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10 Years Prison Upheld In Eddy Lepp Medical Marijuana Case

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Eddy Lepp walked his last mile to federal prison as a free man.

​A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the conviction and 10-year prison sentence of Charles “Eddy” Lepp, who grew 32,000 marijuana plants for patients and fellow Rastafarians on his land in Lake County, California.

The federal judge who sent Lepp to prison in 2009 criticized the federal law which required a 10-year prison term for growing more than 1,000 cannabis plants, reports Bob Egelko at the San Francisco Chronicle. But U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of San Francisco said she had no choice under the law, and the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.
“The statutory minimum sentence is not cruel and unusual punishment,” the three-judge panel ruled.

Federal agents arrested Rev. Lepp in 2004 after finding the marijuana plants near his home in Upper Lake, lost of them in clear view of Highway 20.
Lepp said the plants were for patients who had a right to use marijuana with their doctors’ authorization under California law. He also said he was a Rastafarian minister, for whom ganja is a sacrament, and that he was growing the plants for 2,500 members of his church who were sharecroppers.
Federal law prohibits marijuana for any purpose, even in states which have legalized its medicinal use. The appeals court upheld Patel’s refusal to allow Lepp to use his religion as a defense to the charges, ruling his prosecution was due to the government’s “compelling interest in preventing diversion of sacramental marijuana to non-religious users.”
Lepp’s attorney, Michael Hinckley, had argued that the 10-year sentence was grossly disproportionate to the “crimes.” Hinckley said he was disappointed by Wednesday’s ruling.
“The thought of him spending 10 years in prison, in circumstances like these, is tragic,” Hinckley said.

Israeli Nursing Home Prescribes Medical Marijuana

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Moshe Rott tokes up at Hadarim Geriatric Home in Israel

​Even as the Obama Administration inexplicably denies the medical benefits of marijuana, at least one Israeli nursing home is prescribing the herb to its elderly patients, reportedly with great results.

Israel’s Ministry of Health in 2008 approved limited use of medical marijuana, and now that the nation’s elderly residents are eligible for cannabis prescriptions, they’re giving it high marks, reports Andrew Belonsky at death + taxes.
“What does it do? It makes me tranquil and less uptight,” said patient Moshe Rott, reports Eric W. Dolan at Raw Story. “I’m able to take it easy, and I feel restful. Before that my hands were in pain, like someone suffering from Parkinson’s disease. It stopped after three months. My hands don’t shake anymore, and it’s totally different.”

“We were just looking for some kind of medicine that would bring relief, and we found it,” remarked Inbal Koren, head nurse at Hadarim Geriatric Home.
Pain specialist Dr. Bareket Schiff-Karen recommends medical cannabis to some of her patients.
“If the question is relieving pain and leading a normal life as opposed to being dependent on a drug, then why not take that drug to improve one’s quality of living?” Schiff-Karen asked.
“The Ministry of Health claims that these patients possess scientific evidence that their illness can be relieved by using cannabis.”
An instructor from one of the providing companies said that the most crucial point about cannabis is that it’s not dangerous or hazardous to the patient.

Marijuana Strains Used For Medicine

Marijuana Strains used for Medicine

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There are thousands of marijuana strains, with more being bred. Many of these types of marijuana are obscure only known by a select few. All of these have some medical benefit to the user.

There are two main categories of weed:

1) Sativa – Gives you a high, uplifting feeling and a general sense of well being. The effects are more cerebral and less feeling of being stoned within your body.

It can be used to treat Multiple Sclerosis and Epilepsy.

Durban Poison Cannabis and Haze Marijuana are excellent Sativa marijuana strains.

2) Indica – Provide a pleasant body stoned sensation.

It is commonly used for depression, anxiety, pain relief and Insomnia.

Northern Lights marijuana and White Widow are considered to be among the best Indica Cannabis strains.

There are also strains which are a combination of Indica and Sativa.

To find out more about the differences between these categories of weed visit our Sativa vs Indica post.

Here is a short list of the popular strains and what conditions they can be used to treat:

  • white widow Weed – Depression, Anxiety, Reduced Appetite , Cachexia, Hepatitis C and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • purple kush Weed – Pain, Depressive Disorder and Anxiety.
  • Ak 47 Weed – Pain Relief, Stress, Nausea, Depression, Insomnia, Headache
  • Blueberry Marijuana – Chronic pain, Arthralgia, Muscle pain, Diarrhea, Muscle spasm, Insomnia, Emotional lability, AIDS, Nausea, Gastrointestinal disorder, Anorexia, Depressive disorder and Anxiety.

It can be difficult to work out which weed strain you should use to treat your condition.

There can be several different strains which can be used to help you with your ailment or you may have multiple medical conditions. In this case it may be necessary to smoke more than one strain. Also you may build up a resistance to a particular strain, so varying the types of marijuana can be effective.

Your marijuana doctor is the best person to help you choose the right type of marijuana or an experienced budtender can potentially help. Make sure you find out the background of the budtender to see whether they are in a position of authority to give advice on medical marijuana strains.

Our medical conditions page has recommendations of which strains to use to treat particular conditions.

Please have your say on which marijuana strains should be used to treat particular conditions at our forum.

Thanks, Medical Marijuana Blog! http://www.medicalmarijuanablog.com/marijuana-strains

Documentary Planned for Cancer Patient Cured by MMJ

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Cannabis Science Inc. (nasd otcbb:CBIS) a pioneering US biotech company developing pharmaceutical cannabis products, is pleased to announce that it has been contacted by Lynnice Wedewer, Ph.D. who is a 34 year multiple cancer patient survivor who has been cured of 7 of her 8 cancers in a major part because of medical cannabis. Dr. Wedewer wishes to share her story through Cannabis Science and help our case and education towards general acceptance of medical cannabis as a natural and viable treatment for cancer.

In 1979, Iowa passed a medical marijuana law which impacted five children suffering from cancer and who were placed into a cancer treatment program using medical cannabis under the supervision of the University of Iowa. Dr. Wedewer was one of those children and only 1 1/2 years ago did the law in Iowa finally change to allow these patients to finally speak out about their treatment and success stories in battling cancer with medical cannabis.

The Company is excited to feature Dr. Lynnice Wedewer’s cancer success story and testimonial in its upcoming documentary, along with other cancer survivors who were cured through the use of medical cannabis.

Dr. Wedewer runs a website http://www.lynnicewedewer.com where she provides her testimony, speeches, educational material, marijuana facts, interviews and documentaries, and other informational links regarding marijuana.

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Dr. Robert Melamede, Ph. D., Cannabis Science Inc., President & CEO said, “These are exciting times to be part of a burgeoning medical marijuana movement and shedding light on patients who are telling their stories and opening up medical files to demonstrate the cancer curing power of medical cannabis. We are enthusiastic and hopefully that Dr. Lynnice Wedewer’s testimonial and cancer success along with other patient success stories, including profound medical evidence, will help to educate and finally open up the eyes of federal regulators to decriminalize medical cannabis; so more people’s lives can be saved by this natural herbal remedy and stop killing people with man-made pharmaceuticals.”

About Cannabis Science, Inc.

Cannabis Science, Inc. is at the forefront of pharmaceutical grade medical marijuana research and development. The Company works with world authorities on phytocannabinoid science targeting critical illnesses, and adheres to scientific methodologies to develop, produce and commercialize phytocannabinoid-based pharmaceutical products. In sum, we are dedicated to the creation of cannabis-based medicines, both with and without psychoactive properties, to treat disease and the symptoms of disease, as well as for general health maintenance.

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