Cannabis Facts supported by real Studies

Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 by CCM

Facts On The Healing Power Of Cannabis

For decades Cannabis has been demonized by the US federal government as dangerous and addictive.  Under current federal law, Cannabis is classified as a Schedule 1 drug according to the Controlled Substances Act.  Schedule 1 is the most tightly restricted category with Schedule 1 drugs being defined as having “no currently accepted medical use.” Because of this classification, it’s very difficult for US scientists to truly study whether or not cannabis actually has any medical benefits.  Fortunately, in other countries cannabis isn’t as restricted and every day more and more studies are being released that confirm how healing cannabis truly is.  Our goal is to give you the straight facts about cannabis that are backed by actual studies so you can decide based on unbiased information if Cannabis could help you or a loved one heal.

To date there are 29 states (plus Washington DC) that have legalized cannabis for medical used and more states are beginning to legalize cannabis each year. As more studies surface showing that cannabis has many healing powers, medical experts are changing their opinion and finally acknowledging cannabis’ undeniable medical value.  Currently there are two main active chemicals in cannabis with healing powers: Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD improves the brain without making someone high while THC provides pain relief (among other properties) and will make someone high.  Anecdotal evidence tells us that CBD is most effective when it works in tandem with low amounts of THC that won’t make a person high. As people learn how harmful pharmaceutical drugs created in a lab are to a human body, they search out safer alternatives for their health issues.  Cannabis is a natural solution with very few unhealthy side effects. Here’s a list of health conditions that Cannabis improves:

