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Good News for Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 19th 2015 by THCFinder
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014Credit Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press

A bipartisan Senate bill that would permit the medicinal use of marijuana in states that allow it is slowly gaining support among lawmakers. The latest to sign on is Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, who became a co-sponsor of the bill on Tuesday.

Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, both Democrats, and Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican, introduced the bill earlier this month. They were joined a day later by Dean Heller, Republican of Nevada. The editorial board praisedthe bill as “a big step in the right direction” even though it would not repeal the destructive federal ban on marijuana altogether.

Instead, it would remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, which is meant for drugs that have no acceptable medical uses, like heroin. The legislation would place cannabis into Schedule II, which includes drugs like cocaine and methadone that have legitimate medical uses but have a “high potential for abuse.” It would also ease restrictions on research of marijuana’s medical uses.

The support of Ms. Boxer, who has spent 30 years in Congress andsaid in January that she will not seek re-election in 2016, adds political heft to the bill and will hopefully encourage more liberal lawmakers to back it, too. Her home state was the first to allow the medical use of marijuana through a ballot initiative in 1996.

A slight majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana altogether, according to polls by Gallup, the Pew Research Centerand other organizations. But support is much higher for medical uses of the drug. In a 2013 Pew survey, 77 percent of Americans said marijuana has “legitimate medical uses.”




Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, March, 19th 2015 by THCFinder


Nevada Legislation Would Allow Pets To Use Medical Marijuana

Category: Odd | Posted on Thu, March, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

yorkie dog with marijuanaMedical marijuana has worked very well for human patients. A Senator in Nevada wants to allow pets to use medical marijuana too. There’s not a lot of research out there in regards to animals and medical marijuana. However, I have read some articles, and have even posted some articles on this blog, that suggest that pets could benefit from using medical marijuana. Per Metro News:

A Nevada senator has introduced a bill that would allow pets to use pot.

Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the bill that was introduced Tuesday.

SB372 calls on state officials to issue medical marijuana cards for animals if the animal’s owner is a Nevada resident and a veterinarian certifies that the animal has an illness that might be alleviated by marijuana.

What do readers think? Would you consider giving medical marijuana to your pet? If so, why? If not, why not? How would you administer medical marijuana to your pet if you support the idea? Obviously blowing smoke clouds in your pets face isn’t optimal, but what about a tincture, or some other edible form of medical marijuana? How would you determine the proper dose?




Boy Suspended from School for a Year for Look-Alike Pot Leaf

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

A sixth grade Virginia elementary student was suspended last year for 364 days after school officials caught him in possession of what they believed to be the leaf from a cannabis plant. Yet, even after several tests revealed the leaf was nothing related to marijuana, school administrators still refused to allow the 11-year-old to come back to class, which his parents say has caused him to suffer a great amount of psychological distress and forced him into treatment for severe depression and panic attacks.

Last September, Bruce and Linda Bays received a call from officials with Bedford Middle Schools, where their son was enrolled in the gifted and talented program, claiming their son, who has only been identified as R.M.B., had been caught in possession of a marijuana leaf. Apparently, three separate witnesses had come forward with information that R.M.B. had the pot leaf stashed in his backpack and that he had shown it off several times throughout the course of the day. A leaf and a lighter were discovered later in the boy’s possession.

As you can probably imagine, the incident stirred up quite a bit of controversy inside the small VA community. The school suspended R.M.B from class for nearly a year, while the sheriff’s department filed charges against him for possession of marijuana – it was undoubtedly one of the worst days the Bays family had ever endured.

Interestingly, however, several months after their son had been cast out of the classroom and made the pariah of the playground, the Bays received word that the pot leaf in question was not marijuana. In fact, the local prosecutor had no choice but to dismiss the charges against the boy because at least three tests on the leaf delivered negative results. Yet, school officials would not allow R.M.B. to come to class.

The Bays have since filed a federal lawsuit against Bedford County Schools as well as the Bedford County Sheriff’s Department asserting that R.M.B.’s right to due process was violated in this case because he was kicked out of school and had even been the subject of a criminal investigation over a matter that could not be proven. Attorney Melvin Williams, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Bays family, told The Roanoke Times that the school resource officer “swore” that R.M.B. was in possession of marijuana, yet “the field test came back not inconclusive, but negative,” he said.

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Nevada Will Vote on Legal Weed in 2016

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, March, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

Nevada voters will have the chance to determine whether the state will be the next to legalize recreational cannabis during the next Presidential election.

Earlier last week, the state legislature put the fate of a proposal aimed at legalizing marijuana in the hands of the people after failing to address the issue during the latest session. Lawmakers were given until the weekend to either approve or deny Initiative Petition No 1, but opted to clock out Friday evening without taking up a vote on the measure, automatically adding it to the ballot in 2016.

“Voters will have the opportunity to end marijuana prohibition next year and replace it with a policy that actually makes sense,” said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, in a recent statement. “Regulating marijuana like alcohol will make Nevada safer by replacing the underground marijuana market with a tightly controlled system of licensed businesses.”

The Nevada initiative would legalize retail pot sales in a manner similar to what is currently underway in Colorado and Washington. The market, of course, would be tightly regulated by the Nevada Department of Taxation, which would oversee nearly every aspect of the trade from cultivation to distribution. A 15% excise tax would be attached to all cannabis products, with tax revenue going to fund public education across the state.

“The initiative will create a significant new source of funding for Nevada schools,” said Tvert. “Marijuana sales that are currently taking place in the underground market are generating revenue for cartels. In a regulated market, marijuana sales will generate revenue for students.”

The Marijuana Policy Project is spearheading this effort, which is good indicator the measure stands a fighting chance at winning approval. The MPP has successfully assisted several other states, including Colorado and Alaska, in legalizing the leaf for recreational purposes.





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