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Lawmakers Call For Investigation Into DOJ's Continued Crackdown On Medical Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

Two congressmen behind a federal provision protecting state-legal medical marijuana operations are seeking an investigation into the Department of Justice's continued crackdown on medical marijuana patients and providers, saying the DOJ may be in violation of federal law.

"We request that you immediately investigate the Department's expenditure of funds to continue prosecuting these cases, which we believe are in direct violation of the prohibition on such expenditures established by Rohrabacher-Farr," reads the letter, addressed to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz from Reps. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.). 

Rohrabacher and Farr's amendment, which blocks the Justice Department from using funds to undermine state-legal medical marijuana programs, found support in Congress and ultimately made it into the final federal spending bill signed into law by President Barack Obama in December. As the marijuana provision is part of an annual funding bill that will expire, the lawmakers introduced an identical version again in June, which was reauthorized by the House of Representatives. 

Read More:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lawmakers-call-for-investigation-into-dojs-continued-crackdown-of-medical-marijuana_55bba4f4e4b0d4f33a0296ab


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Santee Sioux in South Dakota Set to Begin Marijuana Sales

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

The Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe is poised to become the first Native American tribe to grow and sell pot for recreational use, taking advantage of the Obama administration’s offer to let all 566 of the country’s federally recognized tribes enter the marijuana industry.

According to McClatchy DC, the tribe plans to sell 60 strains of marijuana and is hoping for lots of visitors to partake with them. Tribal president Anthony “Tony” Reider said sales could bring in as much as $2 million per month.

“Obviously, when you launch a business, you’re hoping to sell all the product and have a shortage, like Colorado did when they first opened,” Reider said.

Minors will be allowed to consume pot if they have a recommendation from a doctor, Reider added. Under a tribal ordinance passed in June, adults over 21 can buy up to one gram at a time for recreational use, no more than twice a day.

“We really don’t want the stuff getting out to the street,” Reider said. “So we’re going to have like a bar setting where they’ll be able to consume small amounts while on the property.”

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/santee-sioux-south-dakota-set-begin-marijuana-sales


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Advocacy Group Launches The Truth About Medical Marijuana Educational Series

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

medical marijuanaThis morning Americans for Safe Access (ASA) launched the Truth About Medical Marijuana educational website and accompanying event series. The Truth About Medical Marijuana will focus on emerging issues in the area of medical marijuana, including understanding the research behind the medicine, emerging policies issues surrounding cannabidiol (CBD) and consumer safety issues. During each of the next three months, event hosts will focus on these issues and prepare attendees to share that information with politicians and key decision makers, as well as providing tools to counter misinformation in the media.

“With the majority of Americans living in states that allow at least some kind of medical marijuana it’s time to move beyond rhetoric and headlines and foster a genuine understanding of this too often misunderstood medicine,” said Steph Sherer ASA Executive Director.  ”With the Truth About Medical Marijuana, we’re filling a void by giving people straightforward explanations of the science behind medical marijuana and explaining how medical marijuana relates to them and their families.”

Medical marijuana policy has recently undergone a significant series of developments with the passage of several new state laws in a short period of time.  In total, 40 states, Puerto Rico, Guam,  and the District of Columbia allow some legal medical use of marijuana. However,  many states have new highly restrictive laws that are not well understood. In other states, large scale commercialization of marijuana cultivation has created new consumer safety concerns that haven’t been effectively addressed. ASA is kicking off the campaign with advocates hosting over 40 events in thirteen states.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/advocacy-group-launches-the-truth-about-medical-marijuana-educational-series/


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Legal weed crossing state borders: No big deal?

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

Picture this: Come Oct. 1, you head down to Portland to buy a small amount of Oregon’s newly legal recreational marijuana. It’s a bit of a drive, but maybe you’ll save a few bucks because of lower taxes there or you just want to give it a try. But, as you cross back over to Washington, you’ve suddenly broken one of the cardinal priorities set by the federal government to allow marijuana sales in the Northwest – carrying state-legal pot across the border.

So what now?

Well, according to authorities in both Portland and Vancouver, probably nothing. Now that two contiguous states have legalized recreational marijuana, consumers on both sides of the border may be tempted to view the region as a free-trade market.

According to Jeff McCarty, the Senior Deputy Prosecutor of Clark County, Vancouver law enforcement doesn’t have a plan in place to crack down on marijuana entering and leaving the state.

“Nothing’s going to change, as far as I know, involving local law enforcement,” said McCarty regarding adjustments to account for Oregon’s legalization. “There’s not a mechanism in place where they can monitor or prevent people from bringing small amounts of marijuana over the bridge.”

Read More:http://blog.seattlepi.com/marijuana/2015/07/30/oregons-legal-weed-could-easily-travel-home-with-washington-buyers/


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New York Doctors Refuse to Recommend Medical Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

Although New York’s medical marijuana program is set to get underway in early 2016, some lawmakers are nervous that there will not be any licensed physicians willing to recommend this medicine to their patients.

Indeed, while the focus of concern, as of late, has been on the state’s restricted licensing provisions, only allowing five companies to cultivate and service potentially hundreds of thousands of patients, the real trouble lies in the fact that New York does not currently have a single doctor registered that can begin discussing with their patients the option of cannabis treatment. 

During a recent Manhattan Chamber of Commerce meeting, State Senator Diane Savino, who was instrumental in the passing of the Compassionate Care Act, told area administrators that her biggest concern with regard to the launch of the state’s medical cannabis program is that no physicians have been trained in accordance with the state law.

In New York, physicians must complete a training course outlined by the state Department of Health before they can legally provide guidance to patients pertaining to medical marijuana. However, the problem is, despite a number of companies having outlined training programs that match New York’s requirements, state health officials have not yet started looking into the details of the curriculum or begin accepting proposals.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-york-doctors-refuse-recommend-medical-marijuana


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Chris Christie to legal marijuana smokers: Enjoy it while you can because he'll enforce federal ban

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is attracting attention to his struggling presidential campaign by making it clear he doesn't want to recognize state laws legalizing recreational marijuana.

In town hall meetings in New Hampshire and an appearance on Fox News this week, Christie said that if elected, he intends to overturn state marijuana legalization laws, which have been passed in Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska.

"If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it until Jan. 17 of 2017," Christie told an audience in Newport, N.H., on Tuesday, "because I will enforce the federal laws against marijuana as president of the United States."

Christie has long been critical of marijuana legalization, saying it can cause brain damage and lead to the use of such drugs as heroin and cocaine.  Christie has lagged in polls in the GOP presidential race in recent months but is receiving a new burst of publicity this week as he speaks out against marijuana.

Read More:http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2015/07/chris_christie_to_legal_mariju.html


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