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North Carolina: Congressman Says Medical Marijuana Option Deserves Attention

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A North Carolina Congressman has taken up the cause of parents who want medical marijuana legalized for children with uncontrollable seizures.

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones said parents of children with life-threatening illnesses have come to him with a "compelling argument that political leaders in North Carolina should consult with medical professionals to determine the efficacy of the use of medical marijuana in certain instances."

These parents have "exhausted all other available options to provide relief for their kids," said Rep. Jones.

"I believe this issue should certainly be studied at the state level, and I encourage our state elected officials to give this, and other potential treatment options, the attention that they deserve," Jones said, in what sounds like an endorsement of medical marijuana legislation in the North Carolina Legislature.

"The courage of some politicians to do the right thing can very literally save children's lives," said Annetta Saggese of Wilmington, an educator whose young daughter, Netta, has uncontrollable seizures due to epilepsy.

The strain typically given to epileptic children is low in THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, and high in cannabidiol (CBD), which has been shown to quell seizures, among other medicinal qualities.

Pennsylvania: Medical Marijuana Bill Has Bipartisan Support

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Two Pennsylvania state senators on Monday said they plan to introduce a bill to legalize high-CBD marijuana for medicinal use in an effort to help children who suffer seizures, and potentially other patients as well.

Senators Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) said their bill would help ensure people can get medical benefits from cannabidiol (CBD), a compound in cannabis which has medicinal uses but doesn't get you high, reports Marc Levy of The Associated Press.

It was the first time any medical marijuana bill has been introduced with bipartisan support in the Pennsylvania Senate, according to Leach. The wording of the bill, which would limit doctors to authorizing medicine derived from marijuana that has more CBD than THC, indicates a new trend on medical marijuana legislation: excluding high-THC varieties, which, of course, reduces its medical effectiveness, since THC provides just as many therapeutic benefits as does CBD.

The political game they are playing, of course, revolves around the "but this doesn't get you high" argument, and plays into Drug War fears of the marijuana high which have been inculcated in the sometimes gullible American public for years now (we're just starting to break out of that cage of ignorance, as a society).

Pennsylvania: Parents of Epileptic Kids Hope Medical Marijuana Bill Passes

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Some parents of epileptic children in Pennsylvania have new hope as a result of research on cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana that has shown to be effective against seizures. The parents appeared in a news conference on Monday in Harrisburg, Pa., with PA Parents For MMJ, a group advocating for passage of a medical marijuana law in the Keystone State.

Heather Shuker, a single mother who runs a billing business, introduced her daughter Hannah Pallas to lawmakers at the news conference, reports Melissa Daniels at TribLive.com.

Hannah, 10, has had seizures since she was four months old. Recently, the seizures have escalated to dozens a day, hundreds a week. Doctors aren't sure what's causing Hannah's epilepsy, and no anti-seizure medications have stopped the seizures. The pharmaceuticals bring their own negative side effects.

Senators DaylinLeach (D-Montgomery County) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon County) will introduce bipartisan legislation to legalize medical marijuana with high levels of CBD, according to TribLive.com.

"I'm fighting for this because I want her to have an opportunity to have a better quality of life," Shuker said.

Alabama: Father Starts Online Petition Asking Governor, Lawmakers To Allow Medical Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The father of a two-year-old girl in Alabama with a rare neurological and epileptic disorder has started an online petition asking Governor Robert Bentley and state lawmakers to allow the use of a a form of medical marijuana that could help control the girl's frequent, violent seizures.

Dustin Chandler, a police officer in Pelham, and his wife Amy recently visited Gov. Bentley in Montgomery to ask for his support for medical marijuana, reports Martin J. Reed at al.com. Their daughter, Carly, is unable to walk, talk or feed herself.

The online petition at Change.org focuses on cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating cannabinoid from marijuana that can treat inflammation, pain, anxiety, diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. It can also treat Carly's violent seizures that occur several times a day -- seizures which pharmaceutical medications cannot control.

"The main fact that we want people to understand is we're not trying to get our two-year-old high," Chandler said. "They won't get stoned. This is a natural treatment ... that might have great benefit in helping her seizures. The life that she has, I'm trying to give the best quality to her."

New Jersey: Youngest Medical Marijuana Patient, 2, Finally Gets Her Turn

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

New Jersey's youngest medical marijuana patient, two-and-a-half-year-old Vivian Wilson, left the Compassionate Care Foundation medicinal cannabis dispensary Monday in a stroller, holding a stuffed toy dog, with her parents Brian and Meghan Wilson of Scotch Plains.

