Saturday, December 24, 2011

Montel Williams Opens Medical Marijuana Center

Open your own medicinal dispensary

Over the course of the past couple of years I have been approached to give my official opinion on the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Somehow the conversation always turns to legalizing it altogether.

I have remained relatively quiet on the subject because I feel I have an obligation as a lung cancer survivor and founder of the GFLCCO to approach the matter cautiously and therefore I avoid the matter publicly as much as possible. But the question keeps surfacing and I thought it time to take a serious look at the subject.

My hesitation to give an opinion fell upon my lack of knowledge as to the health effects in relation to the lungs and respiratory system of the average marijuana smoker.

So I called upon the people who know these things and asked for research material and data so that I could educate myself with the actual health concerns.

What I am prepared to present to you is a brief history of marijuana, the legal issues, the health impact, the financial ramifications, social impact and where the true opposition can be found. Keep in mind that I write based on facts from scientific research but also marinated overnight in my opinions and maybe some hazy memories from days gone by.

So, plug in your lava lights, fluff up your beanbag chair and prepare the munchies and if you can't read with an open mind, I suggest maybe you wait for the movie. Let's take a little walk on the wild side shall we?

First a quick definition of what we are talking about. The plant that produces marijuana, as is well known, is the hemp plant, cannabis sativa. The pharmacologically active ingredient in marijuana is tetra-hydro-cannabin. (THC). THC is what provides the euphoric effects which include a heightened perception as well as mood altering and relaxation qualities that makes marijuana the worlds choice of recreational drug and the second most widely smoked substance worldwide with an estimated 166 million users. The number one smoked substance of course being tobacco.

It is estimated that about 30% of adults in the U.S. use marijuana.

Now let me give you the Readers digest history lesson of Marijuana.

Marijuana has been used by people from around the world for thousands of years. From 7000 to 8000 BC, fabric and rope were woven from hemp.

China notes usage of hemp for food as early as 6000 BC and began growing the plant on a large scale for food, fabric and to treat a wide variety of health issues as early at 2750 BC.

Scythian tribes were using hemp for clothing, and medicine as well as leaving it as offerings in Royal tombs around 1500 BC.

In 1200 BC cannabis became known as one of the Five sacred plants of India.

900 BC it's found in the Middle East, In 500 BC it's found throughout Europe.

I do not have exact dates on when marijuana use became part of rituals in the Native American, Mayan or Incan cultures, but I would imagine it falls somewhere on our brief timeline.

I can tell you that in 1492 a blurry-eyed Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Looking for the New World and a box of Twinkies and bringing cannabis to the East coast of North America.

In 1619 a law was passed in Jamestown, Virginia requiring farmers to grow hemp.

George Washington grew hemp as his primary crop at Mount Vernon in 1797 and Thomas Jefferson grew it as a secondary crop at Monticello.

By the late 1800, Turkish smoking parlors were all over the Eastern United States.

In 1908 Henry Ford produced the first model T fueled by...yep you guessed it, hemp ethanol.

In 1906 the Pure foods and drugs act was put into place to regulate drugs by the government.

By 1913 States began to adopt marijuana laws beginning with ( Sit down for this it's going to make your head spin) California, quickly followed by other states.

It was in 1930 with bales of marijuana arriving in the U.S. that the government named prohibitionist Harry J. Anslinger as the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

Over the next thirty four years this man was instrumental in forming not only our country's but the worlds opinion of marijuana use and it's negative effects on society. The result, many of the laws in effect today accompanied by a brilliantly manipulated public view of a plant that otherwise would be found growing in public parks.

So marijuana moved quickly from no regulation and world wide acceptance to not only an illegal status but one backed by so much negative publicity and propaganda that for a time much of the public thought you could actually go insane from smoking it. Ansilinger's scared straight approach on controlling marijuana was,once again, nothing short of brilliant.

Looking at the legal issues of marijuana, you'll find some interesting things. In the 1950s, part of the anti drug propaganda of the day was to link marijuana to the growing heroin problem listing it as a gateway drug and allowing for much harsher penalties then in the past.

