Colorado Funds Medical Marijuana Research, a First
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Colorado Funds Medical Marijuana Research, a First
Posted by CN Staff on December 22, 2014 at 09:46:27 PT
By Kristen Wyatt,  Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press
Denver -- Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential  a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug's negative health effects.The grants awarded by the Colorado Board of Health will go to studies on whether marijuana helps treat epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson's disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some of the studies still need federal approval.
Though the awards are relatively small, researchers say they're a big step forward. While several other federal studies currently in the works look at marijuana's health effects, all the Colorado studies are focused on whether marijuana actually helps."This is the first time we've had government money to look at the efficacy of marijuana, not the harms of marijuana," said Dr. Suzanne Sisley, a Scottsdale, Arizona, psychiatrist who will help run a study on marijuana for veterans with PTSD. Sisley plans to do her research in private practice after previously working for the University of Arizona.Federal approval to study marijuana's medical potential requires permission of the Food and Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and either the National Institutes of Health or the Department of Health and Human Services. And there's only one legal source of the weed, the Marijuana Research Project at the University of Mississippi.Twenty-three states and Washington, D.C., allow marijuana use by people with various medical conditions. But under federal law, pot is considered a drug with no medical use and doctors cannot prescribe it.Dr. Larry Wolk, Colorado's Chief Medical Officer, says the lack of research on marijuana's medical value leaves sick people guessing about how pot may help them and what doses to take."There's nowhere else in medicine where we give a patient some seeds and say, 'Go grow this and process it and then figure out how much you need,'" Wolk said."We need research dollars so we can answer more questions."Three of the eight research projects, including the veterans study, will still need federal clearance and access to the Ole Miss marijuana. The other five are "observational studies," meaning the subjects will be providing their own weed.Among the projects poised for approval Wednesday: Two separate studies on using marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder ($3.1 million) Whether adolescents and young adults with irritable bowel syndrome benefit from marijuana ($1.2 million) Using marijuana to relieve pain in children with brain tumors ($1 million) How an oil derived from marijuana plants affects pediatric epilepsy patients ($524,000) Comparing marijuana and oxycodone for pain relief ($472,000)The money is coming from Colorado's medical marijuana patient fees, not Colorado's new taxes on recreational pot.Last year, lawmakers authorized $10 million from reserves for "objective scientific research regarding the efficacy of marijuana and its component parts as part of medical treatment."A group of medical marijuana patients announced a lawsuit Wednesday challenging Colorado's marijuana research. They say Colorado's medical marijuana law requires excess cash to be refunded to patients who paid the fees, not diverted to other research.Colorado received 57 applications for research grants. An advisory board whittled those to eight proposals totaling $7.6 million. The Board authorized the spending of up to $8.4 million, in case the projects run over budget.One of the researchers poised to study marijuana and PTSD called the Colorado awards groundbreaking because the state is providing money without federal red tape."The opportunity in Colorado is an amazing one," said Marcel Bonn-Miller, a psychologist with the University of Pennsylvania who also works for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA is not participating directly in his marijuana studies.Colorado has about 117,000 medical marijuana patients who pay $15 a year to be on the registry. The number has grown slightly since Colorado voted two years ago to make marijuana legal for recreational purposes, not just medical purposes.Source: Associated Press (Wire) Author: Kristen Wyatt,  Associated Press  Published: December 22, 2014Copyright: 2014 The Associated PressCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on December 26, 2014 at 05:18:14 PT
Merry Christmas to you! It is great to see you. I hope everything works out for you and you can achieve your dream. The news is slow but it is the holidays so I understand that. Maybe the new year will move us further along.
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Comment #4 posted by BGreen on December 25, 2014 at 21:47:51 PT
Merry Christmas FoM and All
Merry Christmas to FoM, Stick, Hope and all of my other family, the list being too long to individually name.I'm sorry I haven't been around much but I'm still going through this journey to become the best BGreen I can possibly be.My intent was not to disappear but the time restraints of trying to earn enough money to get ahead instead of stagnating has kept me away. I've worked so hard programming several hundred songs for my band to perform but I can't even earn enough above and beyond what we need to pay the bills to purchase the equipment we need to perform and make money. You all know the feeling, I'm sure.I do stop by and keep up to date on a daily basis but I haven't posted. I love you all and plan on being more active in the future.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on December 24, 2014 at 07:05:44 PT
Merry Christmas Everyone!
I know it's a day early but I wanted to mention it now. It's been a good year for us and looking forward to an even better year in 2015.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on December 22, 2014 at 18:55:21 PT
Jobs, economy will continue with RE-legalization
In the Wall Street JournalAt Law Schools, a New Crop of Marijuana-Themed Courses just jobs, the right jobs. Clean jobs. The job of caging humans for using what God created and said is good on literally the very 1st page of the Bible, is dirty. Police and their unions are dirty. For police and their unions to fight any longer to continue caging responsible adults who choose to use cannabis is beyond dirty it is REPREHENSIBLE. Do police honestly and conciounsly wish to continue being REPREHENSIBLE?If not,police need to controltheirrabid unions.-0-LOOK, I'm saying this but this isn't just Me. Intelligent citizens across America know exactly what You're (cops) doing.Cops and their unions need to stop being one of the biggest hurdles in the commendable effort to RE-legalize cannabis.Through the crystal ball, We all see cannabis IS GOING TO BECOME RE-LEGALIZED. That's a fact. After that occurs, do cops want to be in the spotlight similar to the last people holding out to continue slavery?Cannabis prohibition is a form of continued slavery. That's a historical fact. It's party why cannabis prohibition was instated. Do cops sincerely want to continue being that kind of scum? -0-And in the mean time, law students are learning how to deal with You dinks.
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Comment #1 posted by schmeff on December 22, 2014 at 14:52:34 PT
Wrong Choice.
Please. I beg you. Don't conduct your research protocol using "Ole Miss marijuana."It would be like using Coors beer in an experiment designed to determine if alcohol is flammable.
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