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  • Medical Marijuana Posted May 2016

    Pot for pain? Suburban spa offering marijuana massages

    Illinois began selling medical marijuana in November of last year, and since, more nonconventional ways to ingest marijuana have been introduced, like during a massage. A spa located in Deerfield, Renu Day, is owned by Anna Pamula who has been using cannabis in her spa since January, and has experienced very positive results. The massage oils used do not contain THC, the compound that gets you high, but instead are high in CBD which can be used to treat many types of pain or inflammation, and even seizures. Anna uses the oils herself to help with her arthritis and can even help some patients with eczema or psoriasis. The National Institutes of Health has ongoing research into its effectiveness saying more rigorous studies are needed. But it “has shown CBD to have a range of effects that may be therapeutically useful, including anti-seizure, antioxidant, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-tumor, anti-psychotic, and anti-anxiety properties.”

  • Medical Marijuana Posted May 2016

    Medical marijuana supporters appeal Montana restrictions

    Montana voters approved of a medical marijuana program back in 2004 and as of this year the state has almost 14,000 patients. In 2011 state legislators rewrote the voter-passed bill to heavily restrict both dispensary sales and patient access to the drug. The Montana Cannabis Industry Association challenged the law as unconstitutional, until this February when a state court decision upheld the 2011 bill, crippling the medical marijuana industry. While dispensaries were given until August 31st to operate without new restrictions, The Montana Cannabis Industry Association has filed with the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal the decision and allow continued access to medical marijuana for patients.  Advocates for medicinal marijuana in Montana are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a state court decision that drastically restricts the availability of the drug. In a petition filed Thursday with the nation's high court, the Montana Cannabis Industry Association says the underpinnings of a February ruling by the Montana Supreme Court mistakenly assumed that marijuana is universally illegal under federal law. The group says that rationale led the court to uphold key provisions in a 2011 state law limiting marijuana providers to selling the drug to a maximum of three patients.

  • Medical Marijuana Posted May 2016

    Seniors and marijuana

    Propagranda from the 1900's has created a generation of (now) senior citizens who massively dissaprove of pot, but since states started legalizing medical marijuana, the truth is out, and more seniors are approving! After giving marijuana a try, many seniors find it to be agreat addition to their daily lives in the effort to beat aches, pains, and sleep. One California woman, Sue Taylor (68 years old) was a high school principal who preached the anti-drug routine for years. Now she finds herself speaking to communities of seniors about how marijuana could greatly benefit their lives, but Sue is not only an advocate, but also a daily user. Sue enjoys her cannabis gummies to help her sleep or relieve pain. Kerry Stiles, 78, wears a pacemaker. And he discovered pot at the Rossmoor retirement community in Walnut Creek, across the bay from San Francisco. "I drop it under my tongue, about five or six drops, and that helps me sleep," Stiles said. "The perception against legalizing marijuana [was], you know, historically in this state when we passed it, seniors were probably the most adamant against it. And if more are using it, then that probably is going to change. So what are the kinds of things marijuana helps if you're a senior? "Number one is arthritis," Taylor said. "There are tinctures and rubs that you could actually put on your legs, on your knees, across your back, wherever you're having any arthritic pain. Most seniors use the cannabis for pain and to sleep.

  • Medical Marijuana Posted May 2016

    Marijuana bringing NFL players to Colorado, hoping league changes its policy

    The number of professional football players coming out in support of medical marijuana to treat football related injuries has grown dramatically in recent years. With help from other players and advocates, former Denver Broncos quarter-back Jake Plumming has started the Bright Lights Fade campaign to spread the awareness of medical hemp and marijuana oil with only small amounts of THC. 96% of former NFL players suffer from a neurodegenerative disease called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) which causes memory loss, dementia, and depression. The medical hemp has been able to relieve almost all of Plumming's pain, and researchers at Johns Hopkins University are thoroughly working to confirm the benefit of marijuana on concussions and other brain injuries. The science of weed and hash oil extraction is being perfected inside a Boulder lab. "We test the product every step of the way," said Vijay Bachus, director of operations for Charlotte’s Web Botanicals. "No one else has the rigorous testing protocols and batch records as we do." "I'm going to credit most of the pain and injuries I sustained in my life to football," said Plummer. He tried pain killers and other drugs, and then last summer, a revelation. He found Charlotte's Web. "Last fall, I started being real consistent about taking my dosages every day," he said. While Plummer stops short of calling it a miracle cure, he said most of his pain is gone.

