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Congress Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendment Despite House And Senate Approval

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 29th 2016 by THCFinder

congress medical marijuanaOn Thursday, news broke that the Veterans Equal Access Amendment had been stripped from the House Conference Report of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017. The provision was removed from the conference version of the bill, despite passing in the Senate Appropriations Committee 20-9, and on the House floor 233-189. The removal of an amendment to an appropriations bill that has been approved in both chambers is unprecedented and defies explanation.

“Blocking this amendment at the conference committee stage is an assault on democracy and those Americans who risked their lives and health to defend it,” said Michael Liszewski, Government Affairs Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA). “It’s shocking that House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers would allow a veterans health care provision that won by wide margins in a Senate committee and on the House floor to be stripped from the bill behind closed doors.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/congress-blocks-veterans-equal-access-amendment-despite-house-and-senate-approval/


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Here's Why This Marijuana Drug Company's Stock Is Soaring Today

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 28th 2016 by THCFinder

GW Pharmaceuticals  GWPH 6.22%  could be on its way to eventually winning the first U.S. approval for a marijuana-based prescription drug.

The U.K.-based biopharma on Monday unveiled more data finding that its investigational therapy Epidiolex, which is derived from a marijuana component called cannabidiol, or CBD, helped significantly reduce the number of monthly seizures suffered by patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS)—a rare disease that often strikes during childhood and usually causes debilitating epileptic episodes. It afflicts about 30,000 children and adults in the U.S., according to the LGS Foundation.

Read More:http://fortune.com/2016/06/27/gw-pharma-cannabis-drug-results/


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Starbuds loses license for Denver marijuana grow in first decision of its kind

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

Neighborhood push-back against a northeast Denver marijuana grow operation culminated Thursday in the city’s first-ever denial of a routine cultivation license renewal.

Starbuds, a marijuana chain that grows plants on the second floor of its recreational shop at 4690 Brighton Blvd., plans to appeal the decision by Stacie Loucks, the executive director of the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses. In her decision, Loucks agrees with a hearing officer’s earlier findings that the grow operation’s odors and other effects conflict with a new aspirational neighborhood plan for working-class Elyria-Swansea.

Read More:https://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/23/starbuds-loses-license-for-marijuana-grow-denver/


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Government Employee Gets Job Back After Being Fired for MMJ Use

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

A senior programmer and systems analyst in Lane County, Oregon is getting his job back after being fired for his medical marijuana use.

An arbitrator ruled in favor of 60-year-old Michael Hirsch, who used medical cannabis to manage the negative effects of cancer treatment, reports the Register Guard. He'll be reinstated at his job next week and has received $21,550 in back pay.

This type of ruling is rare—employees who are fired over medical cannabis use usually have no recourse due to federal prohibition. In June 2015, a medical marijuana patient in Colorado lost his case against the Dish Network after he was fired for his off-duty medical cannabis use. The Colorado Supreme Court decided that federal law applied in this case, even though the patient was following the state's medical marijuana laws.  

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/government-employee-gets-job-back-after-being-fired-mmj-use


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Mexico Will Not Legalize Medical Marijuana Anytime Soon

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 24th 2016 by THCFinder

Although Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto seemed hell-bent on legalizing medical marijuana earlier this year, a recent report from Vice News suggests that all of the noise surrounding the possibility of major drug reforms in a nation, which is plagued by some of the most vicious cartel activity in the world, may have simply been herky-jerky politics that could end up preventing legalization from happening anytime in the near future. 

Last Friday, the Mexico Senate, specifically President Peña’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), decided to sandbag the medical marijuana issue by rescheduling talks over the proposal until, at least, the end of summer. There is speculation that this sudden postponement could be an indication that lawmakers are no longer interested in pushing to provide citizens with a program that allows some legal use of the cannabis plant and that the whole grand scheme discussed in great lengths throughout the first part 2016 may simply get lost in the cracks of a shifty system.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/mexico-will-not-legalize-medical-marijuana-anytime-soon


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Medical Cannabis Advocates And CARERS Act Sponsors Hold Senate Briefing Urging Immediate Protection For Patients

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 23rd 2016 by THCFinder

blueberry kush marijuana strainToday, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) presented a briefing on the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act (S. 683/H.R. 1538) with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The briefing featured policy experts and medical cannabis (marijuana) stakeholders who would be protected by the bill. Lead CARERS Act sponsor Senator Cory Booker spoke on behalf of the bill as well. The group urged Congress to take swift action to protect existing medical cannabis programs and the patients that rely upon them by passing the CARERS Act, a bill that is currently awaiting a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Even though some form of medical marijuana is already legal in 42 states, federal law still makes it a crime to use this form of medicine, even in states where it is legal,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This is clearly a case of antiquated ideology getting in the way of scientific progress. I will continue to urge all of my colleagues in the Senate to support the CARERS Act, so we can help our families have access to the medicine they need without fear of arrest.”

“The recent discussion about lifting the federal barriers to medical cannabis research is an encouraging signal, but we must remember that there are millions of patients in the U.S. who need medical cannabis today,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of ASA. “Patients should not suffer while waiting for the fruit of this research, which may take years or even decades to accomplish.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/medical-cannabis-advocates-and-carers-act-sponsors-hold-senate-briefing-urging-immediate-protection-for-patients/


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