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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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Washington State Revisits Rules on Use of Marijuana as Medicine

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, April, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical marijuana law that often left the police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill on Friday that attempts to clean up that largely unregulated system and to bring it in line with Washington’s new recreational marijuana market.
 
Among the law’s many provisions, it creates a voluntary registry of patients and, beginning next year, eliminates what have become in some cases large, legally dubious “collective gardens” providing cannabis to thousands of people. Instead, those patients will be able to buy medical-grade products at legal recreational marijuana stores that obtain an endorsement to sell medical marijuana, or they will be able to participate in cooperatives of up to four patients.
 
And those big medical marijuana gardens will be given a path to legitimacy: The state will grant priority in licensing to those who have been good proprietors.
 
The proliferation of medical dispensaries has long been a concern for the police and other officials who denounce them as a cover for black-market sales. Washington in 1998 became one of the first states to approve the use of marijuana for medical purposes, but the initiative passed by voters did not allow commercial sales.
 
Medical marijuana growers repeatedly sought legislation that would validate their businesses, coming closest in 2011, when the Legislature approved a bill to create a licensing framework for medical dispensaries. But Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed much of the measure.
 
This time, with the state seeking to support its nascent recreational marijuana industry after the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012, there was a financial impetus to pull the medical users into the recreational system.
 
Under the new law, patients who join the voluntary registry will be allowed to possess three ounces dry, 48 ounces of marijuana-infused solids, 216 ounces liquid and 21 grams of concentrates.
 

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Recreational Marijuana Prices Plunge In Washington State

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder

marijuana washington state felony drug possessionWhen legal marijuana went on sale in Washington last summer, the prices were astronomically high. There was not enough supply to go around, there was a lot of hype in the air because marijuana was going to be sold legally for recreational purposes for the first time on the West Coast, and marijuana stores took advantage of the situation. People were paying $100+ for an eighth of marijuana. My how things have changed since then.

The average price for recreational marijuana in Washington has fallen to $12 per gram. With reports that there is a surplus of over 46,000 pounds of recreational marijuana in Washington State right now, I’d expect that number to stay the same, or drop even further. Per The Joint Blog:

The price of legal recreational cannabis has dropped significantly in recent months in Washington, according to new data released by the state’s Liquor Control Board.

According to the Board, the average price of recreational cannabis throughout the state is $12 a gram. When sales began in July, average prices were near $30 a gram.

The prices in Washington State are still too high. Even with prices falling over 50%, the prices are still more than twice as high as they are on the black market. The black market will never be eliminated at that rate. With that being said, a lot of stores in Washington are barely scrapping by because they have lowered their prices as much as they can, but due to Washington State taxes and federal 280e provisions, there’s not much left for store owners after all is said and done. Washington needs to revamp the marijuana tax structure, and the feds need to reform 280e provisions, if the marijuana industry is ever going to reach its full potential in Washington.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/recreational-marijuana-prices-plunge-in-washington-state/


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Cook County state's attorney to announce loosening of marijuana penalties

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, April, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez will hold a news conference Monday to announce reforms to low-level drug offenses, including dismissal of all future misdemeanor marijuana cases, a spokeswoman said Sunday.
 
"If someone is caught with a misdemeanor amount of marijuana, the state's attorney's office will no longer prosecute that case," Alvarez spokeswoman Sally Daly said. This program will be for people with less than three arrests or citations, she said.
 
The announcement, scheduled for 10:15 a.m. at the state's attorney's office, is part of the sweeping overhaul that will also address how the office prosecutes small amounts of recreational drugs including Ecstasy, cocaine and heroin.
 
Alvarez is expected to detail the creation of an alternative prosecution program aimed at diverting nonviolent, repeat drug offenders out of the criminal justice system, her office said in a news release Sunday afternoon. The program, designed for those charged with Class 4 felony possession — currently punishable by up to a $25,000 fine or one to three years in prison, or both — will attempt to address chronic drug use and addiction as a public health issue. Repeat offenders are expected to be linked with social service agencies for treatment rather than face criminal penalties.
 
The proposed changes will not affect pending cases, Daly said.
 
Last year, Class 4 felony drug possession cases made up about a quarter of all felony cases in Cook County. Prosecutors also saw more than 15,000 misdemeanor cases for small amounts of marijuana, according to Alvarez's office.
 

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