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Medical Marijuana's Unlikely New Florida Savior Is 64-Year-Old Larcenia Bullard

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The new face of Florida pot reform.
​If you'd told Larcenia Bullard 35-years ago - back when she was teaching school kids for a living -- that she'd one day use her lofty platform as a Florida state Senator to advocate for marijuana reform, she would have banished you to the principal's office. "I would not have possibly imagined that to be true," Bullard says, laughing. "It was not an issue I'd given two thoughts to before."

Yet today Bullard - a 64-year-old woman who spent last year toting an oxygen cart around Tallahassee because of heart problems -- has become the unlikely hero of the Sunshine State's budding cannabis movement. When Bullard sponsored a bill last week that would give voters a chance to legalize medical marijuana, bringing pot reform bills to both the Senate and House for the first time in three decades, her phone started blowing up with support.

"I've been shocked at the number of people calling and promising to come to the capitol to talk about how medical cannabis has helped them," Bullard says.

The elderly politician's late-career move toward NORML was sparked by her mother's death and her own serious illness. Bullard -- first elected to represent south Dade and Monroe in the Senate in 2002 after a decade in the House - watched her mom deteriorate from Alzheimer's disease until her death this past May.

As Bullard recovered from her own bout of heart disease at home, she started reading studies about marijuana's benefits to Alzheimer's patients.

"For patients like my mother, whose only options are medicines with intolerable side effects or diseases which take away their ability to live, cannabis can really help," she says.

The more she read about the ten other states that have legalized medical pot, the more she felt the move could also help cure Florida's $2 billion budget gap.

With Tallahassee gripped by an ugly redistricting fight and Republicans leery of all things hemp, Bullard realizes getting traction on marijuana reform won't be easy.

"At least I can open the door to a discussion," she says. "I'm going to support this as long as I'm in office."

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48 comments
Steve
Steve

Especially in a Country that makes the fraudulent claim of cherishing Liberty.

Cannabis Persecution serves only to turn every Law Enforcement Badge into a License to Commit Armed Robbery.

Steve
Steve

And yer damn right that some doobie smokin potheads are angry. Having you life ripped apart, your livelihood stolen, education, jobs, and healthcare denied, being thrown into prison, tends to piss off some people.

Steve
Steve

Cannabis prohibition has nothing to do with public safety. It was originally prohibited to facilitate the elimination of competition for numerous industries. That was the motive for prohibition, but the method was flatout lies and racism.

Google the name Harry Anslinger, to see those racist rants, and tell your friends to Google the name too. The collective outrage needs to be harnessed to reverse this crime against humanity.

And M75462, keep up with your insults and bullying. It says more about you, than it does about some very good people that you aren't intelligent enough to be allowed to share a bus with.

Carmel Garcia
Carmel Garcia

We need more leaders like her to champion for the people they represent.

Rwolf93
Rwolf93

thank god! its finally happening!

amy cavanaugh
amy cavanaugh

having lost my husband when hospitalization forced him to shift from cannabis to oxycontin-the fact that legislatures continue to believe lies about its dangers makes me angry.  Two words-PRIVATE PRISONS-see below.The Justice Policy Institute noted that these companies make more money through longer prison sentences, but you don’t need a report from a nonprofit group to know that. Just look at their own investor reports. The Corrections Corporation of America, the largest for-profit prison company in the country, lists as a business risk in its 10K to the SEC “any changes with respect to drugs and controlled substances or illegal immigration could affect the number of persons arrested, convicted, and sentenced, thereby potentially reducing demand for correctional facilities to house them.” CCA also told investors it would make less money if there were lower minimum sentences and more eligibility for inmates for early release for good behavior.

rich
rich

One more point.If all decent hard working florida citizens are FED UP with Cartels acting like bullies and egotists in your local neighborhoods. Remember a huge amount of the money they make and spend and throw in all the Florida hard working citizens faces during your every day travels are funded by illegal marijuana smuggling and sales in your sunshine state. Though it would not remove this unkindly element 100% completely because of other drugs that won't be legalized, it sure would put a dent into a significant amount of their ill-gotten gains. Recent DEA statistics report that a large percentage of the monies used to support the smuggling of the bad white powders (devils dandruff)  are funded by large marijuana plantations/smuggled and sold on the streets of your sunshine state as well other states in and around our america.

Help save your own states image and your own comfort and way of life.vote yes for medical marijuana. make it a business and tax it. regulate it.