On and on it goes with stiffer penalties including life sentences for second offenders of marijuana position in certain states. We could go step by step, inch by inch, through this time line but I think you get the point.

So lets jump to the sixties where generations were colliding and a growing marijuana culture bumped heads with a fierce anti drug, law and order, President. Interesting that the same people who were clamoring for stiffer penalties began to lighten their steps when it became more and more evident that the majority of people being charged with marijuana related crimes at the time were their own children. With this new revelation came the Controlled Substance Act of 1969 which eliminated mandatory jail time and reduced penalties for possession.

In 1972 The National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse released a report stating that marijuana should be available for private use in the home and that the herb should be decriminalized. It's reported that President Nixon promptly discarded the report without reading it. His response, the forming of the D.E.A also in 1972.

Each President since then has taken the popular public stance and each state since then has continued to bounce between state and federal laws so to talk about the legal ramifications any further would just be redundant. But before we put that thought to bed, please take a second and do a little math in your head, and give me a rough dollar amount on the cost to arrest, take to trial, and incarcerate every nickel and dime marijuana case since 1930.

So let's get into the heart of the matter for me, the health effects as related to the respiratory system.

We'll take a minute and discus not only the medical marijuana issue, but the research provided to me regarding lung cancer and respiratory effects.

I received a copy of an editorial and back round research written by D.P Tashkin which appears in volume 35 of the European Respiratory Journal entitled, "Does cannabis use predispose to chronic airflow obstruction?" It is from this source that I base my thoughts on the medical ramifications of legalizing marijuana. Let me assure you that I am strongly trying to resist the urge to type something to the effect of "You would have to be stoned to understand all the variances of clinical research findings." Bad joke but I couldn't let it go.

There seems to be plenty of research out there based off of case studies with focus on the effects of smoking marijuana in regards to airflow obstruction of both large and small airways as well as studies regarding lung cancer.

Rather then present each individual study to you which is not the point of this article, I'll offer my conclusion of what I have learned.

After the smoke has cleared, (how could anyone resist that one?) it seems that the findings, although sometimes hazy,(these are the jokes, folks.) points to marijuana smoking causing a mild, but significant narrowing of larger airways but no demonstrable abnormality involving smaller airways. Studies show that marijuana smokers show a higher prevalence of symptoms of chronic bronchitis than non smokers. Overall the weight of evidence does not seem to indicate an adverse effect of marijuana smoking on airway dynamics nor did I see anything that led me to believe that smoking marijuana in itself would lead to an increased risk of COPD.

Unfortunately, the two case studies provided concerning cannabis smoking in relation to lung cancer were inconclusive which to me, leaving this question unanswered is the equivalent of jumping out of the plane and then looking to see if you remembered your parachute.

Medicinal marijuana has been found to have positive effects with cancer patients as far as helping to control nausea and increasing appetite with no notable long term effects. It is for this reason that I am interested in this subject. Although I don't think that chronic writers cramp necessarily merit's a prescription for marijuana, the use of marijuana to offer relief to the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation as well as helping to alleviate some stress for a cancer patient is a priceless commodity.

Now that we have the history and the health effects, lets look at the effects of legalizing marijuana.

We would all be quite naïve not to realize that there would be both positives and negatives if decriminalization took place.

I believe if managed correctly, it wouldn't take long for the government to figure out how to tax, license and regulate the new industry to the hilt. This would of course bring some well needed relief to individual state budgets as well as a Federal boost.

Main street USA would see a desperately needed boom as new store fronts and marijuana related businesses begin to take root and grow.(Sorry) Additional jobs created by farming and transporting marijuana to market.. Law enforcement duties replaced by regulatory offices responsible for maintaining integrity in a once taboo now acceptable industry.

For every yin there is a yang and someone is going to lose out in legalization.

The obvious would be anyone who makes a living illegally producing and selling marijuana and anyone who currently produces medicinal marijuana.

The next and maybe biggest loser could be the combination of pharmaceutical manufacturing and medical insurance providers. It is no secret that marijuana has the capacity to effectively eliminate a large portion of questionable prescribed drugs and replace them with the same results and better side effects at a fraction of the cost. Also eliminating the need for a portion of office visits which would instead be replaced by a trip to your backyard garden or flower box. One could assume that the alcohol related industries might see a decline.

