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December 30th, 2009 By: Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

#1 Obama Administration: Don’t Focus On Medical Marijuana Prosecutions
United States Deputy Attorney General David Ogden issued a memorandum to federal prosecutors in October directing them to not “focus federal resources … on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana.” The directive upheld a campaign promise by President Barack Obama, who had previously pledged that he was “not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue.” Read the full story here.

#2 Public Support For Legalizing Pot Hits All-Time High

Thursday, December 24, 2009

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A 14-year-old Israeli cancer patient has been allowed to smoke cannabis to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy.

The Health Ministry last week approved a request to treat her side effects, including pain and loss of appetite, and she began receiving cannabis cigarettes last Friday, Haaretz reported Wednesday.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Editoral

State Rep. Mark Cohen, D-Phila., introduced legislation (H.B. 1393) at the end of April that would allow the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

Few subjects stimulate the heated discussion legalizing a drug vilified for decades as a gateway to further drug abuse can cause. But Cohen is right to say the time has come to recognize a need to expand options for health care and help alleviate patient suffering.

Medical cannabis, (commonly referred to as “Medical marijuana”), refers to the use of the cannabis plant as a physician-recommended drug.

Its use is legalized in Canada, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain, Israel, Finland and Portugal and in 14 U.S. states — Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
Monday, December 28, 2009

antiquecannabisbook.com

Technically speaking, a TINCTURE is nothing more than an alcohol-base liquid mixture.

Tinctures are useful as they can be used to liquify oil-based substances, like Medical Cannabis, which like any other oil base substance, doesn't mix too well in water-base mixtures.

 

Friday, December 18, 2009

www.news-medical.net

17. December 2009 04:15

Chemicals found in cannabis could prove an effective treatment for the inflammatory bowel diseases Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease, say scientists.

Laboratory tests have shown that two compounds found in the cannabis plant - the cannabinoids THC and cannabidiol - interact with the body's system that controls gut function.

Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, which affect about one in every 250 people in Northern Europe, are caused by both genetic and environmental factors. The researchers believe that a genetic susceptibility coupled with other triggers, such as diet, stress or bacterial imbalance, leads to a defective immune response.

Dr Karen Wright, Peel Trust Lecturer in Biomedicine at Lancaster University, will be presenting her soon-to-be published work at The British Pharmacological Society's Winter Meeting in London today (Thursday).

Thursday, December 17, 2009

In April 2005 GW announced its first regulatory approval (NOC/c) for Sativex® in Canada for the symptomatic relief of neuropathic pain in adults with Multiple Sclerosis.

GW has reported positive results from Phase III neuropathic pain trials covering the following indications; central neuropathic pain in MS, allodynia and brachial plexus avulsion. In these trials the patients maintained all their existing analgesic medication in addition to taking the study medication.

Therefore symptom relief obtained from Sativex was over and above any effect achieved by the patients existing analgesia.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Marinol Brochure - This speaks for it's self, appears the government is putting on a show.

Editor: CannabisAsMedicine.com

How many tax dollars are we going to waste on this political war on drugs ?.

We are going to have to come to terms with a Medical Cannabis Industry, Recreational Cannabis Use and Industrial Hemp.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

2009 The Press Association

(UKPA) – 1 day ago

Cancer patients who used a cannabis mouthspray had their pain levels reduced by 30%, researchers have said.

The cannabis-based spray, like a mouth freshener, was used on 177 patients by researchers from Edinburgh University.

They found that it reduced pain levels by 30% in a group of cancer patients, all in the Edinburgh area, who had not been helped by morphine or other medicines.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

huffingtonpost.com

Posted: December 13, 2009 01:33 PM

Doug Bandow

Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute

The War on Drugs continues, four decades after President Richard Nixon commenced hostilities. President Barack Obama--the third president in a row to have used illicit substances in his youth--is no drug warrior. However, he seems unlikely to challenge the disastrous new prohibition.

The president has, however, ended the federal campaign against medical marijuana, ordering administration officials to respect state laws legalizing the drug for medicinal purposes. This policy will grow increasingly important as more states allow use of med-pot (for instance, in November Maine voters legalized medical marijuana dispensaries). Congress should approve legislation introduced by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), codifying administration policy into law.

Sunday, December 13, 2009
Posted: 4:41 PM Dec 12, 2009
Reporter: KKTV Southern Colorado

Colorado has a new cash crop: marijuana. Growing pot for medical use is one of the booming businesses in the state. One family has turned nearly 40 acres in southern Colorado into a money making venture.

Within the plastic walls of a small greenhouse, a business is booming for Jason Irwin, and his mother Diane.

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