Medical Cannabis Coming To Florida

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Since medical cannabis has swept the nation, the east coast has had trouble keeping up with the west. Many of the states on the east coast have problems even passing cannabis laws, forget about implementing them. This keeps patients from getting the healthier medicine they need and forces them to continue taking the painkillers that the doctors give them. Florida has had an especially hard time putting together it’s medical cannabis laws but good news for patients; the plant will hopefully be available to a small group of people starting as early as next week.

The cannabis laws in Florida were passed back in 2014 and allows for a low level THC strain to be distributed at six dispensing organizations that are licensed by the Department of Health. These six organizations are able to grow, process, and distribute low level THC cannabis to approved patients suffering from cancer, severe epilepsy, and chronic muscle spasms.

Trulieve, one of the six, received the go-ahead from the Department of Health to being selling their products to patients. Seeing as how only 15 doctors have signed up to order the low-THC products and there are no patients that are currently registered in the statewide database that shows eligible patients for the program. The dispensaries in Florida will only be able to sell to those in the database, so as of right now, there aren’t even any customers. The process was supposed to get under way over a year ago but the legal issues have been roadblocking the progress. Trulieve plans to open it’s dispensing facility in Tallahassee next week.

New legislature passed this year says that once the patient database in Florida reaches 250,000, three more dispensaries will be able to open, allowing many more patients access to medical cannabis as treatment. This update to the law also allows for dispensaries to start selling full strength cannabis in order to help with the ailments that low THC strains do not. The stronger strains should be available in August, according to Trulieve.

In November, Florida will again vote on whether or not to allow full strength cannabis for a multitude of other afflictions such as HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, and PTSD. This bill failed to pass back in 2014, falling short of the 60% approval that it needed. Patients hope that this time around, the voters will allow the higher THC cannabis to help with a wider range of illnesses, instead of just focusing on one.

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Government Neglects Medical Marijuana As PTSD Explodes

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Government Neglects Medical Marijuana As PTSD Explodes

According to the Veterans Administration, which is responsible for the PTSD care of the nation’s vets, there are currently over 3 million service men and women suffering from PTSD. From flashbacks and insomnia to anxiety, nightmares and depression, veterans are coming home to America in need of help on many levels, and the last thing they need is “chemical” medicine. Though “psych” meds are prescribed almost across the board for “psychological” issues, the psychiatric manual DSM-5 doesn’t say a word about nutrition and herbs.

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It doesn’t have a section on Cannabis sativa either. In many states, post-traumatic-stress-disorder or PTSD is one of the many conditions that patients are hoping will be approved for medical marijuana. A growing number of veterans, however, are tired of waiting for the law to catch up with what they know in their hearts and minds to be the answer.

Veterans & Cannabis: Government neglects Veterans as PTSD epidemic explodes

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The number of military personnel and veterans diagnosed with and living with PTSD is higher now that it has ever previously been (Veterans and PTSD 2015). Another astounding fact is that half of these individuals never seek medical treatment for various reasons. Some argue that the Veterans Affairs Department insufficiently handles the treatment of PTSD by simply using trial and error through a list of psychoactive medications and therapy with psychiatrists who don’t seem to really care.

The combination of a feeling of hopelessness and a lack of viable treatment options often lead to suicide among those with military-related PTSD, specifically those from the Afghanistan-Iraq War. Currently, there is an average of 22 suicides a day, up from a low of 18-a-year in 2007, based on a 2012 VA suicide Data Report.

While looking for alternative treatments, many have asked the question can cannabis treat PTSD? The answer is yes, and thousands living with PTSD have found that cannabis has been a more effective treatment than any medication prescribed by the VA. Smoking it can relieve anxiety, help individuals sleep deeply and without disturbance, and also help to stave off depression. Some medical professionals even argue that the Cannabidiol (CBD) can actually help repair the brain, healing those pathways that facilitate the symptoms of PTSD.

But is it better or worse?

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The effects on PTSD in studies on cannabis are limited and sometimes contradictory. The VA is also concerned with a rise in the number of veterans they have documented as having what they term “marijuana dependence”. While it can help with mental health problems, it has also been suggested by some studies to cause latent or subdued pre-existing mental issues to come to the surface, such as hereditary schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

For some veterans, what is known as “cannabis use disorder” can have a negative effect on their road to wellness. Described as an inability to sleep or increase in irritability after ceasing use of the substance, this occasionally seen withdrawal symptom is far milder than that of many prescription painkillers, let alone dangerous drugs like heroin or meth. For a sufferer of mental anxiety like PTSD, however, sometimes even this mild withdrawal after steady use to treat their condition can cause negative outcomes.

