Nevada Becomes the 14th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana
Gov. Brian Sandoval signed SB374 into law Wednesday evening, which authorizes and regulates medical marijuana dispensaries to serve Nevadans with medical marijuana cards. The bill also contains provisions to continue to allow home-growing until 2016. (It’s currently legal for Nevada medical marijuana card holders to grow the plant in their homes.)
The tax revenue created will first fund the regulation of the dispensaries. Any remaining revenue will be funneled to education.
Nevada is the 14th state to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries, and one of 19 states to allow medicinal pot, along with the District of Columbia.
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Bill would let poisons be used on Medical Marijuana plants
AUGUSTA -- Medical marijuana dispensaries would be allowed to treat plants with certain low-risk pesticides if a bill enacted by the Maine Legislature on Friday makes it into law.
The bill, L.D. 1531, an emergency measure sponsored by Sen. Thomas Saviello, R-Wilton, a former chairman of the Maine Board of Pesticides Control, passed the House of Representatives without a roll-call vote on Friday. The Senate passed it on Thursday.
It would take effect as soon as Gov. Paul LePage, whose administration supports the bill, signs it.
Saviello's bill would narrow broad Department of Health and Human Services rules that haven't allowed dispensaries to treat marijuana plants with any pesticide, even a natural substance such as vegetable oil.
"Having anything in your arsenal is better than having nothing," said Glenn Peterson, owner of Canuvo, a dispensary in Biddeford. "It's a good thing."
The department supports the bill, even though the loophole came into play publicly after its March investigation of the Wellness Connection of Maine, the nonprofit operator of four of Maine's eight dispensaries, in Portland, Hallowell, Thomaston and Brewer. That investigation found 20 violations of state law and program rules at Wellness Connection, from pesticide use to security breaches to a managerial conflict of interest.
The state said nine types of pesticides were used at the group's Auburn cultivation site, violating medical-marijuana program rules that say no pesticides are allowed.
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Overwhelming Majority Of New Yorkers Support Allowing Medical Marijuana For Patients In Need
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
Patients, Doctors and Nurses Gather in Albany for Press Conference and Rally to Demand NY Senate Pass Medical Marijuana Bill Immediately
Albany — Yesterday, dozens of patients living with cancer, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, and other serious, debilitating medical conditions travelled from around the state to demand that the New York State Senate pass the Compassionate Care Act (S.4406/Savino) immediately. The bill, which would create one of the nation’s most tightly regulated medical marijuana programs, would allow seriously ill patients access to a small amount of marijuana under the supervision of their healthcare provider.
Last week, the Assembly passed the bill with bipartisan vote of 99-41, the widest margin of the four times the bill has been passed in that chamber.
“From Delaware to Maine, almost every state allows medical use of marijuana,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried, noting that 18 states and the District of Columbia currently have medical marijuana laws. ”If the patient and physician agree that a severe debilitating or life-threatening condition should be treated with medical marijuana, the government should not stand in the way. This is sensible, strict, and humane legislation,” Gottfried added.
A recent Siena Poll found that an overwhelming 82% of New York voters support medical marijuana, including 81% of both Republicans and Democrats. Despite this broad support, the Senate has never let the bill come to the floor for a vote.
“I have suffered from excruciating nausea and pain from the many chemotherapy treatments I have undergone,” said Nancy Rivera,Troy resident and survivor of two bouts of breast cancer, colon cancer and throat cancer. “During a series of chemo and radiation treatments, I lost 40 pounds in 3 months. I have never used medical marijuana since it is not legal; however, I think all cancer patients should have the legal option of trying medical marijuana if their provider recommends it.”
“As someone who has lived with HIV/AIDS for 20 years, I know that medical marijuana can help with the side effects of HIV medications,” said Dawn Carney of Mount Vernon. “It is simply wrong that New Yorkers living with serious and life-threatening conditions have to break the law just to use a medication that can relieve their symptoms. Patients have suffered long enough! It’s time for the Senate to pass this bill,” she said.
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District residents can now apply for marijuana cards
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
D.C.'s Department of Health has released the patient application form for medical marijuana cards, WTOP reported.
Qualified applicants who also have a doctor's recommendation can then legally go to the soon-to-open dispensaries in the city.
"D.C.'s medical marijuana program is for people with serious illnesses," says Scott Morgan, a spokesman for Capital City Care, the District's first licensed dispensary. "This opportunity means a great deal to them. It's not like we're opening a new café down the street."
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RIVERSIDE: City goes after medical marijuana delivery services
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
Arranging home delivery of medical marijuana may have been as easy as phoning for pizza up to now, but Riverside officials want to put a stop to those special deliveries.
Last month the California Supreme Court upheld cities’ rights to ban storefront marijuana dispensaries, and last week Riverside officials announced that all dispensaries they knew of had shut their doors.
But the ban in the city zoning code didn’t address mobile dispensaries, and that’s where Riverside attorneys say operators of some now-closed brick and mortar locations have put their efforts following the court ruling.
“The studies have shown that the increase (in delivery services) has been found to coincide with successful enforcement actions” against storefronts, Riverside Deputy City Attorney Neil Okazaki told council members Tuesday, June 11, shortly before they approved an emergency ban on mobile marijuana dispensaries.
One attorney who represents about 40 Inland-area marijuana collectives can attest to that shift. James De Aguilera said Wednesday that among his clients, “I think everybody’s either gone mobile or is in the process of going mobile” since the court upheld Riverside’s ban.
However, he added, there’s “not a word about mobile dispensing” in the recent Supreme Court decision, and he doesn’t believe Riverside can ban it.
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