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Oregon Medical Marijuana Program Is Safe, For Now

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

oregon senate bill 844 medical marijuanaFor the last couple of weeks I have been posting articles urging people to contact their Oregon Senators and let them know that you opposed Senate Bill 844. Oregon Senate Bill 844 would have drastically and harmfully altered the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. Among the changes that the bill was calling for included:

Grow sites in residential areas will only be able to grow for 2 patients maximum (12 plants)
Non-residential locations will only be able to grow for 8 total (48 plants)
Growers will be subjected to a fee and inspections (even for personal grows)
Growers will have to report monthly to the state and keep records up to 7 years
Any violation of the rules allows OHA to contact law enforcement

There were other harmful changes included in the bill and its amendments, but those were the ones that I was sending call to action alerts about. After a lot of hard work by many Oregon activists and members of the medical marijuana community, I’m happy to say that Senate Bill 844 has failed, at least for now. Per Marijuana Politics:

The Oregon Joint Committee on Implementing Measure 91 failed to pass Senate Bill 844, a medical marijuana regulatory bill, that began as an OLCC Measure 91 “technical fix” bill, last night and currently are at an impasse over how they will move forward. Rightfully, patients, advocates and concerned citizens made their voices heard after legislators shirked the major duty in front of them, implementing Measure 91, to unnecessarily decrease patient gardens, impose burdens on providers and allow city councils and county commissions deny safe access points for patients.

Members of this joint committee were certainly advised by numerous advocates, patients and lobbyists to hold off on major medical marijuana restrictions until after Measure 91 gets finally implemented in the latter half of 2016. Jumping the gun to restrict patient gardens, impose new fees and institute more governmental intrusion into the lives of the medical marijuana community has been a huge blunder by several members of the committee, led by Portland Democrat Ginny Burdick.

Senator Burdick was joined by Sen. Lee Beyer and the four Republicans on the committee to not only restrict patients access to medicine by decreasing gardens, but also by allowing cities and counties to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. With the March 1st moratorium allowed by Senate Bill 1531 finally behind us, it is time for patients across the state to have the same safe access as patients in Portland and the other locales allowing dispensaries. Some business interests, operating in Portland and other areas without bans, have been more than willing to continue hurting patients’ safe access to medicine by supporting SB 844, but it is great to see activists and public servants willing to stand up for the rights of sick and disabled patients, regardless of where they may live. 

Read More: http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-medical-marijuana-program-is-safe-for-now/


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What You Should Know About Medical Marijuana for Pets

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, May, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

Be sure to consult your veterinarian first
 
Now that 23 states have given medical marijuana the green light (with even recreational use now allowed in another four states and Washington D.C.), growing weed has become a growing business. The newest frontier: getting Fido and Fluffy on board with the cannabis revolution.
 
Relax. We’re not talking about rolling doobies with your dog, or seeing “pretty colors” with your cat. Nope, these are cannabis-containing edible treats and capsules that are meant for sick or aging pets.
 
“The cannabis plant has many compounds in it,” Matthew J. Cote, brand manager at Auntie Dolores, a San Francisco Bay Area-based edibles manufacturer, told ABC News. Auntie Dolores launched its pet line Treatibles last year. “Most people grow cannabis for the euphoric experience of THC. But they’ve been overlooking cannabidiol—commonly known as CBD—which is non-psychoactive,” he said.
 
CBD, in fact, does not produce a high, and it’s true that it’s been studied as a potential treatment for epileptic seizures and pain relief for cancer patients.
 
So, as Cote explained to ABC News, the theory is that since aging canines share a lot of the same health problems as humans, there must be a market for pot-laced dog “medicine.” Sold online ($22 per bag of 40 treats, treatibles.com), Treatibles contain 40 milligrams of CBD per treat and makers advise giving one per 20 pounds of your pet’s weight.
 

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Hawaii Lawmakers Close to Authorizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

Medical marijuana has been legal in Hawaii for nearly 15 years, and now lawmakers in Hawaii are one step closer to authorizing medical marijuana dispensaries.
 
House Bill 321, which would establish a state-regulated system of dispensaries but was feared dead last week, cleared a final committee hurdle on Monday, sending the bill to the full legislature, where it is expected to pass.
 
Currently, patients enrolled in Hawaii’s medical marijuana program must either grow their own cannabis, or purchase it on the black market. Under the proposed bill, dispensaries could begin operating as soon as July 2016.
 
House Bill 321 has been on a roller coaster ride in the legislature since being introduced in January, shortly after a special task force recommended lawmakers pass such a measure.
 
Lawmakers in the House first approved the measure in March, sending it to the Senate for consideration. Once there, the bill was amended several times before being approved by the Senate in April.
 
