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Current Affairs 2005 - Medical (74 items)

Dec 23, 2005 Pro-Marijuana Couple Fighting Order to Leave Steve and Michele Kubby, medicinal-marijuana advocates from California who were denied refugee status here, now face removal from Canada - barring a last-ditch, court-ordered stay in early January.

Dec 23, 2005 Plea to Grow Marijuana Rejected by Appeal Court Vancouver -- Canada's medical-marijuana rules have withstood another constitutional challenge from a marijuana advocate. The B.C. Court of Appeal rejected Michele Kubby's claim that the regulation infringed on her rights. The former Californian went to court after Health Canada rejected her application to possess and grow marijuana.

Dec 23, 2005 Winter Clothes Collected For Homeless The Vancouver Island Compassion Society doesn't restrict its activities to providing medicinal marijuana to people suffering from various illnesses. The non-profit organization held its first annual winter coat drive to help keep the homeless population safe from the cold weather.

Dec 22, 2005 High On Science Canadian scientists refuse to be swayed by U.S. propaganda when it comes to researching the possible benefits of pot

Dec 15, 2005 Ragga Little Pills Meanwhile, a more modest product call Med-Marijuana has hit pharmacy shelves across the country, promising pain relief for osteo-arthritis sufferers. The natural remedy carries a low profile in legalization debates since there's no potential to get high: all it offers is a dose of marijuana-seed oil in a gel caplet. But the product has rapidly gained a following in a middle-aged population tired of testing every new anti-inflammatory, pain-killing, gut-corroding arthritis pill being pushed by the mainstream pharmaceutical industry.

Medicines of the future....
Dec 15, 2005 Pharma's Frankenweed By wrongly classifying marijuana as an illicit drug, the government has effectively provided itself with a monopoly over the production of cannabis. Health Canada operates one of the largest grow ops in the world in Flin Flon. Perhaps it should take the initiative to bring this valuable plant into the conventional pharmacopeia. This is unlikely to happen, and even if it did we would likely see the same profit-driven recklessness that corrupts private sector drug development.

Dec 8, 2005 Insurance Woes Force Man To Dismantle Medical Marijuana Grow Operation He is licensed to grow up to 15 plants for distribution to the patient. Because of the nature of the product, Selenski said he has taken numerous security measures to protect the operation, including cameras, alarms, guard dogs and a tall chain link fence...Even so, when he tried to have the equipment needed for the grow operation insured for about $3,000, he was told by his primary insurer to dismantle the operation within 30 days or risk losing his insurance on his shop and home as well,

More harrassement...Hopefully the stance of insurance companies will be challenged in court.
Nov 15, 2005 City Faces Lawsuit Over Raid On Legal Marijuana Growers Three medical marijuana advocates are suing the City of Vancouver for $400,000 after police raided a federally licensed indoor marijuana growing operation in the basement of a rented east Vancouver home.

As of Nov. 4, 1,118 people were issued medical marijuana licences by Health Canada. In B.C., there are 217 licensed users.

Nov 12, 2005 Hospital To Pot User: Buzz Off The Saskatoon Health Region's smoking policy was revised more than a year ago, but recently a patient discovered the air isn't completely clear on how to deal with authorized medical marijuana users in city hospitals.

[Every hospital should be equipped with a vapourizer so med pot in hospitals doesn't become an issue... such an easy solution, so it will probably never be implemented.]
Nov 8, 2005 MDs' Cannabis Outlooks Affect Patient Treatment Age, sex and whether or not they had ever personally used cannabis were predictive factors for a willingness to discuss cannabis use with patients, said study author Dr. Craig Jones ( PhD ), co-ordinator of the Network for Studies in Primary Care at the department of family medicine at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont.

Nov 6, 2005 Cannabis Oil Coming It Won't Get You High but Product Said to Be Great For Arthritis... Actually, the Med-Marijuana line of herbal remedies contains so little of the psychoactive ingredient found in weed, you could down a whole bottle without feeling the slightest buzz.

