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New York Health Officials Deny Additional Qualified Conditions for Failing Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

New York recently launched its ultra-restrictive medical marijuana program for patients suffering from “severe, debilitating, or life-threatening” conditions, but so far there are no signs that state officials are eager to expand the program to service a wider spectrum of patients.

On Monday, Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced that he would not allow patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, muscular dystrophy, dystonia, and rheumatoid arthritis to participate in the medical marijuana program because he does not believe there is enough scientific evidence to prove that cannabis can be an effective treatment for these conditions.

In accordance with state law, the New York Health Department was given a year and a half to consider the five proposed qualified conditions and make a determination as to whether patients with these ailments should be given access to medical marijuana. Officials reportedly pulled in a legion of health and science experts to examine several pieces of research pertaining to marijuana as a viable treatment option, but ultimately they concluded that more evidence was needed before they would be willing to move forward.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-york-health-officials-deny-additional-qualified-conditions-failing-medical-marijuana


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How Long After Harvest Is Medical Marijuana Considered To Be ‘Useable’ In Michigan?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 11th 2016 by THCFinder

drying marijuana 1How long after harvest is medical marijuana considered to be ‘useable’ in the State of Michigan? That’s a question that the Michigan Appeals Court had to answer recently. The question arose out of a case that started with a raid in Michigan in 2012. During the raid, cops confiscated 5.6 pounds of marijuana from Alenna Marie Rocafort. Her attorney argued that the weight was inflated because the marijuana was just harvested four days prior, and therefore wasn’t ‘useable.’ The Michigan Court of Appeals disagreed, and in a 2-1 ruling determined that the marijuana was indeed useable. Per WZZM13:

“There was no dispute that the marijuana had been drying for four days when it was seized,” they wrote. “The lower court judge was not wrong in concluding the seized marijuana was dried, and thus usable under the MMMA.”

In a two-page dissent, Stephens said the evidence did not establish that the 5.6 pounds of marijuana was “dried leaves and flowers.”

“There is a difference between what the Legislature has termed marijuana and useable marijuana,” she wrote. “Testimony differed as to the amount of days required for the marijuana to be dried.

“I acknowledge the difficulty in determining ‘dried marijuana’ when even so-called completely dried marijuana contains 10 percent moisture, but I would also call upon the Legislature for clarification,” Stephens urged.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/how-long-after-harvest-is-medical-marijuana-considered-to-be-useable-in-michigan/


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A look inside Manhattan's first medical marijuana dispensary

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

With medicinal marijuana licenses in hand, New York dispensaries are finally gearing up to sell cannabis legally beginning Thursday.

Columbia Care arguably has one the buzziest dispensary locations inNew York City's Union Square neighborhood. The state in July granted five medicinal marijuana licenses.

Nicholas Vita, a former Goldman Sachs investment banker, runs Columbia Care. He's gearing up to open his shop on 14th Street. Business neighbors include a CityMD office and a Chickpea restaurant.

"Almost every subway line in the city touches Union Square, which makes the location incredibly accessible," said Vita, Columbia Care's chief executive.

Read More:http://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/05/a-look-inside-manhattans-first-medical-marijuana-dispensary.html


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Former US Rep Mike Ward And ‘Legalize Kentucky Now’ Seek To Reform Kentucky’s Marijuana Laws

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

legalize kentucky now marijuana cannabisPeople have been fighting for marijuana reform in Kentucky for a long time. The Southeastern part of the United States does not have any medical marijuana states or recreational marijuana states. A new organization was launched today to try to change that. The organization is called ‘Legalize Kentucky Now’ and is lead by former United States Representative Mike Ward. Per The Courier-Journal:

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ward is trying to bring mainstream credibility to the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky.

He announced Monday that he is the president and CEO of Legalize Kentucky Now, a nonprofit that will push for Kentucky to become the 24th state overall and the first in the southeast to make pot available with a doctor’s prescription.

“It’s time,” he said. “This is absolutely something that is going to happen in this country and this state.”

