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Thu
26
Nov

Australia: Man resorts to cannabis for pain relief of workplace injury

WHAT lengths would you go to for pain relief?

One Gracemere man resorted to using cannabis after a workplace injury left him with a fused spine.

Shaun Douglas Hoad was in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday, pleading guilty to several charges including possessing dangerous drugs (cannabis) and utensils.

The court heard Hoad, who had to seek permission to stand during the proceedings due to his injury, was found with the items in his residence on October 16 after police executed a search warrant.

In their search, officers found a water pipe, two scales, two grinders, two loose hypodermic syringes and six grams of cannabis.

Police prosecutor Constable Manon Barwick said the items were found scattered around the house.

Thu
26
Nov

South Africa: Ill man joins bid to legalise dagga

Court bid to decriminalise use of cannabis and allow recreational use.

A Boksburg man has been granted leave to join a Johannesburg couple’s constitutional challenge aimed at legalising dagga in South Africa. The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria last week granted permission to Clifford Thorp to join the legal battle of Julian Stobbs and his partner, Myrtle Clarke, which is expected to be heard in March next year.

Thorp, who has numerous health problems, wants the use and possession of dagga for medicinal purposes legalised. Stobbs and Clarke, who are also known as the “dagga couple”, are challenging the constitutionality of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act, which outlaws the possession of and dealing in dagga.

Thu
26
Nov

Macedonia Weighs Medical Marijuana Legalisation

The Balkan country of Macedonia may end up being the most recent nation to legislate medical marijuana.

The country’s health ministry is in substantial consultations with medical professionals, pharmacologists, legalization advocates, cancer clients and others about making cannabis treatments offered to individuals struggling with significant illnesses, and held the first public dispute about the subject on Sunday, according to Balkan Insight.

Thu
26
Nov

Just how decriminalized is marijuana in New York City?

Last year, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton made headlines for taking real steps to decriminalize marijuana in the city, pledging to issue summonses for marijuana that operated like speeding tickets for amounts less than 25 grams and pledging to close a loophole by which people who were stopped and frisked could be given citations for displaying marijuana in public places. Data from the New York Post shows that while arrests have fallen, they still number in the tens of thousands and still occur largely on racial lines. According to Gothamist:

Thu
26
Nov

Veterans push for medicinal marijuana

Texas veterans are pushing State lawmakers to legalize marijuana for certain medical uses.

The Corpus Christi chapter of "NORML", or the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, has joined with other like-minded groups to support the effort.

They call it "Operation Trapped", so named because they feel veterans are trapped in a never ending system of pills prescribed to treat issues like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and chronic pain.

Attorney Kyle Hoelscher runs NORMLCC, and says drugs like "Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, and Xanax" come with serious side effects.

"It's (marijuana) an alternative that's safer, that has fewer negative side effects, but is completely banned by the VA," Hoelscher says.

Thu
26
Nov

Medical marijuana advocates hoping to extend use

TALLAHASSEE -- Calling the state's issuance of five medical marijuana cultivation licenses inadequate, advocates for patients and nurseries are redoubling their efforts to expand the list of ailments that qualify for treatment with low-potency marijuana.

A non-euphoric strain of marijuana popularly known as 'Charlotte's Web' has been found to effectively treat patients suffering from a severe form of epilepsy. Last year, the Florida Legislature legalized the use of the strain by those patients, as well as people diagnosed with cancer.

Thu
26
Nov

Banking on the Marijuana Industry?

It is legal to sell marijuana in 23 states. But pot businesses can't deposit their money in banks because of federal banking laws. While the dilemma has been a back-burner issue in Congress for several years, a solution may be in the works.

A provision in the upcoming financial services spending bill would prevent the federal government from spending money on penalizing financial institutions that accept legal marijuana businesses as clients. That would greatly reduce the ability of federal agencies' to prosecute the banks.

Thu
26
Nov

A Cannabis Crusader Brings the Fight for Legal Weed to America’s Heartland

About 30 minutes before our plane is scheduled to take off, Travis Maurer strolls up to the gate at Portland International Airport in shorts and flip-flops, flashing a square-jawed smile. Broad-shouldered and affable, Maurer looks like the perfect spokesman for any cause, and he deftly charms his way into a window seat. He’s just eaten some ice cream, he tells me as we board, and he’s in a surprisingly good mood for someone about to spend the next few hours in coach. A short while later, the plane lifts into the sky and Maurer falls asleep. The ice cream, it turns out, was laced with THC.

Thu
26
Nov

Arizona Court Rejects Medical Marijuana DUI Immunity

Arizona medical marijuana cardholders are at risk of DUI for having any amount of marijuana in their system.

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled that Arizona medical marijuana cardholders have no immunity from prosecution under a state DUI law which prohibits motorists from having any amount of marijuana or its chemical compound that causes impairment in their bodies.

Thu
26
Nov

Marijuana Regulators: Don’t turn it into a cash cow

Q: In broad terms, what are the policy goals that should be pursued when setting up the rules for a legal marijuana market?

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