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Colorado Funding Millions for Marijuana Research

According to the Denver Post, Colorado is about to spend $9 million to research the effects of marijuana. Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill this year that will allow the state health department to give out $9 million in grants for the next five years for marijuana studies. These studies are expected to include clinical trials on the marijuana products specifically sold in Colorado. Since medical marijuana first came into thought nearly 20 years ago, research on it has been very polarized. These new studies will be used to help determine if the marijuana being used in Colorado has different […]

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MMJ Victories for Patients

Proponents of medical marijuana have a few victories to celebrate this month. Despite the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado back in January, the number of Colorado cannabis patients continues to rise. In March alone, the MMJ patient registry grew by over 1,760 patients. Currently, there are over 115,000 active MMJ members. The majority of MMJ patients (around 94 percent) are being treated for severe pain due to a number of factors. More than half of MMJ patients have designated a caregiver or dispensary to cultivate their medical marijuana. In addition to the rise in the MMJ patient registry, the […]

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Support for Marijuana Growing As Citizens Rally Across Nation

As the marijuana debate continues, there appears to be an ever growing number of supporters across the nation, from the young to the old. While there is the expected support from the 18-29 demographic, recent polls show a surprising amount of support from the 50+ demographic. Quinnipiac University conducted a poll in Florida which showed 83% of people 50-64 support medical marijuana use if their doctor prescribes it. This is the same percentage of 18-29 year olds who support this. What some might consider even more surprising is more than 50% of 50-64 year olds support allowing adults to possess […]

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Perception of Marijuana Continues to Change

As the 420 rally came to a close in Denver this past weekend, the support for marijuana use – both medical and recreational – appears to be growing across the country. As many as 80,000 people are estimated to have been in Denver this past weekend to celebrate 420 on April 20. Participants were more varied than most people would imagine – from young college students to middle aged businessmen to elderly women campaigning for MMJ reform on behalf of senior citizens. Visitors flocked to Denver from all over the United States to participate in 420. Dina Compassion, a manager […]

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Health Department Unveils Bill to Limit MMJ Production

Although marijuana was legalized for recreational use in January, Colorado health officials have recently enacted a crackdown on medical marijuana patients who grow more than the standard number of marijuana plants. Medical marijuana law in Colorado allows MMJ patients to grow up to six plants for their own use. If more is medically necessary, then patients are allowed to grow more plants. Now, the Colorado Health Department is requiring doctors who recommended the extra plants and the patients who grow them to provide more medical documentation on why they need extra marijuana plants. In addition to providing medical information about […]

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Parents moving to Colorado for MMJ

More and more parents are moving to Colorado for the sake of their children’s health. Almost 3 million Americans are affected with epilepsy, a neurological condition that causes recurring seizures. Around 1 million of those people experience seizures unaffected by medication. Two-year-old Addyson Benton is one of these people. In an interview with USA Today, Addyson’s mother Heather Benton said “Not one part of me is afraid to give Addyson medical marijuana, but I’m terrified to keep giving her the medications she’s been prescribed, that haven’t worked and have all these horrible side effects.” Adam Benton, Addyson’s father, recently moved […]

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Marijuana Is Not a Gateway Drug

Although there are many strides being taken towards the acceptance of medical marijuana, there is still a long way to go before its stigma is removed. One of the biggest arguments against MMJ is the impression that marijuana is a gateway drug to harder drugs like heroin and cocaine. Dr. Andrew Kolodny, president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing and the Chief Medical Officer of Phoenix House, a nonprofit addiction treatment organization, argues that there is no evidence to support the idea of weed being a gateway drug. In 1970, President Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act into law, which […]

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Stigma Me Blind – Breaking Free from Conformity for MMJ

News reports across the country seem divided between supporters and opponents of medicinal marijuana use. But, as of late, there’s an undeniable movement towards MMJ benefits to young patients whose parents may feel the quandary of proof that despite the stigma of its use, MMJ actually brings relief to their small child or loved one. In November 2000 Coloradans confronted possible ridicule by passing AMD 20 and since proved the rest of the country that MMJ does indeed help patients who suffer the ails of cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS positive, cachexia; severe pain; severe nausea; seizures, to include those that are […]

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MMJ Movement Continues- 1700 miles to Georgia

More and more, media reports that the medical marijuana (MMJ) movement continues to spread across the country. Recently, Georgia State Rep. Allen Peake proposed legislation to legalize prescribing MMJ strictly to those children who suffer from severe seizure disorders. If passed GA will be the 22 state (DC) to use the drug for its advantages such as easing ails like seizures. MMJ is prescribed by doctors to those who suffer from cancer HIV/AIDS positive, cancer, glaucoma, cachexia; severe pain; severe nausea; – and, seizures, including those who show characteristic of epilepsy; or persistent muscle spasms, and multiple sclerosis. In Colorado, […]

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From Mary Jane to MMJ- Overcoming the Stigma of Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana use has become increasingly more popular and accepted among the general public, but the use of med weed continues to be viewed as a socially awkward activity in some respects. However, MMJ has helped thousands of patients relieve the pain associated with chronic disease such as HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, seizures and cancer. So, with that being said, for those patients who have benefited from the effects of MMJ, stigma should be a non-issue. Finding the most reliable and confidential medical alternatives doctors in Colorado Springs is the first step in helping relieve these symptoms and enjoying the quality of […]

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