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A 15 Percent Medical Marijuana Sales Tax Proposed In California

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, February, 11th 2016 by THCFinder

california medical cannabisCalifornia has the oldest medical marijuana program in the nation. I will never forget when California voted to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. I was a freshman in high school, and I remember it being such a historical thing. I vividly remember thinking about how I was going to graduate high school later that decade, and move to California to try to land a job in the medical marijuana industry there, which had been operating in the shadows prior to the passage of Prop 215. Oregon of course legalized medical marijuana two years later, prior to me graduating high school, so the urge to move to California never became enough to actually do it.

California is home to the largest medical marijuana industry in America, and it’s not even close compared to other states. I heard an estimate one time that half of the entire medical marijuana industry in America is in California. Last year medical marijuana industry legislation was passed at the state level in California, which will create a state level regulatory system in California. As with most marijuana related legislation, the California legislation left a lot to be desired. There will no doubt be some unanticipated consequences, but one thing that everyone anticipated was a medical marijuana sales tax. One has been introduced in California, which would result in a 15% sales tax. Per SFGate:

California would levy a new 15 percent tax on medical marijuana sales to enforce new regulations and pay for state programs, rehabilitation and parks under a bill introduced Wednesday.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/a-15-percent-medical-marijuana-sales-tax-proposed-in-california/


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Patient Advocates Bring Medical Marijuana Issues To United Nations

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 10th 2016 by THCFinder

Today Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Steph Sherer, and Michael Krawitz, Executive Director, Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access will join organizations from across the globe at at the UN Headquarters to continue preparations for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS 2016) on drug policy to be held April 19th-21st They will be providing input for Member States in the negotiations of the outcome document to be presented at UNGASS 2016 and will be urging that global policies on medical cannabis be included.

The last time the UN held a special session was in 1999, and its focus, guided by the US, was to eliminate illegal drugs and drug trafficking. Today, international leaders, drug policy reform groups, patients, and citizens are encouraging the UN to reform this outdated and ineffective approach to drug policy. On the agenda for UNGASS 2016 is a review of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971, and the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/patient-advocates-bring-medical-marijuana-issues-to-united-nations/


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Elizabeth Warren To The CDC: Look Into Medical Marijuana To Fight Opioid Addiction

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 10th 2016 by THCFinder
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Marijuana is a fantastic pain reliever. I was diagnosed with arthritis in my foot last year, and nothing helps me deal with the pain in my foot as well as cannabis. My doctor tried to get me on prescription drugs to help fight the pain, which isn’t constant but there are definitely those days. I explained to my doctor that I would prefer to treat it with cannabis, both smoking and vaping as well as using topicals. My primary doctor is not the most supportive doctor when it comes to medical marijuana, but he has seen over the years how I’ve used it to treat various aches and pains, and haven’t had to ever get prescription painkillers. He keeps trying to act skeptical towards medical marijuana, but he always bows down to the fact that I’ve never needed anything for pain in all the years he’s been my doctor (over 20 years).

I know that my experience is not unique. There are countless other testimonials out there of people using medical marijuana to treat their pain with great success. All of them will be quick to point out that had they used pharmaceutical painkillers to treat their pain, or continued to use them in the cases where they were already using them prior to using cannabis, their health would be worse than it is now because of the side effects that go along with pharmaceuticals.

More and more people are pointing towards marijuana reform as a way to combat the growing opioid addiction in America. The latest of which is Senator Elizabeth Warren. Per Think Progress:

Now, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has thrown her clout into that push for solutions – and in a way that underscores the injustices of the War on Drugs over the past several decades.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/elizabeth-warren-to-the-cdc-look-into-medical-marijuana-to-fight-opioid-addiction/


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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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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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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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