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Oregon Medical Marijuana Program Is Safe, For Now

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

oregon senate bill 844 medical marijuanaFor the last couple of weeks I have been posting articles urging people to contact their Oregon Senators and let them know that you opposed Senate Bill 844. Oregon Senate Bill 844 would have drastically and harmfully altered the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. Among the changes that the bill was calling for included:

Grow sites in residential areas will only be able to grow for 2 patients maximum (12 plants)
Non-residential locations will only be able to grow for 8 total (48 plants)
Growers will be subjected to a fee and inspections (even for personal grows)
Growers will have to report monthly to the state and keep records up to 7 years
Any violation of the rules allows OHA to contact law enforcement

There were other harmful changes included in the bill and its amendments, but those were the ones that I was sending call to action alerts about. After a lot of hard work by many Oregon activists and members of the medical marijuana community, I’m happy to say that Senate Bill 844 has failed, at least for now. Per Marijuana Politics:

The Oregon Joint Committee on Implementing Measure 91 failed to pass Senate Bill 844, a medical marijuana regulatory bill, that began as an OLCC Measure 91 “technical fix” bill, last night and currently are at an impasse over how they will move forward. Rightfully, patients, advocates and concerned citizens made their voices heard after legislators shirked the major duty in front of them, implementing Measure 91, to unnecessarily decrease patient gardens, impose burdens on providers and allow city councils and county commissions deny safe access points for patients.

Members of this joint committee were certainly advised by numerous advocates, patients and lobbyists to hold off on major medical marijuana restrictions until after Measure 91 gets finally implemented in the latter half of 2016. Jumping the gun to restrict patient gardens, impose new fees and institute more governmental intrusion into the lives of the medical marijuana community has been a huge blunder by several members of the committee, led by Portland Democrat Ginny Burdick.

Senator Burdick was joined by Sen. Lee Beyer and the four Republicans on the committee to not only restrict patients access to medicine by decreasing gardens, but also by allowing cities and counties to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. With the March 1st moratorium allowed by Senate Bill 1531 finally behind us, it is time for patients across the state to have the same safe access as patients in Portland and the other locales allowing dispensaries. Some business interests, operating in Portland and other areas without bans, have been more than willing to continue hurting patients’ safe access to medicine by supporting SB 844, but it is great to see activists and public servants willing to stand up for the rights of sick and disabled patients, regardless of where they may live. 

Read More: http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-medical-marijuana-program-is-safe-for-now/


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Massachusetts Police Force Offers Free Drug Treatment Instead of Arrest

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

While most law enforcement agencies across the United States continue to treat drug users as though they are common criminals, some have cast out their old school methodologies and adopted a more common sense approach to combating the scourge of addiction on their city streets.

Instead of arresting drug offenders and handing them over to the criminal justice system, the Gloucester Police Department in Massachusetts has decided to offer complimentary treatment programs for which they will pick up the tab.

Earlier this month, Police Chief Leonard Campanello took to the department’s Facebook page to announce that any addict who walks into police headquarters and surrenders the remainder of their dope and paraphernalia will not be charged with a crime. Rather, these individuals will receive an “angel” that will immediately begin guiding them through the recovery process.

“Not in hours or days, but on the spot,” Campanello wrote, adding that the department has teamed up with the Addison Gilbert Hospital and Lahey Clinic in order to fast-track rehabilitation efforts for those seeking help through the police force.

Under the philosophy of “attacking the demand rather than attacking the supply,” Campanello, who worked seven years as a narcotics officer, understands that people addicted to opiates are not criminals, but rather, they are suffering from a debilitating disease comparable to an insatiable nicotine habit.

“The reasons for the difference in care between a tobacco addict and an opiate addict is stigma and money,” he said. “Petty reasons to lose a life. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/massachusetts-police-force-offers-free-drug-treatment-instead-arrest


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This is why my electric bill is so high.

Category: Fun | Posted on Wed, May, 13th 2015 by THCFinder


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PA Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, May, 13th 2015 by THCFinder
 
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HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Senate passed the latest version of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana bill Tuesday afternoon.

The vote was 40-7 for the bill that would make it legal in the state for marijuana to be used to treat certain serious illnesses when prescribed by a doctor.

The bill known as SB 3, sponsored by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), would allow edible forms of marijuana and vaporization, but smoking would not be allowed. Patients would have to get the cannabis from a licensed and regulated dispensary and would not be able to grow their own plants.

The qualifying conditions in the bill were slightly expanded to include patients suffering from cancer, seizures, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, cachexia/wasting syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury and postconcussion syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Spinocerebellara Ataxia (SCA), posttraumatic stress disorder, severe fibromyalgia, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, and chronic pain.

Patients under age 18 would need parental consent.

The medical marijuana bill now heads to the state House of Representatives.

Last year, the senate passed a similar bill, but it was never brought to a vote in the House.

Source:http://wnep.com/2015/05/12/pa-senate-passes-medical-marijuana-bill/


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