Where's Weed Marijuana News Blog https://blog.wheresweed.com Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed Pittsburgh City Council to consider marijuana decriminalization bill https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/pittsburgh-city-council-to-consider-marijuana-decriminalization-bill <p>In places where marijuana is still illegal, personal possession will most likely land you a&nbsp;misdemeanor, which can cost non-violent citizens jobs, homes, and label them as criminals. Many cities have taken it upon themselves to decriminalize the drug, saving countless tokers from humiliating and life-ruining consequences, and saving the police force time, money, and allow attention towards more serious crimes. Pittsburgh&#39;s city council is introducing a decriminalization bill this week that they hope will reap similar results as Philadelphia&#39;s. The bill would allow police to give a max of $100 fine and confiscate product when cought with pot, but reserves the right for officers to make an arrest if necessary.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;This bill helps to decrease the many lives destroyed by the unnecessarily harsh consequences that come with the most minor marijuana offenses,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The bill will help break the damning life-long consequences of unemployment, lack of education, and being caught in a revolving criminal justice system.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Prime Minister Of Canada Justin Trudeau Mandates That Marijuana Be Legalized https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/prime-minister-of-canada-justin-trudeau-mandates-that-marijuana-be-legalized <p>Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ran an election like many have, promising change and progress on many issues dear to voters&#39;. Once elected, like many elections in the past, voters are left to wonder what issues he will keep his word on and what he fibbed about to get votes. Shortly after his election, the Prime Minister sent a letter to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada mandating a federal process be started to legalize and regulate marijuana in Canada. Unlike US plans to allow states to legalize at their will like Bernie Sanders&#39; bill, Trudeau&#39;s mandate would legalize and regulate through the entire coutnry.</p> <blockquote> <p>Justin Trudeau recently issued a letter giving mandates to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Among many mandates was the following in regards to marijuana:</p> <p>Working with the Ministers of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Health, create a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana.</p> </blockquote> Opposing Chris Christie, New Jersey Senators Want To Legalize Marijuana https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/opposing-chris-christie-new-jersey-senators-want-to-legalize-marijuana <p>Despite his recent signing of a bill allowing child medical marijuana patients to have access at public schools, Chris Christie stands very firm on his stance that all drugs should be illegal. The state&#39;s governor may not want legal marijuana, but his fellow legislators do.&nbsp;A new bill introduced in New Jersey would legalize recreationally, give the state a new source of tax revenue, and bring the drug out of the black market. A hearing this week to discuss the bill was heavilly attended by advocates who want the state to see progress. Currently&nbsp;to participate in New Jersey&#39;s medical marijuan program you must have one of the few diseases that qualify, drive to one of the only 5 dispensaries in the state, and pay $200 to gain access to one of the dispensaries.</p> <blockquote> <p>As reported by Philly.com, the Democratic-controlled New Jersey Legislature is taking steps towards introducing a law that would allow those over the age of 21 to purchase marijuana, whether or not they have a medical marijuana license. Like the laws passed in other states, the consumption of marijuana in public would still be illegal.</p> </blockquote> New Jersey Teen with Epilepsy and Autism Wins Right to Take Medical Marijuana at School https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/new-jersey-teen-with-epilepsy-and-autism-wins-right-to-take-medical-marijuana-at-school <p>As marijuana policy is slowly changing, medical marijuana is still sometimes not treated as medicine at all. One family in New Jersey was experiencing trouble within their local high school for not allowing their child with epilepsy and autism to possess her medical marijuana treatment on school grounds. Without the proper dose of cannabis, 16 year old Genny can become easily upset and possibly hurt herself. Due to the school&#39;s restrictions, Genny was forced to take half days so she could go home and take her medicine. After lobbying and pushing the issue, Governor Christie signed a new bill allowing minors to bring their medical marijuana to school, but at the moment the school nurse is not allowed to administer the medicine, only the parents. Until medical marijuana is treated fairly like other legal drugs, Genny&#39;s mother is forced to bring her medicine to school each and everyday to give Genny her dose personally.