Archive for the ‘Medical Marijuana News’ Category
In some very awesome news, on Friday, President Obama gave the green light to banks, allowing them to finally do business with legal marijuana sellers. This is a huge step in legitimizing the burgeoning cannabis industry as well as helping to re-legalize the healing plant.
Until now, most dispensaries and collectives throughout the country have had difficulty trying to find banks to work with them, because of law enforcement issues and conflicts between federal and state law. Here’s a report from CNN (thanks to Newsthatmatters1 @ YouTube for posting) – where they briefly discuss the new rules for these businesses.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta reacts to the Justice Department’s announcement that it won’t block laws that have legalized marijuana in states like Washington and Colorado. The primary concern is that the US Government has failed to speak upon rescheduling cannabis or changing laws to allow for easier access to begin studies, as well as provide safe access for patients.
If you have not yet seen CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s documentary about cannabis, please check it out on my page – just a few videos down 🙂
As I’m sure a lot of you know by now, this past week, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta surprisingly made an about-face on his stance on cannabis, specifically using it for medicinal purposes. CNN aired a fantastic documentary on Sunday in which Dr. Gupta meets with various patients around the country who have used cannabis to treat their ailments, most of which showing that cannabis is truly the only thing that helps. It’s a fantastic episode and well worth the watch. For more information, also check out this great article on CNN about the headlines this documentary has made this week – let’s keep this conversation going!
Here is a video from Reason.TV showcasing Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn of Washington, DC’s struggle to keep his dispensary open in the face of being harassed by the federal government. (thanks for the video post!): —-
“”[The federal government] should know who is a pot dealer and who is not. For them to pretend otherwise is ridiculous,” says Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn. Kahn, an ordained rabbi who has served congregations for over 30 years, is opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Washington, D.C. this summer alongside his wife. Kahn says the federal government has made it impossible for him to get a bank account for his small business.
Medical marijuana is legal in D.C. and 18 states, but it’s still illegal under federal law. This means that even though Kahn is abiding by D.C. law, banks won’t work with his business for fear of losing FDIC protection–or worse. Kahn says he has not been able to open a bank account with any financial institution. If he is forced to be a cash-only business, he will be more vulnerable to crime and IRS auditing.
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Produced by Amanda Winkler. Shot by Todd Kranin and Winkler. Narrated by Kranin. Additional help by Joshua Swain.”
Residents of Delaware voted to pass medical marijuana legislation and it was signed into law in 2011. The problem is, 2 years later, there are still no dispensaries or any access to medical marijuana for patients. This is a heinous oversight as patients are left having to resort to illegal methods to obtain their medicine.
This is similar to situations in other medical marijuana states, namely New Jersey. In 2010, former governor Corzine signed NJ’s medical marijuana law before Governor Christie took office. It is now 2013 and there have only been a total of TWO permits issued to dispensaries in the entire state of NJ. Clearly, these states need to stop trying to ignore the laws we citizens voted to put into place!
I thought I’d do something a little different and just speak on some issues regarding cannabis. Warning, I am totally rambling!
The first issue is re: Fairness in re: to access to meds and how cannabis is portrayed. A lot of patients have issues dealing with money-grubbing cannabis dispensaries, as well as fraudulent review sites that mislead patients into purchasing from some of these sketchy dispensaries, when they otherwise wouldn’t. I then go into a more specific issue of balance of usage and make a note that cannabis, although we love it, does have some negative side effects if you “over use” it. I support cannabis wholeheartedly, but I also realize that there are some negatives that really need to be explained and discussed. I touch on a few things that I haven’t really heard any other activists talk about. Tell me what you think!
Here is part one of “The Science and Politics of Marijuana” – part of a series of talks from the MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) 25th Anniversary conference back in 2011. All 7 parts can be found on YouTube through the video below. Videos feature Donald Abrams MD, Lyle Craker PhD, Sue Sisley MD, Martin Lee, Clint Werner, Fred Gardner, Amanda Reiman PhD MSW, Dale Gieringer PhD, Debby Goldsberry, & Steph Sherer and is moderated by Allen Hopper JD (ACLU of Northern California).
The discussions you’ll hear in the videos go into detail on the topic of the science and politics of marijuana – what has been researched and discovered, and how politics is affecting the information from being released or used properly. Over 10 years ago, an important government study was released regarding a few specific patients’ use of marijuana as recommended by their doctors. The Institute of Medicine, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences, issued what was then the most comprehensive analysis of the scientific and medical literature about cannabis, and it stated, “The accumulated data indicate a potential therapeutic value for cannabinoid drugs, particularly for symptoms such as pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation.” A vast number of doctors and other medical professionals continue to caution about harms that may result from smoking marijuana, though these need to be weighed against the other harms that patients could be facing. In the political realm, the debate over the legal status of medical marijuana continues on. The videos run about 339 minutes in total – check them out at your leisure!
This is an older video from late last year (2012) highlighting the fight that Chris Williams, a medical marijuana grower in Montana, has been battling. At the time this documentary was made, Chris Williams was facing life in prison. As of today, he has been sentenced to 5 years in prison. Part of the atrocity of this case is that a federal judge barred Williams from using his medical marijuana defense.
Marylanders caught with marijuana may soon face a small fine instead of time behind bars.
The Maryland Senate voted in favor of a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana on Tuesday.
On a bipartisan vote of 30-16, the Senate approved legislation that makes possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana a civil offense, subject to the maximum penalty of a $100 fine, according to the Capital Gazette. Laws currently on the books for a such a possession invokes a maximum penalty of $500 and 90 days in prison.
If the bill becomes law, Maryland would join a growing number of states that are enacting more lax marijuana laws, including Colorado and Washington state, where voters chose to legalize marijuana on ballot referendums in 2012.
The sponsor of the bill, State Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (D-Baltimore County), said that the law was needed in order to avoid overspending on charging individuals with possession of small amounts of marijuana.
“It is a tremendous waste of resources,” Zirkin said, according to the Baltimore Sun.
According to State Sen. Allan Kittleman (R-Howard and Carroll), a co-sponsor of the bill, police made around “47,000 arrests” related to marijuana possession in the state last year.
(Thanks to BREAKINGNEWSALLDAY on YouTube for the link)
What are the implications of Washington and Colorado’s recent legalization of marijuana? Here is a long chunk of C-SPAN coverage thanks to MOXNEWS.com in which the topic is discussed at length.
The main issue we all need to keep in mind is that the Federal government is in charge of criminal laws. The states are in charge of everything else, meaning they have the write to implement medical marijuana legislature if approved by their citizens. Since cannabis is still considered federally illegal – this causes a problem. Unfortunately, the Feds have been tackling is wrong – by attacking programs that are running 100% in compliance under state law. So what do we do?
What are your opinions? What do you think is the best way to carry this out? How do you think the legalization of marijuana will affect the nation?