Where's Weed Marijuana News Blog //blog.wheresweed.com Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed PUERTO RICO GOVERNOR SIGNS ORDER TO LEGALIZE MEDICAL POT //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/puerto-rico-governor-signs-order-to-legalize-medical-pot <p>Puerto Rico takes a major step forward in the war on drugs this week as the island&#39;s governor signs an executive order to legalize medical marijuana after a public debate. The governor says Puerto Rico&#39;s heath secretary has three months to release a plan for regulation, and future steps. Qualifying illness will be announced soon along with many of the details needed to start the program from the ground up.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;We&#39;re taking a significant step in the area of health that is fundamental to our development and quality of life,&quot; Garcia said in a statement. &quot;I am sure that many patients will receive appropriate treatment that will offer them new hope.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Texas Committee Rejects 3 Bills to Reduce Marijuana Penalties //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/texas-committee-rejects-3-bills-to-reduce-marijuana-penalties <p>Recently, Texas has seen 3 bills that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession to no longer include jail time or a criminal record... until this Friday when all 3 were turned down. Legislators say one of the bills has a chance to be revived before the end of the legislative session, giving many supporters hope. However, Texas&nbsp;marijuana advocates are hoping more for a different bill in progress that would effectively legalize marijuana just like any other crop.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m hopeful that there will be a possibility to resuscitate it this session,&rdquo; Moody said Friday, adding that an additional hearing could also address some potential issues that were called to his attention by committee members</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Hawaii lawmakers may revive dead marijuana dispensaries bill //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/hawaii-lawmakers-may-revive-dead-marijuana-dispensaries-bill <p>Hawaii was one of the earliest states to legalize medical marijuana, despite never regulating the plant with legal dispensaries, leaving patients to rely on the black market or home grown plants. Until recently, a bill was being debated in the state to finally create a legal manufacturing and sales system, but when Friday&#39;s deadline came, the House and Senate had not reached a mutual agreement. Some lawmakers are saying they might revive the most recent draft of the bill, but the legislative session ends next week.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;It is certainly a very unfortunate turn of events for patients,&quot; said Rafael Kennedy, executive director of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii. &quot;Many patients are already pushed to the black market by the fact that there is no legal way for them to access their medicine.&quot;</p> <p>Kennedy later said he&#39;s happy the Legislature would revisit the bill, but he wished there was a more definitive outcome.</p> </blockquote> House rejects proposal to let VA doctors recommend medical marijuana //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/house-rejects-proposal-to-let-va-doctors-recommend-medical-marijuana <p>This week the House of Representatives failed to pass a law allowing VA doctors to discuss and prescribe medical marijuana to soldiers. &nbsp;The vote barely failed at 210-213 with only 35 republicans in favor of the bill. &nbsp;Nearly 30% of all veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan develop PTSD or depression, yet the failure to pass this bill shows many congressman are not willing to let doctors and veterans&nbsp;decide the best medicine for themselves.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;It is criminal that we send our men and women off to war where their minds and bodies are broken and then deny them the ability to obtain a recommendation from a legitimate VA doctor upon their return home,&quot; Rohrabacher added.</p> </blockquote> First-ever Greenville medical marijuana rally this weekend //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/may/first-ever-greenville-medical-marijuana-rally-this-weekend <p>Today in downtown Greenville, South Carolina, the city&#39;s first March on Marijuana Day was held in support of&nbsp;legalization. Many residents find relief in CBD&nbsp;oil, which was legalized to treat epilepsy as opposed to the state&nbsp;legalizing the plant as a whole. There is currently a bill in the state Senate that would legalize marijuana as a plant to be grown and manufactured, but certain anti-pot advocates are still worried about furthering addictions.</p> <blockquote> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;If CBD works for this, what other components, what other cannabinoids in the plant will treat other medical conditions and be able to and essentially save lives?&rdquo; said McSherry.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have to start saying this is enough. &nbsp;There is a cure. &nbsp;There is a medicine. &nbsp;Instead, I am having to take medicines that have horrific side effects and put all kinds of man-made chemicals into my blood,&rdquo; said McSherry.