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Medi-Pot Potpourri

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director December 20, 2009

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    Cannabis law reformers are going into 2010 strong:

    Arkansas:

    Looks like the ‘Natural State’ is joining the 20 or more states that will have cannabis law reform legislation in 2010 with a medical cannabis bill.

    Rhode Island:

    RI proposes new rules for medical marijuana stores

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Health officials have proposed new rules governing how up to three medical marijuana stores would operate in Rhode Island.

    The revised regulations released Friday explain in more detail how andwhen the stores would notify police and state officials in the event of emergencies. The public can comment on the draft rules during a Feb. 2 meeting.

    Rhode Island lawmakers voted in June over the objection of Gov. Don
    Carcieri (kuh-CHEHR’-ee) to allow up to three nonprofit stores to sell
    marijuana to registered patients who use it for pain relief. The state
    allowed patients to possess marijuana in 2006 but never made clear how they could legally get the drug.

    Once the rules are approved, applications will be accepted to open
    stores.

    Pennsylvania:

    Quinnipiac poll 59% say medical marijuana is a ‘good idea’

    Philadelphia- A majority of Pennsylvanians favor passage of the medical marijuana bill according to a new Quinnipiac Poll released yesterday. Specifically asked about the current legislation, this is the strongest indicator yet of the tremendous popular support for safe, therapeutic cannabis access here in PA.

    The greatest support came from Democrats with 67% in favor and from residents of the Northeast portion of PA who supported the issue at 72%.

    Republicans were more evenly divided on the question 49% positive and 47% not. Women strongly supported medical marijuana at 57% ‘good idea’ and just 36% saying ‘bad idea.’

    Nearly even support was found among all age groups 18 to 55+ and all income levels, with a close average of 60% saying ‘good idea’ to the concept of a state authorized medical cannabis program. The medical marijuana question was the last one posed to voters during the lengthy poll that mostly dealt with the PA gubernatorial candidates.

    Comparatively, medical marijuana is more positively favored by every single category of voter than any of the gubernatorial candidates.

    Therapeutic cannabis received significantly greater favorable poll support than Governor Rendell, Attorney General Tom Corbett or the job of the PA legislature.

    Asked ‘how satisfied are you with the way things are going in Pennsylvania today’ the totals were equal ‘Smmwt Satisfied’ 38%, ‘Smmwt Dissatisfied’ 38%.

    Pennsylvanians for Medical Marijuana (PA4MMJ) recently participated in the historic first hearings on HB 1393. The bill would legalize medical marijuana access in PA and create Compassion centers for cannabis to be sold, with a tax, to authorized patients.

    More about medical marijuana in pa at www.pa4mmj.org

    Wisconsin:

    Three great Wisconsin medical cannabis patient heroes: Ryan Nofsinger, Christine Harrington and Jacki Rickert testify at the medical cannabis bill’s hearing this Tuesday in a video Mickey Kienitz did for madison.com.

    Maryland:

    Doctor-legislator eyes new medical marijuana measure; Positive signs from D.C., legalization in other states buoy pot advocates

    by Alan Brody
    Staff Writer

    When Del. Dan K. Morhaim is in the emergency room, he can administer cocaine to anesthetize a patient. But he cannot write a prescription for marijuana as a pain reliever or nausea remedy.

    That’s just one of the flaws in Maryland’s narrow medical marijuana law that Morhaim (D-Dist. 11) of Owings Mills, an emergency physician at Sinai and Northwest hospitals in Baltimore, is out to fix during next year’s legislative session.

    “Physicians prescribe drugs that have risks and benefits, and we make those judgments all the time,” he said. “There’s a whole method of accountability and responsibility and constraints that control that.”

    While budget discussions will take center stage in Annapolis, medical marijuana advocates believe the momentum for their cause has never been greater.

    U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has said federal narcotics
    agents will not crack down on pot dispensaries or prosecute users in states where the drug is allowed for medicinal purposes, reversing a Bush administration policy.

