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Judge says MT Marijuana Act will harm patients

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
A Helena District judge has once again struck down portions of the Montana Marijuana Act.
 
Judge Jim Reynolds issued his ruling saying medical marijuana cardholders will be injured if the current law stays in tact. It states a provider can only serve three medical marijuana patients and it prohibits the patient from paying the provider for the marijuana.
 
The medical marijuana community argues the Montana Marijuana Act forces patients to grow their own.
 
Reynolds says under the current law medical marijuana users will be unable to do that which will cause harm to the patient.
 
This is the second time Reynolds has ruled on this case. The first time his ruling was overturned by the Montana Supreme Court and sent back to him for further review.
 
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox's office has not said whether or not it will appeal the ruling.
 

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Lawmaker makes push for medical marijuana in Kansas

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, January, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
Once again, Kansas is pushing to legalize medical marijuana, and one lawmaker says it is not a matter of if but when it will be a legal option.
 
In the case of medical marijuana, one will likely find more supporters, like a senator from the state of Kansas.
 
"It's just going to be a matter of time before all of this country has it, and I just don't want Kansas to be the last state to enact it," said state Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas.
 
That is why Haley has introduced Senate Bill 9, which would allow patients to obtain and use marijuana without fear of arrest.
 
The bill would allow patients with certain qualifying conditions who have received recommendations from their physicians to privately possess up to six ounces of marijuana and grow up to 12 marijuana plants in their homes.
 
It also calls on the Kansas Department of Public Health to regulate and license medical marijuana compassion centers to provide medicine to qualified patients. The department would be able to limit the number of centers in any particular area.
 
"I do know people who are suffering from cancer, nausea from chemotherapy drugs, who've said they don't like breaking the law just to use marijuana ... a natural holistic substance," he said.
 
Whether marijuana helps people who are sick isn't really a question.
 
It's been proven time and time again it does help, and some say it's a much safer alternative than legal prescription drugs, which can carry some serious side effects. Not only that, supporters say it is a safety issue in general.
 
"Patients right now who use medical marijuana, they're getting it from drug dealers and gangs and cartels, that is who supplies marijuana in this country," said Dan Riffle with the Marijuana Policy Project.
 
Riffle points out no one has ever died from an overdose of marijuana, saying the same cannot be said for overdoses of conventional pain killers, which kill thousands of people every year.
 
Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have already given the green light to medical marijuana. At least 10 more states are expected to consider similar legislation this year.
 
Haley is hoping Kansas won't be the last.
 

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Marijuana attorney says he will make ballot in D.C.

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
Paul Zukerberg, a District attorney who wants to decriminalize marijuana, said Monday that he is the first candidate to turn in enough signatures to qualify as a candidate in the April special election for a seat on the D.C. Council.
 
In a statement, Zukerberg said he turned in 3,091 signatures from registered voters to District elections officials – 91 more than required.
 
But based on past elections, Zukerberg may not have turned in enough signatures to withstand a possible challenge over the validity of his petition.
 
D.C Elections Board officials often toss dozens or hundreds of signatures for being invalid because they come from someone not on the voter rolls.
 
Mindful of his narrow margin, Zukerberg said he plans to continue collecting signatures through next week, when he plans to submit an updated total.
 
So far, 20 candidates, including interim council member Anita Bonds (D) and Republican Patrick Mara, have announced plans to run in the April 23 special election for the citywide at-large seat. 
 
Potential candidates have until Jan. 23 to gather the required signatures, which can be a cold and grueling process during the winter. It’s widely expected that multiple announced candidates will fall short.
 
Zukerberg, 55,  is an Adams Morgan attorney who specializes in defending marijuana possession cases.  
 
He plans to argue during the campaign that the District needs to engage in a serious discussion about decriminalizing marijuana, arguing to many residents are drawing criminal records.
 
 If he qualifies for the ballot, Zukerberg will also campaign on improving education, a more sustainable transportation network and ethics reform.
 

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Time to Medicate

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, January, 10th 2013 by THCFinder


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Nearly 70 Percent of New Hampshire Wants to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, January, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
CONCORD – More than two-thirds (68%) of New Hampshire voters think the state should enact a law allowing seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it, according to a survey conducted this week by Public Policy Polling (PPP). Just 26% said they were opposed.
 
The poll, which is being released just as state lawmakers prepare to consider a medical marijuana bill in this year’s legislative session, also found that 52% of voters would be more likely to vote for a state legislator if he or she voted for such legislation. Just 27% said they’d be less likely.
 
“Voters in New Hampshire are more than ready to move forward with allowing seriously ill patients to use marijuana if their doctors recommend it,” said Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project. “Allowing seriously ill patients to use marijuana to ease their pain and treat their symptoms is a lot more popular these days than threatening them with arrest and prosecution.”
 

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U.S. drug czar slams medical marijuana during S.F. event

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
The nation’s top drug cop advocated a “different approach” to narcotics enforcement — and stressed that there is no “war on drugs” — but had stern words Monday for the San Francisco-bred medical marijuana movement. 
 
Drug users need treatment and education rather than jail terms, according to Gil Kerlikowske, the former Seattle police chief who now heads President Barack Obama’s Office of National Drug Control Policy.
 
Speaking at a gathering of law enforcement officers at the University of San Francisco, Kerlikowske also said that calling cannabis medicine “sends a terrible message” to the nation’s teens. High school students are more likely to smoke marijuana than tobacco due to the growing “perception” that marijuana is less harmful, he said. 
 
“We have to ask if we doing everything we can to empower them to make a healthy decision about their future,” he said.
 
Kerlikowske was in town to highlight the Obama Adminstration’s “21st-century” approach toward drug use. Also in attendance were Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr, and Berkeley chief of police Michael Meehan — who served under Kerlikowske as a narcotics captain on the Seattle police force. 
 
San Francisco has more than 20 licensed and taxpaying medical marijuana dispensaries. Across California, there are more than 1,000 — all of which pay state sales tax — according to Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana users’ advocacy group.
 
Federal law enforcement officials have long been at odds with state and local policymakers on medical marijuana. Pressure from the federal Justice Department has shut down seven San Francisco medical marijuana dispensaries since Oct. 2011. 
 
Before taking office, Obama said that marijuana would not be a law enforcement priority for his administration. Attorney General Eric Holder reiterated that statement, though U.S. prosecutors have since noted that marijuana remains illegal under federal law and a public health nuisance. 
 
Kerlikowske noted that neither he nor his office have any sway over the Justice Department, and “I wouldn’t suppose that I should tell The City what to do differently.” 
 

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