Cannabis brings relief to a wide variety of body systems and ills

For over 3,500 years, various strains of the green herb Cannabis sativa, or true hemp, have been among the most widely used of medicinal plants. This includes civilizations in China, India, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Cannabis was used in the USA from 1850 to 1937 to treat more than 100 distinct diseases or conditions. The Journal of the American Medical Association ran a 1995 commentary supporting the medical use of marijuana and calling for increased research. Soon thereafter, the...

Plant tend harvest prepare and store

Cannabis takes root as either seedlings or cuttings (clones). Later, male plants are cut out of the garden to prevent pollination. Female plants grow to full maturity before being cut and harvested. About 75 of the fresh weight is moisture that is lost in the drying process. T he quantity possessed by the patient or the primary caregiver, and the form and manner in which it is possessed, should be reasonably related to the patient's current medical needs. Almost half of the dried plant matter...

OCBC Sales subject to federal ban

Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Coop. that the doctrine of medical necessity does not give marijuana providers a defense against federal distribution charges, even within state borders to seriously ill patients who have tried all other alternatives. It did not rule on individual necessity. T he Controlled Substances Act reflects a determination that marijuana has no medical benefits worthy of an exception (outside the confines of a Government-approved research project)....

CA Appeals Court Trippet Decision

Any amount of cannabis cultivated, possessed or transported must be reasonably related to its current use. A physician's determination on this medical issue is not to be second-guessed by jurors who might not deem the patient's condition to be sufficiently serious. CA Court of Appeals, People v. Spark (2004) C.A.5th 08-02-2004 F042331. Cite 04 C.D.O.S. 6972 In Bearman v. Joseph (2004) 117 Cal.App.4th 463 the Court affirmed that the medical records are confidential. Patient Myron Mower took his...

Cities and Counties are empowered

Localities are empowered to adopt new guidelines, as long as the amounts are no lower than the state floor. They can expand these guidelines, such as Sonoma and Humboldt Counties allowing up to three pounds and 100 square feet of canopy. HS 11362.77(c) Counties and cities may retain or enact medical marijuana guidelines allowing qualified patients or primary care-givers to exceed the state limits set forth in subdivision (a). Why do localities expand the SB 420 floor guidelines Because it is a...

Controlled Substances Act of 1970

Criteria for the highest prohibited drug schedule in Schedule I (includes heroin, cannabis) requirements A. The substance has a high potential for abuse. B. The substance has no currently accepted medical use in C. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision. Left to Right David Michael, Diane Monson, Randy Barnett, Angel McClary Raich and Robert Raich argued for patients' medical rights at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San...

Local implementation is mandatory

To ensure that qualified patients, caregivers and collectives are protected all over the state, every county is required to implement the voluntary ID card system. HS 11362.71.(b) Every county health department, or the county's designee, shall do all of the following (1) Provide applications upon request to individuals seeking to join the identification card program. (2) Receive and process completed applications in accordance with Section 11362.72. (3) Maintain records of identification card...

Many small plants or a few big ones

The following reference chart shows how many rounded plants of similar size can fit within 100 square feet of total garden canopy Individual plant size 1 plant at 9-11' diameter each 64 to 95 sq' 2 at 7-8' diameter 38 to 50 sq' 3 at 6' diameter 28 sq' _ 5 at 5' diameter 20 sq' 14 at 3' diameter (typical outdoor girth) 7 sq' 99 plants at 1.25' diameter 1 sq' 125 plants at 1' diameter. 0.7854 sq' Most gardens naturally produce an assortment of plants of different sizes. A typical mature outdoor...

The canopy size predicts yield

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted scientific research with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the University of Mississippi, published in the 1992 DOJ report, Cannabis Yields. Both seeded and sinsemilla plants of several seed varieties were measured. The NIDA data in Table 3 includes leaf with the bud, and therefore requires an additional adjustment to arrive at the true garden yield below. Canopy is a term used in agriculture to describe the foliage of growing...

