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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Marijuana and Lung Cancer

October 18, 2010

UCLA's Dr. Donald Tashkin states he would be in favor of legalization of marijuana.  Why?  After all he did study chronic marijuana smokers and the effects of heavy long term marijuana smoking on the lungs with regards to lung cancer and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).  Prior to the study he hypothesized there would be a link between heavy marijuana smoking and lung cancer or COPD.  Guess what?  He was wrong!  To his surprise the study concluded otherwise. 

"What we found instead was no association and even a suggestion of some protective effect," says Tashkin, whose research was the largest case-control study ever conducted. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Tobacco smokers in the study had as much as a 21-fold increase in lung cancer risk, and developed COPD more often in the study.  Researchers found marijuana did not impair lung function. (perhaps this is why Michael Phelps was able to win 8 gold medals in the Bejing Olympics... of course in all fairness he did win the medals prior to getting caught on camera smoking marijuana).

 

Tashkin, supported by other research, concluded that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), an active ingredient in marijuana, has an "anti-tumoral effect" in which "cells die earlier before they age enough to develop mutations that might lead to lung cancer." 

"Early on, when our research appeared as if there would be a negative impact on lung health, I was opposed to legalization because I thought it would lead to increased use and that would lead to increased health effects," Tashkin says.

"But at this point, I'd be in favor of legalization. I wouldn't encourage anybody to smoke any substances, because of the potential for harm. But I don't think it should be stigmatized as an illegal substance.

"Tobacco smoking causes far more harm. And in terms of an intoxicant, alcohol causes far more harm," Tashkin stated.

And of course this is ONLY in reference to smoking marijuana.  It doesn't take into consideration the other methods of medicating, such as vaporizing marijuana and marijuana edibles. 

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Marijuana and Brain Cancer

October 13, 2010

At Clomputense University in Spain, brain cancer was successfully treated with THC, one of the active ingredients found in cannabis.  The cancer cells essentially digest themselves when fed THC.  The wonderful find is that not only do the cancer cells digest themselves, but the THC also does not cause damage to surrounding tissue. 

The type of cancer cells that were treated were glioblastoma muliforme, which are highly aggressive brain tumors.

The findings appear in the April 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

This study along with many others shows that cannabis is not only treating the symptoms of cancer such as nausea, appetite and sleep, but can also be used to actually treat the cancer itself.  While the findings of the study indicate that THC was responsible for killing brain cancer cells, one has to remember that there are wide fluctuations in the amount of THC in marijuana.  And for those people who live in an area where no medical marijuana is available, they may be getting marijuana with much lower percentages of THC. 


The Federal Govt. provides cannabis patients with pre-rolled joints that contain 10% THC, which is considered low.  However the THC level in most strains of medical marijuana is  anywhere from 10-25%.  The thing about the live plant is that there are other active compounds that have been found to be beneficial as well.  One which looks very promising is CBD.  It is impossible to know how all these compounds interact in nature when using only one in a study.  Regardless, THC has been shown to precipitate the Death of Brain Cancer cells, which certainly goes way beyond the happy, hungry, sleepy effects cannabis known for.

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Medical Marijuana 35 Day Waiting Period

October 9, 2010

So you're sick, and you prefer to medicate with medical marijuana to ease your pain and symptoms. After all it is non-toxic and is well known to aid sleep, appetite, and mood, not to mention medical marijuana can ease pain and suffering of anxiety, pain, glaucoma, MS, wasting syndrome, nausea, and many other ailments.  So you visit your Dr. and he or she agrees that your ailment may benefit from the use of medical marijuana, AND that your sickness is on the list of "approved" ailments by the Colorado Department of Health.  So.. you send in your application to be listed as a medical marijuana patient with the State of Colorado and your Dr. recommendation along with the required fees to the State of Colorado Health Dept. Division of Medical Marijuana.  Do you think you're legal to use medical marijuana?  You're NOT!  It doesn't matter that your Dr. and you both agree that medical marijuana is a good option.  You must WAIT for the Colorado Dept. of Health to APPROVE your medical marijuana application.  But WAIT!  They are backlogged NINE MONTHS on medical marijuana applications!   Although it would seem that a decision about your health would be between you and your Dr.  and NOT involve the Government.  Well think again.  However the good news is you don't have to wait the entire NINE MONTHS! 


Colorado medical marijuana patients need to remember that their medical marijuajna card or application is valid 35 days AFTER they send in their medical marijuana application to the Colorado Department of Health (we know it sucks that you have to wait considering this is a matter of health, however it could be much worse if the law required you to wait for your card to return in the mail). 

IF you are currently an actively licensed medical marijuana patient in Colorado you should be sure to review your expiration date so you can reapply 35 days before the expiration date on your medical marijuana card, and not be caught in a 35 day waiting period of being unable to obtain your medical marijuana from a medical marijuana center if you wait until the final expiration date to reapply.  In other words always renew and reapply for your card at least 35 days before the expiration of your existing medical marijuana card. 

Since the Colorado Dept. of Health is backlogged up to 9 months on processing medical marijuana ID cards, you are not considered legal for the first 35 days UNLESS by some miracle the Colorado Dept. of Health catches up with their back log of medical marijuana applications, and sends out your medical marijuana card within days.  Therefore it is important you carry the following on you at all times to prove you have applied to be a medical marijuana patient: 

1. A copy of your medical marijuana application form. 

2.  A copy of PROOF of mailing (certified mail receipt) 

3.  Proof of payment (money order receipt)

If you are a medical marijuana patient who is growing your own marijuana plants, you should also keep a copy of all of the above items at your home, so if anyone wants to verify that you are a legitimate patient your family can show a copy of your medical marijuana papers if you are not home. 

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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 Myth - Marijuana Harms Have Been Scientifically Proven

June 13, 2010

FACT:
In 1995, based on thirty years of scientific research, editors of the highly respected and well regarded British medical journal "The Lancet" concluded that "the smoking of cannabis, even long term, is not harmful to health."

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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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Marijuana - Cancer Cure?

May 21, 2010

Many people think that when talking about cancer and marijuana it is only good for treating nausea and pain, while increasing sleep and appetite, and enhancing the mood of the patient.   However, there is scientific evidence that marijuana significantly reduces the spread of cancer.  A Harvard study released on April 17, 2007 shows that the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread!

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm

Researchers at Harvard tested the chemical THC in both lab and mouse studies. They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, THC actually activates naturally produced receptors to fight off lung cancer. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.

Although a medical substitute of THC, known as Marinol, has been used as an appetite stimulant for cancer patients and other similar treatments, few studies have shown that THC might have anti-tumor activity.

*HERE IS THE INTERESTING PART* The only clinical trial testing THC as a treatment against cancer growth was a recently completed British pilot study. For three weeks, researchers injected standard doses of THC into mice that had been implanted with human lung cancer cells, and found that tumors were reduced in size and weight by about 50 percent in treated animals compared to a control group. There was also about a 60 percent reduction in cancer lesions on the lungs in these mice as well as a significant reduction in protein markers associated with cancer progression.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601202&sid=aLRKiCeoXoRQ&refer=healthcare

And the good news gets even better.  Watch the Phil Simpson story.  Phil has been successfully treating patients with marijuana (hemp, cannabis) . 

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7331006790306000271#

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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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