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Category: Tokers | Posted on Fri, May, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder


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Illinois Senate passes marijuana decriminalization bill but plans changes

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, May, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

The Illinois legislature joined the movement to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot, passing a measure Thursday that would bar arrest for the offense.

Carrying small amounts of marijuana would result in a fine instead of an arrest under a measure approved Thursday by the Illinois Senate.

Low-level cannabis possession would go from a crime with fines up to $2,500 and up to a year in a jail to penalties likened to a traffic ticket: no court time and a fine of up to $125 for those caught with 15 grams or less, which is the equivalent of about 25 cigarette-size joints.

The Senate voted 37-19 to approve the legislation after it cleared the House last month. But it's not going to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk just yet — sponsors say they'll hold onto it until additional cleanup language is approved.

If signed into law, Illinois would join 17 other states in decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana, according to NORML, which advocates the legal use of marijuana. Nearly half the country, including Illinois, already allows for the use of medical marijuana.

Sponsoring Sen. Michael Noland, D-Elgin, said that while he believes using marijuana is wrong, people shouldn't have their lives ruined because of it. 

Read More:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-illinois-marijuana-decriminalization-met-0522-20150521-story.html


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U.S. Senate Committee Approves Veterans Medical Marijuana Amendment

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

ptsd second amendment military veteran cannabis marijuanaThere has been a gag order in place that bars Veterans Administration doctors from talking at all about medical marijuana with patients, even when the doctor knows that medical marijuana could help the veteran. A historic vote occurred in the United States Senate Appropriations Committee today, with 18 out of 30 Senators voting for an amendment that would lift the gag order. Below is a reaction from the Drug Policy Alliance, along with Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority:

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bipartisan amendment today, 18 to 12, allowing Veterans Administration (VA) doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where medical marijuana is legal. The vote is the first time the U.S. Senate has ever moved marijuana law reform legislation forward.

“Veterans in medical marijuana states should be treated the same as any other resident, and should be able to discuss marijuana with their doctor and use it if it’s medically necessary,” said Michael Collins, policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. “They have served this country valiantly, so the least we can do is allow them to have full and open discussions with their doctors.”

The Veterans Equal Access Amendment was sponsored by Republican Senator Steve Daines of Montana and Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. It was added in committee to a must-pass military construction and veterans affairs spending bill.  The bill is certain to pass on the Senate floor.

Currently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) specifically prohibits its medical providers from completing forms brought by their patients seeking recommendations or opinions regarding participation in a state medical marijuana program. The Daines / Merkley amendment authorizes VA physicians and other health care providers to provide recommendations and opinions regarding the use of medical marijuana to veterans who live in medical marijuana states.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/u-s-senate-committee-approves-veterans-medical-marijuana-amendment/


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Pennsylvania Governor Wants to Decriminalize Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, May, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

While the fate of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program remains in the hands of House Health Committee Chair Matt Baker, who said last week that he has no plans to submit the Senate approved proposal to the House of Representatives, Governor Tom Wolf has come forward in hopes of opening up the discussion of leading the state into the light of marijuana reform – specifically with decriminalization.

In a recent interview with Pittsburgh’s Channel 11, Wolf expressed his desire to decriminalize marijuana possession across the state because he feels the current prohibitionary standard is destroying families. 

“I believe, for a number of reasons, that we ought to decriminalize marijuana use,” said Wolf. “I think our prisons are over-crowded as a result of people going to jail for reasons that, you know, we break up families for reasons that we shouldn’t.”

“We destroy lives and we make it hard to find employment,” he went on to explain. “So often right now possession of a small amount is a felony and an employer looks at that and dismisses (the person) automatically.”

While the governor did not voice his total opinion of Representative Baker’s unwillingness to send medical marijuana legislation through to the House for consideration, he did say that medicinal cannabis should be left up to the discretion of physicians.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/pennsylvania-governor-wants-decriminalize-marijuana


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