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Mormon Church Comes Out Against Utah Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Mormon church has come out against a Utah bill that would allow the medical use of edible pot products, a position that could be a serious blow to one of two medical marijuana proposals before state lawmakers.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said leaders are worried about the unintended consequences of the measure proposed by Republican Sen. Mark Madsen of Eagle Mountain. A majority of Utah lawmakers are members of the Salt Lake City-based faith, and the church's position on an issue can be decisive.

The church doesn't object to another, more restrictive medical marijuana bill that would allow access to a marijuana-infused oil, church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement.

Madsen told The Salt Lake Tribune that church lobbyists told him and legislative leaders about their opposition, but declined to explain their reasoning.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/mormon-church-comes-out-against-utah-medical-marijuana-bill


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Potent Pot: Marijuana Is Stronger Now Than It Was 20 Years Ago

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

Pot is becoming more potent, a new study suggests.

In the study, the researchers looked at more than 38,600 samples of illegal marijuana seized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration over 20 years. They found that the level of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol— marijuana's main psychoactive ingredient — in the marijuana samples rose from about 4 percent in 1995 to about 12 percent in 2014.

Conversely, the level of CBD, or cannabidiol — an ingredient sometimes touted for its potential health benefits — fell from about 0.28 percent in 2001 to less than 0.15 percent in 2014.

Read More:http://www.livescience.com/53644-marijuana-is-stronger-now-than-20-years-ago.html


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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Patients To Hold News Conference And Rally At Capitol

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, February, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

pennsylvania marijuana legislatureA group of seriously ill patients and their family members will hold a press conference and rally Monday in support of ending the wait for legal access to medical cannabis. Since early November, patients and their caregivers have spent their days in the Capitol rotunda in the “Still Waiting Room,” a simulated doctor’s office, as a way to bring attention to legislative delays. The press conference will take place adjacent to the waiting room at 2:30 p.m., followed by patients deconstructing the room to express their frustration with lawmakers. Representatives from Campaign for Compassion will be available for interviews following the event.

The Senate approved S.B. 3, a comprehensive medical cannabis bill, on May 12, 2015. Based on comments made by officials, supporters held out hope the bill would be approved at the end of summer, then in the fall, then by the end of 2015. However, a vote still has not been scheduled, and the bill now has almost 200 amendments filed.

“The end of the year has come and gone, and our patients are no closer to relief,” said Luke Shultz, a Bernville resident who suffers from chronic pain. “It’s been eight months since the Senate medical cannabis bill passed, and we’re still waiting on the House to vote on a comprehensive bill. We want them to know that it is unacceptable to allow our families to continue suffering. The time to act is now.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-patients-to-hold-news-conference-and-rally-at-capitol/


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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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