Proven Benefits Of Medical Cannabis

Glaucoma – According to the National Eye Institute, “ Studies in the early 70’s showed that [cannabis], when smoked, lowered intraoccular pressure (IPO) in people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma.” These effects of cannabis could potentially slow glaucoma’s progression and ultimately prevent blindness.
Lung Capacity – According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in Jan. ’12, cannabis increases lung capacity.  5,000 your adults were studied for 20 years and cannabis users acutally showed an increase in lung capacity.
Seizures – In 2003, Robert J. DeLorenzo of Virginia Commonwealth University, released a study whereby epileptic rats suffered no seizures for about 10 hours after being given cannabis extract.  Anecdotally, a girl names Charlotte (along with many other children) has Dravet’s Syndrome which causes seizures and developmental delays, and uses a particular cannabis strain to reduce her seizures from 300 to 1 per week, a huge improvement.
Cancer – In 2007 a study held by researchers at California Pacific Medical Center was published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics.  This study discovered that CBD stopped cancer from growing by turning off a gene called Id-1.  There are also other studies in Spain, Isreal and the US that suggest the compounds in whole plant cannabis could even kill cancer cells.
Anxiety – According to a 2017 animal study conducted by researchers from 4 universities (Univ. of Birmingham, Univ. of Nottingham, Univ. of Sao Paulo, and Federai Univ. of Santa Catarina), “CBD found in Cannabis sativa, reduces anxiety…by reducing fear expression acutely and by disrupting fear memory reconsolidating and enhancing fear extinction, both of which can result in a lasting reduction of learned fear.”
Alzheimer’s – In 2006 a study conducted by Kim Janda of the Scripps Research Institute was published in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics that found that THC slowed the formation of amyloid plaques, which kill brain cells and cause Alzheimers.
Multiple Sclerosis – in May of 2014 Jody Corey-Bloom published a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal showing that 30 MS patients were in less pain after smoking cannabis for a few days because the THC in cannabis binds to receptors in the nerves and muscles to relieve pain.
Muscle Spasms – Anecdotally speaking, Dr. Gupta interviewed a teenager named Chaz, who uses medical cannabis to calm spasming muscles from a condition known as Leeuwenhoek’s Disease (AKA myoclonus diaphragmatic flutter.)
Inflammatory bowel diseases – The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics published a study in 2010 in which researchers from the Univ. of Nottingham found that THC and CBD interact with cells that play an important role in gut fiction and immune responses. Cannabis-derived CBDs prevent permeability in the intestines and make the intestinal cells bond together tighter, thereby reducing inflammatory bowel diseases.
Arthritis – In 2011 researchers discovered that patients given cannabis-based medicine called Sativex had significantly reduced their pain and improved their quality of sleep within 2 weeks of beginning the Sativex.
Lupus – Sufferers of Lupus are using cannabis to calm down their immune system and stop it from attacking it’s own body. In 2009 Dr. Elikottil, Gupta & Gupta discovered that cannabis reduced pain by acting upon CB1 and CB2 receptors and thereby reducing inflammation.  Another study from 2003 conducted by Ware et al, found that cannabis use is prevalent among the population suffering from chronic pain because their pain was ultimately reduced by cannabis.
Mental creativity – Contrary to stoner stereotypes, studies have found that cannabis increases creativity and improves “verbal fluency.”  According to Wired, one study found that people using cannabis are better able to come up wth a greater range of related concepts and seemed “to make the brain better at detecting those remote associations that lead to radically new ideas.”
Crohn’s Disease – A 2014 study in Isreal showed that smoking cannabis significantly reduced Crohn’s disease symptoms in 10 out of 11 patients and caused a complete remission of Crohn’s in 5 of the patients. Patients generally suffer from symptoms of pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss but CBDs from cannabis seem to help the gut to regulate bacteria and intestinal function.
Parkinson’s Disease – in 2014 Isreal conducted a study and found that smoking cannabis significantly reduced pain and tremors in patients suffering from Parkinson’s.  In addition their fine motor skills were great improved.
PTSD – Many people suffering from PTSD are smoking cannabis for relief from their symptoms.  The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has just launched a new study to see if cannabis can replenish missing endocannabinoid in PTSD patients and provide relief from painful memories.
Stroke – Researchers at the Univ. of Nottingham conducted a study with rats, mice and monkeys to uncover the fact that cannabis reduces the size of the area affected by a stroke and it may help protect the brain from a stroke’s damage.
Concussions and Brain Trauma – In 2014 the journal Cerebral Cortex published a study showing that cannabis lessened the bruising of the brain in mice and helped with healing mechanisms after the traumatic injury.  Lester Grinspoon, a professor emeritus of psychiatry at Harvard Univ., has gone so far as to write a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell requesting that the NFL fund more studies into cannabis’ neuroprotective properties instead of testing their players for cannabis.
Appetite stimulation –  It’s already widely accepted in medical circles that cannabis stimulates the appetite, which is why there are multiple FDA-approved drugs that use THC for this purpose.  Many patients prefer THC from the whole cannabis plant and not THC that’s created in a lab.
Opiod Addiction – Dr. Yasmin L Hurd, a doctor from the Friedman Brain Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Center for Addictive Disorders, has conducted several studies on animals and one on humans that shows that cannabis reduces heroin cravings for up to one week after last administering cannabis. Additionally, many Medical Marijuana Caregivers in Maine, are helping addicts get clean using cannabis as an alternative to harder, more deadly drugs.
Nausea – Back in 1975, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a double-blind study on the effects of THC on nausea and vomitig.  “No patient vomited while experiencing a subjective ‘high.’ Oral THC has antiemetic properties and is significantly better than a placebo in reducing vomiting caused by [chemo]”

FAQ: Cannabis Benefits

What is cannabis? Are there different kinds?

Cannabis goes by many names, including marijuana, weed, pot, and herb.  It’s a healing plant that was originally prescribed by doctors until pharmaceutical companies realized they were losing profits to it and then bribed the gov’t to ban it. Despite being classified as a Schedule 1 drug (meaning it has no medicinal value) many US citizens are replacing their harmful pharmaceutical drugs with all natural cannabis because it doesn’t have any dangerous side effects.  There are two different strains of cannabis, Indica and Sativa, and there are also hybrids of these two strains.  Each strain or hybrid has different medicinal value.

What are the different forms of cannabis?

Cannabis has many forms of delivery.  The leaves can be smoked or vaped.  The oils from the leaves can be extracted and then smoked or baked with.  Alcohol or vegetable glycerin tinctures can be made for sublingual delivery.  Lastly a wide variety of edibles can be made from brownies to olive oil.

How does cannabis work?

In it’s rawest form, cannabis is not psychoactive.  It contains THCA, a super healing agent.  Only when the THCA is heated or decarboxylated does it change into tHC, which does have psychoactive effects.  Medically speaking, patients gain the most healing from micro-dosing.  The amount of THC consumed is so low that they do not get high, but they do feel improved health.

How long does cannabis stay in your body?

