Delaware lawmakers hear case for medical marijuana
DOVER -- For years, talk show host Montel Williams has advocated the legalization of medical marijuana, which he uses to manage the debilitating pain of multiple sclerosis
On Tuesday, Williams appeared in Legislative Hall to endorse legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Delaware, while keeping it more closely regulated than other states.
His visit corresponded with the introduction of Senate Bill 17, which would make it legal for patients with a state license and doctor's prescription to possess up to 6 ounces of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Williams urged lawmakers to put aside the decades-long debate about decriminalizing possessing, smoking and distributing marijuana and focus on the documented medical uses of the drug.
"Let's take the patients off the battlefield," Williams told the full House. "They're not the problem. They're not the criminals."
Senate Majority Whip Margaret Rose Henry's legislation -- named the Delaware Medical Marijuana Act -- would allow physicians to issue prescriptions to patients with a state-issued identification card to purchase marijuana from a not-for-profit dispensary in each county.
Marijuana prescriptions would be limited to people 21 years or older who have HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma or a chronic and debilitating disease. The bill would let patients designate a caregiver to pick up their medicine from a dispensary or "compassion center," which could only dispense three ounces to each patient every 14 days.
The proposed law would not allow marijuana to be grown at the home of a patient or caregiver. Eleven states currently allow home cultivation, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group.
With cannabis now legal for medicinal purposes in 15 states and the District of Columbia, Williams said, his celebrity lobbying "has been hijacked" by opportunists looking to turn marijuana into a cash crop. Many states, including New Jersey, are wrestling with how to control the sale and distribution of medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana to be taxed in Arizona
PHOENIX - Arizona soon will be taxing a new product — medical marijuana.
The tax on medical marijuana will be the same as taxing any other product in the state, whether it be candy or furniture.
Anthony Forschino, assistant director of the state Department of Revenue, says that's a 6.6 percent state tax, and between 2 and 3 percent for cities.
Arizona voters approved medical marijuana in November, making the state the 15th in the nation to pass such a law.
The measure will allow patients with cancer, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other chronic or debilitating diseases to buy 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks or grow a limited number of plants themselves if they live 25 miles from a dispensary.
Patients could begin buying pot with a doctor's recommendation in the state this summer.
Police Find Cannabis Plants On Roadside
Local traffic police came across nine fully grown cannabis plants while helping with traffic control during the removal of a house from a property in Kaitemako Rd, Welcome Bay Today. Constable Daniel Mathews of the traffic unit said that the police noticed the plants on the roadside land, owned by the Tauranga City Council.
They questioned all of the neighboring residents about the plants but no one claimed to know anything about them. "They've just been seized by us for destruction," Mr Matthews said. Mr Matthews said no one had been charged in relation to the plants. Police will investigate the into the growing of these plants some more but as of yet police are still stumped on who is responsible.
Out Of Their Minds The Truth About Teens
From the age of 14, Henry Cockburn spent much of his time stoned on cannabis. His father Patrick, the award-winning foreign correspondent, thought his habit was harmless until the day Henry nearly died and was subsequently sent to a psychiatric hospital. The details of Henry's dramatic breakdown and treatment for schizophrenia makes compelling reading, especially for any parent whose child is using cannabis. Father and son have turned the story into a book. In one extract, Cockburn describes how his son turned from talented artist to disheveled wreck.
"He stopped shaving or washing his hair and went barefoot, so his feet became septic. He also soiled his jeans more than once." Now 29, Henry is in recovery and living in a halfway house in London. The details of his paranoia, his delusions and obsessions add to the growing evidence that the drug can trigger psychosis in people who are already genetically vulnerable. Author Julie Myerson also knows how excessive cannabis use can threaten to wreck families. Her son Jake became hooked on the potent "skunk" form of cannabis and Myerson was forced to throw him out of the family home in south London. Myerson, who also wrote a book about his drug abuse, has said there came a point "when it felt like my son was pulling the whole family over the edge".
Dealing with a pot-smoking teenager who is literally "out of their head" is a frightening situation which more London parents are being forced to confront. Cannabis has always been considered a "soft" drug, albeit illegal. A high without the toxic risks of heroin or cocaine. No drug is "safe", though, and figures from the National Treatment Agency (NTA) reveal that around 750 people a year in the UK - 14 a week - end up in treatment for mental health problems specifically related to cannabis use. Between 2009 and 2010, the overall number of 18- to 24-year-olds on the drug who accessed treatment services in London rose by nearly a third from 660 to 853. These services range from advice to more specialist help. There are many forms of cannabis or marijuana but the prevalence of skunk is causing most concern. Grown intensively indoors, it is up to three times as potent as hash or weed. Helena O'Connell, from Addaction, warns that cannabis use is the "norm" among young people in London and that means smoking skunk. She says: "It's like binge drinking. There's so much peer pressure with skunk and it's unheard of to switch to something milder.
Ask Obama....Marijuana topics take over as most popular questions!
Will President Obama dodge the most popular questions asked to him like last year? The first 5 pages of the most popular questions are nearly all cannabis related. It looks like Obama needs to step up and answer some questions openly and honestly regarding our failed drug laws. With so much attention to Marijuana and the medical marijuana industry we can only hope our president will step up and at least answer some of our important questions that have been ignored for far too long. The people want some answers and it's about time we get something done about this problem.
There is minimal time left to ask your questions so get in quick and ask away. The more cannabis related questions that keep popping up the better chance we have to finally get some real answers...hopefully.
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And take a look at this screen shot provided by a fellow ent from /r/trees/
Marijuana soft drinks set to launch
A California entrepreneur is debuting a new line of soft drinks laced with THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, in a bid to quench medical-marijuana needs for people who don't want to smoke or eat marijuana.
Clay Butler plans to introduce the Canna Cola brand of so-called "soda pot" beverages to Colorado stores by February.
Butler, who claims he has never done drugs or smoked a cigarette in his life, has designed flavours such as Doc Weed, Sour Diesel, Grape Ape and Orange Kush. The original Canna Cola flavour will remain as the company's "flagship" beverage.
"I'm a firm believer that adults have an inalienable right to think, eat, smoke, drink, ingest, decorate, dress any way they choose," Butler told the Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper.
Each of the bottles bears the company's logo — a cannabis leaf composed of bubbles — along with the promise of "12 mind-blowing ounces" of carbonated drink within.
Marijuana drinks already exist, but Butler, a commercial artist, believes his branding savvy sets his product apart.
A slogan on the product's website reads: "Canna Cola — Just Say Yes".
"You look at all the marijuana products out there, and they are so mom-and-pop, hippie-dippy and rinky-dink," Butler told the Sentinel. "If someone can put every colour on the rainbow on it, they do. If they can pick the most inappropriate and unreadable fonts, they will."
The dosage of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in the product is around 35 to 65 milligrams, and would be lower than other marijuana drinks available on the market. It will also have "a mild marijuana taste," according to the company marketing the product.
Each bottle will retail for around $10 to $15.
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