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Illinois Passes Law Banning Inmates From Using Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

Citing concerns that local and state detention centers would be forced to distribute medical marijuana to arrestees and inmates, the state of Illinois has passed a law that gives corrections administrators the right to deny prisoners access to cannabis medicine.

Earlier last week, Governor Bruce Rauner put his signature on a bill aimed at eliminating a supposed loophole in the state’s medical marijuana program that some lawmakers worried would have given offenders with a recommendation for medical marijuana permission to use the herb inside the state’s jails and prisons. Of course, the concept of prisoners being allowed to smoke weed scared State Representative Barb Wheeler, the lawmaker responsible for the bill, who made it her mission to ensure “immunity to any law enforcement agency that refuses to give a federally illegal drug” to an inmate. 

Wheeler, who supported the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis pilot program, worried that as the list of qualified conditions swelled to include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and migraines, there would be a surge in the state’s patient registry, some of which might eventually end up guests of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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Category: Concentrates | Posted on Mon, July, 27th 2015 by THCFinder


Medical marijuana dispensaries, full legalization pondered by Michigan lawmakers

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

LANSING, MI — An evolving bill to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan could also provide a regulatory framework for full legalization of the drug, according to the sponsor.

State Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, has been working on medical marijuana dispensary legislation for several years — a version passed the Michigan House by a wide margin in late 2013 before stalling in the Senate — but recent discussions have led to major changes in the bill.

"I think we've gotten more buy-in from the police groups, because it looks like we need some regulation of marijuana in place before a possible legalization referendum," Callton said, referencing active petition drives seeking to put legalization proposals before voters in 2016.

"If we don't have anything in place, and suddenly it's legal, it's going to be the wild wild west. It's going to be hard to shove Pandora back in the box."

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Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Approve First-Ever Oregon Contract For Marijuana Workers

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 27th 2015 by THCFinder
stoney brothers medical marijuana dispensary oregon

(image via Facebook)

Workers at Stoney Brothers, a marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon have approved the first-ever union contract for cannabis workers in Oregon and have joined United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555. The vote to approve the contract was unanimous, and sets a new standard for cannabis workers in Oregon.

“With our new contract, I am excited to have paid holidays and vacation time,” said Kyle Maestra, a site manager at Stoney Brothers. ”That is unusual in the cannabis industry.”

The three-year contract includes salaries starting at $15/hour with some making as high as $34/hour, regular raises, affordable health insurance through a multi-employer fund, pension contributions, paid vacations and sick leave, as well as seniority and grievance protections.

“All workers deserve the benefits of a union contract,” said Dan Clay, President of Local 555, “and workers in the cannabis industry are no different. Starting with the workers at Stoney Brothers, we can build a home-grown Oregon cannabis industry that respects workers and provides good, family-supporting jobs.”

Workers at Stoney Brothers have expressed excitement about their industry-leading compensation package.

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