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N.J. Medical Marijuana Program Open To Patients

Posted on  August 09, 2012 by  News Admin

Doctors Able to Register Patients and Patients Will Receive ID Cards  State Website Updated With Comprehensive Information Including Interactive Map for Finding Doctors  Patients, Families and Advocates Celebrate Long-Awaited Milestone It's been a long wait -- too long, for many patients who never lived to see the day -- but legal medical marijuana is coming to New Jersey. The New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act reached will reach a major milestone on Thursday when the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services opens the patient registration process. Doctors who are treating qualifying patients will then be able to enter those patients into the patient registration system. Those patients can then apply for the registration cards that will allow them to purchase medical marijuana at one of the state's Alternative Treatment Centers. The first center, in Montclair, expects to begin dispensing medical marijuana to patients in September or October. New Jersey's medical marijuana law unfortunately doesn't allow home cultivation by patients. The law was enacted on January 18, 2010 but the implementation process has been slow, due to what many activists see as deliberate foot-dragging on the part of Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration. The law legalizing medical marijuana was signed by Christie's predecessor, Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, on his last day in office. The Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the Medical Marijuana Program, updated its website earlier this week with comprehensive information, including patient registration information. Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey state director for Drug Policy Alliance...

German Study: Cannabis-Based Medications Relieve Pain

Posted on  August 09, 2012 by  News Admin

  Many Cannabis Patients Can Drive Motor Vehicles Safely While Medicated, According To Study Cannabis-based medications have been demonstrated to relieve pain, and can be useful for patients whose symptoms aren't adequately alleviated by conventional treatment, according to a paper in a peer-reviewed German medical journal. The symptoms shown to have been alleviated by marijuana-based medicines include muscle spasms, nausea and vomiting resulting from chemotherapy, loss of appetite in HIV/AIDS patients, and neuropathic pain, according to the paper, published in Issue 29-30 of Deutsches Arzteblatt International, the German Medical Association's official international peer-reviewed science journal, reports Science Daily. "Medications based on cannabis have been used for therapeutic purposes in many cultures for centuries," the paper notes. "In Europe, they were used at the end of the 19th century to treat pain, spasms, asthma, sleep disorders, depression, and loss of appetite." "In the first half of the 20th century cannabinoid medications fell into almost complete disuse, partly because scientists were unable to establish the chemical structure of the ingredients of the cannabis plant," the paper notes. (Don't forget that the legal strictures on marijuana research in the United States were also a major factor.) That all changed in 1964 with the discovery of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive ingredient of cannabis, followed by the discovery of the body's own cannabinoid system with specific receptors. This sparked the beginning of intensive research into the function of the endocannabinoid system and the the clinical usefulness of marijuana-based medications. The medicinal effects of various cannabis-based...

One More Month: Los Angeles Pot Dispensary Ban Starts September 6

Posted on  August 07, 2012 by  News Admin

 Medical marijuana patients in Los Angeles only have one more month of safe access to cannabis before a hare-brained scheme to ban dispensaries in the sprawling city goes into effect on September 6. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed the City Council's ban last Thursday, reports Dennis Romero of L.A. Weekly, and the ordinance was published on Monday, giving it 31 days -- until Thursday, September 6 -- to take effect, according to the City Clerk's office. While the hapless City Council has taken five years of wrangling with the issue since their 2007 moratorium -- giving a convincing portrayal of clueless incompetence -- it seems that now they're on the way to banning dispensaries, they've suddenly found a new sense of purpose. A second reading, or confirmatory vote, was unnecessary because, incredibly, the vote to ban pot shops was unanimous at 14-0, according to a spokesman for ban ordinance author Councilman Jose Huizar. But there still exists a competing proposal by Councilman Paul Koretz that would give a reprieve to 182 of the shops which existed before the 2007 moratorium. According to the L.A. Weekly, it appears there may not enough time for Koretz's competing (and more reasonable) proposal to be approved in time to stop the dispensary ban. The City Attorney's office is working on drafting the language of the Koretz proposal, according to his chief of staff Richard H. Llewellyn, Jr., with "no set timetable" for the office to complete its work. With the ban apparently headed for implementation, the patient advocacy group...

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