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The Oregon Legislature And Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Need To Help Low Income Patients

Category: News | Posted on Sun, October, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

oregon house bill hb 3460 medical marijuana dispensaries ommpThe first week of recreational marijuana sales in Oregon resulted in over $11 million dollars worth of marijuana being sold according to several media outlets. I’m not sure where that number is being pulled from, but regardless of how close to the exact dollar amount the figure is, I think that we can all agree that Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries sold A LOT of recreational flower since sales started on October 1st. I read an article on the Oregon Cannabis Connection website that did a great job of highlighting calls from activists for using this new found source of revenue to help low income Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) patients. Below is an excerpt from that article, via the Oregon Cannabis Connection:

A few years ago the Oregon Health Authority fees for the medical program increased by double, they stopped offering reduced fees to qualifying low income patients, and even added additional fees like a “change of grower” fee. Now that the state will likely have a massive surplus of tax revenue from the recreational market, the opportunity to remove the onerous fee structure they placed on patients is apparent, but patient advocates aren’t holding their breaths.

Anthony Tayor of Compassionate Oregon, one of the states leading patient advocacy groups, explained to OCC, “Prior to the start of early adult sales we advocated for dispensaries to set aside some of the revenue recreational sales generate to subsidize patient costs.”

“It would be wonderful if the legislature could come up with a scenario that would do just that,” Taylor added. “Unfortunately they are awfully fond of the extra revenue being generated by patients to advance such a plan.” 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-legislature-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-help-low-income-patients/


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Alaska Marijuana Control Board To Hear Testimony Next Thursday And Friday

Category: News | Posted on Sun, October, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

alaska marijuana legalizationI received the following action alert:

Dear Johnny:

Next week, the Marijuana Control Board will hear public comments on all rules it has proposed this year. If you haven’t already, we urge supporters to review the latest draft. If you would like to speak with members of the board, consider attending and making your voice heard.

Legislative Information Offices around the state will open on Thursday, October 15 or Friday, October 16, depending on the location. Click here to see the specific day and time the board will hear from residents in your area. These hearings are for those who wish to speak directly to board members. Written comments may be submitted until November 11.

While as a whole the rules are fair, there are several areas of concern, including provisions:

— Inadvertently banning marijuana-infused edibles, which are clearly allowed by Measure 2;
–Enabling local governments to ban businesses by filing a “protest” with the board, contrary to Measure 2’s limitations; and
–Failing to provide a deadline — or clear standards — for the board while it decides whether to allow marijuana-infused products.

The board plans to finalize its rules on November 20. This round of review is your last chance to make your voice heard on them. The application process for businesses that serve adults 21 and over is expected to begin in early 2016.

Please pass this message to friends, family, and supporters in Alaska!

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/alaska-marijuana-control-board-to-hear-testimony-next-thursday-and-friday/


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New Poll: Swing States Support the Legalization of Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sat, October, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

Some of the more gutsy 2016 presidential candidates may soon take a more pot-friendly position in regard to their campaigns after seeing the results from the latest Quinnipiac University poll. The survey found an impressive majority of voters in the swing states of Florida and Ohio support the elimination of prohibition in the United States, while the voting population in Pennsylvania remains divided on whether tax-paying citizens should be allowed to use recreational marijuana.

Although there is a lot of focus these days on women and weed, there are apparently more men in swing states that support the legalization of marijuana than women, according to the poll. But despite the gender gap, most of the respondents agree on one thing: they probably wouldn’t even smoke weed “recreationally” if it were legal.

"If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then the Red Planet might be the more spacey place," Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement. "That's because men are more likely than women to support legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Not surprisingly support for the change is linked to age, with younger voters more likely to see personal use of pot as a good thing."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-poll-swing-states-support-legalization-marijuana


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Scientists say ‘runner’s high’ is like a marijuana high

Category: News | Posted on Sat, October, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

That happy, invincible feeling you get when you're floating through the air at the peak of a workout?

You've probably heard that it's something called endorphins that your body produced during prolonged exercise. That idea, which has been around since the ’80s, is based on the theory that these chemicals interact with receptors in the brain to reduce your perception of pain and some thought they may also give you that euphoric boost.

A new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences challenges that notion and puts forth a different theory: That that "high" it could be due to different substance called endocannabinoids.

Read More:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/10/08/scientists-runners-high-like-marijuana-high/


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Uncle Sam to Release 6,000 Federal Drug Offenders

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

In an effort to deal with prison overcrowding, as well as liberate some of those people serving unjust sentences for non-violent drug crimes, the Department of Justice announced earlier this week that it plans to spring around 6,000 prisoners from the joint.

At the end of this month, the Federal Bureau of Prisons will turn loose thousands of inmates that have been rotting away behind bars since the '80s and '90s for drug-related crimes. The majority of these parolees will spend some time on supervised released, with nearly a third of them being deported due to their illegal status.

“Today’s announcement is nothing short of thrilling because it carries justice,” Jesselyn McCurdy of the ACLU told The New York Times. “Far too many people have lost years of their lives to Draconian sentencing laws born of the failed drug war. People of color have had to bear the brunt of these misguided and cruel policies. We are overjoyed that some of the people so wronged will get their freedom back.”

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/uncle-sam-release-6000-federal-drug-offenders


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Which Areas Of Oregon Allow Marijuana Sales And Which Don’t?

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

Fifty-six percent of Oregon voters in 2014 decided that marijuana shall be legal statewide. That’s the greatest statewide support for legalization of the four states that have passed it. Every adult may possess an ounce of marijuana, grow four cannabis plants at home, possess a half-pound of marijuana at home, and shop in safe retail outlets.

The only problem? If you live east of the Cascade Mountains, there will be no safe retail outlets for you.

As the legislature worked on implementing the will of the majority, representatives of the people living in those eastern counties demanded a compromise. Allow the counties that really, really hate potheads to ban marijuana markets, or they’ll sue to destroy the entire state’s legal marijuana markets.

Measure 91 already contained within it some powerful local control options for those counties. Any county or city could ban marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers. But those bans would have to go before the voters in that city or county at the next election. That’s what a majority of Oregon voters decided would be fair.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/which-areas-of-oregon-allow-marijuana-sales-and-which-dont/


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