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December 5, 2006 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 December 2006

Mark your calendars for February 21, 2007, TMM’s Safe Access Lobby Day, to be held at the state Capitol in Austin 

Donations of any amount will help to cover the costs, but if you can give $35 we’ll send you a free copy of the award winning medical marijuana documentary Waiting to Inhale.

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 With your donation of $50 or more, we’ll send you TWO free copies of this wonderful educational tool. You can keep on e for yourself and give one to your local library, a friend, family member, local opinion leader or legislator.  

If you would like a free copy of the film but can't donate $35 at one time, sign up to break the donation into smaller monthly amounts. Once we have received the entire $35 or $50 donation we will mail the film/s to you. Please enter your donation preference here.
 

Medical marijuana research opportunity for cancer patients
 
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Passing on an alert by the Community of Consortium/Positive Health Program of the UCSF medical service at San Francisco General Hospital

If you are a cancer patient being treated for cancer pain, you can receive $520 for participating in a medical marijuana study! Dr. Donald Abrams is conducting a study to assess whether using vaporized marijuana affects the safety of prescribed opioids in patients treated for cancer-related pain.
Patients eligible for the study must:

• Have ongoing cancer pain
• Be 18 or older
• Be on a stable dose of oxycodone or morphine medication for at least two weeks before enrollment
• Be willing to give up marijuana prior to entering the study
• Not be a cigarette and/or cigar smoker
Patients participating in the study will spend five days and nights in a clinical research center at San Francisco General Hospital and inhale vaporized medical marijuana three times a day. Doctors will also conduct blood tests and other measurements on participating patients.
For more detailed information, please call 415-476-9554, ext. 315. Please forward this information to anyone you kno w who might be interested

Medical Marijuana Bill Heard in the Michigan Legislature
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On November 28th the House Government Operations Committee in Michigan heard testimony from the public regarding a medical marijuana bill that would stop prosecuting sick people, for using medical marijuana to relieve their suffering.

Unfortunately, the committee didn't vote on it and people feel it isn’t likely to pass, as the legislative session is over at the end of the year. But, according to this article, at least one woman, who suffers from MS, is happy that the lawmakers considered it. "I've been fighting the fight for a long time.  It's awesome to me that the system is working,” she said.

Advocates aren’t giving up. They plan to either re-introduce the bill in the next session, or get it on the ballot so the public can vote on it.

Marijuana Impairs Memory and Helps PTSD Patients
 
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Marijuana makes rats’ neurons fire out-of synch and impairs their memories, says a new study published in the December issue of Nature Neuorscience. I would imagine that anybody who had his or her head restrained, while anything was injected intraveno usly in their brain, might also be “wandering in a daze under its influence.”

That aside, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that marijuana’s ability to impair memory actually helps. For example, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients “forget” their frightening memories through the use of marijuana and obtain tremendous relief. However, how marijuana does that has yet to be discovered.

In this article, Dr. David Bearman, MD ponders that mechanism of action and puts it this way: “Many medical marijuana users are aware of a signaling system within the body that their doctors learned nothing about in medical school: the endocannabinoid system.” Now that’s something scientist should be studying.  
 
Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 December 2006 )
 
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