Ten Different Health Benefits Of Marijuana, Why Would You Not Want This Medicine?

10. Treatment of Glaucoma

If you are one of the millions who have been suffering from glaucoma, then smoking marijuana can help you get the best eyesight and relieve pressure from they eyes. Intraocular pressure can increase in certain individuals, especially those who have diabetes. Glaucoma is serious disease that can cause blindness.

9. Manage Epileptic Seizures

People who suffer from epileptic disorders or seizures can get tremendous relief and relaxation from smoking marijuana.

8. Pain Reliever

Marijuana ingestion can benefit your health when used to lessen the pain of MS, Rheumatoid arthritis and migraines. Also those sufferers of HIV, amputation, alcoholism and spinal surgery who are experiencing nerve pain seem to have a lessening of their pain when they are on a medical marijuana treatment protocol.

Marijuana, in the 2010 Canadian study, was found in these patients to be many more times more effective then aspirin in limiting their perception of pain. Medicinal marijuana is administered in more controlled dosages, and strengths that is found on the street. It is a stated goal of physicians to “do no harm.” The lessening of a patient’s pain, represents the epitome of this goal.

7. Prevents the Spread of Cancer

There is a chemical found in marijuana that has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Researchers believe the process is that cannabidiol turns off the Id-1 gene. Cancer cells duplicate this gene in higher numbers than non-cancerous cells.

Researchers also studied breast cancer cells in the lab that contained Id-1 in high quantities. They were treated with cannibidiol. The result of this treatment was a lower incidence of Id-1 and the remaining genes were found to be less invasive.

There have been studies done in the US, Spain and Israel that posit that chemicals in marijuana can actually mean the death of cancer cells.

6. THC Reduces the Growth of Alzheimer’s

THC can help to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. A study from 2006 found that chemicals in this drug can help keep amyloid plaques from forming. This will help keep you from getting this disease, and legalizing this drug could have everything to do with finding a cure.

5. Reduces the Spread of HIV

Cannabis is highly regarded in the medical community for it’s effectiveness in treating patients with HIV. People who have contracted the disease suffer from weight loss and body aches amongst other many things however, a new research that suggest cannabis might be able to halt the spread of the disease altogether has come to light. Additionally, a study was conducted in Louisiana; in this research scientists gave a daily dose of THC to primates who had contracted an animal form of the HIV. Over the course of the study, scientists found that the damage to immune system in the primates’ stomach had decreased.

4. Relieves Arthritis Pain

Marijuana will help with rheumatoid arthritis pain, swelling and allow them to have restful sleep .According to a 2011 study, where a cannabis based pain killer was given to rheumatoid arthritic patients, there was a marked decrease in observable pain, compared to the administration of a placebo.

Rheumatoid arthritis can be an extremely debilitating disease, striking the joints of the affected patients. The subsequent swelling causes a reduction in the range of motion. But this kind of arthritis is different than osteoarthritis, the kind one gets with old age. RA is an autoimmune disease, meaning in effect your body is attacking healthy cells. Any age group can get it, and any gender, but women are stricken the most.

3. Slows Metabolism, Helps with Weight Loss

Another use for medicinal marijuana is stimulating appetite. Recent studies by the National Cancer Institute indicate that the inhalation of cannabis can lead to an increased consumption of calories. Conversely, studies published in the American Journal of Medicine suggested that pot smokers are skinnier than the average person. They studied their levels of the hormone insulin and their blood sugar levels, and even though marijuana users consume more calories, they tend to have a healthier metabolism and a better reaction to sugars. The study analyzed data from more than 4,500 adult Americans – 579 of whom were current marijuana smokers, meaning they had smoked in the last month. About 2,000 had used marijuana in the past, while another 2,000 had never used the drug.

2. Calms Tremors in Parkinson’s Patients

Research has shown for patients suffering from the debilitating disease Parkinson, smoking pot can help reduce pain and tremors. It has been show to increase sleep quality as well as improving fine motor skills. Much of this research has been conducted in Israel.

