May 012016
 May 1, 2016
Volunteer To Help Put Medical Marijuana On The 2016 Ballot In Arkansas

I received the following message from the Arkansans for Compassionate Care campaign. Volunteer if you are able: We now have only two months left for gathering medical cannabis signatures to make the November 2016 ballot.  Although we now have 80,000 signatures, and surpassed the required threshold of 68,000 signatures, we need another 20,000 to ensure we will make up for the many invalid signatures.  Generally, about 65% of signatures are valid. Luckily, there are abundant events in May and June to help us make this historical achievement.  Please volunteer at as many of the following May events as possible, and

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Apr 302016
 April 30, 2016
Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board To Consider Adding More Qualifying Conditions, Again

Illinois has tried multiple times to add more qualifying conditions to the Illinois medical marijuana program. Twice the Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board has approved adding new conditions to the list, and both times the recommendation from the Board was shut down by the Governor of Illinois. The Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board is taking up the issue for a third time, and hopefully the third time is the charm. Per Marijuana Business Daily: The state’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board will meet Monday on whether to add 15 new conditions to the current list of 39 approved conditions, according to the Associated

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Apr 302016
 April 30, 2016
Join NORML In Washington D.C. For Our 2016 National Conference and Congressional Lobby Day

By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director We are excited to have finalized the agenda for our 2016 National Conference and Congressional Lobby Day! You can check out the full itinerary here. Day one will include panel discussions on a variety of topics, including the prospects of marijuana law reform in the 114th Congress, the ongoing experience with legalization in Colorado, Washington, and other states, and post prohibition concerns for marijuana consumers. Throughout the day attendees will hear policy experts from NORML, the Marijuana Policy Project, Americans for Safe Access, the National Cannabis Industries Association, and many others NORML’s Conference seminar

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Apr 292016
 April 29, 2016
Leading Medical Cannabis Expert To Present The Facts Behind A Solution To The Opioid Epidemic

I received the following press release today. Dr. Dustin Sulak is a very talented, knowledgeable expert. I strongly urge you to check out the event, which is free to all: One of the world’s leading medical cannabis experts, Dr. Dustin Sulak, will on May 10th, present a free to attend and view seminar that addresses a powerful solution to the opioid addiction epidemic that is sweeping the country. According to the United States Center For Disease Control: Drug Overdose Death is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. In 2014, 61% of U.S. drug overdose deaths involved some

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Apr 282016
 April 28, 2016
Utah Poll: 66% Support For Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Utah is one of a number of states that has passed a CBD-only (for epilepsy) medical marijuana law. The law does not provide for a legal way for patients to get their CBD-only medical marijuana, which even if they could, it would still be a very limited medical marijuana program. Patients can possess and use CBD medicines, but that’s it. I don’t know how easy CBD meds are to come by in Utah, but I’d imagine it’s not easy. Instead patients have to break federal laws by obtaining medicine in other states. Clearly that’s not OK. A recent poll found

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Apr 282016
 April 28, 2016
National Medical Cannabis Advocacy Group Partners with Leading Global Law Firm

Orrick, a leading global law firm, is partnering with Americans for Safe Access’ Patients’ Rights Project to provide pro bono support to medical cannabis patients, many if not most of whom are low-income, to navigate the often confusing legal landscape of medical cannabis laws. Forty-one states, DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam all have some type of medical cannabis law today.  Each law is unique and presents varying challenges for patients trying to obtain treatment in these often complex programs. Once laws are passed, medical cannabis patients and providers are often unclear about the specifics of the laws, which leaves them

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Apr 272016
 April 27, 2016
Study: Opioid Abuse Rates Lower In Medical Marijuana States

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Rates of prescription opioid abuse are significantly lower in jurisdictions that permit medical marijuana access, according to data reported by Castlight Health, an employee health benefits platform provider. Investigators assessed anonymous prescription reporting data from over one million employees between the years 2011 and 2015. In states that did not permit medical marijuana access, 5.4 percent of individuals with an opioid prescription qualified as abusers of the drug. (The study’s authors defined “abuse” as opioid use by an individual who was not receiving palliative care, who received greater than a 90-day cumulative supply of

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Apr 262016
 April 26, 2016
Louisiana Lawmakers To Hold Hearing On Medical Marijuana Bill Tomorrow

The Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday morning on a bill that would establish a workable medical marijuana program that allows patients with serious illnesses to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. Several local patients and advocates will be attending the hearing to express their support for the measure. The Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Act (HB 1112), introduced by Rep. Ted James (D-Baton Rouge), would allow Louisiana residents with qualifying medical conditions to access medical marijuana from a limited number of regulated dispensaries. WHAT: Louisiana House committee hearing on HB 1112,

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Apr 252016
 April 25, 2016
Does FANG Have The Authority To Raid Medical Marijuana Dispensaries?

A trio of medical marijuana distribution centers in Genesee County have recently been raided- some places, more than once- by the Flint Area Narcotics Group, or FANG, but did the multi-jurisdictional task force have the authority to perform the raids? That’s the question raised by Komorn Law in defense of their client, the owners of Clio Caregiver Connection. Their day in court is April 25, at 3pm before the Hon. Judge Archie Hayman in 7th Circuit Court, Flint. As one of the three raided facilities, the C3 is being sued as a nuisance by FANG via the Genesee County Prosecutor’s

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Apr 232016
 April 23, 2016
Florida Medical Marijuana Opponents Plan To Spend 10 Million Fighting Reform

During the 2014 campaign, Florida medical marijuana opponents, led by political funder Sheldon Adelson, spent millions of dollars spreading reefer madness across the state. The 2014 initiative was defeated by just two percentage points. It sounds like opponents are planning on spending even more money this election cycle fighting medical marijuana legalization. Below is a message that I received from the Florida campaign: We knew it was going to happen at some point. Today, it did. Mel Sembler – Sheldon Adelson’s BFF and the leader of the “No on 2” campaign in 2014 – announced today that he plans to

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