Medical Marijuana News

June 10, 2015

New York Needs Medical Marijuana Emergency Access Bill

Nearly a year ago, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a medical cannabis bill into law after insisting on significant revisions. As a result, patients with several serious medical conditions were excluded and protections for patients waiting for the wheels of bureaucracy to turn were removed. At least four children […]
June 10, 2015

U.S. Senate Committee Votes to Prohibit Justice Department From Interfering in State Medical Marijuana Laws

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a measure 20-10 on Thursday that is intended to prevent the federal government from interfering in state medical marijuana laws. The amendment, offered by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) to the Senate version of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, prohibits the […]
June 9, 2015

Reefer Madness Redux: Who Let the Clowns Out?

The anti-marijuana zealots in this country have always been entertaining, but I have lately noticed the appearance of some new defenders of prohibition, making Reefer Madness claims reminiscent of the earliest years of prohibition. Harry J. Anslinger, the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, was the principal architect […]
June 8, 2015

Survey: Nearly One Out Of Six MS Patients Use Cannabis Therapeutically

One-quarter of patients with multiple sclerosis report having used cannabis therapeutically and nearly one out of six (16 percent) currently use it to treat symptoms of the disease, according to survey data commissioned by the North American Research Committee on MS. Those with more advanced symptoms of MS were more […]
June 7, 2015

Louisiana Senate Voting Today on Bill Reducing Marijuana Possession Penalties

The Louisiana Senate will debate HB 149 today, legislation approved by the House that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession. This bill is almost identical to a Senate bill that was approved 27-12 late last month. Although penalties would still be staggering for possessing a substance that is safer than […]
June 7, 2015

Poll: Majority Of Arizonans Favor Legalizing Marijuana

Most Arizonans support permitting adults to legally possess marijuana for personal consumption, according to statewide polling data commissioned by the Behavioral Research Center. Arizona is one of several states where voters will likely decide whether or not to legalize and regulate the use, production, and retail sale of the plant […]
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