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Maine Legislative Council To Vote Today On Introduction Of Marijuana Legalization Measure

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
council-mj-voteOn Thursday, November 21st, the Maine Legislative Council will be voting on whether or not to allow the introduction of LR 2329, a measure sponsored by Rep. Diane Russell (D-Portland) which would legalize the cultivation, possession, and use of marijuana by individuals over the age of 21 in addition to establishing retail outlets to sell marijuana and marijuana products.
 
It is extremely important that we cross this first hurdle at the Legislative Council tomorrow. We have a very real chance of passing this legislation if it is introduced. This is why we are asking all Maine residents to please take a minute of your time to contact the members of the council and urge them to support the introduction of this legislation.
 
Maine: Click here to contact the Legislative Council in support of LR 2329
Final language will be released soon, but you can see an overview of the legislation below. NORML believes this legislation presents a smart approach on marijuana for the state of Maine. It would allow anyone over the age of 21 to possess up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana, cultivate up to 6 plants, and purchase marijuana from established retail outlets. It also has key provisions in place that ensure individuals with several years residency in Maine and experience as a current medical marijuana dispensaries or caregiver are given priority on business licenses, explicitly leaves the current medical marijuana law in place for patients, and directs tax revenue to help low income patients be able to afford their medicine.
 

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10 tons of marijuana seized at Arizona border

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
mj-seized-at-borderNOGALES, Ariz. (AP) -- Federal officials are reporting a record seizure of marijuana at an Arizona crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border.
 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference to provide details on the seizure of more than 10 tons of marijuana at the Mariposa port of entry on the outskirts of Nogales.
 
That busy crossing point is used by commercial traffic, including trucks hauling Mexican produce into the United States.
 
According to the CPB, the seizure surpasses the previous record seizure in Arizona of 14,121 pounds, or slightly over 7 tons, of marijuana on Jan. 15.
 
The agency says the seized marijuana is valued at more than $10.1 million.
 

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New Poll: Majority Support For Marijuana Reform In Indiana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
indiana-weedThere is a new 2013 Hoosiers Survey out, and as with last year, they asked voters if they support marijuana reform. And once again, a majority of participants in the poll supported legalizing marijuana. Per the 2013 Hoosiers Survey:
 
Last year the Hoosier Survey found that 53% of Hoosiers supported decriminalizing marijuana by making it legal to hold small quantities. This year we asked about making marijuana a regulated substance like alcohol and tobacco. Hoosiers support this change, 52% to 45%–very similar to last year’s results. Democrats were very supportive of this (64%), but even Republicans showed support at 49%. When asked if Indiana should tax marijuana like cigarettes, support rose to 78% among all Hoosiers, with virtually no variation by party.
 
When asked if we should tax marijuana like cigarettes, support rose to 78% with virtually no differences by party affiliation.
 
Rather than name states that have polls showing support for marijuana reform, isn’t it easier now to name states that don’t? Are there even any states left? Well, maybe Idaho. There has been a lot of talk lately about regulating marijuana like alcohol. Will we hear more people arguing to regulate marijuana like tobacco? Do you feel that’s a better strategy?
 
I don’t like that strategy because it could result in cigarette companies entering the marijuana industry, and I don’t want that at all. Also, I have always thought about the marijuana industry looking like the micro brew industry, rather than corporate run industries like tobacco or large alcohol companies. If you are in Indiana, get active. Point to this poll over, and over, and over to anyone that is on the fence about marijuana reform.

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Michigan Pharmaceutical Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Senate

Category: News | Posted on Sat, November, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
pharma-bill-passesLANSING, MI — A bill that would allow pharmacies in Michigan to stock “pharmaceutical grade” medical marijuana passed the Senate Wednesday by a 22-16 vote.
 
Introduced by Republican state Senator Roger Kahn and co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, Senate Bill 660 would, if passed, reclassify medical marijuana to a Schedule II drug in the state, controlled in a manner similar to drugs such as OxyContin or Percocet.
 
It would also license facilities to grow the new “pharmaceutical grade” marijuana and distribute it through authorized pharmacies, such as Walgreens or CVS, and require strict laboratory testing for quality and dosage standards.
 
“Marijuana, if it’s to be medical marijuana, should be held to the standard of medical safety and of dosage predictability,” said Sen. Kahn at hearings earlier this month.
 
Even if passed at the state level, the proposal would require federal approval to implement.  Marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule I drug, and it would need to be federally rescheduled to Schedule II for the proposed law to take effect.
 
The bill was supported in committee last week by Chuck Perricone, who represents Prairie Plant Systems, a Canadian company that grows and sells pharmaceutical cannabis.
 
The bill is opposed by many medical marijuana patients and activists who support the Michigan medical marijuana program, which has seen many changes since first passed by voters in 2008.
 
Some lawmakers in opposition to the pending bill say that legislators should focus on fixing Michigan’s medical marijuana program, which has seen dispensaries come and go, while operating in a grey area of legal limbo.
 

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Judge nixes medical marijuana users right to grow their own

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
growing-your-own-medicationPHOENIX — Medical marijuana users have no constitutional right to grow their own drug, a trial judge has ruled.
 
Judge Katherine Cooper of Maricopa County Superior Court threw out a challenge by two men to a provision in the 2010 voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act that says only those living farther than 25 miles from a state-regulated dispensary can cultivate the plants.
 
She said there is no basis for their claim that the provision limits their health-care rights.
 
But Cooper left the door open for the men to raise a separate challenge that the 25-mile rule amounts to a violation of their rights under constitutional provisions guaranteeing everyone equal protection of the law. She said, though, they have yet to make a case for that claim.
 
The 2010 law allows those with a doctor’s recommendation to get a card from the state allowing them to obtain and possess up to 2½ ounces of marijuana every two weeks.
 
That law also envisioned a system of state-regulated dispensaries to sell the drug. But it also says anyone who lives farther than 25 miles from a dispensary could grow up to 12 plants at any one time.
 
Initially, that exemption applied to everyone because it took the state more than a year to license dispensaries. But state Health Director Will Humble said just about all of the approximately 40,000 medical-marijuana cardholders in Arizona now live close enough to a dispensary.
 
The challengers, who had been growing their own, did not want to give up that right.
 
They cited provisions of a 2012 constitutional amendment that says individuals cannot be forced to participate in any health-care system.
 
Attorney Michael Walz said forcing those who are entitled to use medical marijuana to buy their drugs at retail from a dispensary amounts to forcing them to participate in that system.
 
Cooper disagreed.
 
“Dispensaries are not a ‘health-care system,’ ” the judge wrote.
 
She said they do not manage, process, enroll or pay for health-care services for qualifying patients.
 

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Missouri Statewide Conference On Marijuana Law Reform This Saturday

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
miss-stateShow-Me Cannabis and Missouri NORML will be hosting a statewide conference in downtown Kansas City, on Saturday, November 16th. The one-day conference will include speakers presenting on local and national efforts to create more just and sensible marijuana policies, including a possible Missouri ballot initiative in 2014 or 2016.
 
Speakers will include Neill Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition; Alison Holcomb, Criminal Justice Director of the ACLU-Washington; Dan Rush, Director of Cannabis Workers Rising of North America of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW); as well as the Show-Me Cannabis board of directors and other local experts.
 
The conference will take place at EventPort 208 in the Crossroads Arts District, and an evening fundraiser will follow nearby.
 

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