Minn. medical marijuana push to wait until 2014
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota won't have a showdown over medical marijuana this year.
Heather Azzi of Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, a pro-marijuana policy group, said Wednesday that bills to permit marijuana for medical reasons will be introduced in the next week or two. But Azzi, the group's political director, said the legislation won't move through Legislature this year.
"We just had a lot of background work to do before we got started," she said.
Supporters hope to latch onto efforts to relax marijuana laws in other states. Voters in Washington state and Colorado approved ballot measures last fall making it legal to possess small amounts of marijuana. It was a step beyond laws in 18 states that give people with certain conditions clearance to use marijuana after getting a physician's approval.
Medical marijuana proposals are circulating in at least a dozen states. Last week, Maryland's health secretary expressed support for legislation there, arguing the federal government has not brought charges against any state employees in other states who may have been involved with distributing medical marijuana.
Read more: http://www.ajc.com
Montana medical marijuana advocates push final bill aimed at 2011 law
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
HELENA – Medical marijuana advocates are making a final try this legislative session to amend the 2011 law that imposed tighter restrictions on what was then a booming industry here.
Sen. Dave Wanzenried, D-Missoula, recently introduced Senate Bill 377 for a group called Montana Association for Rights.
No hearing date has been set yet. The bill has been assigned to the Senate Business and Labor Committee, but he hopes to get it moved to the Judiciary Committee.
SB377 may face long odds for passage because it expands the 2011 medical marijuana law in some ways.
In addition, the 2013 Legislature so far has opposed changing the current law, killing all six other bills that sought to amend it.
The 2011 law was intended to make it harder for people to get medical marijuana cards and squeeze the profits out of the industry.
In June 2011, there were 30,000 medical marijuana carders in Montana and about 4,400 providers registered with the state to supply pot to cardholders. As of last month, the numbers had plummeted to about 7,500 cardholders and 300 providers.
Read more: http://missoulian.com
NJ Bill to Allow Organ Transplants for Pot Patients
One of the great tragedies of medical marijuana being simultaneously legal on the state level and illegal on the federal level is the denial of organ transplants to medical pot patients by hospitals.
However, a bill seeking to right that wrong was recently approved by New Jersey’s Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee by a convincing 7-2-1 tally.
The bill is sponsored by state Senators Joseph Vitale (D-19th District) and Nicholas Scutari (D-22nd District) and would properly render medicinal cannabis as the equivalent of any prescription medication in New Jersey.
Vitale, chairman of the N.J. Senate Health Committee, announced in a press release he was motivated to co-craft this bill after learning of previous patients who've suffered needlessly and even died simply because they were legal pot patients using a drug the healthcare hierarchy chooses not to accept.
The bill would “provide that a registered, qualifying patient’s authorized use of medical marijuana would be considered equivalent to using other prescribed medication rather than an illicit substance and therefore would not disqualify the person from needed medical care, such as an organ transplant.”
The bill must now be approved by both New Jersey state chambers and be signed by Gov. Chris Christie. Should it become law, the legislation could set an overdue precedent for other medical marijuana states across the U.S. follow.
Read more: http://hightimes.com
Doctors call for study of marijuana
The Massachusetts Medical Society, which steadfastly opposed the medical marijuana ballot question approved by voters in November, called on Friday for large-scale research of the drug’s potential medical uses to ensure it is tested in the same rigorous way as prescription drugs.
At the same time, the organization representing the state’s doctors said it has dropped a push to change federal regulations and remove marijuana from a list of the most dangerous drugs — a classification that some scientists cite as an obstacle to the research.
Dr. Richard Aghababian, the group’s president, sent a letter in October urging the US Drug Enforcement Administration to facilitate research by reclassifying marijuana, removing it from a list of the most dangerous illegal substances for which regulators see “no currently accepted medical use.”
The agency responded recently, saying marijuana’s status as a Schedule I drug “does not preclude scientific research” on the plant or its components, as long as the research receives proper approvals.
Read more: http://www.bostonglobe.com
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Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
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