Nov 2, 2005 Health Critic Calls For End To Pot Mine Federal Health Critic Steven Fletcher is calling on Ottawa to shut down the nation's most famous grow-op. "The government-run marijuana grow-op in Flin Flon, Manitoba, has been a bust. The crop has little medicinal value and may be corrupted by mine contaminants," said Fletcher, speaking in the House of Commons earlier this year. "Will the [Health] Minister shut down the operation or will taxpayers continue to be shafted?"

[When you consider the government has spent millions of dollars running a grow op that no one benefits from except the people hired by Health Canada to administrate, while compassion clubs are far more effective and cost taxpayers nothing....]
Nov 2, 2005 Pregnant Pot Smoking Promoted Some people might be shocked at the idea of pregnant women smoking marijuana to deal with the nausea that comes with pregnancy. The survey shows that 92 per cent of respondents considered marijuana to be either "extremely effective" or "effective" as a therapy for nausea and vomiting ( or morning sickness ).

Oct 27, 2005 Smoking A J May Brighten The Day Supporters of marijuana may finally have an excuse to smoke weed every day. A recent study in the Journal Of Clinical Investigation suggests that smoking pot can make the brain grow...Many drugs -- heroin, cocaine, and the more common alcohol and nicotine -- inhibit the growth of these new cells. It was thought that marijuana did the same thing, but this new research suggests otherwise.

[In the peak oil world, the benefits of cannabis and hemp will be too crucial to keep prohibited.]
Oct 27, 2005CN SN: U Of S Pot Study Stirs Int'l Media Saskatchewan - This past week, a U of S research team garnered international attention after publishing a study suggesting that marijuana related substances might reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. ..The researchers see this as evidence that the drug gave the rats more motivation or will to live; this of course indicating that they were in fact less depressed.

[Millions of people self-medicate with cannabis, alcohol, chocolate, you name it, so telling us which substances we may or may not use, sometimes works on children, but hardly ever for adults but we continue the charade anyway]
Oct 19, 2005 Pot-Prescribing Doctors Warned The organization that provides malpractice insurance to Canadian physicians is telling doctors they should not prescribe medical marijuana unless patients sign a release-of-liability waiver

[People have been using cannabis for thousands & thousands of years without one death, yet these over-the-top hypocritical bureaucrats choose this herb to propagandize.]
Oct 18, 2005 Pot Less of a Cancer Risk Than Tobacco, Study Suggests Marijuana smokers are less likely to contract cancer than cigarette smokers, new research suggests. While cannabis and tobacco smoke are chemically similar, the key difference is that cigarettes contain nicotine, which appears to bolster the cancer-causing properties of tobacco, while cannabis contains tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC, the active ingredient in pot ), which may actually reduce the carcinogenic properties of some chemicals.

[Thousands and thousands of dollars are spent to confirm what thousands and thousands of years of anedoctal evidence tells us - politics is the only reason this plant was ever illegal]
Oct 13, 2005 PUB LTE: Health Canada's Price For Medical Pot Absurd Health Canada states on its website that this inferior weed is to be sold at a set price of $5 per gram, or around $150 an ounce. This is ridiculous, as the production cost for marijuana can run as low as one to four cents per gram, depending on the growing method.

Oct 13, 2005 Marijuana Compound Spurs Brain Cell Growth According to the study in rats, a super-potent synthetic version of the cannabinoid compound found in marijuana can reduce depression and anxiety when taken over an extended period of time. ...."I think most people with clinical expertise in the area of palliative medicine know that if patients had access to all the tools we currently have, we could certainly do a whole lot better to help people live with multiple chronic diseases," he added. "The social policies are way behind our technology, and that's where we need some catching up."

[For every beneficial study such as this, 5 more junk science claiming psychosis are trotted out, but our collective experience of cannabis precedes the scientific knowledge ]
Oct 13, 2005 Man Sent Back To The U.S. With Catheter Still Attached A U.S. army veteran who fled to Canada to avoid prosecution because he grew marijuana to help control chronic pain was yanked from a hospital by Canadian authorities and, with a catheter still attached, turned over to U.S. officials who provided him with no medical treatment for five days, his lawyer said.

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