Proposed rules for medical marijuana providers could open the door to private nonprofit or for-profit producers in New Mexico.
Since the state's medical marijuana registry was created July 1, patients have had three ways to obtain marijuana: by growing it themselves; by contracting with "designated caregivers," who grow or otherwise obtain the plant and are each allowed to provide doses of the herb to at most four patients; or by buying it off the street. While street drugs have high, black-market prices, the designated caregivers are not allowed to charge patients any more than the cost of "supplies or utilities associated with the possession of medical use marijuana."
The proposed rules could open the field of providers to private entities that would establish licit market pricing, raising concerns of a capitalistic free-for-all similar to the market in California, where 300 "pot clubs" offer a marijuana-connoisseur's delight of exotic varieties, often at prices beyond the means of needy patients. While only nonprofit operations are protected by California law, some clubs are reputed to be making millions.
"California's gotten really out of control," said Melissa Milam, coordinator of New Mexico's medical cannabis program. One bulwark against this distopian future is the much tighter restriction on conditions that can qualify a patient for a medical marijuana card. In California, a doctor can prescribe marijuana for anyone he believes will be helped by it. In New Mexico, only patients suffering pain as a result of one of seven conditions can qualify, short of a special petition to a medical advisory board. The board will look at proposals for additions to the list every six months.
"It will be important for published studies to show marijuana is beneficial for that specific condition," Milam said.
In the first five months of the program, 74 applicants were approved. "All the marijuana we could need right now could be grown on a quarter of an acre," Milam said. That doesn't sound like the makings of a multimillion-dollar industry, but Milam said interest from potential providers has been intense.
"I've heard from everyone from multimillion-dollar companies to very small ones," Milam said. "I've heard from out-of-state companies, from landscaping businesses and nurseries."
The final hammering out of the rules after a Jan. 14 public meeting might be all that stands between them and going into operation -- if they decide it will become a market worth investing in, and if they are willing to toe the line of the state's requirements for private providers.Those rules would require big investments in security, including high-resolution video of entry and exit areas, an alarm system, a bulletproof pass-through window, a time-lock safe, overnight lighting and staffing.
In addition to the business challenges facing a potential investor in marijuana production, the specter of federal prosecution remains very real. According to a March 22 report in the San Francisco Chronicle, "Perils grow in battle for medical pot," the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration arrested 594 people on marijuana charges in California in 2006, up from 359 in 2001. They seized 3 million plants in 2006, up from 880,000 in 2001. The article went on to call enforcement of the federal marijuana laws "notably erratic."
December 16, 2007
Proposed rules for medical marijuana providers could open the door to private nonprofit or for-profit producers in New Mexico.
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The original 'silver palm leaf' pipe - probably the most famous pipe in the world!
Flat, beautiful and functional. The cooling system is expanded by a very long winding air duct channel.The SPLEAF is made from non toxic materials, has a 34cm smoke path and the magnetic backplate flips off for total cleanability. The SPLEAF comes boxed, complete with five screens.
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December 9, 2007
November 27, 2007
Marijuana as medicine: Consider the pros and cons
Whether marijuana will relieve your side effects or symptoms is questionable. But the risks of smoking pot are clear. Examine the facts about marijuana before making your decision.
People have used marijuana as a medical treatment for thousands of years. Such uses extend even to modern America. Marijuana was listed by the U.S. Pharmacopeia, the organization that sets quality standards for approved drugs in the United States, until the 1940s, when political pressure against marijuana's recreational use triggered its removal.
Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that state laws allowing medicinal use of marijuana must bow to federal law banning it, proponents still tout this controversial plant's ability to treat pain, nausea and other uncomfortable side effects of medical treatment as well as some disease symptoms.
Marijuana 101: The plant and its components
Marijuana refers to the dried flowers, leaves, stems and seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. These parts contain the compounds that produce the mind-altering effect that recreational users seek when smoking or ingesting the plant — but they also provide components with potential medical benefits.
Marijuana contains at least 60 chemicals called cannabinoids. Researchers are evaluating how effective some of these cannabinoids might be in controlling symptoms of certain medical conditions. For example:
THC. An abbreviation for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, THC is the main component responsible for marijuana's mind-altering effect. It also may help treat signs and symptoms such as nausea and vomiting that are associated with a number of medical conditions.
Cannabinol and cannabidiol. These compounds have some of the properties of THC, but cause less psychoactive effects — the high.
