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Could Utah be the next state to approve Medical Marijuana?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, June, 13th 2011 by THCFinder

Finally someone who see's the light at the end of the tunnel!

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said he would support the legalization of medical marijuana after experiencing months of intensive cancer treatment.

"Until you've experienced chemo, you can't describe exactly how it feels," he said Thursday on KSL Newsradio's Doug Wright Show. "It's kind of like having the flu because you ache all over. But it's worse than that... Everything feels awful."

Shurtleff said it would be possible to control and regulate marijuana just like any other prescription medication, comparing it to the highly-addictive "liquid opium" he had been prescribed. Although he supported the use of marijuana for medical purposes, he criticized other states, like Colorado, for having laws that were too lax.
 
"We can use these medicines," he added. "We can use them appropriately. So I am open to discussions about it, if it can be controlled."
 

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CT Senate decriminalizes marijuana possession

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, June, 10th 2011 by THCFinder
Afer five hours of debate, on Tuesday Connecticut became the 13th state in the Union to decriminalize marijuana. The state’s House of Representatives passed new legislation and Governor Dan Malloy is expected to sign off on it.
 
 
The House voted 90 to 57 in favor of SB 1014.
 
According to the new rules first-time offenders caught in possession of less than a half-ounce of pot will be hit with a 150 ticket; repeat offenders would get at least $200 but a maximum of 500 per offense. If you're under 21, you'll get a two-month suspension of your driver's license.
 
"Final approval of this legislation accepts the reality that the current law does more harm than good — both in the impact it has on people’s lives and the burden it places on police, prosecutors and probation officers of the criminal justice system," Malloy said in the statement.
 
State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) in a statement on her website said that decriminalization sends the wrong message to the state's youth about the risks of marijuana use.
 
“What kind of message does this send to our children?” Senator Boucher said in the statement. “This law undermines a fundamental lesson that our schools, social service programs and parents teach our children: that taking drugs is bad for you.”
 
Connecticut's non-partisan Office of Fiscal Analysis however estimates the bill will save the state nearly $1 million in court costs and attorney salaries and net upwards of $1.4 million in new fines and fees.
 
 

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Connecticut is one step Closer to Decriminalization

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, June, 8th 2011 by THCFinder

“Final approval of this legislation accepts the reality that the current law does more harm than good – both in the impact it has on people’s lives and the burden it places on police, prosecutors and probation officers of the criminal justice system,” Said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy after the House of Representatives passed a vote (90-57) on Tuesday, making marijuana decriminalized in the state of Connecticut. This comes in line with a number of other states currently fighting this battle on their own level.

 

The act of decriminlizing will reduce the penatly for possesing less than a half ounce from a potential prision sentence to a $150 fine and up to $1,000 for individulas holding less than 4 ounces. This is a great stepping stone for both the state of Conneticut as well as the medical marijuana community as a whole.

 

To read more about Conneticut and their pursuit to legalizing marijuana click HERE.


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Marijuana Re-scheduling Lawsuit Filed Against State of Iowa Yesterday

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, June, 7th 2011 by THCFinder

Yesterday, I had the humbling experience of serving someone for the first time. No, I didn’t serve dinner. I served a lawsuit.

The defendant: The State of Iowa. 

 

The Board of Pharmacy hearings were initiated with a lawsuit. The Iowa Legislature has stalled long enough at the expense of sick Iowa Patients. Why is the Legislature failing to update the law?

What is taking the Legislature so long to update the law?

 

If anyone has any questions, please contact the plaintiff at carl-olsen@mchsi.com. Here’s some interesting parts of the suit. The full text can be found at the end of this article.

 

 

“During the oral argument on the petition for judicial review held on March 27, 2009, the Board’s attorney told the Iowa District Court that Olsen’s question of law could only be addressed in an original action for declaratory judgment in Iowa District Court.

 

“Olsen expected the Board to deny his petition because the question of law being presented to the Board was outside of the scope of authority granted to the Board under Iowa Code §124.201.  Olsen addressed the question of law to the Board because Olsen wanted this court to see that he had given the Board the opportunity to address the question of law before bringing it before the judicial branch.”

