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Missouri Medical Marijuana And Industrial Hemp Legislation Move Forward

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, April, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

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Last week was an excellent one for cannabis legalization efforts in the Missouri legislature. On Wednesday, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted 5-0 to advance SB 255, which allows licensed individuals to grow industrial hemp. Along with HB 830, this bill represents the very real prospect that Missouri could return to its rightful place as a national — or even world — leader in hemp production and processing.

A medical cannabis bill advanced in the House of Representatives, when HB 800 was approved by the House Select Committee on General Laws by a vote of 8-0 on Tuesday. It is extremely encouraging to see how much support there is for medical cannabis legislation in the legislature. However, the flaws in this particular piece of legislation are mounting.

Since the first public hearing on this bill, two amendments have been adopted. Both will limit access for patients. One restricts the amount of cannabis a patient may possess to thirty grams every fifteen days. The other eliminates symptoms such as chronic pain, nausea, and seizures from the list of qualifying conditions. So, for example, if the bill passed in current form, a person who suffered from seizures with a diagnosis of epilepsy could qualify, but a person with the exact same symptoms brought by a traumatic brain injury would not. You can read more about the committee substitute here.

It seems fairly likely that House leadership will bring HB 800 up for a vote of the full House, and, if that happens, there will be an opportunity to improve the bill through additional amendments. Please help us fight for all of Missouri’s medical cannabis patients and make our system as strong as it can possibly be. Contribute $15, $25, or $50 now to join the fight!

Source: http://www.theweedblog.com/missouri-medical-marijuana-and-industrial-hemp-legislation-move-forward/


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State rep announces bill to legalize marijuana at Hash Bash

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, April, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

Dozens of activists -- including comedian Tommy Chong, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and State Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) -- spoke out about the various merits of marijuana at the 44th Annual Hash Bash in Ann Arbor Saturday.

Jim Powers told the large, smoky crowd gathered at the University of Michigan's Diag how cannabis oil has helped heal his 6-year-old son, Ryan, who was an autoimmune disease.

But Powers is not happy about the hazy implementation of the medical marijuana law.

"The state of Michigan has failed my family," he added.

The crowd heard other personal stories from folks like 18-year-old Alyssa Erwin, who says cannabis oil has rid her body of cancer not once, but twice.

She was diagnosed with brain cancer at 14. She did chemo, but it made her sick, she said. Then she started taking cannabis oil.

"(It) saved my life," she said. "I told my parents: no more chemo."

Doctors at the University of Michigan Health System eventually pronounced her cancer free.

But then it came back last July worse than before. Erwin got cannabis oil back in her system and now doctors say she's 75 percent cancer-free.

"By law, I'm taking a medicine that is saving my life but is still illegal," she said. "We need these laws to change."

Veteran Dakota Serna said marijuana has helped him recover from the horrors of war.

"I watched some good people die, I saw some bad people die," he said, adding that smoking marijuana has helped bring him back from some dark mental places.

In addition to the personal stories of people helped by pot, politicians and members of various pro-marijuana organizations addressed the crowd.

Irwin said he is drafting a bill to introduce into the state legislature that would legalize marijuana in Michigan much like it has in other states.

"It's going to be Colorado improved in the Great Lakes state," he said.

Bernero said he is in favor of seeing the laws changed.

Read More:http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/04/hash_bash_speakers_talk_about.html


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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Could Open In Hawaii By Next Year

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, April, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder
 

hawaii medical marijuanaI always say that a state’s medical marijuana program is only as good as the ability for patients to safely and easily access medicine. So if a state doesn’t allow patients to grow their own medical marijuana, or designate another person to do so, then that state’s medical marijuana program will never reach its full potential. The same is true if a state does not allow medical marijuana dispensaries. Not every patient has the means or skill set to grow medical marijuana, and they may not know someone else who does either. It’s vital that those patients have a safe and legal way to buy their medicine.

Hawaii has had a medical marijuana program for well over a decade now, but has never allowed medical marijuana dispensaries on the islands. That has harmed a lot of patients, forcing them to go without medicine or purchase it from the black market if they can’t cultivate it at home. That could change, finally, as early as 2016. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

Dispensary owners could find their own piece of paradise earlier than previously expected after a state Senate committee in Hawaii passed a bill allowing dispensaries to open, along with an amendment to a previous bill that would allow them to open next year.

The original bill said licenses would be issued starting in January 2017 with operations beginning in June of that year.

The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii has been advocating for issuance of issue licenses in 2016 rather than 2017, according to the group’s website.

For the sake of patients, I hope that dispensaries become a reality in Hawaii in 2016 rather than 2017. They have gone long enough without safe access. I would really like to see Hawaii allow out of state patients to make purchases at dispensaries, much like what Nevada is going to do. Hawaii doesn’t have as many medical marijuana patients as some other states (roughly 13,000), but Hawaii gets more tourists than most other states, and allowing out of state patients to make purchases would be huge for the Hawaii medical marijuana industry, and those out of state dollars could go to things like schools.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/medical-marijuana-dispensaries-could-open-in-hawaii-by-next-year/


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Idaho Medical Marijuana Petition Is Available For Circulation Now

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, April, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder
 

marijuana cannabis idaho threeIdaho’s Cannabis Laws are outdated and make criminals out of non-violent, responsible (and often extremely ill) citizens.

