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Congress Finally Approves Medical Marijuana for Veterans

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, May, 23rd 2016 by THCFinder

Veterans struggling to gain access to medical marijuana caught a major break last week at the hands of Congress.

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate put their seal of approval on an amendment that would prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs from dipping into the federal budget to stop Uncle Sam’s doctors from providing patients with recommendations to use medical marijuana.

This is the first time in American history that both chambers have seen eye to eye on an amendment of this kind—a move that stands to eliminate restrictions that have kept the men and women of the United States military from having legal access to a safer alternative to dangerous prescription drugs.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/congress-finally-approves-medical-marijuana-veterans


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Medical marijuana: How some Orange County cities are relaxing their rules on pot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 19th 2016 by THCFinder

Orange County’s restrictive marijuana environment might look quite different after Nov. 8.

As Californians prepare to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana, residents of several local cities will decide whether to regulate and tax medical marijuana businesses for the first time.

Late Tuesday, the City Council for cash-strapped Placentia voted to not only allow its first licensed cannabis dispensary, but also to permit the county’s first regulated commercial cannabis cultivation and manufacturing sites. Leaders in the city may now put a special cannabis tax before voters.

Placentia is hardly alone. Voters in Costa Mesa and Laguna Beach will consider initiatives that could double the number of cities in the county that permit pot shops. While efforts there started with citizens, leaders in both cities have seen the writing on the wall and are looking to put their own competing plans on the November ballot.

Read More"http://www.ocregister.com/articles/city-716398-marijuana-dispensaries.html


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New State Laws Permit Medical Marijuana Use In Hospitals

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 19th 2016 by THCFinder

sherbrooke hospital medical marijuanaBy Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Legislation recently signed into law in Connecticut and Maine permit for the use of medicinal marijuana formulations by hospitalized patients.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy yesterday signed legislation, HB 5450, to protect nurses who administer medical marijuana to qualified patients in hospital settings from any criminal, civil, or disciplinary action. Other provisions in the bill expand the pool of patients eligible for cannabis therapy to include those under the age of 18, and seek to establish a state-sponsored research program.

In Maine, Gov. Paul LePage recently signed LD 726 into law, which similarly protects hospital administrators and staff from criminal or civil liability if they permit qualified patients access to non-inhaled preparations of medical marijuana in hospitals. Under the law, patients would not necessarily be provided or administered medical marijuana by hospital staff, but could be provided cannabis products by third parties.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-state-laws-permit-medical-marijuana-use-in-hospitals/


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Help Veterans By Asking Congress To End The VA Medical Marijuana ‘Gag Order’

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

ptsd second amendment military veteran cannabis marijuanaOur military veterans served out country proudly, and they should be able to have access to medicine that works. Below is a federal alert that I received. Please participate and help out our veterans:

The United States House of Representatives will vote on a spending amendment this week that would remove the unfair Veterans Administration ‘gag order’ on physicians recommending, or even discussing, medical marijuana use with their patients in states where it is legal. This policy prevents a veteran’s VA doctor from having full and frank conversations about the potential benefits and risks of medical marijuana use, while creating additional and unnecessary barriers to accessing medical marijuana for our men and women who have served this country.

Ask your representative to end this cruel and illogical policy by supporting the Blumenauer/Heck amendment to H.R. 2029 today!

Offered by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Joe Heck (R-NV), this amendment would prohibit the VA from spending any money to prevent their practitioners from talking about medical marijuana use with or filling out recommendation forms for their patients. The VA already allows patients to use medical marijuana in accordance with state law. It is simply bad medicine to prevent doctors from talking to their patients about it, and it is time for it to change.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/help-veterans-by-asking-congress-to-end-the-va-medical-marijuana-gag-order/


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Louisiana Set to Become 25th State to Legalize Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

Louisiana is now poised to become the twenty-fifth state in the nation to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program.

On Monday, the Louisiana Senate voted in concurrence with the House regarding a measure (Senate Bill 271) aimed at creating a functional medical marijuana law out of legislation that has been on the books for around four decades. The proposal is now on its way to the desk of Governor John Bel Edwards, where the word on the street is that he will sign it into law without hesitation.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/louisiana-set-become-25th-state-legalize-comprehensive-medical-marijuana-program


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Texas GOP Supports Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, May, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

texas norml region conference marijuana cannabisI received the following alert out of Texas, which is very encouraging, especially considering that reform in Texas can only come via legislative action (Texas has no citizen initiative process):

Over the weekend in Dallas, the Republican Party of Texas convened for their state convention where, among other business, delegates adopted a platform to express their position on various political issues.

With support from 78% of delegates, the following is now the official position of the Texas GOP: “We call upon the Texas Legislature to improve the 2015 Compassionate Use Act to allow doctors to determine the appropriate use of cannabis to prescribed patients.”

Thanks to the work of dedicated Republican delegates who support marijuana law reform, the Texas GOP is now officially in support of medical marijuana!

Of course, this confirms what we already knew: Marijuana law reform is not a partisan issue. Texans of all political persuasions acknowledge that cannabis is medicine and support the reform of outdated policies. This move by Republican delegates affirms the integrity of the doctor/patient relationship by declaring that patients should have safe and legal access to medical cannabis if their doctors recommend it, consistent with another section of the platform which states, “Health care decisions…should be between a patient and health care professional and should be protected from government intrusion.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/texas-gop-supports-medical-marijuana/


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