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Colorado: NFL Players Fight Pain With Medical Marijuana

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Nine former professional football players, all members of the Denver Broncos Alumni Association, met recently at CW Hemp offices in Boulder, CO for a tour and a firsthand lesson on the potential benefits of the marijuana plant. They all suffer daily from aches and pains that are a result of the combined nearly 700 NFL games in which they have played.

“Every day, I wake up in pain, from my ankles to my neck,” said Ebenezer Ekuban, 40, who played defensive end for nine NFL seasons. “It’s part of the territory. I know what I signed up for.”

Football players have treated pain for years with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, powerful prescription painkillers, and alcohol. One study says that retired NFL players use opioids at four times the rate of the general population. Marijuana advocates say there's a safer, healthier alternative available.

“This pain is never going away. My body is damaged,” said Eugene Monroe, 30, who was released by the Baltimore Ravens last year just three weeks after becoming the first active player to publicly call on the NFL to permit medical marijuana. “I have to manage it somehow. Managing it with pills was slowly killing me. Now I’m able to function and be extremely efficient by figuring out how to use different formulations of cannabis.”

Arizona: VA Hospital Blocks Presentation On Cannabis, PTSD

Dr. Sue Sisley is upset that the Phoenix VA hospital blocked her presentation about marijuana and PTSD despite DEA approval.

By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

The Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix blocked a doctor from giving a lecture about marijuana's effect in veterans with post traumatic stress disorder, although her study is approved by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Dr. Sue Sisley is conducting a study on PTSD and medical marijuana that is funded by a Colorado research grant. The Phoenix VA Medical Center denied Sisley the opportunity to give a presentation there, despite having her work approved by the DEA.

“The notion that the Phoenix VA hospital refuses to allow that information to be shared with their medical staff is really shameful,” Sisley told KTAR-FM.

Medical marijuana is legal in Arizona, but possession of pot is still a federal crime. Dr. Samuel Aguayo, associate chief of staff for research at the Phoenix hospital, said the VA center isn't allowed to promote or recruit veterans for marijuana research.

“VA medical staff are not authorized to make a decision on whether marijuana and marijuana research is appropriate for veterans,” he explained.

Sisley argued that the VA has a duty to support research that could uncover new treatment for veterans with PTSD.

“If they refuse to do that, I think that is negligent and it’s an abomination,” she said.

Nevada: Experts, Leaders To Discuss Breaking Barriers To Medical Marijuana Research

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As the new medical marijuana industry takes shape in Nevada, the most often asked questions of patients are “Will cannabis help me?” and “Which strain works best for my illness?” Many regulatory barriers exist for the medical community to conduct the research needed to answer these questions.

Nationally recognized experts and state leaders will discuss the regulatory challenges, necessary reforms and the possibilities these changes will create for patients on Wednesday, May 25 in Las Vegas.

Panelists include John Hudak of The Brookings Institution, Sue Sisley, MD, The Grove Medical Director, Nevada State Senator Patricia Farley, and Eugene Monroe, Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle and Gridiron Cannabis Coalition. This event will be moderated by Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom.

“More than 160 million Americans live in states with approved medical marijuana systems," said Hudak. "Each year, millions use marijuana with the hope of therapeutic and medicinal benefit. Yet, the federal government has constructed and continues to reinforce a series of barriers that prevent the scientific and medical community from studying the medical efficacy of marijuana.

"This event will explore those regulatory roadblocks and discuss solutions that reclaim the integrity of science and give sound answers to patients and doctors,” Hudak said.

Nevada: Information Session Set For Seniors and Veterans on Medical Marijuana

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The Grove’s Medical Director Dr. Sue Sisley, nationally recognized cannabis expert, discusses treating ailments & diseases with medical cannabis

Dr. Sue Sisley, renowned medical cannabis researcher and expert, will lead an information session on medical cannabis and its potential for treating a variety of ailments and diseases. This discussion will take place on Thursday, April 7, at the Pahrump Senior Center.

“Information will be presented to seniors and veterans who want to learn about the benefits of medical marijuana, especially if they have a condition that could make them eligible," Dr. Sue Sisley said. "We will also provide resources for obtaining your medical marijuana card.”

