Susan Daniel

FDA Asks for Public to Comment on CBD

FDA officials put out a call for comments in this morning’s Federal Register, seeking information about CBD and how the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) should designate it under the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. In doing so, the FDA acknowledged the ‘beneficial’ effects CBD has shown in patients with neurological disorders.

All those who have information on, or experience with, the use of CBD as a healing substance are encouraged to comment at this federal website. Sept. 13 is the deadline for public comment, and no input will be considered after that date.

Republican Beth Harwell ‘Open’ to Medical Cannabis in Tennessee

House Speaker Beth Harwell, campaigning for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, says treatment of her sister’s back injury has caused her to reevaluate Tennessee’s ban on medical marijuana, reports the Associated Press.

“She was in a yoga class and came down out of a shoulder stand the wrong way,” Harwell said. “And she was, of course, in a great deal of pain.”

But after the initial doses, she wanted to stop taking the painkillers.

“She called me and said, ‘I want you to know that if I continue this opioid regimen I will become addicted to opioids,’” Harwell said. “She said, ‘There was no doubt in my mind.’”

Harwell’s sister lives in Colorado where marijuana has been legalized, so she decided to send her husband out to buy her some of the drug, which she consumed mixed with coconut oil for four or five days until she felt better.… Continue reading

Nashville Sounds Hit a Foul, Cancels on Medical Cannabis Education Charity Night Last Minute

As many of you are aware because you had already purchased your tickets, Safe Access Tennessee had been working with the Nashville Sounds since the 5th of July on a Charity Night for Educate Tennessee – the Educational Foundation that works with Safe Access Tennessee.

The non profits had completed the Sounds forms and submitted their IRS determination letter, and had purchased the requisite number of tickets to host this community event.

The Sounds organization agreed to sponsor the event, and agreed to allow the medical cannabis activism organizations to set up a table and educational displays. Safe Access Tennessee spent weeks  advertising and promoted this event on their Facebook pages and in their Facebook groups. They spent money advertising the Sounds game in the Nashville market because their event was scheduled to take place at the game, and they printed special materials for this exciting event.

The Sounds… Continue reading

Feds Blocked in Attempt to Prosecute Cannabis Growers 

A U.S. District Court this week blocked federal prosecutors from moving forward with their conspiracy case against a pair of Northern California cultivators because the duo was determined to be in compliance with Golden State medical marijuana laws.

Humboldt County growers Anthony Pisarski and Sonny Moore had already pleaded guilty to federal allegations (conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute) but sought an evidentiary hearing based on legislation, first enacted in 2014, that prohibits the U.S. Department of Justice from cracking down on cannabis suspects who are otherwise following their state laws. The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment is a budget rider, co-authored by SoCal U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, that prevents enforcement and prosecution in medical marijuana states by stripping funding for such endeavors.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg on Tuesday stayed the prosecution, so the case is closed unless the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment expires and fails to be re-enacted… Continue reading

Another Victory for Working Medical Cannabis Patients! 

On 8/8/17, a federal district court judge in Connecticut concluded that federal law does not preempt a Connecticut state statute that prohibits employers from firing or refusing to hire someone who uses marijuana for medicinal purposes. The decision contains an excellent review of the state of the law in this area (including a footnote a listing all states that have laws prohibiting discrimination against employees who use medicinal marijuana). The case is Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating Company, LLC, (D. Conn. 8/8/17).

No federal law preemption. In Noffsinger, a nursing home rescinded a candidate’s job offer as a director of recreational therapy after she tested positive for marijuana in pre-employment drug screening — even though she provided evidence that a marijuana product was prescribed to treat her PTSD and that she only took the drug at night before bedtime and was not under the influence of marijuana at work.… Continue reading

Ex-NOPD Officer Kicked Opioid Addiction,Touts Cannabis for Pain Treatment

Jerry Kaczmarek still remembers the moment when his life began hurtling toward addiction. He was sitting in his police cruiser on Race Street writing out a report when the radio crackled with the signal for an armed robbery in progress.

He zipped around the corner onto Magazine Street, only to come car-to-car with the 16-year-old stick-up artist. “The next thing you know, instead of slowing to stop, he pushed on the gas pedal and just slammed right into me,” he said.

Kaczmarek’s injuries, from that run-in and others, forced the New Orleans police officer into early retirement in 2002, and soon he was hooked on the painkillers doctors had prescribed him.

He isn’t taking pills any more, though. And he credits one thing with saving him from the same scourge that has ruined so many lives in the U.S. over the past decade: high-grade marijuana from Colorado, where the… Continue reading

Illegally Healing in Tennessee: Gem’s Story

Due to the lack of a viable and effective medical cannabis program in Tennessee, hundreds of thousands of patients are suffering unnecessarily. Some of them have decided to join the ranks of the “illegally healed” and use cannabis medicine despite it’s illegal status in our state.
The Tennessee NORML blog will be sharing these personal stories anonymously, to highlight the need for a viable medical cannabis program for the suffering patients of Tennessee.

This is Gem’s story:

“I went to see a pulmonologist for the first time in March and was given the breathing test to see what stage of COPD I had. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 COPD.

I started taking cannabis oil 3 times a day for it, because I had read so much about how much it helps people with COPD symptoms. I started breathing MUCH better and I was not as exhausted as I was… Continue reading

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