USA: Rhode Island Judge Rules Medical Marijuana Growers Can Have Guns

In a case decided earlier this month, a Rhode Island superior court judge has dismissed marijuana cultivation and distribution and weapons possession charges against a registered medical marijuana patient.

 USA: Rhode Island Judge Rules Medical Marijuana Growers Can Have Guns.

USA: Rhode Island Judge Rules Medical Marijuana Growers Can Have Guns.

The state had argued that even if someone is a legal medical marijuana patient, he cannot possess a firearm. It is now deciding whether it will appeal the judge's ruling.

USA: DEA in New Spokane Medical Marijuana Dispensary Raid

In the latest round of the federal assault on medical marijuana in Washington state, the Cannabis Defense Coalition reports that the DEA conducted a Wednesday afternoon raid on Medical Herb Providers, one of the few dispensaries left in the city after a flurry of federal raids last month.

It's not clear whether any other dispensaries are being targeted. According to the CDC, a Medical Herb Provider manager reported that one employee was arrested. The raids today and last month come as the state legislature and Gov. Chris Gregoire are struggling to come up with legislation to provide some sense of what is and is not allowed under the state's medical marijuana law.

It currently does not explicitly allow for dispensaries, but that hasn't stopped dozens, perhaps more than a hundred, from opening. Late last month, at least two Spokane area dispensaries were raided. Those raids came three weeks after the US Attorney for Eastern Washington, Michael Ormsby, warned the then 40 dispensaries in the area that they should shut down or face federal action.

USA: Montana issuing thousands of pot cards despite law

Montana: A health department official says it's not feasible to stop issuing medical marijuana cards as the state moves to a more restrictive law so the agency will continue to process thousands of applications for pot cards.

The marijuana overhaul became law on May 14, immediately repealing the Department of Public Health and Human Service's authority to issue new cards. Roy Kemp says that is an unreasonable demand and his department will continue to issue cards under the old law until June 20 because patients haven't had time to prepare for the restrictive law.

Science: Epilepsy

According to research at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, the endocannabinoid system protects against spontaneous seizures.

The scientists blocked this system with the cannabinoid receptor antagonist rimonabant in 13 rats for three weeks. In three rats convulsive seizures where observed in the limbic region of the brain after 5 to 8 days.

Science: Breast cancer

According to research at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, USA, the non-psychotropic cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) 
induces programmed cell death in breast cancer cells by coordinating the crosstalk between apoptosis and autophagy.

CBD increased the  generation of reactive oxygen species.

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May 24th 2011

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