 

“Olsen gave the Board the first opportunity to address a question of law.  Olsen did now know for a certainty that a question of law could not be addressed even if it was outside the scope of the Board’s authority.  After all, the Board is currently recommending the Iowa Legislature legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Iowa and nothing in the scope of their authority authorizes them to make that recommendation.

 

“What is “uniform” about the uniform act is that it gives a state agency the authority to classify controlled substances in a state, and gives every state the authority to decide scheduling independently of the federal government or any other state.  In other words, it respects state sovereignty, or what is commonly referred to as “federalism.”  See Gonzales v. Oregon, 546 U.S. 243 (2006); Oregon v. Ashcroft, 368 F.3d 1118 (9th Cir. 2004).

 

CONCLUSION

            “WHEREFORE, Olsen petitions this Court to declare that marijuana has accepted medical use in treatment in the United States as a matter of law based on 16 state statutes defining marijuana as medicine and that the classification of marijuana as a schedule I substance in Iowa is no longer valid based on statutory requirement that anything in Iowa schedule I have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.”

 

Full text of the petition for declaratory judgment is below. My affidavit and the notice of service can be downloaded here.

 

Written By Jason Karimi

To read more in detail about the lawsuit, click here


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Marijuana Substitutes Threaten Mental Stability

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, June, 6th 2011 by THCFinder

Recent studies regarding marijuana substitutes such as “Spice” and “K2” are detrimental to a user's mental health. A study conducted by a Navy Doctor concluded that patients who used the synthetic alternative experienced results far worse than marijuana it self.

 

Patients admitted in to the Navy doctor reported serious anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations. Some claimed to see ghosts and hear imaginary voices. Several deaths have been reported from use of K2, spice, and other like substances. In one case, a Teenager from Iowa committed suicide from the intense psychosis he experienced from using the synthetic drug.

 

Its about time the federal government realizes that until marijuana is legal, substitutes like these will continue to be produced. As long as there is a need, there is a supplier. Marijuana is a much safer than its synthetic alternatives, and is all natural. It's not produced in a lab, it just grows that way. Let Americans have access to what they need, not force them to research alternative medicines and put their mental health at risk.

 

 

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Carl Olsen Files Motion to Intervene in Cannabis Coalitions Rescheduling Petition

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, June, 1st 2011 by THCFinder

Recently, Medical Marijuana advocates have filed suit over the delay of response to rescheduling petition. This would force the Obama Administration to respond to a petition to reclassify medical marijuana. The petition by the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis, which has been pending since 2002 and received a formal recommendation by the Department of Health and Human Services to the DEA in 2006, seeks to remove marijuana from Schedule I.

 

Yesterday, Carl Olsen of Iowans for Medical Marijuana told me he planned to intervene in the petition. Olsen, the Executive Director of Iowans for Medical Marijuana, told me he planned to intervene in resistance to the Coalition’s suit. I was surprised, to say the least.

Today, Olsen sent a copy of his motion to intervene to his email list. In the motion, he states:

 

OLSEN DISAGREES WITH THE PETITIONERS

All of the coalition members have either failed to seek state reclassification of marijuana under their own state’s Uniform Controlled Substances Act and/or file civil actions in state courts complaining of the failure of their own states to apply for federal rescheduling. Because of this failure on the part of the coalition members there is a difference of opinion between Olsen and the other coalition members which requires Olsen to withdraw and separate from the coalition members.

 

Olsen has successfully petitioned the Iowa Board of Pharmacy to remove marijuana from Schedule I. On February 17th, 2009, after the Board held a series of hearings, they recommended that the Iowa Legislature remove marijuana from Schedule I. Once the state of Iowa removes marijuana from Schedule I, argues Olsen, the state of Iowa will be obligated to petition the federal government to remove marijuana from Schedule I as a matter of law.

 

Olsen is resisting the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis’s petition for writ of mandamus and is asking for a declaratory ruling on the petition. Olsen argues “the current petition to reschedule cannabis is defective because no state government has joined it and to further give the states a certain time in which to join the petition to reschedule cannabis in order to cure the defect.”

It remains to be seen what becomes of this case.

Written By: Jason Karimi

To Read more by Jason and the entire text of the motion to intervene, click here.


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