Being able to release muscle tension, is another benefit of medical marijuana. A study done by the American Cancer Society shows that patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS), who used a liquid form of cannabis, encountered a reduced in muscle spasms as well shaking.

Another study done on eight MS patients, in advanced stages, showed a reduction in tremors and muscle stiffness.

1. Helps Veterans Afflicted with PTSD

Marijuana is a safer and less harmful alternative to traditional PTSD treatment. The relaxing effect marijuana has on the user without the fuzzy mental state caused by antidepressants can allow soldiers to relieve their anxiety without having to feel medicated. Antidepressants and other drugs prescribed for PTSD possess a high risk for addiction and are not recommended for use over long periods of time. Marijuana use can fluctuate, wane, or increase depending on the state of the patient with little no side effects based upon the amount of usage. There are no conclusive studies that indicate marijuana is addicting in the traditional sense of drug addiction such as substances with opiates. Marijuana may be the safest anti depressant on the market.

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New Medical Marijuana Petition Filed For Oklahoma Vote

Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana filed papers with the state Friday indicating their intent to circulate another initiative petition to get the issue on the ballot.

Supporters need 123,725 signatures for the question to be seen by voters. They will have 90 days after a final determination following a protest period to get the signatures.

Supporters hope to get the question on the November 2016 general election ballot.

Oklahomans for Health circulated a petition last year that fell significantly short of the number of signatures needed.

The current version will be circulated by Green the Vote. The group is based in Tulsa but has a Haskell mailing address.

Isaac Caviness of Tulsa, president of Green the Vote, said the two groups are different but that their petitions were similar.

Many members of his group worked on the prior effort to get the issue on the ballot, he said.
“It’s completely patient driven,” he said of the effort.

The organization, which has a Facebook page, plans to circulate the petition at state fairs in Tulsa and Oklahoma City as well as at college football games.

The ballot title for the measure would classify marijuana as a herbal drug to be regulated by the Oklahoma Department of Health.

It would permit the use of marijuana under the recommendation of a doctor, and it would allow for the sale of marijuana to licensed patients by licensed dispensaries.

Tax proceeds would first go to pay for regulation and then go to the Oklahoma Department of Education and the Oklahoma Department of Health.

The proposed law would allow for local municipalities to levee additional taxes on medical marijuana to build and repair roads.

“I do not support legalization of broadly defined ‘medicinal’ marijuana use that makes it easy for healthy adults and children to find and buy drugs,” Gov. Mary Fallin said in a statement released by her office.

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Florida: Proposal Filed To Overhaul Medical Marijuana Law

More than a year after lawmakers approved allowing limited types of medical marijuana to be sold in Florida, a House Republican filed a bill Thursday that would overhaul the law.

The proposal (HB 63), filed by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, will be considered during the 2016 session and comes as the Florida Department of Health still is trying to carry out the law passed in 2014. That law would allow some patients, such as children with severe epilepsy, to obtain types of low-THC medical marijuana that purportedly do not get users high.

Steube’s bill would replace the 2014 law with a 33-page measure that addresses a wide range of issues, including who could receive the medical marijuana and where it could be sold. As an example, the proposal would allow patients to qualify if they have cancer, HIV, AIDS, epilepsy, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or a terminal illness — a more-detailed list than under the current law.

As another example of the proposed changes, Steube’s bill would give county commissions the ability to determine whether medical marijuana would be sold in their counties. The bill would prevent the Department of Health from licensing retail facilities in communities unless county commissions pass ordinances specifying the numbers and locations of such facilities that would be allowed.

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Arizona Girl First to Use Cannabis Oil At Summer Camp…Legally

Camp Candlelight in Prescott, Arizona, is no ordinary summer camp, not because of its activities but because of a condition all its attendees share: epilepsy.

But now the special summer retreat, sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona, is going to stand out even more, as one of its campers became the first child to openly use cannabis oil during her stay, reports The Arizona Republic.