The federal judge has told right wing Arizona governor that the Feds are not interested in prosecuting MMJ state law implementation.

rich
rich

One more point.If all decent hard working florida citizens are FED UP with Cartels acting like bullies and egotists in your local neighborhoods. Remember a huge amount of the money they make and spend and throw in all the Florida hard working citizens faces during your every day travels are funded by illegal marijuana smuggling and sales in your sunshine state. Though it would not remove this unkindly element 100% completely because of other drugs that won't be legalized, it sure would put a dent into a significant amount of their ill-gotten gains. Recent DEA statistics report that a large percentage of the monies used to support the smuggling of the bad white powders (devils dandruff)  are funded by large marijuana plantations/smuggled and sold on the streets of your sunshine state as well other states in and around our america.

Help save your own states image and your own comfort and way of life.vote yes for medical marijuana. make it a business and tax it. regulate it.

The federal judge has told right wing Arizona governor that the Feds are not interested in prosecuting MMJ state law implementation.

rich
rich

 What Does the Future Hold for Marijuana for Pain?

By Bill H. McCarberg, M.D.

Millions of people in the United States suffer from chronic pain, and much of that suffering cannot be relieved adequately by existing treatments. Patients are in desperate need of new pain management approaches. Cannabinoid medicines appear very promising, although the subject often is obscured by controversy, prejudice, and confusion in part because cannabinoids have some relation to the cannabis plant — also known by the slang term marijuana.

What scientific reasons do doctors have to think that cannabinoids actually work? Do they provide genuine symptom improvement, or do patients become intoxicated and merely think that their symptoms are reduced?

Basic research conducted over the past 20 years provides us with many answers. In the early 1990s, researchers identified the cannabinoid receptor system. This system is found in some of the most primitive animal forms on earth — it is also the most widespread receptor system in the human body.

The cannabinoid receptor system has two types of receptors:

    * CB1 receptors are found primarily in the brain, spinal cord, and periphery.

    * CB2 receptors are on the immune tissues.

Specific molecules (called endocannabinoids) are produced by the body that interact with these CB1 and CB2 receptors, much like endorphins interact with the body's opioid receptor system. These findings initiated a new era of scientific interest and research in cannabinoids.

Numerous studies have now established that cannabinoids help lessen pain and affect a wide range of symptoms and bodily functions. Such research has also demonstrated that cannabinoids may work together with opioids to enhance their effectiveness and reduce tolerance.

This body of research has allowed cannabinoids to be informally classified into three types:

    * endocannabinoids (produced by the body),

    * phytocannabinoids (produced by the cannabis plant), and

    * synthetic cannabinoids (produced in the laboratory).

Each type is being studied aggressively, but because endocannabinoids are quickly metabolized and probably cannot be patented, they have not yet been researched in humans.

What progress is being made toward developing cannabinoids as prescription pain relievers? Some cannabinoids are unstable and many are insoluble in water, which makes them difficult to research and turn into modern medicines. Patients react very differently to cannabinoids. Data from recent clinical trials are encouraging, but somewhat mixed. Looking closely at the results suggests that composition and delivery route (i.e., how a medicine is administered) are extremely important to the viability of cannabinoid medicines.

The Delivery Route

When taken orally, cannabinoids are not very well absorbed and often have unpredictable effects. Patients often become sedated or have intoxication-like symptoms when tetrahydrocannabinol (THC—the primary psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis) is metabolized by the liver. A small number of studies with Marinol (synthetic THC in sesame oil in a gelatin capsule) and Cesamet (synthetic THC analogue) have shown some effectiveness in pain relief, but optimal doses that relieve pain often cannot be achieved because of unpleasant psychologic side effects.

Inhaling cannabinoids, especially THC, also may cause problems for many patients. Blood levels rise suddenly and then drop off sharply. This rapid on-off effect may produce significant intoxication, particularly in patients who are new to cannabinoids. This may pose the risk of abuse potential. Smoking cannabis produces this effect, which is the very reason that recreational users prefer the inhaled route. Patients, however, generally wish to avoid psychologic effects, and it is unclear how difficult it might be to find a dosing pattern that enables them to have pain control without side effects.

A new product, called Sativex, was approved by Health Canada in June 2005 for marketing as an adjunctive medicine for central neuropathic pain in multiple sclerosis. Adjunctive therapy means taking two or more medications to help control pain.

