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Dying New Hampshire Woman Files Medical Marijuana Lawsuit Against DHHS

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

new hampshire medical marijuana lawsuitA terminal cancer patient seeking expedited access to medical marijuana filed a lawsuit Thursday in Merrimack County Superior Court against New Hampshire Commissioner of Health and Human Services Nicholas Toumpas. The lawsuit is available at http://mpp.org/HoranLawsuit.

The Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for administrating the state’s medical marijuana program, which has experienced several delays since Gov. Maggie Hassan signed it into law in July 2013. On Monday, DHHS began accepting applications from patients interested in participating in the program, but they remain at risk of arrest and prosecution until they receive program ID cards. DHHS is refusing to issue ID cards until dispensaries open, which is not expected until 2016.

“The state simply needs to issue me an ID card so that I can access the medicine that I need,” said the plaintiff, Linda Horan of Alstead. “It’s hard to imagine why it would take more than two years for that. There are seriously ill people throughout New Hampshire who are suffering every day they go without it.”

Horan suffers from stage IV lung cancer and filed an application with DHHS after receiving approval from all five of her physicians. Her lawsuit asks that DHHS expedite the process of issuing her an ID card so that she can immediately begin obtaining medical marijuana legally in Maine and using it without fear of arrest and prosecution in New Hampshire.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/dying-new-hampshire-woman-files-medical-marijuana-lawsuit-against-dhhs/


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DEA Chief Admits Pot Has 'Great Promise' As Medicine

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

In a slight break from his predecessors, DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg said voters should have an intellectually honest debate about legalizing marijuana.

“I don't recommend it, but there is other stuff in our society that is dangerous that is perfectly legal,” he said at a press briefing reported by the Washington Post.

Since taking over as DEA Chief this past May, Rosenberg told the Washington Post that he has given a great deal of thought to marijuana legalization.

He said people should not conflate the issue of legalizing recreational marijuana with medical marijuana.

The public debate, according to Rosenberg, mixes the two different issues, which he sees as distinctly different.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/dea-chief-admits-pot-has-great-promise-medicine


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, November, 5th 2015 by THCFinder


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Maryland Prosecutor Claims Marijuana Decriminalization Increases Murder Rates

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

While a number of places all over the world have vouched for the effectiveness of marijuana decriminalization, a top Maryland prosecutor bringing the heat in Prince George’s County, located just outside the District of Columbia, believes that stripping the criminal penalties away from pot possession has contributed to a recent spike in murders throughout the county.

During a recent interview on WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Maryland State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks suggested that an increase in murders in Prince George’s County is likely due to the state’s decision last year to decriminalize marijuana. Her rationality for this argument is that ever since decriminalization took effect, area gangs have been engaged in a vicious turf war to gain control over the black market drug trade. She insists that with police now unable to conduct random searches for marijuana, more guns are now being carried, which is leading to more street disputes being settled with deadly force. 

"The decriminalization of marijuana has really driven the violence we have seen this year in Prince George's.” Alsobrooks said. "What we're seeing is they're fighting for turf. The marijuana dealers are fighting." 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/maryland-prosecutor-claims-marijuana-decriminalization-increases-murder-rates


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