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  1. It is an exciting time for a once roaring city, now troubled by economic growth and the heroin crisis. Akron City council deliberations yesterday (5/1/2017), were a victory for Medical Marijuana overturning the moratorium. In September, 2016 the city implemented a moratorium on medical marijuana moving forth, until the council had a chance to review HB523, and regulations. The city also requested feedback from residents. However, council members had concerns, making statements such as Cleveland.com reported, “Ohio Legislature legalized medical marijuana this summer, but has yet to issue rules and regulations regarding licensing and physician recommendations," Horrigan said in a news release. “I introduced a one-year moratorium on the cultivation, processing or sale of medical marijuana in Akron in order to thoughtfully and diligently study the effect of the new law on our neighborhoods and determine the best path forward. This moratorium does not affect the ability of patients to legally use medical marijuana in Akron with a physician recommendation." Yesterday that order was lifted, unanimously. Councilman Jeff Fusco says there’s plenty of credit to go around for the law’s passage. “You gotta hand it to Mayor Horrigan and his administration, staff, the planning department, there’s public safety forces, the police department. We’ve had practically every department here in the city of Akron weigh in on this particular piece. And so it’s been well thought out, it’s been many, many months of research, discussion and trying to find out best practices.” However, this did not come easy, as many individuals voiced why this is imperative. “I’m going to smoke it anyway,” said Joe Fugo, who attended the afternoon public hearing at City Hall but did not stand up to speak. Fugo said he’s suffered from post-traumatic stress since returning from service in Vietnam. On April 14, 2011 (he remembers the day vividly), he stopped taking the 22 daily pills prescribed by doctors at a Veterans Affairs hospital. Instead, he found someone to sell him weed. He’s been smoking ever since. “This bud’s for me,” Fugo said he supports medical marijuana even though he can’t get it. The VA, an arm of the federal government, has no doctor who will prescribe a drug considered illegal under federal law. Leah Levinstein, a Highland Square resident, also attended the public hearing. “He’s a really cool kid, really creative,” Levinstein said. “However, the medications that we’re giving him now … are causing a lot of side effects that are hard to watch a 7-year-old boy go through.” Marijuana “might help improve his life,” she said, without endangering his liver (a potential side effect that requires the fishy pill) or making him tired or aggressive, as does an antipsychotic pill taken three times daily to stave off the seizures. “We would like access to cannabis for our son,” said Levinstein, who’s read promising studies. “We don’t know if it will help him. But we know right now, your lifting the moratorium [on sales and production] is one more step to allowing him to have access to that.” More pleas, continued including a member of Akron/Kent NORML, Jolie Townsend-Moyer representing the lobbying group, including touching on her personal needs with battling incurable lymphoma cancer, sharing her story of cancer treatments causing additional cancers, which she developed thyroid cancer. She further spoke about current lobbying efforts, referencing the needs of Akron. Rejuvenation efforts are underway…medical marijuana has a 20% minimum reduction of opiate addiction/overdoses. Poverty rate of Akron is 32% compared to the state average of 20.6%. African Americans being arrested at 8 times compared to whites, for minor possession. Akron can gain a well-known economic status again, and bring back the city in the same as "Goodyear boom days”, Jolie stated. She then includes how difficult mobility can be for patients. Akron/Kent NORML will continue these efforts for decriminalization of minor procession in Akron with a citizen’s initiative. (Wendy Bee - President, Jolie Moyer-Townsend – Vice President, Samantha Farrell – Communications, Nycole Cromer-Brownfield – Secretary) Akron council, displayed care and compassion while keeping in mind the legal aspects required. One thing is for sure this council has their residents in mind more than political agendas.
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    Please join Akron/Kent NORML at our Public Meeting. Mission Statement Akron-Kent NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty. Akron-Kent NORML is an officially recognized affiliate of Ohio NORML, The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, located in Washington D.C. Akron - Kent NORML Chapter meeting Sunday, April 9th, 2017 Acme Fresh Market Community Room At 1835 W. Market St. Akron Ohio 44313 check back often! Contact us with any questions Phone: 330-552-8420 Email: akronkent@ohionorml.org http://www.ohionorml.org/akron_kent About Akron-Kent NORML Akron-Kent NORML is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which seeks to represent the interests of Ohio citizens who believe the medical and recreational use of marijuana should no longer be a crime. Check us out and meet up with with friendly, like-minded people to discuss issues surrounding both marijuana and the laws governing its use. Through civil and political action, we can advance our state's drug laws toward a more sensible policy. Ending marijuana prohibition is not a partisan issue. Prohibition is a conservative issue, a liberal issue, a libertarian issue, it affects us all and crosses all political boundaries. Meeting locations and dates are announced in advance on this site, Facebook & Twitter.
