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Michigan NORML Gives Awards To Irwin, Komorn, And Others

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, April, 9th 2016 by THCFinder

Michigan NormlMichigan’s NORML chapter awarded some of the state’s most prominent and outspoken advocates for marijuana law reform during the organization’s Quarterly Meeting held on April 1.

MINORML issues these awards annually, and some are named for activists who have passed away.

Legislator of the Year Award went to Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor). Rep. Irwin has advocated on behalf on sensible policies and has authored bills on forfeiture reform and marijuana law reform. The Renee Emery Wolfe Activist Award was given to Kevin McCaffery, a Board member of the MILegalize group and a steadfast ally in legalizing cannabis.

A new award, the Gaitwood Galbraith Attorney of the Year Award, was given to criminal defense attorney Michael Komorn. In addition to numerous courtroom victories, Komorn Law uncovered a scandal with scientific reporting of cannabis evidence by the Michigan State Police Crime Lab. Also new: the John Dewitte Evans Veterans Award, given for the very first time to Dakota Serna. Serna has traveled the country advocating for veterans and the use of medical marijuana.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-norml-gives-awards-to-irwin-komorn-and-others/


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Senators Reject Medical Marijuana Bill in South Carolina

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

On Thursday, South Carolina Senators voted 7-4 against a bill that would have created a safe and accessible medical marijuana program in the state.

According to WLTX, the bill would have permitted physicians to prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions, such as cancer, glaucoma and chronic pain.

"This is something that is providing real relief to people who are suffering,” Sen. Tom Davis, the main sponsor of the bill, told the Senate Medical Affairs Committee. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/senators-reject-medical-marijuana-bill-south-carolina


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Why Marijuana Reform In Professional Sports Is Important For Larger Reform Efforts

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

uncle spliffy cliff robinsonI have been writing more and more about cannabis and sports lately. It seems like every time I am on social media or turn on the television that another athlete is in the news talking about cannabis reform in professional sports. Most of the time it’s retired athletes, but even current NFL player Eugene Monroe has come out in support of cannabis reform in professional football, and even donated a big chunk of money towards cannabis research.

I think that it’s understandable why athletes are calling for cannabis reform in professional sports, especially in the NFL and NBA. Professional athletes take a pounding during their careers. Imagine taking elbows from power forwards or getting tackled by a human truck. Over and over, game after game. I am getting older and I feel some aches and pains from when I was a gym rat at the local YMCA, and I was going up against other has-beens and never-weres. I can’t imagine what some ex-professional athletes have to deal with, especially when it comes to brain injuries. That’s scary stuff, and athletes read the headlines like everyone else. If there was something out there that could help and was safe, like cannabis, I’d be calling for it too.

Opioid addiction is also a major issue in professional sports, and athletes are seeing that there’s a better way. Hearing people like former NFL player Kyle Turley talk about their battles with issues related to painkiller usage, including the fact that the pharmaceuticals didn’t fix anything, is heart wrenching. No one should be forced to live like that. Not when there’s a better way. Fortunately more and more people in that situation are discovering that cannabis is not only safer than pharmaceuticals, but it’s often more effective. Anyone and everyone, athlete or otherwise, should be able to experience relief.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/why-marijuana-reform-in-professional-sports-is-important-for-larger-reform-efforts/


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New Lyon Township Marijuana Caregiver Rules Are A New Low

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 1st 2016 by THCFinder

A new ordinance enacted by Oakland County’s Lyon Township would force all persons approved by the state to engage in caregiving for a medical marijuana patient to move into the R1 Residential-Agricultural zone, a move that has motivated at least one area patient and caregiver to take action. “I had no idea they were trying to do this in my township, until a newspaper reporter called me for a quote,” said Steve Greene, Township resident, medical marijuana program participant and host ofthe Full Melt radio show. “I told the reporter that this was all feel-good legislation but had no measure of effect because it is indeed rendered unenforceable by the settled law of Ter Beek.”

Greene sued the Township once before on the basis that they were incorrectly enforcing the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (The Act). In 2011 Township attorney Matthew Quinn said in the Detroit News, ”Our ordinance focuses on any land use which violates federal, state or local ordinance. People can grow marijuana elsewhere, but Lyon Township doesn’t want it.” Greene’s suit against Lyon Township mirrored an action by the ACLU of Michigan against several other cities for the same style of ordinance.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-lyon-township-marijuana-caregiver-rules-are-a-new-low/


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Congratulations To Trista Okel And Lindsey Rinehart For Joining Portland NORML’s Board Of Directors

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 31st 2016 by THCFinder

portland norml oregon marijuanaTwo amazing activists have joined the Portland NORML Board of Directors, and I wanted to personally thank them and congratulate them. I have never met Trista Okel, but I have heard a lot of good things about her and know that she has worked very hard over the years to fight for justice. I have never met Lindsey Rinehart in person, but I have talked with her a ton over the years over the web, and she is hands down one of my favorite activists. I have always supported her over the years, and will continue to do so in her new role at Portland NORML. Below is the announcement from Portland NORML – please consider making a contribution to their efforts and join if you are the area (lots of great people over there!):

Special Announcement: Portland NORML is excited to welcome Trista Okel and Lindsey Rinehart to our Board of Directors!

Trista Okel is the founder and aromatic alchemist at Empower BodyCare. Trista studied journalism at the University of Oregon, and has been an active leader in the cannabis community for many years.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/congratulations-to-trista-okel-and-lindsey-rinehart-for-joining-portland-normls-board-of-directors/


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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill Faces Hurdles In Senate

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 28th 2016 by THCFinder

pennsylvania marijuana legislatureEarlier this month the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved a medical marijuana bill, and by a wide margin. The bill wasn’t perfect, but it was a good step in the right direction and was definitely something that reformers and patients had been pushing very hard for. With such a wide margin of passage (149-43) in the House, and a Governor stating that he would sign the bill once it got to his desk, it appeared that Pennsylvania was poised to become the most recent state to legalize medical marijuana.

However, it appears that there may be some snags in the Pennsylvania Senate. Some Senators are expressing concerns over some provisions of the bill, and if changes are made in the Senate, the bill would have to go back to the House for approval. As with just about any bill in any state, the more layers added to the process hurts momentum for passage. Per Philly Voice:

Building momentum to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, bolstered by an overwhelming 149-43 vote in the state House of Representatives, could be in jeopardy after several state senators raised concerns this week about the amended bill and the technical implementation of the program.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-bill-faces-hurdles-in-senate/


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