Mercedes Gonzalez, an 11-year-old from Mesa, Arizona, began suffering from epilepsy at the tender age of 3, but thanks to a high-CBD strain of medical marijuana, the frequency of her seizures reduced so much she was able to attend summer camp for the first time this year.

The camp recruited volunteer Stephanie Powell from the nearby Harvest of Tempe dispensary to provide Mercedes with the proper dosages of medical marijuana and monitor her.

“She was always the first to volunteer to be a leader or the first to try an activity,” Powell said of Mercedes in an email to The Republic. “She gave her all in everything that she did. She is truly inspiring.”

Over the course of her illness, Mercedes had been given 23 anti-epileptic drugs and even a Vagus Nerve Stimulator — a device similar to a pacemaker that emits pulses of electricity to prevent or stop seizures — but nothing seemed to help her.

“She was a total zombie. She was so drugged out she could not stay awake. There were some that made her hallucinate,” said Yolanda Daniels, Mercedes’ grandmother and legal guardian.

Daniels started researching medical marijuana and found a parent support network through Harvesting Hope. The nonprofit helped her acquire a medical marijuana card for her granddaughter.

After commencing treatment with cannabidiol oil, Mercedes went an entire month without a seizure. Before that, she used to have about 30 seizures monthly, according to Daniels.

Mercedes now only has to take two medications in addition to cannabidiol oil and flower CBD. She takes the oil, which contains 1 milligram of THC, via a nightly syringe. CBD does not make users feel high; it’s non-psychoactive. THC, conversely, does make users feel high, but because a typical dose is 10 milligrams, Mercedes does not get high from it.

“She starts to get tired because it relaxes her body. But she can have a conversation with you, watch a movie, read a book,” Daniels said. “She can function. It’s not harming her in any way.”

Mercedes’ life has improved in every regard since she began taking high-CBD medical marijuana.

“Her teachers are amazed,” Daniels said. “Since she started the CBD, her social skills have gone up. She’s made friends at school, she talks to people, she wants to socialize. She wouldn’t have done that a year ago.”

Many children with circumstances similar to Mercedes’ have benefited from medical marijuana. In April, RYOT reported on a young girl named Charlotte whose seizures went from occurring every 30 minutes to virtually never as a result of her being administered a high-CBD strain of medical marijuana.

Daniels is so candid about her treatment approach because she wants to provide the parents of other epileptic children with hope.

“I wanted other parents to know that it was OK for their kids to take this there,” she said. “That was my whole reasoning in letting Mercedes go. I think she should be able to experience life just as well as anybody else.”

Despite cannabis oil’s healing qualities being increasingly recognized by medical professionals, the federal government has yet to take any action to make the drug legal nationally. Even Dr. Nora Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse came out in support of CBD, saying that it “may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions.”

The National Epilepsy Foundation is also pro-medical marijuana. It’s asking federal and state governments to reverse their stance on the drug.

Its statement read: “If a patient and their healthcare professionals feel that the potential benefits of medical marijuana for uncontrolled epilepsy outweigh the risks, then families need to have that legal option now — not in five years or 10 years. For people living with severe uncontrolled epilepsy, time is not on their side.”

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Medical Marijuana Is A Growth Industry In Maine

It’s a warm, midsummer morning when 27-year-old Jeremy Sprague welcomes a visitor to his farm.”

It doesn’t look like a farm at first. On the first floor of a small house there’s a bed, a kitchen and a TV running security camera footage.

Then Sprague heads upstairs where his horticulture thrives.

Sprague, a medical marijuana grower, has rigged two small rooms with lamps and dehumidifiers. Jungle green and less than a foot tall, some plants are stationed in small pots. Others have been harvested and hang from a wire to dry. Their scent drifts through the whole building.

Sprague flicks off the lamp and drives to another location in Ellsworth, where larger plants grow in a humid greenhouse.

