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Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act aims 160,000 signatures at 2012 ballot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, January, 4th 2012 by THCFinder

Colorado continues to push for legalization showing they are the front runners of the big show!

​In July, the folks behind the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012 launched a petition drive to land the measure on the November 2012 ballot -- and at 11:30 p.m. today, they'll celebrate the effort at a press event before formally submitting nearly 160,000 signatures. Proponent Mason Tvert notes that backers overshot their original goal.
 
"We need 86,105 valid signatures to qualify for next year's ballot, and initially, we were aiming for 145,000," he says. "But we came to find there was so much support for Colorado putting it on the ballot that we kept going."
 
​Tvert adds that signatures are continuing to trickle in from volunteers -- and that's probably a good thing, since the Colorado Secretary of State's office, which approves measures for the ballot, typically disallows a hefty chunk of them. "One of the general rules of thumb you often hear when it comes to initiatives is that you should get 150 percent of what's required," he points out. "And we surpassed that, collecting nearly twice as many as we need. So we're confident we're going to have more than enough valid signatures."
Secretary of State personnel are expected to start verifying signatures shortly, and given Tvert's belief that "they don't have any other significant election issues going on right now," he expects to get confirmation of the act's place on the ballot within the next few weeks. Not that supporters plan to wait around for the high sign.
 
"This campaign has already grown to include more than 500 volunteers and 150-plus businesses throughout the state, and we're ready to hit the ground running," he says. "We're going to begin reaching out to Coloradans to talk about the fact that marijuana is safer than alcohol and the need for a more sensible approach. The current situation with medical marijuana demonstrates that this is something that can be done, and if it passes, there will no longer be penalties for adult possession of small amounts of marijuana."
 

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Marijuana: Pot will be rescheduled if Barack Obama or Ron Paul win, advocate says

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 3rd 2012 by THCFinder
Last week, the Department of Revenue sent a letter formally petitioning the federal government to reschedule marijuana; read it below. Sensible Colorado's Brian Vicente sees the move as a sign of the times, and predicts such rescheduling will happen within five years -- if Barack Obama or Ron Paul win the 2012 election.
 
"I think it was actually fairly meaningful," says Vicente about the letter, penned by DOR head Barbara Brohl. "Colorado was the fourth state just last year to send a request to the federal government to reconsider marijuana's schedule in the Controlled Substances Act" -- Schedule 1, meaning it has no officially recognized medical value on the federal level. "That shows the groundswell of support is growing."
 
​Perhaps, but Brohl's letter is not exactly enthusiastic, perhaps because she was compelled to pen it rather than doing so on her own initiative, as Vicente explains.
"The way this worked was that the legislature passed a law, HB 1284, in which the legislators told the Department of Revenue to send a letter to the federal government about rescheduling. And the fact that our state legislature supported doing this is meaningful in and of itself."
 
Even so, Vicente acknowledges that similar letters sent a few weeks back by the governors of Rhode Island and Washington exuded more passion for such a policy shift than did Brohl's missive.
 
​"I wish ours had been stronger," he notes. "The letter from the other governors made a very strong case for taking the common sense step of rescheduling marijuana. I think our letter was a little more perfunctory and could have been more persuasively written. But I really think the act itself is the most important piece."
 
Vicente doesn't expect the feds to move forward with rescheduling in the immediate future. "I think it's a ways off -- and when I say that, I'm thinking five years, not ten, twenty, thirty or forty." As for what will finally push the national government to take the leap, he believes "a larger critical mass of states" must follow Colorado's path. "Whether that's a half-dozen or a dozen, I don't know. But I think that's reasonable, and the momentum is clearly on our side. There are sixteen medical marijuana states right now, and the federal government can read the writing on the wall."
 
The 2012 election will play a role in determining the delay's length, he believes. While many marijuana activists have decried what they see as the current administration's war on weed, Vicente feels that "a second-term Obama presidency would give us a pretty strong chance of seeing marijuana rescheduled."
 
Not so if there's a Republican elected president, "with the exception of Ron Paul," he continues, noting that in today's Iowa caucuses, "he's a frontrunner."
 

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Medical Marijuana boosts appetite in HIV and AIDS patients

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 2nd 2012 by THCFinder
A recent study by the University of California in San Diego, California and the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research about medical cannabis found that inhaled marijuana stimulated appetite hormones in adult HIV and AIDS patients.
 
