a press conference Friday morning, less than nine hours after the vote.

“While I always knew it would happen sooner than most political observers thought, it’s still hard to believe this just happened,” said Tom Angell, the chairman of Marijuana Majority.

“Based on our internal whip count I knew there was a chance this might pass, but we had to just about run the table with our swing votes. When I saw the vote total, I was shocked — not so much that it passed, but by the margin,” said Dan Riffle of the Marijuana Policy Project. “I figured we might get lucky and pass it by 5-10 votes, but never thought a 30 vote margin was a possibility.”

At the press conference with backers of the amendment Friday morning, members of the House said the vote should send a message both to the administration and to the medical marijuana industry.

“The heart and soul of the Republican party is that pro-freedom, individual philosophy that Reagan talked about,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), the primary Republican pushing the amendment. “I think that what we’ve got now and what we have here in the Republican vote last night were people who took a lot of those words and the philosophy of Ronald Reagan to heart.”

The amendment the House passed is attached to an appropriations bill that would fund the DEA and Department of Justice, among other agencies. While both the amendment and the bill aren’t guaranteed to make it through the messy appropriations process, supporters said it should leave no doubt where the House stands.

“This is a will of Congress vote,” said Polis. “We all are realists here, we know that we haven’t had an appropriations process in some time, it’s likely that it will be omnibuses in the future. We don’t know where this particular amendment and particular bill are going. It’s the will of Congress: it has ramifications for banking, for insurance, for a number of other issues that effect the industry.”

“The president famously said that he had bigger fish to fry, but there are 93 U.S. attorneys and the DEA, and some of them are frying those smaller fish,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). “There continues to be uncertainty. There are now many small businesses who are perfectly legal in these jurisdictions that are operating under a cloud. There have been lives that have been disrupted. This is not something that is theoretical.”

from House’s Pro-Medical Marijuana Vote Shocks Even Longtime Supporters

More States Set To Legalize Marijuana

Recently in Virginia,

” In a State in which marijuana may be prescribed by a physician for medical use under applicable State law, no provision of the Controlled Substances Act or of theFederal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act shall prohibit or otherwise restrict—

(A) the prescription of marijuana by a physician for medical use;

(B) an individual who is an authorized patient from obtaining, possessing, transporting within the individual’s State, or using marijuana for that individual’s medical use;

(C) an individual authorized under State law to obtain, possess, transport within their State, or manufacture marijuana, from obtaining, possessing, transporting within that State, or manufacturing marijuana pursuant to that authorization; or

(D) a pharmacy or other entity authorized under State law to distribute medical marijuana to an authorized patient, from obtaining or possessing marijuana for that purpose, or from distributing marijuana to an authorized patient for medical use.

No provision of the Controlled Substances Act or of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act shall prohibit or otherwise restrict an entity authorized by a State, in which marijuana may be prescribed by a physician for medical use, for the purpose of producing marijuana for prescription by a physician for medical use, from producing, processing, or distributing marijuana for such purpose.”

When will we reschedule cannabis?

“The main difference between the War on Drugs and Prohibition is that, after 40 years, this country still hasn’t acknowledged that the War on Drugs is a failure,” said Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

In what’s perhaps the strongest show of support yet for legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois, Fritchey was joined by State Representatives Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago) and Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside) in calling for a task force to address all aspects of legalizing recreational marijuana, WGN reports.

“We can find a way to do this and look at what other states have done, and cherry pick the good ideas, dismiss the bad ideas and find a workable policy that recognizes what we’re doing now simply isn’t right,” Fritchey said, according to WBEZ.

Facing empty state coffers and a losing war on drugs, some elected officials are viewing marijuana as a lucrative option to boost tax revenue. In Colorado, where recreational marijuana was recently legalized, the state netted roughly $2 million in tax revenue from licensed dispensaries during the first month of sales alone.

Illinois is still in the midst of crafting rules for its medical marijuana pilot program, set to become the strictest in the nation. Fritchey and others acknowledged the statewide legalization of weed for recreational use is still a ways off, but believe decriminalization is the first step.

Colorado Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

History has been made my friends.

Legal cannabis is coming to America, and it has already started. Colorado has legalized recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and over.

Hurray for freedom.

Obama and Holder make historical change on marijuana legalization in America

Legal marijuana is coming and American public is ready. Almost half of all Americans over 12 have tried it and studies indicate adults want to consume it regularly. Now Holder finally makes historical announcement they will allow states with legal marijuana laws to remain in operation without challenge.

The U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday it will not block state laws legalizing medical marijuana, causing an immediate celebration in the Bay Area.

The business of medical marijuana has always been a potential source of income for cities and the State of California, but federal laws have gotten in the way.

Now, local dispensaries say they’ve gotten a “green” light.

That sigh of relief you hear is from medical marijuana growers and their patients, and people who work and shop at dispensaries like Amsterdam’s Garden in San Jose, where, along with a large selection of medicinal weed, there’s now a feeling that a federal weight is off their shoulders.

