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7 Ways New York’s Medical Marijuana Program Falls Short

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 30th 2016 by THCFinder
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By Phillip Smith

New York’s long-delayed medical marijuana program finally rolled out this month, not with a bang, but with a whimper. What looks to be the country’s tightest medical marijuana program has an extremely limited number of producers and retailers, a tiny number of eligible patients, a dearth of doctors, and forbids both smoking marijuana and using edibles.

For patients and advocates, the very limited arrival of medical marijuana in the Empire State is not the end point they hoped to achieve. Now, instead of resting on their laurels, they will have to continue to fight to make the program one that actually serves the needs of New Yorkers.

“It’s a start,” said the Drug Policy Alliance’s Julie Netherland, until recently the deputy director of the group’s New York Policy Office, where she was deeply involved in massaging the law through the legislature and past a reluctant governor. “It’s the first time New Yorkers can legally purchase medical marijuana, and it’s the result of the hard work of thousands of patients and family members across New York.”

But, she was quick to grant, the program has some serious issues, immediate ones in the way the program has been rolled out and longer-term ones with the statute itself.

Here are seven ways New York’s medical marijuana program falls short:

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/7-ways-new-yorks-medical-marijuana-program-falls-short/


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Ex-Bear Jim McMahon: Medical marijuana got me off narcotic pain pills

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 29th 2016 by THCFinder

Former Super Bowl champion and Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon says an unfairly demonized drug helped him recover from the pain of his football career: medical marijuana.

McMahon was in Chicago this week, where he attended Tuesday's Bears reunion marking the 30th anniversary of their Super Bowl victory. He was also featured in an ESPN "30 for 30" screening of a documentary about the team, which includes a focus on his health struggles.

Now 56, McMahon has been plagued by debilitating health problems following his 15-year career and multiple concussions in the National Football League. He has been diagnosed with early onset dementia and has severe headaches, depression, memory loss, and vision and speech problems. He also said he suffered a broken neck.

Read More:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-bears-jim-mcmahon-medical-marijuana-met-20160128-story.html


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Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Gets Enough Valid Signatures For 2016 Ballot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, January, 27th 2016 by THCFinder
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The Florida medical marijuana campaign team that put medical marijuana on the 2014 ballot have been gathering signatures for a 2016 effort, and the good news broke earlier today that enough signatures have been validated to put the new and improved initiative on the 2016 ballot. The 2014 version lost by just 2 points, and this election cycle should be more favorable since it’s a Presidential election cycle, and also the initiative was tweaked a little to be more ‘Florida voter friendly.’ Below is a message that I received from the campaign. Onward to Election Day!:

Thanks to you and your support, medical marijuana will be on Florida’s 2016 ballot.

The Florida Division of Elections has confirmed, we’ve validated enough petitions (and qualified in enough districts) to give voters a second chance to provide relief to hundreds of thousands of suffering patients.

This effort cost millions of dollars – but it needed to happen. The legislature sat on its heels. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Pam Bondi stood against us. But I told you when we came up short in 2014 that we would win the war, and we will.  Medical marijuana is coming to Florida.

Now the campaign officially begins.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/florida-medical-marijuana-initiative-gets-enough-valid-signatures-for-2016-ballot/


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Congress Members Urge VA To Change Medical Marijuana Policy

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, January, 27th 2016 by THCFinder
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In a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald released Wednesday, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senate and House members urged the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow VA doctors to write medical marijuana recommendations to veterans in accordance with state laws.

The letter comes four days before the expiration of a directive that prohibits VA doctors from recommending medical marijuana, even in states that have made it legal.

The Congressional members, led by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in the Senate and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dina Titus (D-NV), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) in the House, say the current policy “disincentivizes doctors and patients from being honest with each other,” noting, “It is not in the veterans’ best interest for the VA to interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.”

“Congress has taken initial steps to alleviate this conflict in law and we will continue to work toward this goal,” the senators and representatives wrote. “However, you are in a position to make this change when the current VHA directive expires at the end of this month. We ask that you act to ensure that our veterans’ access to care is not compromised and that doctors and patients are allowed to have honest discussions about treatment options.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/congress-members-urge-va-to-change-medical-marijuana-policy/


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Florida Medical Marijuana Campaign Is Very Close To Verified Signature Goal

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

united for care florida medical marijuanaI received some very good news from the Florida medical marijuana campaign today. It sounds like they campaign only needs roughly 45k valid signatures to make the ballot again. Ballots are still being counted, and the signature goal could be met very soon. Below is an update I received from the campaign today:

Over a million petitions have been turned in, and now it’s down to the final week, waiting as the Supervisors of Elections in each county finish processing them. As of this afternoon, we only have 45,823 left to be validated to hit our goal of 683,149 petitions.

I am confident we have turned in enough petitions to make the ballot by the deadline next week—and once we do, we are almost certainly going to be Amendment 2 again.

In 2014, we got 58% of the vote—more than the Governor—despite having more money spent against us than all of the previous opposition campaigns in any state combined.  Still, they managed to overwhelm certain parts of the state with lies, and we simply didn’t have adequate funding to push back hard enough.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/florida-medical-marijuana-campaign-is-very-close-to-verified-signature-goal/


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Georgia Lawmaker Admits Breaking the Law to Help Families Get Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 23rd 2016 by THCFinder

Known as the "Godfather of the Medical Marijuana Movement" in Georgia, State Rep. Allen Peake has been breaking the law to help families in the state get access to medical marijuana. 

Back in April 2015, Georgia passed a bill legalizing low-THC medical marijuana oil for people suffering from certain diseases; however, the bill made no provisions for in-state cultivation or sales, meaning that legal patients have to find other ways to obtain their medicine. 

Peake, who fought to pass the first law and has introduced a new bill this year that would allow for in-state growing, admitted this week to WSB-TV that he has been going to other states to get medical marijuana and bringing it back to Georgia for families in need.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/georgia-lawmaker-admits-breaking-law-help-families-get-medical-marijuana


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