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Medical Pot Activists Fear Epilepsy Drug Could Undercut Them

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, April, 18th 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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Pennsylvania Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Bill Into Law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, April, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

pennsylvania medical marijuanaIn a ceremony crowded with patients and supporters at the State Capital on Sunday, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill into law that will provide seriously ill Pennsylvanians with legal access to medical marijuana. The passage of SB 3 makes Pennsylvania the 24th state to allow medical marijuana. More than half of Americans now live in states with effective medical marijuana laws.

SB 3 would allow patients with a qualifying condition and their doctors’ recommendation to use and safely access medical marijuana. Up to 25 Department of Health-permitted growers and processors would produce medical marijuana, which could be dispensed by up to 50 dispensaries, each of which could have up to three locations. The qualifying conditions include cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, seizures, autism, sickle cell anemia, and intractable pain if conventional therapies or opiates are contraindicated or ineffective.

“Finally, Pennsylvania patients who could benefit from medical marijuana will no longer have to suffer needlessly or be treated like criminals,” said Latrisha Bentch of Harrisburg, whose daughter suffers from mesial temporal sclerosis, a condition marked by frequent seizures that could be treated with medical marijuana. She is a founding member of the Campaign for Compassion, a local organization of patients and families advocating for comprehensive medical marijuana legislation.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/pennsylvania-governor-signs-medical-marijuana-bill-into-law/


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Zombie Legislation: Are Lansing’s Marijuana Bills Dead Yet?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, April, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

michigan capital marijuanaIn a really bad B-movie, sometimes the dead just keep on popping up to surprise the living- even after being stabbed, shot, burned and re-buried. Similarly, a pair of pro-marijuana bills that were (supposedly) killed by corporate greed have popped back up into relevance again, and were put down one more time on Wednesday, April 13.

The MIRS news service (“Meekhof: Senate A No-Go On Medical Marijuana Regulation For Now,” April 14) reports that Michigan’s Republican Senators caucused nearly all Wednesday morning on the subject of HBs 4209, 4210 and 4827, describing the proceedings with terms like “the outlook was not promising” and “concerns are broad” within the party caucus.

When asked after the caucus by media what the problems were with the bills, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) said simply, “All of it.”

Another apparent death for the legislative package, which once represented the best hope for patient and business protections and are now hated by nearly everyone in Michigan’s cannabis community. But in a bizarre world where the rules are fluid and the ‘killed’ seem to have more lives that a Siamese cat, is any piece of legislation ever really dead?

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/zombie-legislation-are-lansings-marijuana-bills-dead-yet/


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U.S. Senate Votes to Give Veterans Access to Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 15th 2016 by THCFinder

Federal lawmakers are working once again to provide military veterans with hassle-free access to state medical marijuana programs.

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved an amendment aimed at giving physicians employed with the Department of Veterans Affairs the freedom to recommend medical marijuana to their patients without incurring the wrath of Uncle Sam.

Although only a temporary solution to conflicting state and federal marijuana laws, the amendment to the 2017 Military Construction Appropriations bill, which was brought to the table by Senators Steve Daines and Jeff Merkley, would prevent federal funds from being used to drop the hammer on VA physicians who choose to discuss cannabis treatment with their patients. It would also prevent VA clinics from disqualifying veterans from receiving prescription drugs and other services simply for testing positive for marijuana. The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/us-senate-votes-give-veterans-access-medical-marijuana


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Blumenauer Applauds Senate Appropriations Committee Passage Of VA Medical Marijuana Amendment

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 14th 2016 by THCFinder

ptsd second amendment military veteran cannabis marijuanaToday, Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03) applauded the Senate Committee on Appropriations for passing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Marijuana Amendment for the second consecutive year. This amendment, offered by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT), would allow VA physicians to provide recommendations regarding the participation of a veteran in a state medical marijuana program.

“For the second time, the Senate has taken action to do what’s right for our veterans. I commend Senators Merkley and Daines for leading this fight in the Senate, and I look forward to pushing it across the finish line in the House,” said Representative Blumenauer. “All in all, today’s vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee is very encouraging as we advocate for passage of simple and commonsense measures to reform our marijuana laws.”

Since 2014, Representative Blumenauer has led the effort to make it easier for qualified veterans to access medical marijuana – which can be used in many states to treat a variety of conditions, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries frequently suffered by veterans. Currently, the VA specifically prohibits its medical providers from completing forms brought by their patients seeking recommendations or opinions regarding participation in a state medical marijuana program.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/blumenauer-applauds-senate-appropriations-committee-passage-of-va-medical-marijuana-amendment/


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Patients And Families Gather To Demand Changes To New York’s Broken Medical Marijuana Law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 13th 2016 by THCFinder
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(via wikipedia.com)

Today, dozens of advocates gathered in Albany to urge legislators to support a slate of bills that would amend the Compassionate Care Act, New York’s medical marijuana law. The law, which was passed in June of 2014, took eighteen months to implement and has been criticized for being one of the most restrictive and burdensome programs in the country. Launched in January of this year, to date, only 494 of the state’s 79,000 physicians have agreed to participate and only 2,390 patients have been certified by their doctors to enroll in the program. This lackluster start is likely due to a number of barriers and restrictions in the program that make it both difficult and unappealing for physicians and patients to participate.

“The current law is simply too narrow, with too few registered organizations serving too few patients who need relief,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried, sponsor of the original legislation.  “The changes the Executive made to the legislation and to the program severely limited the program and have made it harder than it should be for patients to access critical medical care.  These bills would bring the law more into line with the original bill – broadening the list of eligible conditions, expanding the number of dispensaries, and removing arbitrary restrictions on delivery methods such as smoking.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/patients-and-families-gather-to-demand-changes-to-new-yorks-broken-medical-marijuana-law/


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