Medical Marijuana

California Senate moves to crush medical marijuana profits

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, May, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
A bill approved by the California state senate on Monday would further restrict the state’s medical marijuana industry by requiring the end of all for-profit sales of the drug to licensed patients and caregivers.
The proposed law would go further than the state attorney general’s non-binding guidelines issued in 2008, making the not-for-profit collective model mandatory for dispensaries. Provisions in S.B. 439 would also place even greater records-keeping requirements on dispensary owners, who would still be entitled to reasonable compensation for their time and efforts. In theory, that should allow tax enforcers to peer more closely at dispensary finances to ensure shady businesses are not taking profits while reporting none.
“Everybody benefits from tighter regulations,” Chris Lindsey, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, told Raw Story. “Where you run into problems is when you have a law that can be interpreted several different ways, which means that people trying to comply with the law don’t know where they stand.”


Voters Favor Strict Limits on Marijuana Dispensaries (Vote F)

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
Most of you want to limit the number of marijuana dispensaries in town to 135 or less. So says a USC Sol Price School of Public Policy/Los Angeles Times poll of 500 likely voters conducted last week and released over the weekend.
That means that you're probably favoring the City Hall-sponsored Measure D, which would do just that and shut down as many as 9 out of 10 pot shops in town. The poll, however, is flawed:
It asks which statement voters agree with, putting a "cap" on the number of dispensaries or "no limits" on pot shops.
That's not really how it's going to work on the ballot. Measure D would indeed impose a cap; it would also shut down most shops in town. Measure F, its main competition, does impose regulations, including an increase in city tax, background checks for operators, business hours and maintaining distances from schools.
As its backers would argue, that's not "no limits;" They also say shops would be shut down under the ordinance, just not as many as would under D.


Three Medical Marijuana Measures on Todays Ballot (Vote YES on F)

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
LA has tried for more than five years to balance medical needs with neighborhood concerns about medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the city. Three measures on Tuesday's ballot seek to either curb the number of dispensaries or allow new ones to open.
Measure D would restrict the number of medical marijuana dispensaries to the original 135 approved before a 2007 requirement that dispensaries register with the city. The measure would apply a tax of $60 for every $1,000 in sales.
"Why don't we start with a conservative strategy?" said Los Angeles Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, who credited medical marijuana with helping his fight against cancer. "We take a deep breath, see how it goes, and then we can go from there."
A rival proposal was placed on the ballot after a signature drive. Measure F would allow for unlimited dispensaries and call for a 20-percent sales tax.
The measure would require worker background checks and several stringent requirements, according to supporters. Proponents also claim zoning language, which outlines where dispensaries could operate, in the measure ensures the number would be limited to about 400.
"Proposition F provides a sufficient number of dispensaries that allows patients to have the access they need to medical marijuana," said Michael Bustamante, of the "Yes on F, No on D" campaign.


Relief elusive for N.J.'s youngest medical marijuana patient

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, May, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
SCOTCH PLAINS — Two-year-old Vivian Wilson sleeps with a heart and oxygen monitor attached to her toe. When she wakes up, the toddler must wear an eye patch and be kept from direct sunlight. An overnight bag, oxygen tanks and other medical equipment are stacked behind the sofa.
Vivian is diagnosed with a rare and severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome.
These are a few of the ways her parents relentlessly manage everything that comes into contact with their youngest daughter, who suffered her first seizure when she was 2 months old.
None of it is enough. Medications help, as does a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet — every meal weighed to a 10th of a gram. But only so much.
Vivian’s parents, Brian and Meghan Wilson, enrolled her in New Jersey’s medicinal marijuana program in desperation, hoping that a strain of pot that has stopped most seizures in a small but growing number of children in Colorado and California could help her.
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NSW Okays Use of Medical Marijuana for Cancer, AIDS Patients

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, May, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
The New South Wales Parliamentary Committee recommended the approval of medical marijuana for state residents suffering from cancer, AIDS or other end-stage ailments. The proposed law would allow patients to possess and use up to 15 grammes of cannabis.
However, people with these ailments and their carers must produce a certificate from a specialist and register with the state Department of Health to be issued an identification card with photo.
Despite the committee's recommendation, NSW Acting Health Minister Kevin Humphries said the state would proceed with caution due to failure of previous similar proposals due to difficulty in sourcing marijuana since its importation is still illegal under commonwealth law while NSW has no plans to cultivate the weed.
The recommendation is supported by several parties, including the Liberal, National, Labor, Greens and Shooters.
Committee member Adam Searle said that while issues often divide Australian politicians, in the case of medical marijuana, they set their differences aside to help alleviate human suffering.


Illinois Senate approves bill to legalize medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, May, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
Illinois has come within a signature of becoming the 19th state to allow marijuana use for medical purposes.
On Friday, the state Senate voted 35-21 to approve a medical marijuana measure, which now will head for Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk. The governor has not said whether he will sign it.
Democratic Sen. Bill Haine, one of the bill’s sponsors, told the Los Angeles Times that House Bill 1 has a very narrow scope and was crafted with law enforcement officials at the table to avoid the mistakes and pitfalls of medical marijuana programs in other states.
Eighteen states and Washington, D.C., have decriminalized marijuana use for medicinal purposes. California did so in 1996, when the state’s voters approved Proposition 215.
If it becomes law, the Illinois bill will prohibit patients from growing their own pot; instead, plants will be raised at “grow centers” overseen by authorities and the state Department of Agriculture.
Only doctors that have established relationships with patients will be able to dispense the drug to help with pain or side effects associated with treating serious illnesses, such as AIDS or cancer.
“It can’t be consumed in public. It can’t be displayed in public,” Haine said.
The bill would allow medical marijuana use for just four years, essentially creating a pilot program on the drug's use. If it’s not renewed by the state’s General Assembly, the medical pot effort will die.



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