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Arizona: Medical Marijuana Activists Score A Big Victory By Getting Harmful Bill Withdrawn

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, January, 24th 2016 by THCFinder

arizona marijuanaYesterday I saw something really cool happen on social media. Early in the day I saw an action alert go out from Arizona in which it was requested that patients and supporters call State Representative Jay Lawrence (R-Fountain Hills) to tell him that HCR 2019 was harmful, and to withdraw it. Then later in the day I saw alerts go out that the bill had been withdrawn. Fantastic! Per the Phoenix New Times:

State Representative Jay Lawrence (R-Fountain Hills) has withdrawn his bill that could have destroyed Arizona’s medical-marijuana program.

Lawrence’s bill, HCR 2019, would have stripped naturopaths and homeopaths of the right to recommend medical marijuana, even though those doctors write nearly 90 percent of the recommendations. His plan also called for patients to renew their cards every six months instead of every year, paying double the annual fees.

“We received so many calls,” he tells New Times. “I had heard anecdotally that [the cards] are handed out wildly. I learned from the callers that there is a lot more care taken by naturopaths than I had originally been told.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/arizona-medical-marijuana-activists-score-a-big-victory-by-getting-harmful-bill-withdrawn/


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Georgia Lawmaker Admits Breaking the Law to Help Families Get Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, January, 24th 2016 by THCFinder

Known as the "Godfather of the Medical Marijuana Movement" in Georgia, State Rep. Allen Peake has been breaking the law to help families in the state get access to medical marijuana. 

Back in April 2015, Georgia passed a bill legalizing low-THC medical marijuana oil for people suffering from certain diseases; however, the bill made no provisions for in-state cultivation or sales, meaning that legal patients have to find other ways to obtain their medicine. 

Peake, who fought to pass the first law and has introduced a new bill this year that would allow for in-state growing, admitted this week to WSB-TV that he has been going to other states to get medical marijuana and bringing it back to Georgia for families in need.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/georgia-lawmaker-admits-breaking-law-help-families-get-medical-marijuana


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19 tons of medical marijuana consumed in Arizona last year

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 23rd 2016 by THCFinder

PHOENIX — Arizona’s nearly 88,000 medical marijuana patients smoke, ate or otherwise consumed more than 19 tons of the drug last year.

That’s the equivalent of six Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine vans or, if you prefer, nearly 77,000 8-ounce bags of Cheetos. Looking at it another way, it translates to more than 40 million joints, assuming the High Times estimate that a typical one weighs about four-tenths of a gram.

And if the average price for marijuana from state-regulated dispensaries is $300 an ounce, it means medical users spent more than $184 million last year acquiring the drug legally.

Read More:http://tucson.com/news/local/tons-of-medical-marijuana-consumed-in-arizona-last-year/article_db67c1ba-fc4e-5f56-8db5-1bf1b60097b7.html


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Burdensome Restrictions Choke Medical Marijuana Programs

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 23rd 2016 by THCFinder
new york medical marijuana

(via wikipedia.com)

A chill wind is blowing in the Windy City and it’s not a wintery blast from Lake Michigan. It’s the cold freeze of an industry without any customers.

In New York, the strict rules for qualification into the program have inhibited participation, too.

From December 23rd until January 7th, the New York program approved only 53 patients for the program. By January 16th it was up to 165.

There are eight dispensaries open across the entire state.

Although the inception of any program involves a gradual increase in participation, this is far more gradual than expected, prompting the Associated Press to declare the program’s launch a “Slow start”.

The problem with the New York program includes the limited types of the marijuana medicines they allow (non-smoked forms only), the nature of the illnesses that would qualify one for participation (far fewer than other states), and the degree of complexity in the patient certification process (stiff requirements).

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/burdensome-restrictions-choke-medical-marijuana-programs/


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The Time For Marijuana Reform Action Is Now

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder

hash bash michigan marijuanaBy Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Coordinator

With the Presidential election taking place this November, the majority of us are already being inundated with political propaganda from the political left and the right. In news cycle after news cycle, pundits can be heard offering their thoughts on the most recent poll numbers or political gaffes and rarely venture beyond hot button issues such as immigration or gun control. Some candidates have attempted to discuss drug policy reform, but most have avoided getting into any substantive discussions; ultimately offering a soundbite or two. In short, while most mainstream politicians acknowledge the problem, they by and large remain unwilling to address solutions. For those of us who have dedicated our lives to reforming America’s marijuana laws, this has been a bit frustrating to say the least.

Even with all the hoopla surrounding the upcoming election, it seem almost impossible to find a politician who is willing to have a meaningful conversation about reforming America’s archaic marijuana laws. Although the issue consistently holds the support of more than half of our country, most candidates continue to treat it as an afterthought. As we close in on the 80th year of marijuana prohibition in America, we can no longer wait for Washington to take action. The days of playing political hot potato with an issue that the majority of Americans support are over. Our time is now.

Change begins on the local level so be the catalyst for marijuana reform in your community. Start building relationships with city council members, county commissioners, judges and other elected officials. Explore opportunities to elevate the reform conversation through community forums and roundtable discussions. Even something as simple as writing a letter to your local paper will provide a chance to offer an enlightened perspective to a larger audience.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/the-time-for-marijuana-reform-action-is-now/


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Marijuana Policy Project Will Campaign to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Ohio

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder

While both chambers of the Ohio legislature prepare to embark on separate fact-finding missions in order to evaluate the benefits and risks of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), a national cannabis advocacy group based in the District of Columbia, hopes to take the fate of legal weed out of the hands of lawmakers and put the question of medical use up to the voters in November’s general election.

Similar to what they have managed to achieve in states like Arizona and Michigan, the MPP will soon launch an initiative aimed at establishing a somewhat restrictive medical marijuana program throughout the state of Ohio. The proposal would give patients suffering from “serious medical conditions,” including cancer and Crohn’s disease, access to cannabis that they would be able to purchase though state licensed dispensaries. It would also give patients the freedom to engage in home cultivation.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/marijuana-policy-project-will-campaign-legalize-medical-marijuana-ohio


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