Medical Marijuana Council

January 21, 2011

The Medical Marijuana Council provides a great deal of information on medical marijuana and studies that have been done regarding marijuana and it's effectiveness and safety with regard to various illnesses.  Most all information they provide is in layperson terms and is extrapolated from scientific studies to help the patient who is considering medical marijuana make a decision. 

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Cannabis Cup Winners

June 29, 2010

2010 HIGH TIMES MEDICAL CANNABIS CUP WINNERS


Sativa
1. GreanBicycles (Vortex)
2. The Green Door San Francisco (Candy Jack)
3. Purple Lotus Patient Center (Durban Poison)

Indica
1. Mr. Natural Inc (Cali Gold)
2. Elemental Wellness (True OG)
3. Tehama Herbal Collective (Bubba Kush)

Concentrates
1. Leonard Moore Cooperative (Ingrid)
2. Phillips Rx (Herojauna)
3. 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center (Granddaddy  Purple Wax)

Edibles
1. Greenway Compassionate Relief (Biscotti)
2. Medithrive (Bliss Edibles Truffles)
3. The Hampton Collective (Totally Baked Medibles Tincture)

Expo Booth
1. Humboldt Patients Resource Center
2. TIE: Cmaz Glass, Green Door
3. Stealth Grow LED

Glass
1. Zong 2 Kink Jack Herer Bong
2. Glass Slider
3. 'Sea Life' by Voorhees and Christina Cody

Product
1. TIE: Essential Vaaapp H20 Eclipse, Stealth Grow LED
2. Grassroots HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup Hat
3. TIE: Canna Fresh, Boldt Bags

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Bill HR 3939

June 22, 2010

There is currently a bill pending before the United States House Judiciary Committee that is very important to everybody involved with medical marijuana.  It would create a defense to federal criminal law for the possession, growth, sale, or use of Medical Marijuana.  Even if your State does not have medical marijuana laws you should support this bill for those who need the support now, and for your state moving into the future!  Mile High Medical Cannabis urges you to contact your Congressman and get them to co-sponsor this bill. 

            H.R. 3939 was introduced last fall and is currently pending before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.  It does not appear any hearings have been held or action taken yet.

            H.R. 3939, if passed, would create what is called an “Affirmative Defense” for anybody involved in medical marijuana, as long as they were in compliance with State law. 

An affirmative defense is not the same as legalizing medical marijuana.  What it means is that you could be arrested and charged in Federal Court.  If the Federal Prosecutor refused to dismiss the charges against you, you would have to go to trial.  However you could raise the defense that the marijuana was for medical purposes. 

Contact your congressperson and urge them to sign on as co-sponsors of H.R. 3939 and to push to have H.R. 3939 passed this session of Congress. 

Click here to read bill 3939 courtesy of Mile High Medical Cannabis. 

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Medical Marijuana Bill 1284 Deadlines

June 21, 2010

The Colorado medical marijuana bill 1284 that was signed by Governor Ritter has major deadlines that are fast approaching.  The bill only allowed a few weeks to get business in order, which is presenting more problems than anyone anticipated.  (Even though many problems were anticipated).


Here's a story from the Denver Daily News which outlines just one business Owner's dilemma of trying to become "legal" before the July 1st deadline.  (Amazingly there is a display ad on the page of this article that reads  "Argonaut Liquor - Denver's largest liquor store - Shop Online"!)  Even though it is undisputed that marijuana is a much safer than alcohol.  View the article here.

By July 1st a local license must be applied for as a statewide moratorium goes into effect on July 1st and the new bill specifically states you will be operating illegally if you don't apply for a license by July 1st.  Yet others argue that the bill does not indicate there is a statewide moratorium.  However, if you want to open a dispensary, or need to grow,  because you already have a dispensary since the new law also now requires each dispensary to certify they are growing at least 70% of their own product.   However if you can't find properly zoned space, or can't afford to rent from a landlord that is reading the newspapers and price gouging due to the deadlines then you may consider partnering with a complete stranger that has a grow in place.   Not the best option, and certainly doomed for failure if you consider that if a grower has a grow in place, most believe they own and control that grow.  They invested much time and energy in their grow.  The only problem is the dispensary is on the hook for the license and the regulations, and the fines and taking all responsibility for that grow following the law.  Sounds like a recipe for major power struggles.  Regardless of what is written on paper, egos will clash, and certainly many will be doomed, merely because they were forced to join forces by ridiculous deadlines. Speaking of ridiculous deadlines the newly formed State medical marijuana department of regulation has a "hotline" to answer questions.  The only problem..... "leave a message" is all you get when you call it.  The recording states "we should have information on the website by mid June".    It is June 29th we are adding this and it still is not on the website, however the State will surely doom dispensaries that don't meet their deadlines.  Get ready for Government and it's lack of empathy. 

The next deadline is August 1st, 2010.  Each dispensary (now known as medical marijuana center)  must register with the state.  On forms that don't exist yet.  HOWEVER, if your local license has not been approved by this deadline you can file later, as long as you file within 30 days of your local license being issued.  If you are ALREADY licensed locally then you need to file by August 1st, 2010. 


