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Is Warren Buffett Getting Into The Marijuana Industry?

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For so long, members of ‘traditional business’ scoffed at the marijuana industry. Investors from other areas of business wouldn’t touch the marijuana industry with a ten foot poll. That all changed after the 2012 Election when Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana. Slowly but surely, more and more investors have jumped into the marijuana arena. It sounds like even Warren Buffett might be trying to get in on the action. Per Bloomberg:

Ice cream, candy and soft drinks helped make Warren Buffett a billionaire. Now a subsidiary of his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is seeking to profit from pot.

Cubic Designs Inc., a unit of Berkshire’s MiTek business that makes platforms for maximizing usable floor space in warehouses, sent about 1,000 fliers to weed dispensaries in recent weeks, offering to help growers expand the number of plants they cultivate.

“Double your growing space,” the flier reads in capital letters, above an image of an indoor facility with rows of plants. Another page says, “Grow your profits.”

This isn’t quite Warren Buffett himself distributing fliers to the marijuana industry, but it is his company, and I don’t think that the company did it without his knowledge. Most investors right now don’t ‘want to touch the plant,’ as they tell me all the time. But scenarios like this one, where a company is serving in an ancillary capacity, is becoming more and more common. I’m not sure how many growers, if any, took Cubic Designs Inc. up on their offer, but it’s a situation worth monitoring.

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Iowa Committee Votes To Reschedule Marijuana

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I have been closely watching Iowa ever since I co-founded this blog in 2010. The biggest reason is because early on in my blog pursuits, I met a guy online named Carl Olsen. Carl has been fighting for marijuana reform in Iowa for many, many decades. I have seen him do more as one person in an unfriendly marijuana state than probably any other person, in any other state. Recently a committee in Iowa voted to reschedule marijuana. Per The Joint Blog:

Iowa’s bipartisan, bicameral Cannabidiol Implementation Study Committee has voted in support of legalizing the distribution and private cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes. The committee also voted to recommend that the federal government and the Iowa Board of Pharmacy reschedule cannabis away from its current scheduling (schedule 1) which declares it as dangerous as heroin and other hard drugs.

The committee of five Republicans and five Democrats was established in response to a law which took effect in Iowa on July 1st; the law legalized the possession and use of cannabidiol for those with seizure disorders, though the law established no means for a patient to obtain the medicine legally.

The committee’s recommendation is not binding, so patient still have to wait for true medical marijuana to come to Iowa. I have long said that a CBD-only program is not a real medical marijuana program, especially if there is no way under the law to obtain it. If you live in Iowa, keep fighting for reform. Keep fighting for compassion until every patient that needs medical marijuana can safe access it and/or grow their own medicine.

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Study: Cannabidiol Enhances Ability of Arteries to Relax

A study being published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and
e-published ahead of print by the National Institute of Health, has found thatcannabidiol exposure enhances the ability of arteries to relax, which may help explain how it decreases insulitis, inflammation, neuropathic pain and myocardial dysfunction.

“Cannabidiol (CBD) decreases insulitis, inflammation, neuropathic pain and myocardial dysfunction in preclinical models of diabetes”, begins the study’s abstract. “We recently showed that CBD also improves vasorelaxation in the Zucker Diabetic fatty (ZDF) rat, and the objective of the present study was to establish the mechanisms underlying this effect”.

After conducting studies on rat models, researchers concluded that; “CBD exposure enhances the ability of arteries to relax via enhanced production of vasodilator COX 1/2-derived products acting at EP4 receptors.”

The study can be found by clicking here.

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Women and Weed: 10 Reasons to Smoke Right Now

Women love weed, and they’re not afraid to show it! Stoner girls, celebs, and working moms alike are loving the leaf, loud and proud. Here are 10 ways in which marijuana is good for you, girlfriends.

1. Marijuana is medicine.

Marijuana can soothe menstrual cramps, headaches, and lessen the discomfort of period-related bloating. Not to mention, it can de-stress you from PMS! Keep a tincture in your bag to medicate when you’re on your moon cycle. A woman knows: every little thing helps.
2. It’s an equal-opportunity substance.
Stoner girls are representing more and more nowadays, banishing the outdated stereotype that smoking pot is for boys. Weed is for women, weed is for men… weed for everyone!
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The Race for CBD

Over the last few years the medical interest in Cannabidiol, or CBD has grown and grown.  CBD is often described as the ‘forgotten cannabinoid’ because very few breeders have paid much attention to it until recently.  But all that is changing, and changing fast.  As the international prohibition of cannabis starts to collapse the interest in the medical applications of cannabis has never been as high.  And with a strong medical interest in cannabis there is a very definite interest in the use of CBD.

