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Feds hold up New Jerseys marijuana program even more

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 24th 2011 by THCFinder

At this point it's uncertain what New Jerseys Governor has planned but it most likely won't be anything in the rigth direction and we can only assume that this will give them another reaons to continue to delay any progress with setting up legal dispensaries for medical marijuana patients.

New Jersey's once-lauded medical marijuana initiative, which passed in 2010, is now indefinitely ensnared in bureaucracy. Initially supposed to begin this summer, governor Chris Christie put off launching the non-profit dispensaries for three months for the health department to investigate, and now it's uncertain when they'll open. The Star-Ledger seemingly crippled the opening of one clinic thanks to its ties to a Ponzi-schemer, and now they report that the Foundation Harmony dispensary cites bogus diplomas from dubious universities and has a medical advisor who once faced fraud allegations in New York.
 
The state's health department assures the paper that "no center will be given a permit unless it satisfies all of the state's requirements, including municipal approvals, security plans and background checks." In addition to their doctor, who once faced fraud and racketeering charges, Foundation Harmony has two directors who have filed for bankruptcy and is also attempting to open the center as a 501(c)(3) charity, making it tax-exempt. An attorney in the field says that's illegal because marijuana is still illegal under federal law.
 

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Canadian Researchers to Prove Marijuana Medicinal Use

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, October, 21st 2011 by THCFinder
Though cannabis is a useful medicinal plant, it is often disrespected for its ill uses. But, two Canadian researchers are determined to change the stigma by carrying out a research in which they are studying the cannabis genome. The only method to study it is to sequence them.
 
How many dozens of studies proving Cannabis has medicinal value are going to have to be released before the government will recognize these results and re classify Cannabis from a schedule 1 drug to something more realistic...?
 
The research is expected to get finished by Thursday and then, it would be published in the open access journal Genome Biology. Both the researchers, Jon Page from the University of Saskatchewan and Tim Hughes from the University of Toronto have chosen one of the two varieties of cannabis, marijuana to prove the above.
 
Page who is plant biochemist and Hughes, who is molecular biologist, has become first researchers to study the genomes of cannabis, by sequencing them. And, marijuana has become the maiden medicinal plant to be sequenced, and all over, 22nd plant to be sequenced.
 
Cannabis comes in two types, hemp and marijuana. Researchers are working their best to make marijuana included in the legally allowed medicinal plants of Canada. While doing the research, they found that it is the farmers, who make marijuana, a drug component.
 
There are number of uses of marijuana, but people often associate with illegal drug, as they are unaware of its medicinal plant. Between marijuana and hemp, former one is stronger than latter in relation to the presence of THC, a metical component. Taking it as an opportunity, farmers rather toning its effect down, they elevates its effect by bring change in its molecular structure.
 
Hemp has lesser amount of THC, and could be used in making ropes, fiberglass, plastic material, which could be used in manufacturing of cars, and could also be used in making bricks.
 
Both the researchers are hoping that soon their reassert should be considered, and its medicinal use could be allowed for chronic diseases.
 

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Marijuana legalization support at record high

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, October, 18th 2011 by THCFinder

New surveys are showing that the american population across our nation is ready to legalize marijuana and end the failed prohibition against it.

(CBS News)  Never before have more Americans believed legalizing marijuana was the right course for the country.
In a new Gallup poll, 50 percent of respondents in a nationwide survey said they believed it was time to make pot legal. About 46 percent came out against it.
 
Support for legalizing marijuana tended to be stronger among younger, more liberal groups, according to Gallup. Legalization received 62 approval among those aged 18 to 29, but got only 31 percent approval among those 65 and older. Liberals were twice as likely as conservatives to favor legalizing marijuana.
 

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Medical marijuana expo idea quickly burns out in WA

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 17th 2011 by THCFinder

A last minute snag just killed off what would of been the first medical mairjuana expo to take place in Yakima Valley but unfortunetely for the people looking forward to this event it's just not happening.

GRANDVIEW, Wash. -- What would have been the first medical marijuana expo in the Yakima Valley was shut down early Saturday over a misstep in filing an event permit with the county.
 
The event's organizer said a Yakima County sheriff's deputy arrived at the planned site on Robinson Road on the outskirts of this quiet rural community early Saturday and told him that his paperwork hadn't been approved by the county fire marshal because there hadn't been a scheduled on-site inspection.
 
"We thought we did everything by the book," organizer William Smith said. "No one told us before today that we needed an on-site inspection."
 

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California Medical Association Wants Marijuana Legalized

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 17th 2011 by THCFinder
Advocates for the legalization of marijuana got a new, unprecedented member of their ranks: the California Medical Association, which has adopted an official policy that recommends the legalization and regulation of cannabis.
 
The board of trustees of the CMA, the largest physician group in California, adopted the policy unanimously at its meeting in Sacramento, according to a statement on the CMA website.
 
California is one of 16 states where medical marijuana is legal, making it possible for doctors to recommend the drug to their patients.
 
But Dr. James Hay, the president-elect of CMA, said that existing laws put doctors in an uncomfortable position.
 
“[California] Decriminalized medical use, yet if a physician recommends it to a patient we are violating federal law. Taking a risk,” Hay told ABC News.
 
At the heart of the group’s issue is regulation. As it stands, according to a statement put out by CMA, marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, which means that study and research of the drug is limited.
 
“Think it ought to be regulated, better controlled, no control over what’s in marijuana. If we don’t know what’s in it, we can’t do any kind of scientific evaluation,” Hay said.
 

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A curious crackdown on medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 17th 2011 by THCFinder

The "FAILED" war on drugs continues to go after legitimate medical marijuana patients. The government has clearly stated they are not going after patients or caregivers but instead they are choosing to go after legal medical marijuana dispensaries. The big issue here is this is where patients go to pick up their medication, if there are no dispensaries left then the government is openly telling these people with serious ailments that 1, we don't care about your needs and 2, good luck obtaining your medication from street dealers. When is the government going to stand up and start helping our Citizens across the country? We have people with serious diseases and health problems who rely on medical marijuana to help them live normal lives. More people die each year from Peanuts, yes I said Peanuts than they do from Marijuana! The madness needs to end now!

Maryland may soon join D.C. and the 16 states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana, which is respected by many Americans as a legitimate treatment. For a while, it seemed this trend would continue spreading to more states, but recent action by the federal government has left millions of patients, caregivers and activists bewildered.

On Oct. 7, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued an unexpected and shocking message to California medical marijuana dispensaries: Close your doors within 45 days or face federal prosecution for illegal drug trafficking. The announcement was directed at several dispensaries in particular, not meant as a mandate to every shop in the state, but it sent a clear message from the Feds: We're cracking down on pot and once again revving up the failed War on Drugs.

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana, and it's had its share of conflict with the federal government in the 15 years since. Because marijuana is illegal on the national level, the DEA has raided countless dispensaries under the guise of "combating drug dealing" and "protecting citizens," even though these citizens are the ones who voted to legalize medicinal cannabis in their state. While the federal government deemed each raid a success, the local population deemed the crackdown an attack on their health, jobs and freedom.
 
When President Barack Obama took office, he offered a false sense of hope to advocates in claiming he would not focus on indicting medical marijuana patients or shutting down dispensaries, provided they operate within state laws. It will remain unknown whether or not he actually meant this, because something besides the people's desires became more important in the medical marijuana debate: money.
 

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