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The Time For Marijuana Reform Action Is Now

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, January, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

hash bash michigan marijuanaBy Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Coordinator

With the Presidential election taking place this November, the majority of us are already being inundated with political propaganda from the political left and the right. In news cycle after news cycle, pundits can be heard offering their thoughts on the most recent poll numbers or political gaffes and rarely venture beyond hot button issues such as immigration or gun control. Some candidates have attempted to discuss drug policy reform, but most have avoided getting into any substantive discussions; ultimately offering a soundbite or two. In short, while most mainstream politicians acknowledge the problem, they by and large remain unwilling to address solutions. For those of us who have dedicated our lives to reforming America’s marijuana laws, this has been a bit frustrating to say the least.

Even with all the hoopla surrounding the upcoming election, it seem almost impossible to find a politician who is willing to have a meaningful conversation about reforming America’s archaic marijuana laws. Although the issue consistently holds the support of more than half of our country, most candidates continue to treat it as an afterthought. As we close in on the 80th year of marijuana prohibition in America, we can no longer wait for Washington to take action. The days of playing political hot potato with an issue that the majority of Americans support are over. Our time is now.

Change begins on the local level so be the catalyst for marijuana reform in your community. Start building relationships with city council members, county commissioners, judges and other elected officials. Explore opportunities to elevate the reform conversation through community forums and roundtable discussions. Even something as simple as writing a letter to your local paper will provide a chance to offer an enlightened perspective to a larger audience.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/the-time-for-marijuana-reform-action-is-now/


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Chile Is Now Home To Latin America’s Largest Medical Marijuana Garden

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, January, 20th 2016 by THCFinder

Chile flagMarijuana reform is sweeping across Latin and South America. In 2013 Uruguay legalized marijuana, and last year Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that consuming and cultivating marijuana is a protected right (at least for the people involved in the case). Yesterday Chile announced that a medical marijuana garden had been opened, and it’s massive. Per NBC News:

Chile welcomed Latin America’s largest medicinal marijuana farm Tuesday, marking another step in the region’s growing acceptance of therapeutic uses for the formerly illegal plant.

The plantation in the small town of Colbun, about 170 miles south of Santiago, will help treat some 4,000 patients from across Chile, according to organizers.

This comes as Chile’s Congress debates the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use and cultivation.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/chile-is-now-home-to-latin-americas-largest-medical-marijuana-garden/


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Slow Start for NY's Strict Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- When medical marijuana became available this month in New York, Brittany Barger was one of the first patients to navigate the state's rules and make it through a dispensary door.

"When you're as sick as I am, you'll try anything," said Barger, who has ovarian cancer that has spread through her 27-year-old body.

New York's program - one of the strictest out of the 23 states that allow medical marijuana - has had a widely anticipated slow beginning, but there are signs it's gaining momentum.

The state Health Department says more than 165 patients have now qualified, a figure that's more than doubled in a week but is still just a sliver of the potential patient pool. More than 225 doctors have now taken the state-required training, up from about 150 last week.

As of Saturday, all eight dispensaries that opened around the state Jan. 7 have seen patients, sometimes more than anticipated, operators say.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/slow-start-nys-strict-medical-marijuana-program


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Low Patient Numbers Could Doom Illinois’ Medical Marijuana Industry

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

Illinois medical marijuana hb 1Once upon a time I talked with a person who was looking at investing in Illinois’ medical marijuana industry. At the time of our discussion, Illinois was still in the process of reviewing applications for the limited number of licenses for dispensaries and cultivation facilities. The numbers he said people were putting up were astronomical, but seemed confident that it would all be worth it to the people that won licenses. He kept pointing to Illinois’ large population as the reason why it would be such a big score for the people that won licenses.

I was very quick to point out that Illinois’ medical marijuana program was too restrictive, and that until more conditions were added to the program, there wouldn’t be that many patients. I urged him to push for expanding the program in his state, not only to increase the patient base for industry purposes, but also because it’s the right thing to do. No one should be denied an effective medicine for political reasons. I could tell at the time the person I was talking to didn’t quite grasp what I was saying, which made me sad.

I just read an article on The Daily Herald which talked about how dispensaries are struggling in Illinois, and the reason why sounded familiar. Per The Daily Herald:

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/low-patient-numbers-could-doom-illinois-medical-marijuana-industry/


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Ohio Legislature To Hold Series Of Bipartisan Hearings On Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, January, 13th 2016 by THCFinder

ohio marijuana medical marijuana legalizationOhio was in the marijuana reform spotlight for all of 2015 due to a marijuana legalization initiative that was on the ballot. That initiative failed by a very wide margin. It is looking doubtful that there will be an initiative on the 2016 ballot since there simply isn’t enough time to collect enough signatures before the deadline. But there is still some home for reform in Ohio in 2016. Yesterday media outlets in Ohio reported that the Ohio Legislature is planning a series of bipartisan hearings to discuss legalizing medical marijuana. Per News Net 5:

The Ohio Senate and House of Representatives will announce a series of bipartisan hearings on medical marijuana as early as this week, sources tell newsnet5.com.

The concept of recreational marijuana will not be included in the discussions, according to the source.

It will be very interesting to see how the hearings go. The question is not just if Ohio will legalize medical marijuana, but also what that medical marijuana legalization would look like. Will there be home cultivation allowed? What conditions will be on the list of qualifying conditions? Will there be dispensaries, and if so, how many? What is the barrier to entry to become a grower and/or dispensary owner? I just hope these hearings don’t lead to a CBD-only model with no way to legally access any medicine at all.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/ohio-legislature-to-hold-series-of-bipartisan-hearings-on-medical-marijuana/


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New York Health Officials Deny Additional Qualified Conditions for Failing Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

New York recently launched its ultra-restrictive medical marijuana program for patients suffering from “severe, debilitating, or life-threatening” conditions, but so far there are no signs that state officials are eager to expand the program to service a wider spectrum of patients.

On Monday, Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced that he would not allow patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, muscular dystrophy, dystonia, and rheumatoid arthritis to participate in the medical marijuana program because he does not believe there is enough scientific evidence to prove that cannabis can be an effective treatment for these conditions.

In accordance with state law, the New York Health Department was given a year and a half to consider the five proposed qualified conditions and make a determination as to whether patients with these ailments should be given access to medical marijuana. Officials reportedly pulled in a legion of health and science experts to examine several pieces of research pertaining to marijuana as a viable treatment option, but ultimately they concluded that more evidence was needed before they would be willing to move forward.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-york-health-officials-deny-additional-qualified-conditions-failing-medical-marijuana


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