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Caltech physicist slams government on marijuana research

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
Late last week, in a speech at a medical marijuana conference flagged by Think Progress, Caltech theoretical physicist John H. Schwartz blasted the federal government’s treatment of marijuana research. Schwartz described the Catch-22 situation set up by the “tag team” of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Institute on Drug Abuse: At the same time the government says there is insufficient research to change marijuana’s designation from “a dangerous substance with no medical value,” government bodies systematically block such research from taking place.
 
Think Progress cited passages from Schwartz’s pointed remarks:
 
The most blatant example of this behavior [from the government] came last year, when NIDA blocked an FDA-approved clinical trial testing marijuana as a remedy for post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. It’s especially sad to note that the study participants were veterans, with PTSD deemed untreatable by other means. After 12 years of war, this is how we treat them.
 
The physicist, of course well-versed in the idea of confirmation bias, then compared the way marijuana research is currently run to allowing creationists to oversee paleontological research:
 
Consider what American science might look like if all research were run like marijuana research is being run now. Suppose the Institute for Creation Science were put in charge of approving paleontology digs and the science of human evolution. Imagine what would happen to the environment if we gave coal and oil companies the power to block any climate research they didn’t like.
 

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Proposed Tax On Medical Marijuana Called Unfair To Patients

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Everett, Wash.  (Metro)  -- Medical marijuana providers are now openly fighting a proposed tax that they say would be unfair to patients. 
 
One of them tells "The Everett Herald" he hopes lawmakers would at least direct money from the tax toward research on pot rather than use it to ease the state's financial problems. 
 
Under the proposal, marijuana would be taxed 25-percent at each of three steps in the sale and distribution process.
 
Source: http://kgmi.com

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Oklahoma medical marijuana bill granted hearing

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill to legalize the medical use of marijuana in Oklahoma has been granted a hearing in a Senate committee.
 
The bill by Democratic Sen. Constance Johnson of Oklahoma City will be considered Monday by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, where it'll likely face stiff opposition.
 
Johnson has introduced several measures over the last several years to ease the penalties for marijuana possession, but they typically have not even been granted a hearing.
 
Tulsa Republican Sen. Brian Crain chairs the panel and says that while he personally opposes the idea, he agreed to hear the bill because of Johnson's persistence.
 
The bill would allow a qualified patient or designated caregiver to possess up to eight ounces of dried marijuana and 12 plants.
 

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Bill unveiled to legalize medical pot

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Flanked by more than 150 advocates from around the country, Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer on Monday put forward his legislation allowing states to legalize medical marijuana in an effort to end the confusion surrounding federal pot policy.
Blumeanuer’s legislation, which has 13 co-sponsors — including GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California — would create a framework for the FDA to eventually legalize medicinal marijuana. It would also block the feds from interfering in any of the 19 states where medical marijuana is legal.
 
At a press conference outside the Capitol, Blumenauer didn’t attack the Drug Enforcement Agency for targeting marijuana dispensaries or blame the Justice Department for forcing marijuana businesses to operate in a legal gray zone. Instead, he pitched his legislation as a solution to the confusion surrounding federal marijuana policy.
 

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Hawaii Senate to Hear Testimony on Marijuana Decriminalization

Category: News | Posted on Sun, February, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
HONOLULU, HI — Lawmakers in the Hawaii Senate will hear testimony on a bill to decriminalize minor marijuana possession offenses Tuesday.
 
Members of the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee will hear testimony on Senate Bill 472,  which would reduce minor marijuana possession offenses to a non-criminal, $100 fine-only offense.
 
The hearing is scheduled for 10:00 am HST on Tuesday, Febrauary 26.
 
Currently,  the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for non-medical purposes is classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
 

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Bill to vacate Washington misdemeanor marijuana convictions draws objections

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
SEATTLE -- A bill that would allow people to have their Washington state misdemeanor marijuana convictions vacated drew some interesting objections Wednesday at a hearing in Olympia.
 
Democratic Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon of Burien told the House Public Safety Committee that after Initiative 502 passed, allowing adults over 21 to have up to an ounce of marijuana under state law, he started thinking about the thousands of people who have criminal records for activity that is now legal -- criminal records that can keep people from getting jobs, housing or loans.
 
Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
 
Fitzgibbon's bill would allow them to petition to have their convictions quickly vacated, rather than waiting the three years after completing their sentence that people typically have to wait before making such a request, he said. Since 2008, he said, 1,828 people in Washington have faced misdemeanor convictions where marijuana possession was their only offense.
 
"This is a bill about giving them a second chance," Fitzgibbon said.
 

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