The amount of time that cannabis stays in your body is determined by two things: 1) how much cannabis was consumed (the more THC consumed the longer it lingers in your body, and 2) how was the cannabis delivered (eating cannabis extract in edibles lasts hours longer than smoking the leaves.)  Every human body responds to THC differently so some people can consume high milligram doses of THC and not be affected while other will get extremely high.  It’s recommended that designated drivers be assigned at the beginning of the evening and refrain from consuming cannabis.

Does cannabis use lead to other drugs?

There are no studies to prove that cannabis leads to other drugs.  Many people who use cannabis regularly do not partake in any other drugs, not even alcohol (which is far more damaging to a human body than cannabis.) Cannabis is not addictive so a human body will never get physically hooked on cannabis

What happens if you smoke cannabis?

Every person who consumes cannabis has a different tolerance, but in general smoking cannabis gives you a relaxed feeling that wears off after a few hours.  It also increases heart rate and sometimes makes you drowsy (depending on which strain you smoke.)
What does cannabis do to the brain?

Cannabis’ effects on the brain have just begun to be studied so there is no conclusive evidence of what it does to the brain.  For more information follow the Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) headed by Staci Gruber at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA.

How does smoking cannabis affect the lungs?

A study published in 2012 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that smoking cannabis does not cause significant damage to the lungs. Tobacco, however, can be extremely damaging.  Habitual cannabis consumers had greater lung capacity.  In a 2014 study published in the International Journal of Cancer, researchers in New Zealand crunched the data for 6 separate studies that included a grand total of 2,159 lung cancer patients and 2,985 healthy controls and found there was little correlation between the long-term use of cannabis and lung cancer.  Interestingly, anecdotes from COPD and emphysema patients report successfully easing symptoms of their conditions with medical cannabis oil. Evidence suggests that THC, the primary psychoactive in cannabis, is a potent bronchodilator.

Can cannabis use by a mother affect a developing fetus or newborn baby?

A study published in the October 2016 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies that compared rates of cannabis use to birth outcomes.  Dr. Shayna Conner and her team of researchers reported that there is no statistical correlation between cannabis use and any negative birth outcome.  They concluded that, “Maternal marijuana use during pregnancy is not an independent risk factor for adverse neonatal outcomes after adjusting for confounding factors.  Thus, the association between maternal marijuana use and adverse outcomes appears attributable to concomitant tobacco use and other confounding factors.”

Does cannabis produce withdrawal symptoms when someone quits using it?

According to Dr. Gorelick, author of a 2010 study, “Cannabis is a psychoactive drug which activates the same brain reward regions as do other abused drugs, such as alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, etc.”  However, he confirms that cannabis withdrawal is mostly psychological rather than physical and never directly life-threatening — unlike withdrawal from alcohol, sedatives, or opiates.  Fortunately, patients using medical cannabis can microdose, using THC-based medicine sparingly, and take breaks during treatment if possible.

Maine Medical Marijuana Caregivers And Patients Are Feeling Attacked By Lobbying Efforts

Posted on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 by CCM

Maine’s Medical Marijuana Industry Is Being Threatened By Special Interest Groups

The common theme in Augusta today in regards to the future of the Maine Medical Marijuana program is that “big business” is lobbying to do away with the Medical Marijuana Caregiver program (There are also rumors that the dispensaries are undermining Caregivers by submitting lists to DHHS for inspection). They are not coming out right and saying this, but its obvious in the bills they are trying to pass. The history and evidence of how this happened in other states is unequivocal. Mainers can see the writing on the wall and are fighting daily for their beloved program.

Helping to lead the charge in the effort to stop negative influence on the program is Dawson Julia of East Coast CBD. Dawson has helped countless patients throughout the State, and his company ECCBD is MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) Clean Cannabis Certified. Included here is a quote and a link to a form where you can help keep Maine Cannabis in the hands of the people. Dawson says, “Simply put this is money power trying to overpower people power!  Wrong on all levels and Maine will not stand by silently and watch as they destroy our medical marijuana program one bill at a time.  These $ addicts need to find the road to recovery. Please consider doing your part and sign up today to help us fight the FAT CATS from out of town”.

