Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News
Another week means another horrible round of cannabis-related headlines coming out of sunny San Diego, California. In an attempt to turn America's Finest City into the nation's Ground Zero in the War on Weed, San Diego city officials, backed by a militant branch of the DEA and weed-hating local law enforcement, have almost totally shut down any idea of safe access to medical marijuana.
San Diego's scene has been slashed from over 300 storefront medical marijuana dispensaries in 2011, to less than 40 in operation today - and not one of those 40 is operating with the consent of the city.
"Yes, our doctors are the top prescribers," says Gail Anthony, the board's executive director. "I don't think it would be a big deal."
Anthony does, however, recommend that licensed naturopaths follow state rules concerning written medical-marijuana certifications -- even if a recent court ruling states they can't be prosecuted for flouting those rules. More at the Phoenix New Times.
If you want legal medical cannabis products in Minnesota, it'll be coming from LeafLine Labs or Minnesota Medical Solutions. The state Department of Health announced earlier today that the two groups will be the sole providers of cannabis for the state medical program.
Raw cannabis isn't legal in the Minneota program, only concentrates and edibles. The manufacturers will be responsible for making those products.
Add another link to the growing chain of studies showing that certain chemicals found in the cannabis plant can help Alzheimer's patients. A study published earlier this year in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease shows that THC can slow or end the progress of the disease.
But it's more complicated than giving patients a joint to toke -- though puffing apparently has it's benefits as well. Researchers at the University of South Florida treated isolated Alzheimer's cells in a lab with varying amounts of THC. The results show that THC reduces or eliminates the protein buildup associated with the disease.
Jon Loevy, a notable civil rights attorney in Illinois, says that if his group is allowed to open up a legal medical marijuana farm they will donate half of their earnings to education initiatives around the state.
"Illinois has created a real opportunity for profits, and a lot of the groups chasing this are hedge funds and private equity firms trying to get rich," Loevy told the Chicago Sun-Times. "We see this as an opportunity to reroute millions of dollars to education in Illinois when it's really needed.
The strange (and shameful) tale of Sue Sisley, a woman who was set to lead the nation's first large-scale study of medical cannabis for vets with returning post-traumatic stress disorder but fired for her outspoken support of medical cannabis at the state level, seems to have found a happy ending.
Monday, the state of Colorado announced that they will put $10 million toward medical research - including $2 million going towards Sisley's study.
Georgia state Sen. Curt Thompson has two plans for legalizing pot next year and he's not wasting any time getting them into the legislative process. The first bill would give lawmakers the ability to legalize the sale of medical cannabis for patients with certain debilitating conditions -- currently there's a limited, CBD-only law in place.
Thompson's second bill would legalize the sale of cannabis for adults 21 and up, taxing sales and putting the money toward schools and improving mass transport around the state.
Dennis Action said that the side effects of cancer treatment nearly killed him in 1999. If it wasn't for medical cannabis, he likely wouldn't be here. And now he wants to help others, proposing what would be New Hampshire's first medical marijuana facility in Epping.
But he's facing some pretty ignorant opposition from the county selectmen.
"Marijuana is marijuana, whether you're using it for medical purposes or enjoyment, it's still illegal," Thomas Gauthier, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said to Action Monday night at a hearing according to WMUR.
Despite laws against growing cannabis, a group of about 100 parents in Chile have banded together to begin growing cannabis to help their children, many of whom suffer from severe epileptic conditions.
The group, Mama Cultiva, or "Mama Grows", has formed to help parents learn more about how to grow cannabis, extract the beneficial cannabinoids and how to dose their children appropriately.
The Chicago Zoning Board gave initial approval to a handful of dispensaries and one large grow operation late last week, bringing patients one step closer to accessing medical cannabis in the Windy City.
Perry Mandera, a strip club owner, was granted approval for his grow operation and dispensary after the board questioned him on security measures, including how he would prevent workers from walking off with pot.