 A San Jose medical cannabis doctor’s office (420 Cannabis Evaluations Clinic), says it adds to the growing number of studies showing cannabis can help relieve the suffering of HIV and AIDS patients. Medical marijuana is allowed in California. 
 
The double-blind cross-over study compared the effect of inhaled cannabis with that of a placebo on the appetite hormones ghrelin, leptin and PYY, and on insulin levels.
 
 Previous studies have noted the connection between Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and increased appetite, but this was the first study to directly examine the link between THC administration and appetite hormones.
 
Many studies by the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research show that medicinal cannabis is an effective treatment for a number of symptoms of HIV and AIDS.
 
 A 2007 study found smoking marijuana had less symptoms of HIV-related peripheral neuropathy (injury to the nerves supplying hands and feet) by 34%, and a 2008 study found participants who smoked cannabis reported a 3.3 point improvement on the DDS pain scale for their painful HIV neuropathy.
 
The San Jose marijuana physician says cannabis offers HIV and AIDS patients a natural alternative to over the counter medicine, it helps increase appetite and relieve pain without making you weak.
 
People suffering from a wide range of illness including HIV and AIDS can get a recommendation for medical cannabis from a medical marijuana physician, under the law of California. First you undergo a medical marijuana evaluation.
 
Patients can then grow their own medicine, or obtain it from licensed cannabis clubs.
 

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Medical marijuana dispensaries get the boot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, December, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana has made it onto the Windsor Beacon's annual top ten stories of the year countdown for the third consecutive year.
 
This time, the news was the closure of the town's two dispensaries on May 15 following a 2010 vote to ban medical marijuana in the town limits.
 
Medical marijuana first became an issue in December 2009 when the town board learned that in addition to In Harmony Wellness Center, which had opened in June 2009, and A New Dawn Wellness Clinic, which opened earlier that December, there were six other dispensaries in the process of opening in Windsor.
 
The town board put a moratorium into place to prevent the opening of other dispensaries while it began work on an ordinance. Work was halted after a couple of work sessions until after three new board members, Mike Carrigan, Kristie Melendez and Don Thompson, were seated in April 2010.
 
The town board unanimously passed on July 27 an ordinance that would regulate and restrict the number of medical marijuana dispensaries that are allowed to locate in the town.
 
Less than a month later, a citizen-initiated petition put a question on the November 2010 ballot asking whether all dispensaries in town should be banned. Former town board members Michael Kelly and Nancy Weber helped to circulate the petition.
 
In November of that year, Windsor residents voted overwhelmingly (66 percent) to ban all dispensaries in town.
 
The vote required the town board to create an ordinance to ban any and all dispensaries, which it did in January.
 
One of the former dispensaries, In Harmony Wellness, returned in September as a patient resource organization offering physician services, classes and education, select retail products, community events and cannabis advocacy initiatives.
 

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District of Columbia is Moving Forward with Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, December, 27th 2011 by THCFinder
The District of Columbia is about to take a big step forward with its plan to allow medical marijuana. 
 
According to the Washington Times,  the District's health department will pick 20 of the 28 applications it received to open cultivation centers by this Friday.  They plan to cut down that list to just ten by early March.  The department also plans to begin picking its list of marijuana dispensaries. 
 
Currently, the District has 17 applicants from people hoping to run dispensaries.  That list will then be reduced to 5 applicants by the end of March. 
 
A News4 I-Team report found that many of the dispensairies and cultivation centers are hoping to set up operations in Northeast Washington.  Neighbors there are concerned the facilities will result in more crime in their area, and some have pushed to block the new operations. 
 
Cultivation centers must meet tight restrictions on size, a stringent 95-plant allotment, staffing and lighting, in addition to the buffer zones between cultivation centers and schools.  According to the Times,  if the District sticks with its timeline,  the program should reach fruition by this spring.
 

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President Obama: An Unexpected Enemy on Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, December, 27th 2011 by THCFinder

WTF happened Obama?

 

As a state senator, Presidential candidate, and President, Barack Obama has made numerous statements in support of marijuana policy reform, and vowed "not to waste Justice Department resources" by going after medical marijuana dispensaries. Yet under the Obama administration, the raids continue, and there is no end in sight. Help the Marijuana Policy Project stand up to the Obama Administration - visit www.mpp.org to learn more and contribute today.


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