Medical Marijuana

A Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Kentucky Introduced

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, August, 28th 2012 by THCFinder

State Senator Perry B. Clark (D-Louisville) has pre-filed legislation for the 2013 legislative session that would add Kentucky to the growing list of states that allow patients whose doctors have recommended it to use medical marijuana to treat multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other serious medical conditions.


If the bill passed there would be a statewide network of regulated dispensaries for use by qualified patients.


"This is not a conservative issue or a liberal issue; it's an issue of compassion," said Senator Clark. "Countless studies show that marijuana is effective at treating pain, nausea, loss of appetite, and other symptoms. If it was my family member, I would do anything to relieve their suffering."


Senator Clark emphasized that the bill would only apply to marijuana for medical purposes. "This is not about legalizing marijuana. It's about getting government out of healthcare, and putting science in." An early shot across the bow of those who are against legalization and will fear-monger the issue.


"I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age four,” said Donna Fox, a patient from Louisville. “I've been living with this disease for 42 years and lost count many years ago as to how many injections I have endured and the thousands of pills I have swallowed. If medical marijuana, which carries far fewer and less severe side effects, can work then why should I be denied relief? I just want to live a functional life without the pain."


Donna speaks for thousands in Kentucky and millions across the country. What is wrong with someone having the choice of medical marijuana for their medication? Why must they only take substances that are more dangerous and addictive? Are the profits of Big Pharma more important than the health of citizens?




AZ Attorney General Seeks Summary Judgment in Medical Marijuana Lawsuit

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, August, 27th 2012 by THCFinder

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne have each filed separate motions for summary judgment in Superior Court on a lawsuit filed by White Mountain Health Center against Maricopa County and the Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) on the issue of federal preemption of the state’s medical marijuana law.


“It is the County’s position that the AMMA is in direct violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act and therefore cannot be implemented without exposing County employees to the risk of federal prosecution,” Montgomery said. “The AMMA also runs afoul of the Supremacy Clause enshrined in the U.S. Constitution by our Founding Fathers, which preempts state law that conflicts with federal law,” he added.


Attorney General Tom Horne said, “I was recently asked by 13 out of the 15 County Attorneys in Arizona to issue an Opinion on whether the AMMA is pre-empted by federal law. The two most recent cases, from California and Oregon, clearly hold that states may not authorize what federal law prohibits. These rulings stem from Article Six of the U.S. Constitution, which, in case of conflict gives supremacy to federal law. Therefore, state authorization for growing or selling marijuana is prohibited under federal law and we are therefore asking the court to dismiss the Plaintiff’s complaint.”


If officials in every medical marijuana state felt the way some of those in Arizona do, legal protections for medical cannabis patients would likely not exist anywhere.


While we are quoting the Constitution, let me direct you to the words of the Tenth Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”


Where does the federal government get the power to make a plant illegal?




Effort supports marijuana to treat PTSD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, August, 27th 2012 by THCFinder
PORTLAND — Medical marijuana supporters in Oregon are seeking to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions that qualify patients in the state to use medical marijuana.
According to advocates, many people with PTSD are already in the state program because they have other medical conditions that allow them to legally use marijuana.
But supporters want PTSD to be recognized as a standalone condition as more veterans return home and struggle to resume their lives, The Oregonian reports. Oregon is home to an estimated 300,000 veterans. They include more than 20,000 from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, according to the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Two earlier attempts to add PTSD to Oregon’s program have failed.
Law enforcement entities in the state generally oppose expansion of the program.
Medical marijuana’s potential to help sick veterans deserves serious examination, according to Jason Hansman, senior program manager for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
“We treat it like any other new treatment technique: We want to see it studied. We want to see increased research to see if it’s a viable solution," said Hansman, whose group represents 145,000 veterans.
Darryl Inaba, director of clinical and behavioral health services at the Addictions Recovery Center in Medford, opposes expanding Oregon’s medical marijuana program to include PTSD saying the drug “causes both physical and emotional addiction."
For some veterans, medical marijuana helps them function.
Jared Townsend, a 27-year-old Iraq War veteran, said the drug helps him sleep and “balance life out a little bit better."
Townsend, of Hillsboro, qualifies for medical marijuana because of severe pain from a ruptured disc and injured shoulder from his 2007-08 combat tour. Medical marijuana is a bigger help with his PTSD symptoms, he said.
“If I get racing thoughts and real worked up, it can break a panic attack pretty quick," Townsend said.
Seventeen states and Washington, D.C., have medical marijuana laws. Only a few, however, list PTSD as a qualifying condition.
In New Mexico, which legalized medical marijuana in 2007, the state’s Department of Health said 40 percent of medical marijuana patients list PTSD as their qualifying condition, far more than any other condition.
— The Associated Press


