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Congress Includes Marijuana Riders In Omnibus Spending Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, December, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

marijuana reform bill legislature session legislative billsLate last night I received an e-mail from Tom Angell (who by the way doesn’t seem to sleep!) regarding the federal omnibus spending bill. The spending bill includes riders pertaining to marijuana. Some of the provisions include (provided by Tom and Marijuana Majority):

* Prevent the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from spending money to interfere with the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. (Similar language was included in the FY 2015 budget and is current law.)

* Prevent the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from spending money to interfere with the implementation of state industrial hemp research programs. (Similar language was included in the FY 2015 budget and is current law.)

The omnibus spending bill is expected to pass, which would obviously be good from the standpoint of preventing federal interference with medical marijuana and hemp. Unfortunately the riders don’t go far enough. There are no provisions for fixing the Department of Veterans Affairs prohibition its doctors talking about medical marijuana with patients, even when they know that it will help the patients. Also, there are no banking provisions, which are desperately needed for the emerging cannabis industry. The omnibus spending bill also includes language from previous years’ spending measures that has prevented D.C. from allowing taxed marijuana sales. Currently possession and cultivation of marijuana is legal in D.C., but selling it and taxing it is not.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/congress-includes-marijuana-riders-in-omnibus-spending-bill/


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Ban On DOJ Interference In State Medical Marijuana Laws Likely To Continue

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, December, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

dea emails marijuanaAnother press release about the omnibus spending bill’s marijuana riders:

The Justice Department will continue to be prohibited from interfering in state medical marijuana laws under the new federal spending bill unveiled late Tuesday night.

The compromise legislation includes a provision that is intended to prevent the department, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, from using funds to arrest or prosecute patients, caregivers, and businesses that are acting in compliance with state medical marijuana laws. It stems from an amendment sponsored by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Sam Farr (D-CA) that was first approved in the House of Representatives in May 2014 and included in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 signed by President Obama last December.

“The renewal of the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment suggests most members of Congress are ready to end the federal government’s war on medical marijuana,” said Robert Capecchi, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. “There’s a growing sentiment that the Justice Department should not be using taxpayer dollars to arrest and prosecute people who are following their states’ medical marijuana laws.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/ban-on-doj-interference-in-state-medical-marijuana-laws-likely-to-continue/


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Congressman Blumenauer’s Response To Marijuana Majority’s Petition Calling For Firing Of DEA Head

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, December, 15th 2015 by THCFinder
earl blumenauer marijuana garden fundraiser

(image via Oregon Cannabis Connection)

DEA head Chuck Rosenberg made some very insensitive comments about medical marijuana recently, calling medical marijuana ‘a joke.’ That led to the Marijuana Majority starting a petition calling for the Obama Administration to fire Chuck Rosenberg. That petition has been signed by over 140k people, and is still gaining signatures. Congressman Earl Blumenauer recently responded to the petition. That response is found below:

There’s a revolution taking place across America to reform and modernize our marijuana laws, and no change is more profound than the treatment of medical marijuana. The reforms taking place are the result of the grassroots nature of this movement – including efforts by hundreds of thousands of people like you who signed this petition.

Over the last 20 years – despite the misguided federal prohibition of marijuana – we’ve seen overwhelming evidence of the benefits of medical marijuana. The success of marijuana in offering relief for patients dealing with symptoms associated with chemotherapy, glaucoma, PTSD, chronic pain, and more has led 23 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam to change their laws and fully legalize medical marijuana. An additional 17 states have approved more limited programs. Well over one million people now use medical marijuana in accordance with their state’s law.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/congressman-blumenauers-response-to-marijuana-majoritys-petition-calling-for-firing-of-dea-head/


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Largest Study Ever On Marijuana And Epilepsy Shows Effectiveness Of Cannabis

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, December, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

epilepsy marijuanaMarijuana has been proven to be tremendously effective when it comes to treating epilepsy. It seems like most of the time that I see medical marijuana being talked about on the news or in print media, it’s almost always talking about how CBD can help epilepsy, with countless success stories. There are a lot of uses for medical marijuana, all of which I support. But I especially support cannabis for the use of epilepsy because of how many personal success stories I’ve personally witnessed.

The largest study ever conducted on marijuana and epilepsy recently released results, and as expected, the results were favorable to using medical marijuana to treat epilepsy. Per The Joint Blog:

The largest study ever conducted on cannabis and epilepsy was presented this week at theAmerican Epilepsy Society’sannual meeting in Philadelphia.

For the study, 313 children from 16 different epilepsy centers around the United States were put on a regimen of the cannabis compound cannabidiol. After a three-month period, 261 of these children had the amount of convulsive seizures (also called grand mal or tonic-clonic seizures) they experience reduced by an average of nearly half, while experiencing little to no side effects.

In addition, some patients experienced an 100% reduction in seizures; “In the subsequent periods, which are very encouraging, 9 percent of all patients and 13 percent of those with Dravet Syndrome epilepsy were seizure-free”, says Dr. Orrin Devinsky, a neurologist at theNew York University Langone Medical Center, noting that; “Many have never been seizure-free before”.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/largest-study-ever-on-marijuana-and-epilepsy-shows-effectiveness-of-cannabis/


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Michigan Medical Marijuana Activists Succeed In Tanking Dispensary Bills In Committee

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, December, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

hash bash michigan marijuanaA news report just confirmed that Senator Jones got his ass kicked in Tuesday’s Judiciary Committee meeting.

I am proud to say, I did some of the footwork.

At the end of the December 8 Judiciary Committee meeting, where new amendments to Michigan’s medical marijuana dispensary bills were introduced, Sen. Jones promised the people in attendance, “I am very sorry we could not have a vote today; that was my full intent… but I will have (a vote) as soon as possible.”

Two days after testimony by myself and others against the new version of the dispensary/warehousing/transport/seed-to-sale bill, Jones appeared in news media to say that he was abandoning all hope of passing the bills in Committee.

Per the MIRS news service: “New regulations on the state’s medical marijuana industry won’t be coming out of the Legislature in 2015 and may have problems moving in the Senate next year with a House-passed package having stalled in a Senate committee… (Jones) doesn’t have the votes in his committee to move” the bill package. MIRS, Medical Marijuana Regulation Shelved Until 2016, December 10 (no Internet link)

It’s a bizarre admission for the Senator to make, and a rarely-used political strategy, but the action to bypass Committee is allowable under state law.

What changed, and what was said? Oh, that’s a juicy story, to be sure.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-medical-marijuana-activists-dispensary-bills-in-committee/


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New York: Desperately Seeking Medical Marijuana Doctors

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, December, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

In a matter of weeks, the state of New York will officially launch its medical marijuana program. However, the word on the street is although state officials claim the “program remains on track for full implementation” by January 2016, only a slight few will actually have access to this medicine because there aren’t many doctors qualified to offer patient recommendations.

Before a patient can be approved to use medical marijuana in New York, they must first get a physician in which they have a “long-standing and bona fide relationship” to provide them with a certification. Yet, state rules require doctors interested in participating in the program to take a 4-hour online course at an expense of around $250 prior to even discussing weed as a treatment option.

The truth is, it is not the time or money that is preventing medical professionals from getting involved in medical marijuana – it’s federal law. Despite the rules surrounding any state program, it remains a violation of the Controlled Substances Act for a physician to “prescribe” marijuana, but they may offer recommendations for the medicine under protections provided by the First Amendment.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-york-desperately-seeking-medical-marijuana-doctors


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