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Category: Tokers | Posted on Wed, June, 17th 2015 by THCFinder


Emergency Medical Marijuana Bill In the Hands of Governor Cuomo

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

The New York State legislature has approved an emergency measure that would allow specific patients the ability to receive medical marijuana before the state’s begins in 2016.
On Monday, the Republican-dominated state Senate voted 50 to 12 in favor of a bill that would grant immediate access to medicinal cannabis for thousands of patients across the state suffering from “progressive and degenerative” conditions. The proposal, which was submitted by Republican Senator Joseph Griffo, now heads to the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo for final approval. 

“Our top priority has always been to deliver relief to those in pain,” Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for the Cuomo Administration, said in a statement. “We will review the legislation in the context of implementing the Compassionate Care Act and complying with existing federal statutes.” 

While the remarks from Cuomo’s office appear reassuring that the measure will be signed into law, the governor’s actions over the course of the past year has created some doubt. After the passing of the Compassionate Care Act in 2014, State Senator Diane Savino, the bill’s sponsor, said that Cuomo was the primary obstacle in passing the legislation because he is “not interested in medical marijuana” and had professed his disdain for the concept on a number of occasions. 

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The US Is Deporting Hundreds Of Thousands For Drug Offenses, Many Minor

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

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The US government wants to throw Marsha Austin out of the country. The 67-year-old grandmother came from Jamaica to New York as a lawful resident in 1985, and has lived here ever since with her husband, seven children (two more are in Jamaica), grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. All are legal residents or US citizens.

By her own admission, she had problems with drugs. “I live in a drug-infested area,” she said of her neighborhood in the Bronx, and she succumbed to the lure of crack cocaine in the wake of her mother’s death. Jones racked up several minor convictions before getting popped for making a $5 purchase for an undercover officer in 1995.

That was “attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree,” to which she pleaded guilty on her public defender’s advice. The attorney failed to tell her the conviction could lead to deportation.

Her convictions led to little or no jail time, but in 2010, as her husband’s health faltered, she violated probation by drinking alcohol. She did 90 days in jail, but instead of walking out, she was seized by immigration authorities at the end of her sentence and spent the next 2 ½ years in immigration jail awaiting deportation.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) repeatedly opposed her release, claiming she was under mandatory detention for her drug offenses, but then released her unexpectedly in 2013. She’s been in treatment since then and now proudly reports that she’s been “clean as a whistle” for the past five years. Now, her husband’s health is failing, as is the health of her daughter, who suffered a breakdown after her own daughter suffered a serious illness.

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Medical Marijuana Backlash in Israel

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

Israel has been a global leader in medical marijuana, but the country's state-run program is now meeting a backlash amid concerns that it is serving as a cover for recreational use. Israeli news site YNet on June 15 reports that the new director of Ichilov Hospital at Tel Aviv's Sourasky Medical Center, former Health Ministry director general Ronni Gamzu, has sent out a memo to his staff instructing that cannabis prescriptions be given only to patients with terminal cancer, and only with approval of the hospital's Oncology Ward. Gamzu's memo also instructs doctors to consider revoking the permits of patients who come to the hospital's pain clinic with cannabis prescriptions.

Cannabis remains outlawed under Israel's Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, and only around 30 doctors have been authorized by the Health Ministry to issue permits for its use. To receive the permit, or amend it to up dosage, users have to go through one of the authorized pain clinics—and these are now turning away medical marijuana users. "There's a clear-cut trend at the hospitals to retreat from the use of medical cannabis," said Gil Luxenbourg, president of the Israel Medical Cannabis Association. "It's absurd that people cannot receive treatment at Ichilov despite the fact that they are in terrible pain... What we have here is a hidden agenda and silent conspiracy designed to make things difficult for the patients."

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