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Nov

New York: Cuomo Signs 2 Bills to Speed Up Medical Marijuana Distribution

In a surprising move, Gov. Andrew M.

Thu
12
Nov

Marijuana Legalization South Carolina: Could State Legalize Medical Pot?

South Carolina could be among the next states to legalize medical marijuana in the coming year after a state Senate subcommittee passed an initial bill on Sept. 24 allowing qualified patients to possess limited amounts of the drug.

Thu
12
Nov

Key Players in West Virginia's Legalization of Industrial Hemp Farming

Several states have begun legalizing industrial hemp, with the federal government partially legalizing hemp production with the 2014 Farm Bill. West Virginia is one of many states that have worked toward legalizing hemp, with the following people and organizations playing important roles.

Wed
11
Nov

DEA 'responds' to medical marijuana petition

Nov 11, 2015 — So far, more than 15,000 people have signed the petition demanding that DEA head Chuck Rosenberg be fired for calling medical marijuana a "joke."

And guess what? The DEA is officially on notice now.

When a Washington Post reporter called the agency about our efforts, a spokesman was forced to defend his boss's outrageous comments:

"Acting Administrator Rosenberg indicated that marijuana should be subject to the same levels of approval and scrutiny as any other substance intended for use as a medicine," he said. "DEA supports efforts to research potential medical uses of marijuana."

Wed
11
Nov

NY governor faces deadline on medical marijuana

The bills approved today will speed up access to medical marijuana if a patient’s health condition is progressive and degenerative, or if delaying the use of the drug would pose a serious risk to a patient’s life or health.

The agency will waive the strict regulations that apply to the state’s existing medical marijuana program, which is scheduled to begin distributing the drug in January.

People with AIDS, terminal cancers and the parents of children with severe epilepsy have long pushed for early access, arguing that critically ill individuals shouldn’t have to wait any longer for the drug.

Wed
11
Nov

Veterans To Get Access to Medical Marijuana After Senate Approves Funding Bill

Amendment Would Allow VA Doctors to Recommend Medical Marijuana to Their Patients in States Where It’s Legal.

The Veterans Equal Access Amendment was sponsored by Republican Senator Steve Daines of Montana and Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. It passed the Committee 18-12 in a bipartisan vote. The funding bill will now be negotiated with the House’s version as part of an omnibus spending bill.

Wed
11
Nov

Broward County Commission passes marijuana ordinance

Police to have option of issuing $150 citation to those caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana

 
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

The Broward County Commission approved a marijuana ordinance Tuesday, as a public hearing was held to discuss options that could keep those caught with small amounts of marijuana from going to jail.

Under the ordinance, which is similar to ordinances in Miami-Dade County and Key West, police officers will have the option of issuing a $150 civil citation to someone caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana instead of filing a misdemeanor criminal charge against that person.

Wed
11
Nov

Texas Veterans Rally at State Capitol for Medical Marijuana Reform

Veterans from the Air Force, Army and Navy used the day that honors their service to rally in Austin, urging state officials to take a step toward creating a medical marijuana program that will allow treatment with cannabis for "service-related conditions," like PTSD.

Calling the action 'Operation Trapped,' which is backed by the Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy coalition, is the kick-off for a year-long awareness campaign about veterans who want to ditch the prescription pills in favor of medical marijuana.

Advocates say cannabis can be used to treat "post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain, and other service-related conditions."

Wed
11
Nov

A 'cannabis grinder' mistaken for revolver sparked lockdown at Ireland's largest prison

A cannabis grinder mistaken for a revolver hidden above a door sparked a massive security lockdown at Ireland's largest prison.

Mountjoy Prison was subjected to the lockdown this afternoon after inmates had their lunch.

An item - which was feared to be revolver - was found above a door in a 'service area' of the prison.

This area is not frequented by the prison population, and no cells are located there.

It was initially feared that a revolver and a quantity of ammunition was found.

This sparked a lockdown of Mountjoy Prison as staff conducted a full search of the complex.

Wed
11
Nov

San Marcos City Council Unanimously Approves Medical Marijuana Ordinance

A North County city council took steps once again to keep medical marijuana dispensaries out of their community.

On Tuesday evening, San Marcos city council members unanimously approved the introduction to an ordinance that would prohibit the cultivation, delivery and sale of medical marijuana.

The decision comes in anticipation of the bills signed by Governor Jerry Brown regulating cannabis in the state.

Recently, Governor Brown signed a trio of bills that would regulate medical marijuana in California.

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