Dr. Sisley is the medical director for The Grove. She is also a member of the Nevada state medical marijuana commission (ILAC). Her 20-year work with veterans has been noted as groundbreaking. She is the SITE principal investigator for the only FDA-approved research using whole plant medical cannabis, which studies the risk and benefits of cannabis for combat veterans with treatment resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Karma Holistic Health Foundation will be on site to walk applicants through the process of getting a medical marijuana card. This session is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
WHERE: Pahrump Senior Center
1370 W Basin Ave.
Pahrump, Nevada 89060

Nevada: Information Session on Science of Medical Marijuana Set For April 7

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Dr. Sue Sisley, renowned medical cannabis researcher and expert, will lead an information session on medical cannabis and its potential for treating a variety of ailments and diseases. This discussion will take place on Thursday, April 7 at the Pahrump Senior Center, Pahrump, Nevada.

“Information will be presented to seniors and veterans who want to learn about the benefits of medical marijuana, especially if they have a condition that could make them eligible," Dr. Sisley said. "We will also provide resources for obtaining your medical marijuana card.”

Dr. Sisley has been hired as the medical director for The Grove. She is also a member of the Nevada state medical marijuana commission (ILAC).

Her two decades of work with veterans has been noted as groundbreaking. Dr. Sisley is the SITE principal investigator for the only FDA –approved research using whole plant medical cannabis, which studies the risk and benefits of cannabis for combat veterans with treatment resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Karma Holistic Health Foundation will be on site to walk applicants through the process of getting a medical marijuana card. This session is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Thursday, April 7th 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
WHERE: Pahrump Senior Center - 1370 W Basin Ave, Pahrump, NV 89060

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Maryland: Dr. Sue Sisley Lectures At Walter Reed National Hospital On PTSD, Cannabis

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Dr. Sue Sisley on Tuesday will lead a clinical lecture on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and cannabis as part of the 5th Annual Pain Care Skills Training at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Research has indicated that cannabis has tremendous therapeutic potential to treat PTSD and pain-related symptoms of many medical conditions. The Pain Care Skills Training is a four-day event that includes hands-on trainings, lectures and roundtable discussions on best-practice models of treatment, and evolving solutions to meet the needs of pain care within the military, hosted by the National Capital Region Pain Initiative.

"The military has historically been a leader in adopting new medical practices far ahead of the larger medical community," said Dr. Sisley. "It's an honor to be able to help educate these highly dedicated medical professionals about medical cannabis and PTSD."

Earlier this year, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the Veterans Equal Access Amendment by a margin of 18-12, which would allow Veterans Administration (VA) doctors to recommend medical cannabis if they are in a state that has a medical cannabis program. Under current policy, veterans who receive treatment from a physician outside of the VA are able to access medical cannabis if they live in state with a medical cannabis program.

U.S.: Congressional Briefing Highlights Federal Barriers To Medical Marijuana Research

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Americans for Safe Access (ASA) on Thursday hosted a Congressional Briefing with Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) on federal barriers faced by researchers working to understand the medical uses of marijuana.

The briefing provided expert insights on how federal policy has undermined medical marijuana research and the state of contemporary medical marijuana research from Dr. Sue Sisley and Dr. David Casarett. Brooking Institute Fellow John Hudak discussed the practical impact of reform proposals.

“ASA put together this briefing so Congress could hear, directly from top researchers, how to make increased medical marijuana research a reality,” said Steph Sherer, ASA executive director. “These experts can tell us firsthand how the federal government’s policies undermine research and how reforms like the CARERS Act can move this essential medical research forward.”

Dr. Sisley will present insights on how federal barriers have directly blocked her research on using marijuana to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, including the adverse impacts of the Drug Enforcement Agency licensing only one entity (National Institute on Drug Abuse) to grow the federal research supply of marijuana. Dr. Casarett, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and author of the recently published book, Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana, will discuss contemporary medical marijuana research.

