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Emergency Medical Marijuana Bill In the Hands of Governor Cuomo

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

The New York State legislature has approved an emergency measure that would allow specific patients the ability to receive medical marijuana before the state’s begins in 2016.
On Monday, the Republican-dominated state Senate voted 50 to 12 in favor of a bill that would grant immediate access to medicinal cannabis for thousands of patients across the state suffering from “progressive and degenerative” conditions. The proposal, which was submitted by Republican Senator Joseph Griffo, now heads to the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo for final approval. 

“Our top priority has always been to deliver relief to those in pain,” Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for the Cuomo Administration, said in a statement. “We will review the legislation in the context of implementing the Compassionate Care Act and complying with existing federal statutes.” 

While the remarks from Cuomo’s office appear reassuring that the measure will be signed into law, the governor’s actions over the course of the past year has created some doubt. After the passing of the Compassionate Care Act in 2014, State Senator Diane Savino, the bill’s sponsor, said that Cuomo was the primary obstacle in passing the legislation because he is “not interested in medical marijuana” and had professed his disdain for the concept on a number of occasions. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/emergency-medical-marijuana-bill-hands-governor-cuomo


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Medical Marijuana Backlash in Israel

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

Israel has been a global leader in medical marijuana, but the country's state-run program is now meeting a backlash amid concerns that it is serving as a cover for recreational use. Israeli news site YNet on June 15 reports that the new director of Ichilov Hospital at Tel Aviv's Sourasky Medical Center, former Health Ministry director general Ronni Gamzu, has sent out a memo to his staff instructing that cannabis prescriptions be given only to patients with terminal cancer, and only with approval of the hospital's Oncology Ward. Gamzu's memo also instructs doctors to consider revoking the permits of patients who come to the hospital's pain clinic with cannabis prescriptions.

Cannabis remains outlawed under Israel's Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, and only around 30 doctors have been authorized by the Health Ministry to issue permits for its use. To receive the permit, or amend it to up dosage, users have to go through one of the authorized pain clinics—and these are now turning away medical marijuana users. "There's a clear-cut trend at the hospitals to retreat from the use of medical cannabis," said Gil Luxenbourg, president of the Israel Medical Cannabis Association. "It's absurd that people cannot receive treatment at Ichilov despite the fact that they are in terrible pain... What we have here is a hidden agenda and silent conspiracy designed to make things difficult for the patients."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/medical-marijuana-backlash-israel


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Legalized Medical Marijuana Doesn't Increase Teen Usage, Study Finds

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

One of the biggest worries about legalized medical marijuana was that teenagers would smoke more pot, but it turns out those fears were wrong. A study just published in The Lancet Psychiatry showed no significant difference in adolescent marijuana use in the 21 states with medical marijuana laws.

 

This exhaustive study using over 24 years of data from over a million teenagers in 48 states found no evidence that legalized medical marijuana led to teenagers using pot more. Deborah Hasin, Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, reviewed data on teenagers between the ages of 13-18 and during the years 1991-2014. “Our findings provide the strongest evidence to date that marijuana use by teenagers does not increase after a state legalizes medical marijuana. Rather, up to now, in the states that passed medical marijuana laws, adolescent marijuana use was already higher than in other states. Because early adolescent use of marijuana can lead to many long term harmful outcomes, identifying the factors that actually play a role in adolescent use should be a high priority,” said Dr. Hasin.

 

Read More:http://www.forbes.com/sites/debraborchardt/2015/06/15/legalized-medical-marijuana-doesnt-increase-teen-usage/


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Colorado Supreme Court: Employees Can Be Fired For Marijuana Use, Even Medical, Even If Off The Clock

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

fired marijuana jobA fear that many marijuana consumers have to live with is the fear of being fired from their job for marijuana. That fear is very real, even for medical marijuana patients who only use medical marijuana while off the clock in the privacy of their own homes. It’s a fear that I have had to live with throughout my adult life. A lot of people e-mail me asking if they can be fired for using legal marijuana, both medical and recreational. Each time I have to give them the sad news that yes, you can be fired for using legal marijuana, at least according to case law. There have been a handful of legal challenges to the firings, and every single time those challenges lose in court.

Today there was another case that was ruled in favor of the employer, this time in Colorado. PerThe Denver Channel:

The Colorado Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday affirming a lower court’s decision to uphold the firing of an employee for using medical marijuana off-duty.

“Employees who engage in an activity such as medical marijuana use that is permitted by state law but unlawful under federal law are not protected by the (lawful activities statute),” the justices concluded.

The case involved 35-year-old Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired from his job at the Dish Network after failing a drug test in 2010. Coats said he needed the drug to help with violent spasms and seizures he has suffered since he was paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/colorado-supreme-court-employees-fired-marijuana-medical/


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Nearly One Out Of Six MS Patients Use Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 15th 2015 by THCFinder
 
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One-quarter of patients with multiple sclerosis report having used cannabis therapeutically and nearly one out of six (16 percent) currently use it to treat symptoms of the disease, according tosurvey data commissioned by the North American Research Committee on MS.

Over 5,600 MS patients participated in the survey, the results of which were presented last week at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Center 2015 Annual Meeting.

Most subjects who had tried marijuana said it mitigated disease symptoms, such as spasticity or pain. Only five percent of patients surveyed said that cannabis said it did not provide some level of relief.

Those with more advanced symptoms of MS were more likely to report using cannabis therapeutically.

Of those surveyed, 82 percent said that they would consider cannabis therapy if it were a legal option in their state.

Clinical trials have previously reported that cannabis inhalation is superior to placebo in reducing pain and spasticity in patients with treatment-resistant MS. Other studies indicate that long-term use of cannabinoid therapy may potentially modify MS progression.

Previously survey data published in the journal Neurology reported that 14 percent of MS patients used cannabis for symptom management.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/nearly-one-out-of-six-ms-patients-use-medical-marijuana/


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Get Free Marijuana Seeds On July 1st In Oregon

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

marijuana seeds dna geneticsStoney Girl Gardens is doing a free marijuana seed giveaway to celebrate marijuana legalization, which takes effect in Oregon on July 1st. Below is more information about the free event, viaEventbrite:

Stoney Girl Gardens and Portlandsterdam University are hosting a FREE Marijuana Seed Giveaway to commemorate Oregon’s legalization of Marijuana July 1, 2015.

Claim your commemorative seed pack and enter to WIN a seat at Portlandsterdam Universities upcoming “Plant and Grow Class” where you will receive hands-on planting and caring instruction for the cannabis plant that you will take home at the end of the class to enjoy in your own garden.

  • Must Be 21 Or Older With Valid ID
  • One Day Only While Supplies Last – July 1, 2015 : 9am – 9pm
  • Seed Claim/Prize Entry Does Not Guarantee You Will Receive A Seed Pack
  • Must Redeem Claims Ticket On Event Day For A Chance To Win Prize
  • One Entry Per Person. Duplicate Entries Will Be Rejected
  • *Dont forget to print your entry ticket and bring it with you to the event

When: July 1, 2015, 9 am to 9 pm

Where: Stoney Girl Gardens 10287 SE HWY 212 Clackamas, OR 97015

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/get-free-marijuana-seeds-on-july-1st-in-oregon/


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