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CT Lawmakers Push To Add Children And Hospital Patients To Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

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This week the General Law Committee of the Connecticut House and Senate gave its approval for a final vote to add children to the state’s medical marijuana program with certain restrictions.

The main provision that was added to gain the Committee’s support would block minors from smoking or vaporizing marijuana despite a doctor’s recommendation. While the debate did stir the standard, “We don’t want people to think it’s okay for kids to smoke weed” argument, it also gave opportunities for the new rhetoric being heard in state capitols around medical marijuana a chance to shine. Rep. Dan Carter made an excellent case for not restricting a doctors ability to treat a patient telling the Connecticut Post:

“I do believe there’s a clear need with respect to younger patients,” Carter said. “In a way, I think we’re putting the political part of it above the health part of it. I think there should be freedom for those practitioners who are going to prescribe this to utilize any delivery system they need to do. Clearly there are benefits, certain times, to inhale certain products. If we shut it down and say you can’t smoke it or you can’t vaporize it, I think in a way that retards… some of the studies we need to do.”

The provision has a chance of being removed with time, more so with folks like Dan Carter already on the right side of the fence. With the way things are going, I don’t expect a 16 year old smoking a joint on the way to chemo to rip at the moral fabric of society much longer.

The bill will also allow hospitals and hospices to administer cannabis to their patients. This will be a major factor in improving the quality of life for folks forced to live under medical supervision. Also it would request a group of pediatricians be formed for the purpose of adding more ailments to the 11 already approved for use in the state.

In general the bill represents a step forward, with a bit of a pothole that will be filled in time. Time is also the keyword in getting it passed, as lawmakers have until midnight on June 3rd to vote on the bill.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/ct-lawmakers-push-to-add-children-and-hospital-patients-to-medical-marijuana-program/


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Why Oregon Senator Jeff Kruse Decided To Attack The Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 28th 2015 by THCFinder
 
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Oregon Senator Jeff Kruse co-sponsored Senate Bill 964, which was passed this week by the Oregon Senate, and is a clear attack on the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. The bill does many things, some of which include putting new plant limits on growers, requiring over burdensome reporting for all medical marijuana growers, and the ability for municipalities to ban marijuana businesses without a vote by the municipalities residents. Jeff Kruse was supposed to be working on implementing Oregon Measure 91, which Oregon voters approved overwhelmingly, and which included language no less than three times specifying that the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) should remain untouched.

So why is Jeff Kruse attacking the OMMP? He sent out an e-mail recently to his constituents that explained his actions (dated May 22nd). The e-mail was forwarded to me by a reader (thanks!) and I figured I would post it in an effort to provide equal time to a marijuana opponent, and to let his own words explain his poor decision to introduce and push Oregon Senate Bill 964:

I have received a lot of phone calls and emails on the subject of marijuana, which advocates say we should call cannabis, but for the sake of brevity in this letter I will call it pot. While a good number of these have been thoughtful and courteous, a large number and been vulgar and even threatening. To those in the latter category, if you are trying to make a valid point with a legislator, you are going about it the wrong way. I can’t speak for my colleagues, but personally I don’t respond to such tactics and have little respect for those who use them.

Before I go any further it might be a good idea to once again tell you why I am qualified to be working in this subject area. First, I am a recovering addict. I have been drug and alcohol free for 29 years; but, among the other things I did, I was a daily pot smoker for eighteen years. Additionally I have been involved legislatively with the medical marijuana program since the passage of the ballot measure in 1998. I entered this Session with a lot of thoughts, but two primary objectives. The first was to protect the integrity of the medical program and the second was to attempt to end the black market sales in Oregon. Senate Bill 964 (which deals with the medical program) goes a long way to achieving those objectives.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/why-oregon-senator-jeff-kruse-decided-to-attack-the-medical-marijuana-program/


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Washington To License Roughly 400 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, May, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

marijuana washington state felony drug possessionThere are medical marijuana dispensaries spread all over Washington State. Many of these establishments have been helping patients access medicine for a long time. Despite these medical marijuana dispensaries being good neighbors in the neighborhoods they operate in, the State of Washington is trying to shut most of them down. The State of Washington announced recently that it would approve roughly 400 medical marijuana dispensary licenses when they are available. PerThe Joint Blog:

On July 24th, the Washington State Liquor Control Board will be renamed the Liquor and Cannabis Board, and will be tasked with deciding which of the state’s currently operating medical cannabis collective gardens – which are forced to close by July 1st, 2016 – will be allowed to become licensed and legal outlets.

According to the Associated Press, the Board will use a merit-based system to decide which outlets to license. The Boardestimates that 825 outlets will apply for a license, and they expect to approve about half.

First dibs on licenses will go to those that have been in the medical cannabis industry since before 2013, have paid their taxes and have applied for a recreational cannabis license.