U.S.: Congressional Briefing To Highlight Need To Fix Marijuana Research System

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Top Experts to Testify on Federal Restrictions Holding Back Medical Marijuana Research

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is hosting a Congressional Briefing on Thursday, July 23, with Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) on federal barriers faced by researchers working to understand the medical uses of marijuana. The briefing will provide expert testimony on how federal policy has undermined medical marijuana research, the state of contemporary medical marijuana research and the impact of reform proposals.

Dr. Sue Sisley will present testimony on how federal barriers have directly blocked her research on using marijuana to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) including the adverse impacts of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) licensing only one entity (National Institute on Drug Abuse) to grow the federal research supply of marijuana.

Dr. David Casarett, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and author of the recently published book, Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana will discuss contemporary medical marijuana research.

The final speaker will be John Hudak, fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institute and Managing Editor of the FixGov blog. Hudack will be discussing the often misunderstood impact of moving marijuana to a different schedule classification under the Controlled Substances Act.

Pennsylvania: Doctors, Veterans Call On Lawmakers To Approve Medical Marijuana Bill

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A group of medical doctors will visit Pennsylvania state lawmakers on Tuesday and urge them to support legislation that would allow seriously ill residents to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

They will join a group of local combat veterans and their loved ones at 1:30 p.m. ET for a news conference outside the Lt. Governor’s Office.

Participants in the event will include Dr. Sue Sisley, a nationally recognized authority on treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with medical marijuana; Dr. Sanjay Gupta of Philadelphia, a prominent pain management specialist; Dr. Scott Mueller of Mechanicsburg, a family medicine physician; combat veterans Mike Whiter and Barrett Thompson of Philadelphia, both of whom suffer from PTSD; and Donnamarie Freedman of Cumberland County, the mother of a veteran who committed suicide after struggling with PTSD.

The Senate approved SB 3 40-7 on May 12, and the issue is awaiting consideration in the House. SB 3 would allow patients with serious medical conditions to obtain medical marijuana from a limited number of licensed, regulated dispensaries throughout the state.

Smoking would not be permitted, but patients would be allowed to consume marijuana in edible form, and patients with certain conditions would be allowed to consume it through vaporization. To qualify, patients would need recommendations from their doctors.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has said he would sign a medical marijuana bill into law.

U.S.: ASA To Host Advocate Discussion of CNN's Weed 3

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What’s Next for the Medical Marijuana Revolution?

Over the last two years Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s reporting has been truly groundbreaking in mainstreaming the benefits of medical marijuana. Dr. Gupta has brought stories of everyday Americans that obtain essential benefits from medical marijuana products into the living rooms of millions of Americans.

“Watching CNN’s 'Weed' was the first time many Americans saw everyday people benefiting from medical marijuana,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA). “Seeing how much good medical marijuana can do has lead to an outgrowth in activism that has helped create new laws at the state level and is laying the foundation for important federal legislation.”

On April 19, CNN will premiere the third installment of their documentary series on medical marijuana Weed 3, documenting the ongoing developments in what Dr. Gupta has declared a “medical marijuana revolution.” The following day -- on April 20, at 7 pm EST-- ASA will host a Google Hangout to discuss the documentary and the issues it examines.

What: Google Hangout on the medical marijuana revolution and issues raised in Sanjay Gupta's Weed 3.
Featuring: ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer, PA State Senator Mike Folmer (invited), Jahan Marcu Ph.D, Matt Kahl, U.S. combat veteran and activist with Grow for Vets and Weed 3 participant Dr. Sue Sisley.

U.S.: Fired Professor Nominated For $2M Grant To Study Marijuana, PTSD

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Colorado is welcoming once-shunned marijuana researcher Dr. Sue Sisley, who in a controversial move was fired from her former position at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Sisley, who was sacked in July, has been nominated for a $2 million grant from the state of Colorado to continue her medical research, reports Nina Golgowski at the New York Daily News.

The research pioneer expressed suspicion that her abrupt termination was due to political influence. Up until now, Dr. Sisley had feared that her study of the effects of cannabis on post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, would be halted without a lab.

With the proposed generous grant -- awaiting a board's December 17 decision -- Sisley's study into the potential benefits of cannabis, especially, to U.S. veterans, could continue.

