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Congress Members Urge VA To Change Medical Marijuana Policy

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, January, 28th 2016 by THCFinder
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In a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald released Wednesday, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senate and House members urged the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow VA doctors to write medical marijuana recommendations to veterans in accordance with state laws.

The letter comes four days before the expiration of a directive that prohibits VA doctors from recommending medical marijuana, even in states that have made it legal.

The Congressional members, led by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in the Senate and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dina Titus (D-NV), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) in the House, say the current policy “disincentivizes doctors and patients from being honest with each other,” noting, “It is not in the veterans’ best interest for the VA to interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.”

“Congress has taken initial steps to alleviate this conflict in law and we will continue to work toward this goal,” the senators and representatives wrote. “However, you are in a position to make this change when the current VHA directive expires at the end of this month. We ask that you act to ensure that our veterans’ access to care is not compromised and that doctors and patients are allowed to have honest discussions about treatment options.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/congress-members-urge-va-to-change-medical-marijuana-policy/


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Tommy Chong's Unaired Lincoln Ad

Category: Videos | Posted on Thu, January, 28th 2016 by THCFinder


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Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Gets Enough Valid Signatures For 2016 Ballot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, January, 28th 2016 by THCFinder
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The Florida medical marijuana campaign team that put medical marijuana on the 2014 ballot have been gathering signatures for a 2016 effort, and the good news broke earlier today that enough signatures have been validated to put the new and improved initiative on the 2016 ballot. The 2014 version lost by just 2 points, and this election cycle should be more favorable since it’s a Presidential election cycle, and also the initiative was tweaked a little to be more ‘Florida voter friendly.’ Below is a message that I received from the campaign. Onward to Election Day!:

Thanks to you and your support, medical marijuana will be on Florida’s 2016 ballot.

The Florida Division of Elections has confirmed, we’ve validated enough petitions (and qualified in enough districts) to give voters a second chance to provide relief to hundreds of thousands of suffering patients.

This effort cost millions of dollars – but it needed to happen. The legislature sat on its heels. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Pam Bondi stood against us. But I told you when we came up short in 2014 that we would win the war, and we will.  Medical marijuana is coming to Florida.

Now the campaign officially begins.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/florida-medical-marijuana-initiative-gets-enough-valid-signatures-for-2016-ballot/


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Federal Judge Dismisses Colorado RICO Case

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 28th 2016 by THCFinder

There is now a stronger arsenal available to those states working to bring down the scourge of marijuana prohibition in their neck of the woods. Earlier last week, a federal judge dismissed the charges against Pueblo County and a legion of Colorado officials in a lawsuit suggesting that marijuana legalization violated a number of statutes overseen by the thugs in the District of Columbia.

Although the case does not appear to have national implications, the outcome should provide some level of solace for other regions of the United States wishing to reform their pot laws without the risk of being litigiously accosted by a ministry of naysayers.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/federal-judge-dismisses-colorado-rico-case


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