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Maryland Governor Vetoes Marijuana Decriminalization Fix Bill

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

maryland marijuanaGov. Hogan Vetoes Widely Supported Bill Intended to Fix Maryland Marijuana Decriminalization Law

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced late Friday afternoon that he has vetoed a widely supported bill to remove criminal penalties for possession of marijuana paraphernalia, including potential jail time. The measure would also designate public marijuana consumption a civil offense punishable by a $500 fine.

SB 517, introduced by Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-Baltimore County), was approved 32-13 in the Senate and 83-53 in the House of Delegates. Maryland adopted a law last year that decriminalized possession of a small amount of marijuana, but it did not include marijuana paraphernalia.
Gov. Hogan’s letter to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announcing the veto and explaining his reasoning is available at http://bit.ly/1ellF1e.

Statement from the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland, which supported SB 517:

 

“Gov. Hogan’s decision to veto this widely supported, common-sense legislation is baffling. An overwhelming majority of Maryland voters do not want citizens to be subjected to jail time and a lifelong criminal record simply for using marijuana. Their elected officials have stood up for them on this issue twice, and we hope they will do so again by overriding the governor’s veto.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/maryland-governor-vetoes-marijuana-decriminalization-fix-bill/


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PTSD Pot Study Could Force Uncle Sam to Eat Crow

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

While Uncle Sam is still not convinced there is enough applicable science behind the healing theories of medical marijuana to allow veterans suffering from debilitating mental conditions to have access to the herb, researchers are finally moving forward with a federally approved study that could result in cannabis being used as an acceptable treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Although it has taken several difficult years to get to this point, Dr. Sue Sisley and her team of scientific minds are preparing to embark on an exploration into the healing powers of the cannabis plant. The results of this study could force those members of Congress, who recently voted against allowing veterans to discuss medical marijuana with their VA physicians, to eat crow.

Earlier last year, after receiving federal approval to proceed with her research, Dr. Sisley was terminated from her position at the University of Arizona, where the study was to be overseen. Fortunately, the state of Colorado came forward with a $2 million donation from the state’s recreational market to get this research off the ground.

Yet, Sisley and her team have since been forced to contend with the government’s inability to produce the caliber of cannabis required for the study. So they have been impatiently waiting for the University of Mississippi to harvest a crop specific to their potency demands.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/ptsd-pot-study-could-force-uncle-sam-eat-crow


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Ready for Blastoff.

Category: Tokers | Posted on Sun, May, 24th 2015 by THCFinder


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Medical marijuana use in Texas now up to the governor

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, May, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

Tens of thousands of Texans with a loved one suffering from epilepsy are now waiting to see what Governor Abbott will do. The legislature has sent to his desk a bill that would permit the medical use of marijuana oils to treat intractable epilepsy. The question is, will he sign it or veto it?

150,000 Texans suffer epileptic seizures, young and adult. There are families like Jim and Katie Graham. Their five year old son Eliot has them. They are supporting the Compassionate Use Act, to allow those patients to use cannabis oil. They’ve watched fourteen other states approve such a law. The cannabis oil has little THC content, the stuff that gives pot smokers their buzz. But it has been proven nearly 100% effective stopping seizures. The Grahams say Eliot’s seizures began when he was two.

Katie Graham, Eliot’s mother, recalls, “He was a typically developing two year old. Played, loved to be with his brother, very social and smiley. Then the seizures started. They are extremely debilitating. He was having them all day, clusters of ten a day, eight jerks in a cluster, 80 to 90 seizures in a day. We tried medication after medication, they did not work.”

The cannabis oil could only be used if a patient did not see results from at least two medications and has the approval of two physicians. Several doctors testified on behalf of the bill. The Grahams say other medications have side effects or simply do not work. Katie Graham says, “It’s a hard, sad moment when the doctor tells you well, it’s time to try the drugs you tried before, again. It’s a really hopeless moment. So we’re really hoping to have access to this high CBD oil. And give Eliot a chance.”

Texas is one of sixteen states where marijuana is illegal for medical and recreational use. Although some critics argued the law would open the barn door for other uses of marijuana, the Compassionate Use Act cleared both the House and Senate easily this session, now it is up to the governor.

Source:http://kxan.com/2015/05/23/medical-marijuana-use-in-texas-now-up-to-the-governor/


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