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Help Lobby Congress For Medical Marijuana Reform Today

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder

congress medical marijuanaI received the following alert from Americans for Safe Access:

Hundreds of medical cannabis patients, researchers, advocates and other stakeholders are visiting lawmakers in Washington, DC, this morning to support the first comprehensive bipartisan federal medical cannabis reform bill ever introduced in the US Congress.

Participants in ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference are on Capitol Hill to support the CARERS Act right now. Can you make three phone calls to help get that bill passed this year?

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical cannabis legislation that has ever been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. This bipartisan legislation would remedy the state/federal conflict over medical cannabis laws.

We are asking members nationwide to call their US Senators and US Representative and ask him or her to support the bill today. The timing matters. Hundreds of advocates are visiting offices right now. Your calls will be part of a powerful message about medical cannabis in Congress today.

Click here to find the telephone numbers for your federal representatives and a sample script for your phone call. It’s fast, easy, and makes a real difference!

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/help-lobby-congress-for-medical-marijuana-reform-today/


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Which State Has The Most Expensive Medical Marijuana?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, March, 20th 2016 by THCFinder
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(image via Associated Press)

There are many states in America that have legalized medical marijuana in some form. On one of the spectrum you have states like Oregon where home cultivation is allowed (albeit with lower limits than in the past) and there are dispensaries and a lot of qualifying conditions. On the other end of the spectrum you have states that have legalized CBD-only medical marijuana, with no place to purchase it or grow it. And of course there are many states that fall somewhere in between.

New Jersey is not all the way on the CBD-only end of the spectrum, but it’s definitely a state that has a very limited medical marijuana program. There are not a lot of patients because the list of qualifying conditions is small compared to many other states, and there’s even less outlets for medical marijuana. Patients are not allowed to grow their own medical marijuana, so literally the only legal way to obtain medical marijuana is from one of the handful of licensed outlets. Supply shortages are common I’m told from readers, and prices are through the roof. The prices are so high in New Jersey that it sounds like New Jersey’s own officials have stated that the prices are the highest in the nation. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

New Jersey’s five operating medical cannabis dispensaries may have the highest MMJ prices of any market in the country, according to the state’s own officials

 

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Utah Congressman Introduces Bill To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients Using CBD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

Congressman Jason Chaffetz medical marijuana cbdToday, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced H.R. 4779, the CBD Oil Act of 2016, which would bar prosecution of individuals who use cannabidiol (CBD) oil for medical purposes as permitted by existing state law. Fifteen states, including Utah, have passed legislation permitting use of CBD oil for medicinal purposes. This legislation is supported by Utah Governor Gary Herbert.

Chaffetz: ”The use of CBD oil to treat epilepsy, cancer, and other intractable diseases has been successful for many patients including children. Patients who qualify to receive treatment should not have to fear prosecution by the federal government. States have taken the lead on this issue and the federal government should follow.”

Gov. Herbert: “I support Rep. Chaffetz in his effort to alleviate the fear that many Utah families face over conflicting state and federal laws regarding cannabis oil. This legislation resolves that concern by respecting decisions made at the local level.”

CBD oil is a naturally occurring substance derived from cannabis and, as a Schedule I substance, it falls under the definition of “marihuana” in the Controlled Substances Act. Consequently, the purchase or possession of the substance could subject a patient to federal prosecution. This bill defers to states on the legality of prescribed medicinal CBD oil use.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/utah-congressman-introduces-bill-to-protect-medical-marijuana-patients-using-cbd/


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Pennsylvania House Approves Medical Marijuana, Final Vote Coming Soon

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

After an excruciating year of political sandbag tactics, it seems that Pennsylvania is finally on the verge of legalizing a decent medical marijuana program.

On Monday evening, the House of Representatives gathered for several hours to discuss a number of proposed amendments to Senate Bill 3, a measure intended to give patients suffering from a handful of qualified conditions access to cannabis products. In a vote of 152-38, the House managed to reach an agreement on an updated version of the bill. It is expected to go before the House for a final vote later this week. 

The latest draft of Senate Bill 3 would allow patients with conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, chronic pain, AIDS and epilepsy to get their hands on non-smokable forms of marijuana. It was previously suggested that the pot products manufactured and sold in Pennsylvania would contain no more than 10 percent THC, but an amendment approved in a vote of 97-91 eliminated this restriction altogether.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/pennsylvania-house-approves-medical-marijuana-final-vote-coming-soon


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Ohio Medical Marijuana Initiative Resubmitted To AG’s Office

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

ohioans for medical marijuanaBackers of a proposed 2016 ballot measure to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in Ohio resubmitted their initiative petition to the Ohio Attorney General on Tuesday with more than 2,800 signatures.

The office has 10 days to examine the official summary of the initiative and confirm the petition contains at least 1,000 valid signatures of Ohio voters. The petition will then be sent to the Ohio Ballot Board, which will have 10 days to review the measure and confirm it complies with Ohio initiative laws. Initiative backers will then need to collect an additional 305,591 valid signatures of Ohio voters by early July in order to qualify for the November ballot.

Attorney General Mike DeWine notified Ohioans for Medical Marijuana on Friday that he had rejected the group’s initial submission because he found three deficiencies in the official summary of the initiative.

In addition to addressing the attorney general’s comments in the summary, initiative backers amended the initiative to include additional debilitating medical conditions that would be covered by the program. Specifically, the new version includes autism with aggressive or self-injurious behaviors, sickle cell anemia, severe fibromyalgia, spinal cord disease, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or post-concussion syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, and Huntington’s disease. It would also make Ohio the first state to allow medical marijuana as a treatment for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE, a degenerative brain disease found in professional football players and others who have experienced repetitive brain trauma.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/ohio-medical-marijuana-initiative-resubmitted-to-ags-office/


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Michigan Dispensary Raids Generating Some Controversy

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 14th 2016 by THCFinder

Several weeks after a city in Northern Michigan passed a zoning ordinance in support of local medical marijuana dispensaries, a number of federal and state law enforcement agencies descended upon two counties to bring down the heat on 12 dispensaries that they claim had been selling weed to people without a medical marijuana card.

Last Thursday, U.S. Homeland Security teamed up with the Michigan State Police and a number of sheriff's offices to conduct a massive raid on dispensaries and patients in the cities of Gaylord and Vanderbilt. Reports indicate that the search warrants were the result of a lengthy investigation into the unauthorized sale of medicinal cannabis products prohibited under state law. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/michigan-dispensary-raids-generating-some-controversy


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