Pages tagged "Medical marijuana"

  • Voters approve taxes, but are reluctant to repeal bans or adopt regulations

    Group of peopleElection Day was good for medical cannabis patients on the national level. All of our champions in Congress were reelected, paving the way for more progress in Washington, DC, in 2015 and 2016 – despite the Republican gains in both Houses. Guam became the first US Territory to legalize medical cannabis, and 58% of voters in Florida supported the state’s medical cannabis amendment (it needed 60% to be adopted). Successful legalization votes in Washington, DC, Oregon, and Alaska are likely to reinforce the increasingly mainstream nature of medical cannabis nationwide. 

    Things did not go so well here in California. Voters decided on a total of nineteen local ballot measures last week, and the outcomes may be challenging for patients moving forward. Voters seem keen on imposing new taxes on medical cannabis, but reluctant to repeal bans on cultivation and distribution or to reform onerous local regulations. That tendency may cast a shadow over the debate about regulating commercial medical cannabis activity in the California legislature next year. State lawmakers may be less inclined to be accommodating towards the emerging medical cannabis industry absent a mandate from voters in local races like these.

    Click here to see the final vote counts on all nineteen local ballot measures.

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  • 56% of territorial voters approve medical cannabis law

    Map of GuamMedical cannabis advocates can claim an early victory in today’s elections. The US Territory of Guam has legalized medical cannabis. Early returns say that voters there approved a ballot measure to allow medical cannabis use for "debilitating medical conditions" by a margin of 56%. Guam joins thirty-four states and the District of Columbia in adopting some form of medical cannabis law. A commission will work out the details of the territory’s medical cannabis program next year.

    Guam is an independently governed US territory located in Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean. The US Constitution gives Congress the authority to “make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory” (Section 3.2). The US Department of Justice indicated in 2013 that they would make enforcement of federal medical cannabis laws a low priority in states with effective regulations and in cases and where activity did not include certain criteria. Arguably, the same principle applies in US Territories.

  • Volunteer today : Florida patients need 15 minutes of your time

    volunteer_needed.jpegThe Florida Medical Marijuana (United for Care) campaign is coming to an end in Florida and although the statewide support for Amendment #2 appears to be favorable - the campaign still needs some volunteers to hit the phones and phone bank up until November 4th.  Will you become a volunteer today and help us bring safe access to the south?

    Leading up to November, the United for Care field team spent months tabling at events and collected over 25,000 pledge (to vote) forms from voters in support of Amendment #2. We now have to call the pledged voters who have not yet voted and make sure they are planning to go vote on Election Day. 

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  • So much to do before Tuesday!

    Ballot measures are not the only time you cast a vote for medical marijuana. But very vote you will cast this election, will be a vote in favor or against. From the floor of Congress, to your State house to City Hall, politicians are making decisions on medical marijuana policy on your behalf everyday.  

    Check out ASA's new video on how to use VoteMedicalMarijuana.org to be an informed voter!

    This month we revamped VoteMedicalMarijuana.org to educate the public and help voters choose the candidates who best represent their interests. The multi-pronged campaign includes television and web adssurveys distributed to candidates to gauge their support or opposition to sensible cannabis regulations, and a new Election Center, where voters can see the records of incumbents and the positions of candidates from all U.S. House and Senate races, all gubernatorial candidates, all state attorney general candidates, as well as more than 360 state legislative races in California, Florida, and Washington stand on medical marijuana. 

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  • Compassion, Reason over Florida’s Marijuana-Prohibition Status Quo

    yes_on_2.PNGThe following is a segment from an opinion piece published by the PanAm Post. The complete version can be found here.

    This election day, voters in Florida will have the chance to improve the health and well-being of their fellow Floridians by approving Amendment 2, a comprehensive medical-marijuana law. If it passes, Florida will become the 24th state in the country to adopt legal protections and create safe access to medical marijuana for patients with a physician’s recommendation.

    If it fails, Florida’s patient population will continue to face a difficult dilemma: obey the law and not have access to medicine that works safely and effectively, or face the consequences of obtaining their medicine from an unregulated black market. Patients who could benefit from using medical marijuana under the recommendation of a physician should not be forced to make this decision.

