Major Concerns Raised About New Yorks Medical Marijuana Program
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 4th 2015 by THCFinder
Yesterday, elected officials, patients, and more than twenty community groups gathered at Hostos Community College in the Bronx to discuss the proposed regulations for New York’s medical marijuana program. At the end of December, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) released more than a hundred pages of draft regulations outlining many features of the proposed program. Yesterday’s forum, which comes less than two weeks before the public comment period ends on February 13th, was aimed at creating an opportunity for the public to better understand and respond to the proposal.
The more than 100 participants raised a number of issues, including their concern that the program will not be accessible to low income people and that the program is overly restrictive.
The sponsor of the medical marijuana law in the Assembly, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, said in a prepared statement: “The proposed regulations are highly and unjustifiably restrictive and will make it as difficult as possible to implement the Compassionate Care Act. The Health Department should move quickly to clean up the regulations in response to the comments it is getting. And the Legislature needs to amend the law to take out some of the pointless restrictions that were added last year. It is distressing that the state is taking so long – and it will take even longer – for a single suffering patient to get any help.”
The barriers to low income patients were one focus of today’s discussion. Aside from a proposal to waive the $50 patient registration fee in case of financial hardship, the regulations make no provisions to help low income patients pay for medication or equipment, even though insurance is unlikely to cover these costs.
“Medical marijuana saves lives,” said Robert Cordero, President of BOOM!Health. We need to make sure all patients, regardless of income status, can access medical marijuana services in the Bronx and beyond.”
Advocates, who worked tirelessly to pass the legislation, are now concerned that they and many others will be left behind. They urged those in attendance to submit public comments and work to make the program as widely accessible to patients in need as possible.
“Having fought hard for the establishment of the medical marijuana program to serve thousands of sick and disabled New Yorkers – including myself – who are in desperate need of safe and legal access, I’m gravely concerned that the State is setting up a two-tier system where low-income and poor people of color are cut out,” said Wanda Hernandez, a 20 year survivor of HIV and the Board Chair of VOCAL-NY. “We need our voices heard and our needs met in this process. I’m encouraging everyone who has a stake in this to participate in the public comment period and continue to take action as the program develops.”
Other concerns raised at the forum included the limits on who is covered. The proposed regulations only cover ten medical conditions without providing any rationale or transparent process for how additional medical conditions that could benefit from medical cannabis will be added. Some elected officials called on the Department of Health to move quickly to fix these issues when they revise the regulations.
Justice Department Continues To Crack Down On Medical Marijuana In California
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 4th 2015 by THCFinder
Lawyers for U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag appeared in court Tuesday in an effort to shut down a medical marijuana collective in Oakland, California, despite federal guidance discouraging U.S. prosecutors from going after state-legal cannabis operations.
"There was quite a bit of head-scratching," Tamar Todd, director of marijuana law and policy for the Drug Policy Alliance, told The Huffington Post of Tuesday's hearing, which she attended. "The Department of Justice has repeatedly said to back off these cases. Why pick this fight?"
Haag first targeted Harborside Health Center, a $25-million-a-year business widely considered to be the nation's largest marijuana dispensary, in July 2012 on grounds that the facility had grown too big. Later that year, attorneys representing the city of Oakland sued to block Haag's actions, arguing that Harborside is an asset to the community and that closing it may create a public health crisis. The case is now being argued before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
"There's no question that Harborside is well-regulated, compliant and an industry leader," Todd said, adding that attorneys speaking Haag's behalf couldn't answer repeated questions from judges as to "why they're fighting a city that clearly wants this business to operate here."
Haag's office did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment.
Since Haag first tried to shut down Harborside, the federal government has made multiple gestures in favor of giving states the freedom to adopt marijuana laws. A memo issued in 2013 instructed federal prosecutors not to interfere in state-legal operations that adhered to eight guidelines, including keeping pot out of the hands of minors and criminal organizations.
Late last year, Congress passed a spending bill provision that prohibited the use of federal funds to crack down on marijuana businesses in states that had adopted cannabis laws. And last month, outgoing U.S. Attorney Eric Holder announced a new policy that prevents federal agencies from seizing property without a warrant, which often happens when U.S. attorneys go after pot shops.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
More Americans Want To Ban Milk Rather Than Pot
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, February, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder
Ahh milk. You put it in your cereal, you drink it, it’s sold everywhere. Most of your life, you’ve been told that milk is really good for you and dairy will help your bones be strong. While it may be somewhat true that dairy might help you form stronger bones, there remains a problem when it comes to milk that remains unpasteurized. When milk goes out in to the public and isn’t put through the pasteurizing process, the milk will then contain harmful bacteria, such as E. coli, salmonella, and listeria. This can cause many food borne illnesses and is a serious problem for the FDA.
While there isn’t a black market for unpasteurized milk and the sale of it isn’t illegal (some states do have bans on the sale of such milk, such as New York and Iowa but others like California and Idaho permit it), there are 59% of Americans that support a ban on milk that has not been put through the proper process. In comparison, there are only 47% of Americans that support a ban on marijuana. These numbers come from the Oklahoma State University’s Food Demand Survey.
Even though these numbers would have been shocking 50 years ago, it’s really not a surprise. What else do Americans want when it comes to their food? 80% want their meat labeled with a country of origin sticker, as well as having genetically modified foods labeled as well. Additionally, almost 70% support labeling calories on restaurant menus and more than 64% calorie limits in school lunches. While those that support a ban on marijuana still stands at just 47%.
Considering how much controversy there is over the food that we eat, these numbers shouldn’t be too shocking. People worry about GMOs, poisoned meat, getting sick, and the prospect of picking up an incurable and deadly disease from eating bad food. Marijuana may have dealt with some terrible negative stigma over the last few years, the plant really has nothing against the sick/death toll of poisonous food. It may not seem like a huge deal to label food with this kind of thing but in a world where the goal is to make the most money (without too much thought to the consumer), people need to be careful of what they ingest.
White Fire (Hybrid)
Category: Nugs | Posted on Tue, February, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder
An indica-dominant hybrid that is believed to be a cross between Fire OG and White Rhino, White Fire is very strong and has very euphoric effects. Very frosty, almost white nugs.
Lifetime Medical Marijuana Recommendations Are Legal In Washington
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder
In Washington State, physicians that specialize in medical cannabis often offer 1-year and 2-year recommendations to qualifying individuals, though don’t offer ones that last indefinitely (‘lifetime recommendations”). Many dispensaries throughout the state, in fact, will deny patients who have lifetime recommendations, claiming that it’s required for a recommendations to be renewed either yearly, or biyearly. This, however, just isn’t true. Lifetime recommendations are entirely legal in Washington State, which we confirmed through the state’s Department of Health.
An example of a location denying patients who have lifetime recommendations is the Northwest Cannabis Market, which operates two medical cannabis farmers markets in Seattle. We contacted their Rainier Ave. location to ask why they deny lifetime recommendations that are signed after 2011, and were told that the law requires it. When we corrected them, we were then told its their policy, “simply as that” (they wouldn’t comment further on the issue).
We then contacted the 16th Ave SW location to confirm this policy, which they did. When we asked why this was the case despite it not being the law, we were told that the reason is not disclosed to the public or media. When we asked why they would require patients to pay for additional recommendations that they aren’t legally required to obtain, we were hung up on.
Unfortunately this is commonplace throughout the state. We urge patients to stand up against this, and to point out that there’s nothing in the law that requires medical cannabis recommendations to be renewed. Those who tell you otherwise are either uninformed, or have an ulterior motive.
Washington State’s full medical cannabis law – which doesn’t require recommendations to be renewed.
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