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Legalize medical cannabis, India activists say

Viki Vaurora, a passionate campaign er for medical marijuana, says it is time to bust the myths around the much maligned weed. He is hosting India's first ever Medical Cannabis Conference series that starts in Bengaluru on May 10, to spread awareness about its uses, especially in palliative cancer care. 

"The only way marijuana can kill you is if you smoke 1,500kg in 15 minutes," says Vaurora, a 23-year-old musician and recording engineer."It has no side effects and it cannot kill you. It has no control on your respiratory or cardiac faculties." 

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New bill looks to give medical marijuana users equal transplant rights

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTVU) -- Nine years after medical marijuana became legal in California, the state lawmakers on April 30th voted on a bill that would give medical cannabis users the same right to get an organ transplant as anyone else. 

It would remove what some call prejudice against medical marijuana that already led some users to die because hospitals removed them from the transplant lists. 

That is what happened to 56-year-old Richard Hawthorne. He had viral hepatitis and like four thousand people in the Bay Area, desperately needs a liver transplant.

Just playing with his granddaughter exhausts him. 

‚ÄúDepression is always here. I am tired of not being able to go out and do anything. I am pretty much confined to the house‚ÄĚ Hawthorne said.

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Debate Over Medical Marijuana In Schools Begins At State Capitol

DENVER (CBS4)‚Äď State lawmakers began a debate on Friday over whether to allow children to bring medical marijuana to school.

The bill passed out of committee with a unanimous vote. It went to the state House floor for debate on Friday evening. It was given initial approval and needs one more vote before heading to the state Senate.

The bill is designed to help the nearly 500 children who use medical marijuana for debilitating conditions like seizures and muscle spasms. Many of those children have moved to Colorado with their families specifically to have access to medical marijuana.

Those children take a special strain that is low in THC but high in cannabinoids, what is believed to help relieve their symptoms.

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Marijuana for Trauma Inc. opens GTA office for veterans

Former soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress in Ontario may soon be able to access medical marijuana with ease.

Marijuana for Trauma Inc., an organization that specializes in helping veterans get medical marijuana, just opened a new facility in Markham, Ont. The organization's founders, who have opened operations in several other provinces, say there are already 40 veterans in this region looking for assistance.

Former soldier Chris Dupee is one of those veterans. He used to drive 14 hours to New Brunswick to have his prescription for medical marijuana filled and paid for by Veterans Affairs.

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Parents of N.J. student fighting to use medical marijuana oil reject school compromise

TRENTON ‚ÄĒ The parents of a 16-year-old girl with epilepsy and autism who are fighting for her right to consume cannabis oil at school rejected an offer from school board attorney Friday that would have allowed her mother to take her daughter off campus to medicate her.

"Unfortunately the proposed accommodation has to be rejected due to safety and behavior concerns," according to a letter from Roger Barbour, the father of Genevieve "Genny" Barbour to the Maple Shade Board of Education.

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Experts: Effort to set blood standard for marijuana-impaired driving not backed by science

AUGUSTA ‚ÄĒ An effort before the Legislature to set a blood limit standard for marijuana-impaired drivers was criticized by pot advocates on Thursday who said science doesn‚Äôt support it.

Marijuana-impaired driving was a main focus of this year’s Maine Impaired Driving Summit, run by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety and AAA at the Augusta Civic Center. Medical marijuana is legal in Maine, and in 2016 voters could be asked to decide on dueling proposals to legalize recreational marijuana, which only Colorado, Washington and Alaska have done so far.

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Landmark court case could change future of B.C. marijuana grower rules

"I could't even eat this morning," said medical marijuana patient Anne Genovy as she sat in the front row of audience seats in Vancouver's Federal Court on Thursday. 

"My hands were shaking. The weed relaxes me, but not knowing where I'll get it (marijuana) from or if I'll be arrested is torture."

Genovy is one of an estimated more than 175,000 people with a doctor's recommendation to use marijuana as medicine.

Collectively, they wait to exhale as Federal Court Justice Michael Phelan weighs evidence in Allard V. Health Canada. At stake is the future of who will supply patient prescriptions and who is allowed to grow marijuana in Canada.

After a six week break the case has returned for summations.

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Medical marijuana case wraps up in Federal Court

VANCOUVER ‚ÄĒ Medical marijuana users‚Äô fight to continue growing their own plants is now in the hands of a Federal Court judge after lawyers delivered their final arguments in Vancouver late last week.

New rules that force patients to purchase medical marijuana from licensed commercial growers ensure they are supplied with safe, good quality marijuana that is grown by industry producers who are subject to stringent standards and government oversight, federal lawyers told the court.

But lawyers for the plaintiffs argued the new rules are overly restrictive and by making marijuana unaffordable for their clients ‚ÄĒ all B.C. patients ‚ÄĒ the regulations infringe their rights to liberty and security under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Knesset members march in Tel Aviv for pot legalization

In speech to rally, Jewish Home party‚Äôs Yinon Magal says current drug policy turns law-abiding Israelis into ‚Äėcriminals‚Äô

er a thousand people gathered Saturday in Tel Aviv for a march and demonstration against the prohibition on marijuana use in Israel as well as the harshness of measures taken by authorities against recreational users of the drug.

The event was attended by several Knesset members from right and left, including MK Tamar Zandberg of Meretz, Jewish Home’s MK Yinon Magal and Likud’s MK Miki Zohar, as well as former Likud MK Moshe Feiglin.

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Lily Poulter’s agony continues despite fresh calls for medicinal cannabis trial

LILY Poulter vividly remembers the last time her shoulder popped out of its socket.

The nine-year-old was at school, engrossed in a test, when the slightest wrong movement caused the serious pain.

It wasn’t the first time it happened without warning and it will not be the last.

With her gap-toothed smile it would be easy to mistake Lily for a normal girl who adores learning and painting.

Yet she relies on opiate based medications every day to stay on top of her chronic pain caused by Ehlers-Danos Syndrome- a disorder which causes her points to regularly pop out of place.

She also suffers from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, which overstimulates the nerves, making even the slightest touch painful.

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