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    Please join Akron/Kent NORML at our Public Meeting. Mission Statement Akron-Kent NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty. Akron-Kent NORML is an officially recognized affiliate of Ohio NORML, The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, located in Washington D.C. Akron - Kent NORML Chapter meeting Sunday, March 19th at 2 PM - 4:00 PM Acme meeting room, 3235 Manchester Rd, Akron, Ohio 44319 check back often! Contact us with any questions Phone: 330-552-8420 Email: akronkent@ohionorml.org http://www.ohionorml.org/akron_kent About Akron-Kent NORML Akron-Kent NORML is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which seeks to represent the interests of Ohio citizens who believe the medical and recreational use of marijuana should no longer be a crime. Check us out and meet up with with friendly, like-minded people to discuss issues surrounding both marijuana and the laws governing its use. Through civil and political action, we can advance our state's drug laws toward a more sensible policy. Ending marijuana prohibition is not a partisan issue. Prohibition is a conservative issue, a liberal issue, a libertarian issue, it affects us all and crosses all political boundaries. Meeting locations and dates are announced in advance on this site, Facebook & Twitter.
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    Please join Akron/Kent NORML at our First Public Meeting. Acme meeting room 4445 Kent Rd. Stow, Ohio 44224 February 19th, 2017 2:00pm - 4:20pm
  6. Hemp CBD Series - Part 2 How Hemp CBD works: In part 1 of this CBD series, you were introduced to a small portion healing effects hemp CBD has on medical conditions. Part 2 is much more in depth as we continue to explore the glorious healing powers of Hemp CBD. Understanding the endocannabinoid system The ‘endocannabinoid system’ is the largest neurotransmitter system in the human body, regulating relaxation, eating, sleeping, and memory. Discovered in 1995, the endocannabinoid system powers to heal and balance the other systems of the body by turning on or off the expression of genes. Cannabinoids hold the key that unlocks receptor sites throughout the brain and immune system triggering. There are two types of cannabinoid receptors in the body as previously mentioned, the CB1 receptors found primarily in the brain and the central nervous system, while the CB2 receptors that are distributed but primarily found in the immune system. These receptors respond to cannabinoids, naturally in your body and from diet, as we know gut health is essential to health. “Deficient cannabinoid levels may be the underlying cause of numerous conditions alleviated by cannabis.”– Ethan Russo (Senior medical advisor GWPH) Supplementing the body’s cannabinoid supply could be of benefit, need depending. Essential fatty acids like Omega-3 have received a recent amount of attention, because hemp CBD is "high" in fatty acid, an absolute must, when understand the cannabinoid system. There are three types of cannabinoids known to scientists today: endocannabinoids (found within the human body), phytocannabinoids (found in the cannabis plant), and synthetic cannabinoids (created in a lab). So we now understand that deficiencies in the endocannabinoid system, can be the biggest contributors. Medscape suggests, these deficiencies contribute to the following: Chronic Stress Obesity Nervous system Heart and Blood vessels Cancer (sigh) Gastrointestinalsystem Liver Reproductive system Skeletal system Continuing our journey in part 3, will be the break down of each deficiency/illness, Pharmacological Therapy through phytocannabinoids Hemp CBD.
  7. Hemp CBD Series - #1 Scientific research now points to the many health benefits of CBD. Cannabidiol is a component but without the psychoactive effects, that THC can produce. Research shows, CBD helps with some of the the following aliments but this is a small portion. Appetite: Some illnesses and pharmaceutical drugs decrease the appetite to the point of preventing the body from healing itself. CBD stimulates appetite, according to the National Cancer Institute. Analgesic: CBDs bind to CBD1 receptors in the body to relieve pain. CBD also has an anti-inflammatory effect for reduction of swelling. Anxiety: Treatment with CBD may be better and more effective alternative than anti-depressants because it acts quickly and does not cause side effects or withdrawal symptoms such as Benzodiazepine drugs. Cancer Spread: The National Cancer Institute details several studies into the anti-tumor effects of CBD. One study by California Pacific Medical Center suggests CBD “turns off” the gene involved in the spread of breast cancer. Anti-psychotic: CBD relieves psychotic symptoms associated with schizophrenia, according to research by University of Cologne in Germany. Good new is hemp CBD is LEGAL in all 50 States. Unfortunately, the bad coming from government agencies. CBD is not FDA approved or regulated. When interviewed by the U.S. News, Jeff Ventura says the FDA “has not issued guidance or an opinion on these kinds of products, but the agency reserves the right to take action when appropriate to preserve and protect the public health.” Keep in mind, the DEA is not legally required to follow the FDA's advice, which is very concerning. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has stated, "marijuana may be helpful for certain medical conditions and symptoms." In January 2015, American Academy of Pediatrics Calls for DEA to Reclassify Marijuana. Further studies with marijuana plants and primary components is important and must continuously need researching. Especially, on the benefits of it's TWO primary components, CBD (non-phycoactive) and THC (the euphoric "high"). When it comes to CBD products, several companies have been under scrutiny with the FDA, letters have been sent out with warnings to the following, Canna Companion, CBD life, Hemp oil care, Natural organic solutions, and Twin fall bio tech. These letters have no legal recourse, but as consumers this is important information when choosing the right product for you. Third party testing is available, to verify products and quality. Researching brands before making your selection is the best when making a selection. Stay turned for further information on this CBD series.