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For those who fight for their country and, in the process, for their lives, the trauma inflicted is far deeper than just physical injury. The scars of war can affect the human psyche for years, for decades, for life.

Hidden PTSD amongst our culture: Natural solution

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In today’s modern times of self-help, therapy, and emotional understanding, health professionals have discovered an epidemic of hidden PTSD patients amongst our civilian culture. In its true definition, PTSD involves lingering negative feelings that can result from any adverse experience- getting fired, the end of a relationship, chronic illness, or even just a time when you feel like you failed at something- and that limits a person in any way.

However, even with the mounds of evidence supporting Cannabis as an all-natural solution, in November, the U.S. Senate passed an amendment that would allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to vets in states where it’s legal, but that proposal failed to pass the House. So depending on the state you live, if you’re a veteran you can potentially lose access to your pain medications and treatments for testing positive for cannabis.

On average, 22 veterans commit suicide every single day and many veterans turn to medical marijuana to ease the symptoms of PTSD, but what happens when medical marijuana isn’t effective, poses legal risks or isn’t an option for you?

Well, we’ve found an effective all-natural solution for you. It’s called 1Hour Break®, and it will change how the world handles PTSD.

Kava Kava spray, saves the day

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1Hour Break® is a California-based company providing all-natural remedies for PTSD and anxiety. They’ve spent the last few years perfecting a breakthrough sublingual tincture made from highly concentrated extracts of organic KavaKava, Passion flower, Lemon balm, and Lobelia herbs.

Taking 1Hour Break® to relieve PTSD, anxiety, or panic attacks is simple. Anytime you feel anxious, all you do is spray 5 sprays (about 1ml) of 1Hour Break® beneath your tongue, wait ten seconds, and then swallow. Because it is absorbed underneath the tongue, it bypasses the digestive system, so the effects are felt immediately. Kava Kava, sourced from the South Pacific, is the main ingredient and has been proven safe and therapeutic for relieving anxiety. It works by binding to various receptors in the amygdala that regulate feelings of fear and anxiety, and in turn promotes calmness, relaxation, and a sense of well-being. It’s like getting a big hug from Mother Nature herself.

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Government Neglects Medical Marijuana As PTSD Explodes

Congress Denise Medical Marijuana to Veterans

Congress Denise Medical Marijuana to Veterans

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Congress simply refuses to give in on the issue of allowing American veterans safe access to medical marijuana.

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives gathered on Capitol Hill to hash out the details of an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, which would have allowed physicians working with the Veterans Administration to recommend medical marijuana to their patients.

Unfortunately, while most Democrats stood in support of the proposal, aimed at preventing VA funds from being used to support a prohibitionary stance, the opposing forces of the Republican majority were enough to ensure the amendment had no chance of making it out alive. The measure failed in a vote of 213-210.

Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, the lawmaker who introduced the amendment, said he was disheartened by the congressional decision. Although the measure would have allowed VA physicians to discuss marijuana as a potential treatment option, he explained, it would not have given them the authority to write prescriptions for the herb. The goal of the amendment was to simply allow veterans and the doctors overseeing their care to work together in determining whether medical marijuana could be used as an alternative to prescription medication.

Although 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana programs, veterans living in those areas are restricted from participating because federal law prevents physicians working at the VA from even discussing the possibility of cannabis as a treatment option, much less offer a recommendation. A favorable congressional vote, however, would have at least opened up the issue for debate, benefiting  thousands of veterans.

The latest statistics from the Veterans Administration find that 30 percent of the men and women who served in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression—two common afflictions for which medical marijuana has been found to effectively alleviate symptoms.

Yet, the Republicans who opposed Blumenauer’s amendment argued that there is not enough evidence to suggest that marijuana has any medicinal benefit at all.

Optimistically speaking, marijuana advocates believe that since the amendment failed by such a narrow vote, there is a distinct possibility it could pass if it reaches the House again next year.

“While it’s disappointing that the House just voted to continue a senseless rule that prevents doctors from treating military veterans with a medicine proven to work for a number of serious conditions, the fact that we came so close is a good sign of things to come,” Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, said in a statement.

