Medical Marijuana

Illinois Prepares for Medical Marijuana Upgrade

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

Although the Illinois medical marijuana pilot program came limping out of the gate last year, the state's General Assembly has put its stamp of approval on a bill aimed at upgrading the state of cannabis medicine by extending the program’s expiration date and giving those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and terminal illnesses permission to participate.

The guts of this modest expansion effort consist of Senate Bill 10, a proposal begging Governor Bruce Rauner not to kill off the state’s medical marijuana program for a few more years. When the Illinois Medical Cannabis Program was pushed through back in 2013, it came marred with a “sunset provision” that insisted the state had until the beginning of 2018 to test the waters of cannabis medicine before deciding whether to sign on a more permanent plan. If the governor signs the latest measure, which is expected, the pilot program would remain on the books until the summer of 2020, not to mention give thousands more patients an opportunity to use medical marijuana as part of their overall healthcare strategy. 

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Urge Ohio Governor Kasich To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

Ohio is one step away from legalizing medical marijuana. The Ohio Legislature recently passed a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. The change isn’t perfect, but it’s better than nothing, and it will help at least some patients. Exactly how many? That’s anyone’s guess right now. But one thing is for sure, if the Governor doesn’t sign the bill, NO patients will be helped. Below is a legislative alert that I received today. If you live in Ohio, contact your Governor and show your support:

Thanks to countless supporters from across the state, on May 25, the Ohio Senate followed the House’s lead and approved Ohio’s medical marijuana bill — HB 523. It will soon be sent to Gov. Kasich’s desk for his signature.ohio sign

Please ask Gov. Kasich to sign HB 523 so that seriously ill Ohioans can access this safe and effective treatment.

HB 523, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Huffman (R-Tipp City), allows patients with certain qualifying conditions to access medical marijuana from state-licensed dispensaries, so long as their doctors recommend it for treatment. Gov. Kasich said he will support a medical marijuana program if it’s “a good bill,” but he hasn’t specifically addressed HB 523.

While we are very optimistic that the governor will sign this bill, he should hear from some of the 90% of Ohio voters who support this compassionate measure.

Though the bill is far from perfect, it is an enormous improvement over current law, and would make Ohio the 25th state to adopt a workable medical marijuana law. This important bill deserves our support.

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New Poll Shows Majority of US Voters Approve of Marijuana Use for Vets with PTSD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 7th 2016 by THCFinder

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday, most American voters believe that veterans suffering from PTSD should have access to marijuana in pill form. By a margin of 87 to 9 percent, voters agreed that VA doctors should be allowed to prescribe medi-pot to vets, with support at 79 percent or high among every party, gender, age or racial group listed. 

“If you serve your country and suffer for it, you deserve every health remedy available, including medical marijuana in pill form," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, in a statement. "That is the full-throated recommendation of Americans across the demographic spectrum, including voters in military households. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is debilitating and life-threatening. The response from voters should take political considerations out of the debate and allow doctors to do what’s best for veterans."

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Ravens lineman pushing marijuana on the NFL

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

 Eugene Monroe made up his mind, his conviction steeled by obsessive research. He would advocate publicly for medical marijuana use in the NFL. He knew he would raise eyebrows inside a powerful, conservative institution. He understood it might jeopardize his career as a Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman.

And the first skeptic he faced was his wife, Nureya.

When Monroe first shared his self-appointed mission in December, Nureya was confused. She had understood marijuana as illegal and dangerous since childhood, and ever since they met at the University of Virginia, she’d known her husband as a heath-shake-chugging, gluten-free, dairy-free, pescatarian athlete who didn’t use marijuana.

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Even if medical marijuana is legalized in Ohio, your boss could fire you for using it

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, June, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

Even if Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs into law a bill legalizing medical marijuana, some patients could be stopped from treatment by their employers.

The bill passed by the state legislature last month would allow individuals to use, but not smoke, marijuana with a physician's permission. However, the bill also allows employers to keep drug-free workplace policies. That means as long as employers express the policy upfront, they have the right to fire, or choose not to hire, an individual based on marijuana use, even if that employee has permission to use the drug.

Marijuana, unlike prescription painkillers, is still considered a Schedule 1 drug at a federal level, said Rep. Stephen Huffman, R-Tipp City, who sponsored the bill. Although there are regulations in place protecting an individual's right to take legally prescribed drugs, those do not apply to marijuana.

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FDA Looking to Canada to Learn More About Regulating Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

While the United States government continues to try to convince the average citizen that marijuana is one of the most dangerous substances in the world, a smoke signal has been seen rising up over the horizon from Washington D.C. that could be an indication that Uncle Sam’s longtime opposition to cannabis may be on the verge of change.

It seems the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to Canada in hopes of learning more about how to regulate a nationwide medical marijuana market. A recent report indicates the health agency has assigned a panel that will dissect the current marijuana policies in the northern nation later this month in order to get firm grip on the “regulatory framework for the regulation of marijuana for medicinal purposes,” including “information on the licensing process, compliance and enforcement and market statistics.” 

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