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New York becomes 23rd state to legalize medical pot

  • New York State Senators vote 49-10 in favor of allowing limited access to medical marijuana. The bill would allow patients to inhale vaporized extracts of weed's active ingredients or eat them in food. Smoking marijuana would be prohibited, however. The State Assembly passed the measure 117-13 on Friday.
  • The state's Health Department will have the task of setting up the program.
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  • kellisowner
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    The NY law is too restrictive. I think the word "legalization" is becoming a very diluted term on both the medical and recreational sides of the MJ industry. There are fifty states. By the time 50 individual states pass their own laws on MJ consumption what is "legal" in one state may not be in another. We need to understand that there are subsets of "legalization". "True legalization" should be the standard and the ultimate goal. People should be allowed to grow and keep their own supply. Smoking should be permitted.
    23 Jun 2014, 01:24 PM Reply Like
  • myke175
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    nice rant... it is slowly coming and they are allowed to take their time. I am pro MJ by the way
    23 Jun 2014, 02:29 PM Reply Like
  • mycin17
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    Ok if the prices come down
    23 Jun 2014, 07:59 PM Reply Like
  • Brian Kelly 2
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    Don't let Governer Cumo fool us.


    "Low-THC strain only" seem to be a new trend in prohibitionist propaganda rhetoric.


    First off, where did Medical Marijuana prohibitionists get their facts from? Links please? Show us somewhere that says the low-thc strain only is good for all ailments that Medical Marijuana is used to treat.


    We'll wait for documented proof/links please, because what prohibitionists are saying is a complete fallacy.


    The Medical Marijuana strain low-thc and high in CBD has only recently been discovered and is effective primarily in children with multiple daily seizures.


    The low-thc strain is not meant to treat all the other conditions strains with higher levels of thc treat.


    Medical Marijuana has been around for over 20 years and has been recognized by by over 20 states as medicine, BEFORE the low thc strain was even discovered.


    Care to explain that and what follows below away prohibitionists? With proof/links to where they are getting their info that states the low-thc strain is the cure all for every ailment that higher thc strains are used to teat.


    We're waiting for that proof and rebuttal.


    Furthermore naysayers, please read the excerpt below carefully then respond with your links, proof and rebuttal.


    Read carefully:


    Charlotte’s story and the concern for other young patients have led some lawmakers to consider passing legislation that only allows patients to access marijuana oils that are high in CBD and that have little or no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). While it is heartening to see lawmakers’ concern for the plight of patients with catastrophic seizure disorders, these proposals unfortunately exclude the vast majority of those who can benefit from medical marijuana, some of whom also face life-threatening ailments.


    Relative Rarity


    While CBD appears to be particularly effective at treating seizures, the number of individuals treating seizure disorders through medical marijuana programs is relatively low. For example, only 2% of the registered patients in both Rhode Island and Colorado report seizures as their qualifying conditions. While it is imperative that these individuals be allowed to legally access medical marijuana – and the strain they need – it is just as important to remember that there are tens of thousands of other men and women and a small number of children who suffer from a variety of debilitating conditions whose symptoms are alleviated by medical marijuana. The vast majority of those patients have symptoms that benefit from strains of marijuana that include more than trace amounts of THC.


    THC: Why It Matters


    Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is just one of the roughly 85 cannabinoids found naturally in marijuana. Clinical trials and the experiences of hundreds of thousands of patients have shown that THC, and strains of marijuana that include THC, provide important medical benefits for individuals suffering from pain, multiple sclerosis, nausea, and wasting disease. THC is also the cannabinoid most responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects. While THC does cause marijuana’s “high,” patients use marijuana for relief, not for euphoria. Patients who inhale marijuana can titrate their dosage precisely to use only as much as they need, reducing or eliminating the euphoria. Some use marijuana only before bed.


    The federal government has officially recognized THC’s medical properties since 1985, when the FDA approved a prescription drug that is made of synthetic THC — Marinol — for nausea. Yet, Marinol is not adequate for many patients who can benefit from marijuana. For nauseated patients, a pill can be impossible to keep down. Meanwhile, many patients benefit from the synergistic effect of THC and the other cannabinoids, such as CBD. Natural marijuana is less intoxicating than Marinol because patients can titrate their dosage and other cannabinoids moderate THC’s psychoactive properties.


    Studies have shown that marijuana that includes THC can alleviate a host of debilitating conditions, including:


    Nausea and appetite loss: Researchers have found THC and marijuana with THC are effective anti-emetics and appetite stimulants for individuals suffering from the side effects of cancer chemotherapy or AIDS treatments.
    Multiple sclerosis: Research has found that marijuana with THC can alleviate spasticity. In addition, Canada, the U.K., and several other countries approved an oral marijuana extract made of equal proportions of CBD and THC.
    Pain: Several studies have found that marijuana strains that include THC can alleviate neuropathic pain — a notoriously difficult-to-treat nerve pain commonly found in amputees, AIDS patients, and patients with multiple sclerosis.
    Since the 1970’s, the federal government has been providing a handful of individuals who suffer from various ailments with marijuana grown at the University of Mississippi as part of the Compassionate Investigational New Drug program. The four surviving patients still receiving federal marijuana receive a strain with almost no CBD that has been essential to managing their conditions — a rare bone spur disorder, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and a painful condition called nail patella syndrome, respectively. The marijuana these individuals have benefitted from would not be allowed under CBD-only proposals.




    Medical marijuana legislation should not be so restrictive as to leave behind around 98% of the individuals who can benefit from it. THC has proven medical benefits and individuals who can benefit from strains that include it should not be forgotten when legislators debate medical marijuana bills.

    23 Jun 2014, 09:19 PM Reply Like
  • trabob
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    Just legalize it, medical recreational, no matter, If it makes me feel better then it is medicine to me, if they want to put some age regulation that is fine as long as 65+ can get it LOL
    24 Jun 2014, 10:05 AM Reply Like
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