  8. Ohio doctors are not ready to take the risk just yet to recommend Medical Marijuana to patients in Ohio (Part 1) Today I met with a physician, to gather an idea of the fear's and concerns that Ohio doctor's face with medical marijuana. The fear isn't just with the medical board and risks of loosing their license, as previously thought. They see liability and insurance concerns to be at the top of the list. The problem is most doctor's are within a group or hospital, which mean their malpractice insurance is covered by that group, such as hospitals, clinics, ect. However, knowing that most private practices are of the dinosaur age, finding a physician that is willing to leave their group, is and will be a task, considering they no longer have the same insurance protection and will need to pay out of pocket for their own malpractice insurance. The costs of this can easily start at $30,000. Which is why private practice is being pushed out in the first place. The "unknown" liability aspects are of major concern, example if your patients is using medical cannabis, within the legalities of HB 523, and the patient drives while being under the influence of prescription medications, including recommended cannabis, is it possible that legal action can be taken against the "recommending physician". In addition, some medical professionals are under the assumption that they aren't just writing recommendations, but their impression without legal representation, is they are writing a prescription for the individual patients and have no knowledge of what strains or CBD & THC content needed, for specific diseases outlined on the house bill. He also, mentioned that most physicians have not researched the potentially uses and possible dangers associated, and it isn't that they don't see potential, but from a medical standpoint, there simply isn't enough United States backing research. It appears the "unknowns" are the cause of majority of licensed doctor's to not want to be the first to take that leap, even with knowing, that immunity as outlined in HB 523, provides protection of liabilities. Another issue is, the overall unknowns coming from the committee, what changes might take place, how will those changes effect certified recommending physicians, and what happens when those changes are made. In short how will this effect my future as an Ohio state licensed medical doctor, and how can I maintain my patients needs, if changes will be implemented, down the road. As, he stated this is just the beginning, and physician's and patient's need to know understand the road is long, and as seen in other legal states, it leaves out those who cannot afford the medical marijuana needs, and veteran's are still left out, when it comes to using the V.A. for their medical needs. Stay tuned for part 2 of this deeper look into what's holding physicians back.
  9. Part 1-Why aren't doctors taking the plunge Today I met with a physician, to gather an idea of the fear's and concerns that Ohio doctor's face with medical marijuana. The fear isn't just with the medical board and risks of loosing their license, as previously thought. They see liability and insurance concerns to be at the top of the list. The problem is most doctor's are within a group or hospital, which mean their malpractice insurance is covered by that group, such as hospitals, clinics, ect... However, knowing that most private practices are of the dinosaur age, finding a physician that is willing to leave their group, is and will be a task, considering they no longer have the same insurance protection and will need to pay out of pocket for their own malpractice insurance. The costs of this can easily start at $30,000. Which is why private practice is being pushed out in the first place. The "unknown" liability aspects are of major concern, example if your patients is using medical cannabis, within the legalities of HB523, and the patient drives while being under the influence of prescription medications, including recommended cannabis, is it possible that legal action can be taken against the "recommending physician". In addition, some medical professionals are under the assumption that they aren't just writting recommendations, but their impression without legal representation, is they are writting a prescription for the individual patients and have no knowledge of what strains or cbd/thc content needed, for specific diseases outlined on the house bill. He also, mentioned that most physicians have not researched the potentially uses and possible dangers associated, and it isn't that they don't see potential, but from a medical standpoint, there simply isn't enough United States backing research. It appears the "unknowns" are the cause of majority of licensed doctor's to not want to be the first to take that leap, even with knowing, that immunity as outlined in HB523, provides protection of liabilities. Another issue is, the overall unknowns coming from the commitee, what changes might take place, how will those changes effect certified recommending physicians, and what happens when those changes are made. In short how will this effect my future as an Ohio state licenced medical doctor, and how can I maintain my patients needs, if changes will be implemented, down the road. As, he stated this is just the beginning, and physician's and patient's need to know understand the road is long, and as seen in other legal states, it leaves out those who cannot afford the medical marijuana needs, and veteran's are still left out, when it comes to using the V.A. for their medical needs.