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Oregon Medical Marijuana Program Could See Fee Increases For Growers

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 21st 2015 by THCFinder
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(image via Oregon Herald)

I wrote an article earlier today that touched on a period of time back when I grew marijuana. It was the mid-late 2000’s, when the rules surrounding medical marijuana were different than they are today. Back then I was a patient, and I grew for my cousin and two of my friends. They designated me as their grower, we designated my house as the official grow site for all four of us, and we were each responsible for our individual patient fees to the state and to our doctors.

It was a much simpler time. Since that time the fee to even be a patient has gone up, with proposals to jack the fee up even higher. When the initial fee hike started, I quit being a medical marijuana patient in Oregon because I simply couldn’t afford it. Paying my doctor, the clinic, and then a hefty fee to the state? No thanks. After I got out of the program, fees also started for designating someone else as your grower, which I always thought was ridiculous. And now there’s a proposal on the table to quadruple that fee. Per Oregon Live:

Medical marijuana growers would be subject to a $200 annual fee for every patient they grow for under a proposal being considered by the Oregon Health Authority.

Medical marijuana growers in Oregon can grow cannabis for up to four patients. Under current rules, the state charges $50 for every patient a grower takes on, but recent changes that expanded the health authority’s oversight of production and processing prompted officials to propose the steeper fees to help cover the agency’s expenses.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-medical-marijuana-program-could-see-fee-increases-for-growers/


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Terminally Ill New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Patient To Visit Maine Dispensary Friday

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, December, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

new hampshire medical marijuanaA terminally ill woman who successfully sued the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to obtain the state’s first medical marijuana patient ID card will visit a medical marijuana dispensary in Portland, Maine on Friday.

Linda Horan of Alstead, who suffers from Stage 4 lung cancer, will hold a media availability outside of Wellness Connection of Maine at 1 p.m. ET, where she will be accompanied by New Hamsphire State Rep. Renny Cushing and several of her supporters. Members of the media are asked to respect the privacy of other patients who might be visiting the dispensary.

“I feel better already, knowing that I will not have to spend my final days in a narcotic stupor,” Horan said. “I look forward to visiting the dispensary, learning about which products would be best for treating my symptoms. I will finally receive the medicine I need, and I won’t need to fear being treated like a criminal for it.”

Horan filed a lawsuit against DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas on November 5, asking the agency to immediately issue her a medical marijuana ID card so that she could begin obtaining medical marijuana legally in Maine and using it without fear of arrest in New Hampshire. On November 24, a Merrimack County Superior Court Judge ordered the DHHS to issue her a card.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-hampshire-medical-marijuana-patient-visit-maine-dispensary/


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Congress Includes Marijuana Riders In Omnibus Spending Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, December, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

marijuana reform bill legislature session legislative billsLate last night I received an e-mail from Tom Angell (who by the way doesn’t seem to sleep!) regarding the federal omnibus spending bill. The spending bill includes riders pertaining to marijuana. Some of the provisions include (provided by Tom and Marijuana Majority):

* Prevent the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from spending money to interfere with the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. (Similar language was included in the FY 2015 budget and is current law.)

* Prevent the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from spending money to interfere with the implementation of state industrial hemp research programs. (Similar language was included in the FY 2015 budget and is current law.)

The omnibus spending bill is expected to pass, which would obviously be good from the standpoint of preventing federal interference with medical marijuana and hemp. Unfortunately the riders don’t go far enough. There are no provisions for fixing the Department of Veterans Affairs prohibition its doctors talking about medical marijuana with patients, even when they know that it will help the patients. Also, there are no banking provisions, which are desperately needed for the emerging cannabis industry. The omnibus spending bill also includes language from previous years’ spending measures that has prevented D.C. from allowing taxed marijuana sales. Currently possession and cultivation of marijuana is legal in D.C., but selling it and taxing it is not.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/congress-includes-marijuana-riders-in-omnibus-spending-bill/


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Ban On DOJ Interference In State Medical Marijuana Laws Likely To Continue

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, December, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

dea emails marijuanaAnother press release about the omnibus spending bill’s marijuana riders:

The Justice Department will continue to be prohibited from interfering in state medical marijuana laws under the new federal spending bill unveiled late Tuesday night.