Sativex has a different delivery system — an oromucosal/sublingual spray absorbed by the lining of the mouth — that, according to the manufacturer, generally allows patients to gradually work up to a stable dose at which they obtain therapeutic pain relief without unwanted psychologic effects.

In the United States, Sativex is being studied in large randomized trials in cancer pain that has not been adequately relieved by opioids. Three early and six pivotal controlled studies in the United Kingdom demonstrated positive results treating chronic pain of various origins including neurologic pain, various symptoms of multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer pain. Initial results show improvement in pain for more than one year despite lack of effectiveness of the opioids. Common adverse effects of Savitex have included complaints of bad taste, stinging, dry mouth, dizziness, nausea or fatigue.

Additional research also may uncover other ways of avoiding the problems associated with oral or inhaled delivery. Ajulemic acid, a synthetic cannabinoid, binds to both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, and has shown benefit in a small neuropathic pain trial. It may have reduced psychologic effects and is being studied for the treatment of interstitial cystitis.

The Interplay of Cannabinoids

The use of herbal cannabis — usually smoked — has received considerable media attention since California and Arizona passed "medical marijuana" initiatives in 1996. Despite numerous anecdotal reports of effectiveness, very few controlled studies have been published in the pain area. Little is known about the number of patients who actually experience some degree of benefit or side effects.

Furthermore, herbal cannabis is neither standardized nor monitored for quality. The cannabinoid content can vary a great deal, and cannabis sold at dispensaries may be contaminated with pesticides or mold. Dosing is uncertain, depending on the preparation or method of use. So-called "vaporizers" do not eliminate all the contaminants. Without clinical trial data and an assurance of product quality, physicians lack the information necessary to assist patients in making informed therapeutic decisions. Both the FDA and Institute of Medicine have stated that there is no future for herbal cannabis as a prescription medicine.

Nevertheless, there may be some truth to the idea that there is pain relief potential in phytocannabinoids (plant-based cannabinoids) and that such potential may be affected by the interaction of THC with other botanical components, particularly with other cannabinoids. Modern strains of cannabis have been bred to maximize the THC at the expense of all other cannabinoids, most of which do not have psychologic effects. Some of those cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD), have been demonstrated to have important therapeutic value, particularly on pain and inflammation.

Concluding Thoughts

The possibilities for cannabinoid medicines are very promising, and much exciting research is proceeding at a rapid pace. As new FDA-approved cannabinoid products become available, physicians and patients will have a solid scientific foundation from which to assess their appropriateness. Hopefully, robust scientific data will soon allow cannabinoids to take their place — along with opiates and other pain relievers — in the modern medical supply for treating chronic pain.

Bill H. McCarberg, MD, is founder of the Chronic Pain Management Program for Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, and assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. He has served on the board of directors of the American Pain Society and currently is co-president of the Western Pain Society and a National Pain Foundation Advisor.

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rich
rich

Thomas on November 27, 2010 at 4:49 am

September 14th, 2010

For nearly a decade now myself and others have been highlighting the potent anti-cancer and potentially cancer preventive properties of cannabinoids.

http://blog.norml.org/2010/09/...

Now Dr. Andrew Weil, a best-selling author and world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, has lent his powerful voice to this discussion.

Cannabis Rx: Cutting Through the Misinformation

via Huffington Post

[Excerpt below; read the full commentary here.] Research into possible medical uses of cannabis is enjoying a renaissance. In recent years, studies have shown potential for treating nausea, vomiting, premenstrual syndrome, insomnia, migraines, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, alcohol abuse, collagen-induced arthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, bipolar disorder, depression, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, sickle-cell disease, sleep apnea, Alzheimer’s disease and anorexia nervosa.

But perhaps most exciting, cannabinoids (chemical constituents of Cannabis, the best known being tetrahydrocannabinol or THC) may have a primary role in cancer treatment and prevention. A number of studies have shown that these compounds can inhibit tumor growth in laboratory animal models. In part, this is achieved by inhibiting angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels that tumors need in order to grow. What’s more, cannabinoids seem to kill tumor cells without affecting surrounding normal cells. If these findings hold true as research progresses, cannabinoids would demonstrate a huge advantage over conventional chemotherapy agents, which too often destroy normal cells as well as cancer cells.

in 1999, the most respected medical body in the United States, the Institute of Medicine, published Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base, in which the authors reported, “The accumulated scientific data indicate a potential therapeutic value for cannabinoid drugs, particularly for pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation.” The American government had finally granted official recognition of this natural medicinal resource. However, to understate the obvious, there are a number of potential benefits not listed in the Institute of Medicine’s report.