Dronabinol (Marinol). Dronabinol (dro-NAB-in-ol) is a man-made version of THC available by prescription. It's used to prevent nausea and vomiting after cancer chemotherapy when other medicines for these side effects don't work, and to increase appetite in people with AIDS.
How it works
When smoked or ingested, THC and other cannabinoids in marijuana attach to two types of receptors on cells in your body — like keys in a lock — affecting the cells, once attached.
CB1 is one such receptor. CB1 receptors are found mainly in your brain, especially in areas that control body movement, memory and vomiting. This helps explain why marijuana use affects balance and coordination and impairs short-term memory and learning, and why it can be useful in treating nausea, pain and loss of appetite.
The other type of receptor, CB2, is found in small numbers elsewhere in your body, mainly in tissue of the immune system, such as your spleen and lymph nodes. The function of these receptors is not well understood. They may serve as brakes on immune system function, which may help explain why marijuana suppresses your immune system.
After you smoke marijuana, its ingredients reach their peak levels in your body within minutes, and effects can last up to an hour and a half. When eaten — the plant is sometimes mixed with food — the ingredients can take several hours to reach their peak levels in your body, and their effects may last for hours.
The prescription drug dronabinol, which is taken as an oral capsule, takes effect in about 30 minutes and can continue to stimulate appetite for more than a day.
Possible medical uses
Scientists studying marijuana's potential medical uses have found that it may help treat a variety of conditions.
One of THC's medical uses best supported by research is the treatment of nausea. It can improve mild to moderate nausea caused by cancer chemotherapy and help reduce nausea and weight loss in people with AIDS.
Younger people may find marijuana more useful as a treatment for nausea than do older people — who may not tolerate its mind-altering side effects as well. The prescription form, dronabinol, also may produce psychological side effects that make it inappropriate for some older people. Doctors generally prescribe several kinds of newer anti-nausea drugs with fewer side effects before resorting to dronabinol.
This disease — the third-leading cause of blindness in the United States — is marked by increased pressure in the eyeball, which can lead to vision loss.
In the early 1970s, scientists discovered that smoking marijuana reduced pressure in the eyes. Exactly how the cannabinoids in marijuana produce this effect isn't known. Scientists have discovered CB1 receptors in the eyes, which may provide clues for future research on how marijuana affects glaucoma.
Your doctor can prescribe other medications to treat glaucoma, but these can lose their effectiveness over time. Researchers are working to develop medications containing cannabinoids that can be put directly on the eyes — to avoid the mind-altering side effects and other health consequences of smoking the plant.
People widely used marijuana for pain relief in the 1800s, and several studies have found that cannabinoids have analgesic effects. In fact, THC may work as well in treating cancer pain as codeine, a mild pain reliever. Cannabinoids also appear to enhance the effects of opiate pain medications to provide pain relief at lower dosages.
Researchers currently are developing new medications based on cannabis to treat pain.
Research results on the effectiveness of cannabinoids in the treatment of the tremors, muscle spasms and pain of multiple sclerosis (MS) — a disease of the nervous system that can cause muscle pain — are mixed. A 2003 study found that cannabinoids significantly reduced pain in people with multiple sclerosis.
Some scientists feel that more research may show cannabinoids useful in treating MS. Marijuana may protect nerves from the kind of damage that occurs during the disease. They also suggest that animal study results, knowledge of CB1 receptors in the brain and users' reports of decreased symptoms after using marijuana support this possibility. However, others advise caution in using marijuana to treat MS, given the modest therapeutic effects cannabinoids have demonstrated so far and the potential of long-term adverse side effects.
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Not without risks
Though some doctors and patients suggest marijuana has a legitimate use, the United States government disagrees. Federal law recognizes marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which classifies it as one of "the most dangerous drugs that have no recognized medical use." If law-enforcement officers find you with the drug in your possession, the penalty can range from a small fine to a prison sentence.
Along with the legal implications, smoking marijuana poses several health risks, including:
Impairment of thinking, problem-solving skills and memory
Reduced balance and coordination
Increased risk of heart attack
Heightened risk of chronic cough and respiratory infections
Potential for hallucinations and withdrawal symptoms
Also, marijuana smoke contains 50 percent to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than does tobacco smoke and has the potential to cause cancer of the lungs and respiratory tract. Marijuana smoke is commonly inhaled deeper and held longer than is tobacco smoke, increasing the lungs' exposure to carcinogens.
