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Patients And Families Gather To Demand Changes To New York’s Broken Medical Marijuana Law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 13th 2016 by THCFinder
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Today, dozens of advocates gathered in Albany to urge legislators to support a slate of bills that would amend the Compassionate Care Act, New York’s medical marijuana law. The law, which was passed in June of 2014, took eighteen months to implement and has been criticized for being one of the most restrictive and burdensome programs in the country. Launched in January of this year, to date, only 494 of the state’s 79,000 physicians have agreed to participate and only 2,390 patients have been certified by their doctors to enroll in the program. This lackluster start is likely due to a number of barriers and restrictions in the program that make it both difficult and unappealing for physicians and patients to participate.

“The current law is simply too narrow, with too few registered organizations serving too few patients who need relief,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried, sponsor of the original legislation.  “The changes the Executive made to the legislation and to the program severely limited the program and have made it harder than it should be for patients to access critical medical care.  These bills would bring the law more into line with the original bill – broadening the list of eligible conditions, expanding the number of dispensaries, and removing arbitrary restrictions on delivery methods such as smoking.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/patients-and-families-gather-to-demand-changes-to-new-yorks-broken-medical-marijuana-law/


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Purchase An Autographed Eugene Monroe Game Worn NFL Jersey And Support Cannabis Research

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

eugene monroe realm of caring when the bright lights fadeI became a huge fan of current NFL player Eugene Monroe when he became vocal about his support for cannabis reform in football. I became an even bigger fan when he donated $10k of his own money towards marijuana research, and encouraged other NFL players to do the same. The owner of the Baltimore Ravens, the team which Eugene plays for, came out in support of his player, all of which led to some very constructive conversations in sports media and beyond.

I have been a Cincinnati Bengals fan for awhile now, but I think it’s safe to say that this next year I’ll be rooting for the Ravens. It’s impossible for me not to, considering that Eugene Monroe is obviously my favorite player now. I have said it many times before, and will say it many times following this article – what Eugene Monroe did took a ton of courage. I have to assume he has been ‘randomly’ drug tested several times since expressing his support for research and reform.

Eugene Monroe is looking into his future, and I’d imagine some of it scares him. I’m sure he has read the stories about ex-players and the issues many experience from brain injuries. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is something that every NFL player has to worry about, both current and retired. Google the medical term and ‘NFL’ and you will read some very sad, very disturbing stories. No one should have to live like that. Not when there’s a better way.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/autographed-eugene-monroe-game-nfl-jersey-support-cannabis-research/


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Officers Involved In Santa Ana Medical Marijuana Dispensary Raid Should Be Fired

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, April, 11th 2016 by THCFinder

cops law enforcement special needs students entrapmentThree officers are facing charges stemming from a raid on a medical marijuana dispensary in Santa Ana, California last year. The raid was conducted at the Sky High Holistic medical marijuana dispensary, and involved alleged police misconduct. I say alleged, because the officers haven’t been found guilty for what they did, but video footage from the raid speaks for itself. The officers are clearly eating edibles at the dispensary during the raid, unnecessarily damaging property at the dispensary, and even going as far as threatening a disable amputee. Per the OC Register:

After most of the cameras are taken down, a camera they didn’t detect shows the officers talking about a woman with an amputated left leg who at the time of the raid was in her wheelchair inside the dispensary.

“Did you punch that one-legged old Benita,” a male officer asks a female officer, apparently referring to the woman in the wheelchair.

“I was about to kick her in her (expletive) nub,” the female officer replies, according to subtitles with the video.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/officers-involved-in-santa-ana-medical-marijuana-dispensary-raid-should-be-fired/


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Michigan NORML Gives Awards To Irwin, Komorn, And Others

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, April, 9th 2016 by THCFinder

Michigan NormlMichigan’s NORML chapter awarded some of the state’s most prominent and outspoken advocates for marijuana law reform during the organization’s Quarterly Meeting held on April 1.

MINORML issues these awards annually, and some are named for activists who have passed away.

Legislator of the Year Award went to Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor). Rep. Irwin has advocated on behalf on sensible policies and has authored bills on forfeiture reform and marijuana law reform. The Renee Emery Wolfe Activist Award was given to Kevin McCaffery, a Board member of the MILegalize group and a steadfast ally in legalizing cannabis.

A new award, the Gaitwood Galbraith Attorney of the Year Award, was given to criminal defense attorney Michael Komorn. In addition to numerous courtroom victories, Komorn Law uncovered a scandal with scientific reporting of cannabis evidence by the Michigan State Police Crime Lab. Also new: the John Dewitte Evans Veterans Award, given for the very first time to Dakota Serna. Serna has traveled the country advocating for veterans and the use of medical marijuana.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-norml-gives-awards-to-irwin-komorn-and-others/


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Senators Reject Medical Marijuana Bill in South Carolina

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

On Thursday, South Carolina Senators voted 7-4 against a bill that would have created a safe and accessible medical marijuana program in the state.

According to WLTX, the bill would have permitted physicians to prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions, such as cancer, glaucoma and chronic pain.

"This is something that is providing real relief to people who are suffering,” Sen. Tom Davis, the main sponsor of the bill, told the Senate Medical Affairs Committee. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/senators-reject-medical-marijuana-bill-south-carolina


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Why Marijuana Reform In Professional Sports Is Important For Larger Reform Efforts

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

uncle spliffy cliff robinsonI have been writing more and more about cannabis and sports lately. It seems like every time I am on social media or turn on the television that another athlete is in the news talking about cannabis reform in professional sports. Most of the time it’s retired athletes, but even current NFL player Eugene Monroe has come out in support of cannabis reform in professional football, and even donated a big chunk of money towards cannabis research.

I think that it’s understandable why athletes are calling for cannabis reform in professional sports, especially in the NFL and NBA. Professional athletes take a pounding during their careers. Imagine taking elbows from power forwards or getting tackled by a human truck. Over and over, game after game. I am getting older and I feel some aches and pains from when I was a gym rat at the local YMCA, and I was going up against other has-beens and never-weres. I can’t imagine what some ex-professional athletes have to deal with, especially when it comes to brain injuries. That’s scary stuff, and athletes read the headlines like everyone else. If there was something out there that could help and was safe, like cannabis, I’d be calling for it too.

Opioid addiction is also a major issue in professional sports, and athletes are seeing that there’s a better way. Hearing people like former NFL player Kyle Turley talk about their battles with issues related to painkiller usage, including the fact that the pharmaceuticals didn’t fix anything, is heart wrenching. No one should be forced to live like that. Not when there’s a better way. Fortunately more and more people in that situation are discovering that cannabis is not only safer than pharmaceuticals, but it’s often more effective. Anyone and everyone, athlete or otherwise, should be able to experience relief.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/why-marijuana-reform-in-professional-sports-is-important-for-larger-reform-efforts/


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