Six National Drug Policy Organizations Call On President Obama To End Unnecessary Assault On Medical Marijuana Providers
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 4th 2012 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON, D.C.--(ENEWSPF)--April 4, 2012. In the wake of recent attacks on medical marijuana providers and patients by multiple branches of the federal government, including Monday's raids on Oaksterdam University in Oakland, CA, a coalition of six national drug policy reform organizations is appealing to President Obama and his administration to follow its own previously stated policies respecting state medical marijuana laws. In the letter, posted in full below, the organizations call on the Obama administration to bring an end to the federal government’s ongoing campaign to undermine state efforts to regulate safe and legal access to medical marijuana for those patients who rely on it.
The Obama Administration’s National Drug Control Strategy Report 2012, reportedly being released in the coming days, is expected to cling to failed and outdated marijuana policies which further cement the control of the marijuana trade in the hands of drug cartels and illegal operators, endangering both patients in medical marijuana states and citizens everywhere. The members of this coalition stand together with members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, current and former Latin American leaders whose countries are being ravaged by drug cartels, state officials from five medical marijuana states, and tens of millions of Americans in their call for a more rational approach to marijuana policy.
Obama's War on Marijuana Rolls on in 'Oaksterdam' Raid
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 3rd 2012 by THCFinder
Posted by: Joshua Green
On Monday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Internal Revenue Service raided the campus of Oaksterdam University, a trade school of sorts—some call it the “Princeton of Pot”—in Oakland, Calif., that instructs students on the finer points of growing, harvesting, and selling pot. Oaksterdam was established in 2007 after the state legalized medical marijuana; it later expanded to Los Angeles and Michigan. The federal raid was the latest in a series of actions by the Justice Department to crack down on the “legal” marijuana business that’s permitted by such states as California, yet violates federal law.
I briefly attended Oaksterdam University a few years ago for this article in the The Atlantic about the growing business of medical marijuana—or “cannabusiness,” as its proprietors like to say. Although media coverage of the campus tends to indulge all the usual stoner stereotypes, Oaksterdam is at heart a business school. Somewhat to my surprise, most of my classmates were not dreadlocked trustafarians or Jeff Spicoli types, but earnest, clean-cut, night-school sorts who wouldn’t have looked a bit out of place managing an Applebee’s (DIN) franchise—a gauge of how promising the business of marijuana once looked.
2 Medical Marijuana Efforts Underway In Ohio
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 30th 2012 by THCFinder
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Backers of a medical marijuana amendment in Ohio say they aren't deterred by a separate ballot effort already under way to legalize the substance for medical purposes.
The Ohio Medical Cannabis Association was recently cleared by state officials to circulate petitions for their amendment to appear on fall ballots.
The proposal would allow authorized vendors to make and distribute the otherwise illegal drug and set up a state oversight commission. It also spells out patients' privacy and confidentiality rights.
A separate measure cleared last year by officials specifies how much marijuana people could possess, and it doesn't set up a commission.
Both amendments need about 385,000 valid signatures to appear before voters in November.
Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana's medical use to treat certain illness.
Marijuana-Like Compounds Stop Spread of AIDS, Study Says
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 29th 2012 by THCFinder
In many ways, without AIDS, there would be no medical marijuana. But there could be a twist, according to new research: With medical marijuana (or synthetic marijuana-like compounds), there could be fewer cases of AIDS.
Researchers believe there's a link between cannabis use -- or at least drugs that share an active ingredient with marijuana -- and the body's ability to withstand or fight off HIV infection. According to a study led by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, when cannabinoid receptors are activated in the body's immune cells, those cells are more likely to withstand infection from the HIV virus.
In other words, pot not only helps AIDS patients survive by allowing them to eat and sleep and otherwise counter the wasting effects of the disease, it might actually fight the disease itself, according to the study published in the Public Library of Science's online journal.
Legislature passes ban on medical marijuana on college campuses
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 29th 2012 by THCFinder
Seems pretty stupid that alcohol is no problem on campus but medical marijuana is...?
The ability of faculty and students to use medical marijuana on college and university campuses is now in the hands of Gov. Jan Brewer.
And it may end up in court.
With only two dissenting votes, the Senate on Wednesday approved legislation to ban possession and use of the drug, even by people who have a state-issued card entitling them to use it for medical purposes, on college campuses. The House already gave its blessing to HB 2349 on a 52-2 margin.
Brewer is no fan of medical marijuana, having urged voters to defeat the 2010 initiative that allows those with a doctor’s recommendation to obtain and use up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. But the governor also has allowed the state Health Department to implement the law.
As of the beginning of the month, the state had issued user cards to more than 22,000 Arizonans.
More recently, Brewer gave the go-ahead to start licensing dispensaries later this year to sell the drug legally. In the interim, cardholders have been allowed to grow their own.
The fight is over the fact that the initiative bans use in public areas and public schools. But it leaves the door open for possession and use on the campuses of colleges and universities.
Rep. Amanda Reeve, R-Phoenix, said she sponsored the legislation to expand the ban at the behest of the Arizona Board of Regents.
She said allowing the drugs on the campuses would put the schools in violation of federal regulations which require campuses to have policies against illegal drugs. And while the initiative legalized marijuana for medical uses under state law, it remains a felony under federal law to possess it.
The danger, Reeve said, is the schools could become ineligible for federal grants, and federal aid and loans for students could be put at risk.
But Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Tucson, said that argument does not wash.
“Medical marijuana is legal in a whole bunch of other states,” she said. “And they haven’t had any problems getting federal funding for their university and college campuses.”
Should marijuana be taxed and regulated in Canada?
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 28th 2012 by THCFinder
Public health doctors from across Canada are proposing decriminalizing marijuana and imposing taxation and regulation instead.
. Some of the pot choices at The Apothecarium Medical Cannabis Dispensary in San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)The chief medical health officers in three provinces published a paper Wednesday comparing Canada's current illicit drug policies to those of other countries.
"For the last decade, Portugal has decriminalized all drug use and they have some of the lowest rates of drug use in Europe and they have some of the least amounts of harm from drug use," said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical health officer, a co-author of the paper.
In contrast, drug use hasn't decreased since the $1-trillion US "war on drugs" was declared and aggressive drug law enforcement began, the report said.
The authors said governments need to consider other approaches that include public health objectives that minimize health and social harms, such as taxing marijuana, licensing cannabis dispensaries and issuing prescriptions for medical marijuana.
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