These risks should be taken into account when considering the use of marijuana for medical purposes. If you are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms or side effects of medical treatment, especially pain and nausea, talk to your doctor about all your options before trying marijuana.
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November 11, 2007
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Researchers found that marijuana-only users had the following characteristics:
— More likely to be male (71.6 percent marijuana smokers versus 59.7 percent of teens who used tobacco and marijuana)
— Play sports (85.5 percent vs. 66.7 percent of tobacco and marijuana)
— Live with both parents (78.2 percent vs. 68.3 percent of tobacco and marijuana)
— Have good grades (77.5 percent vs. 66.6 percent of tobacco and marijuana)
Cannabis-only smokers were also less likely to have been drunk in the past 30 days, less likely to use cannabis before the age of 15 and less likely to use marijuana more than once or twice in the past 30 days. They were also less likely to use other illegal drugs, compared to students who used both substances, researchers found.
“The gateway theory hypothesizes that the use of legal drugs (tobacco and alcohol) is the previous step to cannabis consumption,” the authors wrote. “However, recent research also indicates that cannabis use may precede or be simultaneous to tobacco use and that, in fact, its use may reinforce cigarette smoking or lead to nicotine addiction independently of smoking status. In any case, and even though they do not seem to have great personal, family, or academic problems, the situation of those adolescents who use cannabis but who declare not using tobacco should not be trivialized.”
In comparison to students who abstained from both substances, marijuana-only smokers were:
— More likely to be male (71.6 percent cannabis users vs. 47.7 percent of teens who abstained)
— Have a good relationship with friends (87 percent vs. 83.2 percent)
— Be sensation-seeking (37.8 percent vs. 21.8 percent)
— Play sports (85.5 percent vs. 76.6 percent)
— Less likely to have a good relationship with their parents (74.1 percent vs. 82.4 percent)
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Do the math..... If you can grow your own medicine, who needs a prescription? If you dont need a prescription... :\
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"Two North Dakota farmers are taking that argument to federal court, where a November 14 hearing is scheduled in a lawsuit to determine if the Drug Enforcement Administration is stifling the farmers' efforts to grow industrial hemp. The DEA says it's merely enforcing the law."
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November 10, 2007
Hello everyone this is Dr. Ingleweed here wishing every one a good Veterans Day weekend. Let’s remember all those who fought for us by lighting one up for out fallen heroes. So here is to all of our Veterans who aren't with us and to those who are still here today, this is for you
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November 5, 2007
October 28, 2007
October 14, 2007
* Crazy Fact: The Star estimates that roughly 400 dispensaries operate in California with some 300 concentrated in Los Angeles County.
3 cups soy milk
Dash of cinnamon
1 Tbsp of cocoa
Tea bag (any flavor)
Put the milk in a pot and heat till simmering.
Add the cannabis and stir gently for at least 5 minutes.
Pour through strainer into mugs and add your tea bag.
The Gravity VORTEX is the world's first portable gravity-powered smoking system. It is a system enjoyed by many. The Dr. was happy to discover that the company also has a social conscience 9.8 Entertainment will donate a portion of profits from the sale of its Gravity VORTEX Smoking System to cancer research in the first annual "BONGS 4 BOOBS" fundraising drive, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
October 7, 2007
More than 200 physicians attended the workshop conducted by Dr. David Bearman and coordinated by Americans for Safe Access.
Dr. Bearman’s presentation covered the history of medical cannabis, an overview of its many benefits, and the legal rights of physicians.
Dr. Bearman is a well-respected physician with extensive experience in public health. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine, Dr Bearman was the Director of Medical Services for the Santa Barbara Regional Health Authority (SBRHA) since its inception in 1983 through June 1997, when he became Senior Health Care Advisor/Grants Development Director.
He has a long and illustrious background in the field of drug abuse treatment and prevention, including serving as Medical Director of Santa Barbara County Methadone Maintenance Clinic and Ventura County Opiate Detox Program; teaching courses on substance abuse at UCSF, UCSB, and SDSU; and authoring numerous articles on drug abuse treatment and prevention, as well as other medical topics. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, the Harvard Business Review, and other publications.
ASA plans to continue educating Kaiser physicians, as well as those across California and the rest of the country, in order to counter the misinformation spread by the federal government. Eventually, ASA hopes to have a CME available that can be downloaded by physicians online.