Lastly, as mentioned above all dispensaries must certify by September 1st, 2010 that they are cultivating 70% of their own marijuana.  Patients are still allowed to go to any dispensary (medical marijuana center) they choose. So lets say you have a Denver Dispensary, with much walk-in traffic.  Yet you don't have a lot of patients who have assigned you grow rights.  That presents a problem.  What is a dispensary to do if they get swamped with patients who are traveling to their town for a large function and they all swamp a small dispensary?  Should they be turned away, because that dispensary can't grow enough to satisfy unexpected spikes in business?  Bill 1284 adds more stress, pressure, and hoops to jump for these already struggling dispensary Owners.   Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Dispensary providing top shelf medical marijuana to medical marijuana patients... or ... actually we are a Medical Marijuana Center now.

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Dispensary Ban

June 15, 2010

Superior, CO is the 1st town to ban dispensaries after House Bill 10-1284 was signed into law by Governor Ritter last week.   On June 14, 2010 Town Council Members voted unanimously 6-0 to ban dispensaries.

Medical marijuana advocates are vowing to challenge local bans in court.  Rumor has it that Vail, CO will be close behind on the "ban"wagon.   Maybe patients, and their family and friends who are skiers need to set up their own ban, and avoid the resort areas that ban medical marijuana during the ski season.  

It is evident that these small town councils are not following the will of the voters that clearly voted "for" medical marijuana in the first place when the overwhelming majority of Colorado citizens voted in favor of medical marijuana Amendment 20. 

Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary providing Medical Marijuana to Medical Marijuana Patients.

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Marijuana Myth - Marijuana is a Gateway Drug

June 13, 2010

FACT:  Marijuana is NOT a gateway drug.  If marijuana was a gateway drug, use of harder drugs would be a much more massive problem than it is.  It is estimated that over 83 million people in the US have smoked marijuana. 

BEWARE!  MILK IS A GATEWAY DRINK TO DANGEROUS SODA!

Obviously people drink soda because they choose to drink soda.  Not because milk led them to drink soda.  The same is true for cannabis and hard drugs.  People who use hard drugs choose to use hard drugs, not because marijuana made them seek out something stronger, but because that is a choice they make. 

While some research shows that many hard drug users used cannabis or alcohol before moving on to the harder substances, other research shows that some serious drug abusers have used other drugs before using cannabis or alcohol.  The former is particularly evident in individual drug-abuse histories which tend to show that "hard drug" users tend to jump from drug to drug, or progress from one drug to another.   When you take into account that less than 1% of marijuana smokers use harder drugs the gateway theory is further eroded.


Study on San Francisco vs. Amsterdam

In 2004, a study comparing cannabis users in San Francisco to those in Amsterdam was done to test the effects of the differing drug policies in the two cities on drug use patterns. The Netherlands has a drug policy of decriminalization in which cannabis can be bought by adults over 18 in quasi-legal "coffee shops" and used publicly, while in the United States cannabis is criminalized and must be bought in the black market  (often from the same dealers that sell hard drugs) and used "underground". The results found that, compared with their counterparts in Amsterdam the San Francisco cannabis users were significantly more likely to use cocaine, crack, amphetamines, ecstasy, and opiates despite similar cannabis use patterns and a more permissive drug policy in the NetherlandsOne plausible explanation is that the black market itself acts as a gateway to harder drugs, as opposed to the effects of cannabis. 

Marijuana is NOT a gateway drug.  99% of marijuana use is by people who only use marijuana because they choose to only use marijuana.  In fact, it would be much easier to hide the use of most of the harder drugs because they don't smell, are  much easier to hide, simpler to use, quicker to use,  and often times easier to get.    Pop an Oxycontin - it takes 2 seconds, there is NO smell, it's easy to conceal, there is no rolling, you don't have to wait for the vaporizer to warm up, you can get a script so if you are searched you are totally legal.   Yet people CHOOSE to use marijuana - because they know it is LESS harmful if they are using recreationally, and can be more helpful if they are using medically.   

Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary providing Medical Marijuana to Medical Marijuana Patients.

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Marijuana is Safer than Acetaminophen

June 11, 2010

In Five Thousand years of marijuana use, there has not been one death.   However, every year acetaminophen poisoning results in 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 56,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations, and more than 450 deaths from liver failure.

What is Acetaminophen?  Tylenol is Acetaminophen among other brand names.  Marijuana is Safer than Tylenol and the other brand names of acetaminophen.  The LEADING cause of acute liver failure in the U.S. is not alcohol abuse, nor viral hepatitis.  The number one reason Americans suffer acute liver failure is a drug the FDA has allowed to be sold for decades after its lethal toxicities were known. 

The FDA has bent over backwards to protect billions of dollars of profits earned annually by pharmaceutical companies who sell this deadly drug.  As the body count mounted in 2009, the FDA was forced to mandate a lower dosage and remove it from prescription combinations that were particularly lethal. 

