NJ Marijuana Patients Now At 1000 But Most Just Wait
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
Without fanfare, the NJ Health Dept. reported last week that 1,000 patients are now registered to receive medical marijuana. It's hardly a milestone.
Due to a shortage of dispensaries and several delays in the state program, only about 130 patients have actually been able to buy cannabis. Many patients are upset. Medical marijuana was legalized three-and-one-half years ago for compassionate use.
Only patients with serious illnesses and diseases, including terminal cancer, AIDS, epilepsy, and MS, qualify for its use, but they still cannot get it. One patient, a former corrections officer, has sued the state for the delays, claiming he is suffering while the state imposes restrictive regulations that he says led to the opening of only one dispensary. That dispensary only sells to North Jersey patients and has said it is overwhelmed by the demand. Eighteen other states and the District of Columbia have legalized the drug for sick people.
According to ProCon, a non-profit dedicated to data-collection and research on social issues, there were about 1 million marijuana patients nationwide, as of last December, including 4,466 in Rhode Island and 107,666 in Colorado.
At that time, New Jersey had 239 registered patients. There is no break-down on how many have actually been able to purchase cannabis, nationwide, but New Jersey regulations are the strictest in the country.
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Category: Nugs | Posted on Wed, June, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
Let States Legalize Marijuana, U.S. Conference of Mayors Tells Feds
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
It has been seven and a half months since residents of Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana, and so far the Obama administration has not responded in any substantive way, although Attorney General Eric Holder keeps promising a policy statement "soon." Yesterday the U.S. Conference of Mayors, meeting in Las Vegas, weighed in on the side of federalism, unanimously endorsing a resolution declaring that "states and localities should be able to set whatever marijuana policies work best to improve the public safety and health of their communities."
Accordingly, the mayors say "federal laws, including the Controlled Substance Act, should be amended to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana policies without federal interference." Until that can be accomplished, the mayors urge President Obama to "reexamine the priorities of federal agencies to prevent the expenditure of resources on actions that undermine the duly enacted marijuana laws of states." The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013, introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) in April, would take the decision away from Obama administration by barring federal prosecution of people who grow, possess, transport, or sell marijuana in compliance with state laws.
The mayors' resolution also directly criticizes marijuana prohibition as "costly and ineffective," saying it enriches violent criminals, results in racially disproportionate arrests, and diverts resources from "programs that more effectively serve the public and keep our cities safe from serious and violent crime." It suggests that decriminalization can allow states to "more effectively and responsibly control marijuana use and sales among adults in their jurisdictions in a way that reduces costs and crime and improves public health and safety." And it notes that polls indicate most Americans, including opponents of legalization, believe the federal government should not try to stop states from making that policy choice.
In a similar expression of deference to state voters' choices, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who opposed Washington's legalization initiative in November, last week joined other members of her state's congressional delegation in signing a letter urging Holder to leave state-legal marijuana businesses unmolested.
Adrian Grenier On Obama's Marijuana Use
Category: Celebrities | Posted on Wed, June, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
Adrian Grenier and Matthew Cooke, producer and director of "How to Make Money Selling Drugs," joined HuffPost Live's Mike Sacks to talk about their new documentary and the implications of this country's drug policies for American citizens, especially minorities.
"Let's just have a real conversation," Grenier said. "How many people do you know who tried drugs recreationally, a glass of wine? How many people do you know who smoke where it doesn't have a major effect on their lives? They don't become addicts."
The actor, who made his name as Entourage's pot-smoking movie star Vinny Chase, continued, "And were we to throw them in jail, it would devastate their lives, they wouldn't be able to get college loans."
To hammer their point home, the filmmakers brought President Obama into the picture. "Imagine if Barack Obama had been busted for inhaling," said Cooke. "In that single moment when the SWAT teams came in and raided him, he wouldn't have been able to become president of the United States, and not only that, he couldn't have had a good job at all."
"He would have, as a black man, been less likely to get a good income in any job," Cooke continued. "He would have likely been prosecuted more than any white dealer or user."
A recent analysis by Americans For Safe Access, a pro-medical marijuana group, just revealed that the Obama Administration has spent $289 million fighting its use in states that have legalized the substance.
Grenier rounded out the debate, proclaiming, "I think [Obama] owes it to himself and future Obamas to stop this madness."
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