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Medical Marijuana Industry News September 21, 2012

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New Evidence Showing Marijuana Fighting Cancer Emerges… has been providing updates on studies that highlight marijuana’s potential provide medical relief.  Many of these studies show pain relief, while others have demonstrated that cannabis may hold the ability to actually fight cancer.  Several years ago, there was a government study released showing this.  More recently, Rick Simpson’s California Tears Hemp Oil has received praise from many who have used it to help fight their own cancer.  Only months ago, Tommy Chong announced he would be seeking similar treatment.  Although many of these breakthroughs have not received the deserved attention, it appears a new study is gaining a little more visibility.  Huffington Post is reporting that two researchers from California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco identified a compound in marijuana that can stop the metastasis of many aggressive forms of cancer.  One of the researchers leading the study, Pierre Desprez, described the findings by saying “It took us about 20 years of research to figure this out, but we are very excited.”  The findings seem to revolve around cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid that has received a great deal of attention as of late.  This is also the cannabinoid found in the newly created Israeli marijuana that produces pain relief with no psychedelic effects.  Desprez has been studying the ID1 gene, which causes cancer to spread.  With the help of another scientist, Sean McAllister, who has studied CBD in depth, the two were able to determine that CBD can stop the spreading of cancer.  Desprez also said “What we found was that his Cannabidiol could essentially ‘turn off’ the ID-1… “We likely would not have found this on our own, That’s why collaboration is so essential to scientific discovery.”  Scientific collaboration on the issue can be difficult as experimenting with marijuana is often not allowed under current U.S. law.


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Fiona Apple Arrested for Marijuana Possession…

This week has been an eventful one in terms of musicians and marijuana.  Earlier this week we reported that Lady Gaga smoked a joint on stage during a performance in Amsterdam and praised the benefits of marijuana.  Now we have learned that longtime musician, Fiona Apple, has now been linked to marijuana.  However Fiona Apple was arrested at a border stop in Sierra Blanca Texas due to marijuana and hashish possession.  While the marijuana charge is a misdemeanor, possessing any amount hashish is considered a felony in Texas The singer has been on tour for her fourth studio album “The Idler Wheel”.  This particular border checkpoint in Sierra Blanca has also been a problem for other entertainers as Willie Nelson and Snoop Dog have also been caught with marijuana there.  It is unclear how severe her charges will be.

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Boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Tests Positive for Marijuana

Julio Cesar Chávez Jr. comes from a family of boxers with a rich history.  His father, Julio Cesar Chávez is often mentioned as the best fighter to ever come out of Mexico.  Chavez Jr.’s brother is also a professional boxer.  Chavez junior was a champion in his own right and only lost his WBC championship belt to Sergio Martinez only days ago, a title he held since June of 2011.  Unfortunately for Chavez Jr. he may be at risk to lose more as he recently tested positive for marijuana.  Because his previous fight was in Las Vegas, Chavez Jr. will face a review from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  Chavez Jr. has prior issues such as a DWI so it is unclear how the commission will rule.  In theory they could revoke his license to fight or make him forfeit the entire $3 million purse from the Martinez fight.  Chavez Jr.’s promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, tried to calm the situation down.  He said “I can’t really get excited about it. There’s no promoter in boxing who could pass the marijuana test, including myself.  “Julio is going to have to explain to the commission what happened and the commission will be guided accordingly. If there was a trace of marijuana, to me, it’s not the same as using a performance-enhancing drug. That is cheating.”  The issue of treating marijuana as a performance enhancer has come under fire especially as recent Olympians were banned from the games solely based on testing positive for marijuana.


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Tommy Chong Uses Hemp Oil to Treat Prostate Cancer

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Tommy Chong has been making people smile for decades with his work that includes standup comedy, his role in the “Cheech and Chong” movies, and regular appearances on “That 70s Show”.  While often playing a silly but harmless “stoner”, we know that Mr. Chong is an engaging and serious intellectual as well.

Tommy Chong has been a long time advocate of marijuana’s benefits so we at were saddened to hear that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.  He will be attempting to fight his cancer by using hemp oil.  The upbeat Chong recently said “I’ve got prostate cancer, and I’m treating it with hemp oil, with cannabis, so legalizing marijuana means a lot more to me than just being able to smoke a joint without being arrested.”

He is not the first person to recognize the great potential hemp oil may possess in the fight against cancer.  There have been recent stories from patients regarding hemp oil fighting cancer.  One famous benefactor of hemp oil’s healing is Rick Simpson. Simpson is considered a pioneer in this field and his method of using the concentrated oil has caught the attention of many.  Additionally there are other non publicized studies showing how cannabis may be able to combat serious medical conditions.  Here’s an official United States government study conducted in 2006 that shows THC battling leukemia.

Some Members of were fortunate enough to meet Mr. Chong at a rally in front of Los Angeles’ City Hall.  He was extremely kind and personable.  We hope that utilizing the hemp oil works for Tommy Chong and that his high profile story opens up a serious national discussion on alternative approaches to serious medical conditions.  If cannabis has the potential to cure diseases that modern medicine is inept to fix, then we must demand that more research is conducted.  However, we also simply wish whatever treatments Tommy Chong uses that he has a speedy recovery.  This is one of the nicest individuals we have ever met and the world could use his kindness for years to come.

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Cypress Hill Smokeout for Safe Access Protest Shows Huge Support for Patients

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Although a vast majority of Americans support physicians prescribing marijuana for medical relief, the federal government and now Los Angeles City Council have targeted medical cannabis collectives.  As reported yesterday from the rally, patients and advocates took action and protested the recent actions by local and federal municipalities.

Those in attendance gathered at city hall and marched to a local federal building in order to show opposition to the actions of both city and federal agents.  The march occurred with almost no legal issues.  Witnesses did observe one patient being arrested for medicating as the crowd gathered before the march.  So far we have no indication that there were any further issues between law enforcement and attendees.  The hundreds who took part in the march displayed their passion and enthusiasm as chants of “DEA, GO AWAY” were directed toward local federal offices.  Drivers passing by acknowledged their support by pressing loudly on their horns

The event even boasted celebrity credentials as both Tommy Chong and B-Real of Cypress Hill took part in the protest.  Tommy Chong serenaded the crowd with a song as they recognized his long term dedication to marijuana reform by chanting “Patient #1”.  Cypress Hill and Americans For Safe Access helped to organize the event that serves as a precursor for the sure to be popular Cypress Hill Smokeout this weekend.  The event will feature Korn, Mobb Deep, Sublime With Rome, Wolfgang Gartner as well as many other artists and surprise guests. will also be there so come visit our tent.

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