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Possible Recalls In Signal Hill And Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure Splits In Two

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, January, 31st 2016 by THCFinder
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The Signal Hill Patients Access PAC Strategist, Jason Aula has released a statement regarding the amendment of the municipal ballot measure and the split to two particular ballot measures:

“The medical cannabis policy in regards to delivery and cultivation that the City Council of Signal Hill has chosen to adopt recently represents a staggering misappropriation of community resources. I can actually say the PAC law I drafted is 100 times superior when compared to the rubbish policy the city council is proposing. The PAC is committed to winning and I want to advise the media and public recalls are on the table for any member of the council that defies the empowerment of the people of Signal Hill to access medical cannabis”

“The amended measure was split into two separate ballot measures. One measure includes a fee which requires 66.6% + 1 to approve according to CA prop 26. The second measure which includes the skeleton of the law now only requires 50% +1 to qualify. We amended to squash any local control the five Signal Hill City Council members may allegedly have and empowered thousands of residents to decide the issues not corrupt self-serving politicians.”

“The City Council and City Attorney are incompetent and corrupt. Said parties cannot be trusted simply because of their approval of the ban on cultivation presently which would be illegal. Not only is the council misinformed but they are receiving incorrect and invalid legal advice that will subject the city to civil litigation in the future. It almost appears the city attorney contractor would not mind creating more work since they are contracted and get a monthly retainer plus hourly fees for additional services. The present proposed ban on cultivation violates state law and I am not going to specify exactly what is illegal because the PAC has no desire to tip the council off because the law would just be challenged in court. Signal Hill voters are generally progressive and would surely approve a recall of council members that do not represent their views. A survey is in progress to confirm the PAC’s information that says Signal Hill voters want medical cannabis in the city”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/possible-recalls-in-signal-hill-and-medical-marijuana-ballot-measure-splits-in-two/


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Puerto Rico Adopts Regulation for Use of Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 30th 2016 by THCFinder

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Health Department has adopted a regulation that will allow for the cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of medical marijuana in the U.S. territory.

Officials say the substance can be used in forms including pills, creams, patches and oral drops. Authorities stress that smoking marijuana and cultivating it for personal use remains illegal.

The Health Department said Thursday that it will implement a seed-to-sale inventory tracking system. It will also award licenses to doctors and to private companies that seek to cultivate and manufacture medicinal marijuana. Officials say samples must be sent to independent labs to ensure they contain the correct amounts of THC and are free of contaminants.

Public Affairs Secretary Jesus Manuel Ortiz says the system should be in place by year's end.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/puerto-rico-adopts-regulation-use-medical-marijuana


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7 Ways New York’s Medical Marijuana Program Falls Short

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 30th 2016 by THCFinder
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By Phillip Smith

New York’s long-delayed medical marijuana program finally rolled out this month, not with a bang, but with a whimper. What looks to be the country’s tightest medical marijuana program has an extremely limited number of producers and retailers, a tiny number of eligible patients, a dearth of doctors, and forbids both smoking marijuana and using edibles.

For patients and advocates, the very limited arrival of medical marijuana in the Empire State is not the end point they hoped to achieve. Now, instead of resting on their laurels, they will have to continue to fight to make the program one that actually serves the needs of New Yorkers.

“It’s a start,” said the Drug Policy Alliance’s Julie Netherland, until recently the deputy director of the group’s New York Policy Office, where she was deeply involved in massaging the law through the legislature and past a reluctant governor. “It’s the first time New Yorkers can legally purchase medical marijuana, and it’s the result of the hard work of thousands of patients and family members across New York.”

But, she was quick to grant, the program has some serious issues, immediate ones in the way the program has been rolled out and longer-term ones with the statute itself.

Here are seven ways New York’s medical marijuana program falls short:

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/7-ways-new-yorks-medical-marijuana-program-falls-short/


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Ex-Bear Jim McMahon: Medical marijuana got me off narcotic pain pills

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 29th 2016 by THCFinder

Former Super Bowl champion and Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon says an unfairly demonized drug helped him recover from the pain of his football career: medical marijuana.

McMahon was in Chicago this week, where he attended Tuesday's Bears reunion marking the 30th anniversary of their Super Bowl victory. He was also featured in an ESPN "30 for 30" screening of a documentary about the team, which includes a focus on his health struggles.

Now 56, McMahon has been plagued by debilitating health problems following his 15-year career and multiple concussions in the National Football League. He has been diagnosed with early onset dementia and has severe headaches, depression, memory loss, and vision and speech problems. He also said he suffered a broken neck.

Read More:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-bears-jim-mcmahon-medical-marijuana-met-20160128-story.html


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Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Gets Enough Valid Signatures For 2016 Ballot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, January, 27th 2016 by THCFinder
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The Florida medical marijuana campaign team that put medical marijuana on the 2014 ballot have been gathering signatures for a 2016 effort, and the good news broke earlier today that enough signatures have been validated to put the new and improved initiative on the 2016 ballot. The 2014 version lost by just 2 points, and this election cycle should be more favorable since it’s a Presidential election cycle, and also the initiative was tweaked a little to be more ‘Florida voter friendly.’ Below is a message that I received from the campaign. Onward to Election Day!:

Thanks to you and your support, medical marijuana will be on Florida’s 2016 ballot.

The Florida Division of Elections has confirmed, we’ve validated enough petitions (and qualified in enough districts) to give voters a second chance to provide relief to hundreds of thousands of suffering patients.

This effort cost millions of dollars – but it needed to happen. The legislature sat on its heels. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Pam Bondi stood against us. But I told you when we came up short in 2014 that we would win the war, and we will.  Medical marijuana is coming to Florida.

Now the campaign officially begins.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/florida-medical-marijuana-initiative-gets-enough-valid-signatures-for-2016-ballot/


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Congress Members Urge VA To Change Medical Marijuana Policy

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, January, 27th 2016 by THCFinder
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In a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald released Wednesday, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senate and House members urged the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow VA doctors to write medical marijuana recommendations to veterans in accordance with state laws.

The letter comes four days before the expiration of a directive that prohibits VA doctors from recommending medical marijuana, even in states that have made it legal.

The Congressional members, led by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in the Senate and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dina Titus (D-NV), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) in the House, say the current policy “disincentivizes doctors and patients from being honest with each other,” noting, “It is not in the veterans’ best interest for the VA to interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.”

“Congress has taken initial steps to alleviate this conflict in law and we will continue to work toward this goal,” the senators and representatives wrote. “However, you are in a position to make this change when the current VHA directive expires at the end of this month. We ask that you act to ensure that our veterans’ access to care is not compromised and that doctors and patients are allowed to have honest discussions about treatment options.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/congress-members-urge-va-to-change-medical-marijuana-policy/


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