Apr 172013
 April 17, 2013
Medical Marijuana Legislation Moves Forward In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania will again consider making medical marijuana legal. The Governor Raymond P. Shafer Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, or House Bill 1181, was introduced Monday at the State House, and it has since been assigned to the House Health Committee for consideration. The bill would allow anyone with a debilitating condition such as HIV/AIDS or cancer to use medical marijuana provided they obtain a written recommendation from a doctor with whom they have a “bona-fide doctor-patient relationship.” The bill also addresses the Department of Health’s role in patient registry and the issuing of identification cards to medical marijuana patients and their primary

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Apr 172013
 April 17, 2013
Help Make Medical Marijuana A Reality In New York

Every day the New York legislature waits is another day of suffering for thousands of patients. Tell Gov. Cuomo and your legislators in the assembly and senate to pass medical marijuana and stop treating sick people like criminals. Click here to send a pre-written message or a customized message via the Drug Policy Alliance. Below is a press release sent out yesterday by New York Assembly Health Chair Richard N. Gottfried and New York Senator Diane J. Savino yesterday: Patient advocates – including patients who use marijuana for medical purposes – and health care professionals came to Albany today to

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Apr 172013
 April 17, 2013
Marijuana Movie Review - Stoned Bros (2013)

By Andrew Cage Do you have the munchies for a good solid Friday night blaze-fest with heart and soul that reminds you of the wild road trip you took with your best friend in summers past? If that trip ended in a toked up chaotic run for your life from a psycho demon dog, then even better, because Stoned Bros is probably the midnight snack you’ve been holding out for. It’s fast and laugh out loud funny, but more important than all that; it’s just a great ride! Cousins Eddie and Charlie hit the road – stocked to the nines with one

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Apr 172013
 April 17, 2013
Pharmaceutical Companies Rush To Patent Medical Marijuana

By TruthOnPot.Com It seems like one of the greatest fears of the medical marijuana community is slowly being realized, as corporations quickly adopt cannabinoids into their vast profile of patented medicines. Leading the charge is GW Pharmaceuticals (1), a UK- based pharmaceutical company who manufacturers Sativex, an outrageously overpriced oral spray that relies on THC and CBD for its medical effects. Although Sativex is not currently available to patients in the U.S., it can be prescribed in Canada, the UK and other European countries, at a price of £175 per bottle. As crazy as it sounds, the only difference between

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Apr 172013
 April 17, 2013
Oregon Senate To Vote On Adding PTSD To The Medical Marijuana Program Today

Oregon SB 281, a bill adding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for the use of medical marijuana, has cleared its last hurdle and is headed to the floor of the Oregon State Senate for a vote today. SB 281 is an important bill that adds another tool in treating traumatic stress not just for veterans but for first responders and victims of domestic violence alike. Numerous studies have found that marijuana can be an effective treatment for severe PTSD symptoms — a condition suffered by 20 percent of soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, according to 2008 RAND Corporation

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Apr 162013
 April 16, 2013
Vermont House Passes Decriminalization Bill --- On To Senate!

After several days of discussion, the Vermont House overwhelmingly voted this afternoon in favor of H. 200, a bill that would reduce the penalty for possessing up to an ounce of marijuana to a violation, making it a civil, rather than criminal, offense. Ninety-two representatives voted in favor, and only 49 were opposed. The bill will now move forward to the Senate, which has already held hearings on the issue. If you live in Vermont, please contact your senator today and urge them to support this legislation. As amended by the House Judiciary Committee and approved in a 9-2 vote, H. 200 would reduce

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Apr 162013
 April 16, 2013
New York Assembly Health Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

In a 21 to 4 vote, the New York State Assembly Health Committee approved the use, production, and sale of medical marijuana. Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) and Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) introduced the medical marijuana bill (A.6357/S.4406) and are optimistic about its chances in the Senate, where it has failed in the past, due to the bill’s tight stipulations. “We’re picking up support member by member,” stated Savino, following the committee’s decision. “My count now is we have 38 yes votes, solid yes votes, (and) six leaning yes. We only need 32 in the Senate: We’re going to

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Apr 162013
 April 16, 2013
Initiative Underway To Legalize Marijuana In Alaska

Alaska has one of the more liberal marijuana possession laws in the U.S., with possession of an ounce decriminalized, but advocates are taking it a step forward and have begun an initiative drive to legalize the possession, personal cultivation and state-licensed sale of marijuana to adults. Voters in Alaska rejected a similar measure in 2004 with a 44%-56% vote, but the conversation surrounding marijuana has shifted greatly in those past 9 years – for example, support for legalization on the national level in that time frame has gone from under forty percent, to above fifty. Today, activists took the first major step in

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Apr 162013
 April 16, 2013
Nearly 250 Physicians Across Illinois Endorse Medical Marijuana

On Tuesday, a group of doctors held a news conference to announce the support of nearly 250 Illinois physicians for allowing patients with serious illnesses to obtain and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. Specifically, the doctors signed on to the following statement: Licensed medical practitioners should not be punished for recommending the medical use of marijuana to seriously ill people, and seriously ill people should not be subject to criminal sanctions for using marijuana if their medical professionals have told them that such use is likely to be beneficial. Their endorsement comes just as the Illinois House of Representatives

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Apr 162013
 April 16, 2013
Cameron Douglas' Drug Related Sentence Is Upheld In NY Court

Douglas Received Longest-Ever Sentence of 5 Extra Years in Prison for Relapse Ruling Flies in Face of Nation’s Leading Medical and Substance Abuse Experts Who Signed Amicus Brief That Adequate Treatment, Not More Jail Time, is a Better Solution for Both the Individual and Society as a Whole A federal appeals court in New York has upheld a judge’s decision to nearly double the five-year prison sentence given to the son of actor Michael Douglas. Cameron Douglas was sentenced in 2010 to five years in prison after pleading guilty to narcotics distribution as part of a cooperation deal. But after

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