New research published in the recent issue of the American Journal of Medicine has found that the body of those who consume marijuana may be better at controlling blood sugar, making it a potential combatant against diabetes.
According to the study, marijuana users had significantly lower levels of the hormone insulin – indicating better blood sugar control.
For the study, researchers analyzed data obtained during the National Health and Nutrition Survey between 2005 and 2010, examining 4,657 patients, 579 who were current marijuana consumers. Researchers found that those who regularly smoked cannabis had a 16 per cent lower fasting insulin levels than people who had never smoked marijuana. Those who used the drug were also likely to have a smaller waist circumference – a large waist circumference is linked to diabetes risk.
“These are remarkable observations that are supported, as the authors note, by basic science experiments that came to similar conclusions”, stated Joseph Alpert, Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Medicine.
He continues, ” I would like to call on the NIH [National Institute of Health] and the DEA to collaborate in developing policies to implement solid scientific investigations that would lead to information assisting physicians in the proper use and prescription of THC in its synthetic or herbal form.”
A New South Wales parliamentary committee has unanimously recommended the legalization of medical marijuana for those with terminal illnesses such as cancer and AIDS, according to The Australian. If the measure is approved by the state’s government, qualified patients would be authorized to possess and use up to 15 grams of marijuana.
The committee vote, which included members from five different political parties (the Liberal, National, Labor, Greens and Shooter parties), had not a single detracting, despite representatives of the Department of Health, the attorney general and police officers speaking in opposition to the provision.
Luke Foley, a Labor Party member who initiated the vote, stated, “Today’s report is extremely significant – unanimous support from members representing five different political parties for legal reform to allow the medical use of cannabis by patients with terminal illness and AIDS.” He continues, “As members of parliament we need to be guided by facts and evidence rather than slogans and hysteria. We should be guided by the experts – by clinicians on the medical issues and lawyers on the legal issues.”
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Responding to a Maine legislative committee rejecting a proposal today which would of legalized marijuana in the state, activists in Maine are preparing an initiative aiming to bring the issue to a vote of the people in the next presidential election. The announcement came today by David Boyer, Maine Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), in response to the committee’s vote. Many advocates had high hopes for the proposal that was rejected today 8 to 3. The committee held a 6-hour public hearing on the issue earlier this month.
MPP is one the largest marijuana reform organizations in the nation with tens of thousands of volunteers and an annual budget in the millions.
Given that the measure would be aiming for the 2016 ballot, a signature drive would be quite a few months away, but building early support for the initiative will help assure its success, and may push lawmakers to approve a proposal in the next legislative session so that they have more say over regulations.
Those interested in getting involved in marijuana law reform in Maine can contact the Marijuana Policy Project by clicking here.
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New polling conducted by the respected Behavior Research Center has found that a strong majority of those in Arizona support the legalization of marijuana – 56% are in favor of such a move, with only 37% in opposition. According to the polling, legalization has majority support across all age groups, and in every county in the state. These results show that Arizona residents support legalization at an even higher rate than the national average, which is around 52%, according to the Pew Research Institute.
In their release of the results, the Behavior Research Center stated, “It is perhaps ironic that as support for same-sex marriage and defelonization of marijuana have long been albatrosses which conservative candidates could hang around the necks of some of their moderate or liberal challengers, it now appears that hard opposition to gay marriage and perhaps even to marijuana liberalization could become issues moderates and liberals can use against their conservative opponents.”
Arizona is in the process of implementing its voter-approved medical marijuana law, which passed in 2010.
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