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Legalize marijuana group submits 354000 signatures to state

LANSING, Mich. —

A group trying to legalize marijuana in Michigan says it has submitted about 354,000 valid signatures to the state just before the deadline.

Whether the state considers that many signatures submitted Wednesday as valid remains unclear: A bill presented to Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday would stop such groups from counting signatures older than 180 days.

Current law allows them to count older signatures toward the roughly 253,000 they need to put the measure before voters. However, neither Snyder's office nor the Secretary of State's office would say whether the bill before Snyder would apply to the marijuana advocacy group.

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Former treasurer sues Empire claiming it gave monopoly to marijuana dispensary

The former treasurer of Empire who was fired after she publicly confronted City Council members about a secret agreement with the town’s only marijuana dispensary owner to defer thousands of dollars in fees has filed a lawsuit against the city in federal court.

The whistle-blower lawsuit filed Tuesday by Dawn Ward’s attorney Ahson Wali accuses Mayor Wendy Koch and other Empire City Council members of violating Ward’s First Amendment rights by firing her for making protected comments at a council meeting.

“By voting to terminate Plaintiff, the Mayor and the Board violated plaintiff’s First Amendment rights through an official act or policy of the town,” the lawsuit says.

Koch did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Wednesday.

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Illinois Bill Would Add PTSD to Medical Marijuana Conditions List

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —

Post-traumatic stress disorder could soon be on the list of qualifying conditions to receive medical marijuana in Illinois.

The bill is part of the measure the Illinois House passed to extend the medical cannabis program until 2020. The bill would also add terminal illness to the list of qualifying conditions, and make patient's cards valid for three years instead of one.

HCI Alternatives says one thing overlooked in the bill is changing the language of how doctors can prescribe the drug.

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Did the United Nations' special session on drugs change anything?

 

The United Nations held a special session on drugs at the General Assembly in New York in April, and cannabis industry attorney Christian Sederberg was there to see it.

Billed as “UNGASS,” the United Nations General Assembly Special Session was “a big deal,” Sederberg says, as it was the first time in more than 20 years that this kind of conversation on drug policies and tweaking of treaties has taken place.

Sederberg points out that since the UN process “moves at a glacial pace,” nothing that happened in the session will change drug policy or affect the marijuana legalization movement anytime soon, but the discussions there about cannabis were a step in that direction.

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4 updates on medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

Temporary regulations for the state's Medical Marijuana Program are expected next month.

To date, 23 states have moved forward and legalized marijuana for certain medical conditions while several others have legalized one ingredient in the marijuana plant.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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Israel: Decriminalization of marijuana - coming soon?

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) is seeking alternatives to legislature that would completely decriminalize the personal use of soft drugs, Walla! News reports Wednesday, following a debate over a similar bill proposed by Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg. 

Representatives of the Ministry of Justice confirmed that Shaked turned to the Ministry's internal legal advisory office to examine an alternative to de-criminalization of the drugs. 

The amount of drugs allowed for personal use, according to the proposed law, is 15 grams, and applies to hashish and marijuana; the law would commute the fines for personal use, which top hundreds of shekels. In this case, the penalty for the offense would be reduced significantly, although usage itself is banned. 

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Paraguay Government Grants Historic Import Permit for Medical Marijuana, Inc.'s Real Scientific Hemp Oil(TM) Into Paraguay for Treatment of Epilepsy

Real Scientific Hemp Oil(TM) (RSHO(TM)) Cannabidiol (CBD) Hemp Oil Demand Grows as Countries Including Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Paraguay Authorize Its Import From the U.S. 

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - May 31, 2016) - Medical Marijuana, Inc. (otc pink:MJNA) is pleased to announce that its flagship product Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ (RSHO™) has been authorized by Paraguay's government for import into the country as a prescription medication for refractory epilepsy. 

Paraguay's first-ever import permit for RSHO™ marks the fourth country in Latin America, after Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, to approve MJNA's cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil for indications including epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, chronic pain, and cancer. 

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Legal Marijuana Opponents Lobbying City Councils Across US

A group dedicated to keeping marijuana illegal has launched an effort to convince city councils across the country to actively oppose measures to end cannabis prohibition that are expected to appear on at least five state ballots this November.

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Jun

Obama's Rare Opportunity to Reschedule Marijuana

President Obama has a rare opportunity to make history by rescheduling marijuana.

As it so happens, the DEA is currently deciding on a five-year-old petition to reschedule marijuana, supposedly in the first half of 2016. This decision coincides with some of the final months of the Obama administration. This coincidence makes it easy for the President to accomplish a major, desperately needed reform of federal marijuana law.

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Oregon Marijuana Edibles to Be Sold Legally June 2

Marijuana edibles will be legally available to buy in medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon Thursday, June 2.

Those products can contain up to 15 mg of THC and adults over 21 can buy them.

Eating or drinking marijuana exposes you to THC, the chemical that makes you high, without the risk of smoke exposure. The effects of edibles can take hours to feel, much slower than the effects of smoking or vaping.

The Oregon Health Authority says marijuana can make children very sick, so it’s important to keep any marijuana products in a locked area out of the reach of children.

If a child does eat or drink a marijuana product, call the Poison Center Hotline at 1.800.222.1222.

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