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Georgia: New Push For Medical Marijuana

Hemp News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 20:42

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Almost a year after the first medical marijuana bill -- and a rather mild one, at that -- failed in Georgia, suffering patients and those fighting to relieve their pain hope that won't happen again.

As lawmakers prepare for the next General Assembly in January, a poll from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows that 80 percent of Georgians support legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, reports Anita Oh at WMAZ.

Since Congress just approved, and President Obama signed into law, a spending measure that eliminated funding for the Drug Enforcement Administration to conduct medical marijuana raids on complying businesses in states where medicinal cannabis is legal, those favoring a change of law at the state level have more rhetorical ammunition.

After testifying in September before a medical marijuana study committee led by Republican state Rep. Allen Peake, Katie Crosby, 26, started a Facebook group called Hope For Silent Sufferers. "Imagine, before you even have a thought in the morning, you wake up, just in agony," she said. "A living hell, a living nightmare to be honest."

The group, which advocates for the legalization of medical marijuana in Georgia, has nearly 20,000 supporters. Through it, Crosby has connected with people like Pamela Skinner, who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1996.

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Sponsor ‘The Grand Rally In Tally’ To Support Florida Medical Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 19:00
Florida came very, very close to legalizing medical marijuana during the 2014 Election. The initiative received 58% of the votes, which was short of the 60% required for passage in Florida. While the initiative didn’t win, it sent a clear message to the Florida Legislature that an overwhelming majority of Floridians want a real medical

Kentucky: Medical Marijuana Doubtful In Legislature Despite Popular Support

Hemp News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 18:26

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he plans to file a bill in the upcoming General Assembly session to allow medical marijuana in the Bluegrass State, but he says its chances are slim.

Outright opposition to medicinal cannabis among lawmakers has softened, reports Gregory A. Hall at The Courier-Journal, but many lawmakers just haven't yet discovered the courage to vote for it.

"I think it's going to get some play this session; I don't know how much," said Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg).

The steady progress of medical marijuana legislation in other states is seen as increasing the likelihood for positive change in Kentucky. State residents expressed support for medical marijuana in Bluegrass Polls for the past two years.

Last session, timid lawmakers passed a no-risk "CBD-only" law that allows non-psychoactive cannabidiol oil to be used to control seizures. Two bills to allow broader medical marijuana use died, including one in the House that made it out of the Health and Welfare Committee before dying in the Judiciary Committee.

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Energy Efficiency Will Be Big Business In The Expanding Marijuana Industry

The Weed Blog - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 18:20
Once upon a time I had a decent sized marijuana garden. It was tiny compared to some of the industrial marijuana gardens that are populating states like Oregon, Colorado, and California. However, it was larger than the average, using up an entire two story, five bedroom house. I remember the first time I got an

Maryland: Director Appointed For Medical Marijuana Program

Hemp News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 18:06

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The first executive director of the Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission has been appointed, it was announced on Friday.

Hannah Byron has been named to the position, according to the panel, reports the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Byron was assistant secretary for the Maryland Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts of the Department of Economic and Business Development.

Byron's appointment takes effect on January 14.

“The Commission is thrilled that Hannah Byron, an extraordinarily effective public official, has agreed to be our first full-time executive director,” said Dr. Paul Davies, chair of the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission. “For more than 12 years, she has been a top administrator in the Department of Business and Economic Development. We are excited that she will bring her deep experience with the business community and her commitment to the citizens of Maryland to lead the Commission.”

“We face an urgent challenge to get medical marijuana to patients whose doctors have certified that they need it,” Byron said. “I look forward to working with the medical profession and patients, law enforcement, business and agricultural leaders, the Commissioners and others to implement this law. I am committed to getting this program operational as quickly as possible.”

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Yet Another Study Suggests Marijuana Fights Alzheimer’s Disease

The Weed Blog - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 17:50
More than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. I have had multiple family members suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and it’s a very sad thing to watch. I can only imagine how horrible it is to go through as the patient. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in three seniors will die with Alzheimer’s or

Connecticut May Add More Qualifying Conditions To Medical Marijuana Program

The Weed Blog - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 17:20
Earlier this month Connecticut held a public hearing to gather testimony from members of the public wishing to expand the list of qualifying conditions for the Connecticut medical marijuana program. After the public hearing, there was an additional period where the public could submit written testimonies and materials. The cutoff for submissions was December 12.

Survey: Most Healthcare Professionals Would Advise Using CBD For Epilepsy

The Weed Blog - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 16:50
Pub Med recently conducted a survey, asking for opinions about the use of medical marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) for people with epilepsy. The survey consisted of eight questions. Four questions asked if ‘there were sufficient safety and efficacy data, whether responders would advise trying medical marijuana in cases of severe refractory epilepsy, and if pharmacologic grade compounds

Recreational Marijuana In Oregon: What To Expect For Your Marijuana Business (Event)

The Weed Blog - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 15:50
Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana during the 2014 Election. The law is set to take effect in July. Marijuana licenses should be rolling out in early 2016. Now is the time to start researching, learning, and preparing if you are planning on entering the Oregon marijuana industry. Below is a great event that is coming