Mike Ward became a supporter of medical marijuana after watching it help alleviate his brother’s suffering and helped his brother’s appetite when he was fighting AIDS in the 1990’s. The media reports from today stated that the organization Legalize Kentucky Now would be pushing for a medical marijuana bill in the Kentucky Legislature, but the Legalize Kentucky Now website states that it hopes to bring recreational legalization to Kentucky eventually as well.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/us-rep-mike-ward-legalize-kentucky-now-reform-kentuckys-marijuana-laws/


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Anti-Marijuana Politicians In Oregon Need To Remember The Story Of Dwight Holton

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 1st 2016 by THCFinder

beat holtonI will never forget the 2012 Election. Before Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana on Election Day 2012, there was a very significant victory in my home state, Oregon. The victory wasn’t a recreational marijuana legalization victory unfortunately, as that would wait until 2014. That’s not to say that there weren’t legalization efforts underway at that time in the Spring of 2012, as there were actually two in Oregon (one that would become Measure 80, and the other was called OMPI, which was derailed due to a hefty fine levied on the campaign by then Secretary of State, and now Governor, Kate Brown).

I was sitting in my house with Jay Smoker when I received an e-mail via an activist e-mail group I’m a part of in Oregon. The e-mail was from the late, great Jim Greig, one of the biggest freedom fighters I have ever known. Jim was asking the group if there was any interest in coordinating a citizen effort to oppose anti-medical marijuana candidate Dwight Holton who was running for Oregon Attorney General. The Attorney General race in Oregon often has an interesting twist in that there are often times only Democrats running for the seat, so the race is decided in the primary election in May, and not on the general election in November. 2012 was one of those types of elections.

It was approximately 59 days prior to the primary election day, and Dwight Holton had so much more money than his competitor Ellen Rosenblum it wasn’t even funny. Holton had hundreds of thousands of dollars more in his campaign war chest, which in a primary race in Oregon creates an enormous advantage. Dwight Holton was an establishment candidate, being the son of a former Governor of Virginia and brother to former DNC Chairman Tim Kaine. Dwight Holton was up in the polls by almost double digits, and seemed to be sailing towards an inevitable victory.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/anti-marijuana-politicians-in-oregon-need-to-remember-the-story-of-dwight-holton/


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Precedent Setting Medical Marijuana Municipal Ballot Measure For Signal Hill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, December, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

signal hill patients access pacSignal Hill Patients Access PAC today unveiled amended ballot measure language to permit medical cannabis in the heart of Long Beach by regulating medical cannabis with new sections featuring a labor peace agreement provision and onsite consumption of medical cannabis permission. In addition, the amended ballot measure language also includes sections for “Energy Offsets encouraged” and a residential permission provision that permits cultivation by right in the city with no need for any type of official permit from the municipal government. The measure or the law is file number two attached. The initiative will create new revenue for the Signal Hill general fund, police department, and schools. In addition, hundreds of temporary and permanent jobs for local residents will be created, generating tens of thousands of dollars in annual revenue for the city.

The Law Office of Matthew Pappas is representing Signal Hill Patients Access PAC. The Law Office of Matthew Pappas traditionally has strictly challenged the status quo on medical cannabis in the courtroom. The Law Office of Matthew Pappas is now offering political action as a remedy for clients woes for clients in Shasta, Tehama, Los Angeles, Orange, and Sacramento counties using civic engagement, ballot measures, and recalls. Working with Mr. Pappas’s office is Jason Aula, Signal Hill Patients Access PAC Political Strategist . He says: “This is a prime chance for Signal Hill to lead the way on patient access and set municipal precedent across the state. Consider now that Signal Hill had an oil rush around 100 years ago. We set precedents for the nascent oil industry then, and now the modern rush of patients to cure their illnesses with medical marijuana has come and we should help set precedents for them!”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/precedent-setting-medical-marijuana-municipal-ballot-measure-for-signal-hill/


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