Bills take aim at federal marijuana ban
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, March, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON — A few House members have begun a broad effort to overturn a 43-year-old federal ban on marijuana and say they're prepared to keep up the pressure even if it takes years.
About 10 lawmakers, mostly liberal Democrats, are writing bills that will serve as legislative guideposts for the future if the GOP-controlled House, as expected, ignores their proposals during this Congress.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., said it's time to end the federal ban because 18 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana and many other states are exploring that option in response to growing public pressure.
"Maybe next year, maybe next Congress, but this is going to change. And the federal government will get out of the way," he said. "I'm very patient. I've been working on this one way or another for 40 years, and I think the likelihood of something happening in the next four or five years is greater than ever."
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Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, March, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensaries may open this summer
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, March, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
PITTSFIELD -- Medical marijuana dispensaries could open in Massachusetts by this summer now that state public health officials plan to approve final regulations this spring.
The Department of Public Health's draft regulations will be issued March 29. If approved by the Public Health Council, which reviews all health policies in Massachusetts, the rules governing marijuana dispensaries could go into effect May 24.
Attorney General Martha M. Coakley has also ruled that Massachusetts cities and towns cannot ban local dispensaries for medical marijuana. They can adopt measures to regulate and or delay dispensaries. Coakley's ruling, prompted by Wakefield's local ban on dispensaries last fall, states local bans would or will conflict with Massachusetts law.
Medical marijuana and dispensaries to distribute pot were approved by 63 percent of Bay State voters last November. A week later, Wakefield residents voted to ban dispensaries.
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Iowa House bill gives legislature control of medical marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
A bill under consideration at the statehouse stipulates that only the legislature has the authority to allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Representative Jarad Klein, a Republican from Keota, urged members of the House to vote for the bill.
“I believe this is an important act for the legislature to take under,” Klein says. “We are accountable to the people and I believe that’s what this bill really goes at the heart of is who has the authority.”
In the past few years the Iowa Board of Pharmacy has debated the issue of medical marijuana and considered putting it on their list of controlled substances which can be dispensed with a prescription, but has never taken that final step.
The bill would forbid the board from allowing medical marijuana prescriptions in Iowa. “The intent of this piece of legislation is clarify that only the legislature shall have the discretion to move marijuana from a Scheduled I controlled substance to a Schedule II controlled substance,” Klein says.
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