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Michigan Dispensary Raids Generating Some Controversy

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 15th 2016 by THCFinder

Several weeks after a city in Northern Michigan passed a zoning ordinance in support of local medical marijuana dispensaries, a number of federal and state law enforcement agencies descended upon two counties to bring down the heat on 12 dispensaries that they claim had been selling weed to people without a medical marijuana card.

Last Thursday, U.S. Homeland Security teamed up with the Michigan State Police and a number of sheriff's offices to conduct a massive raid on dispensaries and patients in the cities of Gaylord and Vanderbilt. Reports indicate that the search warrants were the result of a lengthy investigation into the unauthorized sale of medicinal cannabis products prohibited under state law. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/michigan-dispensary-raids-generating-some-controversy


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Sanders Leaves Michigan, Cops Begin Raiding Medical Marijuana Shops Next Day

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, March, 13th 2016 by THCFinder

bernie sanders marijuanaIf you were looking for an example of how the Michigan government has politicized every aspect of state authority, you just found it.

Homeland Security, Michigan State Police and other agencies raided nine medical marijuana distribution centers in the town of Gaylord, Michigan Thursday night, just weeks after the City Council passed an ordinance in support of dispensaries.

Not only did they hit those nine, they have swept out a total of at least a dozen mid-Michigan dispensaries within 48 hours. The raids began less than 24 hours after liberal candidate Bernie Sanders won Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary election.

The primary election was called by news media in favor of Bernie Sanders at 11:00 pm on March 8. By 6:00 pm on March 9, the raiding of medical marijuana patient homes and businesses had begun.

Governor Rick Snyder strikes again, this time with a blue fist.

Read More:xhttp://www.theweedblog.com/sanders-leavesmichigan-cops-begin-raiding-medical-marijuana-shops-next-day/


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Senator Graham Lends Support To Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, March, 12th 2016 by THCFinder
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(image via wikipedia)

Yesterday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined the bipartisan Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act (S. 683) as a co-sponsor. The support of Senator Graham coincides with the one-year anniversary of the bill’s introduction by Senators Cory Booker (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Rand Paul (R-KY).  The CARERS Act is the most comprehensive piece of medical cannabis legislation ever introduced in the U.S. Congress and would remedy the state-federal conflict over medical cannabis law.

“Graham’s support of CARERS Act is a significant step for patients” said Americans for Safe Access Executive Director, Steph Sherer. “This development should finally compel fellow Republican and Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley to allow the bill a vote. This is the only way to respect the 40 states that have laws recognizing medical use and the more than 80% of voters who support it.”

The passage of the CARERS Act  would allow state medical marijuana programs to continue without federal interference, move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II of the Controlled Substance Schedule, remove the marijuana compound Cannabidiol (CBD) entirely from the schedule, create access to banking services for marijuana businesses in legal states, eliminate the DEA-mandated “NIDA-monopoly” that prevents researchers from obtaining marijuana for clinical studies, and allow Veterans Health Administration physicians to write recommendations in states that have established a medical marijuana program.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/senator-graham-lends-support-to-comprehensive-medical-marijuana-bill/


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Donate To The New Approach Missouri 2016 Medical Marijuana Campaign

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 11th 2016 by THCFinder

donate relocation fund medical marijuana patientsI have stated many times that a marijuana reform victory in Missouri would be a marijuana reform victory for the entire nation. Many states have reformed marijuana laws in parts of the country where such a move is more expected (Northeast, West Coast). However, if Missouri were to legalize medical marijuana, it would send a message to the rest of the country that reform is here to stay, and that reform is possible in every state.

There are a lot of very, very hardworking activists in Missouri that have been fighting for reform for a long time. One of those activists is Amber Iris Langston. I have had the wonderful opportunity of getting to know here better while fighting alongside her in the reform trenches, and got to finally meet her face to face in November. She has a lot of passion, is extremely talented, and wants nothing more than to bring safe access to medical marijuana in Missouri. Below is a fundraising letter that she wrote that I want to pass along. Whether you are a national funder, a first time contributor, believe in compassion, and/or just want to help reform outdated, harmful marijuana laws, please consider making a donation to the Missouri campaign. Below is the fundraising letter I’m talking about, and if you have any questions for Amber, e-mail her at amber@newapproachmissouri.com :

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/donate-to-the-new-approach-missouri-2016-medical-marijuana-campaign/


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Four In Five Illinois Voters Support Medicinal Marijuana But Split On Recreational

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 8th 2016 by THCFinder
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(via firedoglake.com)

Right now Illinois has a flawed medical marijuana program. Patients aren’t allowed to grow their own medicine, and there is a limited number of conditions that qualify a patient for the program. That’s just two examples out of many of the deficiencies of Illinois’ medical marijuana program. Attempts to expand the program have been thwarted by the Governor, and since the program is a pilot program, there’s not even any guarantee that it will continue after the pilot program period ends.

The results of a poll were released today by by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute which found that 82 percent of Illinois voters that were surveyed support medical marijuana. So why is the program so limited? Unfortunately the support for recreational cannabis wasn’t as high, although 45% is still within striking distance of a majority. It will just take some educating and spreading awareness. Below are the results of the poll, which can also be found at this link here:

Voters in Illinois show overwhelming support for medicinal marijuana use, but less than half of them support legalization for recreational use, according to a new poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The sample of 1,000 registered voters was taken Feb. 15 – 20 and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

When asked whether they favor or oppose legalized medicinal marijuana in Illinois, 82 percent express support for the policy. Only 16 percent oppose and 3 percent did not know or answered otherwise.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/four-in-five-illinois-voters-support-medicinal-marijuana-but-split-on-recreational/


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Help Oregon Patients Keep OMMP Growers

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 7th 2016 by THCFinder

new approach oregon marijuana legalizationThere are some major changes on the way in Oregon, which will result in a lot of patients losing their medical marijuana growers. There is a crowdfunding effort underway that seeks to help patients in that type of situation. Below is more information, via the crowdfunding effort’s page on GoFundMe:

I’m Sarah Duff, a medical marijuana patient advocate and all around cannabis activist. I co-own Duff Johnson Consulting which specializes in cannabis law compliance and have helped match hundreds of patients to a medical marijuana grower in Oregon. I created a co op so that my grower’s medicine could be pooled and distributed according to what patients want and need.

I specialize in helping low income patients find medicine regardless of cost. Roughly 230 patients are currently receiving free medicine from a grower in my co op. Growers who have been charitably giving to patients are being asked to pay $200 per patient when the patient renews their card. Other growers are being forced to drop patients due to plant number restrictions.

Not all grows are commercial enterprises. Many people do not charge much or anything to their patients.  Some growers do not aim to make money growing, they just want to grow for themself and others out of love for people and the plant. The fee is also at a time when growers are applying for their retail producer licenses which are very expensive, especially in Portland. The application fee and clinic fees are already a huge burden for many patients and too many patients will be faced with the possibility of losing their grower unless they can help the grower pay that fee.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/help-oregon-patients-not-lose-ommp-growers/


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