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A large private donation will fund another study on using medical marijuana for autism. But this is not the first, nor is it the last clinical study on marijuana for autism. Marijuana aka Cannabis regulates the body and mind into a more normative state. Cannabis is also a very strong anti-inflammatory, and thus relieves a lot of pain. Many people with autism also suffer from pain, but are unable to communicate their pain. The autistic person in pain unable to communicate then manifests into aggression, irritability, self-injurious behavior, screaming and other outbursts. With the help of parents and physicians, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Association has submitted autism to be a qualifying condition again with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Review Panel. There will be a meeting on May 4th 2018 at 9am in Lansing, MI where the panel will vote on autism along with 21 other new proposed conditions. Please if you can show up to the meeting and give your support to the board members so they support adding these conditions to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program. While we at the MMMA of course support more research on cannabis for all conditions, it is cruel to prohibit this safe non-toxic medicine from people who suffer and may already be using cannabis illegally to treat autism. If you want to leave a public comment, the deadline is 5/3/2018 at 5pm to email comments to LARA-BMMR-Legal@michigan.gov http://komornlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/MMRP_Notice_of_Public_Hearing_5.4.18_618072_7.pdf http://komornlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/MMRP_Notice_of_Public_Hearing_4.27.18_618073_7.pdf Autism is a qualifying medical marijuana condition in California, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. https://www.pa.gov/guides/pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-program/ http://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2017/cannabis113017.html https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/30/minnesota-oks-medical-marijuana-for-autism-apnea The main "treatment" for autism is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is mostly about teaching behaviors and correcting unwanted behaviors as you would train a dog or animal. ABA does not treat the person itself, nor does it diagnose, treat or check for pain or discomfort. ABA is akin to a nun using capital punishment using whips and canes to "fix problem children". https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/312723 https://www.cmcr.ucsd.edu/index.php/2015-11-20-20-52-15/active-studies/123-the-effects-of-cannabidiol-cbd-on-symptoms-of-severe-autism Although the above clinical trial is still in Phase 1 and has not started yet, there are other clinical trials which have advanced to phase 2. An interesting clinical trial below is part of the US Department of Defense budget. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03202303 This clinical trial in Israel seems to be more fleshed out and has more information. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02956226 http://www.nbc4i.com/news/u-s-world/dad-uses-medical-marijuana-to-treat-daughter-with-autism/1102805672 http://www.wfla.com/community/health/tampa-doctor-uses-medical-marijuana-to-treat-patients-with-autism/1153159741
Civilian Employee Busted Sneaking Weed Into the Pentagon Stoners may have access to nukes and other weapons of mass destruction, as a recent shakedown of employees at the Department of Defense has led to the discovery of nearly an ounce of weed being smuggled in right through the front doors of Uncle Sam’s war nerve. According to reports, a blitzkrieg style search, called an “enhanced screening” process by Pentagon officials, was conducted earlier last week by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. And while officers did expect to uncover some unauthorized contraband like pocketknives, expandable batons and pepper spray, they were shocked to discover an Army civilian with balls big enough to attempt to smuggle in 25 grams of marijuana. Of course, we do not have to tell you that transporting weed into any government facility, much less the godforsaken Pentagon, is sorely frowned upon by the red, white and blue gentlemen at the top. However, aside from learning that the offender could be subjected to federal penalties for the commission of a Class B misdemeanor, officials at the Department of Defense say they refuse to give any further insight into the portrait of the Pentagon pothead. There is a distinct possibility, however, that the employee simply forgot about holding a fat sack of weed. Pentagon screening rules indicate that an employee can refuse a search and simply forfeit admission into the building. Anyone knowingly possessing marijuana during a company shakedown would have certainly denied the search and returned at a time when there was less risk of being lynched on the White House lawn for possession with intent to distribute. Nevertheless, a bust of this magnitude would typically warrant prosecution through the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District Court. However, a recent investigation of the “Pentagon docket” shows nothing regarding a hearing for possession charges. That means that either the culprit has been exonerated of the charges or military cronies simply haven’t finished waterboarding the poor gentleman yet.