Isolation of some of the 61 active compounds found in cannabis resin, known as cannabinoids, has enabled many studies to be done without the use of the natural material, which still remains almost impossible to obtain for legitimate studies. Immediately following the IOM’s 1999 report, the White House promised to support independent research on medical marijuana, yet only one such study was allowed

rich
rich

Cannabis remains a viable treatment option for certain types of chronic pain.

"Pain is a very complex and subjective phenomena," Kraft said. "Chronic pain has not only been shown to lead to changes in peripheral and central neural processing, but also to be associated with psychosocial problems, physical disorders, and functional disabilities. Recent studies have indicated that cannabis can be effective in treating certain types of chronic pain and helping patients to cope by improving quality of life."

rich
rich

Medical Marijuana, A Cure for Cancer?

Robert Melamede, Ph.D.Biology Dept. UCCS, Cannabis Science Inc, Phoenix Tears Foundation

ABSTRACT

Every vertebrate, from the time of conception till the time of death, literally has all body systems homeostatically regulated by endocannabinoids (marijuana-like compounds produced by the body). Illnesses are biochemical imbalances, failures of homeostasis. By being alive, all organisms suffer from the common biochemical imbalances that underlie aging and all age-related illness, including autoimmune, cognitive, cardiovascular diseases, as well as cancers.

 Over 600 peer reviewed articles show that numerous cancer types (lung, breast, prostate, glioma, thyroid, leukemia, lymphoma, basil cell carcinoma, melanoma, etc) are killed by cannabinoids in tissue culture and animal studies. Furthermore, cannabinoids inhibit the biochemical pathways involved in metastasis and drug resistance. The question that naturally arises is “Why is a plant that inhibits aging, kills cancers, and whose activity is found in mother’s milk illegal?

 Because federal and state governments have failed to implement marijuana policies that are reflective of modern scientific knowledge and thousands of years of medical history, the people have demanded, and gained access to this miraculous medicine through direct vote with the initiative process. In effect, marijuana clinical efforts are now in the hands of the people and the medical marijuana community. This poster provides dramatic photographic evidence of cannabis extracts curing basal-cell carcinoma via it’s topical application. HISTORY

This Australian woman grew up in Queensland where the population suffers from the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of cancer with over 800,000 cases occurring each year in the US. 

She had a number of surgeries to remove previous lesions including a basal cell carcinoma.

After a new lesion appeared on her right cheek, alternative therapies that included the topical application of cannabis extracts were tried.

Cannabis extracts were applied daily until her surgeon stated that there was no need for surgery since the lesion on her cheek was gone, However, a new lesion had appeared on her right nostril. 

The series of photos below documents the disappearance of the lesion on the nostril after ten days of self-administering topical cannabis extracts. REFERENCES

Toth, B. I. et al. Endocannabinoids Modulate Human Epidermal Keratinocyte Proliferation and Survival via the Sequential Engagement of Cannabinoid Receptor-1 and Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid-1. J Invest Dermatol (2011).

Bilkei-Gorzo, A. et al. Early onset of aging-like changes is restricted to cognitive abilities and skin structure in Cnr1(-/-) mice. Neurobiol Aging (2010).

Van Dross, R.T. Metabolism of anandamide by COX-2 is necessary for endocannabinoid- induced cell death in tumorigenic keratinocytes. Mol Carcinog (2009).Biro,T.,

Toth, B. I., Hasko, G., Paus, R. & Pacher, P.The endocannabinoid system of the skin in health and disease: novel perspectives and therapeutic opportunities.Trends Pharmacol Sci (2009).

Wilkinson, J. D. & Williamson, E. M. Cannabinoids inhibit human keratinocyte proliferation through a non-CB1/CB2 mechanism and have a potential therapeutic value in the treatment of psoriasis. J Dermatol Sci 45, 87-92 (2007).

Casanova, M. L. et al. Inhibition of skin tumor growth and angiogenesis in vivo by activation of cannabinoid receptors. J Clin Invest 111, 43-50 (2003).

rich
rich

malcolm kyle says:

December 1, 2011 at 12:18 am

Here are just some of the many studies the Feds wish they’d never commissioned:

01) MARIJUANA USE HAS NO EFFECT ON MORTALITY:

A massive study of California HMO members funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found marijuana use caused no significant increase in mortality. Tobacco use was associated with increased risk of death. Sidney, S et al. Marijuana Use and Mortality. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 87 No. 4, April 1997. p. 585-590. Sept. 2002.

