N. J. patients hopeful the last hurdle has been cleared for medical marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, November, 28th 2012 by THCFinder
New Jersey health officials were upbeat on the day they announced that they were creating a long-awaited patient registry allowing seriously ill people to receive medical marijuana.
Within a couple of weeks, they predicted, eligible patients would be able to buy marijuana from the state's first dispensary, Greenleaf Compassion Center.
That was more than three months ago.
Patients say they have encountered mostly silence since then as they have waited anxiously for the call saying the nonprofit dispensary in Montclair, Essex County, is open for business.
While medical marijuana became legal in New Jersey in January 2010, the program has been set back by a series of delays, leaving patients on an emotional roller-coaster. The most recent delay was caused by confusion over whether marijuana sales should be taxed. After at least two weeks of discussions among various state officials, the Treasury Department decided Tuesday that the drug will be subject to the state's 7 percent sales tax.
For many patients, the last 90 days of waiting have been especially trying. They paid their $200 registration fee in August; their photo IDs arrived the next month by FedEx; and then, silence.
When they called the Health Department and Greenleaf, they couldn't get a clear answer on when the drug would be available, patients said.
State officials told them to await a call from Greenleaf with an appointment date; Greenleaf told them the state was still testing the marijuana plants and it did not know when it could dispense the drug.
Meanwhile, Greenleaf's website went blank, with visitors told only that it was "Temporarily Down for Maintenance." Its Facebook page also was stripped of the hundreds of postings and exchanges among patients who had eagerly shared their stories and concerns.
Read more: http://www.philly.com
Indiana State Police leader says he would legalize marijuana and tax it
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, November, 28th 2012 by THCFinder
When it comes to legalizing marijuana, the politics can be tricky.
Paul Whitesell, superintendent of the Indiana State Police, learned that Tuesday after he told the State Budget Committee: “If it were up to me, I do believe I would legalize it and tax it.”
Later in the day, after news of his comments spread, the Indiana State Police issued a written statement clarifying the words of the agency’s leader. The statement described Whitesell’s comments as a “philosophical” opinion, not an official one.
“Although the superintendent personally understands the theoretical argument for taxation and legalization, as a police officer with over 40 years of experience he does not support the legalization of marijuana,” the statement said.
Whitesell is the latest in series of state officials in recent months to bring attention to the issue of decriminalizing or lessening penalties for marijuana possession.
Some political observers say the growing conversation indicates the issue could receive serious debate when the Indiana General Assembly convenes in January. However, considerable doubts remain that Indiana would go as far as Colorado and Washington, where voters earlier this month approved ballot initiatives to legalize small, recreational amounts of the drug.
Robert Dion, a political science professor at the University of Evansville, said that while there is a shift in the national attitude toward marijuana, he doesn’t think conservative Indiana will be among the leaders in easing laws against pot.
However, two Indiana lawmakers have said they would like to move in that direction.
Read more: http://www.jconline.com
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Category: Tokers | Posted on Wed, November, 28th 2012 by THCFinder
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