  • Medical Marijuana Posted May 2016

    The Rabbis Are Here to Inspect the (Legal) Weed

    The ever expanding cannabis industry has sparked much creativity to reach the largest group of consumers possible, but what's next... Kosher Marijuana?? A New York group called Vireo Health has started promoting their new kosher marijuana after earning their kosher certification in January, but kosher marijuana was not as easy as you might think. Kosher refers to food and drink that has not come in contact with forbidden foods. While smoked marijuana does not apply to the kosher rules, any oils or tinctures to be injested must avoid all pig and insect contamination to be considered kosher. Pill capsules can't contain pig-gelatin, and the plant must survive flowering without insects, which can be difficult. You can make sure your Vireo medical marijuana product is kosher by the "OU" stamp, meaning it passed inspection by the Orthodox Union. “You’re seeing companies looking for creative ways to distinguish themselves, but also just interesting ways to appeal to different types of consumers,” said Taylor West, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Vireo, a subsidiary of Vireo Health, is one of at least two companies aiming to sell kosher medical marijuana products like tinctures or cannabis oil. The Orthodox Union, one of the United States’ most prominent Jewish groups, gave its first medical marijuana certification to Vireo in January. Another company, Cresco Labs in Illinois, is in the final stages of getting certified from a local rabbinical organization. Ingredients must not come into contact with forbidden foods, like pigs or insects, and the restrictions extend all the way down the supply chain.

  • Medical Marijuana Posted May 2016

    Germany to legalize medicinal marijuana by 2017

    Uruguay was the first country to completely legalize marijuana. Australia recently legalized medical marijuana. 4 states in the US have legalized recreational marijuana, while 24 states have legalized medical marijuana, and Chile recently planted the largest legal marijuana field in Latin America. More and more modern countries are adopting more sensible marijuana laws, and now Germany will join the list by legalizing medical marijuana by 2017. After a vote by the German cabinet last week, the country's health minister announced that extremely ill patients with no other medical options will be allowed access to cannabis after a doctor's consultation.  The German cabinet decided Monday to approve the measure for seriously ill patients who have consulted with a doctor and "have no therapeutic alternative," according to a press release from the German Health Ministry. "Our goal is that seriously ill people are looked after to the best of our ability," Federal Health Minister Hermann Gröhe said.

  • Medical Marijuana Posted May 2016

    Medical marijuana grow operations in full swing as dispensaries start to open

    New Hampshire's medical marijuana program is rolling out as more dispensaries stock their shelves and prepare for patients. Temescal Wellness opened their location in Dover this week after waiting months for their first crops to be ready. Their cultivation centers offer organic marijuana (no pesticides), grown with care in climate controlled rooms and formulated water, nutrient, and ultra-bright light diets. Employees and guests must change into sanitized scrubs before entering the facility to maintain cleanliness. Temescal Wellness cultivation facility circulate 30 different strains through 3 stages in different grow rooms until they're mature enough for harvest. Executive Director of Temescal Wellness, Anthony Parrinello takes pride in being present in all aspects of his business, from growing the plants, to helping customers walk in the door. Parrinello is involved in every aspect of the dispensary, from helping grow and harvest the plants at the Manchester grow site to helping terminally ill patients get out of their car and walk into Temescal’s dispensary. “It’s rare in your life you can truly help someone,” he said. “We are doing that every day.” Many of those patients are looking to get therapeutic cannabis as an alternative to the opioids they take for pain.  

  • Medical Marijuana Posted May 2016

    Ohio Medical Marijuana Bill Advances, But Activists Are Not Celebrating

    After failing to legalize medical marijuana last year, Ohio advocates are back with a new initiative to combat the poor legislation which could severely limit the program's potential. The House will soon vote on a bill that would legalize a non-smokable medical marijuana program similar to New York's, which forces doctors to report every 90 days the amount of recommended marijuana, THC content, and why. Doctors have been less likely to participate in heavily restricted programs, especially when specific recommendations can attract unwanted federal attention. Ohioans for Medical Marijuana’s initiative allows smokable marijuana to be grown at home, and a larger list of qualifying conditions for patients. This sensible initiative must gather 305,000 signatures by July to be considered on November's ballot. Legislation for the limited program will be voted on early next week. An amendment requiring physicians recommending marijuana to patients specify the forms and methods of marijuana the patient may use—as well as the amount of THC in the product—is a detail Ohioans for Medical Marijuana say is particularly problematic. “These kinds of provisions risk putting doctors at odds with federal law, and have significantly hindered the two-year-old medical marijuana program in New York,” Aaron Marshall, spokesman for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, said in a press release. “Very few doctors will be willing to enter into a system that doesn’t trust them to make decisions that are in the best interest of their patients and ties their hands with regulatory red tape,” Marshall said. Unlike the legislature’s plan, Ohioans for Medical Marijuana’s initiative would allow home-grow and smoked marijuana at any level of THC, as well as a more comprehensive list of qualifying conditions.

