Don LaRouche, Medical Marijuana Patient, Could Lose Federal Housing Assistance Because Of Plants

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Don LaRouche of Portland, Maine, suffers from glaucoma and Crohn’s disease. For the past five years, the 50-year-old has turned to medical marijuana to help treat the effects of his ailments, growing the plants in his residence as permitted by state law. But LaRouche has also relied on federal housing assistance to help pay rent on his trailer home, and the organization that issues his vouchers now says he must stop cultivating the plants or lose his aid.

As Maine’s WCSH6 reports, LaRouche’s dilemma is the product of a discrepancy between state law — which has legalized the use and cultivation of medical marijuana — and federal law, which still lists the plant as an illegal Schedule I drug.

Officials in charge of overseeing the assistance program say that violation of federal law within a residence paid for by its vouchers is grounds for termination of aid, regardless of… Continue reading

‘Savages’ Boss Oliver Stone Knows Good Weed

Oliver Stone has smoked great marijuana all over the world, from Vietnam and Thailand to Jamaica and South Sudan. But the filmmaker says the best weed is made in the USA and that pot could be a huge growth industry for taxpayers if it were legalized.

Stone, whose drug-war thriller “Savages” opens Friday, has been a regular toker since his days as an infantryman in Vietnam in the late 1960s and knows a good herb when he inhales one. He insisted in a recent interview that no one is producing better stuff now than U.S. growers.

“There’s good weed everywhere in the world, but my God, these Americans are brilliant,” said Stone, 65, who sees only benefits from legalizing marijuana. “It can be done.

It can be done legally, safely, healthy, and it can be taxed and the government can pay for education and stuff like that. Also, you can… Continue reading

Credit card transactions canceled at California medical pot dispensaries

By Chris Roberts, NBCBayArea.com

SAN FRANCISCO — Credit cards are no longer being accepted at California medical  marijuana dispensaries — thanks to pressure from the federal government.

Someone — likely the Treasury Department — has informed  credit card companies that they must no longer process credit card transactions  involving medical marijuana, according  to SF Weekly.

The credit card companies informed merchant services providers,  who were warned that if they processed medical marijuana sales, they’d lose  their relationships with Visa/Mastercard “forever” or face heavy fines,  according to Stephen DeAngelo of Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the Bay  Area’s biggest dispensary.

See the story at NBCBayArea.com

It’s merchant services providers who process credit card  transactions between retailers and the banks and credit card companies, DeAngelo  said. Merchant services providers informed dispensary clients that their  accounts would be closed as of July 1,… Continue reading

Study: Cannabis May Mitigate Traumatic Memories In Patients With PTSD

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

The use of cannabis and cannabinoids appears to mitigate symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new review of clinical and preclinical evidence published online in the scientific journal Drug Testing and Analysis.

An international team of investigators from Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom reported that the use of cannabis to “dramatically reduced” PTSD symptoms in a single 19-year-old male patient.

Authors reported: “In the case report presented in this review, the patient displayed a grave pathology involving anxiety, dissociation and heavy flashbacks as a consequence of PTSD.  … The patient stated that he found cannabis more useful than lorazepam. … It is evident from the case history that the patient experienced reduced stress, less involvement with flashbacks and a significant decrease of anxiety.

Authors further cited “accumulating clinical and preclinical evidence that cannabinoids may… Continue reading

Study: The ‘gateway drug’ is alcohol, not marijuana

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/05/study-the-gateway-drug-is-alcohol-not-marijuana/

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, July 5, 2012 13:52 EDT

A study in the August edition of The Journal of School Health finds that the generations old theory of a “gateway drug” effect is in fact accurate, but shifts the blame for escalating substance abuse away from marijuana and onto the most pervasive and socially accepted drug in American life: alcohol.

Using a nationally representative sample from the University of Michigan’s annual Monitoring the Future survey, the study blasts holes in drug war orthodoxy wide enough to drive a truck through, definitively proving that marijuana use is not the primary indicator of whether a person will move on to more dangerous substances.

“By delaying the onset of alcohol initiation, rates of both licit substance abuse like tobacco and illicit substance use like marijuana and other drugs will be positively affected, and they’ll hopefully go down,” study co-author Adam E.… Continue reading

Medical marijuana bill honors Gatewood Galbraith

FRANKFORT, KY. — Sen. Perry Clark invoked the legacy of the late marijuana advocate Gatewood Galbraith on Thursday, announcing plans to refile legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for medicinal purposes.

The bill, called the Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act, would reclassify the drug as a Schedule II substance available for medical treatment under a doctor’s direction.

It also would allow patients to possess up to  5 ounces of marijuana or cultivate up to five plants for their own medicinal use.

Clark, D-Louisville, was joined Thursday by members of Galbraith’s family and dozens of supporters who exchanged personal testimonies about the drug’s benefits for diseases that range from cancer to mood disorders.

“Right now there are hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians who are suffering, and they need access to this plant,” said Galbraith’s daughter, Molly Galbraith.

Clark said he has recommendations from doctors and has personally… Continue reading

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