Medical Marijuana

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Komorn Law Secures Release Of Child From CPS In Marijuana Custody Case

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, March, 27th 2016 by THCFinder

Max Lorincz marijuana cps michiganMax Lorincz and his wife will have custody of their six-year old son returned to them by court order in a Michigan case that made national headlines over a dispute with the State Police Crime Lab over marijuana testing.

Dante, the Lorincz’s son, was removed from his Spring Lake home after investigators charged Max with possession of synthetic marijuana- a felony in Michigan. Lorincz is a registered medical marijuana patient and has always claimed that the substance found by police during a search of his home- a “smear” of substance, so small it’s weight could not be quantified- was medicinal and derived from a natural plant source.

The case began not from an investigation into Lorincz, but with a 911 call from Max to get medical help for a family emergency not related to marijuana. While assisting with the emergency, police accidentally discovered the smear of suspicious substance and began criminal proceedings.


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Marijuana Program Inspector- Detroit Job Listing

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, March, 26th 2016 by THCFinder

trichomes marijuana25 people so far have posted resumes in answer to a new job opening in the metro Detroit area: Medical Marijuana Program Inspector.

“Under direct supervision, incumbents perform the range of duties following specified protocols during the inspection of Medical Marijuana dispensaries. Inspection and investigative work is reviewed on an ongoing basis,” per the job listing. The posting also lists “Exposure to the odor and/or the handling of marijuana, marijuana products, and products used to cultivate marijuana” as a special requirement of the Inspector’s position.

Also listed: the need to “work effectively with frequent interruptions and distractions in locations such as dispensaries, and processing facilities.” This phrase stands out as odd: the City of Detroit did not authorize medical marijuana processing facilities in their Caregiver Center ordinance, and the Detroit ordinance is the only new one under which any new distribution centers are being licensed.

The advertisement was posted by the Southeastern Michigan Health Association, whose Executive Director is Gary Petroni and Deputy Director is Jeremy Andrews. Their website describes the organization as “a tax exempt nonprofit corporation, 501(c)(3), dedicated to improving community health by providing grant management, fiduciary, research, planning and other services.”

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