Senate Assignments Are Hit/Miss For Future Michigan Marijuana Legislation

The Weed Blog - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 14:48
New Michigan Senate committee chair assignments were made public this week, and two strong opponents to marijuana law reform hold key positions of power. Replacing the term-limited Sen. Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) as Senate Majority Leader will be Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive). Retaining control of the Senate Judiciary Committee is Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge), a

Philippines: Column: Who's Afraid Of Mary Jane, Etcetera? 'Bye, Claro

Cannabis News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 05:00
Manila Times, 26 Dec 2014 - IN my lifelong urging that we think out of the box, I have long argued that marijuana must be decriminalized. On August 30, 1983, I wrote "Who's Afraid of Mary Jane? The Truth About Marijuana" in Mr. & Ms.. I got pummelled and pilloried from pillar to post with mothers calling me to tell me what they thought of me and my ancestors. My friend, Sen. Tito Sotto, says bring back the death penalty, routinely used in China but drug trafficking continues. Big time.

US: Regulatory Action Involving Pot Kept Issue Hot Throughout

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 05:00
Washington Post, 26 Dec 2014 - Support it or not, there's no denying that this was a watershed year for marijuana. Within hours of the new year, the nation saw the first legally sanctioned sales of marijuana for recreational use in modern history. Throughout, states considered and often passed expanding access to the drug and, as recently as last weekend, Congress was interfering in D.C.'s pot policies and promising to stay out of the states.

US AZ: Column: 520 Cannabis Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 05:00
Tucson Weekly, 26 Dec 2014 - MAPS receives $2 million grant from Colorado for Study of Medical Marijuana for PTSD Last week, fired UA researcher Sue Sisley learned that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment awarded the psychiatrist $2 million to her sponsor, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), for their marijuana study for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in 76 U.S. veterans.

US: Regulatory Action Involving Pot Kept Issue Hot Throughout

Cannabis News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 05:00
Washington Post, 26 Dec 2014 - Support it or not, there's no denying that this was a watershed year for marijuana. Within hours of the new year, the nation saw the first legally sanctioned sales of marijuana for recreational use in modern history. Throughout, states considered and often passed expanding access to the drug and, as recently as last weekend, Congress was interfering in D.C.'s pot policies and promising to stay out of the states.

US AZ: Column: 520 Cannabis Medical Marijuana

Cannabis News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 05:00
Tucson Weekly, 26 Dec 2014 - MAPS receives $2 million grant from Colorado for Study of Medical Marijuana for PTSD Last week, fired UA researcher Sue Sisley learned that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment awarded the psychiatrist $2 million to her sponsor, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), for their marijuana study for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in 76 U.S. veterans.

US OK: OPED: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Cannabis News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 05:00
Tulsa World, 26 Dec 2014 - Last week, Oklahoma and Nebraska sued Colorado over actions Colorado has taken that have resulted in the trafficking of illegal drugs into Oklahoma and Nebraska. We didn't take this action lightly. As you know, I have been an ardent defender of Oklahoma's ability to determine its own policies and laws, free from undue federal intrusion. But that isn't to say that there is no place for federal law. Of course there is - that is precisely why our Founders came together in 1789 to draft a constitution. My battles have been against federal actions that exceed the powers our Founders granted to the federal government in the constitution.

US CT: OPED: Will Selling Marijuana Really Help Indian Tribes

Cannabis News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 05:00
The Hour, 26 Dec 2014 - Justice Department is attempting to solve a problem that almost no one knew about with a solution that almost no one asked for. The results -- so far, confusion and uncertainty -- have been entirely predictable. The department announced this month that it would permit marijuana legalization on 300 or so Indian reservations in 30 states. The decision has perplexed American Indian leaders, who say that the last thing many tribes want is more lax federal law enforcement.

US: Native American Tribes Wade Carefully into Marijuana

Cannabis News - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 05:00
Washington Post, 26 Dec 2014 - Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and whether alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue and jobs that casinos and liquor could bring to a community in which half the workforce is unemployed and most arrests and pervasive social ills are linked to alcohol abuse. When the federal government announced this month that it would allow Native American tribes to grow and sell marijuana, the divisive discussions returned. The tribal president's office talked about expanding crops to include marijuana for medicinal but not recreational use, while a tribal lawmaker quickly declared his opposition.

US: Native American Tribes Wade Carefully into Marijuana

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 05:00
Washington Post, 26 Dec 2014 - Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and whether alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue and jobs that casinos and liquor could bring to a community in which half the workforce is unemployed and most arrests and pervasive social ills are linked to alcohol abuse. When the federal government announced this month that it would allow Native American tribes to grow and sell marijuana, the divisive discussions returned. The tribal president's office talked about expanding crops to include marijuana for medicinal but not recreational use, while a tribal lawmaker quickly declared his opposition.

Merry Christmas 2014 From The Weed Blog!

The Weed Blog - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 00:00
This is the fifth Christmas that I have been running The Weed Blog. I remember when Jay Smoker and I created this blog in 2010. I never, ever would have thought we would be here five years later, spreading awareness on a daily basis like we do. This Christmas, The Weed Blog’s fifth Christmas, I