</p> </blockquote> After state takes child, Kansas woman is at center of national marijuana debate //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/apr/after-state-takes-child-kansas-woman-is-at-center-of-national-marijuana-debate <p>You may have recently heard about a woman in Kansas who&#39;s house was raided after her 11 year-old&nbsp;son made educated statements about cannabis &nbsp;in public school, and he was then taken from her by the state when police found marijuana. Since then, the marijuana community has started a GoFundMe in support of the upcoming legal battle she is likely to face. One of her local opponents, Erik Voth claims the state only takes children when there is a real concern, but Voth also believes propoganda from the 1930&#39;s claiming marijuana causes domestic violence.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;The question to Kansans is, &lsquo;Are you OK with your tax dollars being spent on this?&rsquo;&rdquo; Sublett said. &ldquo;This woman goes to bed at night without her son because she had some marijuana in her house when it&rsquo;s legal in half the country &mdash; are you OK with that?&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Do Marijuana Prisoners Deserve Amnesty? //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/apr/do-marijuana-prisoners-deserve-amnesty <p>With the discussion of legalizing in almost every state senate, the question always follows, &quot;What happens to the people already incarcerated for the laws we&#39;re reconsidering?&quot; Since 2014 the Deputy Attorney General has helped prisoners by reviewing sentences that would be sentenced shorter today, including both crack offenders and single marijuana offenses. Mandatory minimum sentences for drug offences have created this mass incarceration problem, that hopefully current legislators allow to be fixed.</p> <blockquote> <p>In 2014, then-Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced a Justice Department initiative to review the petitions of federal prisoners serving sentences longer than what they&#39;d receive if sentenced today, and to grant clemency to those whose early release would not compromise public safety. The second wave of clemencies granted since the initiative launched included both crack offenders and a single marijuana offender.</p> </blockquote> JOHN HICKENLOOPER SAYS LEGALIZING POT "NOT AS VEXING AS WE THOUGHT" //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/apr/john-hickenlooper-says-legalizing-pot-not-as-vexing-as-we-thought <p>In 2012 when the voters of Colorado passed legislation legalizing recreational marijuana, the Governor of the state highly opposed the law saying he wouldn&#39;t smoke pot &quot;if he was alone in the forest&quot;. After a few years of dealing with legal marijuana, the Governor has changed his stance saying, &quot;it&#39;s not as vexing as we thought it was going to be.&quot; Though projected revenue of 100 million was not met, the negatives of legalization far underwhelmed the predictions, giving visiting state legislators from around the country more reason to feel safe with legalizing in their homes.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;If you look back, it&#39;s turned out not to be as vexing as some people like myself.... I opposed the original vote, didn&#39;t think it was a good idea. But the voters spoke and we&#39;re trying to make it work, and I think we are. Again, it&#39;s not as vexing as we thought it was going to be.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Medical Marijuana Bill Considered by Texas Lawmakers //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/apr/medical-marijuana-bill-considered-by-texas-lawmakers <p>A bill introduced this week known as the Compassionate Use Act would legalize (non-euphoric) CBD&nbsp;oils for treatment of those with epilepsy who aren&#39;t responding well to federally approved medication. Opponents of the bill are worried about anyone accessing any component of marijuana for fear of feeding the black market, despite CBD oils having no black market value.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;This is a focused bill designed to give people with intractable epilepsy another option when others have failed,&quot; the bill&#39;s author, state Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, told the committee. &quot;[CBD oils] have no street value, and these families have no other options.&quot;</p> </blockquote> San Francisco is preparing for California marijuana legalization in 2016 //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/apr/san-francisco-is-preparing-for-california-marijuana-legalization-in-2016 <p>California is a likely candidate to find recreational marijuana on the voter&#39;s ballot and likely to pass the law. With a thriving medical marijuana program already in place, there are many questions on what will change and what needs to be done in preparation for the likely legalization of marijuana in the state.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;I think people know this is coming. This is not a question of, &lsquo;Should cannabis be legalized.&rsquo; Everyone is entitled to their view. But regardless of one&rsquo;s views, this is coming next year and it&rsquo;s not guaranteed to pass, but we need to be ready.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Medical marijuana growers can apply in New York //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/apr/medical-marijuana-growers-can-apply-in-new-york <p>New York patients&nbsp;will soon be able to visit their local dispensary now that the state Department of Health has started taking applications from businesses interested in the marijuana industry. Many patients are concerned the state isn&#39;t moving fast enough with regulating, but state representatives claim they&#39;re on time with the plan. This bill, if passed, would allow doctors to prescribe patients marijuana in non-smoking forms only, including pills, oils and vapors.