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Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, November, 5th 2015 by THCFinder


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Former Corrections Officer To Join Local Marijuana Policy Reformers For Texas Advocacy Training Event

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

texas marijuana legalization dfw normlLocal marijuana policy reform activists, including a former Texas corrections officer, will gather Saturday for an advocacy training event at the Janet F. Harte Library in Corpus Christi. Details of the event are available at http://www.texasmarijuanapolicy.org/training-corpus-christi.

The event, hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, is the third in a series of events being held around the state as part of an effort to inject the marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races. Regional events are also scheduled for East Texas on December 5 and Houston on December 12. Last month, activists held trainings in Dallas and San Antonio.

The featured speaker at Saturday’s event will be Michael Gilbert, Ph.D., a University of Texas San Antonio criminal justice professor and former Texas corrections officer. He will join representatives of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy for media availability at 12:00 p.m. CT, and members of the media are invited to listen to his presentation at 1:15 p.m. CT.

“During nearly 16 years working as a corrections professional with military and state corrections, it became clear to me that marijuana prohibition is causing more harm than good. These laws have been counterproductive and fail to meet any of their policy objectives. Simply stated, we have more important matters to address with our limited law enforcement resources,” Dr. Gilbert said. “These advocacy training events are needed to reach others who want marijuana law reform and prepare them to talk with legislators and political candidates about this important issue. I am honored to participate and help others raise their voices in support of reform.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/former-corrections-officer-marijuana-policy-texas-advocacy-training-event/


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Dying New Hampshire Woman Files Medical Marijuana Lawsuit Against DHHS

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

new hampshire medical marijuana lawsuitA terminal cancer patient seeking expedited access to medical marijuana filed a lawsuit Thursday in Merrimack County Superior Court against New Hampshire Commissioner of Health and Human Services Nicholas Toumpas. The lawsuit is available at http://mpp.org/HoranLawsuit.

The Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for administrating the state’s medical marijuana program, which has experienced several delays since Gov. Maggie Hassan signed it into law in July 2013. On Monday, DHHS began accepting applications from patients interested in participating in the program, but they remain at risk of arrest and prosecution until they receive program ID cards. DHHS is refusing to issue ID cards until dispensaries open, which is not expected until 2016.

“The state simply needs to issue me an ID card so that I can access the medicine that I need,” said the plaintiff, Linda Horan of Alstead. “It’s hard to imagine why it would take more than two years for that. There are seriously ill people throughout New Hampshire who are suffering every day they go without it.”

Horan suffers from stage IV lung cancer and filed an application with DHHS after receiving approval from all five of her physicians. Her lawsuit asks that DHHS expedite the process of issuing her an ID card so that she can immediately begin obtaining medical marijuana legally in Maine and using it without fear of arrest and prosecution in New Hampshire.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/dying-new-hampshire-woman-files-medical-marijuana-lawsuit-against-dhhs/


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DEA Chief Admits Pot Has 'Great Promise' As Medicine

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

In a slight break from his predecessors, DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg said voters should have an intellectually honest debate about legalizing marijuana.

“I don't recommend it, but there is other stuff in our society that is dangerous that is perfectly legal,” he said at a press briefing reported by the Washington Post.

Since taking over as DEA Chief this past May, Rosenberg told the Washington Post that he has given a great deal of thought to marijuana legalization.

He said people should not conflate the issue of legalizing recreational marijuana with medical marijuana.

The public debate, according to Rosenberg, mixes the two different issues, which he sees as distinctly different.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/dea-chief-admits-pot-has-great-promise-medicine


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