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Dying New Hampshire Woman Files Medical Marijuana Lawsuit Against DHHS

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

new hampshire medical marijuana lawsuitA terminal cancer patient seeking expedited access to medical marijuana filed a lawsuit Thursday in Merrimack County Superior Court against New Hampshire Commissioner of Health and Human Services Nicholas Toumpas. The lawsuit is available at http://mpp.org/HoranLawsuit.

The Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for administrating the state’s medical marijuana program, which has experienced several delays since Gov. Maggie Hassan signed it into law in July 2013. On Monday, DHHS began accepting applications from patients interested in participating in the program, but they remain at risk of arrest and prosecution until they receive program ID cards. DHHS is refusing to issue ID cards until dispensaries open, which is not expected until 2016.

“The state simply needs to issue me an ID card so that I can access the medicine that I need,” said the plaintiff, Linda Horan of Alstead. “It’s hard to imagine why it would take more than two years for that. There are seriously ill people throughout New Hampshire who are suffering every day they go without it.”

Horan suffers from stage IV lung cancer and filed an application with DHHS after receiving approval from all five of her physicians. Her lawsuit asks that DHHS expedite the process of issuing her an ID card so that she can immediately begin obtaining medical marijuana legally in Maine and using it without fear of arrest and prosecution in New Hampshire.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/dying-new-hampshire-woman-files-medical-marijuana-lawsuit-against-dhhs/


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Former Corrections Officer To Join Local Marijuana Policy Reformers For Texas Advocacy Training Event

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

texas marijuana legalization dfw normlLocal marijuana policy reform activists, including a former Texas corrections officer, will gather Saturday for an advocacy training event at the Janet F. Harte Library in Corpus Christi. Details of the event are available at http://www.texasmarijuanapolicy.org/training-corpus-christi.

The event, hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, is the third in a series of events being held around the state as part of an effort to inject the marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races. Regional events are also scheduled for East Texas on December 5 and Houston on December 12. Last month, activists held trainings in Dallas and San Antonio.

The featured speaker at Saturday’s event will be Michael Gilbert, Ph.D., a University of Texas San Antonio criminal justice professor and former Texas corrections officer. He will join representatives of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy for media availability at 12:00 p.m. CT, and members of the media are invited to listen to his presentation at 1:15 p.m. CT.

“During nearly 16 years working as a corrections professional with military and state corrections, it became clear to me that marijuana prohibition is causing more harm than good. These laws have been counterproductive and fail to meet any of their policy objectives. Simply stated, we have more important matters to address with our limited law enforcement resources,” Dr. Gilbert said. “These advocacy training events are needed to reach others who want marijuana law reform and prepare them to talk with legislators and political candidates about this important issue. I am honored to participate and help others raise their voices in support of reform.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/former-corrections-officer-marijuana-policy-texas-advocacy-training-event/


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Colorado Approves Letting State Keep Pot Taxes

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

DENVER (AP) – Colorado voters agreed Tuesday to allow the state to keep $66 million worth of marijuana taxes despite an accounting error that could have forced the state to refund the money to taxpayers and pot growers.

An accounting error in a pot tax measure approved two years ago led to the proposition. An inaccurate tax projection required the state to ask voters again if it could keep the revenue collected last year from a 10 percent sales tax and 15 percent excise tax on recreational pot.

The vote means the state won’t have to refund the $66 million and the 10 percent sales tax won’t be cut almost entirely for a time. Instead, the state will put the money toward school construction and educational and anti-drug efforts.

Proposition BB had broad support from Democrats, Republicans, the marijuana industry and nearly every newspaper in the state. There was no organized opposition.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/colorado-approves-letting-state-keep-pot-taxes


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Maryland Prosecutor Claims Marijuana Decriminalization Increases Murder Rates

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

While a number of places all over the world have vouched for the effectiveness of marijuana decriminalization, a top Maryland prosecutor bringing the heat in Prince George’s County, located just outside the District of Columbia, believes that stripping the criminal penalties away from pot possession has contributed to a recent spike in murders throughout the county.

During a recent interview on WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Maryland State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks suggested that an increase in murders in Prince George’s County is likely due to the state’s decision last year to decriminalize marijuana. Her rationality for this argument is that ever since decriminalization took effect, area gangs have been engaged in a vicious turf war to gain control over the black market drug trade. She insists that with police now unable to conduct random searches for marijuana, more guns are now being carried, which is leading to more street disputes being settled with deadly force. 

"The decriminalization of marijuana has really driven the violence we have seen this year in Prince George's.” Alsobrooks said. "What we're seeing is they're fighting for turf. The marijuana dealers are fighting." 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/maryland-prosecutor-claims-marijuana-decriminalization-increases-murder-rates


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Obama to Call for Breaking Cycle of Incarceration

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than half a million people leave U.S. prisons each year, but with jobs, housing and mental health services scarce, many are soon back behind bars. On Monday, President Barack Obama will call for breaking that cycle of incarceration by helping former inmates successfully re-enter society.

With his visit to a drug treatment center in Newark, New Jersey, Obama aims to boost his ongoing push for overhauling the criminal justice system. In rare bipartisan fashion, Congress is considering legislation cutting sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, but Obama will seek to force attention to the plight offenders face once they're finally set free.

"Everyone has a role to play, from businesses that are hiring ex-offenders to philanthropies that are supporting education and training programs," Obama said in his weekly address.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/obama-call-breaking-cycle-incarceration


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A Very Big California Marijuana Legalization Announcement Is Coming Tomorrow

Category: News | Posted on Sun, November, 1st 2015 by THCFinder
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California is the biggest marijuana legalization domino that is in play for 2016. I have had many conversations with members of the mainstream media about California, and I have said many times that many people will measure the success of the 2016 campaign by whether or not California succeeds. Several states could legalize in 2016, and while I think that even one state would be a huge victory, many others will consider it bittersweet if California fails to legalize again.

As seems to always be the case with legalization efforts in this decade, there are several efforts in California. The most high profile one to date is Reform California, which has funding and a very strong campaign team. However, there’s supposed to be a long awaited announcement coming out of California tomorrow, with California billionaire Sean Parker and friends throwing their hat into the race. The initiative is reported to be backed by the Drug Policy Alliance, the Marijuana Policy Project, and WeedMaps founder Justin Hartfield who has already pledged 2 million dollars to a marijuana legalization campaign of his choosing (which it sounds like he is choosing this one).

Having a lot of money is important in politics, and this initiative will certainly have a bunch, but it’s not the only thing that it will take to push this initiative over the top. It will take a very well written initiative, and a strong campaign team to ensure victory. It sounds like the initiative that is going to be announced tomorrow will have those in addition to a hefty bank account. Anything that the Drug Policy Alliance is involved with is usually very solid. The San Francisco Chronicle received an advanced summary of the initiative, highlights of which are below:

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/a-very-big-california-marijuana-legalization-announcement-is-coming-tomorrow/


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