Jun 092013
 June 9, 2013
Michigan State Police Issue New Guidelines On Medical Marijuana

LANSING- The Michigan State Police have issued another update for their agents and Deputies regarding the legal use of medical marijuana in Michigan. Update #103, dated June 5, brings officers in line with rules that took effect April 1st and with court decisions from earlier this year. Some of the policies are mandated by changes to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMA) created by the Michigan legislature in 2012. Other changes come as a result of court decisions in cases like People v Koon and People v Bylsma- a decision that was rendered back in December 2012. The Updates are divided into different

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Jun 092013
 June 9, 2013
Blacks Targeted In Wasteful War On Marijuana

By Phillip Smith Black Americans are nearly four times more likely to get busted for marijuana possession than white ones, even though both groups smoke pot at roughly comparable rates, the ACLU said in a report released Tuesday. The report, “The War on Marijuana in Black and White: Billions of Dollars Wasted on Racially Biased Arrests,” is based on the annual FBI Uniform Crime Report and US Census Bureau Data. Blacks are 3.7 times more likely to get busted for marijuana possession than whites. (aclu.org/marijuana) The disparity in arrest rates is startlingly consistent, the report found. In more than 96%

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Jun 092013
 June 9, 2013
Oregon Officially Adds PTSD As A Qualifying Medical Marijuana Condition

Oregon has officially become the 4th state in the U.S. which allows those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to become qualifying medical marijuana patients. Governor John Kitzhaber signed Senate Bill 281, joining Oregon with three other states – Connecticut, Delaware, and New Mexico – which allow PTSD as a qualifying condition. The measure passing into law, which is a huge victory for compassion and commonsense, comes just a couple weeks after a study - conducted by the New York University School of Medicine - found that one of marijuana’s primary compounds may combat the symptoms of PTSD by bringing equilibrium in the prison’s CB1

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Jun 092013
 June 9, 2013
Sick Family Needs Help To Relocate To A Medical Marijuana State

I have always been fortunate enough to live in Oregon, which is one of the most progressive states in the nation when it comes to marijuana policy. Oregon has had a medical marijuana program since 1998, the second oldest program behind California. My entire adult life has been spent in a medical marijuana state, which is very reassuring. I used to have a medical marijuana card, but was forced out of the program due to the rising costs of enrollment. However, I know that if I ever needed to get back into the program, and could afford to do so,

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Jun 082013
 June 8, 2013
Blue Venom Marijuana Strain Pictures And Review

Blue Venom Cannabis Strain Pictures And Review I have never seen the blue venom marijuana strain in Oregon, but I have heard a lot of good things about it. It seems to be readily available in California and Colorado. Blue venom is an indica marijuana strain that is good for pain, PTSD, and stress, among many other things. “Awesome blend of blueberry and white Widow. Definitely a nighttime med due to being very potent indica.” – Green Heals Check out the Blue Venom marijuana strain on THCFinder.Com, and see what people had to say about Blue Venom, and how Blue Venom

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Jun 082013
 June 8, 2013
Suspicion-Based Drug Testing Bill Could Be Bad News For Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients

Michigan Public Radio (MPR) reporter Jake Neher broadcast a report on a House bill requiring suspicion-based testing for drug use among welfare recipients. Jamie Lowell of the Third Coast Compassion Center in Ypsilanti spoke to Neher about the future of marijuana use among those on public welfare assistance. “We have elderly people and very young people who rely on this assistance and it becomes a very tough choice, particularly when this is the type of medicine or herbal remedy that has proven to be successful for them.” Rep. Farrington sponsored the bill that may place patients in jeopardy. “It’s something I am quite honestly

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Jun 082013
 June 8, 2013
Two New Initiatives Filed In Oregon To Legalize Marijuana

The proponents of last year’s Measure 80 in Oregon – which would have legalized marijuana for adults but was narrowly defeated in the general election - have filed two new initiatives aimed at the 2014 ballot in an attempt to bring legalization to the state. One of the two initiatives is modeled after Measure 80, with a couple changes designed to make the initiative more acceptable to voters: For example, Measure 80 allowed for the possession of an unlimited amount, whereas the newly-filed initiative sets a possession limit of 24 ounces, and private cultivation limit of 24 plants. The 2nd measure is a

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Jun 082013
 June 8, 2013
Saint Louis' Disproportionate Arrest Rate Of Blacks For Cannabis Is One Of Nation's Highest

By John Payne The ACLU report discussed by Anthony Johnson above also delved into local arrest figures, and the authors found that the city of Saint Louis arrests black individuals for marijuana possession far, far more often than white individuals. Nationwide, blacks are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for cannabis than whites. That’s alarming enough, but in the city of Saint Louis, law enforcement arrests African-Americans 18 times more often than whites, despite the fact that African-Americans only constitute half of the city’s population! In February, when the Saint Louis Board of Aldermen held a hearing on the recently enacted

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Jun 072013
 June 7, 2013
Colorado Attorney General: Treating Marijuana Magazines Like Porn Is Unconstitutional

Colorado’s staunchly anti-marijuana attorney general, John Suthers, has declared that a rule created by the legislature to treat marijuana-themed publications like pornography is unconstitutional and said the state will not defend it in court. His determination came after state marijuana regulators concluded that it was not constitutional and should not be enforced. The Associated Press reports: The magazine requirement was part of a larger set of laws enacted to state how the newly legal drug should be grown and sold. The behind-the-counter restriction was adopted after parents testified that their children should be protected from exposure to magazines touting the drug,  which remains illegal under

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Jun 072013
 June 7, 2013
Survey Of 1,446 Doctors From 72 Countries Says Use Medical Marijuana For Breast Cancer

A new survey places a case study before physicians and asks: recommend medical marijuana or deny it to the patient? A new and remarkable survey was recently published in the prestigious scientific periodical the New England Journal of Medicine (the Journal) indicating 76% of physicians surveyed would recommend medical marijuana to alleviate the pain of a breast cancer patient. The survey included 1,446 doctors from 72 different countries. In North America, responses were received from 56 different states and provinces to the hypothetical case study presented in the survey. The study was published in the February issue of the Journal along with a pro/con fact sheet

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