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  • 1.CompassionateChaos When she opened it, all of the evils, ills, diseases, and burdensome labor that mankind had not known previously, escaped from the jar.

2. Since 1996, 13 States have Legalized Medical Marijuana

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington

3. State YearPossession Limit Alaska 1998 1 oz, 3 mature , 3 immature California1996 8 oz, 6 mature, 12 immature Colorado 2000 2 oz, 3 mature, 3 immatureHawaii 2000 1 oz, 3 mature, 4 immatureMaine 1999 1.25 oz, 3 mature, 3 immature Michigan 2008 2.5 oz, 12 plants Montana 2004 1 oz, 6 plants Nevada 2000 1 oz, 3 mature, 4 immature New Mexico 2007 6 oz, 4 mature, 3 immature Oregon 1998 24 oz, 6 mature, 18 immature Rhode Island 2007 2.5 oz, 12 plants Vermont 2004 2 oz, 2 mature, 7 immature Washington 1998 24 oz, 15 plants 4. Alaska ???

  • Legalization has been tried beforeand failed miserably.
  • Alaskas experiment with Legalization in the 1970s led to the states teens using marijuana at more than twice the rate of other youths nationally.
  • This led Alaskas residents to vote to re-criminalize marijuana in 1990.
  • In 1998 they passed a medical marijuana law

5. Minnesotas Battle

  • 2006 -1973/HF 2171 Medical Marijuana `FAILED
  • 2005 - 1973/HF 2171 (carried fwd. into 2006)FAILED
  • 2004 - Minneapolis Charter: Amend for Distribution of Medical Marijuana**
  • (Not on 2004 ballot-City Council did not allow)FAILED
  • 2003 HF 1440/SF 1328 Compassionate Use Act (decriminalize)FAILED
  • 1999 Bill allowing hemp productionPASSED
  • Bill Decriminalize for Medical Marijuana (dies in Legislature)FAILED
  • 1997 HB 1025 Allow prescriptions for marij. & medical necessity defenseFAILED
  • Bill To Study Feasibility of Industrial Hemp Crops (Governor vetoed)P ASSED
  • 1980 HF 2476 Marijuana use for therapeutic researchPASSED
  • 1976 Decriminalized marijuana possession (Act of Mar. 11, 1976, ch. 42,
  • 1976 Minn. Laws 101)PASSED

6. Law Enforcement Perception 7. PUBLIC PERCEPTION 8. Public Perception of Medical Marijuana Ailments v. What We Have Seen

  • CANCER
  • ANOREXIA
  • AIDS
  • CHRONIC PAIN
  • SPASTICITY
  • GLAUCOMA
  • ARTHRITIS
  • MIGRAINES
  • OR any other illness for which marijuana provides relief
  • Headaches
  • Pain from wearing high heels
  • Insomnia
  • PMS
  • Dry Skin
  • Increase Appetite
  • Suppress Appetite
  • Back Pain
  • Sports Injury
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Anger Management
  • Mental Awareness

9. Analysis of Dispensaries"Patients by Ailment 10. Analysis of Dispensaries Patients by Age 53% of the customers of dispensaries are under 30 years of age. 11.

  • Over the past 20 years, researched have discovered cannabinoid receptors:
    • CB1, which mediates the Central Nervous System
    • CB2, which occurs outside the CNS and is believed to have anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive activity

Basic Research 12. Basic Research

  • Cannabinoid Receptors Are Located in Many Areas Throughout the Brain and Play An Important Role In Regulating:
  • Brain Development
  • Memory and Cognition
  • Motivational Systems
  • & Reward
  • Appetite
  • Immunological Function
  • Reproduction
  • Movement & Coordination
  • Pain Regulation
  • & Analgesia

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  • Is marijuana an accepted or effective medicine?
  • What other drug does a doctor tell you to smoke?
  • What other drug was voted on by the people?
  • Does marijuana treat a disease or symptoms?
  • Is marijuana treatment a short term or long term therapy?
  • Is there any way to regulate the dose administered?
  • What other drug do you take as much as you want?

14. Marijuana as Medicine

  • Marijuanahas never been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)for any medical use and remains a schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act.(Review in 2006)
  • Because of the varying types and concentrations of marijuana, it would be difficult for the FDA to approve or regulate this type of drug.
  • Marinol, a synthetic composition of THC, is anFDA-approved drugthat possesses all the reported benefits without the harmful effects of smoked marijuana.

Since 1985 15. What do Medical Associations Say?

  • The Institute of Medicine
  • The American Medical Association
  • The American Cancer Society
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics
  • The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • The British Medical Association

16. Institute of Medicine

  • In Jan97 the ONDCP asked the IOM to review the science behind medical marijuana
  • Information was gather through:
    • scientific workshops,
    • site visits to cannabis buyers clubs,
    • HIV / AIDS clinics,
    • analysis of the relevant scientific literature,
    • extensive consultation with biomedical and social scientists

17. Institute of Medicine

  • Three focal concerns in evaluating the medical use of marijuana are:
    • Evaluation of the effects of isolated cannabinoids
    • Evaluation of the health risk associated with the medical use of marijuana
    • Evaluation of the efficacy of marijuana

18. Institute of Medicine Conclusions

  • Cannabinoids likely have a natural role in pain modulation, control of movement and memory
  • The role of cannabinoids in immune systems is likely multifaceted and remains unclear
  • The brain develops tolerance to cannabinoids
  • Animal research demonstrates the potential for dependence, but this potential is observed under a narrower range of conditions than with benzodiazepines, opiates, cocaine or nicotine
  • Withdrawal symptoms can be observed in animals, but appear to be mild compared to opiates or benzodiazepines, such as diazepam

19. Institute of Medicine Conclusions

  • The report concludes that the future of cannabinoid drugs lies not in smoked marijuana, but in chemically-defined drugs that act on the cannabinoid systems that are a natural component of human physiology.
  • The report also calls for further studies

20. The American Medical Association June 2001

  • rejected pleas to endorse marijuana
  • instead urged t