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Washington Group Is Challenging New Medical Marijuana Law

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

washington medical marijuana senate bill 5052Last month Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5052 into law. SB 5052 made a lot of changes to Washington’s long established medical marijuana program. Some of those changes included:

  • Requires every medical cannabis dispensary in the state to close by July 1st, 2016 forcing patients to purchase from recreational cannabis outlets (despite most cities in the state prohibiting them) or rely on the black-market.
  • Reducing patient possession limits from twenty ounces, to three, and their cultivation limits from fifteen plants, to six. Patients caught possessing between three and twenty four ounces, or caught growing between seven and fifteen plants will be committing class C felonies once the law takes effect, and could be imprisoned for up to 5 years.
  • Patients will be required to join a patient database, or only be allowed to possess an ounce, and cultivate four plants.

A group in Washington is hoping to challenge the new law in the form of a citizen’s referendum. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

A Washington State group is looking to challenge newly minted regulations that roll the state’s medical marijuana market into its heavily regulated recreational cannabis program.

The group hopes to gather enough signatures to get a referendum in front of voters that would unravel the new law. A spokesman for the proposal – dubbed Referendum 76 – said the regulations limit access for patients who use MMJ to treat various ailments.

The new law – which the governor signed April 27 – will essentially eliminate the state’s mostly unregulated medical marijuana industry and force existing MMJ businesses to get licenses under the recreational cannabis program or close down.

Senate Bill 5052 is rough for Washington medical marijuana patients, and medical marijuana industry members to say the least. I’m curious to see how many medical marijuana dispensaries stay open anyways. That’s what is happening in California, and for a long time happened in Oregon before Oregon passed a comprehensive medical marijuana dispensary bill. With prices still very high at recreational stores, I’d imagine more patients will go to the black market than convert to purchasing recreational marijuana in the event that there is a massive wave of dispensary closures across the state.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/washington-group-is-challenging-new-medical-marijuana-law/


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Italian Army Hopes to Undercut Street Dealers by Growing Pot

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

The Italian army has unveiled its first successful marijuana crop.

On Thursday, the Corriere della Sera news website published photos of the military-run pharmaceutical plant in Florence where the cannabis is being grown in a secure room. The site also houses drying and packing facilities and is expected to churn out 220 pounds of pot annually, according to the BBC.

"The aim of the operation is to provide users with a product that is not always easily available on the market, at a more competitive price," Colonel Antonio Medica, the director of the facility, told Italian news outlets.

The initiative was announced last September as a means to drive down costs of medical marijuana and undercut street dealers.

Medical marijuana has been legal in Italy since 2007, but its prohibitive costs have deterred most from participating in the program. Because there have been no licensed producers of medicinal pot in the country, those who do have prescriptions have to purchase their cannabis from abroad.

According to RT.com, prices can reach up to 40 euros ($45) per gram for imported medical marijuana, which has led many patients to seek out street dealers. The government hopes to take away business from these illegal sources with this new grow operation.

"We're aiming to lower the price to under 15 euros ($17), maybe even around 5 euros ($5.60) per gram," Medica said.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/italian-army-hopes-undercut-street-dealers-growing-pot


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Category: Tokers | Posted on Mon, May, 4th 2015 by THCFinder


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Puerto Rico moves to legalize marijuana for medical uses

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, May, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

The governor of Puerto Rico has signed an executive order to allow marijuana to be permitted for medical uses. Alejandro Garcia Padilla endorsed the move, which will come into immediate effect, following a lengthy public debate on the US territory.

Governor Padilla mentioned that Puerto Rico’s health secretary will have three months to file a report about how the executive order will be implemented. The order will also mean that some or all controlled substances that derive from the cannabis plant will be permitted for medical use.

"We're taking a significant step in the area of health that is fundamental to our development and quality of life," Garcia said in a statement, cited by AP. "I am sure that many patients will receive appropriate treatment that will offer them new hope."

Medical marijuana can be used to treat a number of ailments, such as helping to ease the pain associated with multiple sclerosis, AIDS and cancer. Jamie Perello, the president of Puerto Rico’s Chamber of Representatives mentioned the move was “a step in the right direction,” and added “one of the benefits that patients say they receive the most, is pain relief.”

It is not clear at present which type of illnesses will receive authorization for medical marijuana. It is also unknown whether the drug will have to be imported, or whether residents will be allowed to grow it on the island.

"There are so many questions. We have to look at all those details," Amado Martinez, an activist who supports legalizing marijuana told AP.

The possession of any amount of cannabis in Puerto Rico has hitherto been illegal and punishable with up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000. Advocates of the reform argue that the current policy has proved ineffective in the fight against the illegal drug trade on the island.

Read More: http://rt.com/news/255361-puerto-rico-marijuana-legal/


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