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By Steve Elliott
Operators of medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be required to register with the state, keep encrypted electronic records and maintain 24-hour security beginning in March 2014.
The committee tasked with creating the state's medical marijuana dispensary registry finished its work on Wednesday in Salem, but one member of the panel predicted the program would fail because of inadequate staffing, reports Noelle Crombie at The Oregonian.
The group has been meeting since September to craft rules around background checks, testing for potency and contaminants, and security requirements. A 30-page draft of the rules gives the specifics of how dispensaries will legally operate. Back in 1998, Oregon voters made the state one of the first to allow cannabis for medicinal use.
The Oregon Health Authority will be going over the proposed rules; there will also be public hearings around the state before they are finalized next year.
The rules came about as the result of the Oregon Legislature, earlier this year, passing a law which for the first time explicitly legalizes and regulates medical marijuana dispensaries. Retailers will face a maze of regulations starting next spring, but growers and the labs which test for potency and impurities won't be regulated by the dispensary law.
Scientific data, standards put to rest the notion that medical marijuana is a dangerous drug with no medical value
Patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is hosting a Google Hangout Thursday at 5:30pm PT (8:30 pm ET) with a panel of leading medical and scientific experts to discuss by video the new cannabis monograph from the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), an authoritative compendium of scientific data, including long-awaited standards for the plant's identity, purity, quality, and botanical properties.
What: Google Hangout video discussion with experts on the significance of the recently released Cannabis monograph, followed by a Q&A
When: Today, Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:30pm PT (8:30pm ET)
Where: Go to http://www.safeaccessnow.org/asa_live to join the Google Hangout, which is open to the public.
Featuring: Several authors of the cannabis monograph, including American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Executive Director Roy Upton, RH, DAyu; University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor Lyle Craker, PhD; and cannabis researchers Dr. Michelle Sexton, ND, and Dr. Jahan Marcu, PhD.
By Steve Elliott
In a major victory for the medical marijuana community, the Washington State Liquor Control Board, under heavy patient pressure, on Wednesday reversed itself, signaling they will recommend to lawmakers that medical marijuana patients continue to be allowed to grow cannabis in their homes.
The LCB's previous recommendation that home growing be outlawed, in order to force patients to conform to recreational legalization measure I-502, had produced outrage in Washington's medical marijuana community. I-502 is the recreational cannabis legalization measure approved last year by state voters.
Board members now say they recommend that patients, or their designated providers, be allowed to grow up to six plants, three flowering and three nonflowering, reports Bob Young at The Seattle Times. Currently, patients are allowed to grow up to 15 plants at any stage of growth. Unexplained was why the 15-plant limit -- reached by the Legislature after extensive discussion -- was abandoned.
"We're all in agreement on home grows," said chair Sharon Foster of the three-member board. Members on Wednesday worked on changes they'd like to make to their recommendations, but didn't take formal action.
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By Steve Elliott
The celebration is in full swing in Uruguay, which became the first nation in modern times to legalize marijuana, but a drug agency overseen by the United Nations on Wednesday claimed that the move violates an international treaty on controlled substances.
Uruguay is violating 1961's Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, according to the International Narcotics Control Board. That 52-year-old world treaty was designed to limit the possession, use, manufacture and production of "drugs" exclusively to medical and scientific purposes, reports Fox News Latino. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Single Convention combats drug trafficking through international cooperation.
Uruguay this week became the first country since the Single Convention to create a national marketplace for legal cannabis, with the government controlling the production and sales of marijuana in a bid to stymie the black market.
"Cannabis is controlled under the 1961 Convention, which requires States Parties to limit its use to medical and scientific purposes, due to its dependence-producing potential," said INCB President Raymond Yans. The INCB is in charge of monitoring enforcement of and compliance with United Nations drug treaties.
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At a press conference this morning, New York Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) and state Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) announced their intent to introduce legislation to legalize the possession, cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis.
Speaking at the press conference, the Assembly bill’s sponsor Rep. Gottfried said, “We really need to move beyond our totally broken prohibition model to a sensible tax and regulate model. I think it’s widely recognized that marijuana is at most nowhere near as potentially harmful as alcohol and our law is dishonest.”
Added Sen. Krueger, “I don’t believe a drug that is proven to be less dangerous, from a health perspective, than alcohol or tobacco should be under laws that actually criminalize and ruin lives when alcohol or tobacco are regulated and taxed.”
The proposed Assembly and Senate measures would allow adults over the age of 18 to possess up to 2 ounces of dried marijuana, 1/4 ounce of marijuana concentrates, and to cultivate up to 6 plants. The legislation would also establish regulations for state-licensed retail cannabis outlets throughout the state. Retail sales would be limited to adults over the age of 21.
New York City Comptroller John Liu estimates that taxing the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis to adults would yield an estimated $400 million annually, just in the city alone.
According to a 2013 ACLU report, no state arrests more of its citizens for marijuana possession than New York.NEW YORK RESIDENTS: Click here to easily contact your elected officials and urge them to support this legislation.
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American Herbal Pharmacopoeia monograph lays scientific foundation for quality assurance and expanded research By Kris Hermes In an historic move, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) released the first installation of a two-part Cannabis monograph yesterday that classifies cannabis (marijuana) as a botanical medicine, alongside many other widely accepted Complementary and Alternative Medicines. Written and reviewed by the world’s leading [...]
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Colorado, Washington, and Now Uruguay Offer Sensible Models and Precedent for Reform
New York State Senator Liz Krueger on Wednesday introduced a bill to tax and regulate marijuana for adult use. The bill would end the criminalization of adults 18 years and older who possess up to two ounces of marijuana and would create a regulatory system allowing for the retail sale of marijuana to those over the age of 21, much like the current system for regulating alcohol. Recent polls show a majority of Americans now support taxing and regulating marijuana.
New York’s current marijuana policies are widely recognized as broken. About 600,000 people, mostly young black and Latino men, have been arrested for marijuana possession in the state since 1997, saddling them with criminal records that impede their ability to obtain jobs, student loans, and housing.
“Prohibition of marijuana is a policy that just hasn’t worked, no matter how you look at it, and it’s time to have an honest conversation about what we should do next,” Sen. Krueger said. “The illegal marijuana economy is alive and well, and our unjust laws are branding nonviolent New Yorkers, especially young adults, as criminals, creating a vicious cycle that ruins lives and needlessly wastes taxpayer dollars.
American Herbal Pharmacopoeia monograph lays scientific foundation for quality assurance and expanded research
The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), in a historic move, on Wednesday released the first installation of a two-part Cannabis monograph that classifies cannabis (marijuana) as a botanical medicine, alongside many other widely accepted complementary and alternative medicines.
Written and reviewed by the world's leading experts, the cannabis monograph brings together an authoritative compendium of scientific data, including long-awaited standards for the plant's identity, purity, quality, and botanical properties. The monograph provides a foundation for health care professionals to integrate cannabis therapy into their practices on the basis of a full scientific understanding of the plant, its constituent components, and its biologic effects.
"The inclusion of cannabis in the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia returns the plant to its place alongside as a proven botanical medicine, which has been used for centuries by countries and cultures around the world," said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), which helped support the development of the cannabis monograph.
"Health care professionals, researchers and regulators now have the tools to develop effective public health programs for medical marijuana and to further explore its therapeutic benefits," Sherer said.
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Detroit Free Press, 11 Dec 2013 - As state lawmakers finish the 2013 legislative session, they are beginning to tackle controversial issues such as medical marijuana, campaign finance and phone service with an eye toward leaving for a three-week holiday break on Thursday. All three issues could see votes, even final passage, this week.