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Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, June, 4th 2015 by THCFinder


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Minnesota doctors reluctant to sign off on medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

Large numbers of Minnesota doctors say they won’t sign their patients up for medical marijuana.

Two-thirds of physicians who responded to a Minnesota Medical Association survey this week said they will not participate in the state’s medical cannabis registry. Just 9 percent of respondents said they would be certifying patients.

Medical marijuana will be legal — in limited form — in Minnesota on July 1, but to participate in the program, patients must be certified by a doctor or other medical professional to prove they have one of nine qualifying conditions.

Doctors can opt out of certification, and some already have. When Shelly Rapp of Chanhassen asked her neurologist to certify her 18-year-old son Scott, who uses a wheelchair because of epilepsy, she was told that while he was willing, his practice as a whole had opted out of the Health Department program.

“He called me today, and was really nice, but said he was unable to help,” she said.

Scott had tried medical cannabis while the family was living in California last year, and Rapp said a few drops of the oil a day not only cut his seizures from hundreds a day to just a handful, but allowed him to wean off his other seizure drugs. She’s eager to get him back on cannabis oil, but first she needs to find a doctor, nurse or clinic willing to certify to the state’s Office of Medical Cannabis that Scott has epilepsy.

Read More:http://www.startribune.com/survey-minnesota-doctors-uneasy-about-medical-marijuana/306057661/


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Congress Votes To End DEA’s Invasive Bulk Data Collection Program And Slashes Agency’s Budget

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

drug war drug treatment centersLegislators voted by a simple voice vote last night to end the DEA’s controversial bulk data collection programs, as part of the U.S. House of Representatives’ consideration of the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. The House also passed three amendments that cut $23 million from the DEA’s budget, and shifted it to fighting child abuse, processing rape test kits, reducing the deficit, and paying for body cameras on police officers to reduce law enforcement abuses.

Representatives debated four amendments to prohibit the DEA and Justice Department from undermining state marijuana laws — and those votes will happen later today.

“Congress dealt a major blow to the DEA by ending their invasive and offensive bulk data collection programs and by cutting their budget, said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. “The more the DEA ignores commonsense drug policy, the more they will see their agency’s power and budget come under deeper scrutiny.”

Three amendments cutting the DEA’s budget passed by voice vote. Rep. Ted Liew’s (D-CA) amendment shifted $9 million from the DEA’s failed Cannabis Reduction and Eradication program to the VAWA Consolidated Youth Oriented Program ($4 million), Victims of Child Abuse Act ($3 million), and deficit reduction ($2 million). Rep. Steve Cohen’s (D-TN) amendment shifted $4 million from the DEA to a program to reduce the nation’s backlog in processing of rape test kits. Rep. Joaquin Castro’s (D-TX) amendment shifted $9 million from the DEA to body cameras for police officers to reduce police abuse.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/congress-end-dea-invasive-bulk-data-collection-slashes-agencys-budget/


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'Breaking Bad' Copycat Gets Slap on Wrist for Home Pot Farm

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

High school chemistry teacher Susan McKay turned her plush seven-bedroom home into a mini cannabis farm, she testified, because she was overwhelmed by personal tragedy after one son committed suicide and another was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

Sound familiar? Although McKay’s TV counterpart Walter White produced crystal meth to make ends meet, the 58-year-old teacher decided to stick with a gentler operation. She had been running her pot farm for the last several years in her country house in north Wales.

According to the Mirror, she bemoaned her decision to grow pot, saying it was based on “bad judgment.”

The real-life "Breaking Bad" operation was discovered after McKay’s other son Michael, 27, was stopped for driving without headlights while on his way to his mother’s home. The police smelled and found pot in the car, so they decided to search McKay's house as well.  

For her growing area, McKay used three large bedrooms that were equipped with black tents, silver foil, ventilation tubes and one bathroom for drying. Her house is surrounded by high walls and CCTV, which she said was because of her dogs.

After her arrest—but prior to her trial at the end of May—McKay was allowed to continue working at the high school.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/breaking-bad-copycat-gets-slap-wrist-home-pot-farm


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