CBD has been well received by many parts of the medical cannabis community.  Many Multiple Sclerosis patients rate CBD-rich varieties very highly, as do people with all kinds of ailments from digestive disorders, fits/seizures, skeletal issues, chronic pain, and many others.  Of course, many medical marijuana users will prefer THC-rich varieties, and other still will prefer varieties which offer roughly equal amounts of THC and CBD.  The emergence of CBD-rich varieties in recent years has sparked a wave of interest and research into CBD.

Mainstream pharmaceutical companies, such as GW Pharmaceuticals with their ‘Sativex’ spray are also getting very excited about the medical applications of CBD and other cannabinoids for a wide range of applications.  And there are many other large drug companies conducting their own research into medical applications for CBD.  But the good news for the home-grower is that they are able to grow their own CBD-rich varieties whilst medical science catches up with the cannabis community.

The first thing to say about CBD is that it is often found at levels of around 0.2% (or less) in many ‘typical’ varieties of weed, alongside THC levels of 12-15% or higher. CBD is often only found at trace levels in many varieties.  Amongst professional cannabis breeders a variety with over 4% CBD is often deemed to be ‘CBD rich’.

The key to creating CBD-rich varieties is selective breeding and crossing of CBD-rich parents.  Over many generations, and with a great deal of analytical testing and patience you can select the right parents to breed varieties with increasing levels of CBD in them.  Perhaps the key issue getting in the way of amateur CBD breeding has been the need for systematic analytical testing throughout the entire breeding process and involving every plant.

It has been estimated that only around 1 in 400 cannabis plants is CBD-rich through random genetic variation.

One of the most popular early CBD developments remains the varieties that offer a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD.  These varieties typically offer around 7%THC and 7% CBD in the dried buds.  These varieties are popular since they allow the experienced cannabis user to feel all the pleasurable benefits and the strong ‘body stone’ that they will be familiar with.  The 1:1 ratio varieties are also popular with new medical marijuana users since, in small doses, they do not produce the intense cerebral ‘head-high’ which can be confusing for new medical marijuana users who are not experienced pot smokers.  These 1:1 ratio varieties are for many people just as pleasurable as traditional varieties, the effects they produce are familiar to experienced stoners but not too overwhelming for the inexperienced cannabis user.

However, those looking to use cannabis for paediatric (childrens) medicine have had to go one step further and attempt to breed THC almost completely out of the cannabis plant.  Again, this is a process that can only be done via selective breeding of parent plants which have a known cannabinoid profile.  In simple terms, it is a process of selecting parents rich in CBD and low in THC, often indica varieties are good starting points since they can contain higher levels of CBD than sativa varieties.  It is ironic to see some of the best breeders working so hard to actually reduce THC levels after all these years of doing the exact opposite.  But the world of cannabis breeding is often full of surprises – such as the arrival of automatic varieties in the last couple of years, not least because they are just as strong and heavy yielding as traditional varieties.  Before auto’s, the arrival of feminized seed in the 1990’s was also an unexpected but well-received development.  The emergence of high-CBD varieties is another trend which few anticipated.  Behind the scenes there are some extremely talented cannabis breeders looking for new innovations which will make cannabis growing easier, more convenient and more relevant for the home grower whether they are growing for recreational or medical reasons.

Over many generations of breeding it is possible to produce cannabis plants that can deliver a ratio of 20:1 CBD:THC.  Analysis of the dried buds might show e.g. 12% CBD and 0.6% THC.  This is a 20:1 ratio, and in places like Colorado it is these extreme CBD-rich varieties which are of great interest to parents of children with Dravets syndrome (a rare form of epilepsy), and other conditions.  ‘Charlottes Web’ is such a variety, bred by the Stanley Brothers in Colorado, it doesn’t contain enough THC to get you ‘high’ but the presence of CBD and other cannabinoids is enough to produce some dramatic medical results. In some cases it has allowed children to lead lives free from their previous daily routine of dozens of fits.  In the USA there are numerous ‘medical refugees’ as parents move to Colorado to be free from the persecution of the Police in their own state.  Many medical cannabis campaigners are striving to get these ‘almost zero THC’ varieties reclassified as Hemp so that they can be grown legally in areas where the laws still prohibit cannabis.   Soon we will see these varieties available widely in Europe.  The USA is a few years ahead of Europe when it comes to progressive political thinking on medical marijuana, and the legal status of cannabis in Colorado has really allowed them to bravely pioneer the medical uses of CBD for both adults and children.