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  • Help Us Secure Safe Access in Florida

    With the help of advocates and supporters all over the state of Florida, medical marijuana is on the ballot as Amendment 2. However, we still have to win at the ballot box during this election to make safe access a reality for patients in the state.

    Early voting is underway all across Florida – click here to find your early voting poll locations.

    People support Amendment 2 for different reasons: some have told us it’s because of a family member, such as a child or a parent, suffering from a condition that would (or could) be alleviated by medical marijuana. Others have joined because they believe patients should have a safe alternative to harmful, addicting narcotics. Whatever your reason for supporting Amendment 2, we need to be sure we can count on your YES vote. 

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  • Local bans call for action. Are you ready?

    Supervisor JeffriesContents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Local bans call for action. Are you ready?
    • State & Local News: National, state, and local news from communities all over California
    • Public Meetings & Events: Riverside, Ventura, Washington, DC, and online
    • Court Support: Redding and more
    • Take Action Now: Tell Riverside County Not to Ban Cultivation
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Advocacy
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: None this week

    Pictured: Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries

    The Riverside County Board of Supervisors delayed a vote on an ordinance banning medical cannabis cultivation in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County until November 25. That is good news for local advocates, who need more time to rally the base in opposition to the proposed ban. See the Take Action section of this message to find out what you can do to help right now.

    The proposal by Supervisor Jefferies is the latest in a series of moves by local governments to roll back the right of legal patients and caregivers to cultivate medical cannabis. Lake County banned cultivation in June, and the ACLU is currently challenging a ban adopted by Fresno County in March. Other cities and counties may soon follow suit.

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  • NFL May Ease Marijuana Policy. Barely.

    primary.jpgOn any given Sunday in the NFL, winners and losers can be hard to predict, as every fan and athlete knows. Now medical cannabis advocates are tasting disappointment, too, along with more than a few players, after an expected improvement in league policy fizzled in the late stages of the game.

    The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) has approved a change in the NFL's drug policy that includes only a modest increase in the threshold of detectable marijuana metabolites that triggers league sanctions. The current limit is an infinitesimal 15 ng/ml, with the new standard only 35 ng/ml. Sure, that's more than double, and high enough to get one current player off suspension, but 10-times that amount was what most expected.

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  • Is Medical Marijuana the Solution for ALS?

    Ice_Bucket_Meme.jpgThe ice bucket challenge has raised a huge amount of awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) -- popularly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.  With the help of celebrities, politicians and thousands of participants from across the country, the ALS Association raised $94.3 million dollars for research.  However, as awareness burgeons, many remain unaware of the significant benefits that medical marijuana has in treating ALS. 

    The endocannabinoid system helps us to “Eat, sleep, relax, forget, and protect.” This article is about how the endocannabinoid system can be stimulated to “protect” motor-neurons, the nerves (brain-type cells) that control body movement (Abood 2001).

    Lou Gehrig’s disease (or ALS, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a fatal disease that affects degrades the neurons in the body that control movement. The hallmarks of ALS is a rapid progression of weakness and paralysis, death occurs within 3-5 years in most cases, and brain function remains intact (Rowland 2001) . The exact causes or pathogenesis of ALS is poorly understood, and while the pharmaceutical industry has made treatment options available, none of these treatments prevent disease progression and death. 

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  • Take advantage of early-bird registration for the conference

    Register_Now_Graphic.jpgASA is hosting out third annual national conference March 27-31, 2015, in Washington, DC. The National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2015 will be our largest and most important conference yet. Hundreds of patients, advocates, scientists, and industry leaders will meet at the Lowes Madison Hotel in the heart of downtown for three days of networking, education, and action. This will be the premier medical cannabis event of the year. Will you be there?

    The issue of medical cannabis has never been more visible in the national media or present in the minds of lawmakers. The medical cannabis industry and movement are evolving faster than ever before. Plan right now to join leaders in the science, politics, and activism of medical cannabis from all overt the United States and the world.  You will have a front row seat for the exciting conversations about the future of medical cannabis in the United States and play an active and important role in shaping public policy. 

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