By and large Caregivers want to play nice, but they feel attacked. Caregivers have not introduced one bill against the dispensaries, while dispensaries are constantly introducing bills that will effect the care giving community negatively.  The care giving community is currently defending itself against more bills than it can handle.  And lets look at this objectively. By estimated numbers, caregivers have about 25% more medical patients than dispensaries in Maine. Now, if we were to look at the number of complaints submitted, they complaints against the dispensaries far outnumber those against caregivers. What does that tell us? And if these caregivers don’t service the medical patients in Maine, who will? There will be no Medical Marijuana program at all is what would happen. Everyone would have to rely on overpriced retail outlets. Thats simply not fair and unacceptable.

The future intentions of the dispensaries are clear, and its not in medical. There is documentation of them changing non profit status to for profit and want early access into the recreational market. There is nothing medical about them, and they obviously see the 3,000 + caregivers (small business who contribute back to the local economy) as threats to their bottom line. Lets face it, Mainers don’t buy “recreational” cannabis, we grow it. The overriding consensus in Maine is the highest quality cannabis is grown by caregivers.  The way we at Compassionate Caregivers of Maine feel is go ahead, do your thing in recreational cannabis. Just leave the Maine Medical Marijuana program, its patients & caregivers alone please.

Lets look at a published timeline (in order) of the dispensary experience with Medical Marijuana:


Berkeley Patients Group owes $6.4 million in back taxes

Their DHHS Request for Applications – Medical Marijuana Program Application

Berkeley cannabis lawsuit reveals bitter infighting

Full text of “Lawsuit- Berkeley Patients Group against Rebecca DeKeuster July 6

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Caught Using Pesticide; Has Some Calling For Caregiver Model

Consent Agreement concerning the Certificate of Registration for 4 Dispensaries

2013 Advice Memorandum

Cases & Decisions 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Inspection Details

Wellness Connection of Maine recalls two strains of medical marijuana


An alarming note to take away from the above documents is the “Advice Memorandum” for The Wellness Connection came out 6 months after the pesticide debacle.  In this document its stated, “Any mold or seeds are also removed. The buds are weighed, packaged, and labeled, and the packaged product is entered into inventory to be sent to the Employer’s dispensaries, where it is sold to customers.”  Does this not show that when they were forced to not use pesticides they simply instead sold mold? Now, we aren’t saying all caregivers are perfect by any means. But if you are going to open up as a medical marijuana dispensary, I think you should at least learn to police your own product. This is why there are overwhelmingly less complaints filed against caregivers. We do a good job of policing ourselves and push each other through quality control, knowledge sharing, innovation and customer care.

If you would like to help in the advocacy of Maine Medical Marijuana, please fill out this form:

If you are an avid Facebook user and want to get involved, join the group “Maine Cannabis Coalition”. Here you can find up to date information on the program and what activists are doing to protect and improve the Maine Medical Marijuana program. There is also a link to “Files” in the upper left hand side. There you can find forms for patient quality satisfaction, legislative information and packets to help educate the community and the state government officials.

Maine Cannabis Coalition 






The Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization members

Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 by CCM

This is the committee, these are the people we NEED to influence in a positive manner in regards to the Maine Medical Cannabis Program

This is so very very important. This committee will be responsible for considering marijuana-related bills, and will have the authority to introduce its own legislation. These are the people that will essentially have the power to review, amend, recommend or shoot down. This is where everything we propose can start or end. There are already dozens of bills introduced for Maine’s cannabis industry, some medical some recreational. This committee is definitely responsible for reviewing and considering recreational proposals, and we can assume and count on Medical as well.

We need to respectively reach out to each of them and tell them why we as individuals need the medical marijuana program to not only stay here in Maine, but thrive. PLEASE reach out to them. But PLEASE be kind, considerate and respectful. Tell your story, or the story of your friends and loved ones. ESPECIALLY if one of these 16 is in your district/area. Let them know where you live and how Medical Cannabis has positively influenced your life or the life of a loved one. Let them know we need Medical here in Maine more than we do recreational.  Mail them, email them, and call their offices. LETS DO THIS the right way!

Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, co-chairman

Sen. Kimberley Rosen, R-Bucksport

Sen. Joyce Maker, R-Calais

Sen. Mark Dion, D-Portland

Sen. Susan Deschambault, D-Biddeford

Rep. Teresa Pierce, D-Falmouth, co-chair

Rep. Kimberly Monaghan, D-Cape Elizabeth

Rep. Scott Hamann, D-South Portland

Rep. Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop

Rep. Erik Jorgensen, D-Portland

Rep. Lydia Blume, D-York

Rep. Donald Marean, R-Hollis

Rep. Bruce Bickford, R-Auburn

Rep. Lance Harvell, R-Farmington

Rep. Patrick Corey, R-Windham

Rep. Michael Perkins, R-Oakland

Rep. Kent Ackley, I-Monmouth


Senator Roger Katz, R – Augusta, Co-Chair

Representing Senate District 15: Augusta, China, Oakland, Sidney, and Vassalboro.