Another country which deserves a mention and has also embraced the medical research into CBD-rich cannabis has been the Israelis.  They have used cannabis for physical and psychological conditions including treatment of their army veterans from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).  Recently the Israelis announced the ‘Avidekel’ cannabis variety containing 15.8% CBD and under 1% THC.  Other countries are also progressing medical research rapidly as the legal and ideological barriers to medical marijuana are slowly being lowered.  It’s important to stress that the medical benefits are not related just to CBD.  Many people have used THC-rich varieties for decades to treat all manner of medical conditions.

The UK remains a unique legal anomaly, much to the frustration of the cannabis users that live there. The UK government allows companies like GW Pharmaceuticals to legally grow thousands of kilo’s of Cannabis in the UK for conversion into it’s ‘Sativex’ spray, yet it prohibits cannabis use even for medical reasons amongst it’s own citizens.    It’s a strange hypocrisy, a legacy of politicians incapable of grasping the fact that prohibition of cannabis does not reduce consumption of cannabis.  It is also a hypocrisy which probably can’t be sustained too much longer.  UK politicians remain significantly behind public opinion when it comes to the use of cannabis for recreational and medical reasons.

There is another way to get CBD, and that is to extract it from industrial hemp.  This has some advantages. Industrial hemp can be easier to get hold of.  The only downside of industrial hemp is that it is generally supplied as compressed blocks comprised of the whole plant, stem, leaves as well as the flowers.  CBD levels are often only around 1-5% in the hemp flowers (depending on the cultivar), and THC levels are much much lower still.  In contrast to industrial hemp, a specially bred CBD-rich cannabis variety can have CBD at levels of 10%-15% or greater in the buds.

Those breeding the specialised CBD-rich cannabis varieties also claim one other significant benefit of cannabis over hemp, and that is the ‘entourage effect’.  The entourage theory is one which many would like to see scientifically proven, but the theory is that CBD-rich cannabis contains a greater amount of trace cannabinoids (THCV, CBG, CBC etc etc) than hemp.  The presence of these additional cannabinoids is said to offer more benefits than CBD extracted from industrial hemp.  But in the short term we expect that many people will extract CBD from industrial hemp simply because it is often easy, cheap and legal to get hold of.

It is ironic that modern science put men on the moon many decades ago yet we are still filling the knowledge vacuum on medical cannabis.  The lack of information is a sad consequence of the failed prohibition of cannabis.  For decades the only studies on cannabis that could get funding were the ones designed to show the dangers of it. Medical science is only just starting to scratch the surface of understanding the medical value of cannabis.  Instead of having a medical establishment which fully understands the various cannabinoids and their complementary uses we have an absence of knowledge.

The good news is that things are changing at a faster rate now than ever before and we should not underestimate the political importance of the cannabis legalisations in the USA and elsewhere. As the USA starts to legalise cannabis it is also fulfilling an important role demonstrating to the rest of the world that cannabis can be legally regulated for both medical and recreational uses.

Maybe one day in the future those politicians that have ignored the medical evidence for cannabis will be called to account.  Meanwhile the belated studies into cannabis, CBD, THC and the other cannabinoids is at last under way.  It will be fascinating to see how the medical science behind cannabis evolves in the coming few years.

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The Courts Have Been AWOL in the War On Marijuana Smokers

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When one looks at many other important public policy debates in this country, at some point the courts can and must step in to render a decision that changes the entire debate, and corrects an injustice with the stroke of a pen. In our system of government, the courts have co-equal standing with the legislative and the executive branch, and can overrule an offensive or unfair policy based on Constitutional principles.

