Jul 282014
 July 28, 2014
Appeals Court - Medical Marijuana Is Covered By Workers' Compensation

I read a very interesting article. George Vialpando injured his back while working for Ben’s Automotive Services in Santa Fe in 2000. While trying to find relief from his back pain, Mr. Vialpando looked into becoming a medical marijuana patient. He was approved. Mr. Vialpando then applied to have his medical marijuana covered by the workers’ compensation plan, which was approved by a judge. The judge found the request to be ‘reasonable and necessary.’ The employer then appealed the decision to the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Per HR BLR: [...]

Jul 272014
 July 27, 2014
Military Veterans Rally For Terminated Marijuana Researcher

Dr. Sue Sisley was a researcher at the University of Arizona. Dr. Sisley was supposed to be leading a research project to study marijuana’s effects on PTSD. Dr. Sisley was instead terminated by the University, and given no explanation. Dr. Sisley and medical marijuana supporters feel that she was terminated for political reasons after Arizona lawmakers expressed their opposition to the research. Without the University providing an explanation, the reasoning behind the termination is left to interpretation. Military veterans recently rallied for Dr. Sisley. The military veterans want this research [...]

Jul 252014
 July 25, 2014
Senator Rand Paul Files Medical Marijuana Amendment

By Phillip Smith US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) today filed an amendment to Senate Bill 2569, the “Bring Jobs Home Act,” that would explicitly allow states to pass medical marijuana laws despite the provisions of the federal Controlled Substances Act. The amendment would also bar prosecutions of patients and doctors for engaging in medical marijuana activities in states where it is legal. The amendment, No. 3630, is not yet available on the congressional web site, but a copy has been made available to the Chronicle. “Notwithstanding section 708 of the Controlled [...]

Jul 242014
 July 24, 2014
German Court Says Patients Can Grow Medical Marijuana

This week a German court ruled that medical marijuana patients can grow their own medicine. Germany has a medical marijuana program, but up until the court ruling, most patients had to purchase their medicine through pharmacies. Per Leafly: The ruling occurred after five people issued a complaint to a court in Cologne after they were refused permission to grow cannabis at home. These people actually had permits to purchase and consume medical cannabis, but they wanted the option to grow plants at home because the cost to purchase cannabis was too high [...]

Jul 232014
 July 23, 2014
Chicago Hospital Wants To Dispense Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana will soon be available to Illinois patients that qualify for the Illinois medical marijuana program. Illinois has one of the most restrictive medical marijuana programs in the country. Illinois recently added epilepsy to the list of qualifying conditions. The rules surrounding distribution of medical marijuana in Illinois is still getting worked out. But at least one hospital would like to dispense medical marijuana, eventually. Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago understands that until federal law changes, they will likely not be able to dispense medical marijuana. But it hasn’t [...]

Jul 222014
 July 22, 2014
Medical Marijuana For Epilepsy Approved In Illinois

The battle to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois was very hard fought. After numerous failed attempts, Illinois’ Legislature finally approved a medical marijuana bill last year. While the bill was better than nothing, it was a far cry from a true medical marijuana bill. The list of qualifying conditions was one of many deficiencies in the bill. Fortunately for those suffering from epilepsy in Illinois, epilepsy has been added as one of the qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Illinois. Per the Huffington Post: “This new law [...]

Jul 212014
 July 21, 2014
Most Medical Marijuana Supporters In Florida Are Senior Citizens

Traditionally, one of the hardest demographics for marijuana reform supporters to convince is the senior demographic. It’s important to reach this demographic, because it’s also the demographic that votes the most. Senior citizens grew up being taught that marijuana is evil, and for decade after decade they were exposed to misleading marijuana propaganda. As a result, many seniors across America are reluctant to support recreational and even medical marijuana legislation and initiatives. This is a sad thing, because seniors benefit more from medical marijuana than most other demographics. It’s no [...]

Jul 212014
 July 21, 2014
Medical Marijuana Researcher Appeals Employment Termination

Sue Sisley was a researcher for the University of Arizona who was supposed to be researching cannabis and how it affects PTSD. Sue Sisley was dismissed from her job at the University, and the University of Arizona didn’t give a valid reason for their decision. Sue Sisley feels that she was let go because Arizona lawmakers don’t like the topic she was researching. Per AZ Central: A University of Arizona researcher who claimed she was dismissed after she lobbied for her study of marijuana for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder [...]

Jul 202014
 July 20, 2014
Florida MMJ Campaign Funded By Concerned Citizens. The Opposition? Not So Much.

Florida voters will get the chance to vote for medical marijuana in November during the 2014 Election. The battle to legalize medical marijuana in Florida has been no easy task. Just to get on the ballot took a tremendous amount of signatures, and from specific districts in Florida. States like my home State of Oregon don’t have district requirements. After gaining ballot approval, the Florida medical marijuana campaign faced almost immediate, well funded opposition from medical marijuana opponents. These opponents have claimed numerous times that ‘big marijuana’ is ‘invading Florida’ [...]

Jul 202014
 July 20, 2014
Catholic Church In The Phillippines Supports Medical Marijuana

Last month Pope Francis made statements that he is against marijuana legalization. At a drug enforcement conference in Rome, Pope Francis stated that drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise. Pope Francis went on to say that attempts to legalize are highly questionable and fail to produce the desired effects. The comments drew criticism from marijuana reform activists and organizations almost instantly. Pope Francis didn’t make any comments at the event in regards to medical marijuana. While I feel the Catholic Church [...]