Medical Marijuana

National Medical Cannabis Advocacy Group Partners with Leading Global Law Firm

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 28th 2016 by THCFinder

Americans For Safe Access press conference detroit michiganOrrick, a leading global law firm, is partnering with Americans for Safe Access’ Patients’ Rights Project to provide pro bono support to medical cannabis patients, many if not most of whom are low-income, to navigate the often confusing legal landscape of medical cannabis laws. Forty-one states, DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam all have some type of medical cannabis law today.  Each law is unique and presents varying challenges for patients trying to obtain treatment in these often complex programs. Once laws are passed, medical cannabis patients and providers are often unclear about the specifics of the laws, which leaves them vulnerable to arrest, prosecution, and incarceration. Furthermore, implementation of these programs has often required litigation. The services provided by this partnership will help fill a growing void for this type of resource.

Founded in 2002, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is the nation’s largest medical cannabis patient advocacy organization.  For over a decade, ASA has offered educational tools for medical cannabis stakeholders and has worked through legislative advocacy and the court system to broaden patients’ rights to access medical cannabis. ASA identifies impact litigation through data gathered by offering medical cannabis patients legal support and cooperation with pro bono attorneys, including but not limited to, public defender offices. This impact litigation has helped protect and expand patients’ rights and uphold the validity of state medical cannabis programs.

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Could marijuana help treat painkiller and heroin addiction?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 26th 2016 by THCFinder

The growing number of patients who claim marijuana has helped them drop theirpainkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates. Many are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics such as heroin, and as an alternative to painkillers.

It's a tempting sell in New England, hard hit by the painkiller and heroin crisis. But there's a problem: There is very little research showing marijuana works as a treatment for such addictions.

Advocates argue a growing body of scientific literature supports the idea, pointing to a study in the Journal of Pain this year that found that chronic pain sufferers significantly reduced their opioid use when taking medical cannabis. Another study, published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found cannabis can be effective in treating chronic pain and other ailments.

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Does FANG Have The Authority To Raid Medical Marijuana Dispensaries?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, April, 25th 2016 by THCFinder
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A trio of medical marijuana distribution centers in Genesee County have recently been raided- some places, more than once- by the Flint Area Narcotics Group, or FANG, but did the multi-jurisdictional task force have the authority to perform the raids?

That’s the question raised by Komorn Law in defense of their client, the owners of Clio Caregiver Connection. Their day in court is April 25, at 3pm before the Hon. Judge Archie Hayman in 7th Circuit Court, Flint. As one of the three raided facilities, the C3 is being sued as a nuisance by FANG via the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office, led by David Leyton.

The issue: an Attorney General Opinion from 2003 requires a county which participates in an interlocal agreement to have approved that participation by a vote of the Commissioners, and that vote never took place. Komorn Law’s argument in their counterclaim to the nuisance suit, filed on April 18, is that Prosecutor Leyton overstepped his authority when his office acted as FANG’s agent on behalf of the County, and that the warrants and charges issued under those false pretenses should be nullified.

The “Interlocal Agreement for the Flint Area Narcotics Group” signed by David Leyton on December 15, 2015 lists seven cities, nine townships, three villages and the Michigan State Police as participating entities. To be a participating entity a community must budget a monetary contribution to FANG or dedicate one full-time officer to work exclusively with FANG. Genesee County does not appear in the listing, and they have not voted on membership.

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

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, April, 24th 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.”

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

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 20th 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.

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Multiple Nations Call For Marijuana Reform At United Nations Special Session

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 20th 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.

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