A doctor is upset after the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix
blocked her from giving a lecture about marijuana's effect on
veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dr. Sue Sisley has been conducting a study on PTSD and medical
marijuana this summer. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
approved her work, the Phoenix VA Medical Center told Sisley she
couldn't give a presentation there.
"The notion that the Phoenix VA hospital refuses to allow that
information to be shared with their medical staff is really
shameful," Sisley told KTAR-FM (92.3).
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For more than a year, U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Costa Mesa, says
he took two ibuprofen nightly to deal with severe arthritis. Four
hours later - restless, in pain - he would wake and take more medicine.
Then, during a speaking stop at a San Bernardino marijuana festival
and trade show, he discovered a cannabis-infused wax that is supposed
to relieve pain. The Republican congressman said he decided two weeks
ago to skip the ibuprofen and give it a try. The topical treatment
didn't make him high, he said. But it eased his pain.
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When the MILegalize petitions proposing the legalization of
recreational marijuana in Michigan hit the streets last summer I
signed the first one that came my way. That was sometime in July.
Now my signature probably won't count. That's the big issue facing
the folks who organized the legalization effort right now: whether or
not petition initiative signatures collected outside of a 180-day
window are valid. And it doesn't look good. The most immediate answer
to that question will be rendered by Gov. Rick Snyder when he decides
to sign, or not sign, S.B. 776, the recent legislation that sets a
hard 180-day window for collecting signatures on a petition initiative.
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They studied the state's mental illness and drug abuse problems for
10 months and came up with 32 pages of recommendations.
The important part can be summed up in four words: more treatment,
What the 24 members of the Governor's Task Force on Mental Health
and Substance Abuse found is the wisdom they could have gleaned -
and probably did - from any jailer: At least 80 percent of the
people behind bars got there through some combination of substance
abuse and mental illness. Early intervention and treatment could halt
a lot of criminal careers.
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DENVER - Congress is showing an increased willingness to let VA
doctors talk to veterans about medical marijuana in states where it's
legal, although final approval is far from certain.
The House approved a measure last week that would let Veterans
Affairs Department doctors help their patients sign up for state
medical marijuana programs, something the VA now prohibits.
"I'm certainly open to it," Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican and
former Marine from pot-friendly Colorado, said Friday.
A Senate committee approved a similar measure last month but the full
Senate hasn't voted.
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WASHINGTON - The U.S. House voted to allow Department of Veterans
Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in
states where it's legal, marking the strongest sign yet that attitudes
in Congress toward the drug are shifting along with public sentiment.
The House took several other emotional votes Thursday, including
approving an amendment that would ban the display of the Confederate
battle flag in veterans' cemeteries and, in a particularly raucous
moment, narrowly defeating another that aimed to protect lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in federal
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A Cottonwood man who says he grows medical marijuana on his property
for disabled and ailing veterans under his Medicine for Our Military
program pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Shasta County Superior Court to
illegal marijuana cultivation and other charges.
Donald James "Blue" Mobley, 44, was arraigned on four felonies and
one misdemeanor count. He also saw his bail reduced by retired
Superior Court Judge Anthony Anderson to $85,000 from $110,000,
Mobley, a medical marijuana advocate known for sheltering veterans on
his land, was arrested Friday after a search of his Two Feathers Road
property by Shasta County sheriff's deputies and California Fish and
Wildlife marijuana enforcement agents.
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The tomato seedlings in the urban garden were sprouting. The
basketball court was filled with men in blue, gray, and brown
uniforms shooting hoops and doing pushups. Inside, at vocational
classes, men learned the art of tailoring a suit while a group of
women studied toward their GEDs.
In many ways, the South Bay House of Correction has become a
microcosm of the country's evolving attitudes toward drug abuse and
drug-related crimes. The facility just off Interstate 93 in Boston is
a different place compared with the early 1990s, when leaders in
Washington passed a stringent crime bill that authorized stiff
penalties for drug crimes and nearly doubled the country's prison population.
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Health Officials Are Looking into the Practice of Some
Former-Soldiers' Groups Getting Kickbacks From Medical-Marijuana Producers
The recent explosion in the number of veterans being reimbursed for
medical marijuana, flagged by the Auditor-General in a critical
report, is being fuelled by groups in the Atlantic provinces
connecting former soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress
disorder with licensed growers hungry for patients.
The practice has raised flags at Health Canada, where officials have
looked into efforts by some veterans groups to leverage kickbacks
from medical producers in exchange for providing them with patients.
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Tory Wants to Turn Back Clock: Pot Boosters
When it came to rapidly expanding Uber, Mayor John Tory was certainly
opposed to standing in the way of the changing reality.
"The notion that we think somehow we're going to turn back the hands
of time in Toronto, Canada, I mean this is not sensible," Tory said,
much to the chagrin of the taxi industry.
But on the rapidly expanding marijuana dispensary business, bud
boosters are accusing Tory of wanting to turn back the clock.
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The number of former soldiers using medicinal marijuana has
skyrocketed. Veterans Affairs Canada isn't doing a good job of
monitoring this and hasn't figured out how much it's willing to pay
for medical pot. Its hazy thinking has earned a rebuke from Auditor
General Michael Ferguson.
