Medical marijuana debuts in Minnesota on July 1 but will be strictly in non-smokable form

One of the strictest in the country, the medical marijuana program in state of Minnesota allows cannabis to be available to patients but they are not permitted to smoke it. So there will be no glass pipes and people cannot even tend their own plants at home. Marijuana will instead be commercially available bottled in pill forms and vials of cannabis-infused oil.

The patients and medical marijuana advocates who have been struggling to make the weed available however feel that this is just one step forward and not the finishing line of their struggle. Furthermore, according to them the restrictive approach by the state will essentially imply more costs, long drives to the limited points of availability (only 8 locations) and hesitant doctors. Smoking cannabis is still forbidden so only pills, oils and vaporized marijuana will be available to people who suffer from severe conditions like cancer, epilepsy, HIV and AIDS.


Marylanders can gain access to medical cannabis by the middle of next year

Maryland is another state of the US that has published draft regulations for medical marijuana and an infrastructure for growing and distributing the crop is coming into view. It is now anticipated that residents of the state suffering from chronic pain and debilitating disorders can gain access to the herbal medicine by middle of next year.

The legal framework developed by the Maryland Cannabis Commission that covers physician registration, licensing, fees and other concerns, was published last week. The state is also open to public comments on the rules and regulations up till July 27.


House of Representatives Votes in Support of Medical Marijuana Protections

The House of Representatives has voted to re-empower an amendment that would protect medical marijuana operations from federal interference in various states (of the US) where the weed is legal. With this the House has spoken in favour of majority of Americans who feel that cannabis is an issue best left to individual states.

The amendment, initiated by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Sam Farr (D-Calif.) to the fiscal year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies appropriations bill, was passed 242 to 186. It prevents the Justice Department, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, from using funds to weaken state-level legal medical marijuana programs.


Local Entrepreneurs Submit Applications for Medical Marijuana Business in New York

At least 4 western New York groups look forward to permissions to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana in the state of New York. These include two Cheektowaga eye surgeons, a dentist from Amherst, a tomato grower from Niagara and a medical entrepreneur who has partnered with the founder of the Tanning Bed chain.

These people are submitting their applications to the state Department of Health. However, they are not alone. They are among 100 to 350 enterprising groups that are expected to apply for the right to become medical cannabis suppliers. The ones whose applications are selected will be permitted to provide marijuana in forms of pill, oil or vapour to patients diagnosed with a “severe, debilitating or life-threatening condition,” such as cancer, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease.


Marijuana Cultivation in Uruguay Becomes Retail and Mainstream

Nourished soil, humidity meters, shears for pruning and guidance for cultivation of cannabis are some of things that are being demanded in Uruguay now. This is within a year after the regulations to produce and market the weed under government control came into effect.

Business has picked pace for stores that are selling items such as plant food, tools, additives to germinate seeds in pots, irrigation systems, greenhouses that allow plants to grow in enclosures, temperature and humidity monitors. The number of such stores has also grown across the state highlighting the interest of people in producing and distributing medical marijuana


Cancer patient Paul Lawrence says marijuana kills his numbing pain

Paul Lawrence is a 52 year old cancer patient from Wollongong, NSW, Australia. He underwent a surgery that was first of its kind in 2010, for the removal of a chordoma, a rare spinal tumour with the size of a football. The surgery required removal of three vertebrae and rebuilding of his spine with ribs, a leg bone and more than 55 bits of titanium. With so many medical alterations in his back, he thought he will always live in pain.

For the first four years Mr Lawrence relied on a daily brew of painkillers that included tramadol and endone and sleeping tablets like valium. It left him confined to bed, till about nine months ago when he switched to medical cannabis. Since then he has been able to stop taking the pain medicines and can also lead a better life. His routine now includes riding a push bike, getting in the water and trying to swim. (News source: abc.net.au)


More success for medical cannabis users

We are almost in the middle of 2015 and the US continues to fight its old war on drugs. At times however, the mist on this battlefield lifts a little and something like this happened on Thursday, May 21. A United States Senate committee voted to permit Veteran Affairs doctors to help their patients who want to use medical marijuana.

It was by an 18-12 vote in the Appropriations Committee that the senators of both the parties approved an amendment offered by Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana, and Jeff Merkley, Oregon Democrat, attached to a bigger spending bill. The measure will let the doctors – in states where medical marijuana is legalized – to sign recommendations forms for patients who need cannabis. Most veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder brain damages acclaim that cannabis is effective in relieving symptoms of pain, anxiety, nausea and sleep disorders.


Study finds that combination of medical cannabis and opioids does not increase substance abuse risk

As medical cannabis laws become more relaxed in the United States, medical practitioners now also have the option of treating chronic pain victims with prescription opioids, medical marijuana or both. There has been a long standing concern about the adverse effects in patients who use both. However, according to a new study in the May 2015 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, a peer-review scientific journal that focuses on substance-related issues, using medical cannabis along with prescribed opioids does not add to the possibility of a patient abusing alcohol or other drugs.

Researchers studied the data from 273 patients who are already getting cannabis at a clinic in Michigan. From these, more than 60% had admitted to using both medical cannabis and prescription opioids in the last month. The rate of co-occurring substance use between the ones who had prescription pain medication while using cannabis for medical reasons, and the ones who did not, were similar — no significant differences were found according to the report.

The Science of Cannabis

The Science of Cannabis

Cannabis is one of the most pharmacologically active plants on earth and it has more than 400 different active chemicals. The active constituents of cannabis exist within a tiny crystal-like structure on the plant surface that is referred to as a trichome. These trichomes are most dense on the flower or bud and cannabis leaves have 25% of the density that exists on the bud.

Marijuana is Safer than Alcohol

Marijuana is Safer than Alcohol

While alcohol is known to increase inflammation caused by a medical problem, marijuana reduces the same. Marijuana has only 9% addictive rate but in case of alcohol it is 15%. Marijuana also has a large therapeutic window which is not the case with alcoholic drinks.

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