Perhaps the most important example of these modern decisions was Brown v. Board of Education, in 1954, in which a unanimous Supreme Court overruled the separate-but-equal policy of racial segregation in public schools, finding “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal” and declared the policy as a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, paving the way for integration. Next came Griswald v. Connecticut, in 1965, when the Supreme Court first identified a Constitutional right to privacy, overturning laws making the use of birth control a crime . Although the Bill of Rights does not explicitly mention “privacy”, Justice William O. Douglas wrote for the majority that the right was to be found in the “penumbras” and “emanations” of other constitutional protections.

Similarly, in 1967 the Supreme Court struck down state laws known as miscegenation laws, that made it a crime for interracial couple to marry, finding those laws a violation of both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. And in 1973, in Roe v. Wade, the court, based on the right to privacy found in the Fourteenth Amendment, ended the ban on abortions, permitting a women to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy.

Aware of these enormously important decisions that dramatically changed both domestic law and our culture, NORML early on filed a suit challenging the Constitutionality of the state and federal marijuana policies. In 1973, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, serving as our lead counsel, along with then NORML legal counsel Peter Meyers, filed a suit in federal court seeking to strike down the laws against the private use of marijuana by adults under the right-to-privacy provisions of the US Constitution. We were principally relying on the 1969 Supreme Court decision in Stanley v. Georgia, in which the court held the right to privacy provisions of the First and Fourteenth Amendment protected an adult’s possession of pornographic materials. But the federal judge dismissed our complaint without even permitting us a hearing to try to make our case. The privacy right that protects an adult from prosecution for possessing pornographic materials was, at least at that time, not expansive enough to protect marijuana smokers.

In a more recent case, Lawrence v. Texas (2002), involving sodomy laws, the US Supreme Court, again handed down a strong decision regarding the privacy provisions of the First Amendment, and the liberty interest protected by the Constitution. The Court, striking down a state anti-sodomy law, held that intimate consensual sexual conduct was part of the liberty protected by substantive due process under the Fourteenth Amendment.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, said the following: “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life…It is a promise of the Constitution that there is a realm of personal liberty which the government may not enter.”

But while that language from Lawrence sounds inviting, the courts have been unwilling to apply that standard to the adult, private use of marijuana, and have been largely unwilling to step into the debate over marijuana prohibition. The sole exception has been in Alaska, where in 1975 the Alaskan Supreme Court in Raven v. State held the right to privacy provisions of their state constitution protected adults who possessed and used marijuana in the home. Subsequent court decisions defined the amount presumed to be for personal use as four ounces or less. Alaskan voters in 1990 approved a ballot initiative re-criminalizing  marijuana, but the courts again, in Noy v. State, held the ballot initiative unconstitutional on the same grounds the earlier legislation had been struck down.

As a criminal defense attorney, I am painfully aware that the constitutionality of the various state and federal marijuana laws are regularly challenged by defense attorneys, generally when they do not have a good factual defense, but these challenges have routinely been rejected, usually without even granting the defendant a hearing on the motion. This is because the courts have consistently held that the standard to which a marijuana statute will be judged for purposes of determining its constitutionality is the “rational basis test,” the lowest of three levels of scrutiny applied by the courts when considering constitutional questions. That test simply requires the state to prove the law is “rationally related” to a legitimate government interest, a standard easily met by the government’s legitimate interest in protecting the public health (even when that determination may not be scientifically accurate).

In matters that are considered worthy, the courts have applied an “intermediate scrutiny” test, under which the government must prove an important governmental interest (this standard of review has been applied to gender-based legislation; restrictions based on illegitimacy of birth; laws regulating content-neutral free speech; and gun-control laws), a more difficult standard to meet.

The most difficult standard to meet, the “strict scrutiny” standard, is applied when a fundamental Constitutional right is infringed, including those found in the Bill of Rights, and when the governmental action applies to a “suspect classification,” such as race or national origin. To meet this standard, the government must prove it involves a compelling government interest, the law is narrowly tailored to achieve that goal, and the law is the least restrictive means to achieve that interest.

In many ways, the public support for legalizing marijuana (58% according to a 2014 Gallup Poll) and for allowing gay couple to marry (55% according to a 2014 Gallup Poll) has risen simultaneously in this country, with both reaching more than 50% nationally within the last few years. This should not be a surprise, as both issues involve the individual’s right to privacy, and the belief widely held by the American public that the government has no business involving itself in these personal matters. But the progress made with marijuana legalization has come almost entirely from voter initiatives and state legislation, while the courts have been the forum most receptive to gay marriage, based on the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment, finding marriage to be a “fundamental right” and thus subject to the strict scrutiny test.