    And last month the American Medical Association shifted its stance in urging the federal government to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II controlled substance, which is less restrictive than the Schedule I group it is currently in, alongside Ecstasy, heroin and PCP.

    Under current state law, Marylanders can be arrested and charged for possession of marijuana, but they can avoid jail time and receive a maximum $100 fine if they can prove they have it for medicinal use.

    Morhaim’s proposal would be set up similar to the state’s slots
    legislation. Companies that want to grow the plant would have to bid for a license and be regulated by the state to ensure it is being done in a safe location and properly manufactured. The producers would then give a portion of its gross sales revenue to the state.

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    United States Virgin Islands

    USVI NORML Announces Citizens’ Initiative

    St. Thomas, USVI, 12/18/09– USVI NORML, a local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is excited to announce the undertaking of a territory-wide petition to place the choice for the legal reform and legalization of cannabis on the November 2010 ballot.

    In order to collect the required amount of registered voter signatures the group will be hosting several voter registration drives so the voices of all Territorial citizens will be heard. Chapter President Linda Adler has stated that, “Although this will be a tremendous effort to empower the people of the Territory, it won’t take away from our continuing mission of education and independent economic development”.

    For more information on upcoming events, petition locations, or membership/donation opportunities please contact the NORML offices at (340) 244-9179 or visit http://www.usvinorml.org/. Please direct all correspondence and membership applications to:

    USVI NORML
    P.O. Box 535
    St. Thomas, USVI 00804

    USVI NORML is a non-profit organization based in the US Virgin Islands. Their mission is to de-criminalize cannabis in the Territory as well as educate, protect our youth, reduce crime, and promote a healthy and positive lifestyle.

    Contact Information:
    Linda Adler
    Executive Director, USVI NORML
    (340) 244 9179 P.O. Box 535
    St. Thomas, USVI 00804

    56 Responses to “Medi-Pot Potpourri”

    1. sat says:

      Norml needs to focus on the most stubborn region of America, the south. i live in Mississippi and have MS, Cannabis is very helpful to me, but it is very difficult to get a hold of, not to mention i could be robbed or even killed every time i need more medicine. Being in my weakened condition makes me very vulnerable and having to go to dangerous dealers is very frightening, and i shouldnt have to risk my life to get something that helps me.
      Please Norml, help me and others like me in the stubborn and still oppressive south.

      Dictated Not Read

      -Sat

    2. And the beat goes on. As soon as the congress can react to all the states making marijuana medicine and remove it from schedule 1,the road will smooth out considerably.
      Without the propaganda and the refusal too furnish marijuana for medical testing,very soon we will have marijuana medicines sold in the pharmacy,and all these problems and hoops the establishment keeps throwing up will be a bad memory.

    3. Jed The head says:

      Cannabis law reform in Arkansas (WOW). This country really is changing. I will be doing as much as I can to spread the word and hopefully bring Arkansas into the legal cannabis community. 2010 may be the year that all of us old hippies have been waiting for for over forty years. I hope at next years national convention we will be talking about all of the states that have passed new reform laws dealing with legal cannabis.
      My New Years promise is to work at this more than I ever have and do as much as possible to bring change to Arkansas and America concerning legal access to cannabis. A Very Happy New Year to everyone at NORML!!!

    4. Theodore says:

      Does anyone know if the debate in Wisconsin led to a successful conclusion in legalizing medical marijuana or pushed over any boundaries towards it’s decriminalization?

    5. Fireweed says:

      hey man, can you guys slow down on reaching the tipping point? My kitchen furniture is sliding all over the place……oh, wait, that was just some good weed I just smoked…

    6. Justin Williams says:

      we need help in arizona?

    7. Stephen says:

      Still no Florida, this state is so corrupt and twisted it isn’t even funny.

    8. Dave says:

      How is the MMJ bill in Illinois doing?

    9. runlevel says:

      what about AZ?

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