One by one, he waters the plants with a garden hose. He sprinkles guano fertilizer on a few.

“There are no bad chemicals in it,” he said of the bat droppings. “I don’t need to worry about upsetting the pH balance.”

All natural: such appears to be Sprague’s preference in life. Describing his operation, he comes across as thoughtful and earnest, more organic gardener or natural-food activist than the scruffy marijuana dealer sometimes depicted in pop culture.

It helps, of course, that Sprague’s work is legal. He started it about a year ago, he said, applying to Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to grow for himself and two patients.

Many such growers, known as “caregivers,” are at work around the state. At the time of this writing, over 2,000 caregivers were registered with DHHS, with 78 in Hancock County.

Also in Hancock County, 847 prescriptions have been written by 62 medical providers since Jan. 5 of this year. Statewide, 283 providers are writing prescriptions.

In Maine, medical marijuana revenue to the state comes from fees paid by caregivers and state sales tax charged at dispensaries. In May, the Maine Revenue Service reported almost $900,000 in sales tax revenue from the dispensaries in 2014, a 40 percent increase from 2013.

Kelley Columber, community relations manager at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, said the hospital has no official policy on whether doctors can write medical marijuana recommendations.

Per state law, she said it’s up to providers to recommend medical marijuana as a treatment option. However, marijuana, even for medicinal purposes, is prohibited on all Eastern Maine Healthcare System member campuses.

“It is not something that is done regularly,” Columber said of a doctor recommending medical marijuana. “I think in terms of guidelines and regulations, it is such a tough thing because it is still federally illegal. It’s tricky.”

Sprague started using marijuana medicinally about four years ago, after he suffered from anxiety and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. (He believes the stress may have been caused by a run-in with the police when he was younger. At the time he possessed a small amount of marijuana, he said).

While Sprague initially took several different anti-depressants, he decided pharmaceuticals weren’t working and eventually consulted with Dr. Benjamin Newman of Winter Harbor, who wrote him a medical marijuana recommendation, Sprague said.

The state then approved those recommendations and sent a certification card.

That PTSD is a qualifying condition shows how far the state’s medical marijuana legislation has come since first passing in 1999. Only in 2013 was PTSD added to the list of qualifying conditions, which also includes cancer, glaucoma, hepatitis C, HIV, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease and more.

Sprague’s patients are a boy under the age of 18 who has experienced seizures and an older woman who has experienced chronic pain and also wanted to stop using pharmaceuticals, Sprague said. Both have received certification cards from DHHS.

But the legality of medical marijuana hasn’t automatically brought peace of mind to Sprague. Though he trusts law enforcement officers to uphold the law, he said he recognizes that it may be difficult to catch anyone who steals medical marijuana plants.

According to Lt. Harold Page, the Ellsworth Police Department has made two arrests in connection with two separate incidents of medical marijuana theft and treats the issue like any other crime.

So, Sprague has rigged up security cameras. He owns several guns — a pistol, shotgun and AK-47 — and plans to guard his greenhouse as his harvest time approaches.

“You’ve got to,” he said. “I’m not a violent person, but these are my children. This is what I do. You can protect your own property.”

So far, Sprague said he’s sunk thousands of dollars into the operation. His main investments have been soil, fertilizer, lamps, dehumidifiers, a fan and the electricity needed to power them. Many seeds are given to him by companies that want to see how their strains perform, he said.

He often doesn’t charge his patients for marijuana, he said, and his revenue has come from selling extra product to caregivers and dispensaries. There are eight such centers in Maine, including one in Ellsworth called Maine Organic Therapy.

It’s enough “to pay the bills,” Sprague said.

As for his goals, Sprague said he’d like to expand his operation, both by growing for more patients and finding a larger home.

He’d also like more people to know about the medical benefits of marijuana, which he credits with saving his own life.

“I used to feel like a criminal” he said. “But now it’s like, how is helping out people criminal?”

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South Dakota: Mom Says Marijuana Is Right For Her Son

Lisa Schaunaman breaks the law every day.

