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Poll: 76% of Doctors Would Approve Medical Marijuana for Patients

June 3rd

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According to a survey in the New England Journal of Medicine, a majority of physicians would approve the use of medical marijuana.

Doctors were given the hypothetical case of Marilyn, a 68-year-old woman with breast cancer which had spread to her lungs, chest and spine. When asked whether she should be prescribed marijuana to help ease her symptoms, a majority of respondents said yes.

The survey included responses from 1,446 doctors from 72 different countries and 56 different states and provinces in North America. In addition, 118 doctors posted comments about their decision on the survey.

“We were surprised by the outcome of polling and comments, with 76 percent of all votes in favor of the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes — even though marijuana use is illegal in most countries,” the survey’s authors wrote.

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the U.S., and is currently legal with a doctor’s recomendation in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Voters in Washington and Colorado have legalized pot for recreational purposes.

Each U.S. state and province with at least 10 respondents had more than 50 perc. . . . . READ MORE

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Oregon to Become 4th Medical Marijuana State to Recognize PTSD as an Eligible Condition

June 3rd

Medical marijuana could help veterans, and others who suffer from PTSD.

Medical marijuana could help veterans, and others who suffer from PTSD.

SALEM, OR — The Oregon House passed Senate Bill 281 Thursday with a vote of 36-21 to allow people suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to qualify for Oregon’s medical marijuana program. It passed the Oregon State Senate earlier this spring.

If signed by the Governor, Oregon will join New Mexico, Connecticut and Delaware as the fourth state to specifically recognize PTSD as an eligible condition for medical marijuana. The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Brian Boquist, had bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House.

Patients with PTSD, who often have trouble tolerating the side effects of pharmaceuticals prescribed for a variety of PTSD indications such as sleeplessness, anxiety, and social isolation, find that medical marijuana is a helpful alternative.

There is also evidence that use of medical ma. . . . . READ MORE

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Patent a Plant?

June 3rd

As Sativex, and other cannabis-based medicines become available, it is imperative that home gardens are still allowed.

As Sativex, and other cannabis-based medicines become available, it is imperative that home gardens are still allowed.

I missed out on an $8,000 one-day profit several weeks ago when I declined an opportunity to invest in British-based GW Pharmaceuticals, which subsequently went public as GWPH on NASDAQ. I could’ve got in at $1. The stock ended its first day of trading around $9, which is about where it’s trading today. (Pause while I absorb a feeling in my gut that I hope is pride but might be fiscal pain.) The purpose of this column is not to speak for or against GW Pharmaceuticals or its cannabis-based products, but rather to elucidate the issues that caused me to err, for now, on the side of whole plant versus concentrated cannabis prescription.

In Too High to Failmy recent exploration of the post-Drug War economy, I had only nice things to say about . . . . . READ MORE

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Oregon to Become 4th Medical Marijuana State to Recognize PTSD as an Eligible Condition

June 1st

Medical marijuana could help veterans, and others who suffer from PTSD.

Medical marijuana could help veterans, and others who suffer from PTSD.

SALEM, OR — The Oregon House passed Senate Bill 281 Thursday with a vote of 36-21 to allow people suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to qualify for Oregon’s medical marijuana program. It passed the Oregon State Senate earlier this spring.

If signed by the Governor, Oregon will join New Mexico, Connecticut and Delaware as the fourth state to specifically recognize PTSD as an eligible condition for medical marijuana. The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Brian Boquist, had bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House.

Patients with PTSD, who often have trouble tolerating the side effects of pharmaceuticals prescribed for a variety of PTSD indications such as sleeplessness, anxiety, and social isolation, find that medical marijuana is a helpful alternative.

There is also evidence that use of medical ma. . . . . READ MORE

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Poll: 76% of Doctors Would Approve Medical Marijuana for Patients

June 1st

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According to a survey in the New England Journal of Medicine, a majority of physicians would approve the use of medical marijuana.

Doctors were given the hypothetical case of Marilyn, a 68-year-old woman with breast cancer which had spread to her lungs, chest and spine. When asked whether she should be prescribed marijuana to help ease her symptoms, a majority of respondents said yes.

The survey included responses from 1,446 doctors from 72 different countries and 56 different states and provinces in North America. In addition, 118 doctors posted comments about their decision on the survey.

“We were surprised by the outcome of polling and comments, with 76 percent of all votes in favor of the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes — even though marijuana use is illegal in most countries,” the survey’s authors wrote.

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the U.S., and is currently legal with a doctor’s recomendation in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Voters in Washington and Colorado have legalized pot for recreational purposes.

