Thursday, December 1, 2011
Medical marijuana for man's best friend: Seattle company develops 'pot patch' for dogsBy Jennifer Madison
Last updated at 7:51 AM on 1st August 2011
A Seattle company is developing a medical marijuana patch for man's best friend.
Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems LLC has licensed a patent for Tetracan, a 'pot patch' intended as a pain relief alternative to pharmaceuticals.
Company president Jim Alekson says could it used on dogs, cats and horses - and he expects it will be ready for market by the end of this year.
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Man's best friend: Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems president Jim Alekson says animals suffer from maladies and chronic pain similar to humans
He called the pot patch a 'mellow' alternative to traditional pharmaceutical painkillers, which 'have proven harmful, sometimes fatal in animals.'
'I’d much rather they were on something holistic as opposed to something chemical that I know is breaking down some of the organs in their body,' he said.
For the dogs? Medical marijuana was legalised in Washington state - for humans - in 1998
However, the company intends to press for changes in state law that would allow veterinarians to prescribe the patch to pets.
Medical marijuana was legalised in Washington state in 1998.
Mr Alekson told Seattle Weekly: 'It is our intention, once the patch delivery system is perfected, to approach states for approval to use the patch for veterinary use.'
Mellow: The animal pot patch is an alternative to traditional pharmaceutical painkillers, which 'have proven harmful, sometimes fatal in animals,' Alekson said
The patch was developed and patented back in 2000 by Walter Cristobal, a member of the Santa Ana Pueblo Tribe of New Mexico, as a solution to help alleviate his mother's arthritis pain.
TokeofTheTown.com reports Cristobal didn't have the time or organization to bring his product to market, so when Mr Alekson and his business partner Chester Soliz learned of his patent, the three men formed Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems last year.
The company, 'devoted to the advancement, research and development of marijuana delivery modalities,' is also developing creams, gels and oils 'to people and animals in need of chronic pain management.'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2020855/Medical-marijuana-mans-best-friend-Seattle-company-develops-pot-patch-dogs.html#ixzz1fML2f7Tn
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Pentagon successfully tests hypersonic flying bomb
(AFP) – 12 hours agoWASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Thursday held a successful test flight of a flying bomb that travels faster than the speed of sound and will give military planners the ability to strike targets anywhere in the world in less than a hour.
Launched by rocket from Hawaii at 1130 GMT, the "Advanced Hypersonic Weapon," or AHW, glided through the upper atmosphere over the Pacific "at hypersonic speed" before hitting its target on the Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands, a Pentagon statement said.
Kwajalein is about 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers) southwest of Hawaii. The Pentagon did not say what top speeds were reached by the vehicle, which unlike a ballistic missile is maneuverable.
Scientists classify hypersonic speeds as those that exceed Mach 5 -- or five times the speed of sound -- 3,728 miles (6,000 kilometers) an hour.
The test aimed to gather data on "aerodynamics, navigation, guidance and control, and thermal protection technologies," said Lieutenant Colonel Melinda Morgan, a Pentagon spokeswoman.
The US Army's AHW project is part of the "Prompt Global Strike" program which seeks to give the US military the means to deliver conventional weapons anywhere in the world within an hour.
On August 11, the Pentagon test flew another hypersonic glider dubbed HTV-2, which is capable of flying 27,000 kilometers per hour, but it was a failure.
The AHW's range is less than that of the HTV-2, the Congressional Research Service said in a report, without providing specifics.
The Pentagon has invested 239.9 million dollars in the Global Strike program this year, including 69 million for the flying bomb tested Thursday, CRS said.
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