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Senator Graham Lends Support To Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 11th 2016 by THCFinder
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Yesterday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined the bipartisan Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act (S. 683) as a co-sponsor. The support of Senator Graham coincides with the one-year anniversary of the bill’s introduction by Senators Cory Booker (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Rand Paul (R-KY).  The CARERS Act is the most comprehensive piece of medical cannabis legislation ever introduced in the U.S. Congress and would remedy the state-federal conflict over medical cannabis law.

“Graham’s support of CARERS Act is a significant step for patients” said Americans for Safe Access Executive Director, Steph Sherer. “This development should finally compel fellow Republican and Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley to allow the bill a vote. This is the only way to respect the 40 states that have laws recognizing medical use and the more than 80% of voters who support it.”

The passage of the CARERS Act  would allow state medical marijuana programs to continue without federal interference, move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II of the Controlled Substance Schedule, remove the marijuana compound Cannabidiol (CBD) entirely from the schedule, create access to banking services for marijuana businesses in legal states, eliminate the DEA-mandated “NIDA-monopoly” that prevents researchers from obtaining marijuana for clinical studies, and allow Veterans Health Administration physicians to write recommendations in states that have established a medical marijuana program.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/senator-graham-lends-support-to-comprehensive-medical-marijuana-bill/


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Donate To The New Approach Missouri 2016 Medical Marijuana Campaign

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 10th 2016 by THCFinder

donate relocation fund medical marijuana patientsI have stated many times that a marijuana reform victory in Missouri would be a marijuana reform victory for the entire nation. Many states have reformed marijuana laws in parts of the country where such a move is more expected (Northeast, West Coast). However, if Missouri were to legalize medical marijuana, it would send a message to the rest of the country that reform is here to stay, and that reform is possible in every state.

There are a lot of very, very hardworking activists in Missouri that have been fighting for reform for a long time. One of those activists is Amber Iris Langston. I have had the wonderful opportunity of getting to know here better while fighting alongside her in the reform trenches, and got to finally meet her face to face in November. She has a lot of passion, is extremely talented, and wants nothing more than to bring safe access to medical marijuana in Missouri. Below is a fundraising letter that she wrote that I want to pass along. Whether you are a national funder, a first time contributor, believe in compassion, and/or just want to help reform outdated, harmful marijuana laws, please consider making a donation to the Missouri campaign. Below is the fundraising letter I’m talking about, and if you have any questions for Amber, e-mail her at amber@newapproachmissouri.com :

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/donate-to-the-new-approach-missouri-2016-medical-marijuana-campaign/


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Four In Five Illinois Voters Support Medicinal Marijuana But Split On Recreational

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 7th 2016 by THCFinder
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Right now Illinois has a flawed medical marijuana program. Patients aren’t allowed to grow their own medicine, and there is a limited number of conditions that qualify a patient for the program. That’s just two examples out of many of the deficiencies of Illinois’ medical marijuana program. Attempts to expand the program have been thwarted by the Governor, and since the program is a pilot program, there’s not even any guarantee that it will continue after the pilot program period ends.

The results of a poll were released today by by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute which found that 82 percent of Illinois voters that were surveyed support medical marijuana. So why is the program so limited? Unfortunately the support for recreational cannabis wasn’t as high, although 45% is still within striking distance of a majority. It will just take some educating and spreading awareness. Below are the results of the poll, which can also be found at this link here:

Voters in Illinois show overwhelming support for medicinal marijuana use, but less than half of them support legalization for recreational use, according to a new poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The sample of 1,000 registered voters was taken Feb. 15 – 20 and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

When asked whether they favor or oppose legalized medicinal marijuana in Illinois, 82 percent express support for the policy. Only 16 percent oppose and 3 percent did not know or answered otherwise.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/four-in-five-illinois-voters-support-medicinal-marijuana-but-split-on-recreational/


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‘Uncle Spliffy’ Seeks To Change Negative Perceptions About Cannabis And Sports

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, March, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

uncle spliffy cliff robinsonLate last year I bumped into former NBA player Cliff Robinson at the airport in Portland, Oregon. Jay and I were on our way to Vegas to attend the Marijuana Business Conference there, and Cliff Robinson was on our flight. Jay actually talked to Cliff for a little bit prior to boarding. While we were taking off, Jay and I joked about how cool it would be if Cliff was going to the conference at The Rio. Cliff is a legend to all Portland Trailblazer fans, which is a very big chunk of the State of Oregon from what I can tell.

