District 49 (which includes parts of Austin, Texas) State Representative Elliot Naishtat filed a bill yesterday “relating to the use of medical marijuana”. The bill would add an affirmative defense to possession of marijuana charges: proof of a licensed doctor’s prescription:

SECTION 1.  Section 481.121, Health and Safety Code, is amended by adding Subsections (c) and (d) to

From Scientific American today we learn of a study published in the journal Neurology that marijuana helped HIV patients reduce chronic foot pain.

A quick aside here, before commenting on the Drug Czar’s knee-jerk uninformed reaction to this…

HIV-Associated sensory neuropathy is a serious condition affecting almost one third of HIV/AIDS patients. According to Medscape Today

Mark Katz posts about a recent successful medical marijuana defense case, based on these provisions in Maryland’s marijuana statute:

(i) In a prosecution for the use or possession of marijuana, the defendant may introduce and the court shall consider as a mitigating factor any evidence of medical necessity.

(ii) Notwithstanding paragraph (2) of this subsection,

Jacob Sullum at Hit and Run wrote about a recent medical marijuana ruling in California:

Although the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the federal government can continue to charge medical marijuana users under the CSA despite California’s law, the judge said, that does not mean California’s law is invalid. According to the ruling, the removal