</p> <blockquote> <p>Last week, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill &ndash; inspired by Genny &ndash; that authorizes parents or primary caregivers to administer edible medical marijuana to sick or disabled children at school, while protecting school districts from liability. This means Genny, 16, will be able to go back to school full-time &ndash; she&#39;s been going for half-days so that she can get the dosage she needs.</p> </blockquote> Colombia to legalize commercial sale of medical marijuana https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/colombia-to-legalize-commercial-sale-of-medical-marijuana <p>The country of Colombia has been an ally with the US in the war on drugs, but President Juan Manuel Santos decided it&#39;s time to try something new. The president will soon sign an executive decree that will make the commercial cultivation and sale of marijuana legal for medicinal and scientific purposes. Officials defend that Colombia does not want to further recreational use, but only for medicine and science. The country has been under a unique drug policy for 20 years that has allowed for possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use.</p> <blockquote> <p>Colombians for two decades have been allowed to possess small quantities of any narcotic for personal use thanks to a series of Constitutional Court rulings guaranteeing the &ldquo;free development of one&rsquo;s personality.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Our phones are ringing off the hook as we get ready for the next chapter,&rdquo; said a statement from John Campo, president of the parent of the U.S.-owned Sannabis company, which is developing cannabis-based oils, creams and other products on a self-governed indigenous reservation in southern Colombia.</p> </blockquote> Flandreau Sioux put marijuana resort on hold https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/flandreau-sioux-put-marijuana-resort-on-hold <p>The Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe were the first eager Native American tribe to legalize marijuana in South Dakota, but this week have decided to pull the plug on their own operation. After having many more upset South Dakotans than expected, the tribe wants to wait until federal law agrees with their program and can regulate it. The tribe has since destroyed the large amount of crops they have been preparing. With large facilities and plans, the tribe will be eager to continue their cannabis operation as soon as they have the government&#39;s backing.</p> <blockquote> <p>Seth Pearman said the suspension is pivotal to the continued success of the marijuana venture and that tribal leadership is confident that after getting clarification from the U.S. Department of Justice, &quot;it will be better suited to succeed.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;The tribe will continue to consult with the federal and state government and hopes to be granted parity with states that have legalized marijuana,&quot; Pearman said in the news release.</p> <p>Pearman said despite suspending the current plan, the tribe intends to be a participant in the marijuana industry</p> </blockquote> Former NFL player Kyle Turley says marijuana can help with injuries https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/former-nfl-player-kyle-turley-says-marijuana-can-help-with-injuries <p>We&#39;ve seen the penalties of plenty of athletes testing positive for marijuana, from humiliation to ruining their career, but what about the penalties from using the prescribed drugs for normal athletic injuries? Kyle Turley recently discussed his battle with prescription meds and the resulting homicidal and suicidal thoghts. He feared for his family and knew the medication had driven him away from reality, only to find that cannabis was his saving grace. Not only does Turley believe smoking marijuana saved him from committing suicide, but he believes it can hold the key to keeping serious football injuries from getting worse, and insure the NFL&nbsp;players&#39; best health care possible.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;I remember vividly being at the induction, my Hall of Fame induction at San Diego State University. I was there by myself, my wife had to stay back with the kids in Tennessee. I found myself out on the balcony, to step out and get some air, and, you know, actually try to medicate with some cannabis, and I found as soon as I got out the door I wanted to jump off of the building. And if it weren&rsquo;t for cannabis, I don&rsquo;t think I would have made it back to my hotel room.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Senate Approves Funding Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana For Veterans https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/senate-approves-funding-bill-allowing-medical-marijuana-for-veterans <p>Only a day after Veteran&#39;s Day, the Senate approved a new part of a military budget bill that wouuld allow Veteran Administration doctors to discuss and prescribe medical marijuana to patients in states where it&#39;s been legalized. The fight for vets to have access to medical marijuana is not a new one, and the data strongly shows that marijuana can indeed help treat the serious symptoms of PTSD. 22 military veterans kill themselves everyday from treatable depression. About 30% of vietnam vets suffer from PTSD and nearly 11% from the Gulf and Afghanistan wars.</p> <blockquote> <p>This is not the first time that Congress has tried to gain medical cannabis access for veterans. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) of the House of Representatives has introduced the Veterans Equal Access Act not once, but twice in the past two years, only for the bill to stall in the Subcommittee on Health.</p> </blockquote> Medical marijuana debuts in Illinois but some patients turned away https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/medical-marijuana-debuts-in-illinois-but-some-patients-turned-away <p>This week marks a special occassion for many residents in Illinois as the state&#39;s 2-year-in-the-making medical marijuana program finally begins. Illinois&#39;s medical marijuana bill has received criticism for it&#39;s strict rules, and the level of difficulty to aquire for legitimate patients. Even after waiting 2 years since the bill passed, some patients were turned away on opening day due to incomplete registration. The stringent medical pot system in Illinois will surely make changes within it&#39;s 4 year pilot-program, but more patients are expected as well as more shops now that the long-awaited program has begun.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>Some patients were turned away because they had not yet registered online with one dispensary, as required. Some said they didn&#39;t have time to register since receiving their IDs as recently as Friday or Saturday.</p> <p>Many of the patients said they hoped marijuana would allow them to reduce their use of painkillers and other prescription drugs and the side effects they produce. One recent study found that states permitting medical marijuana had a relative decrease in opiate addictions and overdose deaths compared to states that do not</p> </blockquote> ResponsibleOhio seeks answers for why Issue 3, marijuana legalization failed https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/responsibleohio-seeks-answers-for-why-issue-3-marijuana-legalization-failed <p>Last week, Ohioans had the chance to legalize medical and recreational marijuana all at once, but the votes just weren&#39;t enough. The group promoting the vote, ResponsibleOhio, is trying to poll citizens and find out what part of the bill they were unhappy with and why they did not vote to legalize marijuana. Opponents of the bill say that it would&#39;ve created a marijuana monopoly for the few investors involved and would not have been in the citizens best interest. ResponsibleOhio plans to revise the bill and legalize marijuana in 2016!</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;We&#39;re committed to returning to the ballot box to reform our state&#39;s broken marijuana laws,&quot; the group posted on its Facebook page. &quot;We want a consensus plan that works for you.&quot;</p> </blockquote> 16,000 People and Counting Want DEA Chief Fired for Calling Medical Marijuana a 'Joke' https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/16000-people-and-counting-want-dea-chief-fired-for-calling-medical-marijuana-a-joke <p>Last week, the new head of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) stated that although he&#39;s open to discussion about legalizing a drug, calling marijuana medicine is a &quot;joke&quot;. The statement gained immediate attention from many different pro-marijuana organizations as many families lives have been changed forever because of medical marijuana. A petition has been written on Change.org to have the current DEA head replaced with someone who is willing to follow modern science and understand what Americans who need medical marijuana are going through. The petition alread has over 16,000 signatures.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;I think someone who has that amount of power over arrests having to do with a substance should be well-versed on the substance and be able to speak factually about it,&quot; Collins said. &quot;It worries me that he is so ignorant as to say that it&#39;s a joke. My daughter&#39;s medicine is not a joke to me.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;They&#39;re not listening to the people. The majority of American people want access to this medicine and lawmakers aren&#39;t doing what we want and that&#39;s really, really frustrating,&quot; she said</p> </blockquote> Clinton Calls For Loosening Federal Restrictions On Marijuana https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/clinton-calls-for-loosening-federal-restrictions-on-marijuana <p>As the presidential campaigns continue, candidates are forced to take an official stance on the future of the marijuan industry. Hilary Clinton has tiptoed around the topic but has finally addressed the&nbsp;issue and wants to loosen restrictions. Clinton still does not support marijuana legalization, but with medical programs in nearly half the US states she recognizes the need for federal research. Clinton&#39;s temporary solution is to reschedule marijuana down to Schedule 2 with cocaine. This does not address the ability to arrest and jail youth for simple&nbsp;possession, but would allow for research to further legalize and regulate.</p> <blockquote> <p>The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) defines Schedule 1 drugs as those &quot;with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.&quot; But if it were lowered to a Schedule II classification, it would open the door for more legal research.