DC: Medical Marijuana Program to Get Off Ground on April 15
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
After months of delay, Mayor Vince Gray announced this afternoon that the rules and regulations governing the District's medical marijuana program will go into effect on Friday, April 15 when they're published in the D.C. Register. The news comes as advocates of the program have started complaining loudly about delays in its implementation, which dates back almost a year.
"District residents suffering from painful conditions like cancer and HIV/AIDS will soon have one more option to help relieve their symptoms," Gray said in a statement released to DCist. "In addition, the regulations published today will put in place the structure necessary to allow registered parties to grow and sell medical marijuana in a safe and medically appropriate manner. These regulations are among the most comprehensive anywhere in the country and are intended to describe the rights and obligations of patients, growers and sellers clearly."
The District's medical marijuana program was originally endorsed by 69 percent of voters in a 1998 referendum, but congressional interference prohibited the city from actually implementing it. In late 2009, Democrats allowed the District to move forward with the program. It was only last year that the D.C. Council got around to passing enabling legislation that was given the go-ahead when Congress raised no objections. Last August, a first draft of rules governing the program were published for public comment, and a second version was released in November.
Those regulations were submitted to the Council in December, which took no action on them.
Medical Cannabis Patients Worry About Impact Of Repeal in Montana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana patients say they don't think fixes to the state's marijuana initiative ever had a chance.
Dennis Gulyas, a medical cannabis patient, says, "I would just like to tell those representatives out there that have decided to go ahead and go against the will of the people, the will of the people will come back to bite you."
Tayln Lang, head of the Missoula chapter of the Montana Medical Growers Association, says, "This is the very first voter-sponsored initiative repealed by the legislature. I feel that sets a very dangerous precedent."
House Bill 161 would end medical marijuana in Montana July 1. Gulyas says, "On that date I'm not going to be a happy person. I'm going to be a very sad person. Not for myself but for all those people that are even worse conditioned than me. Where are they going to go? What are they going to do? Are they going to be a criminal?"
Advocates like Lang say it will have a much broader impact on the state, especially on people who sunk money into starting a cannabis business.
Arizona forum on medical marijuana rules
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The rules have been released. Now, many Arizonans are ready to operate their own medical marijuana businesses.
Monday, Tucsonans interested in starting up a grow operation or dispensary got a chance to see what's involved.
Now that Arizona has become the 15th state to enact a medical marijuana law. People are wondering how the measure will impact them.
Monday, a few dozen people got their questions answered at a forum in Tucson hosted by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Association.
Just last week the Arizona department of health services released its rules for medical marijuana use and distribution.
Among the requirements, patients must get a recommendation from a doctor licensed in Arizona or one who has been treating them for years.
Also, applicants who want to operate a dispensary must put down $5,000 with a $1,000 annual renewal fee.
"About 92 pages worth of rules, but they look really good, they look like they've done their research as far as making sure everything gets structured right," said Heidi Kay.
Applicants will have to first find a location for their dispensary, then make sure it coincides with zoning rules, then fill out a business plan.
The medical marijuana association hopes the process is just the beginning of a growing acceptance.
Oregon Medical Marijuana Patient's $7,500 Settlement
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, April, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
(Register-Guard) SPRINGFIELD — A medical marijuana user who threatened to sue the city of Springfield after police ticketed him for carrying the drug into the Springfield Justice Center has instead accepted a $7,500 settlement that allows the city to deny any alleged wrongdoing in the incident.
By settling the case, Paul McClain gave up his right to file a lawsuit accusing Springfield police of violating his civil rights in February 2010, when they issued him a citation charging him with marijuana possession.
It’s an interesting story. The Register-Guard reports that our medical marijuana patient went to the courthouse to work out some unpaid traffic fines. He let court officials search his backpack and they found a “small amount” of cannabis. He shows his patient card. Two cops verify him on the state registry and order him to take his medicine outside the building.
Then our patient stashes his medicine and walks back to the building. The cops give him a ticket for marijuana possession, even though he didn’t have his medicine on him at that time. That’s when a state senator – Floyd Prozanski, a longtime ally of the medical marijuana movement – gets involved:
Police said officer Brian Antone wrote the ticket because he interpreted Oregon’s medical marijuana law as saying that state-registered patients are prohibited from carrying the drug in a public place.
McClain’s case prompted state Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, to advise Springfield Municipal Court Judge James Strickland in writing that the law’s intent is to prohibit people from smoking or growing pot in public and “not the simple act of carrying their medicine on their person or in their belongings when in a public place.”
Our patient then writes up a tort claim with the city, claiming a 14th Amendment violation of due process because nobody ever said you couldn’t bring marijuana into the courthouse. Really. A two-page letter just got him out of a $500 ticket and netted him a $7,500 check.
Medical marijuana bill passes Del. Senate
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 31st 2011 by THCFinder
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill legalizing the use of marijuana in Delaware for medical reasons.
The bill, based on the Marijuana Policy Project's model medical marijuana legislation, cleared the Senate on an 18-to-3 vote on Thursday and now goes to House.
The bill states that, with their doctor's written recommendation, patients with certain serious medical conditions that could be alleviated by marijuana would be allowed to possess up to six ounces of the drug from a state-registered "compassion center."
The state Department of Health and Social Services would issue identification cards for such patients to help ensure they are not subject to arrest. Caregivers who could pick up marijuana for their patients also would receive ID cards. Each caregiver could assist no more than five patients.
Politics Ignoring Science: Federal Agency Recognizes Therapeutic Benefit of Medical Marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 30th 2011 by THCFinder
The federal government has maintained for decades, even over the objections of its own Administrative Law Judges, that marijuana (cannabis) is a dangerous drug with no medical value. However, something happened in March to draw attention not only to evidence of marijuana's beneficial effect on people living with cancer, but also to the government's glaring hypocrisy around the issue of medical marijuana. In fact, this hypocrisy reveals to Americans the struggle between politics and science, and makes the federal government's contradictory policies on medical marijuana that much more tenuous.
In March, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), one of 11 federal agencies under the National Institutes of Health, changed its website to include Cannabis as a Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM), with possible benefits for people living with cancer. Specifically, the website read:
The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. In the practice of integrative oncology, the health care provider may recommend medicinal Cannabis not only for symptom management but also for its possible direct antitumor effect.
NCI further stated that:
Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years prior to its current status as an illegal substance.
Quite an admission for an agency that answers to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which for years has steadfastly maintained that cannabis "has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States." Perhaps it was this stark contradiction that compelled NCI to recently alter its web page on medical cannabis.
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