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How To Get Senior Citizens To Vote For Marijuana Reform

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, December, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

robert platshorn silver tour washington dc rally event seniors senior citizensStatistically speaking, senior citizens are the most likely demographic to oppose marijuana reform. That’s a big problem when you also consider the fact that senior citizens vote at a higher rate than anyone else. Whenever I look at polling for certain campaign efforts, I always look at the senior citizen polling first. I always sit and daydream about how easy it would be to end marijuana prohibition in state after state if the marijuana reform movement was able to get even a small percentage of those ‘no’ senior citizen voters to change to the ‘yes’ side.

It seems like so many campaigns, organizations, and reform efforts quickly disregard the senior citizen demographic, as if it’s just hopeless and no one should even try to change seniors’ minds. A truly comprehensive campaign strategy (or awareness strategy leading up to the launch of a campaign) would have a plan in place to reach seniors. If only there was an easy way to do that…

Insert Robert Platshorn, and The Silver Tour. Robert Platshorn is probably the most dynamic public speaker I have ever seen from the marijuana movement, and maybe anywhere else. I first heard him speak at the 2012 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Los Angeles. Within seconds of grabbing the microphone on a panel dealing with reform efforts, the entire crowd (including and especially myself) was captivated and hanging on his every word. He has a way of putting some amazing humor together with cannabis reform educational facts that leave you always wanting more.

I don’t think that’s a coincidence, because Robert Platshorn was one of, if not the, original pitchman (feel free to factcheck). Whether he was the first or not is irrelevant, because he is definitely a stellar public speaker regardless. Jay Smoker and I have always wondered why every campaign and organization in America doesn’t swoop him up and put him on a senior citizen center tour across America. Imagine how many minds would be changed?

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/how-to-get-senior-citizens-to-vote-for-marijuana-reform/


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San Jose leaders eye changes to medical marijuana rules

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, November, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

SAN JOSE -- With just weeks to go before a December deadline for compliance, medical marijuana providers are still balking at some of San Jose's rules and city officials are offering to ease them.

 
 

Nineteen pot providers have been seeking to meet San Jose's regulatory requirements by December 18. The rules, adopted in June 2014, restrict pot stores to select industrial and commercial areas away from schools and parks and impose a host of security, tax payment and other requirements. Dispensaries that fail to meet the requirements by the deadline face closure.

But one rule in particular requiring pot stores to demonstrate that their marijuana is cultivated locally and not from collectives around the state remains a sticking point. City officials planned to ask the City Council to ease the rules Tuesday, allowing another five months for shops to sell through products obtained from "third-party" vendors and letting San Jose pot clubs buy and sell to one another.

Read More:http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_29180432/san-jose-leaders-eye-changes-medical-marijuana-rules


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Does High-Potency Marijuana Do More Damage To The Brain?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, November, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

There’s been a long and heated debate about whether marijuana actually triggers long-term changes in a person, both neurologically and psychologically. Some research has found that pot is linked to psychotic symptoms, and it’s certainly been linked to schizophrenia across multiple studies. However, it’s a bit of a chicken-or-egg problem, since it can be difficult to tell which is the pre-existing “condition,” the pot smoking or the psychological/psychotic symptoms. Now, a new study from King’s College London finds that smoking skunk, a high-potency variety of pot, is linked to changes in the white matter connections between the two hemispheres of the brain. And this seems to be true whether a smoker experiences psychosis or not.

Read More:http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2015/11/28/does-high-potency-marijuana-damage-the-brain/


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How To Help Medical Marijuana Legalization In Arkansas

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, November, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

Arkansas medical marijuanaI received the following alert from the Arkansas medical marijuana campaign:

Arkansans for Compassionate Care volunteers have been working hard over the past year to collect the 138,000 raw signatures needed to make the 2016 ballot. We currently have more than 50,000 signatures and are continuing to collect them daily. But as the months go on, we’ll need to hire professional canvassers to collect the rest. That’s why we need you to chip in $20 or more to help.

We’ve launched an event called Giving Tuesday (Dec 1st) and are calling on all our supporters and friends to donate on this one day event. We’re asking that you pledge to donate now, ask your friends to donate and share our event on Facebook.

It’s critical that during the winter and holiday season, we hire professional canvassers to work full time collecting signatures. We’re confident we can make the ballot and win in 2016, but we’re going to need your help to make it happen.

Can we count on you to donate $20 or more?

With your help, we can get on the ballot sooner and start helping thousands of Arkansas patients and their families.

P.S. Can you donate $20 or more to help Arkansans for Compassionate Care make the ballot and win in 2016?

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/how-to-help-medical-marijuana-legalization-in-arkansas/


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Judge Orders New Hampshire Agency To Issue Medical Marijuana Card To Woman With Terminal Cancer

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, November, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

Gavel marijuana miami prosecutorOn Tuesday, a Merrimack County Superior Court Judge ordered the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to issue a medical marijuana ID card to a woman with terminal cancer in order to expedite her access to medical marijuana.

Linda Horan of Alstead filed a lawsuit against DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas earlier this month, asking the agency to immediately issue her a medical marijuana ID card so that she can begin obtaining medical marijuana legally in Maine and using it without fear of arrest in New Hampshire. The lawsuit is available at http://mpp.org/HoranLawsuit.

DHHS is responsible for administrating the state’s medical marijuana program, which has experienced several delays since Gov. Maggie Hassan signed it into law in July 2013. The agency began accepting applications from patients interested in participating in the program, but patients remain at risk of arrest and prosecution until they receive program ID cards. DHHS is refusing to issue ID cards until dispensaries open, which is not expected until 2016.

Horan, who suffers from stage IV lung cancer, filed an application with DHHS after receiving approval from all five of her physicians.

Statement from Horan’s attorney, Paul Twomey:

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/judge-orders-new-hampshire-medical-marijuana-card-woman-terminal-cancer/


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Smoking pot in car not protected by marijuana law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, November, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Smoking a joint inside a car while parked in a private lot is not protected under Michigan's Medical Marijuana Act, the state Court of Appeals has determined.

The case involves a man who was smoking medical marijuana inside his car in the parking lot of Soaring Eagle Casino in August, 2013.

In a 2-to-1 ruling, the Appeals Court said even if Robert Michael Carlton was in a locked car, the fact he was in a parking lot accessible by the public constitutes a public place and is therefore illegal under Michigan's 2008 Medical Marijuana Act.

Carlton was charged with possession of marijuana after police determined he had been smoking a joint outside the casino. They were notified about 11:30 p.m. by casino security workers monitoring a closed circuit camera trained on the parking lot.

The Isabella County Prosecutor's Office charged Carlton with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor, because he was smoking in a public place.

Read More:http://www.wzzm13.com/story/news/local/2015/11/25/medical-marijuana-ruling/76370234/


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