Bill unveiled to legalize medical pot
Flanked by more than 150 advocates from around the country, Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer on Monday put forward his legislation allowing states to legalize medical marijuana in an effort to end the confusion surrounding federal pot policy.
Blumeanuer’s legislation, which has 13 co-sponsors — including GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California — would create a framework for the FDA to eventually legalize medicinal marijuana. It would also block the feds from interfering in any of the 19 states where medical marijuana is legal.
At a press conference outside the Capitol, Blumenauer didn’t attack the Drug Enforcement Agency for targeting marijuana dispensaries or blame the Justice Department for forcing marijuana businesses to operate in a legal gray zone. Instead, he pitched his legislation as a solution to the confusion surrounding federal marijuana policy.
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Category: Nugs | Posted on Mon, February, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Oklahoma medical marijuana bill granted hearing
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill to legalize the medical use of marijuana in Oklahoma has been granted a hearing in a Senate committee.
The bill by Democratic Sen. Constance Johnson of Oklahoma City will be considered Monday by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, where it'll likely face stiff opposition.
Johnson has introduced several measures over the last several years to ease the penalties for marijuana possession, but they typically have not even been granted a hearing.
Tulsa Republican Sen. Brian Crain chairs the panel and says that while he personally opposes the idea, he agreed to hear the bill because of Johnson's persistence.
The bill would allow a qualified patient or designated caregiver to possess up to eight ounces of dried marijuana and 12 plants.
Proposed Tax On Medical Marijuana Called Unfair To Patients
Everett, Wash. (Metro) -- Medical marijuana providers are now openly fighting a proposed tax that they say would be unfair to patients.
One of them tells "The Everett Herald" he hopes lawmakers would at least direct money from the tax toward research on pot rather than use it to ease the state's financial problems.
Under the proposal, marijuana would be taxed 25-percent at each of three steps in the sale and distribution process.
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