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Louisiana Close to Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Better Legislation than Texas

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, June, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

Louisiana, which is, perhaps, the most infamous state in the nation for its strictness for all things pertaining to pot, is on the verge of resurrecting a medical marijuana program that has set idle for over two decades.  

On Thursday, the House of Representatives put their seal of approval on a bill that would allow patients suffering from specific, serious conditions to have access to the herb. The measure was pushed through in a vote of 70 to 29. It now heads back to the Senate for approval over an amendment that would make the bill functional once it is signed into law. 

Louisiana legalized medical marijuana 24 years ago, but it has since been a worthless law because the language only allows physicians to prescribe the herb rather than offer recommendations. As we learned earlier this week with the recent legalization of cannabis oil in Texas, physicians are forced to violate the Controlled Substances Act by writing “prescriptions” rather than provide certifications, meaning patients can not get their hands on the medicine once it is made available.

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Category: Fun | Posted on Sat, June, 6th 2015 by THCFinder


Hospitals Back Providers Applying for New York State Marijuana Licenses

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

New York’s new medical marijuana program has drawn the interest of several major hospitals, which have formed alliances with aspiring growers to try to make the drug accessible to their patients.
Friday was the deadline for companies to apply to become one of up to five licensed medical marijuana producers and distributors in the state. The State Health Department said on Friday that it was not yet able to release the number or names of the companies that had applied.
But one hospital group, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, with a heavy presence in and east of New York City, announced that it had applied for a license in partnership with Silverpeak Apothecary, a medical marijuana company based in Colorado, where marijuana has been legalized for medical and recreational use. A new company, Silverpeak NY, was created for the application.
Michael Dowling, chief executive of the North Shore-L.I.J. system, said in a statement that it had formed the partnership because it “recognizes the importance of our patients having access to every legal option to manage the symptoms of their illness, if there is clinical evidence to support marijuana’s use for the condition.”


Miami-Dade Police Department Helps Draft Marijuana Decriminalization Proposal

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 6th 2015 by THCFinder
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More and more municipalities are decriminalizing marijuana possession. It’s a logic move since arresting people for marijuana possession is a enormous waste of tax payer dollars. In Philadelphia, were marijuana was decriminalized last year, the city has saved over one million dollars already. It is estimated that a marijuana arrest costs well over 1,000 dollars. However, writing someone a citation only costs twenty dollars in resources. In a perfect world, no one would receive any ticket or penalty at all, but marijuana decriminalization is a good step in the right direction.

The Miami-Dade Police Department wants to decriminalize marijuana possession. Usually such an effort is led by activists, and opposed by law enforcement to the bitter end. But in this rare instance, the Miami-Dade Police Department actually helped draft the proposal. Per the Miami Herald:

Possessing misdemeanor amounts of marijuana in Miami-Dade County could bring a $100 fine instead of a criminal charge under a new proposal backed by police brass.

If adopted by the commission and not vetoed by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, the new ordinance would let officers issue a civil citation to someone carrying less than 20 grams of marijuana, about two-thirds of an ounce. That’s about how much would fit in a sandwich bag — or enough to produce about three dozen joints — and the amount that determines a misdemeanor.

“We helped draft and support this effort as a discretionary option for misdemeanor marijuana,” said Juan Perez, deputy director of the Miami-Dade Police Department. “This gives the option to go with a citation for those individuals that may have no record, or only a minor criminal history, [and] stay out of the criminal justice system.” 

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