Little did we know at the time that Cliff was indeed flying to Vegas to attend the event, and was at that time in the process of finalizing the details on an announcement that went viral very fast. That announcement was for ‘Uncle Spliffy‘ Cliff’s new brand. Uncle Spliffy is a ‘sports cannabis brand’ that is about more than just selling products, but also about changing minds. Medical marijuana can do some amazing things for those that suffer from injuries, and injuries are very common in sports.

Most doctors prescribe harmful painkillers to athletes in order to help them alleviate their suffering, which is a temporary fix at best, or the start down a path towards harmful addiction at worst. Either way, the painkillers are often not as effective as a treatment regimen that involves medical cannabis. Cannabis can help those that are suffering from injuries, as well as help people get off of painkillers and battle their addiction. Addiction is something that many, many athletes face, and medical marijuana can help, which is a principle that is at the very core of the Uncle Spliffy brand.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/uncle-spliffy-seeks-to-change-negative-perceptions-about-cannabis-and-sports/


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Help Oregon Patients Keep OMMP Growers

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, March, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

new approach oregon marijuana legalizationThere are some major changes on the way in Oregon, which will result in a lot of patients losing their medical marijuana growers. There is a crowdfunding effort underway that seeks to help patients in that type of situation. Below is more information, via the crowdfunding effort’s page on GoFundMe:

I’m Sarah Duff, a medical marijuana patient advocate and all around cannabis activist. I co-own Duff Johnson Consulting which specializes in cannabis law compliance and have helped match hundreds of patients to a medical marijuana grower in Oregon. I created a co op so that my grower’s medicine could be pooled and distributed according to what patients want and need.

I specialize in helping low income patients find medicine regardless of cost. Roughly 230 patients are currently receiving free medicine from a grower in my co op. Growers who have been charitably giving to patients are being asked to pay $200 per patient when the patient renews their card. Other growers are being forced to drop patients due to plant number restrictions.

Not all grows are commercial enterprises. Many people do not charge much or anything to their patients.  Some growers do not aim to make money growing, they just want to grow for themself and others out of love for people and the plant. The fee is also at a time when growers are applying for their retail producer licenses which are very expensive, especially in Portland. The application fee and clinic fees are already a huge burden for many patients and too many patients will be faced with the possibility of losing their grower unless they can help the grower pay that fee.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/help-oregon-patients-not-lose-ommp-growers/


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Arkansans For Compassionate Care Have Gathered Over 60K Signatures

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

Arkansas medical marijuanaI received the following uplifting campaign update from Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which is an organization that is trying to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas:

Last Tuesday at the polls our team of volunteers collected over 4,000 medical cannabis signatures in one day! It was an amazing day of action that helped take our campaign to the next level. Arkansans for Compassionate Care had dozens of volunteers working in cities like Little Rock, Fayetteville, Rogers, El Dorado, Fort Smith, Jonesboro and more!

The next few months are critical to us making the ballot, but we need YOUR help to make that happen. Can you make a donation today to help us keep our momentum going?

2016 is the year that we will pass medical cannabis and finally protect sick and dying patients from arrest and prosecution. Since we now have 61,107 signatures we’re much closer to reaching our goal of more than 100,000. We need 68,000 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot, but since many signatures will be invalidated we need to overshoot our goal. In the next 4 months we’re going to be working hard to collect another 40,000 signatures. We can do this, but we’ll need YOUR help!

Can you donate today?

It takes resources and money to make this happen and that’s why we’re counting on YOU to help us with a contribution today and ask a friend to donate too! Any amount helps! Please share on Facebook too!

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/arkansans-for-compassionate-care-have-gathered-over-60k-signatures/


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