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New York Issues Final Rules for Doomed Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

Ever since New York Governor Andrew Cuomo put his signature on the Compassionate Care Act last year supporters have been waiting for their biggest fears to come true – the launch of a highly restrictive program that leaves countless patients unable to gain access to effective medicine. Now,the wait is over

On Wednesday, the New York State Department of Health issued its definitive rules for the state’s medical marijuana program and it appears that none of the concerns expressed over the past several months were even taken into consideration. Earlier this week, The New York Times pointed out the ultra-restrictive nature of the rules outlined in the agency’s meticulous 100-page draft, but concluded that some amendments were likely to occur before they published the final version.

Unfortunately, after receiving hundreds of concerned comments from patients, physicians and lawmakers, no significant changes were made; only corrections to formatting issues, but nothing for the betterment of the program. It remains simply a blueprint to one of the most cut-rate medical marijuana programs in the United States.

“No changes to the proposed regulation were made as a result of these comments,” is the most common line in the health department’s assessment of public comment. Among the concerns includes the fact that the program only allows 10 qualified conditions, as well as a limited number of dispensaries to service the needs of the entire state – posing difficulties for patients with transportation issues. There are also stipulations that will limit the types of edibles and oils that can be cultivated and sold as well as a laundry list of other senseless provisions that will force New Yorkers, young and old, to continue enduring debilitating ailments without the proper treatment.

Although there was hope the health commissioner would pull it together in the end, which the law authorized him to do, most supporters are not surprised by the agency’s decision to maintain the program’s restrictiveness out of what they suggest was needed to “strike the required balance.”

Last year, there was extensive demand on the part of the Cuomo Administration to amend the language of the Compassionate Care Act to purposely set New York’s medical marijuana program up for failure. In the weeks following its passage, key legislative forces, who supported the program, went on record to say that Governor Cuomo never backed medical marijuana and was never compassionate for the hardships of the potentially hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in desperate need of the program.

Read More: http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-york-issues-final-rules-doomed-medical-marijuana-program


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Hanging with Mary Jane.

Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, April, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder


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Grocery Store Accidentally Receives a Large Shipment of Pot

Category: Odd | Posted on Thu, April, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

When Brooklyn neighborhood website CrownHeights.info reported on April 1 that a kosher grocery store in the Jewish enclave had received in the mail 10 bags of cannabis hidden in vacuum-sealed plastic containers of peanut butter—well, we thought it was an April Fool joke.

But the website's source was the previous day's New York Post, and it actually looks pretty legit.

The grocery, Kahan's Superette on Kingston Ave., apparently reported the find to the police.

"Wrong delivery address results in the seizure of 10 large bags of marijuana wrapped in peanut butter," the 71st Precinct tweeted, along with a photo of the gooey mess.

"I have no idea where it came from. It was just dropped off," a worker at the store told the Post.

The store sells such fare as kosher chicken, bagels, cream cheese and fresh salmon, according to itsFacebook page. Nobody seems to have asked if Kahan’s had ordered a shipment of peanut butter.

CrownHeights.info reported that a similar incident occurred at a different Kingston Ave. shop—Crown Kosher Meat—almost exactly two years ago, when the owner received a Fed Ex delivery of over 25 pounds of "distribution grade marijuana."

Crown Heights is a neighborhood where orthodox Jews and Afro-Caribbeans co-exist—for the most part peacefully, though the neighborhood was the site of violent riots in 1991. The cops aren't treating the owners of Kahan's Superette as suspects, but we can't help but wonder if they would have the same attitude if the pot had arrived at a Black-owned business.

In any case, a cannabis-peanut butter connection is a much more positive vibe than the "Pizza Connection" that brought massive amounts of heroin into New York City back in the '80s.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/grocery-store-accidentally-receives-large-shipment-pot


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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Could Open In Hawaii By Next Year

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, April, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder
 

hawaii medical marijuanaI always say that a state’s medical marijuana program is only as good as the ability for patients to safely and easily access medicine. So if a state doesn’t allow patients to grow their own medical marijuana, or designate another person to do so, then that state’s medical marijuana program will never reach its full potential. The same is true if a state does not allow medical marijuana dispensaries. Not every patient has the means or skill set to grow medical marijuana, and they may not know someone else who does either. It’s vital that those patients have a safe and legal way to buy their medicine.

Hawaii has had a medical marijuana program for well over a decade now, but has never allowed medical marijuana dispensaries on the islands. That has harmed a lot of patients, forcing them to go without medicine or purchase it from the black market if they can’t cultivate it at home. That could change, finally, as early as 2016. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

Dispensary owners could find their own piece of paradise earlier than previously expected after a state Senate committee in Hawaii passed a bill allowing dispensaries to open, along with an amendment to a previous bill that would allow them to open next year.

The original bill said licenses would be issued starting in January 2017 with operations beginning in June of that year.

The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii has been advocating for issuance of issue licenses in 2016 rather than 2017, according to the group’s website.

For the sake of patients, I hope that dispensaries become a reality in Hawaii in 2016 rather than 2017. They have gone long enough without safe access. I would really like to see Hawaii allow out of state patients to make purchases at dispensaries, much like what Nevada is going to do. Hawaii doesn’t have as many medical marijuana patients as some other states (roughly 13,000), but Hawaii gets more tourists than most other states, and allowing out of state patients to make purchases would be huge for the Hawaii medical marijuana industry, and those out of state dollars could go to things like schools.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/medical-marijuana-dispensaries-could-open-in-hawaii-by-next-year/


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