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;This represents an important step in implementing the medical marijuana program in New York State,&quot; said acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker in a statement. &quot;We have laid out an ambitious timeline in getting the program up and running and we are meeting our goals. Once the applications are in, we can begin our review and move to the next step of selecting the registered organizations this summer.&quot;</p> </blockquote> Michigan legislature has opportunity to make medical marijuana safe for patients //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/apr/michigan-legislature-has-opportunity-to-make-medical-marijuana-safe-for-patients <p>In 2008 marjority of Michigan voters supported the legalization of medical marijuana to be prescribed by a doctor. Since then, medical marijuana has been legal in Michigan but regulations and proper dispensaries have been lacking. If the necessary legislation passes, marijuana will become a&nbsp;strictly doctor/patient private issue, safeguards will be set to ensure quality from planting to sale, and individuals in the businesses will be background checked and held&nbsp;accountable for any mishaps.</p> <blockquote> <p>These concepts provide a responsible blueprint for how Michigan can build a medical marijuana industry safely and responsibly. In addition to providing patients&#39; relief, a responsible medical marijuana framework can also promote business development, encourage local job growth and generate tens of millions in tax revenues for our state that can support many services, from roads to schools. A clear set of rules can drive real competition and innovation, and help all businesses in the sector compete.</p> </blockquote> Even Fox News Shows Majority Of Americans Now Support Marijuana Legalization //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/apr/even-fox-news-shows-majority-of-americans-now-support-marijuana-legalization <p>As with many polls recently, Fox News&nbsp;found that majority of registered voters in the US think marijuana should be legalized. Most polls this year put the percent of americans favoring legal marijuana just above 50%, which is much higher than the 26% of support from a poll in 2001. Democrats remain the strongest supporters at around 62%, while older republicans have a 59% that oppose legalization. Change may be on the horizon as young republicans are much more open to change in drug laws and polls show 63% of approval.</p> <blockquote> <p>The Fox poll is the latest survey to confirm what multiple recent polls have shown, that marijuana legalization finds its strongest supporters to be young, left-leaning male voters. Majorities of voters under age 35 and between the ages of 35 and 54 favor of legalization, while majorities of voters in the older demographics are increasingly opposed. Democrats lead the pack in support, at 62 percent, and independents trail them at 53 percent in favor. Republicans remain strongly opposed, at 59 percent.</p> </blockquote> Medical marijuana bills to be heard by House panel today following veterans' plea //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/apr/medical-marijuana-bills-to-be-heard-by-house-panel-today-following-veterans-plea <p>This week Texans suffering from debilitating conditions, including veterans with PTSD and other injuries,&nbsp;had their chance to meet up and support legislation that would legalize medical marijuana and allow a licensing system for growers and dispensaries. There are other bills making their cases soon including one allowing for low-dose THC marijuana to be prescribed for patients with little success in other treatments.</p> <blockquote> <p>Efforts to legalize and reduce penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana have stalled in the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. Chairman Rep. Abel Herrero, D-Robstown, has not said when or if he will take a vote on the bills.</p> <p>Despite some bipartisan support, conservative statewide leaders have said they are unwilling to change current drug laws.</p> </blockquote> Medical marijuana heads back to Louisiana legislature //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/apr/medical-marijuana-heads-back-to-louisiana-legislature <p>Pharmacist/State Senator Fred Mills has a lot to say regarding medical marijuana. He says marijuana was approved as medicine in Louisiana in the 1970&#39;s and in 1991 they sought after establishing a means of producing, prescribing, and dispensing it with the Department of Health and Hospitals but no such thing ever happened. This new bill will establish guidelines for marijuana from growth all the way to patient sales.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Good cannabinoids are beneficial for different disease states,&rdquo; said Mills, who was a practicing pharmacist for 15 years. Among illnesses that can benefit by medical marijuana, he said, are epilepsy, nausea, headaches and &ldquo;brain situations.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> Medical Marijuana A Step Closer To Legalization In Pennsylvania //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/apr/medical-marijuana-a-step-closer-to-legalization-in-pennsylvania <p>Pittsburgh NORML hosted a public forum this week featuing support from Pennsylvania House Rep. Ed Gainey where he shared his experiences. Following the state representative was Heather Shuker, a mother struggling to keep her 12 year old daughter healthy, hoping soon to try legal marijuana for her epilepsy. Heather&#39;s family planned to move to Colorado for salvation, but after her daughter said she was too weak and didn&#39;t want to leave family, Heather decided to push for legalization in her home state.