</p> <p>&quot;Researchers at universities, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), could start researching what&#39;s the best way to use it, how much of a dose does somebody need, how does it interact with other medications,&quot; she said</p> </blockquote> Fresh Start Act moves forward without marijuana legalization https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/fresh-start-act-moves-forward-without-marijuana-legalization <p>Ohio had the chance this past week to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana in the state, but&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">failed, as many were concerned about a monopoly running and controlling the market. With hopes of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">legalization, a citizen-initiated law will be reviewed in January that would allow those arrested for&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">marijuana to be released and have their records wiped clean if/when it is legalized.</span></p> <blockquote> <p>ResponsibleOhio, the political action committee behind marijuana legalization measure Issue 3, also proposed&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">the &quot;Fresh Start Act.&quot; The Fresh Start Act would allow people convicted of marijuana offenses to request that&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">their criminal records be expunged, or destroyed, if state laws change to make those crimes no longer illegal.</span></p> </blockquote> Maryland's nascent medical marijuana industry already booming https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/marylands-nascent-medical-marijuana-industry-already-booming <p>Maryland&#39;s medical marijuana industry is already taking off, and only the planning stages are underway! Over&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">350 very expensive applications have been submitted from growers and dispensaries alike, but only a fraction&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">of applicants will ever see their business come to life. The race to jump onboard a new industry is tempting,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">and the application process is very competitive. State officials are sure the best applicants will be chosen&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">as their selection system focuses on the quality and drive in each applicant.</span></p> <blockquote> <p>The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission spent months crafting regulations on how to implement the law, and&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">even longer developing the complicated application that stretches more than 60 pages. Most of the questions&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">require an essay answer, plus proof that the applicant can pay for the operation.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height:1.6em">The commission came under fire last year for setting some of the highest fees in the medical marijuana&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">industry, charging $125,000 to growers for a two-year license and $40,000 for a dispensary. But the cost&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">apparently did not scare off many applicants.</span></p> </blockquote> If Mexico legalizes marijuana, what will the U.S. do? https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/if-mexico-legalizes-marijuana-what-will-the-us-do <p>A group in Mexico recently won a supreme court case granting them the ability to grow and consume marijuana&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">within their club. The decision is a landmark that will effect many future decisions on the constitutional&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">right to use marijuana. Change may not come quickly, but this may be the start to a long overdue fight to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">drain marijuana cash-flow from Mexican drug cartels that have plagued the area for years. The decision to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">loosen the grip on marijuana prohibition might be challenged by the UN&#39;s position to fight all drugs, but&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">Mexico could take a stance similar to Obama&#39;s in allowing state&#39;s to legalize the drug as they wish. With more&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">US states legalizing every year, as well as Canada and Mexico, real marijuana policy reform seems closer than&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">ever.</span></p> <blockquote> <p>Just as Obama wisely decided not to interfere with state-level legalization in the U.S., he could encourage&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">Pe&ntilde;a Nieto not to interfere with the court decision. Both governments could unite in making clear that the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">ruling, plus next year&#39;s probable legalization of recreational use in California, make the war on drugs&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">unmanageable.</span></p> </blockquote> Illinois growers get green light to ship marijuana to stores https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/illinois-growers-get-green-light-to-ship-marijuana-to-stores <p>Illinois&#39; medical marijuana sales are scheduled to begin early next week, and growers have just received instructions on how and when to transport product to the newly licensed dispensaries. The state&#39;s market is strict and secure in hopes to keep legal drugs from entering the black market. A seed to sale tracking system will be able to follow marijuana plants anywhere to ensure they reach legitimate patients. The state has only licensed 8 dispensaries so far to serve only 3,300 registered patients.