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Pennsylvania Senate passes medical marijuana bill

Read more at: Fox43

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania State Senate passed Senator Mike Folmer’s (R – Lebanon, Dauphin, York) Senate Bill 3 to allow the use of medical cannabis in the Commonwealth:  40-7.  Folmer’s legislation would allow thousands of ill and suffering Pennsylvanians the ability to utilize cannabis, a natural plant from God, to treat their ailments.

Senate Bill 3 provides access to regulated medical cannabis for patients with certain qualified medical conditions and establishes the State Board of Medical Cannabis Licensing under the Department of State to provide regulatory oversight and licensing.  The bill was unanimously reported from the Senate State Government Committee on April 21 with a comprehensive amendment, including:  adding a “real time” registry to track the validity of medical cannabis cards and the growth, production and distribution; eliminating production of edible medical cannabis products – although patients would be allowed to mix prescribed medical cannabis into their foods; adding nebulization as a delivery method; and expanding the list of covered diseases to include HIV/AIDS and glaucoma.

“This bill has had many individuals working hard to help the broadest group of people we possibly can without further delay,” said Folmer.  “I am so thankful for the additional amendments offered by my colleagues to expand the bill even further to help Pennsylvania’s suffering patients.”

The amendments approved by the full Senate and are now included in Senate Bill 3 are:

  • Vaporization for cancer, PTSD and seizures (Senator Camera Bartolotta)
  • Chronic or intractable pain (Senator Camera Bartolotta)
  • Diabetes (Senator Mike Folmer on behalf of Senator Don White)
  • Crohn’s Disease (Senator Mike Folmer)

The bill now goes to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for further consideration.

Read more at: Fox43

Tennessee – House committee approves bill to legalize cannabis oil

A bill to legalize cannabis oil in Tennessee for medical purposes passed its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, but it did so with a slight change.

The bill, from Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, passed the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee with a few amendments. It now requires someone who wants to use the oil to have a letter from a doctor saying the person who needs the oil suffers from seizures.

Several weeks ago, families pleaded with the committee to support the bill. The families have children who suffer from, at times, thousands of seizures every day.

The bill advances to the full House Criminal Committee. Committee Chairman William Lamberth, R-Cottontown, said during the subcommittee meeting that he supports the bill.

Marijuana not just for hippies

Cannamoms try to get medical pot for their kids

Moriah Barnhart’s daughter, Dahlia, was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 2. Moriah said that Dahlia, now 4, was not expected by doctors to live as long as she has.


But the blue-eyed, rambunctious little girl has exceeded doctors’ expectations.

“The majority of the progress I’ve seen in her, physically, mentally and emotionally” is due to cannabis, Barnhart told CNBC.

Moriah is one of four mothers who refer to themselves as the Cannamoms, advocating for medical marijuana to be legalized in all states so that their critically ill children, and others like them, can have access to a drug that is still illegal on the federal level.

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Throughout her chemotherapy and beyond, Moriah said cannabis had helped Dahlia tremendously, but she can’t get access to marijuana legally in Florida, where she lives.

Moriah and three other mothers made the journey from Florida to California to try cannabis for a protracted stay. All four at some point have given their children marijuana, and they say they witnessed an improvement in their well being afterward.

Throughout her chemotherapy and beyond, Moriah said cannabis had helped Dahlia tremendously, but she can’t get access to marijuana legally in Florida, where she lives.

Moriah and three other mothers made the journey from Florida to California to try cannabis for a protracted stay. All four at some point have given their children marijuana, and they say they witnessed an improvement in their well being afterward.

A self-proclaimed "Cannamom" shows some of the medical cannabis she procured for her child.

Dina Gusovsky | CNBC
A self-proclaimed “Cannamom” shows some of the medical cannabis she procured for her child.

They’re not alone. The Cannamoms are part of just a handful of the hundreds of families from across the country who have relocated or are considering moving to a state where medical marijuana is legal.

“What we need to focus on is the unlawful laws that make us relocate or move to states that already have cannabis legally for medicinal purposes,” Cannamom Renee Petro, whose son Branden suffers from intractable seizures, told CNBC.

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Since the visit in mid-October, at least two of the mothers have decided to move to California.

Steve DeAngelo, co-founder of Harborside Health Center, argued that families should not have to uproot their lives in order to get access to cannabis.

“There’s a lot of ways that a legal cannabis industry can bring financial and fiscal benefits to communities,” DeAngelo told CNBC. “I hope that one of them isn’t the continued migration of patients and parents from other states to California. I think that that’s really a terrible way to build an industry.”

Medical marijuana has brought in billions of dollars to states that have legalized it, and those numbers are likely to increase in the years to come if and when more states legalize.

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But medical cannabis is not cheap. A regular consultation with California-based cannabis expert and family physician Dr. Frank Lucido costs up to $600 including a few follow-ups.

But not everyone agrees that marijuana should be considered as an option to treat some illnesses, especially in children.

“The negative side effects are basically anxiety, paranoia, potential psychosis, memory impairment, visual coordination impairment,” Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr. Ankur Desai told CNBC. “You have to think about the benefits and the risks. And at this point, it’s about the benefits outweighing the risks, and I don’t think we are there yet in terms of the empirical research and support.”