Wright Guidelines are not a ceiling

Any such guidelines cannot override Prop 215 and are unconstitutional if construed as limits. In any case, the Supreme Court Wrightdecision held that patients have a right to a jury instruction to defend greater quantities. S ponsors of Senate Bill No. 420 made clear that, although couched in mandatory terms, the amounts set forth in section 11362.77, subdivision (a) were intended to be the threshold, not the ceiling. In this case, defendant presented testimony at trial by his doctor that the...

California legal code

State laws may change during the legislative session or at any time in the courts. For the full text of any California statutory law or status of pending state legislation see http www.leginfo.ca.gov Health & Safety Code 11018 Marijuana means all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not the seeds thereof the resin extracted from any part of the plant and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds, or resin. It does not...

CA Appeals Court Urziceanu Decision

The People v Urziceanu case established that patient collectives can, in certain circumstances, distribute cannabis for cash. The state Supreme Court is now considering similar issues in People v. Mentch. T he Legislature also exempted those qualifying patients and primary caregivers who collectively or cooperatively cultivate marijuana for medical purposes from criminal sanctions for possession for sale, transportation or furnishing marijuana, maintaining a location for unlawfully selling,...

Table 4 Sinsemilla bud yields per square foot of garden canopy

(Oven dry. calculated from the DEA data above.) 222 grams x 0.48 106.56 g (3.76 oz) 9 square feet 274 grams x 0.48 131.52 g (4.64 oz) 9 square feet 233 grams x 0.48 111.84 g (3.95 oz) 18 square feet 215 grams x 0.48 103.2 g (3.64 oz) 9 square feet Average plant canopy size Average oven-dry bud yield per plant Average oven-dry bud per square foot Average air-dry bud* per square foot 11.25 square feet 4 ounces 0.38 ounce 0.41 ounce ' Adds 10 moisture, per the IND suggestion) GARDEN ADVERSITY...

Systemic Effects Symptomatic Relief

The cannabinoids attach to special receptor sites in the brain and other parts of the body. While much is known about how they affect the body in general, some of the mechanisms remain unknown, and their effect on the individual can vary greatly. The general scope of effect on body systems and symptom mitigations make cannabis therapeutics beneficial for many diseases, some of which are specified in state laws. California allows its use for listed health problems plus any other condition that a...

Respiratory effects of inhaled cannabis vapor andor smoke

Cannabis Respiratory Effect

* Possible health risks caused by long-term dehydration and buildup of smoke residues not yet fully assessed t Minor bronchitis risk, no cancer or emphysema link. * Possible health risks caused by long-term dehydration and buildup of smoke residues not yet fully assessed t Minor bronchitis risk, no cancer or emphysema link. Cannabis stimulates the cardiovascular system, like mild exercise, or falling in love Stimulates heart rate, dilates blood vessels throughout circulatory system. Cannabis...

Different methods similar yields

Depending on their interest and abilities, individuals may plant a medicine garden outdoors or inside, under electric lamps. Most patients have difficulty gauging their future yield, so barring clear evidence of sales or diversion, even seemingly large gardens may be honest efforts to comply. California Narcotics Officers Association trainer and Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement expert Earl Mick Mollica, testified on December 15, 2000 (People v. Urziceanu, Sacramento), I have seen plants that...

Federal cannabis garden and yield study

Table 3 Average leaf plus flower yields at maturity for high planting densities 9 ft. sq. 9 ft. sq. 18 ft. sq. 9 ft. sq. 222 grams 274 grams 233 grams 215 grams *Yield Oven dry weight of usable leaf and bud from mature 120 day or older plants. *Yield Oven dry weight of usable leaf and bud from mature 120 day or older plants. Source Cannabis Yields. US Department of Justice (DOJ), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), 1992. Table 1, page 3. Ratio of sinsemilla bud to leaf, excluding stems and...