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California: Marine Pushes To Be First Active Duty Medical Marijuana Patient

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

U.S. Marine Sgt. Sean Major is pushing hard to become the first active duty service member allowed to use medical marijuana.

Major, 25, has had a physician's recommendation for medicinal cannabis use since last October, reports Robert Burns at Fox 5 San Diego. He currently is prescribed more than 20 different pharmaceutical pills.

The wounded warrior suffered four traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) during his seven years of military service.

"I sustained my first traumatic brain injury in 2010 on the Pacific Rim," he said. "I've had one coming back from my deployment."

Major said using cannabis medicinally would help with his sleeping, and alleviate anxiety from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

"If I was missing an arm or a leg, you could see that I was injured, but with traumatic brain injury it's almost like your computer is damaged," Major said.

The Marine sergeant said he started researching cannabis after seeing its effect on his father, also a veteran. But he said supports only medical use, not recreational, but military personnel.

"You don't need guys high running around defending this beautiful country; I get that," he said.

Major said he has drafted a non-profit business plan to help other veterans with similar symptoms to be more self-sufficient.

Photo of Sgt. Sean Major: RobertBurnsTV/Twitter

Texas: Former NFL Players Praise Marijuana At Fort Worth Conference

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon and other retired football players discussed marijuana use in the NFL on a panel at the Southwest Cannabis Conference in Fort Worth Sunday.

“I have arthritis pretty much in all my joints,” McMahon, a 15-year NFL player, told the Star-Telegram before the roundtable discussion. “My head problems have been pretty severe at times. [Marijuana] makes all that pain go away. I just forget about the pain.”

It wasn't until he moved to Arizona in 2009 that he began to see that marijuana is a safer, more effective alternative to painkillers.“When I was playing ball, there was all these pharmaceuticals they were giving you, which are not good for you,” he said. “I had to get off those pills.”

"We'd have to take pills on a daily basis just to practice," said Ricky Williams, former Miami Dolphins running back. "That's when I promised myself I was going to find another way to practice." Williams turned to cannabis as an alternative to painkillers. Williams was caught violating the NFL substance abuse policy several times and was suspended from play the entire 2006 season.

Ricky Williams and Jim McMahon were joined on the panel by Marvin Washington, former Denver Broncos defensive end, encouraging athletes to use marijuana as an alternative to opioids and pharmaceuticals.

In addition to being a safer substitute for painkillers, studies have recently shown that cannabis is effective in treating chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease caused by repeated head trauma, like concussions.

Georgia: Parents Plan To Publicly Break Law To Get Medical Marijuana For Kids

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

With a quick prayer, a group of Georgia parents are preparing to very publicly break the marijuana laws. The room full of parents who have kids they believe can benefit from cannabis oil agreed that they will not be defeated by the recent gutting of the state's medical marijuana legislation.

"The governor has asked us to break federal law; the governor has asked us to break another state's law," parent Vince Seivert said, reports Christopher S. Hopper at WXIA.

Some saw House Bill 722 as the logical successor after House Bill 1 passed last year, allowing Georgia parents to use and possess non-psychoactive CBD oil, derived from cannabis. Parents and patients were hoping HB 722 would make it easier for them to obtain their medicine.

But on Wednesday, the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee approved a gutted version of HB 722 that stripped out in-state cultivation language. In the version of the bill passed by the committee on Wednesday, post-traumatic stress disorder was added back to the list of authorized illnesses that can be treated with cannabis oil.

HB 722 now goes back to the House Rules Committee, where it could be put on the calendar for a full House vote.

Some say the new version of the bill doesn't help enough.

Montana: Supreme Court Upholds Gutting of Medical Marijuana Law

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Montana Supreme Court on Thursday upheld almost all of the GOP-controlled Legislature's 2011 gutting of the state's medical marijuana law.

The high court, in a 6-1 decision, ruled that the restrictions placed on medical marijuana by the Montana Legislature in 2011 are a "rational response" to the rapid growth in medical marijuana patients from 2008 to 2010, reports Mike Dennison at MTN News. Never mind that the stuff actually works, unlike most harsh, toxic Big Pharma products; that just couldn't be why the program was so popular, now could it?

The number of authorized medical marijuana patients in Montana rose from about 1,000 in 2008 to more than 30,000 in 2010. Dispensaries opened around the state, just as was intended by the people when they, in 2004, voted to approve marijuana as medicine.

One part of the 2011 restrictions that was struck down in Thursday's ruling was the ban on medical marijuana dispensaries charging for their products. But the court left intact a provision that said providers can only have three clients.

The ruling upheld a ban on medicinal cannabis advertising, and also upheld the requirement that any physician authorizing more than 25 medical marijuana patients per year must be reported to the Montana Board of Medical Examiners.

Utah: Medical Marijuana Passes Senate, Headed To House

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Voting on medical marijuana bill SB73, the Utah Senate voted 17-12 Thursday afternoon, approving a bill that would allow patients with specific illnesses to use marijuana edibles, extracts, and oils.

Proposed by Senator Mark Madsen, R-District 13, the bill clearly defines "cannabis", he said, and adds child-proofing standards, dosing guidelines, and other regulations.

The bill now must go before the Utah House for a vote. Supporters of the bill expect opposition in the House, but believe this positive vote could help them rally the 38 votes needed for the bill to get passed by the House.

Madsen had watered down the bill after opposition from the Senate and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Another competing bill was passed earlier this week in the Senate in an 18-8 vote. SB89, a much more narrow bill, would would allow for a cannabis extract to treat certain medical conditions. Both bills now go to the House for consideration.

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