  • Medical Marijuana Posted May 2016

    Bloomington Approves Medical Marijuana Distribution Center

    Minnesota approved limited medical marijuana back in 2014, and as of now 2 medical marijuana facilities have opened in the state. Early this week, Bloomington city council voted to open their own medical dispensary, Minnesota-Medical Solutions, who have other locations in Rochester and Minneapolis. The Bloomington city councile initially passed a ban on medical marijuana shops last year until they set regulations for the incoming system. Bloomington Planning Commission approved the plans for the first dispensary last month. Minnesota-Medical Solutions will be opening soon at 5200 84th St. W. Minnesota-Medical Solutions is one of two facilities operating in Minnesota. It already has centers in Rochester and Minneapolis. The Minnesota Legislature approved limited distribution and use of medical marijuana in 2014. Patients who fit the state guidelines would be able to obtain medical marijuana from the Bloomington facility with a doctor's prescription.

  • Medical Marijuana Posted May 2016

    Gilbert declares medical marijuana 'emergency,' puts immediate cap on how many shops can sell weed

    Gilbert, a town in Arizona has made it clear this week that they do not want more medical marijuana in their town. After opening just one dispensary, those who are still afraid of marijuana have called for emergency action to put an immediate cap on the number of dispensaries allowed in the area. Previous legislation allowed for only 2 dispensaries, however more could move into town from another area. The emergency legislation disallows any more than 2 total dispensaries in the town. Marijuana advocates argue that competition drives quality up and the price down and this limit is only hurting patients, not to mention the problem of only 2 dispensaries for a town of almost 250,000 residents. Town leaders did not want to see a sudden influx of dispensaries, Mayor John W. Lewis said after the vote.  The emergency clause was added to put the change into effect immediately, Lewis said. Elizabeth Valentine, who runs a scottsdale marijuana clinic, says a cap of 2 hurts some people's ability to get their medicine.

  • Medical Marijuana Posted May 2016

    'Marijuana Tampon' Might Be the End of Your Period Cramps

    Marijuana use for pain management is nothing new at this point, but most people may not be aware of the historical use of cannabis for menstrual cramps and even chilbirth. Historical texts from allover the world have been found to include the use of cannabis to ease migraines, uterine pain, and even prevent miscarriage. Even Queen Victoria was prescribed cannabis by her doctor during her monthly mensrtual cycle. Science and medicine have come a long way since these methods, but the results are still indisputable. The medical marijuana company, Foria Relief, now sells a cannabis suppository that can be used alongside a tampon to treat menstrual pains. At $44 for a pack of 4, the suppositories are only available for patients in California with a doctor's note.  “I have endometriosis that returned after having a partial hysterectomy,” one user wrote on social media. “When I have flare ups, besides excruciating pain, I look pregnant and the inflammation affects my bladder. Foria is one of the very few things that brings me relief! You should share more of its uses." Another reads, “This is potent medicine and the most healing way I have ever used cannabis. Thank you for the gift of medicine!”

  • Medical Marijuana Posted May 2016

    Medical marijuana board rips Rauner's rejections

    Illinois' medical marijuana program has had a slow start and is receiving no help from the governor's administration after they have consistently denied certain ailments from becoming qualifying conditions. The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, occupied by doctors, nurses, and patients alike, has chosen several medical conditions that have been routinely shut down by Governor Rauner's administration. The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board submitted 12 conditions for consideration, 10 of which have been denied before. Emotional testimonies were heard from a mother whose daughter has type 1 diabetes and must fight through massive discomfort and pain to inject insulin, when medical marijuana can ease her symptoms without a syringe. Despite persistence, Rauner's administration denied 10 of the conditions.  The board rejected using medical marijuana for persistent depressive disorder, Lyme disease and MRSA, a drug-resistant staph infection. Ten conditions Rauner's public health agency rejected again were autism, chronic pain syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, neuropathy, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain due to trauma, chronic post-op pain, intractable pain, migraines and osteoarthritis.

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