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Colorado rejects medical marijuana use for PTSD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, July, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

Citing scant research, Colorado health officials voted Wednesday against adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments eligible for treatment with medical marijuana.

The 6-2 vote came despite a recommendation from the Colorado Chief Medical Officer and a panel of physicians to make PTSD the first condition added to Colorado's medical pot eligibility list in 15 years. Board members said they weren't swayed by the recommendation because studies on using pot for PTSD are lacking.

"We can't have physicians counseling people in favor of it because we don't have data to show it's correct," said Jill Hunsaker-Ryan, one of the board members who voted no.

The vote was the third time the board has rejected petitions to add PTSD to the list. About five dozen PTSD sufferers attended the hearing, some loudly jeering. A few were asked to leave.

"They just told every patient here, 'We don't care about you,'" said patient advocate Teri Robnett after the vote.

Colorado allows adults over 21 to buy recreational pot, with no doctor's recommendation needed. But medical pot is taxed at 2.9 percent, compared to at least 19 percent for recreational pot.

Read More:http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/2015/07/16/colorado-rejects-medical-marijuana-use-for-ptsd/30228177/


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Oregon airport allows marijuana on in-state flights

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

(CNN)Want to fly with your marijuana?

If you're flying within the state of Oregon, you're in luck.

The Portland, Oregon, airport will now allow you to fly with it in-state, provided you are carrying the legal amount, according to CNN affiliate KPTV.

As of July 1, people in Oregon can possess and use marijuana if they are 21 or older. They can have up to 8 ounces in their homes and grow up to four plants out of public view. Oregon residents also can carry up to an ounce outside their homes, although it's illegal to smoke it in public.

But they can't transport it out of state.

And the new airport rule doesn't mean it'll be smooth sailing through the security checkpoints operated by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.

Federal law governs the TSA's screening procedures, and marijuana remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government. But the agency's primary mission is to "detect threats to aviation security," according to the agency.

Read More:http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/10/travel/portland-oregon-airport-marijuana-in-state-flights-feat/


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Michigan: 85% Support For Safe Medical Marijuana Access For Children

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

child protective services cps medical marijuana kids children parentsA staggering 85% of respondents in an impartial MLive online poll said they want Michigan’s sick children to have access to medical marijuana.

The poll was conducted on July 6 with 2,295 people participating. A followup article detailed the results and included some comments from readers. 85.77% of respondents said ‘YES’ and 14.23% said ‘NO’ to the following question:

“Do you think minors should use medical marijuana?”

MLive is a huge media source in Michigan, an umbrella that includes the print and online versions of many newspapers across the state.

The poll was conducted after the release of a story by reporter Jiquanda Johnson featuring Grand Blanc Township mother Ida Chinonis and her 6-year old daughter Bella, who suffers from renal failure, a genetic disorder and holes in her heart. Bella’s treatment: cannabis oil. She now stands on her own, interacts with others and loves the movie ‘Frozen,’ all things she wasn’t able to do before the oil became part of her life.

“As of April 2015, there were 150 patients under the age of 18 registered with the state of Michigan to use medical marijuana,” per the article. In 2012, only 44 children were registered.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-85-support-for-safe-medical-marijuana-access-for-children/


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New Senate Bill To Let Marijuana Dispensaries Finally Access Banks

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, July, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

A new bill introduced into the U.S. Senate aims to offer protection for financial institutions that want to conduct business with marijuana dispensaries.

Since marijuana is still a Schedule I drug, banks have been incredibly reluctant to enter into business relations for fear of running afoul of federal regulators and laws concerning money laundering, Marijuana.com reports.

Support for marijuana continues to build in Congress. Four states and the District of Columbia have legalized the drug, and this legislation, backed by the Senate delegations from Oregon and Washington, would prohibit regulators from cracking down on banks in the form of terminated FDIC insurance, asset seizure and prosecution for money laundering. The Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act also prevents prosecutors from joining into the fray, so long as industry complies with state law.



Read more:http://dailycaller.com/2015/07/10/new-senate-bill-to-let-marijuana-dispensaries-finally-access-banks/#ixzz3fWwnTxYW


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California Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

california governor jerry brown marijuanaToday Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 258, the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act.  AB 258 prohibits discrimination against medical cannabis patients in the organ transplant process, unless a doctor has determined that medical cannabis use is clinically significant to the transplant process. Medical cannabis patients in California have been routinely removed from the organ transplant waiting list if they test positive for cannabis use – even legal doctor-recommended medical cannabis.  AB 258 was authored by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and sponsored by Americans for Safe Access (ASA).

“AB 258’s passage is the result of ASA’s membership tirelessly work for over two years,” said Don Duncan ASA’s California Director. “In California legal medical cannabis patients will never again face a choice between their doctor-recommended medicine and a life-saving organ transplant. Governor Brown deserves credit for protecting medical cannabis patients from this harmful discriminatory practice that has no bias in medical research.”

On June 15th over 200 patients and advocates participated in the ASA California Citizen Lobby Day, which focused on educating lawmakers about AB 258 and other medical cannabis legislation. During the lobby day ASA began a postcard campaign to encourage Governor Brown to support AB 258.

“AB 258’s passage represents a big victory in the fight to end discrimination against medical cannabis patients in California,” said Steph Sherer ASA’s Executive Director. “With AB 258 passing by such overwhelming margins in California we hope to see more states follow suit by passing legislation to end organ transplant discrimination against medical cannabis patients.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/california-governor-signs-medical-marijuana-organ-transplant-bill/


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Year of legal marijuana nets state $70 million in pot taxes

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, July, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day.

And who knows - the industry might even start making some money.

Washington pot farmers, processors and retailers have complained all year that heavy state and federal tax burdens, along with competition from an unregulated medical marijuana market, have made it difficult for them to do business.

But at least some relief is here: This month, two new laws take effect, one to regulate and tax medical marijuana, and one to cut Washington's three-level excise tax on pot to a single, 37-percent tax.

Despite some industry gripes and those tweaks to Washington's legal pot law, which voters passed in 2012 to legalize marijuana for adults over 21, officials and legalization backers say the state's slow and deliberate effort to regulate marijuana has been a success.

A year after stores opened on July 8, 2014, here's a look at the state of legal weed here.

Read More:http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Year-of-legal-marijuana-nets-state-70-million-in-pot-taxes-311638421.html


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