But negotiators from both chambers were unable to reach a compromise in committee between the two versions of the bill before last Friday’s conference committee deadline, and the bill was feared dead.
 
However, leaders from both chambers waived the rules imposing the deadline, giving the conference committee a final chance to create a proposal that would be acceptable to both chambers.
 
The Senate President also took the unusual step of removing Senator Josh Green from the negotiating panel and appointing Senator Will Espero as the new chair. Sen. Green had refused to accept part of the House’s version of the bill that called for dispensary licenses to be given out based on merit. Green insisted on a first come, first served system instead.
 

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Congress to Discuss Allowing Veterans to Use Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

Federal lawmakers will soon gather on Capitol Hill to discuss the issue of allowing veterans to have the same access to medical marijuana as their civilian counterparts. The United States House of Representatives is scheduled to debate a number of issues pertaining to veteran’s affairs later this week, including a recent proposal by Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, which would enable military veterans suffering from debilitating mental and physical conditions to use medical marijuanain states where it has been made legal. 

Although the federal government prevents physicians employed with the Veterans Administration from even discussing marijuana as a potential treatment option for their patients, Blumenauer has drafted a simple amendment that would prevent the agency from using its funding to impose this prohibitionary stance. The objective of this modest policy adjustment is to simply prohibit the VA’s budget from being used to prevent veterans from taking advantage of their state’s medical marijuana program.

Fortunately, many legislative forces have shifted their attitude in regards to the use of medical marijuana, especially when it comes to treating the men and women who have suffered the wrath of a serious health issue as a result of serving the United States at a time of war. Congressman Blumenauer, along with Representatives Tom Reed of New York, Sam Farr of California and Dana Rohrabacher, also of California, believe the federal government owes it to those soldiers who have found themselves scarred while defending our nation an opportunity for a better quality of life through the medicinal benefits of cannabis. 

“It is unacceptable for our wounded warriors to be forced out of the VA system to simply seek a recommendation on whether or not medical marijuana is a good treatment option,” Blumenauer said in a statement. “We should not be preventing access to medicine that can help them deal with these injuries to survive and thrive. I encourage my colleagues to show compassion to our veterans and pass this amendment.” 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/congress-discuss-allowing-veterans-use-medical-marijuana


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Application Process for Medical Marijuana Growers in New York Is Now Open

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

The time has come for pot growers who want to become one of the suppliers for New York’s medical marijuana program to put their name in the proverbial hat.

Earlier this week, the state's Department of Health announced that it is officially in the process of accepting applications from those companies serious about cultivating medical marijuana for the patients of New York. The agency has set an application deadline of May 14, and licenses will be granted by sometime in July.

"This represents an important step in implementing the medical marijuana program in New York State," Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said in a statement. "We have laid out an ambitious timeline in getting the program up and running, and we are meeting our goals. Once the applications are in, we can begin our review and move to the next step of selecting the registered organizations this summer."

This lottery of sorts, which will only give a total of five companies permission to cultivate and distribute medical marijuana across the state, is expected to get rather interesting, especially since previous reports have indicated that hundreds of cannabis corporations from all over the United States will likely cast a bid. In fact, a story published at the beginning of the year by Capital New Yorksuggested that lobbyists for many of these firms were already pressing the flesh with labor unions and other influential decision makers in an attempt to secure a place in the market before the state opened the application process.

However, companies chomping at the bit to get in on the medical marijuana market will need to provide officials with more than just suitcases full of cash to earn the right to call themselves one of the state’s cannabis kingpins. In addition to cleverly persuading local lawmakers to support them, applicants will need to present thorough proposals that indicate every aspect of their operation is tight. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/application-process-medical-marijuana-growers-new-york-now-open


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Medical marijuana patients fret about new grower limits being considered by Oregon legislators

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

A bill that would limit the size of medical marijuana growing operations in Oregon is generating angry opposition from some patients and activists.

The proposed measure, unveiled late Friday afternoon, is aimed at curbing the black market while prodding larger growers to supply the legal recreational market the state is developing.

This approach is winning wide support on the House-Senate committee charged with implementing the marijuana legalization initiative approved by Oregon voters in November. It also has varying degrees of support from many marijuana industry figures who want to develop a successful legal market in the state.

But the 89-page amendment to Senate Bill 844 quickly created sparks among medical marijuana patients and many activists. Several legislators reported being besieged with emails and phone calls Monday from people worried that they would lose their supply of low-cost medical marijuana.

"It's going to take medicine away from the sickest and most disenfranchised patients," said Alex Rogers, who owns a medical marijuana dispensary in Ashland and has been using social media to build opposition to the proposal.

Rogers also charged that legislators were trying to rush the proposal through by unveiling the lengthy amendment on Friday and scheduling a Monday evening work session.

Read More: http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2015/04/medical_marijuana_patients_fre.html


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