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Congress Will Not Allow VA Doctors to Discuss Medical Marijuana with Patients

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

Congress simply refuses to give in on the issue of allowing American veterans safe access to medical marijuana.

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives gathered on Capitol Hill to hash out the details of an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, which would have allowed physicians working with the Veterans Administration to recommend medical marijuana to their patients.

Unfortunately, while most Democrats stood in support of the proposal, aimed at preventing VA funds from being used to support a prohibitionary stance, the opposing forces of the Republican majority were enough to ensure the amendment had no chance of making it out alive. The measure failed in a vote of 213-210.

Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, the lawmaker who introduced the amendment, said he was disheartened by the congressional decision. Although the measure would have allowed VA physicians to discuss marijuana as a potential treatment option, he explained, it would not have given them the authority to write prescriptions for the herb. The goal of the amendment was to simply allow veterans and the doctors overseeing their care to work together in determining whether medical marijuana could be used as an alternative to prescription medication.

Although 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana programs, veterans living in those areas are restricted from participating because federal law prevents physicians working at the VA from even discussing the possibility of cannabis as a treatment option, much less offer a recommendation. A favorable congressional vote, however, would have at least opened up the issue for debate, benefiting  thousands of veterans.

The latest statistics from the Veterans Administration find that 30 percent of the men and women who served in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression—two common afflictions for which medical marijuana has been found to effectively alleviate symptoms.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/congress-will-not-allow-va-doctors-discuss-medical-marijuana-patients


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Sat, May, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder


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Hawaii lawmakers may revive dead marijuana dispensaries bill

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, May, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are saying they might revive a bill to create a system of medical marijuana dispensaries.

The bill died late Friday when it failed to pass out of a key committee before a legislative deadline. But Senate President Donna Mercado Kim said Friday night that the Legislature may make an exception and revisit passing the bill out of committee.

“There’s an opportunity that we may extend, only for this bill, until Monday,” Kim said.

Hawaii was among the first states to legalize medical marijuana nearly 15 years ago. But the estimated 13,000 patients approved for the drug statewide have generally been left to buy it on the black market or grow it on their own.

Negotiators between the House and Senate said they could not reach agreement before a committee deadline late Friday.

Hawaii was among the first states to legalize medical marijuana, but the estimated 13,000 patients approved for the drug statewide have generally been left to buy it on the black market or grow it on their own.

“It is certainly a very unfortunate turn of events for patients,” said Rafael Kennedy, executive director of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii. “Many patients are already pushed to the black market by the fact that there is no legal way for them to access their medicine.”

Kennedy later said he’s happy the Legislature would revisit the bill, but he wished there was a more definitive outcome.

Read More:http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/2/agreement-not-yet-reached-on-medical-marijuana-dis/


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Learn How To Legally Invest In The Marijuana Industry

Category: Events | Posted on Sat, May, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

ryan hurley rose law group marijuanaInvesting in the marijuana industry is a tricky thing. In most other industries, the main things to look for in an investment is if and when you will get a return on your investment, and how much. That is true of the marijuana industry as well, but investing in the marijuana industry also involves the added element of legality. There are many, many good ideas out there in the marijuana industry, but a lot of them involve operating in a legal gray area at best.

There are a lot of details involved in the marijuana industry surrounding legality. The federal government still considers marijuana to be illegal, while some states have medical or recreational provisions (or both). Throw into the mix 280E, banking, insurance, intellectual property, and other considerations, and you have a very complicated situation. A very common e-mail that I receive is ‘I want to invest in this idea, but is it legal?’

If that is you, you should attend the World Cannabis Congress and Business Exposition in New York in June, and hear attorney Ryan Hurley’s presentation. Mr. Hurley will be speaking at the event, and the topic of his presentation is ‘How to Legally Invest in the Cannabis Business.’ You can hear Ryan discuss the legal and practical issues of investing in the marijuana industry with lessons learned from 5 years in the trenches. Federal vs. State Law, 280E, issues regarding non-profit dispensaries, important contract terms for cannabis contracts, and an overview of new markets and opportunities to invest will be discussed.

Ryan Hurley is at the forefront of the marijuana industry, having advised countless businesses in the Arizona medical marijuana industry and beyond. Below is a brief biography about Ryan Hurley, via the Rose Law Group website, of which Ryan is a member:

Ryan Hurley is a partner, chair of Rose Law Group’s Medical Marijuana practice group and head of the Renewable Energy Policy and Research Department at RLG. Ryan concentrates his practice in the areas of medical marijuana, renewable and alternative energy, water law and land use and zoning.

Mr. Hurley is a founding member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, a member of the American Solar Energy Society, has served as the Vice President of the Arizona Solar Energy Industry Association, chair of the Pinal Partnership Renewable Energy Committee, and is a regular speaker at conferences around the country on issues related to both medical marijuana and renewable energy. Ryan is also a Bitcoin enthusiast and helps keep RLG on the cutting edge of new developments in law and technology. Mr. Hurley earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, and his J.D. in 2005, from The University of Arizona. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/learn-how-to-legally-invest-in-the-marijuana-industry/


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