So here are my thoughts.

Shortly after I finished my treatments for lung cancer, it dawned on me that I had developed a problem with prescribed pain killers. I stopped taking them immediately and I must tell you it was tough not only on me but my family who had to endure my wrath as the narcotics and I parted company.

I often wonder how many people end up "hooked" to a prescribed addiction?

Thirty percent of the adults in the United States admitted to currently using marijuana so I would think you could add another fifteen percent for people who would never admit it. If that many people are going to use it why not legalize and regulate it to ensure that what is out there is safe?

The U.S. government currently holds a patent for synthetic marijuana development, obviously the medicinal values are undeniable, the troubling point is that it's natural there is no reason to make it synthetically unless you wanted to force people to buy pills instead of plant a garden.

How much blood has been spilled over a plant? How many lives could be spared if it were legal?

Keeping in mind that I haven't used marijuana for over a quarter of a century(ouch). So I am not an expert I will leave you with my final thoughts.

The selling point for me is that there is no overwhelming evidence that would tell you that the consequences for marijuana use would outweigh the benefit either medicinally or as a recreational drug. I think that substituting cannabis for vicodin would be a huge step in the right direction.

As a current lung cancer survivor, I have to recommend a good brownie mix if it were to become legal since anytime you place a chemical into your airways you are taking a risk.

Maybe in the end we are becoming a culture that is tiered of being governed by fear as in this case and would like to make these decisions on our own.

Look for Uncle Tim's fine brownie and cookie mixes coming to a grocer near you.

Tim Giardina is the co-founder and President of the GFLCCO as well as a current small cell lung cancer survivor. The GFLCCO is developing a World Wide network of supporters with facts and information regarding lung cancer, lung cancer treatment, proper diets and exercise and alternative medicines and treatments as well as valuable links to a deep pool of resourses for patients and their families.

The primary function of the GFLCCO is to support Scientists by funding research for a cure. If you would like to learn more about the GFLCCO, need information or support or would be interested in reading more of Tim's work, please visit us at

We are a non profit organization that also relies on the support of others to carry on with our work, if you find our site useful, your support would be greatly appreciated.

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Medical Marijuana - The Entrepreneurs Industry

Entrepreneurs Can Get In On This New Industry !

Medical Marijuana has become one of the fastest growing industries in the country. The number of medical marijuana states is growing every year with New Jersey becoming the most recent state to legalize medicinal cannabis in 2010. It was recently reported that the number of marijuana dispensaries in the city of Denver Colorado has grown to outnumber the total amount of Starbucks in the city. This goes to show just how much of a demand exists for access to medicinal marijuana and this trend continues to be repeated in many city across the US.

Currently there are 17 US states that have approved some form of new legal medical marijuana laws for patients. These laws seem to be constantly changing so it can be difficult to know where to start. While every state has different rules and regulations, there are some basic guide lines to follow when trying to find the best dispensary or clinic for your cannabis needs. Be sure to research to laws and regulations of your individual state before attempting to purchase or sell medical marijuana.

So if you live in any of the following states and you meet the legal requirements then you can so be on your way to finding the best legal weed if you complete the marijuana registry application forms for your specific state. Medical Marijuana States and the year of legalization:

* Alaska - 1998
* California - 1996
* Colorado - 2000
* Hawaii - 2000
* Maine - 1999
* Michigan - 2008
* Montana - 2004
* Nevada - 2000
* New Jersey - 2010
* New Mexico - 2007
* Oregon -1998
* Rhode Island - 2006
* Vermont - 2004
* Washington -1998
+ Connecticut - 2012
As the number of state on this list expands, the medicinal marijuana industry continues its rapid growth across the country, providing many states with a much needed source of revenue. California leads the movement towards full legalization of possession of cannabis for any adult over 21 years of age in hopes that the new taxes generated will help their struggling economy This article is not an endorsement for the use of marijuana. I recommend reading the official laws of your state for more information.

The medical marijuana world is changing fast so read all the latest news at:

Colorado medical marijuana patients check out the for the hottest dispensaries in Colorado!

