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Group Proposes Changes to MMJ Law in NYC, Offering Weed for $1 Gram

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, September, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

The half-assed nature of the medical marijuana program that New York promises to have up and running at the beginning of 2016 isn’t enough to appease the majority of patients who will suffer a lack of access under the state’s heavily regulated scheme.

To combat this injustice, a group of disgruntled patients have reportedly drafted a piece of legislation aimed at tearing down the walls that make the Compassionate Care Act so restrictive and, in a lot of ways, worthless to the thousands of patients living in New York City that could benefit from the use of this medicine.

This band of average citizens has proposed a “medical marihuana users’ bill of rights,” in addition to requesting the support of the city council in backing the creation of a co-op system that would serve patients with various ailments, including those that do not fall under the state’s list of qualified conditions. The state’s current plan only allows patients suffering from 10 “severe, debilitating, or life threatening” conditions to receive a recommendation for medical marijuana.

“The law and the regulations don’t cover people who are [also] legitimate patients,” Dana Beal, one of the authors of the bill, told the Village Voice. “We believe that under home rule, we can extend better availability and better prices to more people." 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/group-proposes-changes-mmj-law-nyc-offering-weed-1-gram


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Sun, September, 13th 2015 by THCFinder


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Road fatalities in Colorado have plummeted since marijuana was legalised

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

Since Colorado voters legalised pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. They also point to studies showing that in other states that have legalized pot for medical purposes, we’ve seen an increase in the number of drivers testing positive for the drug who were involved in fatal car accidents. The anti-pot group SAM recently pointed out that even before the first legal pot store opened in Washington state, the number of drivers in that state testing positive for pot jumped by a third.

The problem with these criticisms is that we can test only for the presence of marijuana metabolites, not for inebriation. Metabolites can linger in the body for days after the drug’s effects wear off — sometimes even for weeks. Because we all metabolize drugs differently (and at different times and under different conditions), all that a positive test tells us is that the driver has smoked pot at some point in the past few days or weeks.

Read More:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/the-us-state-where-road-fatalities-have-plummeted-since-marijuana-was-legalised-10499069.html


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Teen Marijuana Use Is Flat, While Use Of Alcohol And Cigarettes At Record Lows

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

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Current use of marijuana by those between the ages of 12 to 17 has remained largely unchanged over the past decade, while young people’s self-reported consumption of alcohol and cigarettes has fallen to record lows, according to federal data compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

According to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the percentage of respondents ages 12 to 17 who reported past-month use of marijuana remained steady from 7.6 percent in 2004 to 7.4 percent in 2014. By contrast, teens’ use of tobacco, cigarettes, and alcohol fell dramatically during this same period. Over the past ten years, adolescents’ use of tobacco fell from 14.4 percent to 7 percent, their use of cigarettes fell from 11.9 percent to 4.9 percent, and their use of alcohol fell from 17.6 percent to 11.5 percent. Binge drinking by young people fell from 11.1 percent in 2004 to 6.1 percent in 2014.

Self-reported marijuana use by older respondents, particularly among those age 26 and older has increased in recent years. By contrast, since 2012, when voters in Colorado and Washington decided to permit the commercial production and sale of cannabis to adults, youth marijuana use in the past 30 days is virtually unchanged (7.2 percent in 2012, 7.4 percent in 2014).

Of all estimated past-month illicit drug consumers, 82 percent are users of marijuana, the survey reported.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/teen-marijuana-use-is-flat-while-use-of-alcohol-and-cigarettes-at-record-lows/


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