She does it for her son, a wheelchair-bound 26-year-old who was disabled in a drunken driving accident nine years ago. But she also does it for taxpayers, she says.

Were it not for the marijuana she claims has kept her son Faron Demarrias seizure-free for two years, taxpayers would be on the hook for his Medicaid bills. The last seizure in September of 2013 ran up an $80,000 bill.

Schaunaman is one of an unknown number of South Dakotans who flouts the law and purchases “medical” marijuana on the black market, without a prescription or legal protections. She reached out to the Reader’s Watchdog in response to a story about an initiative to decriminalize marijuana.

Petitioners are gathering signatures for an initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. Activists say those who choose to supplement their medical treatments with the drug are often left to navigate a black market they didn’t know prior to their decision or to travel to states with legal weed and risk arrest.

Schaunaman has talked to the media before, but always shielded her identity. This time, she was open to cameras and videos.

The risk of a misdemeanor charge is worth it, she says, because “I want people to be able to put a face to this.”

“I hope they pass that initiative,” she said. “The state needs to be open to it. It’s saving the taxpayers so much money,” she said.

She spends about $80 a month out-of-pocket on marijuana, which supplements her son’s prescription medication for seizures, Lamictal. Demarrias’ pills are covered by Medicaid, but the out-of-pocket cost for them would be $2,071.81.

The family buys $20 worth of marijuana at a time — which Demarrias smokes three or four times a week – and leaves it outside their home.

“I don’t abuse it like some people do,” Demarrias said.

They know they’re breaking the law.

“It’s always a concern,” she says of her worries about a criminal charge. “We never keep enough to get a felony. It would be a misdemeanor. If it happened, I would take the charge. I haven’t gotten in trouble, aside from a few no insurance tickets.”

Bob Newland, a longtime marijuana activist from Hot Springs, got into more trouble than that. Newland was charged with felony marijuana distribution in 2009 after a traffic stop. He was charged with possession of more than an ounce but less than a half pound of marijuana and two misdemeanors.

He was taking the drug to a South Dakota family for medical purposes, his lawyer said. The judge gave him 45 days in jail, but the felony stuck.

Newland wants marijuana legalized for recreational and medical purposes and has for years. Now that marijuana is legal for both purposes in Colorado, friends have asked him if he plans to move there.

“I tell them ‘as soon as it takes me more than 15 minutes to find marijuana in South Dakota, I’ll move to Colorado,’” he said this week.

The problem of access to medical marijuana isn’t for people like him, Newland said. It’s for previously “straight” South Dakotans who don’t know the underground market when they decide to try the drug for medical purposes.

“They’re either looking to buy it on the street or going across two states where it isn’t illegal to buy it, then traveling back through those same states and risking arrest,” he said.

Attorney General Marty Jackley has said he’ll only support medical marijuana if it’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration, dispensed by a pharmacy, tracked and secured. There’s little of that in the initiative currently being circulated by South Dakota Family Coalition for Compassion.

Jackley says he’s concerned about some of the language and implementation issues the initiative might present if passed.

One way or the other, Schaunaman says she’ll keep doing what she sees as right for her son, whom she cares for full-time. The family’s medical team is aware of what they’re doing, as are family and friends.

“We’re very open about it,” Schaunaman said. “People know.”

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North Carolina: Dad With Epileptic Daughter Thrilled Over New CBD Oil Law

It’s something Dylan Morley has waited on for a long time, a law that allows him to legally get a strain of medical marijuana oil for his daughter.

Mia Morley, 7, suffers from intractable epilepsy. She is not able to walk or talk, and can experience multiple seizures in just a few minutes.

On Thursday, Governor Pat McCrory signed N.C. House Bill 766 into law. This means cannabis oils will be legal in North Carolina starting August 1.

Morley says it’s a much better bill than one that previously traveled through the House and Senate.

