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Is N.J. medical marijuana program the most expensive in nation?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
expensive-mmj-programSuzette Roberts would rather not break the law.
 
But playing by the rules of New Jersey’s struggling medical marijuana program has gotten the 64-year-old Cliffside Park woman nothing but $500 in doctor bills and a $200 ID card she has yet to use. New Jersey’s only licensed dispensary told her in the spring they’ve been swamped and haven’t gotten to her name on the waiting list.
 
Roberts — who says marijuana "lessens the pain and gives me more of an appetite" as she undergoes treatment for stage 4 breast cancer — buys the drug illegally because she can’t afford to wait.
 
"This is a disgrace," Roberts said. "I am upset and angry that I laid out $700 and I am not getting any answers. I am upset with the state, too, and they don’t seem to care."
 
In the eight months since New Jersey’s first dispensary — Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair — opened, patients and providers have learned the nation’s most restrictive medical marijuana program is also the most expensive.
 
Read more: http://www.nj.com

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Good Intentions Medical Marijuana Clinic In Chicago Readies For Wicker Park Opening

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, August, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
chicago-mmj-dispensariesThe ink on Illinois' newly-signed medical marijuana bill has barely dried and already, Chicago's first medical marijuana clinic is ready to roll.
 
Clinic president Tammy Jacobi told Crain's Chicago Business Good Intentions LLC at 1723 N. Ashland Ave. in Wicker Park will start accepting its first patients Aug. 7.
 
"We're very excited about it," Jacobi said. "We're already getting calls from people asking if they can invest.
 
Jacobi, a registered nurse who has run a similar clinic on the lakeshore town of Saugatuck, Mich. since 2011 said Good Intentions will not grow, sell or dispense marijuana. Rather, the clinic's role will be to help would-be users of medical marijuana develop a relationship before the Jan. 1 2014 effective date.
 
Jacobi is firing up the clinic now since the medical marijuana bill passed before June 1; under Illinois law, if the bill has no immediate effective date, it goes into effect Jan. 1 of the following year.
 
DNAinfo Chicago reports that while clinics like Good Intentions can't dispense marijuana, patients can get prescriptions for pot from a doctor there. 
 
State law stipulates there can only be 60 actual marijuana dispensaries throughout Illinois and the location of where they'll be distributed is still unknown.
 
The state's new law is among the strictest in the nation and stipulates doctors may only approve medical marijuana use for patients with whom they have an existing relationship.
 

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In medical marijuana battle, Wisconsin likely won't go the way of Illinois anytime soon

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, August, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-wisIllinois became the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana Thursday, joining Michigan as the second of Wisconsin’s neighboring states to do so.
 
Patients seeking treatment still face an uphill battle to make the drug legal for medicinal purposes in Wisconsin, but that’s not stopping several state Democrats from trying.
 
Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, and Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, are co-sponsoring a bill that Taylor said is still in the drafting phase and should be ready to introduce in the fall legislative session.
 
Under the bill, medicinal marijuana could be prescribed to patients with cancer, glaucoma, AIDS-HIV, post traumatic stress disorder, seizures, severe pain and nausea, and muscle spasms.
 
Taylor said the bill would allow patients to grow up to 10 marijuana plants and have up to 3 ounces in their possession. Patients who choose not to grow their own would be able to purchase medicinal marijuana with a doctor’s prescription at state-regulated, non-profit “compassionate care centers.”
 
“It would be fairly tightly controlled,” Taylor said. “Given that, I would hope some Republicans would support this.”
 

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How Much Does The Obama Administration Spend On Medical Marijuana Enforcement?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, August, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-spendingAs part of our ongoing Peace for Patients campaign, ASA is fighting hard to end the federal war on medical cannabis patients … but we can’t do it without your help! This summer, Congress has the power to cut the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) budget on all medical cannabis enforcement, essentially calling a temporary ceasefire in the war on medical cannabis.
 
Throughout the month of August while Congress is on summer recess, organizers across the country will be meeting with their electeds in their home districts to lobby for a cut to the DOJ’s budget. To make the biggest impact, ASA needs your help informing Congress that Obama is wasting over $100,000 a day by dropping off a 100 Grand postcard and candy bar to your Senators’ and Representatives’ offices.
 
ASA’s staff has made it super easy to participate in this action by creating a Campaign Toolkit so that you have all the resources you need to be successful. Incldued in the toolkit:
 
100 Grand Postcard (see image above) to drop off
Policy Agenda to leave with congressional staff
Easy Talking Points for you to use when meeting with staff
Everything in the toolkit is downloadable, but you can also request printed copies be mailed to you at action@safeaccessnow.org
 
Steph will also be holding a conference call next week to give some updates on the Peace for Patients campaign. Join us on Thursday, August 8th to learn all about the 100 Grand action and why it’s important for you to participate!
 

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Backers of medical marijuana protest state rule to control home growing of pot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, August, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
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BOSTON — Advocates of medical marijuana protested in downtown Boston on Thursday, saying that a tough state regulation could hurt access for patients who are allowed to grow their own pot.
 
Under regulations approved by the state Department of Public Health, a patient with a hardship permit to cultivate marijuana can designate only a single caregiver to grow the drug on behalf of the patient.
 
Brett Cogill, publisher of Greenleaf magazine in Cohasset, said it would be more economical for patients to grow marijuana than to purchase it from a dispensary. He said a caregiver should be allowed to grow for 15 to 20 patients.
 
"One patient is kind of ridiculous," said Cogill, 43, who was among about a dozen protesters who held signs and sometimes chanted on Washington Street outside the offices of the state Department of Public Health.
 
The public health department approved the regulation to curb illegal distribution of medical marijuana.
 

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Quinn signs Illinois medical marijuana bill into law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
illinois-gov-mmj-billGov. Pat Quinn today signed a bill legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Illinois that supporters say is the strictest in the nation.
 
Jim Champion, a military veteran from Somonauk who suffers from multiple sclerosis, joined the governor at a bill signing ceremony at the University of Chicago. He told of the relief he gets from marijuana, which his wife indicated allows him to more than cut in half the number of pills he takes. Champion said he is glad he'll soon no longer be violating the law to get pain relief.
 
The law takes effect Jan. 1, but state regulators are likely to need months to come up with the rules. That means it could be until next summer before those suffering from 42 illnesses including cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis can legally seek relief through marijuana.
 
Under the new law, a person could be prescribed no more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana over two weeks. That's enough to fill two small sandwich bags. In addition, the prescribing doctor must have a prior and ongoing medical relationship with the patient. And a doctor must find that the patient has one of a few dozen serious or chronic conditions for the marijuana to be prescribed.
 
Patients would have to buy the marijuana from one of 60 dispensing centers throughout the state and would not be allowed to legally grow their own. Workers at dispensing centers would undergo criminal background checks, the stores would be under round-the-clock camera surveillance and users would carry cards that indicate how much they had bought to prevent stockpiling.
 
Marijuana would be grown inside 22 cultivation centers registered with the state.
 

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