On top of the emotional and physical stress these families have had to endure, the financial strains that come with finding the right marijuana can be difficult, as well.

One of the Cannamoms, Jacel Delgadillo, said she’s spending tens of thousands of dollars to move from Florida to California and try to get her son, Bruno, who suffers from up to 400 seizures per day, some relief.

Anneliese Clark, whose daughter, Christina, has had three brain surgeries, told CNBC that the girl’s claims that are covered by insurance are usually in the $250,000-to-$1 million range every year. But none of the cannabis claims are covered, she said.

Dr. Lucido cautioned against informing insurers or regular doctors about using cannabis, even in a state where it is legal, because of the potential negative consequences.

“In a perfect world, you should be able to tell your doctor everything,” Lucido said. “But until insurance companies promise not to discriminate against people who use this safe and effective medicine there’s a valid reason not to have cannabis mentioned in your regular medical records.”

A few organizations, such as the nonprofit Cann-I-Dream, and the medical marijuana dispensary Harborside Health Center, helped fund their visits and doctors’ appointments of the parents who spoke to CNBC.

Marijuana from Outlaw Status To Retail Shelves

By Jeff Mapes 
Source: Oregonian

cannabisOregon — After voters in Washington and Colorado voted to legalize marijuana in 2012, Alison Holcomb would tell pot activists it was too early to say that the rest of America was ready to accept the drug.

Holcomb, an American Civil Liberties Union official who managed Washington’s legalization campaign, recalled that nearly a dozen states – including Oregon – decriminalized possession of small amounts of the drug in the 1970s.

“And then the ’80s came and the pendulum swung back hard,” she said, as President Ronald Reagan called marijuana “probably the most dangerous drug in America” and stepped up federal enforcement against all illegal drugs.

Holcomb now feels more confident that marijuana will be widely legal after watching Oregon and Alaska voters approve the possession and retail sales.

Legalization in two more states — in a non-presidential year when fewer younger people vote – marks an important milestone in the drive to sweep away criminal penalties against a drug routinely used by millions of Americans, Holcomb and other activists say. On top of that, in Washington, D.C., voters said adults should be able to grow and possess the drug.

“A decade or a generation from now, people will look back on the marijuana wars and say, ‘What the hell was that about,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the group that primarily funded Oregon’s marijuana initiative.


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Source: Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
Author: Jeff Mapes
Published: November 10, 2014
Copyright: 2014 The Oregonian


Support For Marijuana Legalization Is Rapidly Outpacing Opposition

See Original Post at the Weed Blog

It wasn’t that long ago that supporting marijuana legalization was considered political suicide. There have always been a few politicians that publicly supported the idea like Earl Blumenauer, but those politicians were considered to be anomalies. That seemed to change after 2012, when not only did Colorado and Washington legalize marijuana, but anti-marijuana Attorney General candidate Dwight Holton was defeated handily. Holton thought he would campaign on an anti-marijuana platform like many had done before him, and that he would sail to victory as a result. However, an overwhelming majority of voters rejected such tactics, and instead embraced Holton’s pro-marijuana competitor Ellen Rosenblum. Many political analysts looked at that victory and saw the writing on the wall – publicly supporting marijuana reform was now a political boost, not a liability.

This is a view that is held by a majority of Americans, and support for that view is growing everyday. Per the Pew Research Center:

Attitudes about marijuana have undergone a rapid shift in public opinion, paralleled by few other trends in the U.S. Our recent data, along with historical figures from Gallup and the General Social Survey, reveal how views have shifted about the drug over time. Earlier this year, our survey found that many more Americans now favor shifting the focus of the nation’s overall drug policy.

Support for marijuana legalization is rapidly outpacing opposition. A slim majority (52%) of Americans say the drug should be made legal, compared with 45% who want it to be illegal. Opinions have changed drastically since 1969, when Gallup first asked the question and found that just 12% favored legalizing marijuana use. Much of the change in opinion has occurred over the past few years — support rose 11 points between 2010 and 2013 (although it has remained unchanged in the past year). Separately, 76% in our February survey said people convicted of minor possession should not serve time in jail.

On ‘Election Day Eve’ I’m hopeful that we see even more marijuana reform victories across America. Hopefully the 2014 Election sees Alaska, Oregon, and Washington D.C. join Colorado and Washington and legalize marijuana. By this time Wednesday morning, we should know most of the results, with the exception of probably Alaska. Alaska is hard to tally votes for, especially if the results are close, due to Alaska’s population being spread out over such a large area.

Cannabis to make more money than the NFL – Powered by Cannabis Jobs!

Marijuana is the new big business in the US. Its turnover is expected to grow to three times that of the professional football league (NFL) by 2020. According to the study by Greenwave Advisors, a research and financial analysis institute, the cannabis industry could generate revenues of $35 billion within five years, compared to the $10 billion currently produced by the NFL. It will equal other giants of the US economy, such as publishing ($38 billion in revenue) and the confectionery industry ($34 billion). Greenwave calculated this figure based on the 23 states where the use of marijuana for medical purposes is already legal and those where it’s permitted for recreation (Colorado and Washington). Its figures were based on the assumption that other states will follow the same path.

by Mattia Rosini