Minnesota Lawmakers Strike Deal With Medical Marijuana

But it covers fewer conditions than the Senate favored. Its prohibition against using plant material disappointed some advocates, who said vaporizing the leaf or smoking the drug were the only ways some patients could get relief from their maladies. Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, who sponsored the Senate version, lauded the compromise. “People in Minnesota who are suffering today who have no good options or options at all can have the hope of gaining some relief,” Dibble said during a news conference.

Opponents said legalizing medical marijuana in any form would be a step toward legalizing recreational use, and risked addicting more children to pot and other drugs. “The voices that weren’t represented during this debate were the parents who have lost children to drug abuse, in which marijuana played a part,” said Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria. Ingebrigtsen, a former sheriff, predicted drug treatment costs will soar.

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State Senate Expected Voting On Medical Marijuana Bill Tuesday

The state Senate Health Committee is set to take up a medical marijuana bill at high noon on Tuesday. The vote is the first of its kind in the Senate. If it passes, the bill would move on to the Senate Finance Committee. From there, it could go before the full Senate for a vote before the end of the legislative session next month.

Senate bill sponsor Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) has said 39 members support the bill, far more than the 32 needed to pass legislation. Sipkin, Corey/New York Daily News Senate bill sponsor Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) has said 39 members support the bill, far more than the 32 needed to pass legislation.

“The first step in the process is to make sure it gets through the committee process,” said Senate Independent Democratic Conference spokesman Jason Elan. The legislation would authorize the use of medical marijuana to treat specific “serious, debilitating, life-threatening” chronic illnesses. Savino recently amended the bill to allow its use for rheumatoid arthritis. It would not cover glaucoma. In a video earlier this week, Savino said: “This shouldn’t be about politics.”

To read more, visit http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/state-senate-vote-medical-marijuana-bill-tuesday-article-1.1794050

Feds Against Medical Marijuana Use While Tolerating The Use Of Commercial Cannabis

The seeds of this bizarre situation were planted in July 2012, when the Stevens County Sheriffs Office received a tip from the Civil Air Patrol that someone was growing marijuana near the Colville Airport. A few weeks later, Sgt. Brad Manke flew over the area and spotted about 70 marijuana plants. Based on that evidence, the sheriffs office obtained a search warrant for the property, which it served on August 9.

Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, Larrys wife, told the officers that she, her husband, their son, their daughter-in-law, and a family friend were using the marijuana to treat various conditions, including gout, osteoarthritis, wasting syndrome, and chronic pain from severe back injuries. All five have medical recommendations, which under a ballot initiative approved in 1998 gives them an affirmative defense against possession and cultivation charges. The 74 plants found by the sheriffs office were within the limits set by Washington law, which allows each patient to grow up to 15 plants.

To read more, visit http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobsullum/2014/05/15/feds-prosecute-medical-marijuana-patients-while-tolerating-commercial-cannabisall-in-the-same-city/

Lagrange Limits Medical Marijuana Dispensary Locations To Industrial Zones

The LaGrange Village Board voted Monday to tighten restrictions limiting where a possible medical marijuana dispensary can locate within the village, the Doings reported. It was originally proposed to locate a dispensary in the commercial general service district, but not the villages downtown business district along LaGrange Road. Instead, village trustees voted to locate a medical marijuana district in LaGrange’s light industrial area.

Such a dispensary would also be required to seek a special use permit and public hearing. Tanya Griffin of Western Springs, who said she represents a group of local doctors and pharmacists, had originally proposed to locate a medical marijuana dispensary in a vacant property at 120 E. Burlington Ave., the Doings said. Its essentially a vote that says not in my town, Griffin told the paper. The vote was in reaction to new state law for a pilot program allowing 22 marijuana cultivation centers and 60 dispensaries for patients with certain medical conditions.

One dispensary is permitted for the area covering Lyons, Lemont and Palos townships. Lyons Township High School senior Andrew Lipchik stated: I think the dispensaries should be allowed if were talking about having a healthy community to promote all different situations and ideologies. Trustees were divided on overturning the village plan commissions recommendation to allow a dispensary in the commercial district. Saying it was conceivable that the state would allow the sale of recreational marijuana from dispensaries in the future, Trustee Jeffrey Nowak was opposed to the idea.

To read more, visit http://westernsprings.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/lagrange-limits-medical-marijuana-dispensary-location-to-industrial-area-westernsprings

San Jose City Council Stalls Vote On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

If approved, dispensaries would have to be at least 1,000 feet away from schools, day care centers, churches, recreation centers, parks, libraries and other collectives, 500 feet from rehab centers and 150 feet from homes. The dispensaries would also only be allowed to offer marijuana that they have cultivated themselves.

At Tuesday nights meeting, medical marijuana advocates said that’s the wrong approach. I am tired of watching this city council try to gain political points by passing measures that harm the disabled, said one speaker. Advocates also said that these proposed regulations would lead to a larger black market for medical marijuana, and force many dispensaries to close up shop and go out of business. But those in favor of the proposed regulations said pot clubs have been bad neighbors. Clients go through our parking lot at a high speed, park wherever they please, and leave their litter everywhere, said one speaker at Tuesdays meeting.

