Sep 022014
 September 2, 2014
Medical Marijuana Supporters In Oklahoma Need To Start Early

There was a good attempt at getting medical marijuana on the ballot in Oklahoma this year. The signature requirements for a medical marijuana initiative in Oklahoma are high, almost twice as high as they are in my home State of Oregon. While organizers were far from reaching the required amount of signatures, they still did an impressive job, especially considering that the signatures were gathered by volunteers. Per a story from last week via KOCO: Officials at the Secretary of State’s Office said Tulsa-based Oklahomans for Health needed 155,216 voter [...]

Sep 012014
 September 1, 2014
Judge Refuses To Jail Cancer Patient For Growing Marijuana

Cancer is a very horrible thing. My step father is currently suffering from cancer, and it hurts my heart more than words can express. He beat cancer once four years ago, and I’m confident that he will beat it again. Marijuana has been a very helpful thing for him and his fight. It helps him deal with his ailments and helps him eat, which are both very important things. A cancer patient in the UK was caught growing marijuana for the second time and faced criminal charges as a result. [...]

Sep 012014
 September 1, 2014
Will Costa Rica Legalize Medical Marijuana?

Marijuana is medicine. It’s a statement that I make over and over. Anyone that denies that marijuana is medicine needs to do more research. There’s a reason why the United States government has marijuana patents. Medical marijuana reform is something that every state and country should be pursuing. It helps patients treat their ailments without the harmful side effects of pharmaceutical drugs. Costa Rica is the latest country to contemplate medical marijuana legalization. Per Inserbia: The proposal, put forth by a Deputy of the nation’s unicameral Legislative Assembly, already has [...]

Aug 302014
 August 30, 2014
34,000 New Mexicans Suffering From Alzheimer's Denied Access To Medical Cannabis

The Secretary of Health denied a petition to add Alzheimer’s disease to the list of medical conditions eligible for the medical cannabis program, even though the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board voted unanimously to recommend making neurodegenerative dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, qualifying conditions. Alzheimer’s disease, similar to many of the conditions presently included in New Mexico’s Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, is a neurologic disease and has no known cure. Existing medications provide only temporary relief, without stopping the progression of the disease. “It is really unfortunate that New Mexicans [...]

Aug 292014
 August 29, 2014
Virginia Governor Endorses Medical Marijuana

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) is the most recent Governor to come out and endorse medical marijuana. More and more politicians are getting on the marijuana reform bandwagon everyday. Whether they actually believe in reform, or are just claiming to do so because it’s a popular political topic, only time will tell. We will have to wait and see if actions follow, or if this is just political rhetoric. Per the Huffington Post: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said that he was open to legalizing medical marijuana in his state [...]

Aug 272014
 August 27, 2014
Medical Marijuana Protest Planned For South Dakota State Fair

South Dakota is not a populous state, and is not considered to be a leader when it comes to marijuana reform. However, that doesn’t mean that South Dakota’s marijuana laws don’t need fixing, and it certainly doesn’t mean that there aren’t hardworking activists in the state. In fact, activists there are working very hard to spread awareness and acheive reform. They are planning a protest at the upcoming South Dakota State Fair. Per Black Hills FOX: Supporters of medical marijuana and industrial hemp are planning on staging a protest Friday [...]

Aug 272014
 August 27, 2014
Republicans, Marijuana, And The Bump

Politics makes strange bedfellows, and in the 2014 election cycle the Republican Party has crawled under the covers with the medical marijuana community. It seems to be working- but not for everyone, and not unconditionally. Candidates are always looking for The Bump, that rise in polling numbers or spike in votes gained by hammering away at the current hot button topic. Citizens have a sweet spot and, and like Tiger Woods using a titanium driver on a dimpled white sphere, politicians are looking to drive their acceptance down the fairway [...]

Aug 262014
 August 26, 2014
Do Medical Marijuana Laws Lower Prescription Painkiller Overdoses?

Addiction to painkillers is a nasty thing. I have had many friends start using painkillers after an injury or accident, just to get addicted and have their lives spiral out of control. Sadly, I’ve seen some intelligent, talented people ruin their lives with painkillers. Some of my friends that were top students in college are now on their third stint in rehab trying to shake their addiction. A few of my friends have overdosed on painkillers, ending their lives prematurely. Anything that lowers painkiller use is a worthwhile thing in [...]

Aug 262014
 August 26, 2014
Kansas Democratic Party Endorses Medical Marijuana

Major state political parties are getting on board with marijuana reform. The latest is the Democratic Party of Kansas. The official Kansas Democratic party platform includes an endorsement for medical marijuana. Admittedly, there are not really any details as far as what form of medical marijuana they are referring to (CBD only? Home cultivation?). But it’s still very significant because after all, it’s Kansas. It’s not as big of news if it had been the Republican Party of Kansas, but still, it’s way more significant than a West Coast state’s [...]

Aug 252014
 August 25, 2014
Doctors In Pennsylvania Are Ready For Legal Medical Marijuana

Pennsylvania, like every other state in America, has people suffering from various ailments. Not all of these people can treat their conditions with pharmaceutical drugs, or don’t want to because pharmaceuticals drugs can be harmful. These people would benefit greatly if Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana. It sounds like many doctors in Pennsylvania are on board with it. I just read an interesting article about medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. It included the following quote from a doctor named Jason Bundy, who works for the Center for Pain Control: It is well [...]