Article from; www.hightimes.com

Congress Denise Medical Marijuana to Veterans

Do You Still Doubt U.S.’s Desire For Pot

Do You Still Doubt U.S.’s Desire For Pot

The Fox News poll for the first time finds more than half (51 percent) favor legalizing marijuana, while 44 percent oppose it.

It’s one thing when marijuana activists hijack an unscientific poll on Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly’s personal website, as they did in July 2014.

It’s something else entirely when the conservative 24-hour news network scientifically polls 1,012 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) with a margin of sampling error of +/- 3 percentage points and finds that — get this — America really does want legal cannabis.

From Fox News’ April 2015 poll:

For the first time, the Fox News poll finds more than half (51 percent) favor legalizing marijuana, while 44 percent oppose it. That’s little changed from last year when it was 50-43 percent (January 2014).

In 2013, the same poll showed a different picture: 46 percent wanted legalization while 49 percent opposed.

As common as it’s been to see major polls showing support for legalization, reform advocate Tom Angell says it’s “particularly sweet” to see these results coming from Fox News.

“It’s becoming less and less exciting whenever new polls show majority support for legalization, since they pretty much all do these days,” said Angell, chairman of advocacy group Marijuana Majority. “But that’s a good thing, and it’s pretty safe to say that marijuana reform is now officially at the forefront of mainstream American politics.

“That said, I do have to admit it is particularly sweet to see the Fox News poll now reaching the tipping point of majority support.”

While the poll’s results are somewhat surprising, considering the source, the poll’s demographic break-down isn’t.

By a 15 percentage-point margin, voters under 35 (54 percent) are more likely than those 65+ (39 percent) to favor legalizing marijuana. And by a 10-point margin, men (56 percent) are more likely than women (46 percent) to favor it.

Majorities of Democrats (62 percent) and independents (53 percent) support legalizing marijuana, while a majority of Republicans opposes it (59 percent).

But Angell said some of the polling data on conservative voters’ attitudes toward legalization works for reform advocates’ agendas.

“While we still have a ways to go in getting more conservatives on board with full legalization, it’s very helpful for our Congressional efforts to be able to point to numbers showing that big majorities of Republicans at least support medical cannabis and the notion of letting states set their own marijuana policies without federal interference.”

Article from: www.thecannabist.co

Do You Still Doubt U.S.’s Desire For Pot

Colorado Approves Medical Marijuana in School

Colorado Approves Medical Marijuana in School

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Reading, writing … and reefer?

A first-in-the-nation bill that would allow students to have medical marijuana in school is heading to the Colorado governor’s desk after passing the state legislature late Monday night.

The change in the law was sought to let schoolchildren in Colorado who are living with conditions like epilepsy, cerebral palsy and seizures take doses of low-THC medical marijuana. While marijuana possession and use is legal in Colorado, schools are still drug-free zones — but bill supporters argued medical marijuana should be treated no differently than other medications.

“We allow children to take all sorts of psychotropic medications, whether it’s Ritalin or opiate painkillers, under supervised circumstances. We should do the same here,” Rep. Jonathan Singer said.

Singer, a Democrat, sponsored what became known as “Jack’s Amendment.” The amendment was inspired by 14-year-old Colorado boy Jack Splitt, whose personal nurse was reprimanded at his middle school for putting a medical marijuana patch on Jack’s arm that was prescribed by doctors to help his spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and dystonia. They were told never to return with the patch again.

The bill would allow parents or caregivers, with a doctor’s note, to come into schools and administer marijuana in the form of a patch.

 “Jack’s Amendment will assure that children don’t have to choose between going to school and taking their medicine,” Singer said. Singer also sponsored the underlying bill, which was initially intended to regulate marijuana caregivers.

With the Colorado legislative session set to end on Wednesday, lawmakers were racing against the clock to pass the bill.

The legislation cleared the Colorado House with overwhelming support, and unanimously passed the state Senate. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, has 30 days to sign or reject the bill. Colorado would become the first state in the nation to allow medical marijuana in the classroom, if the bill is signed.

A spokeswoman for the governor said Tuesday Hickenlooper planned to sign the bill.

But the legislation still could raise concerns. Robert O’Brien, former adviser on the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, said more marijuana in schools is a bad idea.

“Even in a tightly regulated regime, I don’t think more marijuana in the schools is a better idea,” O’Brien told FoxNews.com’s “Strategy Room.” “The kids need to get the treatment they deserve, if it’s an efficacious treatment, that’s great, but I don’t want that in the schools.”

