Ole Miss Home To Medical Marijuana Lab
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Ole Miss Home To Medical Marijuana Lab
Posted by CN Staff on December 28, 2012 at 13:57:43 PT
By Jared Robert Senseman, The Clarion-Ledger 
Source: USA Today
Oxford, Miss. -- The only reason 73-year-old Elvy Musikka still has her sight, she says, is she's been smoking pot for the last 30 years. "In 1975, my doctor told me if I didn't start using marijuana, I'd go blind," said Musikka. "Shortly thereafter I found out that, indeed, it was the only thing that would help me with my glaucoma."Musikka is one of only four people still enrolled in the federal government's Investigational New Drug program, which allows a small number of patients to use medical marijuana grown at the University of Mississippi. The program stopped accepting new participants in 1992 but allowed patients already in the program to continue receiving their prescriptions. At its peak, the program provided pot for 30 patients.
"All of us admitted in the program were required to prove to the FDA, DEA and NIDA that marijuana was the safest and most efficient treatment available for us," she said. "The bottom line for me was that I was losing my sight."For more than 30 years Musikka has had glaucoma, a disease that causes a gradual increase in eye pressure and can ultimately lead to blindness. Pot relieves pressure in the eye caused from glaucoma and has been shown to occasionally reverse some of the damage caused by the disease.Musikka recently moved from Florida to Oregon to enroll in a state-run medicinal marijuana program but said she found it to be very expensive. Now that Colorado and Washington have legalized the drug, Musikka thinks access to medical marijuana may be easier and that the marijuana may be cheaper."There is no state, no place, where people do not seriously need this medicine. There is public support for all of us, everywhere," she said.Inside the marijuana research lab at Ole Miss, the potent smell of marijuana lingers in the air. The grow room, housing plants that are up to six feet tall, buzzes with the sound of heat lamps and ventilation systems. The entire complex is surrounded by multiple guard towers, two enormous barbed wire fences and countless security cameras.SnippedComplete Article: USA Today (US) Author: Jared Robert Senseman, The Clarion-Ledger Published: December 28, 2012Copyright: 2012 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on December 30, 2012 at 08:02:52 PT
paging Dr. Schwag?
Congratulations, we've all lived long enough to see the day when nobody cares anymore about this lonely guy and his schwag crop:>>>"The people that are pro-legalization, they don't want that, they just want to grow their own stuff and smoke it and be happy. That's it," ElSohly said.Welcome to being totally irrelevant buddy!
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on December 29, 2012 at 14:32:12 PT
This is what I'm reading:
Colorado's First Hash Bar Coffee Shop Opens Jan. 1st
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on December 29, 2012 at 06:41:18 PT
The inside story of how marijuana became legal in Colorado
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on December 29, 2012 at 05:33:49 PT
Colorado and the nation.
Parts of Colorado's pot legalization strategy exported to other states
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