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Medicinal Marijuana Canada Blog » Making Legal Access Easier

Medical Marihuana Costs Taxpayers Over $10,000,000

December 14th, 2008 by PeterMMC

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Not only has the government spent over $10 million on the contract with Prairie Plant Systems (PPS) it also marks it up by 1500% making it too expensive for many people (and that’s to supply only about 500 people). Compassion clubs on the other hand supply over 10,000 people with better quality bud, and a choice of strains at no cost to the tax payers at all.

The main cost of the contract, over $5 million (54% of the total cost) was for monthly reports ranging from $64,000 to $86,000 each. Actual dried marijuana cost the government from $328/kg to $1144/kg, for the whole plant, they can only use 63% of what they buy.

Not only that but the government paid for the purchase, setup, use and storage of the equipment that PPS uses for this program. These costs include: $241,000 to establish the lab, $20,000 for equipment rental and storage, original start up costs of $526,000 which brings the total for capital investments to over $1,000,000. Shortly after extending the contract, PPS opened a new head office and laboratory.

To have a look at the report prepared by Rielle Capler of the British Columbia Compassion Club Society click here (PDF).

Marijuana Slows Tumor Growth in Test Tube Studies

December 11th, 2008 by PeterMMC

Another study has found THC and methanandamide (MA) (also ingested when marijuana smoked) slows the growth of cancer cells.  The concentrations studied were lower than the dosage reached by smoking marijuana for helping with pain, showing that the effects are realized at “therapeutically relevant concentrations.” This seems to support other studies, some of which have even found tumors shrinking from THC exposure, while healthy cells were unaffected. This at least shows more studies should be done to find out how THC will affect tumor growth in human subjects. Read the article here: Read the rest of this entry »

Medicinal Marijuana Q&A With Dr. Phillip Leveque

December 9th, 2008 by PeterMMC

This is an interesting Q&A session with Dr. Phillip Leveque. He talks about epilepsy and how medicinal marijuana helps and how it actually works on the brain and that it in fact does not effect the immune system in users. He also talks about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), skin conditions, and other symptoms cannabis can help with.
A little bit about Dr. Phillip Leveque:

Dr. Phillip Leveque has treated over 4,000 patients throughout his career as a Physician, Pharmacologist and Toxicologist. Prior to that, he served in General Patton’s Army in WWII as an infantry soldier.

He goes on to talk about marijuana, unlike Marinol helps people get off their pain and PTSD medications without the side effects. Stay tuned for more episodes. The original article with the video can be found here.

Marijuana Nation on National Geographic Channel

December 9th, 2008 by PeterMMC

Marijuana Nation

If you have time tonight, check out the National Geographic Channel at 9pm. The show Explorer is airing an episode called Marijuana Nation. It’s a documentary on the war on drugs, specifically marijuana and the medicinal benefits of marijuana. Lisa Ling visits Vancouver and interviews among others Marc Emery and Michelle Rainey.
Reporting from secret farms and not-so-secret grow houses of marijuana cultivators, Lisa Ling goes into their world — where marijuana is not just a drug, its a way of life.
For more info and US show times go here. If anyone knows when this will air in Canada please let us know.

Medicinal Marijuana Causes HIV

December 9th, 2008 by PeterMMC

I went looking for information and facts on marijuana use. I found the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which sounds like it may be against drug use as opposed to informing people on drugs, but they have a publication that promises to deliver the facts on marijuana for teen. I can see why they would want to discourage teens from abusing any drugs, but then I read this section:

Q: Does marijuana affect school, sports, or other activities?

A: It can. Marijuana affects memory, judgment, and perception (11). The drug can make you mess up in school, in sports or clubs, or with your friends. If you’re high on marijuana, you are more likely to make mistakes that could embarrass or even hurt you. If you use marijuana a lot, you could start to lose interest in how you look and how you’re getting along at school or work.

