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Help Veterans By Asking Congress To End The VA Medical Marijuana ‘Gag Order’

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, May, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

ptsd second amendment military veteran cannabis marijuanaOur military veterans served out country proudly, and they should be able to have access to medicine that works. Below is a federal alert that I received. Please participate and help out our veterans:

The United States House of Representatives will vote on a spending amendment this week that would remove the unfair Veterans Administration ‘gag order’ on physicians recommending, or even discussing, medical marijuana use with their patients in states where it is legal. This policy prevents a veteran’s VA doctor from having full and frank conversations about the potential benefits and risks of medical marijuana use, while creating additional and unnecessary barriers to accessing medical marijuana for our men and women who have served this country.

Ask your representative to end this cruel and illogical policy by supporting the Blumenauer/Heck amendment to H.R. 2029 today!

Offered by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Joe Heck (R-NV), this amendment would prohibit the VA from spending any money to prevent their practitioners from talking about medical marijuana use with or filling out recommendation forms for their patients. The VA already allows patients to use medical marijuana in accordance with state law. It is simply bad medicine to prevent doctors from talking to their patients about it, and it is time for it to change.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/help-veterans-by-asking-congress-to-end-the-va-medical-marijuana-gag-order/


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Louisiana Set to Become 25th State to Legalize Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, May, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

Louisiana is now poised to become the twenty-fifth state in the nation to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program.

On Monday, the Louisiana Senate voted in concurrence with the House regarding a measure (Senate Bill 271) aimed at creating a functional medical marijuana law out of legislation that has been on the books for around four decades. The proposal is now on its way to the desk of Governor John Bel Edwards, where the word on the street is that he will sign it into law without hesitation.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/louisiana-set-become-25th-state-legalize-comprehensive-medical-marijuana-program


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Texas GOP Supports Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

texas norml region conference marijuana cannabisI received the following alert out of Texas, which is very encouraging, especially considering that reform in Texas can only come via legislative action (Texas has no citizen initiative process):

Over the weekend in Dallas, the Republican Party of Texas convened for their state convention where, among other business, delegates adopted a platform to express their position on various political issues.

With support from 78% of delegates, the following is now the official position of the Texas GOP: “We call upon the Texas Legislature to improve the 2015 Compassionate Use Act to allow doctors to determine the appropriate use of cannabis to prescribed patients.”

Thanks to the work of dedicated Republican delegates who support marijuana law reform, the Texas GOP is now officially in support of medical marijuana!

Of course, this confirms what we already knew: Marijuana law reform is not a partisan issue. Texans of all political persuasions acknowledge that cannabis is medicine and support the reform of outdated policies. This move by Republican delegates affirms the integrity of the doctor/patient relationship by declaring that patients should have safe and legal access to medical cannabis if their doctors recommend it, consistent with another section of the platform which states, “Health care decisions…should be between a patient and health care professional and should be protected from government intrusion.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/texas-gop-supports-medical-marijuana/


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Congressional Forces Vote Against Studying Medical Marijuana as Alternative to Painkillers

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

While there is increasing evidence that medical marijuana could be a viable alternative to opioids in terms of pain management, a new report indicates that Congress is still not prepared to give the scientific community the green light to dig any deeper into this progressive concept. 

Earlier last week, the U.S. House Rules Committee voted against two proposed amendments that would have required a special pain management task force to consider how weed might be used as an alternative or in conjunction with prescription painkillers.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/congressional-forces-vote-against-studying-medical-marijuana-alternative-painkillers


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New law could put some medical marijuana dispensaries out of business

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, May, 14th 2016 by THCFinder

In 2001, Steve DeAngelo agreed to help a friend by attending the delivery of nearly 200 pounds of marijuana in a Maryland trailer park and verifying the quality of the product. In exchange, DeAngelo said he would get 10 pounds of the cannabis that he planned to distribute to medical marijuana patients in that state, where he lived at the time.

Instead, the police swooped in, and DeAngelo ended up convicted of felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell. 

Fifteen years later, DeAngelo runs what may be the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the U.S., but a new law says he will have to get a state license by 2018 — and the state can reject applications from those with drug felonies on their records.

Read More:http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-pot-dispensary-felon-owners-20160513-story.html


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Baltimore Ravens' Eugene Monroe Donates $80K to Medical Marijuana Research

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, May, 14th 2016 by THCFinder

Baltimore Ravens’ Eugene Monroe has donated $80,000 to researchers studying the potential medical benefits of “cannabinoid products” for NFL players, CSN reports. The money backs a “When the Bright Lights Fade” fundraising campaign for University of Pennsylvania and John Hopkins University School of Medicine research into whether cannabinoids like CBD can help treat sports-related injuries including pain, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

“What we are looking at is a first stab at documenting cannabis use among current and former players, including the types of cannabis being used,” said University of Pennsylvania's Marcel Bonn-Miller, co-lead investigator on the studies told the International Business Times. “We are also going to document the impacts of cannabis use on players' recovery from injury. We know NFL players get banged up a bit, from concussions to chronic pain to inflammation. There is mounting evidence that certain cannabinoids, like cannabidiol, might have some beneficial effects for these conditions.”

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/baltimore-ravens-eugene-monroe-donates-80k-medical-marijuana-research


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