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U.S. Senate Votes to Prevent DEA Interference With Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, April, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

Federal lawmakers gathered on Capitol Hill this week in a continued effort to prevent the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration from sabotaging statewide medical marijuana programs.

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a rider designed to stop the Department of Justice from spending federal funds to shakedown any state or U.S. territory that has legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes.

The rider, which was introduced by Senator Barbara Mikulski, would accomplish this goal by simply prohibiting the department from using federal tax dollars “to prevent any [state] from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/us-senate-votes-prevent-dea-interference-medical-marijuana


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Bud for Buddy: These People Are Giving Marijuana to Their Pets

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

If you believe medical marijuana can help humans deal with pain, chemotherapy or anxiety, why not try it on pets?

Gi Gi Griffin is willing to try. The widowed real estate broker from the upscale Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles looks like the last person you'd see walking into a pot dispensary in Hollywood. But she's not here for herself. She's here to buy cannabis for her 6-year-old Sheltie, Joy.

"I just knew I wanted to try whatever would help with my dog," she said.

She's part of the latest growth market for pot: Pets.

Read More:http://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/bud-buddy-these-people-are-giving-marijuana-their-pets-n559236


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Multiple Nations Call For Marijuana Reform At United Nations Special Session

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

ungass united nations drugs marijuanaThe United Nation’s General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drug policy began today with representatives and world leaders making strong statements urging member countries to move beyond prohibition and into effective regulations for medical Cannabis. H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, the current President of UNGASS, opened the event by discussing the need to address cannabis and the unfortunate situation where medical “cannabis laws defy the current conventions,” and that “…access to drugs for medical use is a human right to protect.”

Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Executive Director, Steph Sherer along with members from the International Medical Cannabis Patients Coalition (IMCPC) are in attendance and are meeting with UN officials in order to help with the effort of making UNGASS 2016 the starting point for the change in the scheduling status of Cannabis.

Cannabis is currently scheduled in Schedules I and IV of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs as amended by the 1972 Protocol (the “Single Convention”). This scheduling was created based on a report created by the Health Committee of the League of Nations in 1935.

Governments across the globe have used the UN Single Convention of 1961, including the United States, to derail attempts to reform national medical cannabis laws and research. However, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has joined countries such as Jamaica and Uruguay in pushing alternative approaches to regulating medical cannabis by stressing the “importance of allowing cannabis for medical and scientific uses under the United Nations standards [translated]” in his address to UNGASS.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/multiple-nations-call-for-marijuana-reform-at-united-nations-special-session/


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Maine Could Be 1st State to OK Medical Pot to Treat Addicts

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Maine could become the first state to add addiction to opioid prescriptions and illegal narcotics like heroin to its list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.

Nearly 30 medical marijuana caregivers and patients told state regulators at a public hearing on Tuesday that marijuana eases the symptoms of opioid withdrawal and offers a healthier alternative to the prescription painkillers that can lead to addiction.

Joseph Legendre, 50, of Mount Vernon, choked back tears as he spoke about the pain he endured after hurting his back 26 years ago at construction site and how marijuana finally eased that pain. Britney Lashier, 23, of Saco, said smoking marijuana helped her break a heroin addiction she picked up in Morocco while studying in college.

"Marijuana saved my life for sure," she said.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/maine-could-be-1st-state-ok-medical-pot-treat-addicts


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UNGASS: Mexican President Supports Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 20th 2016 by THCFinder

At the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs in New York on Tuesday, Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto unveiled his support for the legalization of medical marijuana.

"I am giving voice to those who have expressed the necessity of changing the regulatory framework to authorize the use of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes," Pena Nieto said in a speech at UNGASS, adding that groups in Mexico have "showed the need to lift, in accordance with international standards, the amount of marijuana that can be considered for personal use, with the purpose of not criminalizing users.”

Pena Nieto will release details of how Mexico might implement the policy shift later this week.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/ungass-mexican-president-supports-medical-marijuana


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Medical Pot Activists Fear Epilepsy Drug Could Undercut Them

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 19th 2016 by THCFinder

 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An experimental epilepsy drug made from cannabis plants grown in England is complicating the medical marijuana debate in hospitals and statehouses.

Epidiolex is a nearly pure extract of cannabidiol, or CBD, with little of the tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, that gets traditional pot users high. CBD products are the current rage in medicinal pot products, and activists fear that if the maker of Epidiolex manages to get FDA approval it could undercut the political momentum of the medical marijuana movement.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/medical-pot-activists-fear-epilepsy-drug-could-undercut-them


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