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New York Will Consider Major Upgrades to Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, February, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

New York's medical marijuana program—AKA the Compassionate Care Act—which was feebly launched at the beginning of the year, not only comes with a chastity belt full of provisions that cater to only the half-dead, but the tight regulations wrapped up in this fiasco have put cannabis products mostly out of reach for the few patients who qualify for participation.

However, Manhattan Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, the lawmaker who was instrumental in the fight to bring medical marijuana to the state of New York, says he will introduce several pieces of legislation in the next coming weeks that he hopes will lead to a broad expansion to the program.

A recent article in the Village Voice indicates that Gottfried plans to submit a bill that will increase the number of cannabis producers permitted to operate across the state from five to somewhere in the vicinity of 10. The proposal would simplify the licensing process, evading a long drawn out approval period, by drawing the next selection of pot companies from the list of applicants that did not make the initial cut in 2015. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-york-will-consider-major-upgrades-medical-marijuana-program


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California Governor Signs Bill To End Medical Marijuana Deadline

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 3rd 2016 by THCFinder

california governor jerry brown marijuanaGovernor Jerry Brown has signed AB 21, an urgency measure introduced by Rep. Jim Wood that repeals a March 1 deadline in the new state medical marijuana law that some have interpreted as requiring local jurisdictions to ban or regulate medical marijuana cultivation, or lose their licensing authority.

Now that the March 1 deadline is repealed, Cal NORML is calling for all jurisdictions that are considering banning medical marijuana activities to instead table the issue, and for all cities and counties to work towards land use regulations to protect patients rights, as well as public safety and the environment. ”Driving marijuana cultivation and delivery back underground will only lead to crime and neighborhood problems,” said Ellen Komp, Deputy Director of Cal NORML. ”Local officials have been calling for statewide regulation, and now that MMRSA is in place, it’s time to allow that regulation to work.”

“Thanks to Assemblyman Wood and Gov. Brown for clearing up this confusion and giving local governments time to develop thoughtful policies for regulation,” said Cal NORML director Dale Gieringer.

The state agencies charged with regulating commercial medical marijuana activities in the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) aren’t expected to issue permit applications until at least January 1, 2018, and state licenses will only be granted to those with local approval. However, a “drafting error” in MMRSA stated that cities and counties without medical marijuana ordinances on the books by March 1, 2016 would be governed by state law.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/california-governor-signs-bill-to-end-medical-marijuana-deadline/


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Maine: Medical Marijuana Industry Call Organizers Working to End Prohibition “Scumbags”

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 2nd 2016 by THCFinder

While a national cannabis advocacy group works to bring down the beast of prohibitionary times for every adult citizen in the state of Maine, proponents for medical use have chosen to fight the organizers of this all-important mission rather than tender their support because they believe that full legalization will breed the evils of Big Marijuana.

When representatives for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol showed up at the Secretary of State’s office in Augusta on Monday to deliver over 100,000 signatures supporting their initiative aimed at legalizing recreational herb, members of the medical sector, who seem to oppose the concept of anyone other than “patients” being allowed to freely use cannabis, were waiting along the sidelines to aggressively persecute the group for wanting to tax and regulate weed in a manner similar to beer.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/maine-medical-marijuana-industry-call-organizers-working-end-prohibition-%E2%80%9Cscumbags%E2%80%9D


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Possible Recalls In Signal Hill And Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure Splits In Two

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, January, 31st 2016 by THCFinder
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The Signal Hill Patients Access PAC Strategist, Jason Aula has released a statement regarding the amendment of the municipal ballot measure and the split to two particular ballot measures:

“The medical cannabis policy in regards to delivery and cultivation that the City Council of Signal Hill has chosen to adopt recently represents a staggering misappropriation of community resources. I can actually say the PAC law I drafted is 100 times superior when compared to the rubbish policy the city council is proposing. The PAC is committed to winning and I want to advise the media and public recalls are on the table for any member of the council that defies the empowerment of the people of Signal Hill to access medical cannabis”

“The amended measure was split into two separate ballot measures. One measure includes a fee which requires 66.6% + 1 to approve according to CA prop 26. The second measure which includes the skeleton of the law now only requires 50% +1 to qualify. We amended to squash any local control the five Signal Hill City Council members may allegedly have and empowered thousands of residents to decide the issues not corrupt self-serving politicians.”

“The City Council and City Attorney are incompetent and corrupt. Said parties cannot be trusted simply because of their approval of the ban on cultivation presently which would be illegal. Not only is the council misinformed but they are receiving incorrect and invalid legal advice that will subject the city to civil litigation in the future. It almost appears the city attorney contractor would not mind creating more work since they are contracted and get a monthly retainer plus hourly fees for additional services. The present proposed ban on cultivation violates state law and I am not going to specify exactly what is illegal because the PAC has no desire to tip the council off because the law would just be challenged in court. Signal Hill voters are generally progressive and would surely approve a recall of council members that do not represent their views. A survey is in progress to confirm the PAC’s information that says Signal Hill voters want medical cannabis in the city”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/possible-recalls-in-signal-hill-and-medical-marijuana-ballot-measure-splits-in-two/


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7 Ways New York’s Medical Marijuana Program Falls Short

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 30th 2016 by THCFinder
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By Phillip Smith

New York’s long-delayed medical marijuana program finally rolled out this month, not with a bang, but with a whimper. What looks to be the country’s tightest medical marijuana program has an extremely limited number of producers and retailers, a tiny number of eligible patients, a dearth of doctors, and forbids both smoking marijuana and using edibles.

For patients and advocates, the very limited arrival of medical marijuana in the Empire State is not the end point they hoped to achieve. Now, instead of resting on their laurels, they will have to continue to fight to make the program one that actually serves the needs of New Yorkers.

“It’s a start,” said the Drug Policy Alliance’s Julie Netherland, until recently the deputy director of the group’s New York Policy Office, where she was deeply involved in massaging the law through the legislature and past a reluctant governor. “It’s the first time New Yorkers can legally purchase medical marijuana, and it’s the result of the hard work of thousands of patients and family members across New York.”

But, she was quick to grant, the program has some serious issues, immediate ones in the way the program has been rolled out and longer-term ones with the statute itself.

Here are seven ways New York’s medical marijuana program falls short:

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/7-ways-new-yorks-medical-marijuana-program-falls-short/


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Puerto Rico Adopts Regulation for Use of Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 30th 2016 by THCFinder

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Health Department has adopted a regulation that will allow for the cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of medical marijuana in the U.S. territory.

Officials say the substance can be used in forms including pills, creams, patches and oral drops. Authorities stress that smoking marijuana and cultivating it for personal use remains illegal.

The Health Department said Thursday that it will implement a seed-to-sale inventory tracking system. It will also award licenses to doctors and to private companies that seek to cultivate and manufacture medicinal marijuana. Officials say samples must be sent to independent labs to ensure they contain the correct amounts of THC and are free of contaminants.

Public Affairs Secretary Jesus Manuel Ortiz says the system should be in place by year's end.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/puerto-rico-adopts-regulation-use-medical-marijuana


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