When I see caps on dispensary licenses, I can’t help but wonder why there aren’t similar caps on pharmacies? Or retail locations that sell alcohol? Or cigarettes? After all, pharmaceuticals, alcohol, and cigarettes are all more dangerous than medical marijuana. If we are going to apply the same logic across the board, All three of those types of businesses should have licenses capped too. But, as usual, marijuana is singled out, and now patients get to either pay more at a recreational outlet, go back to the black market, or go without unless they are lucky enough to frequent a dispensary that is lucky enough to get a license. Although, I expect prices at dispensaries to go sky high after this all shakes out.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/washington-to-license-roughly-400-medical-marijuana-dispensaries/


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Medical marijuana use in Texas now up to the governor

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, May, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

Tens of thousands of Texans with a loved one suffering from epilepsy are now waiting to see what Governor Abbott will do. The legislature has sent to his desk a bill that would permit the medical use of marijuana oils to treat intractable epilepsy. The question is, will he sign it or veto it?

150,000 Texans suffer epileptic seizures, young and adult. There are families like Jim and Katie Graham. Their five year old son Eliot has them. They are supporting the Compassionate Use Act, to allow those patients to use cannabis oil. They’ve watched fourteen other states approve such a law. The cannabis oil has little THC content, the stuff that gives pot smokers their buzz. But it has been proven nearly 100% effective stopping seizures. The Grahams say Eliot’s seizures began when he was two.

Katie Graham, Eliot’s mother, recalls, “He was a typically developing two year old. Played, loved to be with his brother, very social and smiley. Then the seizures started. They are extremely debilitating. He was having them all day, clusters of ten a day, eight jerks in a cluster, 80 to 90 seizures in a day. We tried medication after medication, they did not work.”

The cannabis oil could only be used if a patient did not see results from at least two medications and has the approval of two physicians. Several doctors testified on behalf of the bill. The Grahams say other medications have side effects or simply do not work. Katie Graham says, “It’s a hard, sad moment when the doctor tells you well, it’s time to try the drugs you tried before, again. It’s a really hopeless moment. So we’re really hoping to have access to this high CBD oil. And give Eliot a chance.”

Texas is one of sixteen states where marijuana is illegal for medical and recreational use. Although some critics argued the law would open the barn door for other uses of marijuana, the Compassionate Use Act cleared both the House and Senate easily this session, now it is up to the governor.

Source:http://kxan.com/2015/05/23/medical-marijuana-use-in-texas-now-up-to-the-governor/


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Hearing set on adding autism to medical marijuana list

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, May, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Lisa Smith says her son’s behavior was dangerous: hair pulling, kicks, punches, all related to a severe form of autism. But it began to change more than a year ago when he was given daily oral doses of oil extracted from marijuana.

“That’s all stopped. He’s more focused, he’s calmer,” Smith said of 6-year-old Noah. “He sleeps better through the night. He has a better appetite. You can tell he’s growing, gaining weight.”

Noah is registered to use marijuana to control epileptic seizures; the effect on his autism was an unexpected benefit. Based on that success, Smith is asking the state of Michigan to add autism to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.

A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Lansing. A committee mostly composed of health professionals will make a recommendation to the director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

“I know parents who are desperate. They’re missing out on something that could enhance their child’s life,” Smith said. “A lot of children with autism don’t have another qualifying condition like Noah does with epilepsy.”

Read More:http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/23/hearing-set-on-adding-autism-to-medical-marijuana-/


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U.S. Senate Committee Approves Veterans Medical Marijuana Amendment

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

ptsd second amendment military veteran cannabis marijuanaThere has been a gag order in place that bars Veterans Administration doctors from talking at all about medical marijuana with patients, even when the doctor knows that medical marijuana could help the veteran. A historic vote occurred in the United States Senate Appropriations Committee today, with 18 out of 30 Senators voting for an amendment that would lift the gag order. Below is a reaction from the Drug Policy Alliance, along with Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority:

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bipartisan amendment today, 18 to 12, allowing Veterans Administration (VA) doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where medical marijuana is legal. The vote is the first time the U.S. Senate has ever moved marijuana law reform legislation forward.

“Veterans in medical marijuana states should be treated the same as any other resident, and should be able to discuss marijuana with their doctor and use it if it’s medically necessary,” said Michael Collins, policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. “They have served this country valiantly, so the least we can do is allow them to have full and open discussions with their doctors.”

The Veterans Equal Access Amendment was sponsored by Republican Senator Steve Daines of Montana and Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. It was added in committee to a must-pass military construction and veterans affairs spending bill.  The bill is certain to pass on the Senate floor.

Currently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (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. The Daines / Merkley amendment authorizes VA physicians and other health care providers to provide recommendations and opinions regarding the use of medical marijuana to veterans who live in medical marijuana states.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/u-s-senate-committee-approves-veterans-medical-marijuana-amendment/


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