Decision Looming On Marijuana Legalization In Illinois
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chronically-ill patients may be able to legally light up in less than two weeks. That’s when supporters of the medical marijuana bill are hoping the Governor will sign a bill legalizing the drug for medical use.
But as CBS 2′s Dorothy Tucker reports, opponents continue to point to problems in other states and worry Illinois might face similar issues.
Julie Falco says that she was, “ready to commit suicide,” to escape the debilitating effects of MS. What did she find? Cookies made with marijuana.
“Not only did it help with my muscle spasticity, leg spasticity, my numbness and tingling, the pain… it saved my life,” said Falco.
Improving the lives of the chronically ill is how supporters convinced lawmakers to pass medical marijuana in Illinois. Opponents, like Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel has a list of objections. The biggest, is marijuana patients who drive.
“Their reactions are slow. It could either just cause erratic driving or in some cases they may be involved in auto accidents,” said Wietzel.
There are no studies to confirm Weitzel’s fears about patients who may drive under the influence. In fact, a study looking at 16 states where medical marijuana is legal found traffic deaths dropped nine percent. Those same researchers also looked at the impact on teenagers and saw that eleven states saw fewer teens smoking pot.
Patients in Illinois will need an ID to buy pot. 2.5 ounces will be the limit, which is enough to stuff two small sandwich bags. Up to 60 shops could get permission to sell it.
“I don’t think it would attract the right types of crowds that most communities would want,” said Weitzel.
Read more: http://chicago.cbslocal.com
Camping with Marijuana? Watch Out for Park Rangers!
California NORML is reporting that National Park rangers are fining California medical marijuana patients this holiday weekend for possessing the still-federally illegal drug in federal parks. Fines reportedly are running $350 without a doctor's note, $150 with one, wrote Ellen Komp, Deputy Director of the California-based advocacy group.
“Medical marijuana patients are not protected while on federal park land or forest land in California. CalNORML has received reports of campers and those driving through federal land who are searched, charged with federal possession statutes, and had their medicine confiscated. A California medical recommendation is not a defense in federal court to these charges.”
Read more: http://www.eastbayexpress.com
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Berkeley To Federal Prosecutors: Don't Mess With Our Medical Marijuana Program
Since two states passed ballot initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana, President Obama has said that he has “bigger fish to fry” than “going after recreational users” in states that have legalized their conduct. But lest anyone think Obama was also suggesting he wouldn’t prosecute dispensers and suppliers, federal prosecutors in several West-Coast states ramped up their crackdowns in May against medical marijuana dispensaries in states where they are legal.
Now, Berkeley has become the second California city to challenge these federal government crackdowns. In a motion to halt federal prosecutors from seizing the assets of the city’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, the city is arguing that the federal government is improperly interfering with the the city’s own financial and regulatory interests, as well as its residents’ medical interests:
Claimant issued a permit to Berkeley Patients Group to operate on the claimed property as part of a comprehensive plan to regulate medical cannabis dispensaries within the City of Berkeley—a plan to which Claimant has dedicated significant financial and human resources. The claimed property is vital to the safe and affordable distribution of medical cannabis to patients suffering from chronic and acute pain, life threatening and severe illnesses, diseases, and injuries within the City of Berkeley, and to the City of Berkeley’s ability to control and regulate medical cannabis within its community.
If the claimed property were forfeited, … Claimant would suffer economic injury due to the substantial loss of tax revenue paid by Berkeley Patients Group … Claimant would also suffer injury to its comprehensive plan to regulate and control medical cannabis dispensaries, which was implemented to positively impact the health, safety and well-being of all City of Berkeley residents. The closure of Berkeley Patients Group will likely lead to an increased number of unregulated, unpermitted dispensaries and an increased number of illicit marijuana sales on Berkeley streets negatively impacting Berkeley neighborhoods and the business community.
Read more: http://thinkprogress.org
PTSD added to list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana treatment
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, June, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill adding post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition for the prescription of medical marijuana quietly became law on Wednesday without Gov. Paul LePage’s signature.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson, D-Rockland, amends the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), inflammatory bowel disease and other illnesses to the list of conditions for which a physician may prescribe medical marijuana.
The new law takes effect late September.
Dickerson said Friday that she sponsored the bill at the request of a number of veterans, one of whom told her he would rather use medical marijuana than something like Prozac.
Paul McCarrier, legislative liaison for Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine, said the change will help veterans and patients in Maine access “their medicine of choice” and will help physicians and others gather data about how medical marijuana can help veterans with PTSD.
The original bill received “quite a bit of pushback” from the Maine Medical Association, McCarrier said, because it contained language that would have added treatment of opioid or other pharmaceutical dependence, as well as “any other medical condition or its treatment as determined by a physician.”
Gordon Smith of the Maine Medical Association said that language was just one aspect of the bill that made many MMA member physicians uncomfortable.
“We had quite a fight with a few legislators who were very bothered by [our opposition] and asked, ‘Don’t we trust the doctors?’” Smith said. “I said, ‘No, not all 4,000 of them, no. We really feel there would be a weak link that would be utilized to just support the recreational use of marijuana.”
Read more: http://bangordailynews.com
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