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Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Gets Enough Valid Signatures For 2016 Ballot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, January, 27th 2016 by THCFinder
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(via chsarrow.com)

The Florida medical marijuana campaign team that put medical marijuana on the 2014 ballot have been gathering signatures for a 2016 effort, and the good news broke earlier today that enough signatures have been validated to put the new and improved initiative on the 2016 ballot. The 2014 version lost by just 2 points, and this election cycle should be more favorable since it’s a Presidential election cycle, and also the initiative was tweaked a little to be more ‘Florida voter friendly.’ Below is a message that I received from the campaign. Onward to Election Day!:

Thanks to you and your support, medical marijuana will be on Florida’s 2016 ballot.

The Florida Division of Elections has confirmed, we’ve validated enough petitions (and qualified in enough districts) to give voters a second chance to provide relief to hundreds of thousands of suffering patients.

This effort cost millions of dollars – but it needed to happen. The legislature sat on its heels. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Pam Bondi stood against us. But I told you when we came up short in 2014 that we would win the war, and we will.  Medical marijuana is coming to Florida.

Now the campaign officially begins.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/florida-medical-marijuana-initiative-gets-enough-valid-signatures-for-2016-ballot/


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Florida Medical Marijuana Campaign Is Very Close To Verified Signature Goal

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

united for care florida medical marijuanaI received some very good news from the Florida medical marijuana campaign today. It sounds like they campaign only needs roughly 45k valid signatures to make the ballot again. Ballots are still being counted, and the signature goal could be met very soon. Below is an update I received from the campaign today:

Over a million petitions have been turned in, and now it’s down to the final week, waiting as the Supervisors of Elections in each county finish processing them. As of this afternoon, we only have 45,823 left to be validated to hit our goal of 683,149 petitions.

I am confident we have turned in enough petitions to make the ballot by the deadline next week—and once we do, we are almost certainly going to be Amendment 2 again.

In 2014, we got 58% of the vote—more than the Governor—despite having more money spent against us than all of the previous opposition campaigns in any state combined.  Still, they managed to overwhelm certain parts of the state with lies, and we simply didn’t have adequate funding to push back hard enough.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/florida-medical-marijuana-campaign-is-very-close-to-verified-signature-goal/


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Arizona: Medical Marijuana Activists Score A Big Victory By Getting Harmful Bill Withdrawn

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 23rd 2016 by THCFinder

arizona marijuanaYesterday I saw something really cool happen on social media. Early in the day I saw an action alert go out from Arizona in which it was requested that patients and supporters call State Representative Jay Lawrence (R-Fountain Hills) to tell him that HCR 2019 was harmful, and to withdraw it. Then later in the day I saw alerts go out that the bill had been withdrawn. Fantastic! Per the Phoenix New Times:

State Representative Jay Lawrence (R-Fountain Hills) has withdrawn his bill that could have destroyed Arizona’s medical-marijuana program.

Lawrence’s bill, HCR 2019, would have stripped naturopaths and homeopaths of the right to recommend medical marijuana, even though those doctors write nearly 90 percent of the recommendations. His plan also called for patients to renew their cards every six months instead of every year, paying double the annual fees.

“We received so many calls,” he tells New Times. “I had heard anecdotally that [the cards] are handed out wildly. I learned from the callers that there is a lot more care taken by naturopaths than I had originally been told.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/arizona-medical-marijuana-activists-score-a-big-victory-by-getting-harmful-bill-withdrawn/


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Georgia Lawmaker Admits Breaking the Law to Help Families Get Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 23rd 2016 by THCFinder

Known as the "Godfather of the Medical Marijuana Movement" in Georgia, State Rep. Allen Peake has been breaking the law to help families in the state get access to medical marijuana. 

Back in April 2015, Georgia passed a bill legalizing low-THC medical marijuana oil for people suffering from certain diseases; however, the bill made no provisions for in-state cultivation or sales, meaning that legal patients have to find other ways to obtain their medicine. 

Peake, who fought to pass the first law and has introduced a new bill this year that would allow for in-state growing, admitted this week to WSB-TV that he has been going to other states to get medical marijuana and bringing it back to Georgia for families in need.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/georgia-lawmaker-admits-breaking-law-help-families-get-medical-marijuana


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19 tons of medical marijuana consumed in Arizona last year

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder

PHOENIX — Arizona’s nearly 88,000 medical marijuana patients smoke, ate or otherwise consumed more than 19 tons of the drug last year.

That’s the equivalent of six Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine vans or, if you prefer, nearly 77,000 8-ounce bags of Cheetos. Looking at it another way, it translates to more than 40 million joints, assuming the High Times estimate that a typical one weighs about four-tenths of a gram.

And if the average price for marijuana from state-regulated dispensaries is $300 an ounce, it means medical users spent more than $184 million last year acquiring the drug legally.

Read More:http://tucson.com/news/local/tons-of-medical-marijuana-consumed-in-arizona-last-year/article_db67c1ba-fc4e-5f56-8db5-1bf1b60097b7.html


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Burdensome Restrictions Choke Medical Marijuana Programs

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder
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(via wikipedia.com)

A chill wind is blowing in the Windy City and it’s not a wintery blast from Lake Michigan. It’s the cold freeze of an industry without any customers.

In New York, the strict rules for qualification into the program have inhibited participation, too.

From December 23rd until January 7th, the New York program approved only 53 patients for the program. By January 16th it was up to 165.

There are eight dispensaries open across the entire state.

Although the inception of any program involves a gradual increase in participation, this is far more gradual than expected, prompting the Associated Press to declare the program’s launch a “Slow start”.

The problem with the New York program includes the limited types of the marijuana medicines they allow (non-smoked forms only), the nature of the illnesses that would qualify one for participation (far fewer than other states), and the degree of complexity in the patient certification process (stiff requirements).

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/burdensome-restrictions-choke-medical-marijuana-programs/


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