In 2010, Boise State University conducted a survey that showed 74% of Idahoans supported Medical Marijuana. ​IMAGINE WHAT THAT NUMBER IS TODAY!!

The Idaho Legislature’s most current efforts for Medical Marijuana was an affirmative defense law for CBD ONLY oil to give to epileptic children, but it stalled in the House Committee.

It is obvious, that our legislators ARE NOT speaking for us.  So it is time to speak for ourselves. It’s Time for  a New Approach!

Our initiative “Idaho’s New Approach to Cannabis” was first submitted to the Idaho Secretary of State on February 20th, 2015, with the final draft submitted on March 25th, 2015. It is now available for circulation.

We need valid signatures from 6% of the voting population in at least 18 of Idaho’s legislative districts, or 6% of the general voting population in Idaho (47,623 signatures), which ever is greater.

(6% Statewide is greater so our goal is 50,000)

We must have all validated signatures turned in by April 30th, 2016 to put it on the ballot for the November 2016 election.

The petition is available on our website, www.LegalizeIdaho.org, with circulation instructions for volunteers to help gather signatures.

Keypoints include:
– Idaho Medical Marijuana Act, which allows for 8oz & 12 plants for qualifying patients, as well as Medical Marijuana Organizations for the dispensary of medicine to qualified patients.

Read More: http://www.theweedblog.com/idaho-medical-marijuana-petition-is-available-for-circulation-now/


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Marijuana Legalization Effort Gears Up In Italy

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, April, 1st 2015 by THCFinder
 

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An effort to legalize marijuana is getting underway in the Italian parliament, with some 60 lawmakers having signed onto a motion to do just that by the time it was rolled-out three weeks ago. Now, the “all party” group is getting to work on the twin tasks of drafting an actual legalization bill and getting it enacted into law.

The effort is being led by Sen. Benedetto Della Vedova, who is also Italy’s undersecretary of state for foreign affairs. Della Vedova was a long-time member of the country’s Nonviolent Radical Party, but was elected to parliament as a member of the centrist Scelta Civica.

The Radicals are a small but influential party that has called for marijuana legalization since the 1970s, and Della Vedova’s pot politics go back to the last century as well. He and other Radicals were arrested for publicly distributing hashish at an anti-prohibitionist rally in 1995.

They didn’t get much political traction then, but times have changed. Della Vedova is a senator, not an agitator; there is support from within the governing coalition and even from within law enforcement; and the Italian public seems to be ready to relax the pot laws.

A little more than a year ago, the country’s top court threw out a 2006 law that put marijuana in the same legal category as heroin and cocaine and swelled the country’s prison population. That Berlusconi-era approach has been replaced by a sort of decriminalization, where users face misdemeanor charges, but only fines or administrative penalties, such as suspension of a driver’s license. But people caught growing plants still face possible jail time.

That softening of the marijuana laws went largely unopposed and unremarked upon. A more remarkable indication of changing attitudes was the February release of the National Anti-Mafia Directorate’s annual report. That report from Italy’s top crime-fighting organization said frankly that marijuana prohibition had failed and that it was time to consider legalization.

In view of “the failure of prohibition,” the group will draft “a pragmatic, non-ideological bill” regulating marijuana, thus diverting profits from organized crime from organized crime,”Senator Della Vedova told reporters as he announced the measure. “Repressive action has totally failed.”

The time has come, he said.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-legalization-effort-gears-up-in-italy/


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Will Ohio legalize marijuana this year?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, March, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder

The race to make Ohio the fifth state to legalize marijuana starts this week, as activists seek the Midwestern, swing-state win that would cement their momentum nationwide.

The bipartisan Ohio Ballot Board on Friday approved a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would

allow pot use by adults over the age of 21,

legalize medical marijuana for minors, with parental consent,

limit the commercial growth of marijuana to 10 sites owned by the investors that are paying for the ballot campaign. Adults over the age of 21 would be able to obtain a license to grow up to four marijuana plants for their personal use, but not for sale.

Now, supporters must gather nearly 306,000 signatures by July to reach their goal of qualifying for the November 2015 ballot – a target well within reach for the wealthy investors and the experienced campaign team they're paying to gather the signatures and market the measure.

Still, the proposed amendment, with its limit on commercial growers, faces opposition from some of Ohio's longtime marijuana proponents. They're pushing alternate measures.

"Those people … have invested their lives and taken great risks to get us to where we are today," said Keith Stroup, an attorney with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. "We would like the market to be open to small- and mid-sized growers, not just the big guys."

Read More: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/elections/2015/03/22/will-ohio-legalize-marijuana-year/25205935/


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