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New Mexico Governor Candidate Vows To Protect Medical Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 30th 2014 by THCFinder
new-mexico-gov-says-he-will-protect-medical-marijuanaGary King is running for Governor of New Mexico. Below is a press release he unveiled involving his views on medical marijuana:
 
Statement: A Vote for Gary King is a vote to protect medical cannabis patients.
 
Caring for our own is a strong New Mexican value and a fundamental King family value. When people are in pain we should do everything we can to lessen their suffering. As your Governor I will use my power to protect and improve the Department of Health’s medical cannabis program and improve patient access to this medicine for all New Mexicans who need it by asking my Secretary of Health to make it a priority in his or her department.
 
All around the state people come up and tell me what being able to legally access marijuana means to them. I can see the truth in their eyes as they speak to me. During this campaign, patients and their loved ones have given me a deeper understanding of how absolutely critical the medical cannabis program is for thousands of our sickest and most vulnerable patients and their families. Whether a veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange and is undergoing chemotherapy, a terminally ill cancer patient or a victim of violence suffering post-traumatic stress who hasn’t slept in 36 hours and cannot rest, I am committed to ensuring that all patients who need medical cannabis have safe and affordable access to their medicine.
 
Medical marijuana, a history of compassion in New Mexico…
 
I am proud that the New Mexico Legislature passed the Lynn Pierson Therapeutic Cannabis Act passed in 1978 and the Lynn Pierson and Erin Armstrong Compassionate Use Act in 2007. This compassionate response to the desperate needs of patients suffering from cancer, glaucoma and other debilitating diseases paved the way for hundreds of New Mexicans to find relief for their symptoms in a regulated system. Brave New Mexico women advocated for the passage of these laws, which not only provided relief for hundreds of New Mexicans, they also paved the way for 19 other states to enact similar legislation. As Governor I pledge to protect these laws and honor the legacy of the women who stood up for themselves, their families and other New Mexicans in need.
 
Medical marijuana and overdose death prevention…
 
Overdose death rates are at epidemic proportions across the nation and in our state. Medical marijuana is a safe and non-toxic alternative to opiate pain killers. Many people say that medical marijuana helps them abstain from self-medicating with alcohol or using more harmful
substances like narcotics to control their pain.
 
As New Mexico’s Governor I will reinvigorate our harm reduction efforts and will support Department of Health efforts to educate licensed health care providers in New Mexico about how medical marijuana can be an overdose prevention tool and about certifying patients through the New Mexico Department of Health.
 
Medical marijuana and pharmaceutical drugs…
 
Pharmaceutical drugs are helpful for many people, but not for everyone. For many people medical marijuana simply works better than pharmacy pills do to take away their pain, symptoms of post-traumatic stress, etcetera without giving them debilitating side effects, like suicidal ideation, that they have when they take pharmaceutical drugs.
 

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Mom Jailed For Giving Son Cannabis Oil

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 28th 2014 by THCFinder
mom-jailed-for-giving-son-cannabisWhen a doctor suggests something to a parent with a sick child, the parent is probably going to take the doctors advice. As did Angela Brown of Madison, Minnesota, when she ran out of options for her son Trey Brown (age 15), who had been struck in the head by a line drive while playing baseball. The doctor that Brown was seeing suggested that the family turn to cannabis oil as a last resort, as Trey had started to harm himself and began to think about committing suicide. The Brown family took the doctor’s advice and the oil seemed to give the teen a break from the terrible effects of the accident.
 
 
“Trey would describe it as reducing the pressure in his head. He didn’t have the pressure anymore and his muscles would calm down,” Angela said. “Everything was great until I opened my mouth to the wrong person and I got turned in. And family services questioned my son at school, the cops came to my workplace.”
 
 
After examining the family and their situation, the county family services dropped the case against Brown but the Lac Qui Parle County attorney was gunning for criminal charges against the mother who was just trying to help her suffering son. Angela now faces two gross misdemeanors which includes child endangerment. Hard to believe since all she was trying to do was make her son’s life easier after experiencing the blow to the head that really effected the way that he was living.
 
 
Angela Brown has gained a great deal of support from the social media crowd. People have been urging the prosecutors to drop the case in forums as well as long petitions for the concerned mother. “He is worth every bit of struggle and any bit of time we have to spend in a courtroom,” David Brown, Trey’s father, told reporters in August when the charges were filed. 

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Colorado Is Funding A Marijuana Breathalyzer

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
funding-a-marijuana-breathalyzerMarijuana opponents act like when marijuana becomes legal, our roads will instantly become so unsafe that everyone should fear for their lives. The fact is, traffic fatalities are at an all time low in Colorado after they legalized marijuana. But never mind that pesky fact, clearly there is a need to find ways to fix this problem that doesn’t exist (sarcasm). That’s why the State of Colorado recently granted $250,000 to a company that creates alcohol breathalyzers to see if they can develop a similar device for marijuana. Per The Cannabist:
 
The grant, which requires matching funds from the company, will allow Lifeloc Technologies to speed development of a tool that will be marketed to law enforcement, corrections, schools and workplaces.
 
“There is no equivalent of a marijuana breathalyzer today. Law enforcement does not have a fast, reliable and non-invasive THC impairment test available at roadside,” Lifeloc president Barry Knott said in a statement.
 
The fact of the matter is there will likely never be a device that can accurately measure current marijuana impairment. Yes, a device can detect if someone has marijuana in their system, but since marijuana stays in a person’s system for weeks and weeks at a time, there’s no way to determine if that individual had recently consumed marijuana, or had done so safely weeks before being pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence. This grant is a waste of money, but I’m sure there are political motivations behind it, which is why I wouldn’t be surprised to see even more money thrown at the idea if/when it fails to succeed.
 