Address: 3 Westview St., Augusta, ME 04330

Home Phone: Cell: (207) 622-9921

State House Office Phone: Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505


Legislative Website:


Sen. Kimberley Rosen, R-Bucksport

Representing Senate District 8: Bradley, Brewer, Bucksport, Burlington, Castine, Clifton, Dedham, East Central Penobscot Unorganized Territory, Eddington, Great Pond, Holden, Lincoln, Lowell, Northwest Hancock Unorganized Territory, T32 MD Township, Orland, Orrington, Penobscot, Verona Island, and part of East Hancock Unorganized Territory.

Address: P.O. Box 877, Bucksport, ME 04416

Home Phone: (207) 469-3779

State House Office Phone: Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505


Legislative Website:


Sen. Joyce Maker, R-Calais

Representing Senate District 6: Addison, Alexander, Baileyville, Baring Plantation, Beals, Beddington, Calais, Centerville, Charlotte, Cherryfield, Codyville Plantation, Columbia, Columbia Falls, Cooper, Crawford, Cutler, Danforth, Deblois, Dennysville, East Central Washington, East Machias, Eastport, Gouldsboro, Grand Lake Stream Plantation, Harrington, Indian Township, Jonesboro, Jonesport, Lubec, Machias, Machiasport, Marshfield, Meddybemps, Milbridge, North Washington, Northfield, Pembroke, Perry, Pleasant Point, Princeton, Robbinston, Roque Bluffs, Steuben, Sullivan, Talmadge, Topsfield, Vanceboro, Waite, Wesley, Whiting, Whitneyville, Winter Harbor, and part of East Hancock Unorganized Territory.

Address: 89 Lafayette St, Calais, ME 04619

Home Phone: (207) 454-2327

State House Office Phone: Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505


Legislative Website:


Representative Mark Dion, D-Portland

Representing Senate District 28: Westbrook and part of Portland.

Address: 45 Allison Ave., Portland, ME 04103

Home Phone: Cell: (207) 797-6341

State House Office Phone: Senate Democratic Office (207) 287-1515


Legislative Website:

Term Limited: 2024


Sen. Susan Deschambault, D-Biddeford

Representing Senate District 32: Alfred, Arundel, Biddeford, Dayton, Kennebunkport, and Lyman

Address: 9 Porter Street, Biddeford, ME 04005

Phone: (207) 284 – 3570

State House Office Phone: Senate Democratic Office (207) 287 – 1515


Legislative Website:


Rep. Teresa Pierce, D-Falmouth, Co-chair

Address: 6 Waites Landing Road, Falmouth, ME 04105

Home Telephone: (207) 781-7144

Cell Phone: (207) 415-8631



Rep. Kimberly Monaghan, D-Cape Elizabeth

Address: 6 Russet Lane, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Cell Phone: (207) 749-9443


Personal Web Site: Facebook: Rep Kim Monaghan

Representing: District 30 – Cape Elizabeth (part)


Rep. Scott M. Hamann, D – South Portland

Address: 60 Thornton Avenue, South Portland, ME 04106

Home Telephone: (207) 233-2951

Cell Phone: (207) 233-2951

Business Telephone: (207) 233-2951


Personal Web Site:

Representing: District 32 – Cape Elizabeth (part) and South Portland (part)


Rep. Craig Hickman, D – Winthrop

Address: 192 Annabessacook Road, Winthrop, ME 04364

Home Telephone: (207) 377-3276


Personal Web Site:

Representing: District 81 – Monmouth (part), Readfield and Winthrop


Rep. Erik Jorgensen, D-Portland

Address: 83 Highland Street, Portland, ME 04103

Cell Phone: (207) 939-7120


Representing: District 41 – Portland (part)


Rep. Lydia Blume, D-York

Address: P. O. Box 1738, York Beach, ME 03910

Home Telephone: (207) 363-9234

Cell Phone: (207) 363-9235


State House Message Phone: (800) 423-2900

TTY: Please use Maine Relay 711

Representing: District 3 – York (part)


