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10 top-rated states for medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, February, 20th 2016 by THCFinder

While it's still controversial, medical marijuana is edging toward normality. Forty states (and the District of Columbia) now have some form of law on the books that allow the drug to be used for a variety of ailments, and sales are soaring— reaching $5.4 billion in 2015.

That doesn't mean it's widely available in all of those states, of course. Some, like Alabama and South Carolina, have extremely strict circumstances under which cannabidiol products can be prescribed, and still forbid the production and distribution of the drug. And even in states where it's easier to come by, there are differences in how it's handled.

Read More:http://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/19/10-top-rated-states-for-medical-marijuana.html


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Georgia Sheriffs Are Sabotaging Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

Although there was some momentum in the state legislature this session to pass a marijuana bill that would allow a statewide cultivation and distribution system to be created for patients given permission to use cannabis oil, it seems that many Georgia lawmakers are now nervous about tendering their support for the measure because state law enforcement officials have convinced them that this move will lead to an uprising in drug addiction and crime.

Testifying during a recent committee hearing on behalf of the Georgia Sheriffs Association, Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk said that people would employ the same underhanded tactics they use now to con physicians into feeding them painkillers to get their hands on medical marijuana if the state decides to engage in cultivation. The veteran officer suggested that this law would create a stoned legion of drug addicts that could pose a threat to communities all over the state.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/georgia-sheriffs-are-sabotaging-medical-marijuana-bill


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Virginia Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Program Improvement Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

virginia medical marijuanaYesterday, the Virginia Senate by a vote of 37 to 2 passed SB 701, a bill that would allow the production and manufacturing of Cannabidiol (CBD) oil and THC-A oil in the state.  For the past several weeks patients, parents, and advocates from across the state worked tirelessly to persuade  members of the Senate to move forward on this issue which until last year seemed out of reach for Virginia’s  conservative legislature.

Last year’s passage of SB 1235 and HB 1445 gave intractable epilepsy patients and their caregivers an affirmative defense for possession of two marijuana oils, THCa and CBD used to treat seizures.  However, the law provides no way for patients to obtain the oils without breaking federal and state laws. To help rectify this situation Senator Marsden from Fairfax introduced SB701 which, if passed, will provide a mechanism for production of these oils for patients with intractable epilepsy in the state.

“Patients and their families undergo incredible daily stress managing uncontrolled seizures. Breaking laws to obtain this treatment, is an additional stressor these families do not need.  Yesterday’s vote is a just another small victory towards ensuring these patients have safe, reliable access to this treatment”, said Beth Collins, ASA director of communications and outreach. “The passage of SB701 would have a dramatic impact on the lives of patients by further expanding the medical cannabis program to allow access within the state of Virginia to low-THC extracts.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/virginia-senate-passes-medical-marijuana-program-improvement-bill/


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Marijuana Policy Project Unveils Details About Ohio Medical Marijuana Initiative

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

ohio marijuana medical marijuana legalizationOhio tried to become the first state to skip legalizing medical marijuana and go straight to full recreational marijuana legalization in 2015. That effort was soundly defeated. Immediately after the recreational marijuana legalization initiative was defeated, activists were calling for organizations to step in and put together a better effort. Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) stepped up and announced that it would be pushing for a medical marijuana initiative for the 2016 ballot. Up until today, there weren’t any details available. However, today MPP released some details, per Cleveland.Com:

The amendment will establish a system where patients with certain medical conditions can apply for a medical marijuana ID card that allows them to buy and possess marijuana. The state would license businesses to grow, process, test, distribute and sell medical marijuana, and sales tax would be applied. License fees and tax revenues would pay for the program’s administrative costs.

Kampia said patients and their caregivers could grow their own marijuana as soon as the amendment becomes law.

And there will not be a monopoly, a sticking point with the recreational marijuana amendment last year.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-policy-project-unveils-details-about-ohio-medical-marijuana-initiative/


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Miami-Herald: Vote Yes On Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative ‘For Humanitarian Reasons’

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, February, 14th 2016 by THCFinder

Florida medical marijuanaFlorida voters are going to see a medical marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot for the second election cycle in a row. The 2016 version is different than the 2014 version in a handful of ways. The 2014 initiative lost by just 2 percent. An improved initiative, lessons learned from the 2014 campaign, and a higher voter turnout due to a Presidential election will hopefully overcome that 2 percent. Florida residents want medical marijuana, and not the version previously passed by the Florida Legislature that doesn’t really help anyone. The Editorial Board at the Miami-Heraldagrees. Per an excerpt from a recently published article by the media outlet:

But this is about sick people. Passage of the amendment means patients will go to a doctor, who can recommend they receive a medical marijuana card. The card will be issued by the Florida Department of Health, giving a patient the right to buy medical marijuana at dispensaries expected to spring up across the state.

Today, 23 states already permit medical cannabis use, and three more are poised to advance similar laws this year. Florida should join the group, primarily for the sake of an ailing population that wants it available.

Floridians have sent a signal they want medical marijuana. For humanitarian reasons, voters should approve the measure this time around.

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Nevada Health Official Predicts Medical Marijuana Patient Numbers Will Quadruple Soon

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, February, 13th 2016 by THCFinder

Nevada medical Marijuana dispensariesNevada has had a medical marijuana program for awhile now, but it wasn’t until recently that there were state licensed dispensaries. There have been some dispensaries operating in the shadows for years, but now dispensaries are fully regulated and operating with the full permission of the State of Nevada. With safe access points opening up all over Nevada, more and more Nevada residents are becoming medical marijuana patients, with exponential growth predicted for the near future. PerMarijuana Business Daily:

Some good news for Nevada’s medical cannabis businesses: the number of MMJ patients in the state may more than quadruple in coming years, according to a state health official.

Nevada is receiving about 300 medical marijuana card applications per month. If that pace keeps up, the number of registered patients will increase from the current number of about 14,000, to 60,000, a deputy administrator of the state Division of Public and Behavioral Health told the state’s Legislative Interim Finance Committee this week, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

Through Feb. 10, there were 18 dispensaries that had received their final certificates, while 12 of them are open, according to state medical marijuana program numbers.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/nevada-health-official-predicts-medical-marijuana-patient-numbers-will-quadruple-soon/


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