 

When acetaminophen is ingested a rapid depletion of glutathione in the liver occurs.  The result of glutathione depletion is free radical destruction of liver cells.  A scientist suggested to a supplement company that they produce a combination product that probably eliminate virtually all acetaminophen related acute deaths.  It is a very long story, but the short version is this:  The FDA prohibits combining existing drugs and dietary supplements unless a New Drug Application is filed, tens of millions of dollars of clinical studies are performed, and the FDA agrees to allow the combination to be sold.  The process can cost upwards of $100 million and take a decade to complete.  EVEN if both of the ingredients that would go into the new drug are sold "over the counter".  So by bureaucratic edict, a safer form of acetaminophen never made it to market. 

Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary providing Medical Marijuana to Medical Marijuana Patients.

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Scientists find Marijuana can Suppress and "Turn off" Cancer Cells

June 7, 2010

Denver medical marijuana  dispensary

Scientists are discovering new benefits of marijuana including the ability of marijuana to stop the spread of cancer or turn off cancer cells. 

The diagram below shows the different forms of cancer and the effects of THC which is one of the active ingredients in marijuana. 

More information from new studies on the effects of cannabis on cancer cells can be found here.

Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary providing Medical Marijuana to Medical Marijuana Patients.


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Colorado Medical Marijuana Applications Could Be Shredded!

March 30, 2010

The Colorado Department of Public Health has been inundated with applications for Medical Marijuana ID cards.  In fact they are getting up to 1,000 applications DAILY!   Effective April 1, 2010 there are some changes taking place.  They REALLY want to receive new applications via mail.  In fact if you do hand deliver your application it MUST be in a SEALED envelope, and will NOT be processed with the mail that arrives that day.  (in other words it won't speed up the process if you hand deliver it).  They REALLY want it in an envelope!   And NO they do not have envelopes for you.  The next sentence is directly from the horses mouth...    If it is delivered without an envelope it can be "handed back to the applicant or SHREDDED!"   YIKES!

OK.  OK.  We understand.  Mail it.  Get a receipt for mailing it - such as certified mail, or registered mail, or fedex signature required etc.   (because they are overwhelmed and MAY lose it - Plus you need that proof of mailing in your possession along with your application to be "legal" ).   

Your license, or denial letter may take 6 months to arrive.  Although they are receiving approximately $90,000 daily in revenue, they apparently haven't hired anyone to  help process the applications.   Below is the notice from the Dept. of Health.


Medical Marijuana Registry Procedures for Drop-off Applications to Change

DENVER -- The Medical Marijuana Registry at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is making changes in processing applications at its Vital Records Office at 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South in Denver. Effective April 1, the walk-up window at the Vital Records Office will accept medical marijuana applications only in sealed envelopes and will not provide receipts or review applications for completeness at the time they are dropped off.

The changes are necessary due to the explosive growth in the number of medical marijuana applications during the past six months. The number of medical marijuana registry applications increased from approximately 270 per workday in August 2009 to approximately 1,000 per workday in February 2010. Most of these applications continue to be received by mail. This has led to a significant backlog, with increasing lag times between the date of application and the date when a registration card actually reaches the applicant. The turnaround time for applications now is approaching six months.

Currently, walk-in applicants for the medical marijuana registry have their applications reviewed for completeness by Vital Records staff. The result is that walk-in applicants are having their applications reviewed ahead of mail-in applications that continue to flow into the Vital Records office each day. The change in walk-in application processing will permit staff to focus on reducing the backlog of applications being received by mail.

"The new processing procedures are the best means we have available for serving all medical marijuana registry applicants," said Bob O'Doherty, director of the Center for Health and Environmental Information and Statistics at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The department was granted additional spending authority from the state Legislature for this fiscal year and has added temporary staff to help process the backlog of applications. Currently the department is requesting spending authority for fiscal year 2010-11 to add permanent staff to process the large volume of medical marijuana applications that continue to add to the backlog. If approved by the Legislature, the new staff could be added beginning in July.

Effective April 1, the Medical Marijuana Registry will implement the following procedures at the Vital Records service window at 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South:

1. Only sealed envelopes will be accepted. Documents that are not in a sealed envelope will be handed back to the applicant or shredded. Envelopes are not available on-site. If you need an envelope, please purchase one prior to arriving.

2. Receipts will not be available at the service window. If you need a receipt to provide proof of mailing to the Registry, please mail the envelope via certified or registered mail (or similar method) so that you receive a proof of delivery receipt from the Post Office.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to mail their application packets to the department at CDPHE Vital Records, 4300 Cherry Creek Dr. S., Denver, CO  80246.

3. Questions should be directed to the Medical Marijuana Registry information phone  number, 303-692-2184, or to the Medical Marijuana Registry information e-mail address, medical.marijuana@state.co.us. Staff will not be available at the Vital Records service window to address questions.

4. Packets received at the window will be processed along with the mail received for that date. Dropping off an application does NOT speed the delivery of the registration card.

5. Copying services are not available on-site. If you need a copy of the materials, please make these prior to arriving.

6. Notary services are not available on-site. If you need a signature notarized, please do so prior to arriving.

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