"That's the beauty of this grant," Sisley told AZ Central. "The Colorado Health Department believed in the quality of this research regardless of whether I was aligned with an Arizona university or not."

Sisley's study plans to examine 76 veterans with PTSD, half of whom will be in Arizona -- where a private donor has offered her free lab space -- while the other half will be at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Minnesota: Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Compromise Bill

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Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Housing approves SF 1641, which would allow people with specific debilitating medical conditions to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it

The Minnesota Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Housing on Friday approved a bill (7-3) that would provide legal access to medical marijuana for people with specific debilitating medical conditions. Sen. Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake) joined six Democratic-Farmer-Labor members on the committee in supporting the bill, reports Christopher Snowbeck at the Pioneer Press.

Patients would need to get authorization from a physician that they could benefit from marijuana; they would then obtain it from a dispensary.

“We applaud those members of the Senate who are demonstrating leadership on this issue and moving this much-needed legislation forward,” said Heather Azzi, political director for Minnesotans for Compassionate Care. “Legislators have arrived at a compromise that meets the needs of patients and addresses concerns that had been raised by some officials.”

Arizona: State Senator Blocks Funding for Long-Sought Medical Marijuana Research

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Clinical Trial for Veterans with PTSD Has Already Obtained Approval from U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U. Arizona Institutional Review Board, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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After 22 years of hard-fought efforts, the nonprofit pharmaceutical company MAPS has finally obtained approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for a FDA clinical trial to examine the medical safety and efficacy of marijuana. The trial would study military veterans suffering from treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Yet the study’s ability to receive Arizona state funding is in jeopardy due to State Senator Kimberly Yee.

Arizona has collected millions of dollars from its medical marijuana program. Under Arizona’s medical marijuana law, that money is reserved for furthering the provisions of the law and should include research and education – but none of it has been spent.

A bill being considered by lawmakers would give the Arizona Department of Health Services discretion to use some of this surplus funding to study the medical benefits of marijuana. On March 10, the bill HB 2333, sponsored by State Representative Ethan Orr of Tucson, passed the Arizona House 52-5, with strong bi-partisan support.

Minnesota: House Committee To Hold Public Hearing On Medical Marijuana Bill Tuesday

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HF 1818 would allow people with specific debilitating medical conditions to access and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it

The Minnesota House Health and Human Services Policy Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 4 at 2:15 p.m. CT on a bill that would allow people suffering from conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), PTSD, glaucoma, and HIV/AIDS to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. Testimony on this bill should begin at 6 p.m. CT. The hearing will be held in Room 10 of the State Office Building in St. Paul.

Dr. Sue Sisley, a medical marijuana expert from Arizona, is scheduled to testify in support of the bill. Representatives from Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, as well as several seriously ill patients who would benefit from passage of the measure, also plan to testify.

HF 1818, introduced last year by Rep. Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing), would allow patients suffering from specific debilitating conditions to access and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. The Department of Health would issue medical marijuana ID cards to patients and establish a tightly regulated system of non-profit medical marijuana dispensaries and quality control labs.

Licensed patients who do not reside within 15 miles of a dispensary would be allowed to grow a limited amount of marijuana in their homes.

Arizona: Marijuana Research Allowed At Universities... If Feds Approve

(Graphic: All Hat No Cattle)By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Without comment, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into law a bill to allow possession of marijuana on college and university campuses for research. The measure, which takes effect later this year, was made necessary by a bill which Brewer signed last year, officially disallowing pot on campuses (yeah, good luck enforcing that one).

The bill Brewer signed on Tuesday, while leaving intact the ban on marijuana on college campuses, creates an exception for research approved by the FDA, the DEA or the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

And there's the bottleneck. Don't hold your breath, because the DEA never approves research requests, and the NIDA will only approve research designed from the outset to prove the bad effects of marijuana; no medical marijuana research is funded through that notoriously anti-pot agency.

Brewer's spokesman, Matthew Benson, claimed the governor never intended to interfere with legitimate research when she signed the earlier bill, reports Howard Fischer at Capitol Media Services.

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