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 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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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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