October 1, 2007
HIGH TIMES Stony Awards
Even if you can’t attend the October 12-13 NORML conference, don’t miss High Times' 2007 Stony Awards—NORML's Benefit Fundraiser Saturday Evening at the Knitting Factory. Great comedians, live musical acts and presentations of the only awards in the entertainment industry that can be used immediately backstage. Tickets are available exclusively through the Knitting Factory, and are available for online purchase via their ticket service. Last year's show was hosted by Redman. This year it will be hosted by Tommy Chong.
If you’re serious about cannabis and cannabis law reform, please register ASAP and attend NORML’s 36th annual national conference: Cannabis, Creativity and Commerce. With only a few weeks left to make your plans to attend NORML 2007 in Los Angeles, don’t delay as conference registrations are going fast.
Check out the "Ed Rosenthal’s Third Annual Wonders of Cannabis" Expo. A Lifestyle Fair and Expo To Benefit Green Aid at the San Francisco Hall of Flowers, October 27th & 28th, 2007.
Tommy Chong (Guest MC)
P Skunk All-Stars (Tribute to P Funk)
JGB (Featuring Melvin Seals)
It should be a good time for all.
September 29, 2007
California Department of Public Health
Office of County Health Services
Attention: Medical Marijuana Program Unit
P.O. Box 997377
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377
To schedule an appointment, call 1-866-621-2204 (within LA County only).
Walk-ins at downtown location are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis: 241 N. Figueroa St., 1st Floor Lobby, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Before Your Appointment
You must obtain the following before coming to apply for a card:
A written recommendation from your physician and make sure there is a copy in your medical file.
Give your physician a signed “Authorization for Release of Medical Records” for your medical file.
A Medical Marijuana Program Application/Renewal form (English/Spanish).
Call to schedule your appointment at 1-866-621-2204. Walk-ins are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
What to Bring to Your Appointment
The original written recommendation from your physician on official letterhead, prescription pad, or Written Documentation of Patient's Medical Record (English/Spanish).
A government-issued photo identification (i.e. California State Driver's License, a California State ID Card, United States Passport, Veteran's Administration ID Card).
Proof that you live in Los Angeles County, for example, the current photo ID's listed above, current utility bill, California motor vehicle registration with your current address in Los Angeles County, or mortgage payment receipt. P.O. Box address is not acceptable for address verification.
Fees (Non-MediCal: $153.00 ; qualified MediCal participants will receive a 50% reduction in fee: $76.50). Payments can be made by cash, check, or money order. Please make checks out to: Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health. If you choose to pay by cash, exact change is appreciated. Application fees are non-refundable.
After Submitting Your Application
You can choose to pick-up your ID card, or to have it mailed to a designated address. It can take up to 35 days to receive your MMIC if the application is complete. If a MMIC gets lost in the mail, you will need to reapply.
The physician's license will be verified with the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California.
The physician's recommendation will be verified with the physician's office.
September 28, 2007
Americans for Safe Access has received many reports from patients and dispensaries that law enforcement considers edible medical marijuana products to be illegal. Unfortunately, this is an incorrect interpretation of the law. California Health & Safety Code Section 11018 defines "marijuana" as "all parts of the plant Cannabis Sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds or resin." (emphasis added.) In 2003, in order to clear up confusion around the legality of concentrated cannabis, the California Attorney General (AG) issued a legal opinion on the matter. The AG concluded that Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, included concentrated cannabis within the definition of marijuana, and that patients and providers should be protected from criminal sanctions.
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The good Dr. has been away celebrating his birthday and gathering new information for the book I'm currently penning, Indica VS Sativa. I figured I'd share some of the information I've gathered thus far.
Fat Leaves and Short Bush = INDICA
Thin Leaves and Tall Bush = SATIVA
Sativas are just about the opposite of Indicas. They are tall, thin plants, with much narrower leaves and grow a lighter green in color. They grow very quickly and can reach heights of 20 feet in a single season. They originally come from Colombia, Mexico, Thailand and Southeast Asia. Once flowering has begun, they can take anywhere from 10 to 16 weeks to fully mature. Flavors range from earthy to sweet and fruity. Sativa's higher THC than CBD equals cerebral, soaring type of high, more energetic which can stimulate brain activity and may produce hallucinations.
