The bill does not impose any restrictions on the doctors who prescribe cannabis or their patients. Similar legislation, introduced by state Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) in March, has faced criticism from pro-pot groups for the restrictions it places on doctors and patients. Under Ammiano’s proposal, the ABC would charge fees on marijuana businesses to raise revenue for the state. Local municipalities would also be allowed to impose additional taxes.
“Everyone who has a business pays some taxes,” Ammiano said. “Without regulation, there’s no way to capture any of the income that could go toward our infrastructure or other worthy causes.” Some experts believe Ammiano’s bill could lay the groundwork for the full-scale legalization of marijuana in California. “One of the reasons that [California’s 2010 initiative to legalize marijuana] didn’t pass is because many communities had an unpleasant experience with cannabis regulation,” Steve DeAngelo, co-founder and executive director of Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the country’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, told HuffPost last year . Recent polls have suggested a majority of Californians support legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes. A national drug reform coalition, backed by Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom , plans to put a legalization initiative on the state’s 2016 ballot.
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“Now I live in fear of the same fate as my son,” she says. Steva Kiser of Gaffney knows how well medical cannabis can work. Her 2-year-old grandson Ezra had uncontrolled seizures from birth, which had caused other problems. His mother moved him to Colorado and he’s now taking cannabis oil, which does not have the mind-altering properties of marijuana. Kiser says hes now seizure-free and getting better. She used to pray for something to ease his suffering.
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COPD creates constricted airways in one’s lungs or renders small lung sacks inelastic and unable to fully accommodate breathing cycles; thus, there is obstruction. COPD symptoms include some or all of the following: losing one’s breath with minor activity, chronic coughing, increased sputum, chest tightness or pain with difficulty breathing, increased lung infections and fatigue. It has been observed to have four stages. Many of those lugging oxygen canisters around are in the last two stages.
The pharmaceuticals prescribed for treating symptoms often have side effects that cause more problems. Big Pharma is still fishing for cures, while COPD diagnoses rates continue rising in our toxic environment. Medical marijuana to the rescue once again The treatment situation is so bleak and harmful with mainstream medicine that those desperate to breathe normally and cough up less mucus have desperately turned to medical marijuana for at least some relief without negative side effects.
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Allegations arose under the old system that some pot shops were illegally selling marijuana. The new rules make it legal for dispensaries to pay growers for their product and receive payment from their customers directly. But sales will be scrutinized. The regulations say a shop must document operating costs, to include “costs of transferring, handling, securing, insuring, testing, packaging and processing … and the cost of supplies, utilities and rent or mortgage.”
Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis said this change makes medical pot a commercial, for-profit industry. He said that’s not what Oregon residents wanted when they voted to legalize medical marijuana in 1998 and rejected a 2010 ballot measure that would have created a dispensary system.
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House leaders have said they’ll delay a vote on the main health bill, to buy some time to gauge what version of medical marijuana Gov. Dayton would be willing support. Otherwise, adding that hot button issue to the main bill would be an exercise in futility. Rep. Garofalo would not discuss the specifics of his amendment, saying he didn’t want to go on the record with anything that would jeopardize its chances. It’s likely the amendment would be narrow in scope, aimed at helping a set of Minnesota children who experience chronic epileptic seizures.
A group of parents have asked Dayton to support the use of cannabis oil, based on evidence it can reduce the number of seizures in some children. At the same time Tuesday, the Senate health committee announced a Thursday hearing on the Senate’s version of the bill.
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Question: Who should get a medical-marijuana registry identification card? Answer: Patients who have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition who want to use marijuana for pain cessation are eligible to apply. The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act provides certain legal protections for cardholders in areas such as employment, education and housing. For example, an employer can't discriminate against patients when hiring, or penalize a patient who tests positive for marijuana unless the substance was used or posse seed during work hours, among other conditions.
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He argued that if voters favor a tax on dispensaries, they will favor regulations on these dispensaries. And, I think that helps to legitimize safe access to medical cannabis in Long Beach, Hijazi concluded. Other marijuana advocates are also actively campaigning against the measure. Larry King, a former dispensary owner and former candidate for the city’s 7th-district council seat, is one of the measures vocal critics.
A founding coordinator for the Long Beach chapter of The Human Solution, another medical-marijuana advocacy group, King said that he and the organization have also been distributing flyers and have been sending out mailers. He added that a group has volunteered to drive voters to polling locations. They have even reserved several cars, including a wheelchair-accessible vehicle for Election Day.
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