02) HEAVY MARIJUANA USE AS A YOUNG ADULT WON’T RUIN YOUR LIFE:

Veterans Affairs scientists looked at whether heavy marijuana use as a young adult caused long-term problems later, studying identical twins in which one twin had been a heavy marijuana user for a year or longer but had stopped at least one month before the study, while the second twin had used marijuana no more than five times ever. Marijuana use had no significant impact on physical or mental health care utilization, health-related quality of life, or current socio-demographic characteristics. Eisen SE et al. Does Marijuana Use Have Residual Adverse Effects on Self-Reported Health Measures, Socio-Demographics or Quality of Life? A Monozygotic Co-Twin Control Study in Men. Addiction. Vol. 97 No. 9. p.1083-1086. Sept. 1997

03) THE “GATEWAY EFFECT” MAY BE A MIRAGE:

Marijuana is often called a “gateway drug” by supporters of prohibition, who point to statistical “associations” indicating that persons who use marijuana are more likely to eventually try hard drugs than those who never use marijuana – implying that marijuana use somehow causes hard drug use. But a model developed by RAND Corp. researcher Andrew Morral demonstrates that these associations can be explained “without requiring a gateway effect.” More likely, this federally funded study suggests, some people simply have an underlying propensity to try drugs, and start with what’s most readily available. Morral AR, McCaffrey D and Paddock S. Reassessing the Marijuana Gateway Effect. Addiction. December 2002. p. 1493-1504.

04) PROHIBITION DOESN’T WORK:

The White House had the National Research Council examine the data being gathered about drug use and the effects of U.S. drug policies. NRC concluded, “the nation possesses little information about the effectiveness of current drug policy, especially of drug law enforcement.” And what data exist show “little apparent relationship between severity of sanctions prescribed for drug use and prevalence or frequency of use.” In other words, there is no proof that prohibition – the cornerstone of U.S. drug policy for a century – reduces drug use. National Research Council. Informing America’s Policy on Illegal Drugs: What We Don’t Know Keeps Hurting Us. National Academy Press, 2001. p. 193.

05) PROHIBITION MAY CAUSE THE “GATEWAY EFFECT”?): U.S. and Dutch researchers, supported in part by NIDA, compared marijuana users in San Francisco, where non-medical use remains illegal, to Amsterdam, where adults may possess and purchase small amounts of marijuana from regulated businesses. Looking at such parameters as frequency and quantity of use and age at onset of use, they found the following: Cannabis (Marijuana) use in San Francisco was 3 times the prevalence found in the Amsterdam sample. And lifetime use of hard drugs was significantly lower in Amsterdam, with its “tolerant” marijuana policies. For example, lifetime crack cocaine use was 4.5 times higher in San Francisco than Amsterdam. Reinarman, C, Cohen, PDA, and Kaal, HL. The Limited Relevance of Drug Policy: Cannabis in Amsterdam and San Francisco. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 94, No. 5. May 2004. p 836-842.

06) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 1):

Federal researchers implanted several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung cancers, in mice, then treated them with cannabinoids (unique, active components found in marijuana). THC and other cannabinoids shrank tumors and increased the mice’s lifespans. Munson, AE et al. Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Sept. 1975. p. 597-602.

07) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER, (PART 2):

In a 1994 study the government tried to suppress, federal researchers gave mice and rats massive doses of THC, looking for cancers or other signs of toxicity. The rodents given THC lived longer and had fewer cancers, “in a dose-dependent manner” (i.e. the more THC they got, the fewer tumors). NTP Technical Report On The Toxicology And Carcinogenesis Studies Of 1-Trans- Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, CAS No. 1972-08-3, In F344/N Rats And B6C3F Mice, Gavage Studies. See also, “Medical Marijuana: Unpublished Federal Study Found THC-Treated Rats Lived Longer, Had Less Cancer,” AIDS Treatment News no. 263, Jan. 17, 1997.

08) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 3):

Researchers at the Kaiser-Permanente HMO, funded by NIDA, followed 65,000 patients for nearly a decade, comparing cancer rates among non-smokers, tobacco smokers, and marijuana smokers. Tobacco smokers had massively higher rates of lung cancer and other cancers. Marijuana smokers who didn’t also use tobacco had no increase in risk of tobacco-related cancers or of cancer risk overall. In fact their rates of lung and most other cancers were slightly lower than non-smokers, though the difference did not reach statistical significance. Sidney, S. et al. Marijuana Use and Cancer Incidence (California, United States). Cancer Causes and Control. Vol. 8. Sept. 1997, p. 722-728.

09) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 4):

Donald Tashkin, a UCLA researcher whose work is funded by NIDA, did a case-control study comparing 1,200 patients with lung, head and neck cancers to a matched group with no cancer. Even the heaviest marijuana smokers had no increased risk of cancer, and had somewhat lower cancer risk than non-smokers (tobacco smokers had a 20-fold increased Lung Cancer risk). Tashkin D. Marijuana Use and Lung Cancer: Results of a Case-Control Study. American Thoracic Society International Conference. May 23, 2006.

10) MARIJUANA DOES HAVE GREAT MEDICAL VALUE:

In response to passage of California’s medical marijuana law, the White House had the Institute of Medicine (IOM) review the data on marijuana’s medical benefits and risks. The IOM concluded, “Nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety are all afflictions of wasting, and all can be mitigated by marijuana.” The report also added, “we acknowledge that there is no clear alternative for people suffering from chronic conditions that might be relieved by smoking marijuana, such as pain or AIDS wasting.” The government’s refusal to acknowledge this finding caused co-author John A. Benson to tell the New York Times that the government “loves to ignore our report … they would rather it never happened.” Joy, JE, Watson, SJ, and Benson, JA. Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base. National Academy Press. 1999. p. 159. See also, Harris, G. FDA Dismisses Medical Benefit From Marijuana. New York Times. Apr. 21, 2006

rich
rich

OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART 1):

Federal researcher­s implanted several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung cancers, in mice, then treated them with cannabinoi­ds (unique, active components found in marijuana)­. THC and other cannabinoi­ds shrank tumors and increased the mice's lifespans. Munson, AE et al. Antineopla­stic Activity of Cannabinoi­ds. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Sept. 1975. p. 597-602.

OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER, (PART 2):

In a 1994 study the government tried to suppress, federal researcher­s gave mice and rats massive doses of THC, looking for cancers or other signs of toxicity. The rodents given THC lived longer and had fewer cancers, "in a dose-depen­dent manner" (i.e. the more THC they got, the fewer tumors). NTP Technical Report On The Toxicology And Carcinogen­esis Studies Of 1-Trans- Delta-9-Te­trahydroca­nnabinol, CAS No. 1972-08-3, In F344/N Rats And B6C3F Mice, Gavage Studies. See also, "Medical Marijuana: Unpublishe­d Federal Study Found THC-Treate­d Rats Lived Longer, Had Less Cancer," AIDS Treatment News no. 263, Jan. 17, 1997.

Polly
Polly

The STD counselor on a Herpes support site stdster.,. c0m said herpes doesn't live outside the body for long..and you can not catch it from inanimate objects in a VERY RARE case if someone with herpes uses a towel after the shower and rubs enough of the "virus" off and someone uses it immediately after there is a VERY slim chance of them getting is since the towel is still damp.. but that would be a very rare occurrence.Don't upset by Herpes. 1 in 4 get STD in USA. Most of people on ==== " stdster ,.. c0m" ===== said it is just a minor virus. And they can deal with it during their se life. I am curious to know the details.

Elainegoss
Elainegoss

i am glad they starting to listen to people that lives in fl and giving us the choice

Mariejoe2
Mariejoe2

I totally believe in the medical relife found in the marijuana plant. There are so many disorders it helps and especially with pain. The doctors and the FDA push out pills and then pull them back due to side effects and addictions. There are not as many if hardly any at side effects from pot, and ppl do not withdraw from pot or abuse it. Now ppl can die from pills but not from pot, it all depends on how its grown. and having a card for ur illness is hard we only wish it could be easier.

Herbandoobage
Herbandoobage

The people having trouble getting around this , are the ones that are Niev and unlearned, that want to stay ignorant, There is scientific proof to back the claim's up, and it is happing with or with out you ......non believers !!

Norman Gooding
Norman Gooding

The need for medical marijuana is real,as it has been since early civilization found medical uses in this plant.

The lack of the ability to monopolize the plant and make money from it is why it has not been tested by the FDA. What company would spend the billions of dollars necessary to do the clinical testing required by the FDA to be approved when the plant can be grown in your yard?

