May 282016
 May 28, 2016
Ohioans For Medical Marijuana Suspend 2016 Signature Drive

I received the below press release from the Ohio medical marijuana campaign: Statement can be attributed to Brandon Lynaugh, campaign manager for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana. Late Friday evening, after considerable discussion, the decision was made to suspend our drive to place an issue on the November 2016 Ohio ballot. We make this decision with a heavy heart as we will surely disappoint our many volunteers, supporters and patient-advocates who invested considerable time and effort in our movement. It had become increasingly clear following the state legislature’s passage of a medical marijuana law on Wednesday that our ballot issue campaign

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May 282016
 May 28, 2016
Illinois Medical Marijuana Pilot Program Poised For Extension To 2020

Good news out of Illinois. See the alert I received late yesterday below: Rep. Lou Lang announced today that key lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner have agreed to support a bill that would extend the medical cannabis pilot program until July 2020. But time is short — the bill must receive both a vote in the House and a concurring vote in the Senate before the end of the session, currently set for Tuesday, May 31. Please click here to send an email message to your representative and senator and ask for their support of SB 10 before time runs

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May 272016
 May 27, 2016
Toronto Police Crack Down On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Yesterday was a sad day in Toronto as Toronto Police cracked down on several medical marijuana dispensaries as part of ‘Project Claudia.’ While it is unknown how many dispensaries were raided, I saw many reports on social media that put the number as high as 40. Those reports are from social media, so take the number for what you will, but the fact of the matter is that a very large number of dispensaries were raided, which is a huge waste of law enforcement resources. Per the Toronto Sun: Giant bags of weed locked in police cruisers, young people in handcuffs

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
Oregon: 'Right To Grow' Cannabis Group To Sue Jackson County

By Keith Mansur, Oregon Cannabis Connection Right To Grow, USA, an organization representing cannabis growers in Oregon, is filing a lawsuit against Jackson County. The complaint, which will be filed in the next day or two, seeks an injunction to force the County into a different interpretation of the newly passed cannabis law that was adopted in the recent legislative session. Jackson County’s interpretation, combined with the County’s definition of “Farm Use,” allows them to enact more severe enforcement than the legislature had intended, and also planning department fees to the tune of nearly $1,600. The injunction follows an appeal (and

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
It's Not The Kids Turning On To Marijuana, It's Grandma And Grandpa

By Phillip Smith The growing acceptance of and access to legal marijuana has some people worried that the youth are going to start using it more frequently, but that’s not the demographic where pot has really taken off. Instead, it’s senior citizens. Whether it’s wide-open medical marijuana states like California or fully legal states like Colorado, the gray-haired set is increasingly turning to pot, and not just to ease their aches and pains With a half-dozen more states likely to have legalization on the ballot (and win) this year and medical marijuana coming to more, grandma and grandpa are set

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
Ohio Legislature Votes To Legalize Medical Marijuana

I was at work yesterday when news broke that the Ohio Legislature voted to legalize medical marijuana. The bill is not perfect, and in fact it will actually need a ton of improvement, but it’s definitely better than nothing. Hopefully it helps at least some patients and gets the ball rolling towards a better medical marijuana law in Ohio. Per Reuters: Lawmakers in Ohio on Wednesday approved legislation that would legalize marijuana use for medical purposes under certain circumstances, less than a year after recreational marijuana use was soundly defeated by Ohio voters. The bill, approved by both chambers of the state’s

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
Florida: Anti-Medical Marijuana Efforts Are Hurting Florida Veterans

I received the following message from the Florida medical marijuana campaign: Our veterans returning home with PTSD are suffering and dying at an alarming rate, with too few therapeutic and pharmaceutical resources to help. Many veterans, however, have used marijuana to help alleviate their PTSD symptoms, with great results. In fact, some of the states where medical marijuana is legal have specifically indicated PTSD as a condition for its use. Amendment 2 does the same. To deny our veterans access to this medicine, so critical in some cases to their mental health, is to condemn them to a cruel and

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
Louisiana Will Remain Just Shy Of A Workable Medical Marijuana Program For Another Year

I received the following alert out of Louisiana: I am sorry to report that the Louisiana Legislature continues to repeat its mistakes. For nearly 40 years, flawed legislative drafting has prevented the establishment of a workable medical marijuana program. Yesterday, the House took another step forward by passing S.B. 180, but it failed to fix a key omission. Last week, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law S.B. 271, legislation intended to fix a poison pill so Louisiana can establish a medical marijuana program (you can read about it here). However, that law did not amend the criminal statutes, meaning

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
Urge D.C. Judiciary Committee To Improve Medical Marijuana Program

I received the following alert out of DC: While D.C. has an effective medical marijuana program, there is still room for improvement. Two bills are pending to do just that, but they’re stalled in the Judiciary Committee. Click here to urge all the Judiciary Committee members to make sure these bills move forward NOW. B21-192 would require lab testing so that patients know what they are getting and that their medicine is free of contaminants, while B21-210 would allow reciprocity for out-of-state patients and remove the arbitrary cap on the number of plants a cultivation center can grow, alleviating shortages

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
Michigan Appeals Court Rules Against Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan have operated in a grey area for quite some time now. Michigan’s medical marijuana law does not specify whether dispensaries are allowable or not. Michigan caregivers are allowed to help out other patients, which is usually the provision that dispensaries operate on. Michigan dispensaries have been under attack due to the lack of statewide regulations. The Michigan Appeals Court ruled against medical marijuana dispensaries recently, dealing a blow to the growing dispensary population in Michigan. Per Marijuana Business Daily: Dispensaries in Michigan may be on their last legs after a state court of appeals effectively ruled

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