“I’m really excited about the new structure of the bill,” Morley says. “The way the last one was written kind of made it difficult to access for all the families that might be in need and this new bill will make it a lot easier.”

In March 2014, the Morley’s moved to Colorado where the CBD oils were already legal. They recently moved back to Wilmington. Morley says that while his daughter still doesn’t speak or walk on her own, they have seen a decrease in seizures.

Governor McCrory’s signature gives the green light for board-certified neurologists across the state to recommend CBD oils to patients like Mia. The oils cannot be prescribed and pharmacies will not have them stocked. the Morley’s will have theirs shipped from Colorado.

Morley says the new law will change lives.

“There are countless families out there with children suffering and that’s a painful thing to watch–a child suffering everyday,” Morley says. “So I’m extremely thankful to the people who put in all the hard work to get the bill passed.”

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Oregon: Fibromyalgia Patient Says Only Pot Helps Her Pain

Carolyn Morse grew up in a conservative, middle-class family in San Francisco, the daughter of a Baptist pastor and police officer. She never experimented with drugs. She didn’t even smoke.

But then she developed fibromyalgia, a chronic condition marked by pain, fatigue and insomnia.

She tried rounds of medications but they didn’t help. So she took a puff of marijuana.

“Suddenly, I felt normal,” Morse said.

Now 51, Morse is one of more than 71,000 medical marijuana cardholders in Oregon. She medicates about four times a week at bedtime to help her sleep. She doesn’t overdo it, she said. She hates the side effects, like midnight munchies. She just wants to live an active life.

She said she’s only stopped feeling like a criminal in the past two years.

Her journey started in 2006. A mother of two, she worked out regularly in the gym and had a full-time job as a banquet manager at Timberline Lodge. One day, carrying a stack of plates up stairs, she fell and injured her spine.

After that, she’d fumble and trip a lot. Glasses slipped out of her hands and she stumbled down stairs. She was dogged with fatigue and a fuzzy memory.

Physicians thought she might have multiple sclerosis and put her on steroids. Symptoms would ease, then flare up.

Eventually, she suffered sparklers of pain throughout her body. In 2009, she developed paralysis on part of her body.

“We rushed her to the hospital, thinking she’d had a stroke,” said Don Morse, her husband. “That’s when the definitive diagnosis of fibromyalgia was made.”

Doctors put her on Cymbalta, one of three drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration for fibromyalgia. She also tried Vicodin and Prozac.

But nothing helped. She packed on 80 pounds and become a shut-in.

“I would stay in the house for weeks at a time,” Morse said. “I was a zombie.”

A friend suggested she try marijuana. Don Morse gathered all the research he could find. Together, they decided she should give it a try.

One night a friend brought over a hookah and she took a puff, the first in her life.

A warm feeling flooded her body and eased her pain. “It was like magic,” she said.

Her husband, who doesn’t like marijuana, helped her get her card.

They drove to a building in Southeast Portland, located on a gravel road. They had to enter in the back. Couches lined the room, and the walls had posters in red, yellow and green, reminiscent of Bob Marley.

“It smelled like a skunk,” she said.

In a room, she sat on a folding chair and answered questions. A physician took her blood pressure, weighed her and signed the forms.

She was good to go.

Obtaining medical marijuana was more difficult. She and her husband grew it for a time in their house but then discovered the Human Collective, a dispensary in Tigard. He helped with their books, and she learned to make fudge, caramels, cookies and brownies.

These days Don Morse directs the Oregon Cannabis Business Council and co-owns the Human Collective, now in Southwest Portland. Carolyn Morse whips up edibles for the dispensary.

She’s glad that the program has come out of the closet.

“There’s a paper trail,” she said. “There are cameras, a panic button. It’s changed a lot for me knowing I have a safe place to go.”

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Medical Marijuana Changed 6-Year-Old Daughter’s Life

Bella Chinonis can’t talk. She can’t walk, chew or play like most children her age. The 6-year-old Grand Blanc girl couldn’t even stand until a few months ago.