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Creating Entrepreneurs Medicinal Marijuana

                            " The New Industry "

The Legalization of Medicinal Marijuana will be:

                           " The Next Big Thing "

It Will Open The Doors To Millionaires ! An Entrepreneurs Dream Industry ! Medical Marijuana Entrepreneurs ! Are you gonna be one of the next self made millionaire ? This industry is huge, Growers, can now become grow clubs, Run your own Dispensary, become a delivery service for patients that can’t grow for themselves, or just supply what it takes to grow medicinal marijuana, The right domain name can make the difference The Miracle of Medical Marijuana The Legalization of Medicinal Marijuana will be " The Next Big Thing " Open The Doors To Your Millions ! This is "An Entrepreneurs Dream Industry" The Miracle of Medical Marijuana The Legalization of Medicinal Marijuana will be " The Next Big Thing " Open The Doors To Millionaires ! An Entrepreneurs Dream Industry ! The Opportunity of a Lifetime ! Growers ! Runners ! Collectives! Creating tons of new jobs!

Entrepreneurs Dream Come True !
Open Your Own Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Dating back to ancient times, marijuana has been used to aid associated discomfort of medical ailments. Until the invention of aspirin in 1897, people used medical marijuana to relieve body pain in adults as well as alleviate nausea, depression, hemorrhoids and to treat women after they gave birth.

Nowadays, it is considered a natural alternative in the treatment of certain cancers, neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's' disease and dementia, AIDS/HIV and chronic pain associated with arthritis, injuries and premenstrual syndrome.

In the United States it is against the law to possess, sell or buy it, as it is narcotic like cocaine and heroin; thirteen states allow the sale of this with the written consent of a physician. Without a doctor's approval, a person cannot legally receive a card issued by their state which allows them to buy it at a dispensary.

Dispensaries sell this in many forms such as growing seeds, food and drink products, liquid form and as a concentrated pill to be swallowed. Some of these even have a special area to consume the product or offer child care during a patient visit. Patients who buy it for legitimate health reasons can get it at any legal dispensary or clinic permitted by their state to sell only to those with a medical card.

Recently President Obama passed a policy to not charge patients who comply with state laws. In a recent interview, he stated that health care reform and other issues were of greater priority.

For nausea and pain control, some people have been able to use self-hypnosis successfully to help mitigate symptoms. It is best to study with a trained and certified professional if you decide to go this route.

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To Open Your Dispensary

Marijuana domain names great investment !

Mr. Faler, a former police officer who once worked the narcotics beat, has registered more than 1,000 marijuana-related Internet domain names, including oddities like and And he is not the only one banking on the drug’s online future. He is part of an Internet land grab for marijuana domains by so-called domainers who hope to sell their holdings at a profit, betting that more lenient marijuana laws will eventually drive more people to the Web for their supplies, whether they are seeking seeds, bongs, recipes or drug-laced dog treats.

  Marijuana Web Names Snapped Up, in Case of Legalization

Entrepreneurs Dream Industry - Medicinal Marijuana Licensed Dispensary

Creating Entrepreneurs Medicinal Marijuana

                            " The New Industry "

The Legalization of Medicinal Marijuana will be:

                           " The Next Big Thing "

It Will Open The Doors To Millionaires ! An Entrepreneurs Dream Industry ! Medical Marijuana Entrepreneurs ! Are you gonna be one of the next self made millionaire ? This industry is huge, Growers, can now become grow clubs, Run your own Dispensary, become a delivery service for patients that can’t grow for themselves, or just supply what it takes to grow medicinal marijuana, The right domain name can make the difference The Miracle of Medical Marijuana The Legalization of Medicinal Marijuana will be " The Next Big Thing " Open The Doors To Your Millions ! This is "An Entrepreneurs Dream Industry" The Miracle of Medical Marijuana The Legalization of Medicinal Marijuana will be " The Next Big Thing " Open The Doors To Millionaires ! An Entrepreneurs Dream Industry ! The Opportunity of a Lifetime ! Growers ! Runners ! Collectives! Creating tons of new jobs!