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Michigan Charity Receives Google Grant for Medical Cannabis Advocacy

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Royal Oak, MI – Michigan Compassion is pleased to announce it has received a $240,000  Google Grant from Google Corporation. The grant is an in-kind, AdWords advertising allowance and other premium Google products and support that will continue for the life of the organization. Michigan Compassion will use the grant to promote its medical cannabis awareness initiatives. The 2013 initiative is based on the organization’s philosophy: “We must increase awareness to increase acceptance.”

Michigan Compassion has been operating its billboard awareness project on digital billboards throughout the Detroit, Michigan area since December, 2012. According to Heidi Parikh, Executive Director of Michigan Compassion, “The grant will serve as an important component of the organization’s greater media strategy which includes the billboards, AdWords, educational guides and public meetings.”

Smoking Cannabis Eases Tremors in Parkinson's Disease

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SYDNEY -- Smoking cannabis appeared to reduce tremor and pain and improve sleep among Parkinson's disease patients, researchers from Israel reported here.

Overall, patients' scores on the standard Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) averaged 33 before they smoked cannabis in the laboratory and averaged 24 after 30 minutes (P<0.01), Ruth Djaldetti, MD, of Tel Aviv University Israel, reported at her poster presentation at the International Congress on Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders.

Feds Bust 103 Medical Pot Dispensaries in SoCal, Delivering Major Blow to Patients in Area

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June 12, 2013  |  The states -- and public opinion --  are clearly way ahead of the federal government when it comes to marijuana policy. Nonetheless, the feds insist on shoving their ‘weed is the devil’s lettuce’ propaganda down all of our throats, sometimes with guns and raids. Yesterday, they sent their weed warriors to Los Angeles County, where they busted in and raided 103 (LEGAL) medical marijuana dispensaries

"Out of the 103 storefronts targeted today, federal authorities sent warning letters to 28 stores in Long Beach, 71 in Los Angeles, and four in the Antelope Valley," the U.S. attorney said in a statement. "Two of the stores in Long Beach are housed in buildings that are the subject of asset forfeiture lawsuits that were filed today in United States District Court."

Marijuana stops seizures, brings hope to a little girl

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Six-year-old Charlotte Figi, a picture of precious in her "Gatsby"-style bob and blue toenails, stands patiently as her mother reaches up her dress to change her out of her soiled Pull-Ups. - Charlotte never says a word. She hasn't in the past hour, and won't for at least another 30 minutes, when she finally whispers the name of a visitor who is about to leave.

In the Figi household, these are signs of progress: Charlotte saying something. Charlotte eating and drinking. Charlotte standing and walking.