Measure To Legalize Medical Marijuana Filed In Puerto Rico
Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, September, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
Lawmakers in Puerto Rico have filed a proposal aimed at legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana; the measure will be debated by the legislature in the coming days and weeks.
The measure – which is sponsored by State Reps. Jose Baez and Carlos Vargas – would allow authorized patients to possess cannabis, and purchase it through state-licensed clinics. Patients who can’t afford to purchase their medicine through clinics could apply for a special permit to cultivate their own cannabis at home.
“Treating this strictly as something that should be punished has clearly not worked,” says Representative Vargas.
Earlier this year a proposal was filed in Puerto Rico to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes; the bill, although it started an important conversation, never advanced, and currently sits in committee.
This new proposal, which is strictly for medical purposes, is something that advocates believe lawmakers will be much more willing to accept.
Those in Puerto Rico who support medical cannabis legalization should be contacting their lawmakers, urging them to support this new proposal.
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Medical marijuana used for childs epilepsy
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, September, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
MARTINSBURG - Even though she's far from home, there's no mistaking the determination in Tara White's voice.
She talks via cellphone about how the use of medical marijuana could help her chronically ill, nearly 3-year-old son Brandon, who suffers from a rare type of epilepsy, why it means so much to his quality of life, and how much she's willing to do to help him feel better.
Local residents, the mother-son duo have been in Denver, Colo., for a month and have just achieved their medical marijuana goal, White said, adding that the final doctor's recommendation was given Wednesday.
Since being approved, the youngster - who will celebrate his third birthday Sept. 18 - received a brownish liquid that will hopefully meet his medical needs. It still contains the compound in marijuana - cannabiodiol (CBD) - that has positive medical effects, but lower levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH) which is associated with the being "stoned," she said, adding that there's also some evidence that CBD can help counter the effects of TCH.
Although excited, White was also nervous about getting her son started on the medicine. She said the dosage will gradually increase as doctors evaluate his reaction - and, hopefully, progress.
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Will Pennsylvania legalize marijuana?
Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, September, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
Millersville University students, in a recent survey, estimated that a whopping 93 percent of their college peers smoke marijuana.
An on-campus drug-abuse counselor, however, believes the real number is closer to the national statistics, which indicate that one-quarter of students use pot.
Counselor John Baltzer does believe the students' "false consensus" signifies a growing acceptance here of marijuana use that stretches beyond college campuses.
"In my time, (society) wouldn't serve, hire or respect 'long-haired, dope-smoking hippies,' " Baltzer said. "Now, weed use is accepted in a great deal of our society.
"Attitudes about pot and its use have changed a great deal over the last five years or so."
And locals can expect the pendulum to swing even further in that direction, Baltzer predicted.
"Even in a state like Pennsylvania," he said.
Feds pull back on enforcement
A recent memo from the U.S. Department of Justice is being called, by pot advocates, a major victory. In the memo, the DOJ outlines a limited pullback on federal enforcement of marijuana laws, saying it will not interfere with new state laws in Colorado and Washington that permit recreational use.
That could affect an estimated 23 other states that have reformed pot laws and several others that are considering doing so. Pennsylvania falls into the latter category, with a pair of current senate bills introduced in April by state Sen. Daylin Leach, a Democrat who represents parts of Montgomery and Delaware counties.
Senate Bill 528, or the "Regulate Marijuana Act," and Senate Bill 770, which would permit medicinal use, have yet to come up for votes.
And the federal memo won't automatically change that, as some pot advocates are expecting. Local lawmakers and law-enforcement officials certainly aren't convinced.
"I am not aware of — nor would I support — any serious efforts to overturn Pennsylvania's drug laws," state Sen. Lloyd Smucker, a West Lampeter Republican, said Wednesday.
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