For a government committed both to bettering the lives of veterans,
and loosening drug laws, Ferguson's report was embarrassing, even if
some blame belongs to the last government. But Justin Trudeau has
promised a bill to legalize marijuana within the year for all adults -
not just those who want it for medical reasons - and he is determined
to do better for former military members than did the Stephen Harper
Conservatives. So how will the Liberals proceed?
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There are discrepancies about safe dosages, its use in treating
Auditor general Michael Ferguson has raised important questions about
the increasing use of medical marijuana by Canadian military veterans.
As authorities contemplate enforcement actions and zoning bylaws
relevant to marijuana dispensaries, and the federal Liberal government
prepares for legalization in 2017, Ferguson is urging the Department
of Veterans Affairs to address the amount of medical cannabis being
prescribed to veterans. He found the quantity prescribed was "poorly
documented" and not always evidence-based.
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OTTAWA - A veterans group says auditor general Michael Ferguson's
latest report clouds the most important issue when it comes to the
increasing use of medical marijuana to treat injuries such as
post-traumatic stress disorder.
Clayton Goodwin, of the Veterans Accountability Commission, one of a
growing number of grassroots organizations, says last week's audit
focused too narrowly on the rising cost of the program and not on the
health benefits of switching from pharmaceuticals to medicinal pot.
He claims there are cost-savings associated with dropping prescription
drugs, and would have preferred to see the report analyze that aspect.
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The First Annual Cannabis Country Fair will be Friday, July 8 and
Saturday, July 9 at the historic Black Oak Ranch in Laytonvillle. The
premiere event, produced by the Mendo Grow Show is slated to offer
guests a "down to earth" country fair atmosphere. The event will
feature workshops and presentations focused upon education, medical
cannabis farming and the cannabis industry, featuring topics focused
upon sustainability, safety and ethics.
Presentations will feature a mix of county and state government
officials, local and national cannabis activists and top industry
experts speaking on a variety of topics including non-combustible
concentrate production, laboratory testing, cannabis law,
canna-business and much more.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Proponents of initiatives aimed at sales taxes,
cigarette taxes and medical marijuana submitted petitions Sunday in
hopes of getting their proposals on the November ballot in Missouri.
The petitions submitted Sunday involved two proposed constitutional
amendments, one that would prohibit state and local governments from
charging sales tax on any services that weren't taxed as of 2015, and
another that would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. A
third ballot initiative would phase in a 23-cent-per-pack increase in
the cigarette tax from 2017 to 2021.
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What if LSD could treat PTSD, or magic mushrooms could help you quit
smoking? Overseas research is advanced, but trials of psychedelic
drugs can't get approval in Australia. Are we missing out on cures?
Konrad Marshall reports.
When Martin Williams' research plan was first rejected by an ethics
committee in 2012, he understood why.
The medicinal chemistry researcher could see some valid sticking
points. For one, the psychiatrist attached to his detailed protocol
didn't quite have the requisite clinical trials experience.
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The Ohio House could make history Tuesday by approving legislation to
legalize medical marijuana.
While state lawmakers have considered marijuana legislation in the
past, no proposal has ever made it out of committee and to the full
House for a vote.
House Bill 523 was approved by a special committee Thursday faster
than you can say "tetrahydrocannabinol," the chemical in marijuana
that produces the "high" when smoking or ingesting it. It also
provides pain relief, soothes seizures and increases appetite. There
were two minor amendments and no discussion.
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FAIRBANKS - When Megan and Marcus Mooers started thinking about
opening a private marijuana club, they knew they wanted the name to
have the initials THC.
THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana.
"We kind of spitballed for names until we found one that worked,"
Megan Mooers said. "It had to be something clever, something we could brand."
They came up with The Higher Calling, opened their doors in November
and attracted hundreds of members. But five months later, Fairbanks'
first marijuana business closed because it lacked enough dues-paying
members to continue. Now, under local law, marijuana clubs in the
Fairbanks North Star Borough are illegal.
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I would like to take this opportunity to discuss a grave injustice
that is being done here in Montana. All patients that are receiving
opiates in Montana will have the prescription voided and not allowed
to have any pain drugs from now on. What would normal working class
people do if that really happened?
This is happening to people here in Montana that depend upon medical
pot and have since the law came about. Thousands of patients are
abandoned by the new changes to this law. I'm a disabled Vietnam
veteran with severe PTSD who has been taking medical pot two years
and for the first time in many years, have been able to sleep.
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Cannabis Helps with PTSD, and So Can You
I'M A BIG SUPPORTER of allowing armed forces veterans access to
cannabis-seeing as how I'm a huge wussy who wouldn't have made it
through three hours of basic training, much less full-on combat. I
have enough trouble fighting off a cold.
Recently it seems hell may have frozen over, as the Drug Enforcement
Administration has authorized a study to see how the use of smoking
cannabis can treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It's the
first clinical study on PTSD to use cannabis in its raw, smokeable form.
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