Each U.S. state and province with at least 10 respondents had more than 50 perc. . . . . READ MORE

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New Hampshire Lawmakers Continue to Hash Out Medical Marijuana Law

May 31st

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CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire Senate last Thursday approved medical marijuana legislation, but removed language allowing patients to grow their own and protecting them from arrest before state ID cards are issued.

The House in March had approved the bill with those provisions, so now it goes before a conference committee to try to reconcile differences.

The Senate version also came with several other amendments, including reducing the number of state-licensed dispensaries, requiring that patients get written permission from a property owner before being able to use medical marijuana on privately owned land, and eliminating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the list of eligible conditions for marijuana use.

Sponsored by Rep. Donna Schlachman (D-Exeter), House Bill 573, would allow state residents with serious illnesses, su. . . . . READ MORE

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The Starbucks of Pot? Ex-Microsoft Exec Wants to Create National Marijuana Brand

May 31st

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SEATTLE, WA — A former Microsoft executive plans to create the first U.S. national marijuana brand, with cannabis he hopes to eventually import legally from Mexico, and said he was kicking off his business by acquiring medical pot dispensaries in three U.S. states.

Jamen Shively, a former Microsoft corporate strategy manager, said he envisions his Seattle-based enterprise becoming the leader in both recreational and medical cannabis – much like Starbucks is the dominant name in coffee, he said.

Shively, 45, whose six years at Microsoft ended in 2009, said he was soliciting investors for $10 million in start-up money.

The use, sale and possession of marijuana remains illegal in the United States under federal law. Two U.S. states have, however, legalized recreational marijuana use and are among 18 states that allow it for medical use.

“It’s a giant market in search of a brand,” Shively said of the marijuana industry. “We would be happy if we get 40 percent of it worldwide.”

A 2005 United Nations report estimated the global marijuana trade to be valued at $142 billion.

Washington state and Colorado became the first two U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana when voters approved l. . . . . READ MORE

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Oregon Legislature Adds PTSD to Medical Marijuana Program

May 31st

Medical marijuana could help veterans, and others who suffer from PTSD.

Medical marijuana could help veterans, and others who suffer from PTSD.

SALEM, OR — A bill to expand Oregon’s medical marijuana program by adding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of qualifying ailments was approved by the Oregon House on Thursday, sending the bill to Governor Kitzhaber’s desk for final approval.   The bill passed the Senate in April.

The House voted 36-21 on Thursday to approve the bill, which received a favorable recommendation by the House Health Committee earlier this month.

Use of medical marijuana is currently allowed in the state for patients with certain debilitating medical conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, Alzheimer’s disease, HIV and AIDS.  In an earlier hearing on the bill, veterans told lawmakers that marijuana helped them cope with the physical and emotional trauma of war.

The bill, Senate Bill 281, wou. . . . . READ MORE

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Nevada Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill

May 30th

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CARSON CITY, NV – Hoping to clear up some of the legal ambiguity surrounding Nevada’s medical marijuana law, a bill that would expand the state’s existing medical marijuana program to allow for the licensing of non-profit medical marijuana dispensaries was approved by the full Senate by a 17-4 vote Wednesday.

The bill, which now advances to the Assembly for consideration, would need swift committee action and a vote by the full Assembly to become law.  The Legislature adjourns for the year at midnight Monday.

Under  Senate Bill 374, which was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in April, and received a favorable “do pass” recommendation from the  Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, the state Board of Pharmacy would be charged with regulating and overseeing medical marijuana dispensaries across the state.

The bill would allow up to 40 medical marijuana dispensaries in the Las Vegas area, 20 in Reno, two in Carson City and one in each of Nevada’s remaining rural counties.

Some senators have expressed that while they do not endorse the use of medical marijuana, which was appro. . . . . READ MORE

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California Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Advancing in Assembly

May 29th

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SACRAMENTO, CA —  A proposal to impose state control over California’s medical marijuana industry, which has been largely unregulated since Proposition 215 passed in 1996, has advanced to a third reading and possible vote in the California Assembly.

Assembly Bill 473, introduced by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), would create a  new agency within the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to regulate the growth, supply and sale of medical cannabis, replacing standards that now vary wildly from one city and county to another.

The bill has received favorable reports from the Committees on Public Safety, Health, and Appropriations, and a third reading has been ordered for the full Assembly to consider the bill.

Although a majority of the hundreds of thousands of legal medical marijuana patients in California rely on dispensaries, the state has so far left regulation up to its localities.

The result is a situation where what is tolerated on one side of a suburban highway may be prosecuted on the other side.

There are currently more than 50 local ordinances, urban and rural, regulating m. . . . . READ MORE

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