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Burdensome Restrictions Choke Medical Marijuana Programs

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder
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(via wikipedia.com)

A chill wind is blowing in the Windy City and it’s not a wintery blast from Lake Michigan. It’s the cold freeze of an industry without any customers.

In New York, the strict rules for qualification into the program have inhibited participation, too.

From December 23rd until January 7th, the New York program approved only 53 patients for the program. By January 16th it was up to 165.

There are eight dispensaries open across the entire state.

Although the inception of any program involves a gradual increase in participation, this is far more gradual than expected, prompting the Associated Press to declare the program’s launch a “Slow start”.

The problem with the New York program includes the limited types of the marijuana medicines they allow (non-smoked forms only), the nature of the illnesses that would qualify one for participation (far fewer than other states), and the degree of complexity in the patient certification process (stiff requirements).

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/burdensome-restrictions-choke-medical-marijuana-programs/


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19 tons of medical marijuana consumed in Arizona last year

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder

PHOENIX — Arizona’s nearly 88,000 medical marijuana patients smoke, ate or otherwise consumed more than 19 tons of the drug last year.

That’s the equivalent of six Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine vans or, if you prefer, nearly 77,000 8-ounce bags of Cheetos. Looking at it another way, it translates to more than 40 million joints, assuming the High Times estimate that a typical one weighs about four-tenths of a gram.

And if the average price for marijuana from state-regulated dispensaries is $300 an ounce, it means medical users spent more than $184 million last year acquiring the drug legally.

Read More:http://tucson.com/news/local/tons-of-medical-marijuana-consumed-in-arizona-last-year/article_db67c1ba-fc4e-5f56-8db5-1bf1b60097b7.html


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Marijuana Policy Project Will Campaign to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Ohio

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, January, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

While both chambers of the Ohio legislature prepare to embark on separate fact-finding missions in order to evaluate the benefits and risks of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), a national cannabis advocacy group based in the District of Columbia, hopes to take the fate of legal weed out of the hands of lawmakers and put the question of medical use up to the voters in November’s general election.

Similar to what they have managed to achieve in states like Arizona and Michigan, the MPP will soon launch an initiative aimed at establishing a somewhat restrictive medical marijuana program throughout the state of Ohio. The proposal would give patients suffering from “serious medical conditions,” including cancer and Crohn’s disease, access to cannabis that they would be able to purchase though state licensed dispensaries. It would also give patients the freedom to engage in home cultivation.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/marijuana-policy-project-will-campaign-legalize-medical-marijuana-ohio


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The Time For Marijuana Reform Action Is Now

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, January, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

hash bash michigan marijuanaBy Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Coordinator

With the Presidential election taking place this November, the majority of us are already being inundated with political propaganda from the political left and the right. In news cycle after news cycle, pundits can be heard offering their thoughts on the most recent poll numbers or political gaffes and rarely venture beyond hot button issues such as immigration or gun control. Some candidates have attempted to discuss drug policy reform, but most have avoided getting into any substantive discussions; ultimately offering a soundbite or two. In short, while most mainstream politicians acknowledge the problem, they by and large remain unwilling to address solutions. For those of us who have dedicated our lives to reforming America’s marijuana laws, this has been a bit frustrating to say the least.

Even with all the hoopla surrounding the upcoming election, it seem almost impossible to find a politician who is willing to have a meaningful conversation about reforming America’s archaic marijuana laws. Although the issue consistently holds the support of more than half of our country, most candidates continue to treat it as an afterthought. As we close in on the 80th year of marijuana prohibition in America, we can no longer wait for Washington to take action. The days of playing political hot potato with an issue that the majority of Americans support are over. Our time is now.

Change begins on the local level so be the catalyst for marijuana reform in your community. Start building relationships with city council members, county commissioners, judges and other elected officials. Explore opportunities to elevate the reform conversation through community forums and roundtable discussions. Even something as simple as writing a letter to your local paper will provide a chance to offer an enlightened perspective to a larger audience.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/the-time-for-marijuana-reform-action-is-now/


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Chile Is Now Home To Latin America’s Largest Medical Marijuana Garden

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, January, 20th 2016 by THCFinder

Chile flagMarijuana reform is sweeping across Latin and South America. In 2013 Uruguay legalized marijuana, and last year Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that consuming and cultivating marijuana is a protected right (at least for the people involved in the case). Yesterday Chile announced that a medical marijuana garden had been opened, and it’s massive. Per NBC News:

Chile welcomed Latin America’s largest medicinal marijuana farm Tuesday, marking another step in the region’s growing acceptance of therapeutic uses for the formerly illegal plant.

The plantation in the small town of Colbun, about 170 miles south of Santiago, will help treat some 4,000 patients from across Chile, according to organizers.

This comes as Chile’s Congress debates the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use and cultivation.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/chile-is-now-home-to-latin-americas-largest-medical-marijuana-garden/


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Slow Start for NY's Strict Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- When medical marijuana became available this month in New York, Brittany Barger was one of the first patients to navigate the state's rules and make it through a dispensary door.

"When you're as sick as I am, you'll try anything," said Barger, who has ovarian cancer that has spread through her 27-year-old body.

New York's program - one of the strictest out of the 23 states that allow medical marijuana - has had a widely anticipated slow beginning, but there are signs it's gaining momentum.

The state Health Department says more than 165 patients have now qualified, a figure that's more than doubled in a week but is still just a sliver of the potential patient pool. More than 225 doctors have now taken the state-required training, up from about 150 last week.

As of Saturday, all eight dispensaries that opened around the state Jan. 7 have seen patients, sometimes more than anticipated, operators say.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/slow-start-nys-strict-medical-marijuana-program


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