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GW to take cannabis painkiller to America
    #3846493 - 02/28/05 02:06 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

GW to take cannabis painkiller to America
February 28, 2005

Shares in GW Pharmaceuticals have soared by 5 per cent after the company received the backing of American investors for a quest to take its cannabis-based painkiller to the US market.

GW, which is close to winning approval for the drug, Sativex, in Canada, said that it had assembled a team of medical and regulatory consultants to pursue the product?s licensing in America.

"The US is the world?s most significant pharmaceutical market," Dr Geoffrey Guy, the GW chairman, said.

"Over the last few years, GW has been working to build a support base in the US and we are excited about the prospects of working alongside a range of experts to assist our efforts."

The team included Apjohn Group, a Michigan-based pharmaceuticals consultancy, and unnamed "key medical opinion leaders", said GW, trailing an application for Sativex to the US Food and Drug Administration.

"The company considers that the breadth of data now available will enable initiation of discussions with the FDA," GW said.

The move had prompted a group of key American investors to invest a further ?2.5 million in GW, increasing their stake from 7.8 per cent to 9.6 per cent. The investment, to be spent largely on US operations, would be achieved through the issue of 2.0 million shares.

"We are delighted that our plans have met with such a positive response," Dr Guy said.

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Re: GW to take cannabis painkiller to America [Re: veggie]
    #3846932 - 02/28/05 03:35 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I believe I've seen several polls now indicating that the majority or near majority of Americans support legalizing medical marijuana. For that matter, a large number of states have medical marijuana laws. It's just the federal government that is hardheaded and damn obstinate and probably will take years of arguing before it agrees to legalize medical marijuana. I mean just look at the scheduling system. Marijuana is more illegal (Sched. 1) than heroin (sched. 2), does anyone else find that just a little bizarre and twisted?

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Re: GW to take cannabis painkiller to America [Re: dblaney]
    #3848898 - 02/28/05 09:55 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

If it was the 1999 Gallup poll to which you are referring, 73% of Americans were in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. I agree with you the Federal government is not going to change the status of marijuana anytime soon.

Marijuana is a Schedule I drug, meaning it does not have "accepted medical use in treatment". Ironically, the US governement is currently providing marijuana legally to 8 patients under the Compassionate IND program.

By the way, heroin is also Schedule I, as is LSD, Psilocybin, and MDMA.

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Re: GW to take cannabis painkiller to America [Re: veggie]
    #3851764 - 03/01/05 01:55 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Methamphetamine is schedule II, though.


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Re: GW to take cannabis painkiller to America [Re: delta9]
    #3855506 - 03/02/05 03:32 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

cocaine is schedule 2 as well. apperently it still has an accepted and used form of medicinal value.

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Re: GW to take cannabis painkiller to America [Re: guri]
    #3860107 - 03/02/05 11:51 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Can't forget about good ol' PCP; that's schedule II also.

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