To read more, visit http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/05/14/san-jose-city-council-delays-vote-on-medical-marijuana-dispensaries/

Medical Marijuana Legislation Is Nonsense

Patients under the age of 21 would not be able to smoke medical marijuana but would be allowed to use it in another form.” As far as I know, there is not a lot of proof that marijuana can help someone suffering from Alzheimer’s. I’m open to hearing such evidence. That would be a huge breakthrough. But it’s been long known and heavily documented that marijuana benefits glaucoma sufferers by reducing ocular pain and pressure. You won’t see well again, but you won’t suffer as much.

Glaucoma was the first condition recognized by the federal government when it agreed to prescribe Robert Randall with marijuana grown at the Mississippi farm in Oxford back in 1975. It took another 13 years for Elvy Musikka , also a glaucoma sufferer, to receive the second federal medical-marijuana prescription.

So, now, Savino has the nerve to state that there are better pharmaceuticals to treat glaucoma than marijuana? Tell that to Musikka, who still receives her tin of 300 crappy government-grown cigarettes/joints per month.

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Medical Marijuana At Core Of Court Case

Waselik was taken to the Morristown Medical Center where he was treated for a punctured lung and eventually released. Rios was charged with aggravated assault. Rios case is pending. During a search of the Waselik-Rios home, police found more than 70 grams of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia, according to police.

According to Beebe, the marijuana was not obtained or possessed legally. Both men were charged with possession. Waselik has disputed the charges and said the police are ill-informed. I expect nothing less than to get all seized materials back from the Sparta Police Department, Waselik said. Organizers have planned a protest in support of Waselik through social media.

To read more, visit http://spartaindependent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140514/NEWS01/140519979/Medical-marijuana-at-center-of-court-case

Cannabis Oil’s Legalization In Wisconsin Too Late To Help 7-Year-Old Patient Says Jim Stingl

“She taught us about patience, what it’s like to be inspired, and most of all we were blessed to witness miracles that otherwise we may have been too busy to notice,” the obit says. Sally remembered nursing her infant daughter in the days after learning she had serious health challenges. “I would sit in the quiet of her room and I would sing, ‘You Are My Sunshine.’ I’d tell her we’re going to make it. We’re going to do this. Mom is never going to give up.

“When I testified in Madison, I said please don’t take my sunshine away.” In Lydia’s honor, Sally plans to continue spreading the word on CBD oil. She said she was contacted by Sen. Robert Wirch’s office this week and told they would try to have the bill she championed called Lydia’s Law.

To read more, visit http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/7-year-old-face-of-fight-for-legalizing-cannabis-oil-dies-b99269328z1-259122301.html

Medical Marijuana Issues That Divide Dayton, House And Senate

While neither bill allows smoking, the Senate proposal allows approved patients to obtain 2.5 ounces of plant-form marijuana at any one time. Patients could then ingest the marijuana in various forms under the Senate bill, including crushing and heating the leaf form to just short of combustion. Sen. Scott Dibble For Dibble, having access to the whole plant is only way patients can get the therapeutic effects that medical marijuana can offer.

The House bill, authored by Rep. Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing, allows approved patients to use medical marijuana in an oil or pill form. They can also vaporize a liquid form of medical marijuana under the supervision of a practitioner. In an expansive letter to the House and the governor sent Sunday, Dibble said digestive absorption is slow and uneven with pill and other forms of medical marijuana, which does not allow patients to receive immediate benefit or very precisely limit their own dosage to alleviate symptoms.

Using the plant form also opens up the number of people who can receive treatment, Dibble said. The House medical marijuana bill allows coverage for a list of eight illnesses, including seizure disorders, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and other disorders that cause severe muscle spasms, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, HIV and AIDS. An estimated 5,000 Minnesotans fall under those categories for treatment, but the Senate bill would cover roughly 35,000 Minnesotans. Dibbles bill includes illnesses like intractable pain, which he says should be included because theres no other known treatment for the disease.

To read more, visit http://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2014/05/medical-marijuana-stare-down-issues-divide-dayton-house-and-senate

Why People Can’t Get Medical Marijuana At Walgreens Or At CVS

Bloomberg News explains why national drugstore chains like CVS and Walgreens can’t currently get into the potentially lucrative medical marijuana business. While marijuana dispensaries in states where the drugs medical use is legalized may require a prescription, these businesses are not pharmacies that are registered with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. Under federal law, marijuana is still a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning it cant lawfully be prescribed or dispensed.

This is why federal agents occasionally pull raids on dispensaries otherwise deemed legal by the state. And its why drugstore chains simply cant get into the business. A rep for CVS confirms to Bloomberg that it has no plans to sell medical marijuana because it would violate the company’s registration with the DEA. Without that registration, it wouldn’t be able to operate its pharmacy business. There currently isn’t much of a profit incentive for drugstores to push for the ability to dispense medical marijuana in these states, as 18 of the states that allow the medical use of pot and its derived products have regulations that only allow for nonprofits to distribute them.

Additionally, while there are numerous forms of marijuana-based products that could eventually be dispensed through a drugstore pharmacy, these products are not going through the federal regulatory approval process for drugs and tobacco products.

To read more, visit http://consumerist.com/2014/05/13/why-cant-you-get-medical-marijuana-at-cvs-or-walgreens/