G&W Pharmaceuticals has a hemp oil based tincture being tested at the FDA now for multiple sclerosis and nausea but as yet,,the DEA has not moved cannabis to schedule that recognizes  cannabis as having medical properties,,,even though the medical dispensaries in the 16 states that have mmj sell the same tinctures if their states laws allow it.

We await patiently the dance the DEA will have to do to allow a big pharm company to sell a hemp oil based medicine and still lock up others that do.

Greg Borders
Greg Borders

Alright ,,thumbs up for Florida it's about time ....

Jean DeYoung
Jean DeYoung

"Patients like my mother, whose only options are medicines with intolerable side effects or diseases which take away their ability to live could also help cure Florida's $2 billion budget gap" --  Florida state Senator Larcenia Bullard.  Please tell me I didn't hear that. Maybe it's true about politicians eating their own kids.

seabourne
seabourne

Floridians - Sign the petition to permit a floor debate on the Joint Resolutions for Medicinal use of cannabis (SJR 1028 and HJR 353) at SignOn dot org/sign/florida-medicinal-use

seabourne
seabourne

Floridians voice your support for the legislation for medicinal use at FLDecides dot org with easy sign and send letters

Guest
Guest

the war on weed is over, and weed won!  gonna take time for the feds to slowly implement their exit strategy, after all, ya cant admit all of the utter failures the war on weed has been at the same time, they would look far too stupid.  a nice slow progression of a new mmj law here and a decriminalization law over there.

all these baby step are adding up my friends

seabourne
seabourne

Thank you Senator Bullard!Floridians - Sign the petition to to permit a floor debate on the Joint Resolutions for Medicinal Use of Cannabis at http://signon.org/sign/florida...

and

Readm sign and send a letter to Committee Leadership requesting th hold a Hearing on the legislation SJR 1028 and HJR 353 whic if passed would place a proposed constitutional amendment for medical use on the ballot at http://takeaction.realreformac...

Also

Read sign and send a letter to your legislative representatives encouraging them to educate themselves on the issue and co-sponsor the legislation at http://takeaction.realreformac...

Lets get this legislation passed.

nursejudy
nursejudy

The medicinal benefits of marijuana are extensive, and the side effects NEVER include death.  Unlike many of the pharma drugs, and EVEN foods that we eat.  There is a lot of interesting information on this site.  http://medicalmarijuanacouncil...

alex
alex

People are in a general agreement, there are far worst drugs out there that are legal to use than Marijuana. Marijuana is a medicine not a crime. There's are people out there, like me that helps them. It time for me, as a user, explain to the people how it help me deal with my illness. I want people to hear the good effects on people like me. Marijuana isnt for anyone. I had to live a second life using Marijuana. I work for good companies with no drug policies, could never openly say I used marijunana as a medicine. The fear is in millions who use it to help them deal with there medical issues. I stop my medicine for my ADHD and Depression years ago.. I found that marijuana helped me with both and had less side effects. It kept calm and think better.. I wasnt depressed anymore too. I think to really understand me... You need to know the past. What was I like before i started using marijuana. I can honestly say it wasnt pretty. I sent many years in and out of hospitals and programs. Florida State CAP programs to Special Schools. I was a mass.. I have interesting stories. Its time to hear the good that came from a natural plant. Its not a crime, but a medicine that does work.

I hope you agree,

alex

Rick Rosio
Rick Rosio

To the good citizens of FloridaPlease take a few minutes and watch people who are speaking from their death beds pleading for safe access to medical cannabis :  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...This is why access to a state approved program is critical for the sick and dying.It becomes a program that provides liveable wage jobs, tax revenue at all levels, transparency in production controls and inventory and SAFE ACCESS to people who chose a less toxic method of pain management and wellness. Here is a model that works www.painmanagementspokane.com providing compassionate service to the sick and dying.Thank you

Open2Debate
Open2Debate

We are witnessing the death throes of prohibition while its advocates make a desperate and frantic last stand, their final frenzy.In years to come, the attitudes that now prevail towards people that choose cannabis will be as politically incorrect as racism, homophobia or denying women the vote.

