The Iowa Medical Society is backing an effort to reclassify marijuana in the state to make it easier for scientists to study the drug’s potential benefits for sick people. The group represents around 4,600 physicians.
The D.C. Council unanimously approved a bill Tuesday to allow chronically ill patients to receive a doctor’s prescription to use marijuana and buy it from a city-sanctioned distribution center.
Under the bill, which passed without debate, a patient who suffers from HIV, glaucoma, cancer or a “chronic and lasting disease” may receive a doctor’s recommendation to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana in a 30-day period.
In 2000, at the dawn of the new millenium, Patients Out of Time began a long-term series aimed to educate health care professionals and the general public about therapeutic cannabis, or medical marijuana. This biannual event celebrated their 10th Anniversary this past April 15-17 in Warwick, Rhode Island and was also sponsored by the University of California School of Medicine, and continuing education credits were also offered for physicians and nurses. The Rhode Island State Nurses Association, American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine and Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse were also on hand, amongst many of the world’s most renowned researchers and physicians on cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system and two of four remaining Federal Medical Marijuana Program were also in attendance.
Chris Conrad’s new book Cannabis Yields and Dosage: A Guide to the Production and Use of Medical Marijuana is an all-encompassing guide for patients, physicians, lawmakers, and law enforcement. Part I of his book is filled with scientific facts about the yield, uses, and dosage of medical cannabis. In the second part of his book, he explains the legal settings for the first part of his book and Part III offers a model Safe Access Now ordinance for guidelines for the implementation of California’s Prop 215 [HS 11362.5] and SB 420 [HS 11362.7]. And in the last part of his book he offers other States’ laws as well as provides references and websites for his reader’s use (unfortunately our site came out after his book went to press).
Chris Conrad is a Court-qualified cannabis expert, director of Safe Access Now, author of Hemp: Lifeline to the Future and Hemp for Health, as well as the curator of the Hash-Marijuana-Hemp Museum in Amsterdam.
As the Iowa Board of Pharmacy (BOP) listens to Patients Out Of Time, a medical marijuana patient advocacy group made up of physicians on the medicinal benefits of medical cannabis. Al Byrne, a member of the group, delivered some 50,000 pages of medical marijuana research supporting the effectiveness of marijuana as medicine, as part of a larger presentation to the Board. This extensive compilation of research is exactly the type of platform necessary for this type of dialogue because the Iowa BOP called public hearings throughout the state to help determine whether a reclassification of the plant so that marijuana may be used for research and treatment.
Patients Out of Time will be holding their bi-annual medical marijuana conference this coming April 16-18 in Warrick, Rhode Island.
Norm Stamper, former Seattle Police Chief during the 1999 WTO protests, is a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and as well as an advisory board member of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). He recently sat down with Pacific Radio’s Amy Goodman and Sonali Kolhatkar where he discusses medical marijuana, President Obama’s remarks regarding cannabis, and the dangers of drug prohibition, among other topics.