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US Senate Approves Funding Bill That Allows Veterans To Access Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, November, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

ptsd second amendment military veteran cannabis marijuanaThe Senate today passed the FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Bill, which includes language to allow Veterans Administration (VA) doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where medical marijuana is legal. The language was included as an amendment in the Senate Appropriations committee in May.

“Veterans in medical marijuana states should be treated the same as any other resident, and should be able to discuss marijuana with their doctor,” said Michael Collins, deputy director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. “It makes no sense that a veteran can’t use medical marijuana if it helps them and it is legal in their state.”

The Veterans Equal Access Amendment was sponsored by Republican Senator Steve Daines of Montana and Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. It passed the Committee 18-12 in a bipartisan vote. The funding bill will now be negotiated with the House’s version as part of an omnibus spending bill.

“On this eve of Veterans/Armistice Day where we remember those who served in the military and the treaty agreement to reach peace concluding WWI, we see this victory as a step toward a peace treaty with the government we volunteered to defend with our lives and as a step toward restoring our first amendment rights and dignity as citizens of the United States, ” said TJ Thompson, a disabled Navy veteran.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/us-senate-approves-funding-bill-allows-veterans-access-medical-marijuana/


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North Carolina Legalizes Industrial Hemp

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, November, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

Industrial hemp became legal in North Carolina on Oct. 31 as Gov. Pat McCrory failed to either sign or veto Senate Bill 313 after allowing it to sit on his desk for nearly a month. The bill mandates creation of a state Industrial Hemp Commission to oversee research in industrial hemp under terms of the new federal Farm Bill. The ultimate aim is to "provide opportunities to small farmers for an environmentally sustainable and profitable use of crop lands that might otherwise be lost to agricultural production," according to the text of the new law. A hemp cultivation pilot program is to be established by North Carolina State University

McCrory issued a statement announcing his intention to allow the Industrial Hemp Bill to become law without his signature, saying: "Despite the bill’s good intentions, there are legitimate concerns I would like to address... Although there is a clear intent to ensure this program supports agriculture and research goals, a strong regulatory framework to safeguard against abuse is critical to its success and the safety of North Carolinians."

Senate Bill 313 originally pertained to license plates and registers of deeds until a subsequent addition by sponsor Rep. Jeff Collins (R-Nash County). The measure won broad support from the state's farmers, and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation has announced it will soon begin a feasibility study to look at the possible legalization of cannabis on the reservation for industrial hemp uses, medicine and recreational uses. 

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/north-carolina-legalizes-industrial-hemp


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Mon, November, 9th 2015 by THCFinder


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Vermilion cop suspended over marijuana legalization pin

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

VERMILION, Ohio — A Vermilion police officer was suspended Monday after he wore a pin on his uniform that expressed support for the legalization of marijuana.

Michael Reinheimer said he wore a pin that read "I support legalize 2016" Saturday morning as he took part in an auction of old police and city equipment.

"Legalize Ohio 2016" is an organization that advocates for the legalization of marijuana in Ohio. The group's website features a petition to get a marijuana amendment on next year's November ballot.

Read More:http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/11/vermilion_cop_suspended_over_l.html


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