M75462
M75462

Having heard her speak, I think she either needs a script or has one already

luldangs
luldangs

Somebody shut this troll up or else SOPA will get passed.

seep
seep

The oil, Sativex, is cannabis.  If the FDA approves Sativex, the DEA may move marijuana out of schedule 1.  But they also may list it in dual schedules, as they do for GHB (which is simultaneously schedules 1 and 3).

seep
seep

joint resolutions

seep
seep

Prohibition is alive and well, I assure you.  And so it will be for the rest of our lives.  Marijuana may be legalized soon, but drug laws are here to stay.  There's just too much money in illegal drugs.

Phanes Erichthoneus
Phanes Erichthoneus

And it can't happen soon enough for me.  I'm so sick of this mess that it makes me sick in circles and spirals.  What are we supposed to think down here at the bottom where we actually CARE about other people?  Up at the top where the rules are made, from down here, it seems like they WANT people to be sick.  They WANT people to suffer.  They WANT people to be unhappy.  They WANT people to die.

But WHY WHY WHY WHY  W H Y ? ? ?   Why are the prohibitionists so damned evil and mean?  Why are they so mean?  WHY???

mike
mike

It's about time sick people have the right to use this plant to treat their illnesses

Phanes Erichthoneus
Phanes Erichthoneus

Would you rather have a "great" speaker like Newt Gingrich, who makes his evil and hateful speech so smooth and lovely-sounding?

luldangs
luldangs

Indeed, prohibition works for the regulators and the growers. Ironic isn't it? Growers in California found a model to work with the medical cannabis law. It's a huge grey area that cops cannot even begin to fathom, so they leave it alone.

Imataco
Imataco

medicinal cannabis would put the hundred billion a year pharmaceutical industries out of business.  and then people would have to look at at the benefits of hemp(gas,oil,paper,food, thousands of other products)  this would be the downfall of the gas empires and timber industries as cannabis and hemp can grow just about anywhere under a wide variety of environments, and would provide thousand of jobs that require little in the way of expensive college degrees. in short it would make the world a much better place, and the corporate governments wont allow that. 

Fred
Fred

The war on drugs is all about money. Keeping people in prisons is a hugh money maker, especially now that Gov. Scott is privatizing them. Another plus for the right wing, it helps to keep the Black Man down because those are the ones that end up jailed over this nonsense. When the Black Man has served time, then the right wing can take away the convicts' rights when they get out, especially their right to vote. It's a win/win for the people that run our state. If medical marijuana was legalized and regular use was decriminalized, lots of private money-makers that get rich on our tax dollars would stand to lose. Unless, of course, they get into the marijuana dispensary business, but why ruin a sure thing for them.

M75462
M75462

Rather have someone with more than half a brain..... so yeah, I would.

M75462
M75462

PS She is a black woman Democrat, running unopposed for years. She is down for the struggle....

M75462
M75462

You are pretty angry for a doobie smoking pothead. I don;t give a shi+ about you, I don;t like you, and yes you described yourself perfectly. PS, running on half a tank, I should have said half a brain, because that is what she has. Not her fault, she stroked out on the floor of the state legislature, but be that as it may, she is brain addled........ Her excuse is medical, your is obvious.

cough cough wheeze, whew!!!! can someone open up a window!!!!!!Stay off the road when you're high as$hole

TROUBLE3O5
TROUBLE3O5

No such thing as smoking too much. Check the death statistics of marijuana...oh wait! That's right...there haven't been any - EVER.

Perhaps you've been drinking too much then? Because no where do i see the sentence "she is running on half a tank". The PEOPLE whom you suggest are addled for voting her back into Senate cannot be as confused as you suggest, because if they were, would they not have checked another candidates name out of sheer stupidity? At least they're getting out there and voicing their opinions in the REAL WORLD instead of mocking an "old lady" on a news forum.

And as for sparking up another one...i fully intend to once my 9-5 at a Neurologist office is done for the day. That's right! IM A HARD WORKING, OPINIONATED AND INVOLVED MOTHERFUCKING POTHEAD :) so stick that in your box o' wine and suck it!

M75462
M75462

You been smoking too much. I said she is running on half a tank. And the people who keep re-electing her are even more addled than she is. God bless her, though, sweet old lady, but please, she is an embarrassment. Go listen to her speak in public, dopey and then go spark up another one

TROUBLE3O5
TROUBLE3O5

if a florida STATE SENATOR only has half a brain then i assume the rest of the senate is also in that boat and you sir just basically suggested that our government is run by idiots :) congrats

rogue
rogue

Instead of insulting Bullard's intelligence as a means of defending yourself, try reading books and educate yourself.

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