If the bill is signed, it’s unclear exactly what the penalties might be for students, or adults, who don’t follow the new rules. But drug-free zone laws can come with tough penalties. Illicit sale in a no-drug school zone in Colorado, for instance, carries an eight-year sentence.

Parents in Maine also are urging lawmakers to allow medical marijuana in their schools, but have not gotten as far as in Colorado.

Article from: www.foxnews.com

Colorado Approves Medical Marijuana in School

Medical Marijuana in Schools

Medical Marijuana in Schools

Mothers whose children suffer seizures speak in support of a bill that would have schools treat marijuana like other prescription drugs, but federal law is seen as an obstacle.

Melissa Burnham of East Dixfield and her son Noah listen to testimony during a hearing Thursday on a medical marijuana bill before the Legislature’s Education Committee. Burnham says she had to take Noah out of school recently because Maine law doesn’t allow him to take cannabis to school. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

AUGUSTA — Melissa Burnham is allowed to send drugs such as Ritalin, a stimulant, or Valium, a sedative, to school with her 8-year-old son, as long as he has a prescription.

But she cannot send the medicine that best treats Noah’s sometimes-severe epileptic seizures.

When he has seizures, cannabis is what stops them, Burnham said.

She was forced to pull Noah out of school recently and arrange for a tutor to come to their house. Not because the school didn’t want to help, she said, but because the law doesn’t allow cannabis.

Burnham, who lives in East Dixfield, shared her story Thursday before a public hearing before the Legislature’s Education Committee on a bill that would allow schools to provide accommodations for children who use medical marijuana.

He’s missing out on so many things, not being in school, Burnham said of her son, who receives a tincture of cannabis to treat his symptoms.

Several other parents testified in support of the bill, which is sponsored by Rep. Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea, and co-sponsored by a wide range of lawmakers from both major parties.

Sanderson, in introducing her bill, said she doesn’t see why schools can allow all other prescription drugs on their grounds but not marijuana.

As drafted, her bill would do two things.

It would prohibit school boards from banning medical marijuana – in nonsmokable form – on school grounds for any student who is a certified patient.

It also would clarify that students could not be denied eligibility to attend school because they require medical marijuana.

It became clear during the hearing that a major concern is the disconnect between state and federal law. While Maine has a well-established state medical marijuana program that is growing every year, marijuana remains an illegal drug under federal law.

Scott Gagnon, representing the group Smart Approaches to Marijuana Maine, said the legal confusion is his major concern.

This would put schools in a tricky position, particularly if those schools receive federal funding, which many do, he said.

Parents like Burnham, though, said that having medicine available for immediate use can be life-saving.

Susan Meehan, whose 12-year-old daughter, Cyndimae, has a severe seizure disorder called Dravet syndrome, has no doubt that medical marijuana has saved her daughter’s life.

If a seizure starts, a small amount of marijuana oil, often called kief, can be administered orally to stop the seizure.

Meehan said she doesn’t want to risk her daughter’s health by sending her to school without her medicine.

So she home-schools, reluctantly.

She doesn’t understand why she can’t go to school like everyone else, Meehan said. I try to explain to her that there is nothing I can do.

Meehan knows of teenage patients who are sneaking medicine into school.

They shouldn’t have to, she said.

She urged lawmakers to “fix this.”

Samantha Brown of South Berwick has a 3-year-old daughter, Kaylee, who uses cannabis to treat Dravet syndrome. Kaylee is not in school yet, but Brown said she can’t even bring her daughter to a function at the school her son attends – unless she leaves the medicine at home.

But Brown won’t take that risk.

It’s seems like this is something that should be easy to support, she said.

In addition to her own daughter, Brown represented dozens of parents through the advocacy group Maine Children for Cannabis Therapy. She didn’t know how many patients might be affected by the proposed legislation. Maine no longer requires medical marijuana patients to register, so the actual number is unknown.

Robert Hasson, deputy executive director of Maine School Management Association, said his organization supports the bill but he would like some clarification on whether federal law will create problems.

Dick Durost, representing the Maine Principals Association, questioned whether the bill would simply allow parents to bring the medicine when needed, or whether it would allow school officials, or even the students, to keep the medicine on hand.

Lawmakers on the Education Committee mostly listened and asked questions of those who testified and stopped short of indicating whether they support the measure.

The committee will hold a work session on the bill at a later date before voting on its recommendation.

Article from: www.pressherald.com

Medical Marijuana in Schools