Rep. Donald Marean, R-Hollis

Address: 233 Bonny Eagle Road, Hollis, ME 04042

Home Telephone: (207) 727-5527

Cell Phone: (207) 653-8927


Legislative Web Site:

Representing: District 16 – Buxton (part), Hollis and Saco (part)


Rep. Bruce Bickford, R-Auburn

Address: 64 Cameron Lane, Auburn, ME 04210

Cell Phone: (207) 740-0328


Legislative Web Site:

Representing: District 63 – Auburn (part)


Rep. Lance Harvell, R-Farmington

Address: 398 Knowlton Corner Road, Farmington, ME 04938

Cell Phone: (207) 491-8971

Business Telephone: (207) 491-8971


Personal Web Site:

Representing: District 113 – Farmington and New Sharon


Rep. Patrick Corey, R-Windham

Address: 353 River Road, Windham, ME 04062

Home Telephone: (207) 892-6164

Cell Phone: (207) 749-1336


Legislative Web Site:

Representing: District 25 – Windham (part)


Rep. Michael Perkins, R-Oakland

Address: 93 Willy Point, Oakland, ME 04963

Home Telephone: (207) 716-6968

Cell Phone: (207) 716-6968

Business Telephone: (207) 465-4835

Fax: (207) 465-4848


Legislative Web Site:

Representing: District 77 – Oakland (part) and Sidney


Rep. Kent Ackley, I-Monmouth

Address: 705 Route 135, Monmouth, ME 04259

Cell Phone: (207) 512-2524


Representing: District 82 – Litchfield, Monmouth (part) and Wales

CCM’s Monthly Portland Meeting Aimed At Activism

Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 by CCM

The last Tuesday of every month will be the standing date for monthly meetings in Portland, Maine.


Portland, Maine 1/27/2017 –  The current location for the standing monthly Portland CCM meeting will be Indoor Plant Kingdom at 250 Anderson Street, Portland. This may change later in the year if the attendance exceeds capacity. That would be a fun problem to have!

The Portland meeting agenda will be much like our Waterville meeting. The purpose of these monthly meetings is to continue supporting Maine’s Cannabis Caregivers and Patients. Now that recreational cannabis has passed, we need to ensure the medical program does not become jeopardized as it has in other States. Its our opinion that Maine could POSSIBLY go down the same unfortunate road as Washington State. As a community we need to ensure this does not happen.  Every Agenda will follow this fomat:

  • Quick CCM Intro for new participants. I.E. the forums, the meetings, the events & any updates. Address any high level Q and A about the organization.
  • Hillary Lister speaks on the latest information from Augusta. We may have others share their thoughts and insights at this time as well. 20-30 minute Q and A.
  • Featured speaker time. This slot will always be interesting and industry relevant. For example Dawson Julia will be speaking on 1/30/2017 on a bill being introduced into Augusta.
  • Meeting wrap up and networking

The Portland meeting will be educational and activist oriented.  As a community we will be tossing around ideas for positive State wide medical cannabis PR. Keeping the cannabis success stories up front in the eyes & minds of Maine’s residents and legislatures will go a long way in achieving our goals. We have already begun filming and editing patient & caregiver videos. CCM is partnering with other cannabis groups, caregivers and industry experts in developing a “Medical Cannabis Success Stories” video (videology) campaign. All videos will be uploaded to the patients page of our website and available for everyone to share.

Every meeting will have a featured caregiver table where 1 or 2 caregivers will showcase their products and meds. This will give a continual opportunity for the caregiver community to directly interact with patients about their meds. There are many talented cannabis caregivers in Maine, its time we start publicly showcasing not only their medicinal treatments but their success stories as well. The more we communicate and network as a cannabis community the better off and more powerful we will be.

Marijuana doesn’t harm lung function, study found

Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 by CCM

CHICAGO (AP) — Smoking a joint once a week or a bit more apparently doesn’t harm the lungs, suggests a 20-year study that bolsters evidence that marijuana doesn’t do the kind of damage tobacco does.

The results, from one of the largest and longest studies on the health effects of marijuana, are hazier for heavy users — those who smoke two or more joints daily for several years. The data suggest that using marijuana that often might cause a decline in lung function, but there weren’t enough heavy users among the 5,000 young adults in the study to draw firm conclusions.

