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Does medical marijuana equal bad parenting?

Shawnee’s voice is shrill, quavering — on the edge of desperate. She clutches her 11-month-old son while trying to comprehend the situation unfolding in front of her.

Her boyfriend — her child’s father, Aaron — is in handcuffs.

“Why are you doing this?” she pleads with police officers standing on the lawn outside her home.

“Your baby doesn’t need to be subjected to marijuana,” an officer replies, in an audio recording made by Shawnee on her cell phone.

But she could explain: The couple have legal prescriptions for the marijuana in their home. His is prescribed for anxiety and chronic pain; hers for depression and anxiety.

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Marijuana Oil Bill Passes Kentucky Senate

Lawmakers appear ready to make marijuana oil legal in Kentucky, after the state Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would make the controversial extract available to treat children with uncontrollable seizures.

House leaders say they expect the measure to pass that chamber as well.

The bill, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Julie Denton, would allow the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville medical schools to conduct research and allow anyone enrolled in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration trial to be treated with marijuana oil.

“This’ll help us tremendously,” said Laureen Vassil of Lexington, who considered going to Colorado — where the oil is legal — to seek treatment for daughter Allison, 15, who has had uncontrollable seizures for 10 years.

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S. Carolina – Senate panel forwards medical marijuana bill

Senate panel forwards medical marijuana extract bill

A South Carolina Senate subcommittee on Thursday advanced a bill that would allow the clinical testing of cannabidiol oil (CBD), which is derived from the marijuana plant.

The oil has been used to treat severe forms of epilepsy, but is illegal in South Carolina. The bill by Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, seeks an exemption for the medical marijuana extract that does not include the THC chemical that creates the marijuana “high” sensation. It now heads to the full Senate Medical Affairs Committee.

Dori Lovell of Summerville told senators Thursday that the legislation is moving too slowly for her three-year old grandson Julian, who was born with a brain disorder and suffers from severe seizures. Lovell openly sobbed as she said her daughter and family left their support system, their jobs, and the state in an attempt to seek relief for her grandson.

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Vaporizers, e-cigs of the pot world, are booming

LOS ANGELES — Chris Folkerts started selling electronic cigarette-like devices from the trunk of his car two years ago. Now he and two partners own one of the biggest brands in the business, with products in 4,000 stores nationally, an art deco office on the city’s fashionable Miracle Mile and an endorsement deal with rapper Snoop Dogg.

The rapid success of Grenco Science, the privately held company Folkerts founded, mirrors the fast growth of the business it is in — marketing devices that allow marijuana users to vaporize their psychoactive weed rather than smoke it.

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“This is a big industry — it is the future,” Folkerts, 31, says. “We’re really on the cusp of exploding.”

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Medical marijuana research for PTSD nears federal approval

The Obama administration handed backers of medical marijuana a significant victory Friday, opening the way for a University of Arizona researcher to examine whether pot can help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, a move that could lead to broader studies into potential benefits of the drug.

For years, scientists who have wanted to study how marijuana might be used to treat illness say they have been stymied by resistance from federal drug officials.

The Arizona study had long ago been sanctioned by the Food and Drug Administration, but under federal rules, such experiments can use marijuana only from a single, government-run farm in Mississippi. Researchers say that the agency which oversees the farm, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has long been hostile to proposals aimed at examining possible benefits of the drug.

“This is a great day,” said the Arizona researcher, Suzanne A. Sisley, clinical assistant professor of psychology at the university’s medical school, who has been trying to get the green light for her study for three years. “The merits of a rigorous scientific trial have finally trumped politics.

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Colo. poll: 57 percent say legal pot OK

A majority of Coloradans believe marijuana use should be legal, marking growing support since the 2012 ballot measure and two months after its legalization in the state in January.

Fifty-seven percent of Colorado voters think marijuana use should be legal, while only 35 percent think it should be illegal, according to a poll published Wednesday by Public Policy Polling.

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The pollster notes that the 22-point margin shows an increase in support for legalization since the state’s ballot measure in 2012 passed by 10 points.

However, while a majority in the state favor legalization, few have yet to partake themselves in using marijuana. Only 8 percent say they’ve used the drug since it became legal in January and 89 percent say they have not used it.

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700 medical cannabis studies sorted by disease

Medical marijuana uses – 700 medical marijuana clinical studies and papers

NEW! Now in PDF form 700 clinical studies PDF andHERE

 

700 uses of Medical Marijuana | Sorted by Disease | ADD – Wilson’s Disease | Links to 700 Clinical Studies | Medical Marijuana Reference | Cannabis as Medicine

Medical marijuana and cannabis studies A collection of clinical studies, papers and reference providing the ultimate resource for medical disorders helped by medical marijuana.

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Federal inaction spells bad news for marijuana business

FORTUNE — The extremely slow pace at which the federal government is moving toward its inevitable legalization of marijuana is creating two major problems, one short-term and one long-term.

In the short term, an industry that most Americans want to see legitimized is severely hampered by the fact that what it does is a still serious federal crime. In the long term, the lack of federal oversight now, in the industry’s nascent stages, will almost certainly end up with the pot business consolidated in the hands of a few big companies with enormous political and economic power, to the detriment of its own customers, people who work in the business, the environment, and our social well-being.

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The Power of RAW Cannabis is Turning Heads

Raw cannabis is considered by many experts as a dietary essential. As a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, some classify it as one of the most important plants on earth. The biggest benefits from the plant may come not by smoking it, but rather by consuming it in its raw and natural form. So what’s the difference?

CBD (Cannabidiol), one of the main constituents of the cannabis plant has been proven medically to relieve many diseases including the inhibition of cancer cell growth. Recent studies have shown it to be an effective atypical anti-psychotic in treating schizophrenia. CBD also interferes with the amount of THC your brain processes, balancing the psychotropic effect of marijuana.

A British company, GW Pharma, is in advanced clinical trials for theworld’s first pharmaceutical developed from raw marijuana instead of synthetic equivalents and they say they’ll have a mouth spray to treat cancer pain on pharmacy shelves by 2013. 

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Marijuana research hampered by access from government and politics, scientists say

Millions of ordinary Americans are now able to walk into a marijuana dispensary and purchase bags of pot on the spot for a variety of medical ailments. But if you’re a researcher like Sue Sisley, a psychiatrist who studies post-
traumatic stress disorder, getting access to the drug isn’t nearly so easy.

That’s because the federal government has a virtual monopoly on growing and cultivating marijuana for scientific research, and getting access to the drug requires three separate levels of approval.

Sisley’s fight to get samples for her study — now in its fourth month — illuminates the complex politics of marijuana in the United States.

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