It was a moment to remember for the dispensary, which finally opened on Monday, nearly four years after the state passed its medical marijuana law, reports Susan K. Livio at The Star-Ledger. It was perhaps an even more important moment for the Wilsons and for other families with critically ill children in New Jersey.

Monday marked the first time a New Jersey family was able to buy the form of marijuana that in other states has helped quell the severe seizures that have stunted Vivian Wilson's development, and could take her life. Vivian has a rare and dangerous form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome, and conventional medicine just hasn't helped much.

California: Father Says High-CBD Medical Marijuana Helps Epileptic Son, 7

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Doctors never believed that 7-year-old Jayden David, who suffers from epilepsy, would ever be able to make sounds, or to use his fingers to push buttons.

Some of his seizures lasted for more than an hour and a half, despite the 20 prescribed pharmaceutical pills -- including Phenobarbital, Topamax, and Depakote -- he took every day, reported Luana Munoz at Fox 40. The side effects were devastating, reported Lee Romney at the Los Angeles Times last year.

But his life changed when his father, Jason David, discovered medical marijuana with cannabidiol, or CBD, after hearing about a teenager who was expelled from school for using marijuana to help control seizures.

"Jayden's life was being tortured by pharmaceutical drugs and from seizures," Jason said. "Jayden was having seizures every day of his life until he was about 4-1/2. If he wasn't sleeping, he was seizing."

But in the 14 months since then, Jayden has been swallowing droppers full of a tincture which contains CBD. CBD, an important cannabinoid found in the marijuana plant, doesn't result in a "high" like THC, the well-known psychoactive component of cannabis.

Now Jayden's seizures are down by 80 percent, Jason said. "The doctors told me Jayden would never walk or talk."

California: Researchers Hope To Test Cancer Fighting Marijuana Compound

There is a truth that must be heard!By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The pain-relieving and nausea-relieving effects of medical marijuana and its chief psychoactive ingredient, THC, are becoming well known for those fighting cancer and other serious diseases. But for more than five years now, a group of researchers in California has been focusing on another of the cannabinoids found in marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD).

"Cannabidiol is a non-toxic agent from cannabis that is not psychoactive," said Sean McAllister, Ph.D., a lead researcher in the recent study at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, reports Carolyn Johnson at KGO.

McAllister and fellow researcher Pierre Desprez, Ph.D., say they are now ready for human trials, using CBD to treat metastatic cancer. They've already produced a synthetic form of CBD, which they say targets a specific gene related to cancer's spread.

"We found this one compound, CBD, had a specific effect on metastatic cancer cells, very aggressive tumor cells," Desprez said. "The bad cancer cells, the ones that spread throughout the body."

The team documented the effect of CBD on brain cancer in a large scale animal trial in a recently published study. Brain scans showed the disruption of the tumor cells after the CBD was used to switch off a specific gene regulator, according to the researchers.

United States: Sunil Aggarwal, PhD – Removal of Cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act

The Pharmaceuticalization of Cannabis: Rescheduling proponents suggest cannabis doesn't meet the Controlled Substances Act's extensive criteria for placement in Schedule I. The U.S. Government clings to the stance that cannabis merit’s Schedule I status.

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent

United States: Sunil Aggarwal – The Pharmaceuticalization of Cannabis Sunil Aggarwal, PhD, represents a new generation of scientific-minded doctors, leaving cannabis’ negative propaganda behind and fighting for it as a valuable, medicinal plant. His credentials include the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Health Professionals for Responsible Drug Scheduling, service on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine and he is a Seattle Hempfest Core Staff Member.

Research: CBD and Cancer - Cannabidiol Treatment For Cancer

Part 2 in Storm Crow's look at the little known but highly effective medical ingredients in cannabis.

By Storm Crow, Salem-News.com

There is a truth that must be heard! (NORTHERN Calif.) - There is a lot more to cannabis than just THC. Although the press and science have focused on THC because of its effects on the brain, the other cannabinoids are potent medicines in their own right. Studies reveal that CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, may affect cancer cells of many types. Breast cancer, leukemia and glioma (a rather nasty brain cancer) are all slowed, or even killed by CBD.

I usually put in something amusing into my articles, but I find nothing amusing about cancer. Both of my grandmothers died of it. So please forgive me if I do not amuse you this time, but "cut straight to the chase".

In 2006, a study called "Anti-tumor activity of plant cannabinoids with emphasis on the effect of cannabidiol on human breast carcinoma," (see: Breast cancer: Antitumor Activity of Plant Cannabinoids with Emphasis on the Effect of Cannabidiol on Human Breast Carcinoma) compared the effect of five different compounds found in cannabis on an aggressive breast cancer. CBD was the clear winner.

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