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Urge Ohio Governor Kasich To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

Ohio is one step away from legalizing medical marijuana. The Ohio Legislature recently passed a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. The change isn’t perfect, but it’s better than nothing, and it will help at least some patients. Exactly how many? That’s anyone’s guess right now. But one thing is for sure, if the Governor doesn’t sign the bill, NO patients will be helped. Below is a legislative alert that I received today. If you live in Ohio, contact your Governor and show your support:

Thanks to countless supporters from across the state, on May 25, the Ohio Senate followed the House’s lead and approved Ohio’s medical marijuana bill — HB 523. It will soon be sent to Gov. Kasich’s desk for his signature.ohio sign

Please ask Gov. Kasich to sign HB 523 so that seriously ill Ohioans can access this safe and effective treatment.

HB 523, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Huffman (R-Tipp City), allows patients with certain qualifying conditions to access medical marijuana from state-licensed dispensaries, so long as their doctors recommend it for treatment. Gov. Kasich said he will support a medical marijuana program if it’s “a good bill,” but he hasn’t specifically addressed HB 523.

While we are very optimistic that the governor will sign this bill, he should hear from some of the 90% of Ohio voters who support this compassionate measure.

Though the bill is far from perfect, it is an enormous improvement over current law, and would make Ohio the 25th state to adopt a workable medical marijuana law. This important bill deserves our support.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/urge-ohio-governor-kasich-to-sign-medical-marijuana-bill/


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Illinois Prepares for Medical Marijuana Upgrade

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

Although the Illinois medical marijuana pilot program came limping out of the gate last year, the state's General Assembly has put its stamp of approval on a bill aimed at upgrading the state of cannabis medicine by extending the program’s expiration date and giving those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and terminal illnesses permission to participate.

The guts of this modest expansion effort consist of Senate Bill 10, a proposal begging Governor Bruce Rauner not to kill off the state’s medical marijuana program for a few more years. When the Illinois Medical Cannabis Program was pushed through back in 2013, it came marred with a “sunset provision” that insisted the state had until the beginning of 2018 to test the waters of cannabis medicine before deciding whether to sign on a more permanent plan. If the governor signs the latest measure, which is expected, the pilot program would remain on the books until the summer of 2020, not to mention give thousands more patients an opportunity to use medical marijuana as part of their overall healthcare strategy. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/illinois-prepares-medical-marijuana-upgrade


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New Poll Shows Majority of US Voters Approve of Marijuana Use for Vets with PTSD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 7th 2016 by THCFinder

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday, most American voters believe that veterans suffering from PTSD should have access to marijuana in pill form. By a margin of 87 to 9 percent, voters agreed that VA doctors should be allowed to prescribe medi-pot to vets, with support at 79 percent or high among every party, gender, age or racial group listed. 

“If you serve your country and suffer for it, you deserve every health remedy available, including medical marijuana in pill form," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, in a statement. "That is the full-throated recommendation of Americans across the demographic spectrum, including voters in military households. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is debilitating and life-threatening. The response from voters should take political considerations out of the debate and allow doctors to do what’s best for veterans."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-poll-shows-majority-us-voters-approve-marijuana-use-vets-ptsd


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Ravens lineman pushing marijuana on the NFL

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

 Eugene Monroe made up his mind, his conviction steeled by obsessive research. He would advocate publicly for medical marijuana use in the NFL. He knew he would raise eyebrows inside a powerful, conservative institution. He understood it might jeopardize his career as a Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman.

And the first skeptic he faced was his wife, Nureya.

When Monroe first shared his self-appointed mission in December, Nureya was confused. She had understood marijuana as illegal and dangerous since childhood, and ever since they met at the University of Virginia, she’d known her husband as a heath-shake-chugging, gluten-free, dairy-free, pescatarian athlete who didn’t use marijuana.

Read More:https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/ravens-lineman-pushing-marijuana-on-the-nfl/2016/06/05/b600dda4-28fc-11e6-ae4a-3cdd5fe74204_story.html


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Even if medical marijuana is legalized in Ohio, your boss could fire you for using it

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, June, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

Even if Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs into law a bill legalizing medical marijuana, some patients could be stopped from treatment by their employers.

The bill passed by the state legislature last month would allow individuals to use, but not smoke, marijuana with a physician's permission. However, the bill also allows employers to keep drug-free workplace policies. That means as long as employers express the policy upfront, they have the right to fire, or choose not to hire, an individual based on marijuana use, even if that employee has permission to use the drug.

Marijuana, unlike prescription painkillers, is still considered a Schedule 1 drug at a federal level, said Rep. Stephen Huffman, R-Tipp City, who sponsored the bill. Although there are regulations in place protecting an individual's right to take legally prescribed drugs, those do not apply to marijuana.

Read More:http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/06/04/even-if-medical-marijuana-is-legalized-in-ohio-your-boss-could-fire-you-for-using-it.html


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California: SB 987 Would Impose A 15% Medical Marijuana Tax

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

cannabis marijuana tax taxpayer cost prohibitionA funny thing occurs in the world of politics when it comes to marijuana taxes. The word ‘tax’ is a trigger word in politics, and is not a popular thing, which is why politicians try to avoid using the word. In California, new taxes come with some serious hurdles to jump, which is why some politicians are trying to get crafty when it comes to creating a new medical marijuana tax for patients purchasing medicine. See the legislative alert that I received below out of California:

Desperate members of the California Senate are now trying to side-step constitutional protections in an effort to stick medical marijuana patients with a tax. The state constitution requires tax bills to pass with a two-thirds vote, but lawmakers are making a shameful attempt to get around that requirement to raise revenue off the backs of the sick by simply replacing the word “tax” with “user fee.”

Click here right now to tell your senator you won’t stand for it.

SB 987 would impose a 15% tax for the sale of medical marijuana to patients. Ever since the bill was introduced back in February, the purpose of the bill was clear — it meant to tax sick people who rely on medical marijuana. Measures like this are particularly harmful for patients who often have limited incomes and who face serious illnesses. And no insurance company currently covers the cost of medical marijuana.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/california-sb-987-would-impose-a-15-medical-marijuana-tax/


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