Wednesday, November 28, 2012

7-year-old uses medical marijuana to ease chemo



A 7-year-old Portland girl battling leukemia gets some extra help with her fight using a controversial method of treatment, medical marijuana.

7-year-old Mykayla Comstock was diagnosed with leukemia last year, and as can be expected, she's had a hard year. Mykayla's doctors have been treating her condition with chemotherapy which is a known effective treatment for her illness. However the treatment has horrible side effects such as pain, loss of hunger and nausea to name a few. So Mykayla's mother made a very hard decision to try something else to combat the chemo treatments.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Erin Purchase (Mykayla's mother) signed the child up for Oregon's medical marijuana program in hopes to ease the side effects of the chemotherapy, and Mykayla is now one of Portland's youngest patients. Purchase treats the suffering girl with a gram of cannabis oil daily, and she reports the drug is effective on Mykayla's symptoms.

Purchase and her boyfriend (caretaker) who grows the marijuana for the patients, both administer the cannabis oil to the little girl everyday. Mykayla says the cannabis helps her eat regularly and sleep at night.

"It helps me sleep," Mykayla said. "The chemotherapy makes you feel like you want to stay up all night long."

Purchase herself has had effective experiences with medical marijuana in the past, not only is she a patient, but she believes medical cannabis saved her stepfather's life who suffered from skin cancer. But Mykayla's birth father is not as optimistic as her mother about the treatment.

The father, Jesse Comstock from North Dakota, has expressed concern about the effects the drug may have on Mykayla's brain development. Comstock was disturbed after an August visit he had with his daughter. He said she didn't seem like herself at all and seemed to have no energy.

"She was stoned out of her mind," said Comstock. "All she wanted to do was lay on the bed and play video games."  Continue Reading...

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Marijuana cases to be dismissed in Washington

County and state prosecutors in Washington are thumping through their cases and are dropping misdemeanor marijuana possession cases after voters have approved legal recreational use of cannabis.

This past election has scored some big wins for pro marijuana advocates and medical cannabis patients. Voters in both Washington and Colorado have passed a bill which would allow adults over the age of 21 to possess and use marijuana for not only medical purposes but for recreational use as well. But this isn't just good news for those looking to toke up.

Current defendants in Clark County who were busted under the newly legal limits of marijuana possession will be getting a much needed break for their offenses. Prosecutor Tony Golik reports that his office will be dropping cases of defendants who are at least 21 years of age and who were in possession of an ounce or less.

These were the parameters outlined under Initiative 502 which was passed by voters on this Novembers election. The new law which legalizes under an ounce of cannabis for all uses will go into effect December 6 Continue Reading...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

DARE to drop the marijuana curriculum

 
Most of us growing up since the 80's remember the harmful drug curriculum taught to us by the local DARE officer in school, and the lengthy segment spent on warning us about the dangers of marijuana. But now it appears that DARE is about to drop the nonsense anti-propaganda surrounding cannabis to spend more time on real hardcore drugs.
Tokeoftown.com reported that of students from the Sunset View Elementary DARE program in Kennewick, Washington, will be among the last to be taught about the dangers of marijuana. The DARE curriculum on cannabis has been proved to cause more harm then good, which shadows the failures of the war on drugs.
Much of the information provided to children about marijuana through the program is found to be inaccurate, one-sided and students are missing the information regarding its medical uses, the big picture. Students are becoming wiser with every generation and some fear that the dishonesty surrounding the marijuana content will lead children into believing there is dishonesty being taught about very real harmful drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. Continue Reading...



Cannabis and medical marijuana wins in 2012

 

The voters in Massachusetts have spoken, and they have said yes to medical marijuana for patients in need. Also legal marijuana wins in two states for all uses.
One by one America is sending the message to the federal government that we the people want a common sense approach to cannabis and medical marijuana. This past election scored some big wins for marijuana legalization in the U.S.
Voters in both Washington and Colorado have passed a bill which would allow adults over the age of 21 to possess and use marijuana for not only medical purposes but for recreational use as well. However the federal government and DEA has sent out warnings that they will not (regardless of what the people want) recognize the law, and will continue arrests for selling cannabis and cannabis related products, which of course is a crime within it's self.
Residents have been warned in these states that there's still some road ahead that needs to be walked before everyone starts firing up those joints. It is expected that these new measures will be challenged legally, so voters may not be completely out of the water just yet.
“This is just the beginning of the legalization conversation, so my advice to people who want to toke up legally or think that they can buy marijuana at a store tomorrow is that we’re a very long way from that,” said Kevin Sabet, a former senior adviser to the Obama administration.
But the message has been sent either way, Americans want marijuana regardless, and the fed is hearing it loud and clear. Continue Reading...