Court Rules Against Pot for Sick People - Yahoo! News

Federal authorities may prosecute sick people whose doctors prescribe marijuana to ease pain, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, concluding that state laws don't protect users from a federal ban on the drug.

The decision is a stinging defeat for marijuana advocates who had successfully pushed 10 states to allow the drug's use to treat various illnesses.

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June 6, 2005 in pot | Permalink | Comments (0)

So Totally Harsh

Back in 1998, Stormy Ray was medical marijuana's mascot. When reporters wanted a flesh-and-blood argument in favor of that fall's initiative making Mary Jane a legal medicine for ailing Oregonians, proponents steered them to the 48-year-old, wheelchair-bound woman. Ray starred in wrenching TV commercials, describing how cannabis eased the agony of her multiple sclerosis.

Her barnstorming paid off: Oregon voters approved medical marijuana by a margin of more than 100,000 votes. Six years (and more than 10,000 registered medical-marijuana patients) later, Ray is back on the political warpath. But this time she's battling against former allies in the medicinal-pot movement.

Ray is actively opposing Measure 33, an initiative that would legalize marijuana "dispensaries," nonprofit shops and farms that could sell "the medicine" to registered patients or to each other. Under the 1998 law, patients or designated caregivers can grow and trade their own, but no one may buy or sell marijuana.

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September 5, 2004 in pot | Permalink | Comments (0)

Montel: I Smoke Pot Every Night

Montel Williams threw his support behind legalizingmedical marijuana in New York, saying pot helps him cope with multiple sclerosis.

Williams, who was diagnosed with the neurological disease in 1999, said he uses marijuana every night before bed to relieve the pain in his legs and feet.

"I'm breaking the law every day, and I will continue to break the law," Williams, host of the syndicated "Montel Williams Show," said Tuesday.

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May 19, 2004 in pot | Permalink | Comments (0)

U.S. drug laws threaten public health

The current and previous presidents of the United States used marijuana. So has presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted to drug use. Conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, who once beat the drums for jailing white junkies, has been through drug treatment.

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May 16, 2004 in pot | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cannabis Spray To Treat Multiple Sclerosis

GW Pharmaceuticals and Bayer HealthCare announced they have submitted an application to Health Canada to market a cannabis based drug. The drug, Sativex, has been developed for the treatment of the debilitating symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and severe neuropathic pain.

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May 16, 2004 in pain, pot, symptom management, treatment | Permalink | Comments (1)

Appeals court upholds medical marijuana use

Yesterday, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a victory for states' rights, ruled unconstitutional federal prosecutions of medical marijuana patients in states that have approved laws allowing such use of the drug.

If patients are authorized by a doctor under state laws, and aren't transporting marijuana across state lines or selling it, their growing, possession or use of marijuana is not "drug trafficking," Judge Harry Pregerson wrote for the majority.

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December 18, 2003 in pot | Permalink | Comments (0)

Talk show host shares his bout with MS in new book.

"One of the things that I have been so afraid to talk about with people is that … I'm one of these people that are in this five percent category of MS. I have extreme neuralgia which is nerve pain." He pauses again. "Though I try not to think about it I'm in pain 24 hours a day, everyday. The level of that pain goes up and down."

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December 8, 2003 in entertainment, people, pot | Permalink | Comments (0)

New Compound That Acts On Peripheral Receptors May Be Promising Treatment For Some Nerve Pain

"Chronic pain is one of the most significant disease states affecting Americans, in terms of economic and social impacts," says Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. "And, unfortunately, therapeutic options for the treatment of chronic pain are inadequate, partly because a number of drugs that can be used to treat pain have unpleasant side effects that limit their effectiveness, and partly because some of them have the potential for addiction and abuse."

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December 1, 2003 in pot, research, symptom management | Permalink | Comments (0)

Medical marijuana's side effect: fear

With it's legality questionable one of the biggest side effects of using medical marijuana appears to be fear of getting busted.

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Possession of marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and Holland fears constantly that the Drug Enforcement Administration will knock on her door. Dr. Andrea Barthwell, deputy director for demand reduction at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, rejects the term "medical marijuana," instead calling it "medical excuse marijuana." She says those who push for laws like Maryland's are "feeding off the pain and suffering of people" in pursuit of their real goal: complete legalization of marijuana.

"There's no basis in medical [knowledge] for taking a crude plant material and providing it as medicine," she said. "It has not passed the test of having medicinal value. ... You've created a system where a skinned knee and a tennis elbow will be presented in a court of law to explain marijuana use."

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November 23, 2003 in pot | Permalink | Comments (1)

Q&A: Cannabis drug trial

The biggest-ever trial of "cannabinoid" drugs in MS has produced mixed results.

While patients told researchers that their symptoms were eased by the drugs, there was relatively little hard evidence of physical changes in their bodies to back this up.

BBC News Online looks at the implications of the trial for future use of cannabis in medicine.
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November 7, 2003 in pot, research, symptom management | Permalink | Comments (0)