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Zombie Legislation: Are Lansing’s Marijuana Bills Dead Yet?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, April, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

michigan capital marijuanaIn a really bad B-movie, sometimes the dead just keep on popping up to surprise the living- even after being stabbed, shot, burned and re-buried. Similarly, a pair of pro-marijuana bills that were (supposedly) killed by corporate greed have popped back up into relevance again, and were put down one more time on Wednesday, April 13.

The MIRS news service (“Meekhof: Senate A No-Go On Medical Marijuana Regulation For Now,” April 14) reports that Michigan’s Republican Senators caucused nearly all Wednesday morning on the subject of HBs 4209, 4210 and 4827, describing the proceedings with terms like “the outlook was not promising” and “concerns are broad” within the party caucus.

When asked after the caucus by media what the problems were with the bills, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) said simply, “All of it.”

Another apparent death for the legislative package, which once represented the best hope for patient and business protections and are now hated by nearly everyone in Michigan’s cannabis community. But in a bizarre world where the rules are fluid and the ‘killed’ seem to have more lives that a Siamese cat, is any piece of legislation ever really dead?

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/zombie-legislation-are-lansings-marijuana-bills-dead-yet/


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U.S. Senate Votes to Give Veterans Access to Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 15th 2016 by THCFinder

Federal lawmakers are working once again to provide military veterans with hassle-free access to state medical marijuana programs.

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved an amendment aimed at giving physicians employed with the Department of Veterans Affairs the freedom to recommend medical marijuana to their patients without incurring the wrath of Uncle Sam.

Although only a temporary solution to conflicting state and federal marijuana laws, the amendment to the 2017 Military Construction Appropriations bill, which was brought to the table by Senators Steve Daines and Jeff Merkley, would prevent federal funds from being used to drop the hammer on VA physicians who choose to discuss cannabis treatment with their patients. It would also prevent VA clinics from disqualifying veterans from receiving prescription drugs and other services simply for testing positive for marijuana. The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/us-senate-votes-give-veterans-access-medical-marijuana


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Blumenauer Applauds Senate Appropriations Committee Passage Of VA Medical Marijuana Amendment

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 14th 2016 by THCFinder

ptsd second amendment military veteran cannabis marijuanaToday, Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03) applauded the Senate Committee on Appropriations for passing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Marijuana Amendment for the second consecutive year. This amendment, offered by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT), would allow VA physicians to provide recommendations regarding the participation of a veteran in a state medical marijuana program.

“For the second time, the Senate has taken action to do what’s right for our veterans. I commend Senators Merkley and Daines for leading this fight in the Senate, and I look forward to pushing it across the finish line in the House,” said Representative Blumenauer. “All in all, today’s vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee is very encouraging as we advocate for passage of simple and commonsense measures to reform our marijuana laws.”

Since 2014, Representative Blumenauer has led the effort to make it easier for qualified veterans to access medical marijuana – which can be used in many states to treat a variety of conditions, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries frequently suffered by veterans. Currently, the VA specifically prohibits its medical providers from completing forms brought by their patients seeking recommendations or opinions regarding participation in a state medical marijuana program.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/blumenauer-applauds-senate-appropriations-committee-passage-of-va-medical-marijuana-amendment/


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Patients And Families Gather To Demand Changes To New York’s Broken Medical Marijuana Law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 13th 2016 by THCFinder
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Today, dozens of advocates gathered in Albany to urge legislators to support a slate of bills that would amend the Compassionate Care Act, New York’s medical marijuana law. The law, which was passed in June of 2014, took eighteen months to implement and has been criticized for being one of the most restrictive and burdensome programs in the country. Launched in January of this year, to date, only 494 of the state’s 79,000 physicians have agreed to participate and only 2,390 patients have been certified by their doctors to enroll in the program. This lackluster start is likely due to a number of barriers and restrictions in the program that make it both difficult and unappealing for physicians and patients to participate.

“The current law is simply too narrow, with too few registered organizations serving too few patients who need relief,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried, sponsor of the original legislation.  “The changes the Executive made to the legislation and to the program severely limited the program and have made it harder than it should be for patients to access critical medical care.  These bills would bring the law more into line with the original bill – broadening the list of eligible conditions, expanding the number of dispensaries, and removing arbitrary restrictions on delivery methods such as smoking.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/patients-and-families-gather-to-demand-changes-to-new-yorks-broken-medical-marijuana-law/


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Purchase An Autographed Eugene Monroe Game Worn NFL Jersey And Support Cannabis Research

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

eugene monroe realm of caring when the bright lights fadeI became a huge fan of current NFL player Eugene Monroe when he became vocal about his support for cannabis reform in football. I became an even bigger fan when he donated $10k of his own money towards marijuana research, and encouraged other NFL players to do the same. The owner of the Baltimore Ravens, the team which Eugene plays for, came out in support of his player, all of which led to some very constructive conversations in sports media and beyond.

I have been a Cincinnati Bengals fan for awhile now, but I think it’s safe to say that this next year I’ll be rooting for the Ravens. It’s impossible for me not to, considering that Eugene Monroe is obviously my favorite player now. I have said it many times before, and will say it many times following this article – what Eugene Monroe did took a ton of courage. I have to assume he has been ‘randomly’ drug tested several times since expressing his support for research and reform.

Eugene Monroe is looking into his future, and I’d imagine some of it scares him. I’m sure he has read the stories about ex-players and the issues many experience from brain injuries. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is something that every NFL player has to worry about, both current and retired. Google the medical term and ‘NFL’ and you will read some very sad, very disturbing stories. No one should have to live like that. Not when there’s a better way.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/autographed-eugene-monroe-game-nfl-jersey-support-cannabis-research/


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Officers Involved In Santa Ana Medical Marijuana Dispensary Raid Should Be Fired

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

cops law enforcement special needs students entrapmentThree officers are facing charges stemming from a raid on a medical marijuana dispensary in Santa Ana, California last year. The raid was conducted at the Sky High Holistic medical marijuana dispensary, and involved alleged police misconduct. I say alleged, because the officers haven’t been found guilty for what they did, but video footage from the raid speaks for itself. The officers are clearly eating edibles at the dispensary during the raid, unnecessarily damaging property at the dispensary, and even going as far as threatening a disable amputee. Per the OC Register:

After most of the cameras are taken down, a camera they didn’t detect shows the officers talking about a woman with an amputated left leg who at the time of the raid was in her wheelchair inside the dispensary.

“Did you punch that one-legged old Benita,” a male officer asks a female officer, apparently referring to the woman in the wheelchair.

“I was about to kick her in her (expletive) nub,” the female officer replies, according to subtitles with the video.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/officers-involved-in-santa-ana-medical-marijuana-dispensary-raid-should-be-fired/


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