Athletes could find their performance is off; timing, movements, and coordination are all affected by THC. Also, since marijuana can affect judgment and decisionmaking, its use can lead to risky sexual behavior, resulting in exposure to sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Really? HIV? Its claims like this by organizations with long names like the NIDA that make any kind of marijuana discussions difficult, even bringing up the subject of medicinal marijuana automatically makes one “bad” or “evil” in some way. Most people don’t know the facts and assume anyone who has anything to do with marijuana is either a “dealer” or “abuser” both of which are bad, and publications like this, sent home with kids, is the reason. For the rest of the brochure click here.

If anyone has any links to “facts” that are more factual and based on real science please submit them to us (using our new nifty form) and we will post it for all to read.

Multiple Medicinal Marihuana Studies Up The Wonder Drug

November 30th, 2008 by PeterMMC

Marijuana studies are showing more and more the many positive effects THC and the other active compounds have on the human body. From helping with chronic pain, slowing and even shrinking tumors, killing superbugs that are resistant to conventional drugs, to therapeutic uses for atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease, the studies are coming in with positive results. This article talks about the studies maturing and providing solid evidence that will hopefully lead to more treatments.

High ExpectationsResearch into medicinal marijuana grows up.

This summer, British and Italian researchers found that in a laboratory plate, molecules in marijuana can slay the superbug methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, which recently infected seven babies and four employees in a Yonkers, N.Y., maternity ward, heightening fears of outbreaks in schools and locker rooms, as well as in its more familiar breeding grounds, hospitals and nursing homes. In theory, compounds derived from the cannabis plant could someday serve in topical creams for patients with MRSA or other antibiotic-resistant infections.

Read more: Read the rest of this entry »

Marijuana Poses Less Driving Risks Than Alcohol

November 30th, 2008 by PeterMMC

This study shows that there is no correlation between people who tested positive for THC in urine tests and if they were at fault in the accidents that landed them in the hospital. This was done on 2,405 drivers from 1997 to 2001. In fact for the age group of 41 to 60, THC positive drivers were significantly less likely to be at fault compared to drug free drivers. Not sure if this means that everyone can drive while high, but a least more studies should be done to find out.

Cal NORML Release December 2005

NEW ACCIDENT STUDIES CONFIRM: MARIJUANA A LESSER DRIVING HAZARD THAN ALCOHOL

Drivers Testing Positive in Urine No More Dangerous Than Drug-Free Drivers

Read the rest here: Read the rest of this entry »

THC helps cure cancer says Harvard study

November 27th, 2008 by PeterMMC

Another study showing that THC reduces tumor growth and can help cure cancer. Because it is illegal, there are not many studies, but most of them show THC fighting cancer by activating receptors in cells that allow the cells in the tumor to die. This has been shown in labs and on mice.

Believe it or not, 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!

Read further: Read the rest of this entry »

In Pot We Trust - A Must-See Documentary on Medicinal Marijuana

November 27th, 2008 by PeterMMC

This is a very interesting and well done documentary following the struggles that a couple sick people go through to get Medicinal Marijuana. Its very USA centric, but tells the stories of the people who use marijuana. It compares how some people get it from the federal government, the compassion clubs, or illegally off the street. It shows how the cannabis effects them and their lives, and how marijuana helps alleviate their symptoms. It also shows the other point of view from the DEA and government officials and why they want to keep it illegal.

If you don’t have and hour and a half to watch it, although its very good and everyone should see it, fast forward to 1:06 to see the effects it has on an MS suferrer when she tires it for the first time.

From the Showtime website:

The medical use of marijuana is examined from every side of a very complex issue with this documentary that charts the suffering of four chronically ill patients whose reliance on the illegal drug as a pain killer is in jeopardy due to federal anti-narcotic legislation. Reform organizations, prohibitionist groups, politicians, drug war critics, scientists, and celebrities all get their say in this fascinating analysis.

The Lighter Side - Russell Barth Medicinal Marihuana Stand-Up Act

November 25th, 2008 by PeterMMC

Russell Barth a Canadian Medical Marijuana License holder talks about the process of obtaining a license and options for supplying marihuana.  As always, he makes sure to mention Health Canada’s supply and comments on the quality of the government grown weed. This act was originally preformed at Yuk Yuk’s in Ottawa on Sept. 5, 2007