N.J. Green-Lights Medical Marijuana Program as Calif's Goes Up in Smoke
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, December, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
Nearly two years after it was legalized in New Jersey, lawmakers announced last week that the state’s medical marijuana program, the most restrictive in the country, would be fully functional sometime in 2012.
How high are the risks? Should New York be looking to its historically less-progressive neighbor as a model for effective medical marijuana policy?
Gov. Chris Christie had issued a surprise announcement in July that the state would move forward with its then-stalled medical marijuana program. But since then, federal prosecutors have done something even more surprising: They raided and seized property from medical marijuana growers and dispensaries in California, despite the Obama administration’s indications that they would not crack down on such facilities.
New Jersey’s medical marijuana policy has been in flux for months now. In 2010, the New Jersey State Senate passed the Compassionate Care Act, requiring the state to license six medical marijuana dispensaries. But even though 86 percent of New Jersey voters support medical marijuana, Christie put the program on hold while he awaited word from federal officials that New Jersey marijuana workers and doctors would not be prosecuted, reported the Star-Ledger.
Wisconsin Medical Marijuana Opponents Are Heartless Idiots
Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
OREGON--(ENEWSPF)--December 5, 2011. People like Rep. Scott Krug (R-Wisconsin Rapids) need to do basic research before they talk to the media about medical marijuana policy in Wisconsin. Avoidance tactics and anti-medical marijuana catch phrases might work for people in Wisconsin that aren’t educated on the topic of medical marijuana. However, to those in Wisconsin that have done some research, people like Mr. Krug look like neo-con puppets that would rather perpetuate pain and suffering in Wisconsin than take a sensible approach to medical marijuana policy.
Admittedly, I am not from Wisconsin, and I’ve never been there before. But, as a long time medical marijuana patient from Oregon, and someone that has fought for medical marijuana nationwide since 1998, I know first hand the need for medical marijuana in Wisconsin. My reasoning is very simple. Marijuana has been proven to help alleviate pain and suffering for certain medical conditions such as HIV, AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, etc. If there are people in Wisconsin (or any state for that matter) that are suffering from these conditions, they should be allowed to SAFELY AND LEGALLY consume medical marijuana to alleviate their pain and suffering. I’ve never been able to understand why neo-cons can’t agree with that reasoning.
However, Wisconsin conservatives are using their classic maneuvers to try to sideline the issue. Let’s breakdown a quote from Rep. Krug. In an article that was recently published in the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, Rep. Scott Krug said, “I don’t think the science is there yet…” This is a standard defense mechanism that has been used for decades by idiots like Rep. Krug.
Here is a quote from Dr. Donald Abrams, a cancer specialist at San Francisco General Hospital, taken from an article cited in the link. “Every day I see people with nausea secondary to chemotherapy, depression, trouble sleeping, pain,” he says. “I can recommend one drug [marijuana] for all those things, as opposed to writing five different prescriptions.” The article goes on to quote very reputable scientific studies touting the benefits of medical marijuana.
Pineapple pipe for the win
Gov. Gregoire's federal marijuana petition welcome, if overdue
Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, December, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON and Rhode Island Govs. Chris Gregoire and Lincoln Chafee have petitioned the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify marijuana so it can be prescribed and sold in pharmacies.
Anything that moves the medical marijuana issue along and advances public understanding of its therapeutic value is a plus. There was high hope that the Obama administration would reclassify marijuana and provide safe access to qualifying patients across the country. At the very least, the expectation was that the administration would leave 16 medical-marijuana states, including Washington, alone. Instead, the federal government has been a stubborn, unhelpful player
Gregoire wins points for sticking her neck out. She and Chafee are the first governors to take this step. But she should have done so sooner. Reclassifying would be a big first step, but the federal process could take years. Still, medical marijuana advocates are impressed with the enormous amount of time and effort put into the exhaustive petition.
But why didn't Gregoire have a petition ready to go last year? Medical-marijuana legislation became the disaster of the 2011 session. The governor was scared off by the federal government into vetoing most of the bill, leaving a confused mess.
It appears the governor was genuinely worried that state workers would get in trouble with the federal government, which bans marijuana. An overreaction. The U.S. Attorney's Office surely has more important things to focus on.
Washington voters said years ago they wanted patients with AIDS, cancer and similar diseases to have access to cannabis to ease pain and nausea.
As often happens, the initiative was foggy. It did not make clear how patients were supposed to get marijuana.
State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, attempted to take the mystery out of it with a bill last year to bring the cannabis network into the open. Now, Kohl-Welles is working on a new bill.
The governor should find a way to support the senator, who keeps pushing to bring needed clarity to cities and counties that want to regulate medical-marijuana "access points" and impose sensible zoning around them.
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