Sativa plants are taller, take longer to mature, have less chlorophyll and more accessory pigments (accessory pigments protect the plant from excessive sunlight). As Sativa strains have less chlorophyll than Indica they take longer to grow, mature, and require more light.
Sativa typically takes longer to germinate and flower also, and grows more gangly then Indica breeds.
Yield is usually lower than Indica, but is very potent. Thai Sativa grows taller and has a longer flowering period, so they are better suited for outdoors.
Indicas originally come from the hash producing countries of the world like Afghanistan, Morocco, and Tibet. They are short dense plants, with broad leaves and often grow a darker green. After flowering starts they will be mature in 6 to 8 weeks.
The buds will be thick and dense, with flavors and aromas ranging from pungent skunk to sweet and fruity. The smoke from an Indica is generally a body type stone, relaxing and laid back. Indica's higher CBD than THC equals a much heavier, sleepy type of high. Indica plants have a heavy, stony high that is relaxing and can help different medical problems.
Indica yield is usually higher than Sativa, and shorter growing season. Better for indoor growing, because they don't get as tall.
Indica plants are short, bushy, mature early, have more chlorophyll and less accessory pigments (accessory pigments protect the plant from excessive sunlight). As Indica strains have more chlorophyll than sativa they grow and mature faster.
Combining different indicas, different sativas or a combination thereof creates hybrids. The resulting hybrid strains will grow, mature and smoke in relationship to the indica/sativa percentages they end up containing.
September 24, 2007
The Dr. has been receiving phone calls all day about the report on 60 Minutes last night. I, unfortunately, missed it BUT a little Googling and it turned up on everyone's favorite youtube...I've posted them here in case you missed them too...Remember to keep yourself informed...
September 21, 2007
September 14, 2007
They carry a full line of aromatherapy products which include scrubs, masks, body dew, oils, salts, candles, soaps, incense and so much more. The products are 100% free of perservatives and come in a variety of scents and smells which include favorites like coconut and a line of their own scents. They even have scents specific to the zodiac. They also make a special body butter for the good Dr. called Mary Cup of Jane. Their website has the most convenient schedule for local LA deliveries. They also have more than a few aromatherapy locations around the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Inglewood, Crenshaw District, Fairfax District, Altadena and other local places. Check them out. They have a full line of natural products highly recommended by the Dr.
*Mary Cup of Jane Body Butter available at All American Healing Group.
You know the good Dr. likes his baked goods so in my search of all things marijuana related I've discovered these baking pans from Stonerware which are great for cannabutter recipes.
The baking pan above is around $15 and the cookie cutter is around $9. Both are great for baking cookies or brownies. I heard that they should be available at All American Healing's online store and their dispensary soon.
September 11, 2007
The Dr. believes in education and the SAFE promotion of marijuana. When I discovered this children's book, It's Just a Plant, I was as very pleased.
It's Just a Plant is an illustrated children's book about marijuana. It follows the journey of a young girl as she learns about the plant from a diverse cast of characters including her parents, a local farmer, a doctor, and a police officer.
Marijuana can be difficult to talk about.
Many parents have tried marijuana, some still use it. Neither feel great about disclosing such histories (many duck the question), for fear that telling their kids might encourage them to experiment on their own.
Unfortunately, most "drug facts" that children learn in school are more frightening than educational, blaming pot for everything from teenage pregnancy to terrorism. A child's first awareness of drugs should come from a better source.
It's Just a Plant is a book for parents who want to educate their children about the complexities of pot in a thoughtful, fact-oriented manner.
From a medicinal perspective, Cannabis is reputed to alleviate asthma and glaucoma, and lower blood pressure. Today in the United States hemp, which is defined as the roots, stalk, and stems of the cannabis plant, is legal to possess. The Cannabis Flower, however, which is at the heart of this fragrance, is used to make Marijuana, and is illegal to possess. At Demeter, we do not involve ourselves with the politics, but the beautiful scent of the Cannabis Flower. Slightly floral, slightly spicy, but unmistakably Cannabis, this fragrance has a deep and penetrating beauty.
It includes Cologne Spray, Bath & Body Oil, Calming Lotion, Room Spray and a lot more. Pick them up where ever Demeter is sold.
September 8, 2007
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For more information you can call 310.289.5420.
This is the first blog post so let’s take a little bit time to learn about the doc:
Name: Dr. Ingleweed
The good Dr. is here to spread the news about medical marijuana and related topics so join the doctor and help spread the word and let's take this journey together.