Medical marijuana

Valerie Leverone Corral, director of the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Santa Cruz, Calif., said that reading about a study in which marijuana helped control seizures in laboratory animals changed her life.

“I would take marijuana and the seizures diminished,” Corral told a Mother Jones reporter. “By 1977, I was seizure-free.”

Writer Evelyn Nieves wrote about WAMM in the Jan./Feb. issue of Mother Jones magazine. The center serves about 200 clients; 85 percent of them are terminally ill. Most of the clients had not used marijuana before they developed life-threatening illnesses, Nieves reported.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed in November to hear a case involving an Oakland, Calif., marijuana cooperative. In Nevada, a group formed after the approval of a medical marijuana initiative is looking for ways to avoid a federal confrontation.

Last week, the Nevada Medical Marijuana Initiative Work Group recommended that Nevada sponsor research to determine if marijuana is an effective treatment for AIDS, glaucoma or cancer, the Associated Press reported.

The groups’ report suggested that marijuana be purchased for patients by researchers through federally approved providers to avoid the inconsistencies of illegal or homegrown marijuana.

Also, during this year’s state legislative session, bills reducing the felony penalty for small amounts of marijuana will be considered.