Still, the authors recommended “caution and moderation when marijuana use is considered.”

Marijuana is an illegal drug under federal law although some states allow its use for medical purposes.

The study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham was released Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The findings echo results in some smaller studies that showed while marijuana contains some of the same toxic chemicals as tobacco, it does not carry the same risks for lung disease.

It’s not clear why that is so, but it’s possible that the main active ingredient in marijuana, a chemical known as THC, makes the difference. THC causes the “high” that users feel. It also helps fight inflammation and may counteract the effects of more irritating chemicals in the drug, said Dr. Donald Tashkin, a marijuana researcher and an emeritus professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Tashkin was not involved in the new study.

Study co-author Dr. Stefan Kertesz said there are other aspects of marijuana that may help explain the results.

Unlike cigarette smokers, marijuana users tend to breathe in deeply when they inhale a joint, which some researchers think might strengthen lung tissue. But the common lung function tests used in the study require the same kind of deep breathing that marijuana smokers are used to, so their good test results might partly reflect lots of practice, said Kertesz, a drug abuse researcher and preventive medicine specialist at the Alabama university.

The study authors analyzed data from participants in a 20-year federally funded health study in young adults that began in 1985. Their analysis was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The study randomly enrolled 5,115 men and women aged 18 through 30 in four cities: Birmingham, Chicago, Oakland, Calif., and Minneapolis. Roughly equal numbers of blacks and whites took part, but no other minorities. Participants were periodically asked about recent marijuana or cigarette use and had several lung function tests during the study.

Overall, about 37 percent reported at least occasional marijuana use, and most users also reported having smoked cigarettes; 17 percent of participants said they’d smoked cigarettes but not marijuana. Those results are similar to national estimates.

On average, cigarette users smoked about 9 cigarettes daily, while average marijuana use was only a joint or two a few times a month — typical for U.S. marijuana users, Kertesz said.

The authors calculated the effects of tobacco and marijuana separately, both in people who used only one or the other, and in people who used both. They also considered other factors that could influence lung function, including air pollution in cities studied.

The analyses showed pot didn’t appear to harm lung function, but cigarettes did. Cigarette smokers’ test scores worsened steadily during the study. Smoking marijuana as often as one joint daily for seven years, or one joint weekly for 20 years was not linked with worse scores. Very few study participants smoked more often than that.

Like cigarette smokers, marijuana users can develop throat irritation and coughs, but the study didn’t focus on those. It also didn’t examine lung cancer, but other studies haven’t found any definitive link between marijuana use and cancer.

Two Governors Petition Federal Government To Allow For Medical Marijuana

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 by CCM

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (

The governors of Rhode Island and Washington have both signed a petition asking the Obama Administration to re-schedule cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II, effectively ending the federal government’s total prohibition on medical patients having lawful and controlled access to organic cannabis products.

“The situation has become untenable for our states and others. The solution lies with the federal government.”

Both Governors Lincoln Chafee and Christine Gregoire of Rhode Island and Washington respectively were, ironically, two state governors who chose to heed to the warnings issued by the federal government in a Department of Justice memo (known as the ‘Cole memo‘) and not move forward with otherwise popular medical cannabis law reforms in their states.

However, no more! These two governors’ action today is a very important turning point in the history of cannabis law reform in America.

Contrastingly, the governors of Colorado, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico and the city council of D.C. all largely ignored the federal government and moved forward with their states’ respective medical cannabis programs.

NORML began the entire legal and political debate about ‘medical marijuana’ in 1972 when it launched a 24-year re-scheduling effort, that is still laboring on all these years.

Therefore to finally witness governors so frustrated with the absurdly mis-scheduled cannabis plant as being dangerous, addictive and possessing no medical utility (wrongly grouped with heroin and LSD) that they are reaching out to the president to fix this clear injustice and warping of science is a clear demonstration that the friction between the federal government’s recalcitrance on accepting medical cannabis (or for that matter ending Cannabis Prohibition in total) and state politicians who can no longer justify towing the fed’s ridiculous ban on physician-prescribed cannabis to sick, dying and sense-threatened medical patients is coming to a dramatic conclusion in a government showdown, one that may bode well for the larger Cannabis Prohibition reforms needed, festering just below the surface of the public’s mass acceptance of medical access to cannabis.