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While using marijuana to kill cancer may sound like a wild claim to some, it struck Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti as a great idea. In his studies as professor of pathology and microbiology for the University of South Carolina, he tested synthetic cannabis drugs on cancer cells and developed a formula that was able to completely eradicate cancer cells in a test tube.
A follow-up on mice afflicted with cancer found that up to 30 percent in the test group completely rejected their disease, while others had their tumors significantly reduced. The same drug is now being tested on humans with Leukemia.
August 27, 2011 Appleton man, David W. Feldstein, says marijuana charges against him are unconstitutional
Defense attorney David Penn argued in court documents that placing marijuana on the list of Schedule 1 substances is “arbitrary and irrational.” He pointed to medical marijuana laws in several states.
“The state has not argued nor demonstrated by any scientific or medical information whatsoever that marijuana has a high potential for abuse,” Penn wrote.
Penn further argues the state’s Controlled Substances Board violated Feldstein’s rights to due process and equal protection by classifying marijuana a Schedule 1 substance.
The authors of these investigations have accordingly derived that the administration of THC in combination with TMZ “enhanced autophagy” (programmed cell death) in malignant tissue. According to them, “The combined administration of THC, CBD, and TMZ remarkably reduced the growth of glioma xenografts … [and] produced a strong antitumoral action in both TMZ-sensitive and TMZ-resistant tumors. Altogether, our findings support that the combined administration of TMZ and cannabinoids could be therapeutically exploited for the management of GBM (gliobastoma multiforme).”
Earlier in the year 2006 a study was published in the British Journal of Cancer. This study had reported that the intra-tumoural administration of THC is associated with reduced tumor cell proliferation in two out of nine human subjects with GBM (which is highly resistant to conventional anti-cancer treatments).
I can imagine what an annoying distraction this is when we have so many other issues to work on. There just seems to be some sort of misunderstanding happening here, wherein we came under the impression that if marijuana wasn’t important enough to warrant even 30 seconds of meaningful discussion from the president, then it’s also probably not important enough to justify arresting millions of us for possessing it.
July 19, 2011 Medical marijuana could be legalized in more than half of U.S. states by 2014- Denver News
Would the approval of medical marijuana by more than half of U.S. states create momentum for the rescheduling of cannabis on a federal level and perhaps decriminalization or legalization regarding recreational use? Possibly, Fox argues.
“Politicians understand a clear legal majority,” he says. “And in the Senate, there would be majority representation of constituencies that have legal medical marijuana and supported it. And that would definitely be of assistance for getting laws passed on a federal level once it got to the Senate.”
The wait has been frustrating to patients like Sandy Fiola, of Asbury Park, who has multiple sclerosis and sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease. She said no one questioned her right to take far more dangerous painkillers, like oxycodone, morphine and fentanyl.
“Using marijuana lets me cut way back on steroids and morphine, it works better, and I’m more lucid,” Ms. Fiola, 54, said. “God, I hope they do this thing. It’s been so long already.”
July 12, 2011 Agency Lights Up Legal Battle By Declaring Pot Lacks ‘Accepted Medical Use’ | FairWarning
Dr. Igor Grant, a neuropsychiatrist and the director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at UC San Diego, said clinical trials show that marijuana helps with neuropathic pain and muscle spasticity, or tension.
He said the federal government’s position discourages scientists from pursuing research needed to test the drug’s medical effectiveness. “We’re trapped in kind of a vicious cycle here,” he said. “It’s always a danger if the government acts on certain kinds of persuasions or beliefs rather than evidence.”