Washington says it won’t interfere in state laws governing medical or recreational marijuana.

“It’s been wishy-washy, as far as it goes for the other states too,” said Amsterdam’s Garden’s director Xak Puckett. “Because they’d first legalize it, and we’d hear about some raids, but we want that to end. I think this is definitely progress for the future.”

The feds say marijuana will still be classified as an illegal drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act. But state laws legalizing it will, under the new ruling, be largely left alone.

That’s good news for Amsterdam’s Garden and its future business prospects.

“People do deserve good medicine, and people do deserve access,” Puckett said.

NBC Bay Area also talked to Harborside Health Center in Oakland. The much larger dispensary says the federal government “took a historic step back from the failed drug war today.”

Japanese Study Shows Cannabinoids Inhibit Tumor Growth

If only America would allow more scientific research regarding medical marijuana.

In a recent study published in the August edition of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Japanese researchers found cannabinoids to be useful in battling cancerous tumors.

Synthetic cannabinoids differ from phytocannabinoids (found in plants, such as cannabis) in that they are full agonists. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), found in cannabis, is only a partial agonist. This may seem like a minor difference, but the two act very differently in the human body.

Researchers first caused cancer in the mice through a process called Carcinogenesis. They injected the mice with 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA) in order to initiate tumor growth. 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA) is a substance used to cause inflammation and it accelerates the tumor growth.

Synthetic Cannabinoids (JWH-018, JWH-122, JWH-210) were observed for their ability to counteract the skin cancer growth caused by TPA. According to the study, Cannabinoids “exhibited superior inhibitory effects” against the inflammation caused by TPA. They were also found to suppress tumor growth.

These results reveal a role for Cannabinoids in the prevention and treatment of Cancer. Though the current study focused on Synthetic Cannabinoids, they are widely considered unsafe. Because of this, a double-blind study on the effectiveness of Cannabis-derived Cannabinoids would be beneficial.

Washington Finally Sells Medical Marijuana

Although it was approved in 1998, fairly long wait, but thats how congress works medical marijuana, right?

“WASHINGTON – On Monday, the District sold its first medical marijuana under a program nearly 15 years in the making.

The Washington Post reports the first patient made a purchase at Capital City Care Dispensary on North Capitol Street on July 29.

Only nine patients have received medical marijuana cards. About 20 doctors have requested forms that would let them prescribe marijuana.

Medical marijuana was approved in the D.C. in 1998, but Congress held up the program for years after that. “

Nevada prepares to make millions with medical marijuana

Isn’t it beautiful?

Future pot dispensary owners in Nevada are in a perfect position to make millions of dollars because the state is the only one in the country that plans to accept out-of-state medical marijuana cards, state Sen. Tick Segerblom told a 200-plus crowd Saturday.

After receiving a standing ovation at a National Cannabis Industry Association symposium for helping to pass a law legalizing such dispensaries, the Las Vegas Democrat said he expects the medical marijuana business to be a boon not only for state coffers but also for the 40 operators who will be able to sell medical pot to anybody who holds a card from another state.

Medical marijuana should be available in every state in America

At last tally 19 states had legalized medical marijuana — from Colorado to Oregon and Washington to Connecticut, Vermont and Delaware.

“And with tourism what it is in Las Vegas, with the millions of people who visit here, I don’t need to tell you how profitable it can be,” said Segerblom, who worked more than a decade to get the law passed. “And Nevada needs the money. It’s very short on revenue. But we’re not going to become a Venice Beach. Nevada has a thorough and fair bill, and we’re going to regulate this industry the right way.”

Responding to a question about whether Las Vegas hotels and casinos will ban medical marijuana, Segerblom said he hopes that they will accept it.

Other states have wrestled with the effects of secondhand marijuana smoke. Colorado already is trying to figure out how to separate the medical marijuana smoking populace from everyday tourists who just want to visit Rocky Mountain National Park with their children without breathing skunky smoke from the adjacent hotel room.

“I would think that our hotels and casinos would embrace it,” Segerblom said. “They’re already very smoker friendly.”

The last time I was in Las Vegas the amount of people smoking cigarettes in casinos resembles a stadium full of stoners, imagine a few blunts medical marijuana being passed in the Casino!

Recent Raids cost tax payers $13.3 Million

Going after legal medical marijuana users,… wouldn’t that money be better used fighting real criminals and not sick people using a plant fully within state laws?

According to ASA’s What’s the Cost? report, the investigations and raids may have cost taxpayers $12,327,732. While the raids themselves cost just over $300,000, the lengthy investigations leading up to the raids cost taxpayers a staggering $12,014,334 according to ASA’s calculations. This amount far exceeds the average of $180,000 that the federal government spends fighting its war on medical cannabis. In 2012 alone, the DEA used 4% of its budget on medical cannabis suppression.