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Police Donate Stolen Lamps To Sports Team

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 23rd 2014 by THCFinder
police-donate-grow-lights-to-schoolWhen cops raid a cannabis grow op, they usually take everything. And by everything, I really mean everything. The plants, the pots, the lights, the irrigation systems. Everything is tarn and categorized as evidence, leaving the grower to struggle to come up with food money, forget rent and lawyer fees. But as always, the cops use this to their advantage and try to make themselves look good at the disadvantage of others. 
 
 
Take, for example, the police in Rochdale, who confiscated grow lights and then donated them to Spotland Stadium in order for the field to grow better grass. Sgt Andy Fern was the man behind the “donation” and the idea was formed after a similar situation in Notts County, who also used stolen grow lights to improve their sports playing field. Lights such as this are expensive, running almost $13,000 for this particular model. The heat from the lamps will assist the grass growth and replicate warmer conditions. 
 
 
While the head groundskeeper, 24 year old Oli Makin, has nothing but kind words to say about the donation from the police, the article which reported the story said nothing of the devastation that befell the original owner of the lights. “I can’t thank the police enough,” Makin said, truly showing how little people know (or care) about the people who are growing cannabis in order to keep a roof over their heads and food in their bellies. Growers spend thousands upon thousands of dollars in order to keep their plants healthy and happy, providing to regular citizens or patients. But inevitably, the cops break in to these grow sites, take everything that isn’t bolted to the floor (and sometimes, they even take those things as well), and leave the grower strapped for money and most of the time, in jail.
 
 
So while the Rochdale Hornets rugby team will have a beautiful field of grass to play on, the person who actually paid for those lights is sitting in a jail cell, awaiting a trial for simply growing a plant. The police on the other hand, look like heroes in the community, donating expensive equipment to people who “need” it. But in reality, the equipment is stolen and unjustly given away to sports fields. To some, the police are heroes. To those who know better, they are thieves giving out stolen merchandise… Which was a crime, last time I checked.

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Missouri Will Start Accepting Hemp Production Applications

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
accepting-hemp-applicationsHemp can be used for all kinds of things. Articles that came out this year show that hemp can be used to make super efficient batters. Hemp can also be used for building materials that absorb pollutants and insulate better than petroleum products that are currently being used. Hemp can be used as a bio fuel, and of course, hemp can be used to make clothes and paper. The hemp plant is probably the most versatile plant on the entire planet. The State of Missouri is going to start accepting applications to grow it. Per STL Today:
 
Missouri officials announced Friday they will begin taking applications from people seeking to use hemp extract to treat severe seizures, although it could be awhile before the plant is distributed.
 
The state health and agriculture departments issued procedures and guidelines to begin enforcing a new state law that allows people with severe, persistent seizures to use an oil derived from cannabis plants as a medical treatment.
 
Residents seeking to use the oil can apply through the Missouri health department. In order to use the oil, a neurologist must certify that an applicant had already tried three other treatments.
 
But hemp production for the treatment is still a ways off. The Agriculture Department announced Friday it will begin taking applications from growers on Nov. 3. The application window will be open for 30 days after which the department expects to grant two licenses.
 
I look forward to a day when Missouri will allow more than two licenses. I also look forward to a day when Missouri legalizes all forms of medical marijuana so that all patients can use it if they want to. Eventually, Missouri will legalize recreational marijuana as well, which will help the show-me state considerably by saving tax payer dollars, and generating jobs and boosting the state’s economy.
 

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Colorado Health Officials Want To Ban Almost All Recreational Marijuana Edibles

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
colorado-wants-to-ban-marijuana-ediblesHealth officials in Colorado are calling for what is nearly a full ban on retail marijuana edibles in the state, just 10 months after the first recreational sales of marijuana began.
 
The Associated Press' Kristen Wyatt first reported Monday on the Colorado Department of Health and Environment's request for a ban on the majority of marijuana-infused food products in the state.
 
The call for a ban from the state Health Department comes as multiple lawmakers, state marijuana industry representatives and state officials have made recommendations to be included in a Colorado House bill that seeks additional restrictions on the sale of edible marijuana products, all of which will be discussed in a working group Monday.
 
"Prohibit the production of retail edible marijuana products other than a simple lozenge/hard candy or tinctures that are plainly labeled using universal symbol(s) and that users can add to their products at home," Colorado Health Department officials wrote in their recommendation, obtained by The Huffington Post. "Hard candy/lozenges would be manufactured in single 10 mg doses/lozenges and tinctures would be produced and labeled with dosing instructions, such as two drops equals 10 mg."
 
When reached for comment by The Huffington Post, Health Deputy Director of Communications Jan Stapleman said the agency will not be making a statement about the department's recommendations for the bill until after Monday's working group meeting ends.
 
The House bill's language requires that a working group be assembled before the bill's passage to discuss concerns, recommendations and requests regarding marijuana edibles in the state. The working group will not draft rules or conduct rule-making. Instead, it will produce a report with the recommendations and provide that to the state legislature so lawmakers can best understand the issues and range of available recommendations.
 
The Colorado Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division, which oversees the state's marijuana industry including sales of edibles, will make the final rules based on the recommendations from the working group and state lawmakers after the 2015 legislative session.
 
"It is important to note that we will be collecting both supportive and dissenting opinions for each recommendation during the working group process and these opinions will be included in the Division's report to the general assembly," Natriece Bryant, communications specialist at Colorado's Department of Revenue, told HuffPost. "The Division views its primary role as a facilitator to the working group process and as drafter of the final report, it is our role, at this juncture, to ensure that all of the underlying issues and potential recommendations are identified, considered and included in the report.
 

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