Superior Court Judge says Riverside, CA can't ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 23rd 2012 by THCFinder

A judge overturned a Riverside, California injunction to shut down a medical marijuana dispensary in the city, saying that current law makes local government closures of the clinics unconstitutional.


The decision by Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Vineyard on Wednesday, Aug, 22, affects only The Closet Patient Care dispensary on Elizabeth Street in Riverside.


The city called the ruling “mind-boggling” and promised to appeal.


James De Aguilera was the man who filed the original court action for the clinic, and he said Vineyard’s ruling sets a precedent for other dispensaries in the city that also face an injunction to close them.


Riverside City Attorney Greg Priamos said there are about a dozen clinics in the city that are open and fighting injunctions to close and that the city has successfully shut down about three dozen.


“We believe the trial court decided wrongly and the Court of Appeal will see the issue differently,” Priamos said.


De Aguilera said Closet Patient Care is one of those that remained open while it fought the injunction since January.


Cities and counties all over California continue to struggle with medical marijuana regulations while the federal government bears down in a decimating series if threats and raids. What was once the bastion of cannabis freedom is being shaken to its very core.


Everyone who cares about this issue must speak up. The time for being silent has passed, as being silent is what allowed things to get to this point. Freedom is freedom, whether it’s about cannabis or marriage or anything else.


Doing anything is better than nothing. Even sharing this story on your social networks is speaking out. If you can influence even one other person, you have done something to stand with medical marijuana patients across the country.




Medical Marijuana to Appear on November Ballot in Arkansas

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 23rd 2012 by THCFinder
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Medical marijuana advocates have succeeded in getting their proposal before Arkansas voters this November.
Activists on Monday afternoon turned in 74,406 signatures in 19 boxes of petitions to the Arkansas Secretary of State's office.  Earlier in the summer, the group turned in another batch of petitions, but fell  - 26,000 short of the 62,507 valid signatures they need.
The Arkansas Secretary of State Wednesday: "Our office verified over 69,000 signatures for Arkansans for Compassionate care. They will be certified to the ballot."


Federal Medical Marijuana Crackdown Hits Southern CA Again

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, August, 22nd 2012 by THCFinder

Federal prosecutors took aim at medical marijuana in southern California yet again, filing three lawsuits and sending out over 60 letters telling medical cannabis operations in Orange County to shut down or face the consequences.


Asset-forfeiture lawsuits filed against landlords who own buildings that house six marijuana shops in Anaheim and the letters order the closure of clinics elsewhere in the OC. Since the medical marijuana crackdown kicked off in CA last fall, more than 300 dispensaries have been targeted in what is known as the Central District of California, the area between Santa Barbara and San Bernardino counties.


In total, 66 warning letters were sent to marijuana dispensaries in Anaheim and La Habra, CA. Some have closed recently, but the feds say 38 remain open.


It has been over 10 months now since the four California U.S. Attorneys announced the crackdown. Since then they have decimated the medical cannabis industry in the state, destroying access for patients and killing thousands of jobs.


And all this comes after Presidential candidate Obama said he would not use federal resources to circumvent state law when it comes to medical marijuana; something that has now become an outright lie. A lot of federal resources are being used to circumvent state law in California as the feds target dispensaries that are completely legal under CA law and well-respected in their communities.


Many hope the upcoming Presidential election will help the situation, but how? Unless Gary Johnson or Roseanne Barr is elected, the crackdown will go on.


Advocates across the state will continue to fight on, but they cannot outlast the feds, who have a ton of resources and can always print or borrow money to get more.


Has there ever been a more disappointed group of voters than those medical marijuana patients who supported Barack Obama in 2008?





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