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California Senate Moves To End Discrimination Against Medical Marijuana Patients Seeking Organ Transplants

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

california medical cannabisThe California Senate approved AB 258, the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act, earlier today by a margin of 31-1.  AB 258 prohibits discrimination against medical cannabis patients in the organ transplant process, unless a doctor has determined that medical cannabis use is clinically significant to the transplant process. Medical cannabis patients in California are routinely removed from the organ transplant waiting list if they test positive for cannabis use – even legal doctor-recommended medical cannabis.  AB 258 was authored by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and sponsored by Americans for Safe Access (ASA).

“AB 258 is about fundamental fairness and compassion. Legal medical cannabis patients should never face a choice between their doctor-recommended medicine and a life-saving organ transplant,” said Don Duncan ASA’s California Director. “AB 258 will help the law catch up with science, which has shown that medical cannabis patients are just as likely to benefit from an organ transplant as other patients.”

On June 15th over 200 patients and advocates participated in the ASA California Citizen Lobby Day, which focused on educating lawmakers about AB 258 and other medical cannabis legislation. During the lobby day ASA began a postcard campaign to encourage Governor Jerry Brown to support AB 258.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/california-senate-end-discrimination-medical-marijuana-patients-organ-transplants/


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White House Lifts Research Restrictions on Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder

Uncle Sam is finally offering researchers a more assessable approach to studying the medicinal benefits of marijuana. On Monday, the Obama Administration announced that it would no longer force the scientific community to endure some of the bureaucratic red tape that has prevented many of them from studying the potential health benefits of the herb for nearly 20 years.

In an official notice, which is expected to be published on Tuesday, the White House said that it is eliminating the necessity for researchers to undergo a separate Public Health Service Review—a process that has been required since 1999 as part of the approval requirements for marijuana research. 

Reports indicate the decision was made to eliminate this obstacle because the current politics surrounding medical marijuana have overshadowed the necessity for these guidelines.

“The Obama Administration has actively supported scientific research on whether marijuana or its components can be safe and effective medicine,” Mario Zepeda, a spokesperson for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), told The Huffington Post. “Eliminating the Public Health Service review should help facilitate additional research to advance our understanding of both the adverse effects and potential therapeutic uses for marijuana or its components.”

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/white-house-lifts-research-restrictions-medical-marijuana


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1st Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary gets OK to sell amid concerns about testing standards

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

A Salem medical marijuana dispensary is the first to receive permission to sell marijuana - after obtaining a temporary waiver from the state's strict testing guidelines.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has said it will reconsider its medical marijuana testing standards. Advocates and experts knowledgeable about the testing process say Massachusetts' current standards are stricter than those in other states and difficult to meet.

"We carefully considered the initial testing results and we will review the standards going forward," said Dr. Monica Bharel, commissioner of the Department of Public Health. 

The reconsideration of testing standards is yet another hurdle for the state's troubled medical marijuana process. Although voters voted for medical marijuana in 2012, the licensing progress has been marred by delays and missteps.

Read More:http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/first_medical_marijuana_dispen.html


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Oregon starts campaign to teach what's legal with marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

As Oregonians prepare to enter the new world of legal marijuana, the state wants folks to know a few things.

With the slogan, "Educate Before You Recreate," The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has launched a public education campaign to put across the message that although it will be legal for anyone over the age of 21 to possess and use marijuana starting July 1, it is not yet legal for anyone but medical marijuana patients to buy it - including bringing it back from across the border in Washington state, where recreational marijuana is already legal.

The $350,000 campaign includes paid ads, an official website (www.whatslegaloregon.com ) with a PowerPoint presentation, and posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

WHAT'S LEGAL?

Under Measure 91, starting July 1, anyone over 21 in Oregon can possess up to 8 ounces of usable marijuana, such as dried buds at home and up to one ounce outside the home. You can consume marijuana at home or on private property. You can grow up to four plants per residence at home out of public view. You can make brownies and other edible products at home and receive them as gifts. And you can give away marijuana and receive it as a gift.

Read More:http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Oregon-starts-campaign-to-teach-whats-legal-with-marijuana-308054721.html


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Medical Marijuana Backlash in Israel

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

Israel has been a global leader in medical marijuana, but the country's state-run program is now meeting a backlash amid concerns that it is serving as a cover for recreational use. Israeli news site YNet on June 15 reports that the new director of Ichilov Hospital at Tel Aviv's Sourasky Medical Center, former Health Ministry director general Ronni Gamzu, has sent out a memo to his staff instructing that cannabis prescriptions be given only to patients with terminal cancer, and only with approval of the hospital's Oncology Ward. Gamzu's memo also instructs doctors to consider revoking the permits of patients who come to the hospital's pain clinic with cannabis prescriptions.

Cannabis remains outlawed under Israel's Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, and only around 30 doctors have been authorized by the Health Ministry to issue permits for its use. To receive the permit, or amend it to up dosage, users have to go through one of the authorized pain clinics—and these are now turning away medical marijuana users. "There's a clear-cut trend at the hospitals to retreat from the use of medical cannabis," said Gil Luxenbourg, president of the Israel Medical Cannabis Association. "It's absurd that people cannot receive treatment at Ichilov despite the fact that they are in terrible pain... What we have here is a hidden agenda and silent conspiracy designed to make things difficult for the patients."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/medical-marijuana-backlash-israel


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Emergency Medical Marijuana Bill In the Hands of Governor Cuomo

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

The New York State legislature has approved an emergency measure that would allow specific patients the ability to receive medical marijuana before the state’s begins in 2016.
On Monday, the Republican-dominated state Senate voted 50 to 12 in favor of a bill that would grant immediate access to medicinal cannabis for thousands of patients across the state suffering from “progressive and degenerative” conditions. The proposal, which was submitted by Republican Senator Joseph Griffo, now heads to the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo for final approval. 

“Our top priority has always been to deliver relief to those in pain,” Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for the Cuomo Administration, said in a statement. “We will review the legislation in the context of implementing the Compassionate Care Act and complying with existing federal statutes.” 

While the remarks from Cuomo’s office appear reassuring that the measure will be signed into law, the governor’s actions over the course of the past year has created some doubt. After the passing of the Compassionate Care Act in 2014, State Senator Diane Savino, the bill’s sponsor, said that Cuomo was the primary obstacle in passing the legislation because he is “not interested in medical marijuana” and had professed his disdain for the concept on a number of occasions. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/emergency-medical-marijuana-bill-hands-governor-cuomo


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