Dec 202014
 December 20, 2014
Obama Signs Federal Spending Bill Protecting State Medical Marijuana Programs

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director President Barack Obama signed spending legislation into law on Tuesday that includes provisions limiting the Justice Department’s ability to take criminal action against state-licensed individuals or operations that are acting are in full compliance with the medical marijuana laws of their states. Specifically, an amendment sponsored by California Reps. Dana Rohrbacher and Sam Farr to the $1.1 trillion spending bill states, “None of the funds made available in this act to the Department of Justice may be used … to prevent … states … from implementing their own state laws that authorize the use,

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Dec 202014
 December 20, 2014
How To Become A Medical Marijuana Patient In Illinois

How To Enroll As A Medical Cannabis Patient In The State Of Illinois The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act was signed by Illinois Governor Quinn on August 1, 2013, and went into effect on January 1, 2014. The State of Illinois has already been accepting applications from prospective medical marijuana patients. Patients whose last names begin with A – L had until Oct. 31 to submit applications. Patients whose last names begin with M – Z have a window to apply between Nov. 1 and December 31. After that, it will be open enrollment for everyone, regardless

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Dec 192014
 December 19, 2014
Medical Marijuana Patients File Lawsuit Against Colorado

This week has been an interesting one in Colorado to say the least. Yesterday it was announced that the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing the State of Colorado because they don’t like Colorado’s marijuana legalization law. Earlier this week it announced that Colorado approved 8 million dollars worth of marijuana research grants. The announcement of the grants seemed like good news to most people, however, it isn’t sitting well with some Colorado medical marijuana patients. Per The Denver Channel: Medical marijuana patients are suing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment over patient fees. The Patient and Caregiver

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Dec 182014
 December 18, 2014
MAPS Receives $2 Million Grant From Colorado For PTSD Medical Marijuana Study

On Wednesday, December 17, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment awarded a $2 million grant to the non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) for their planned study of marijuana for symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 76 U.S. veterans. Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council recommended that MAPS receive the grant on November 24. Yesterday’s decision followed the Council’s recommendation, giving MAPS the largest of eight grants awarded by CDPHE at Wednesday’s meeting. All of the other grantees are major research universities. “As the very first public funding that MAPS has ever received in our

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Dec 182014
 December 18, 2014
New York Medical Marijuana Draft Regulations Released

Today, the NY Department of Health released the draft regulations for the medical marijuana program. While full analysis of the regulations is still underway, an initial review suggests New York will be one of the more restrictive programs in the country, which could inhibit patients from obtaining the relief they need. For instance, the draft regulations restrict the number of brands of medical marijuana to five initially without any clear rationale. There are dozens of therapeutic strains of medical cannabis, each having benefits for particular conditions. Had such a restriction been in place in a state like Colorado, it very

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Dec 162014
 December 16, 2014
Medical Marijuana TV Episode Debuts Today

The much-anticipated airing of a popular television medical program’s marijuana-themed episode will take place this week. The “Medical Marijuana” episode of the ‘Ask Dr. Nandi’ television show will be broadcast on Tuesday, December 16 on select cable television stations. See the accompanying guide to locate the channel for your provider. The television show is recorded at studios in Oakland County. Most of the guests featured on the program are Michigan parents, patients and professionals. Featured on the program were six segments. First up: Aaron Justis and a video of his Buds n Roses medical marijuana dispensary in California. Next are

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Dec 162014
 December 16, 2014
On Marijuana, Congress Giveth And Congress Taketh Away

By Phillip Smith With final approval by the Senate Saturday night, the Congress has successfully approved a massive, $1.1 trillion dollar omnibus spending bill, and the president has signaled he will sign it. The bill includes two provisions that illustrate Congress’s currently schizophrenic approach to loosening marijuana laws. On the one hand, the bill contains an amendment that will effectively end federal interference in states where medical marijuana is legal by barring the Justice Department from using its funds to go after patients and providers there. On the other hand, it also contains a rider that seeks to undo the

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Dec 162014
 December 16, 2014
Michigan In The Top Five Medical Marijuana States

A new graphic from the Marijuana Business Daily illustrates the nation’s top five medical marijuana states, as measured by public participation. Created by Jennifer Mann, the graph compares states based on the number of people enrolled per one thousand residents of the state. Colorado leads all states in terms of public participation with 22.3 patients per 1,000 residents. California, the nation’s oldest medical marijuana program, ranks second with  19.30, followed by Oregon (17.9) and Washington State (16.5). Michigan ranked fifth with 12.3 medical marijuana patients per 1,000 residents. The US has 23 states with medical marijuana programs, not all of

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Dec 162014
 December 16, 2014
Federal Spending Bill Prohibits Justice Department From Undermining State Medical Marijuana And Hemp Laws

The final “cromnibus” federal spending bill that Congress passed over the weekend contains historic language prohibiting the U.S. Justice Department from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws. The spending bill also includes a bipartisan amendment that prohibits the DEA from blocking implementation of a federal law passed last year by Congress that allows hemp cultivation for academic and agricultural research purposes in states that allow it. It also contains an amendment allowing Washington, D.C.’s voter-approved initiative legalizing marijuana possession and home cultivation for personal use to move forward, but prohibits D.C. policymakers from using any local or

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Dec 162014
 December 16, 2014
Tacoma, Washington May Shut Down Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Plans released by city leaders last week were to send out letter to cease operations at marijuana dispensaries as soon as this January, as they are not licensed under Initiative 502. For both business owners and patients, this serves as devastating news. All of the medical marijuana dispensaries in the city could be gone in early 2015. But while the medical marijuana clinics would close, the recreational shops in the area would remain open. For people who want to get healed rather than high, this idea isn’t great for them. Recreational shops don’t offer the same type of medicinal products

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