The compromise legislation includes a provision that is intended to prevent the department, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, from using funds to arrest or prosecute patients, caregivers, and businesses that are acting in compliance with state medical marijuana laws. It stems from an amendment sponsored by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Sam Farr (D-CA) that was first approved in the House of Representatives in May 2014 and included in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 signed by President Obama last December.

“The renewal of the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment suggests most members of Congress are ready to end the federal government’s war on medical marijuana,” said Robert Capecchi, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. “There’s a growing sentiment that the Justice Department should not be using taxpayer dollars to arrest and prosecute people who are following their states’ medical marijuana laws.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/ban-on-doj-interference-in-state-medical-marijuana-laws-likely-to-continue/


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Congressman Blumenauer’s Response To Marijuana Majority’s Petition Calling For Firing Of DEA Head

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, December, 16th 2015 by THCFinder
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(image via Oregon Cannabis Connection)

DEA head Chuck Rosenberg made some very insensitive comments about medical marijuana recently, calling medical marijuana ‘a joke.’ That led to the Marijuana Majority starting a petition calling for the Obama Administration to fire Chuck Rosenberg. That petition has been signed by over 140k people, and is still gaining signatures. Congressman Earl Blumenauer recently responded to the petition. That response is found below:

There’s a revolution taking place across America to reform and modernize our marijuana laws, and no change is more profound than the treatment of medical marijuana. The reforms taking place are the result of the grassroots nature of this movement – including efforts by hundreds of thousands of people like you who signed this petition.

Over the last 20 years – despite the misguided federal prohibition of marijuana – we’ve seen overwhelming evidence of the benefits of medical marijuana. The success of marijuana in offering relief for patients dealing with symptoms associated with chemotherapy, glaucoma, PTSD, chronic pain, and more has led 23 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam to change their laws and fully legalize medical marijuana. An additional 17 states have approved more limited programs. Well over one million people now use medical marijuana in accordance with their state’s law.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/congressman-blumenauers-response-to-marijuana-majoritys-petition-calling-for-firing-of-dea-head/


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Largest Study Ever On Marijuana And Epilepsy Shows Effectiveness Of Cannabis

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

epilepsy marijuanaMarijuana has been proven to be tremendously effective when it comes to treating epilepsy. It seems like most of the time that I see medical marijuana being talked about on the news or in print media, it’s almost always talking about how CBD can help epilepsy, with countless success stories. There are a lot of uses for medical marijuana, all of which I support. But I especially support cannabis for the use of epilepsy because of how many personal success stories I’ve personally witnessed.

The largest study ever conducted on marijuana and epilepsy recently released results, and as expected, the results were favorable to using medical marijuana to treat epilepsy. Per The Joint Blog:

The largest study ever conducted on cannabis and epilepsy was presented this week at theAmerican Epilepsy Society’sannual meeting in Philadelphia.

For the study, 313 children from 16 different epilepsy centers around the United States were put on a regimen of the cannabis compound cannabidiol. After a three-month period, 261 of these children had the amount of convulsive seizures (also called grand mal or tonic-clonic seizures) they experience reduced by an average of nearly half, while experiencing little to no side effects.

In addition, some patients experienced an 100% reduction in seizures; “In the subsequent periods, which are very encouraging, 9 percent of all patients and 13 percent of those with Dravet Syndrome epilepsy were seizure-free”, says Dr. Orrin Devinsky, a neurologist at theNew York University Langone Medical Center, noting that; “Many have never been seizure-free before”.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/largest-study-ever-on-marijuana-and-epilepsy-shows-effectiveness-of-cannabis/


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