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ACLU Joins Arizona Medical Marijuana Suit

The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Arizona joined a lawsuit today that seeks to compel Maricopa County to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate as required under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

In this case, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has refused to issue documentation required by the 2010 law indicating that the proposed dispensary location complies with local zoning ordinances.  Montgomery has claimed the law is preempted by the federal Controlled Substances Act.

“Maricopa County is attempting to thwart the will of the people. Voters approved this measure so patients who suffer from serious medical conditions can have safe and reliable access to their medicine,” said Ezekiel Edwards, director of the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project. “The regulation of drugs and medicine is traditionally a power exercised by the states, and the Constitution allows Arizona and the federal government to make different policy choices in these arenas.”

Edwards said Sun City’s White Mountain Health Center dispensary would fill a vital need for patients in the surrounding retirement community who are suffering from illnesses such as HIV, cancer, glaucoma, and agitation of Alzheimer’s disease and have not responded to other medication. Medical marijuana has been found to relieve symptoms such as pain, nausea and appetite loss.

“Marijuana is still largely criminalized in Arizona. However, Arizona has chosen, as is its right, to decriminalize and regulate the medicinal use of marijuana,” Edwards said. “Federal law does not prevent Arizona voters from decriminalizing conduct that remains criminal under federal law.”

A hearing where today’s court filing will be addressed is scheduled for October 19th.

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Medical Marijuana Inhibits Spread of Breast Cancer

For years, cancer patients have used marijuana to combat the side effects of chemotherapy.

But a new study furthers support for many patients’ belief that marijuana has the potential to impede the spread of cancer itself.

Japanese researches found that cannabidiol (CBD), the miracle of component of cannabis that has been shown to have profound efficacy as a pain reliever, also has an anti-proliferative effect on cancer cells.

CBD is obtained from its parent molecule, cannabidiolic acid (CBDA). Results of the current investigation revealed that CBDA inhibits migration of the highly invasive MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cells.

The Marijuana Doctor at Precision Medical Group is excited that researchers continue to mount evidence that marijuana serves many medicinal purposes.

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