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Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, June, 5th 2015 by THCFinder


Hospitals Back Providers Applying for New York State Marijuana Licenses

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

New York’s new medical marijuana program has drawn the interest of several major hospitals, which have formed alliances with aspiring growers to try to make the drug accessible to their patients.
Friday was the deadline for companies to apply to become one of up to five licensed medical marijuana producers and distributors in the state. The State Health Department said on Friday that it was not yet able to release the number or names of the companies that had applied.
But one hospital group, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, with a heavy presence in and east of New York City, announced that it had applied for a license in partnership with Silverpeak Apothecary, a medical marijuana company based in Colorado, where marijuana has been legalized for medical and recreational use. A new company, Silverpeak NY, was created for the application.
Michael Dowling, chief executive of the North Shore-L.I.J. system, said in a statement that it had formed the partnership because it “recognizes the importance of our patients having access to every legal option to manage the symptoms of their illness, if there is clinical evidence to support marijuana’s use for the condition.”


Miami-Dade Police Department Helps Draft Marijuana Decriminalization Proposal

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 5th 2015 by THCFinder
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More and more municipalities are decriminalizing marijuana possession. It’s a logic move since arresting people for marijuana possession is a enormous waste of tax payer dollars. In Philadelphia, were marijuana was decriminalized last year, the city has saved over one million dollars already. It is estimated that a marijuana arrest costs well over 1,000 dollars. However, writing someone a citation only costs twenty dollars in resources. In a perfect world, no one would receive any ticket or penalty at all, but marijuana decriminalization is a good step in the right direction.

The Miami-Dade Police Department wants to decriminalize marijuana possession. Usually such an effort is led by activists, and opposed by law enforcement to the bitter end. But in this rare instance, the Miami-Dade Police Department actually helped draft the proposal. Per the Miami Herald:

Possessing misdemeanor amounts of marijuana in Miami-Dade County could bring a $100 fine instead of a criminal charge under a new proposal backed by police brass.

If adopted by the commission and not vetoed by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, the new ordinance would let officers issue a civil citation to someone carrying less than 20 grams of marijuana, about two-thirds of an ounce. That’s about how much would fit in a sandwich bag — or enough to produce about three dozen joints — and the amount that determines a misdemeanor.

“We helped draft and support this effort as a discretionary option for misdemeanor marijuana,” said Juan Perez, deputy director of the Miami-Dade Police Department. “This gives the option to go with a citation for those individuals that may have no record, or only a minor criminal history, [and] stay out of the criminal justice system.” 

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DPA: Fix New York’s Broken Marijuana Policies

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

New York State senators and policymakers joined the leaders of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) Thursday night to deliver a rousing plea for funding to fight to implement the existing New York medical marijuana law, and support upcoming legislation to tax and regulate marijuana.
The VIP reception, held at ABC Home’s lofty event space in Manhattan, was followed by a program of speakers on New York’s marijuana policies. New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried spoke eloquently of the need to push forward with existing medical marijuana legislation, which he sponsored and fought tirelessly to pass. The bill became law in 2014, but it isn’t functioning yet, is very restrictive, and is likely to leave low-income and rural patients without access to medicine. Although medical marijuana is legal in New York, patients and families are still awaiting relief—even though, as Gottfried pointed out, “You’ll walk out of here and pass five or six stores in just a few blocks that sell candy and beef jerky up front, and hydrocodone and morphine in the back. They’re called drugstores.”
State Senator Liz Krueger, a sponsor of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, assured the crowd that, although the bill may not pass in 2016, “There is no turning back.” The MRTA bill addresses “the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and will work to undo some of its negative results by creating a responsible and well-regulated industry” in New York State. State Senator Daniel Squadron, sponsor of the Fairness and Equity Act, urged donors to give generously to support the passage of the racial-justice bill, which would end racially biased arrests and allow convicted offenders to vacate and seal their records.



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