In trying to convince the courts to apply a more rigorous standard of review when reviewing the constitutionality of the various marijuana laws, we would have to overcome a long history of precedent-setting decisions, which trial courts are required to follow until their state appellate courts overturn those decisions. And while that may eventually come to pass, at least in a few states, there is no clear way to achieve this in the short run. Perhaps once we have legalized marijuana via voter initiative in a significant number of states, or via state legislatures, then the courts may be willing to review their earlier decisions and issue a decision that would at least protect the right of an adult to smoke marijuana in the privacy of his/her homes, similar to the Alaskan decision back in 1975.

Of course, occasionally a state court is willing to hand down a decision that somewhat protects smokers, such as a few that have held the smell of marijuana no longer provides probable cause for the police to search the passenger compartment of an automobile, in those states where small amounts have been legalized for medical purposes or for all adults. And while these victories are important for protecting our 4th Amendment rights, they fail to deal with the underlying problem — marijuana prohibition itself.

So for the short-term, we have no choice but to win this struggle the old-fashioned way — by passing new laws state-by-state legalizing and regulating the use of marijuana. The courts have shown no interest or willingness to bail us out of this mess called the war on drugs.

Taken from Marijuana.com.

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Okay, not going into this much, but a good friend of ours, she has this. And she does use mj as medications do not help her at all. She is in lot better health than she was over a year ago before she found out about mj.

Marijuana Rated Most Effective for Treating Fibromyalgia

A survey of 1,339 people with fibromyalgia conducted by The National Pain Foundation andNationalPainReport.com, revealed that those who have used marijuana to treat their symptoms find it significantly more effective than any of the three drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat the disorder.

The three drugs approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia are Cymbalta, Lyrica, and Savella. Most who have tried the medications say they don’t work.

The National Institute of Health estimates that 5 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia, a poorly understood disorder characterized by deep tissue pain, fatigue, headaches, depression, and lack of sleep. There is no known cure and the disorder is difficult to treat.

Those who have tried cannabis for relief said it was far more effective than any of the FDA-approved drugs. Sixty-two percent who have tried marijuana said it was very effective at treating their fibromyalgia symptoms. Another 33% said it helped a little.

“I’ve found nothing that has worked for me, apart from marijuana,” said one survey respondent.

Four out of ten (43%) of fibromyalgia sufferers feel their physician is knowledgeable about the disorder. Over a third (35%) feel their physician does take their fibromyalgia seriously. And 45% feel their family and friends do take their fibromyalgia seriously.

SOURCE: The National Pain Foundation

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Slowly but surely, Iowa is moving. I still believe the state should legalize right across the board medical marijuana for all diseases, pains, etc.

Iowa committee backs legalizing medical marijuana

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A legislative committee narrowly recommended allowing medical marijuana to be grown and sold in Iowa to help people with epilepsy.

The 10-member committee was formed to look at problems with a new law that was supposed to allow some epilepsy patients to get marijuana extract. On Thursday, the committee also backed changing state law to reclassify marijuana so it would be easier to get as medication, The Des Moines Register reported (http://dmreg.co/ZjntjI ).

In May, lawmakers vote to allow people to possess marijuana extract, an oil that doesn’t contain the chemical that makes people high, to treat seizures if it’s prescribed by an Iowa neurologist. But the law didn’t provide any way for people to make or distribute the extract in Iowa.

Parents who pushed for the bill have said in the months since that it’s basically unworkable. Most states where medical marijuana is legal don’t allow people from other states to buy it. And people from Iowa would have to break the law to bring it back home.

State Sen. Bill Dotzler, D-Waterloo, said he saw the original law as a giant step for families, but now it’s clear that it needs to be fixed.

He and five other lawmakers voted to recommend the closely regulated production and distribution of medical marijuana for approved patients. It did not say what type of marijuana but did say it should not be taxed.

Four of five Republicans on the committee voted against the motion. The tie-breaking vote came from state Rep. Clel Baudler, a Greenfield Republican and retired state trooper who said the state needs to find a way to help people with severe epilepsy. He said he opposes expanding the law to let people possess marijuana for other conditions such as cancer or Crohn’s disease. The committee voted against recommending such an expansion.