Her days have consisted of seizures lasting anywhere from 2 to 27 minutes and taking multiple prescription medications for problems she’s been dealing with since she was born.

Her mother, Ida Chinonis, says it wasn’t until Bella was introduced to cannabis oil that things started turning around for her little girl.

“She can stand now. She responds to voices and she loves the movie ‘Frozen.’ She didn’t do that before and the only thing different we are doing is giving her medical marijuana.”

Bella is one of about 150 children in the state of Michigan approved for medical marijuana use.

She suffers from a genetic disorder called 1p36 deletion syndrome that causes a number of problems, including developmental delays, seizures and limited speech ability. Bella is also in stage renal failure, which is also known as kidney failure, and has multiple holes in her heart.

Chinonis said that after having Bella on various medications for years and to get the same results, she decided to pull her off the various prescriptions and wanted to start administering medical marijuana to her.

“I did a lot of research,” Chinonis said. “I was very hopeful it would help her.”

The process was not easy. Chinonis said Bella’s neurologist did not prescribe medical marijuana to minors. She set out to find doctors who would examine Bella and approve their request for medical marijuana. Unlike adult applicants for the Medical Marihuana program in Michigan, children need to get two doctors’ recommendations. Adults need just one doctor’s recommendation.

Chinonis said a doctor from Detroit and another from Texas examined Bella and made the recommendations needed for her medical marijuana application.

The use of medical marijuana for minors has been controversial among some medical professionals.

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement saying they oppose the use of marijuana for minors. According to their web site their reason for not supporting its use is because of, “the negative health and brain development effects of marijuana in children and adolescents, ages 0 through 21 years.”

Robin Schneider, legislative liaison for the National Patients Rights Association, an agency that advocates for medical marijuana patients, says education about the drug means the difference between people supporting or refusing the use of medical marijuana.

“I find that doctors who attend trainings and classes understand the use of medical marijuana and support its use,” Schneider said. “I see what happens when children use medical marijuana. I don’t know scientifically why or how it works, but I’ve witnessed it.”

As of April 2015, there were 150 patients under the age of 18 registered with the state of Michigan to use medical marijuana. In less than three years, that number has more than tripled. In 2012, there were only an estimated 44 children registered for medical marijuana use in Michigan.

Chinonis says Bella’s seizures have been reduced, but there will still be challenges. She goes to therapy three times a week for three months and then she is off for three months before another session begins.

Bella takes cannabis oil at least three times day. It has to be specially made for her with the right combinations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). In addition, she will never develop like her peers and she will always need constant care.

“I don’t worry about what will happen to her if we were not here,” said Chinonis of herself and her husband Denny Chinonis, Bella’s father. We are raising my boys letting them know that God gave her to us to take care of and they may have to step into our place and take care of her.”

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First Medical Cannabis Clinic In Delaware Opens

Delaware’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened Friday, four years after the state Legislature legalized its use.

The First State Compassion Center at 37 Germay Drive outside of Wilmington is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Users must be registered medical marijuana cardholders with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration still classifies marijuana for any purpose as an illegal Schedule 1 substance, along with heroin and methamphetamine.

Marijuana “has no accepted medical use in the United States,” according the 2014 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary from a D.E.A.

The U.S. Congress passed a bill in December directing federal law enforcement to not arrest medical marijuana sellers. House and Senate committees earlier this month passed amendments to spending bills that would prohibit the U.S. Department of Justice from using federal dollars to target medical marijuana operations.

Under state law, and with certification from a doctor, Delawareans can use marijuana to treat symptoms associated with cancer; Alzheimer’s disease; post-traumatic stress disorder; and conditions that cause intractable nausea, severe pain or seizures, among other illnesses.

Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill last week that decriminalizes the possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana for personal use. The law, which takes effect in six months, eliminates criminal penalties for possession. A violation will be considered a civil offense punishable by a $100 fine and would not become part of a person’s criminal record.

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