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;I&#39;m certain there are a lot of people on the fence&quot; about Illinois&#39; pilot program &quot;and people who are staunchly prohibitionist,&quot; Vo said. &quot;Accountability, transparency and safety are things both sides can get behind.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Marijuana is literally the least of the nation's drug worries, the police have announced https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/marijuana-is-literally-the-least-of-the-nations-drug-worries-the-police-have-announced <p>If you ask a police officer what the biggest threat to local citizens is, you might hear something about car accidents or domestic violence, but their personal experience will never point towards marijuana. The DEA annually polls US law enforcements to find out what drugs they consider to be the biggest threat, and marijuana is at the very bottom of the list. In the last decade of polls, marijuana has consistently been near the least threatening , but since has dropped to the least while most other drugs like meth and heroin have skyrocketed. In 2015, over a third of US law enforcement considers heroin and meth to be their biggest threat, but arrests around the country are still showing marijuana&#39;s popularity.</p> <blockquote> <p>The findings indicate a statement by law enforcement of a fact that drug policy experts and researchers have known for a long time: compared to other recreational substances, including alcohol, marijuana doesn&#39;t cause that much harm. It&#39;s probably even safer than many people think. And whether you&#39;re worried about potential harms to individuals or to communities, marijuana is very low on the list of recreational substances.</p> </blockquote> Bernie Sanders introduces bill to end federal ban on pot https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/bernie-sanders-introduces-bill-to-end-federal-ban-on-pot <p>Citizens throughout Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska had to work together to vote and pass the legalization of marijuana, but Bernie Sanders is now introducing a bill that would legalize marijuana federally, removing any ban and fear of repercussions for all states. The&nbsp;Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act would remove cannabis from the DEA&#39;s most dangerous drug catergory, schedule 1, and end the threat of imprisonment for those who choose to use a safer drug. If they choose to do so, states will still&nbsp;be able to ban the drug.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;I am seeing in this country too many lives being destroyed for non-violent offenses. We have a criminal justice system that lets CEOs on Wall Street walk away, and yet we are imprisoning or giving jail sentences to young people who are smoking marijuana,&quot; Sanders said during the first Democratic debate in Las Vegas last month.</p> </blockquote> College paid for by marijuana https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/college-paid-for-by-marijuana <p>Since the first recreational legalization of cannabis in Colorado, a large amount of tax dollars raised by sales has gone to the construction of public schools and school projects in the state. A percentage also goes towards educating children about drug abuse and addiction, and by 2017 those tax dollars will also be used to fund college scholarships for kids whose parents cannot afford higher education.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The county is expected to raise $3.5 million with this tax increase, and at least half the revenue will go toward funding scholarships for high school graduates in Pueblo to attend local colleges. Depending on revenue, the program might be expanded in future years. &nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;The whole point of the scholarship program was to make higher education a reality for families who can&#39;t afford to send their kids to school because of debt,&quot; said Paris Carmichael, a spokesperson for Pueblo County. &nbsp;</p> </blockquote> On Ballot, Ohio Grapples With Spector of Marjiuana Monopoly https://blog.wheresweed.com/2015/nov/on-ballot-ohio-grapples-with-spector-of-marjiuana-monopoly <p>Today, the people of Ohio will go to the polls to vote on whether or not marijuana will be legal for both medial and recreational use in the state. However, this issue will be a tough one as there are two competing initiatives on the ballot. Issue 3 is bankrolled by wealthy investors and if passed, will give those investors the exclusive rights to grow the marijuana industry in Ohio. On the other hand, Issue 2, known as the antimonopoly amendment, will block Issue 3 by prohibiting the granting of special rights through the State Constitution.</p> <p><em>The result has been one of the nation&rsquo;s oddest legalization campaigns. It pits a new generation of corporate investors against grass-roots advocates like Mr. Wirtshafter, who deplores &ldquo;opportunists seeking monopolistic gains&rdquo; and laments that America would have been much better off &ldquo;if they would have just let the hippies have their weed.&rdquo; </em></p>