The committee voted 9-1 on a measure to recommend reclassifying marijuana in a way that would be a step toward making it legal for medical purposes.

Parents said Thursday that they’re frustrated with how long it is taking to register people for the new program. Administrators said identification cards won’t be available until at least Jan. 30.

“These families are going through living hell,” Dotzler told an official from the IowaDepartment of Public Health, saying state workers should be able to move more quickly. The official said administrators are moving as fast as they can under the law.

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The Marijuana Conundrum

Public attitudes toward marijuana are changing rapidly in the United States. A majority of Americans now favor the legalization of cannabis and medical marijuana is legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Surveys also show that many patients find marijuana more effective at relieving pain than their prescribed medications.

But for anyone with a prescribed painkiller or enrolled in a pain management program — regardless of where they live — marijuana may as well be illegal.

They face a conundrum: if marijuana is ever detected in their urine or in a blood test, they stand a good chance of being dropped by their physician.

That’s what happened to Valerie, a 53-year old Texas woman who has suffered from chronic back pain since she was a young woman. After 17 years with the same pain doctor, he dropped her as a patient when marijuana was found in a urine screen.

“He didn’t want to kick me out. He looked me square in the face and said, ‘Valerie, the DEA has put the fear of God in us.’” she recalls.

Valerie, who asked that we not use her last name, has chronic pain from scoliosis that was aggravated by a work injury and two failed back surgeries. Before she was dropped by her doctor, Valerie found she could “stretch” her 30-day prescriptions for morphine and hydrocodone by supplementing the opioids with marijuana.

“I’ve smoked marijuana for a long time and I don’t have an arrest record. I haven’t been in a wreck in probably 30 years. The last time I got a ticket was probably 20 years ago. I’m not a bad person. And it’s like they singled me out and outed me. And my life is hell now. It really is,” she says.

Valerie avoided detection for years by stopping her use of marijuana just prior to an anticipated drug test. That strategy worked until last year.

“When he kicked me out I said ‘What am I going to do if you’re cutting my off cold turkey?’ He said go to another chronic pain doctor and don’t tell them you saw me. If they know you’ve taken this test and failed it, no doctor in the state of Texas can prescribe to you.”

Marijuana has been used as medicine for thousands of years, but the scientific evidence that it can safely relieve pain without side effects is scant. Anecdotal evidence is growing, however.

A National Pain Report survey of over 1,300 fibromyalgia patients found that medical marijuana is far more effective at treating symptoms of fibromyalgia than any of the three prescription drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat the disorder.

Another recent survey of medical marijuana patients published in the Hawaii Journal of Medicine & Public Health found that nearly all (97%) used cannabis primarily for relief of chronic pain. Respondents said marijuana cut their pain scores in half and helped reduce their reliance on pain medications.

“Cannabis is an extremely safe and effective medication for many patients with chronic pain. In stark contrast to opioids and other available pain medications, cannabis is relatively non-addicting and has the best safety record of any known pain medication,” wrote lead author Charles Webb, MD.

Valerie has refused to give up marijuana or lie to other doctors about her use of cannabis. For the last 15 months she has self-medicated, using marijuana and over-the-counter Naproxen to relieve her day-to-day pain. For breakthrough pain, she takes Vicodin pills obtained through the black market.

“People have friends. There are all kind of ways (to get drugs), if you have got to have something. I do what I have to do to maybe have 10 Vicodin last me a month,” she told National Pain Report.

“I don’t like doing it and I don’t consider myself a drug addict. I’d rather not have to take anything at all. But I’m trying to survive here.”

Valerie knows the irony of the situation. Efforts by government and law enforcement agencies to stop the abuse and overprescribing of pain medication have scared many doctors into dropping patients who have a blemish on their record. Many of those patients now get their painkillers off the street or turn to illegal drugs – the very thing the government was trying to stop.

“I don’t understand where my rights as a citizen went. I don’t understand what gave the DEA the right to go in and look at my medical records and tell my doctor how to practice medicine. I don’t get that at all,” Valerie says. “All they’ve done is driven up the price of pain drugs on the street.”

From HERE.

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Note to readers of my blog, I am working on setting up a directory that will have only marijuana, hemp and medical marijuana sites and products, etc.

Do bear with me.

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