</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;There is no question that it helps,&rdquo; said Gainey. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve seen the videos, I&rsquo;ve talked to the parents. We have an opportunity to use this as compassion for people with seizures, cancer and various other medical conditions. We need to do everything we can to help people dealing with these situations.&rdquo;</p> <p><br /> Rep. Gainey says Senate Bill 3 has made its way through the State Senate and is now headed to the State House. The bill would make it legal for doctors in Pennsylvania to prescribe medical marijuana to patients.</p> </blockquote> Alabama's medical marijuana bill may not be dead after all //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/apr/alabamas-medical-marijuana-bill-may-not-be-dead-after-all <p>Sen. Waggoner of Alabama recently received dozens of calls and emails from concerned medical marijuana advocates, convincing him that the topic should atleast be up for debate. Waggoner and other Senators do not inted to be swayed by any debate and continue to oppose marijuana. Some bring concerns that this medical marijuana bill is just too broad and would create recreational marijuana which many of the legislators highly oppose.</p> <blockquote> <p>&quot;The bill that is before us opens the door way wider than just medical marijuana,&quot; the rules committee member told AL.com today.<br /> The 25 medical conditions outlined in the bill &quot;are pretty broad in scope,&quot; he said, and would cause for misuse of the drug. &nbsp;Pittman said he came to that conclusion after speaking with physicians and with colleagues in the Senate.</p> </blockquote> Missouri ponders medical marijuana - and the money to be made selling it //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/apr/missouri-ponders-medical-marijuana-and-the-money-to-be-made-selling-it <p>One businessman who took advantage of the green rush in Colorado, is working to get marijuana legalized in his home state of Missouri. Recently he flew out state senators on his private plane to get an up-close look at the budding industry of legal marijuana and break the negative stigma that so many hold onto. Not unlike many other states bills to legalize medical marijuana, Missouri&#39;s is restrictive to certain conditions, but as Aaron Malin,&nbsp;director of research for Show-Me Cannabis, said, &quot;&ldquo;Any bill that provides medical cannabis to anybody, we see as a step in the right direction&quot;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;I really don&rsquo;t care on the industry side,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The reality is, there are a lot of sick people who would like to use medical marijuana instead of the opiates and pain medications with terrible side effects that they&rsquo;re using now.&rdquo;</p> <p>The bill is so restrictive, Habbas said, because it was tailored to appeal to a conservative Missouri General Assembly.</p> <div style="box-sizing: border-box; width: 1px; height: 1px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-stretch: normal; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal; font-family: sans-serif; overflow: hidden;"><br /> Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article19549947.html#storylink=cpy</div> </blockquote> Washington State Revisits Rules on Use of Marijuana as Medicine //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/apr/washington-state-revisits-rules-on-use-of-marijuana-as-medicine <p>Washington passed their medical marijuana law nearly two decades ago and in the time since have left citizens and police confused about what was legal, but this new bill will bring clarity and legality to the &quot;collective gardens&quot; providing marijuana for thousands. Licenses will be granted to businesses with good standing, and allow legal recreational and medical marijuana sales to adults over 21.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>The proliferation of medical dispensaries has long been a concern for the police and other officials who denounce them as a cover for black-market sales. Washington in 1998 became one of the first states to approve the use of marijuana for medical purposes, but the initiative passed by voters did not allow commercial sales.</p> <p>Medical marijuana growers repeatedly sought legislation that would validate their businesses, coming closest in 2011, when the Legislature approved a bill to create a licensing framework for medical dispensaries. But Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed much of the measure.</p> </blockquote> How new blood in Washington, DC could impact the marijuana industry //blog.wheresweed.com/2015/apr/how-new-blood-in-washington-dc-could-impact-the-marijuana-industry <p>You may have heard that the head of the DEA, Michele Leonhart, is resigning, leaving a position available that could truly have a large impact on the war on drugs. Her replacement is still being evaluated, however the new US Attorney General has been confirmed to oppose marijuana. Though not much to say about the plant itself, the new Attorney General, Lorreta Lynch, does know that marijuana is still federally illegal.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Marijuana is still a criminal substance under federal law. And it is still a crime not only to possess, but to distribute under federal law,&rdquo; Lynch said during a Senate confirmation hearing earlier this year. She went on to add that, as Attorney General, she would try to work with states where marijuana is legal in some form to continue enforcing federal marijuana laws in certain cases. They include child endangerment and trafficking across state lines &mdash; even when the drug is bought legally under state law.</p> </blockquote>