Vermont Senate Approves Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill

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Vermont Senate Approves Marijuana Legalization Compromise Bill

Vermont’s full Senate approved a bill today that would legalize marijuana, and addresses concerns Governor Phil Scott expressed when he vetoed a similar bill in May.

Legislation that would make marijuana legal for those 21 and older in Vermont was approved by the Senate on Wednesday, the first day of a two-day veto session. House Bill 511 reflects a compromise between legislative leaders and Governor Scott, who vetoed a similar bill in late May. It will now go the House, where passage by a three-quarters vote will put it to the desk of Governor Scott who plans to sign it into law.

The law approved by the Senate would make it legal for those 21 and older to possess and use up to an ounce of cannabis beginning July 2018. It would also be legal to grow up to two mature, nd four immature cannabis plants. In addition, a study commission would be created to develop legislation to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use. According to the Marijuana Policy Project, the amended bill “would extend the time allotted by S. 22 for the commission to submit its report, add additional agency directors and the defender general to the commission, and increase penalties for dispensing marijuana to minors or exposing them to marijuana smoke in cars.”

“Vermont is poised to make history by becoming the first state in which the legislature and governor end the disastrous policy of marijuana prohibition. Just over a year from now, adults will have the same freedoms to grow and possess cannabis that our neighbors in Maine and Massachusetts enjoy,” said Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “The question is no longer ‘if’ Vermont will stop penalizing adult cannabis consumers, but ‘when’.”

Simon continued; “There is no good reason for the House to delay passage of this modest and sensible legislation.. Now that Gov. Scott has agreed with the House and Senate that marijuana should be legal for adult use, House Republicans should follow the governor’s lead and vote to advance this compromise. Failing to waive the rules will only mean the marijuana regulatory commission has less time to do its important work.”

Fifty-seven percent of Vermont voters support allowing adults 21 and older to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana, according to a statewide survey of 755 registered voters conducted in March by Public Policy Polling. Only 39% are opposed.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:32:25 +0000

New York Legislature Approves Measure to Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD

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New York Legislature Approves Measure to Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD

A bipartisan proposal to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying medical marijuana condition in New York has been passed by the state’s legislature and sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo for consideration.

The Senate passed Senate Bill 5629today with a 50 to 13 vote. The Assembly version of the measure, Assembly Bill 7006, was passed in May with an overwhelming 131 to 8 vote. The legislation allows those with PTSD to legally purchase, possess and use medical cannabis, given they receive a recommendation from a physician and register with the state.

“State lawmakers are standing up for thousands of New Yorkers who are suffering from PTSD and might benefit from medical marijuana,” said Kate Bell, legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project. “We hope Gov. Cuomo will do the same and sign this important legislation. With a single swipe of his pen, he can help countless people find relief.”

“Military veterans, first responders, and victims who have survived assault all deserve society’s respect and the best available treatments; they should not have to abandon their homes and move to another state in order to seek access to medical marijuana,” said Michael Krawitz, executive director of Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access. “This is compassionate and commonsense legislation that is widely supported by the public as well as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.”

If Governor Cuomo signs the legislation into law, or allows it to become law without his signature, New York will become the 27th state that allows medical marijuana for PTSD.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:39:49 +0000

Why Are Doctors Hesitant to Prescribe Medical Marijuana?

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Why Are Doctors Hesitant to Prescribe Medical Marijuana?

Posted by Jason Draizin on 06/12/2017 in Medical Marijuana

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Marijuana has a storied history of medicinal uses. Ancient Chinese, Egyptian and even Roman healers used it both internally and externally for pain relief and long-term disease treatment. Even Queen Victoria used it to ease her pain during labor.

Today, marijuana is approved for use across the United States in nearly half of the states plus the District of Columbia. Advocates promote it as a treatment for cancer, hepatitis, glaucoma, ALS and even HIV. The FDA has even approved basic research on marijuana’s potential as a treatment for childhood epilepsy.

However, many doctors still haven’t embraced marijuana as a legitimate form of medicine. Almost half of Colorado’s physicians believe doctors shouldn’t prescribe marijuana and a minority believes it has no benefits at all.

So why do doctors believe what they do — and why are they so hesitant to embrace marijuana as a medical therapy? Here are a few of the most common reasons doctors treat medical marijuana so cautiously and how you can talk to your doctor to assuage some of their larger concerns.

1. Lack of Comprehensive Study

One of the biggest factors physicians and lawmakers point to is the lack of extensive research on marijuana and its effects. Because it is a Schedule I controlled substance, federally-funded research labs have been unable to study the effects of marijuana and its efficacy as a treatment option for patients.

Especially scarce are the placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trials most doctors depend on to determine the effectiveness of therapy. Until the results of such clinical trials are published, many doctors will continue to be hesitant to prescribe marijuana for their patients.

Although clinical trials aren’t yet available, there have been thousands of studies on marijuana that are now available online. If your doctor wants proof of marijuana’s efficacy, start there. You might also want to emphasize that marijuana is non-addictive and nonlethal, unlike opioid prescriptions.

2. Conservative Bias

Though you might see doctors adopting the latest new surgical technology or medication on TV, in reality doctors are very cautious when it comes to taking on new therapies. While new technology and therapy may seem to be the popular thing, it’s daunting to physicians, as their patients’ lives are often on the line.

In those situations, it’s more comfortable for them to stick with what they know works. With marijuana, many doctors have operated for a long time under the belief that it’s a highly addictive and harmful drug. To change the script on weed completely is too much for many doctors. Additionally, new physicians who may be more open to the idea of marijuana are being trained by more conservative mentors — since they’re new to the field they’re more likely to default to the thoughts and opinions of their teachers.

The stigma against marijuana amongst doctors is a strong one and may be difficult for your doctor to get past. One of the most important things to do if your doctor is hesitant due to their biases is to present them with research about the benefits of marijuana. You should also make it clear to them that you’re seeking marijuana for purely medical reasons — not to get high. They don’t want to feel like they’re simply your dealer.

3. The Alternative “Stoner” Culture

The culture surrounding marijuana has become just as much a deterrent as the plant itself. Strain names, though arbitrary, can be off-putting and difficult to take seriously when they incorporate the name of a sex move or swear word. Marijuana is also closely associated with other aspects of stoner culture, like alternative medicine, Americanized Eastern belief systems and “hippie” culture.

While this is all a natural result of marijuana prohibition and the history of marijuana usage in the United States, it’s uncomfortable for doctors to handle and makes them less likely to treat it as real medicine.

When talking to your doctor, be sure to avoid aspects of alternative medicine and stoner culture that they might find unpleasant. Focus on the science around marijuana treatments and try to find a local dispensary with reasonably-named strains that have detailed descriptions. This should help your doctor ease into the idea.

4. Dosing Control

One of the most important aspects of prescribing medications is balancing dosages and managing quantities of medication for patients. Doctors like treatments that are quantifiable and repeatable so they can more easily monitor and customize their patient’s treatments. It’s also important because marijuana interacts with some drugs and can even decrease the efficacy of anesthesia, which can pose a problem during surgeries.

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If dosing is a major concern for your doctor, some producers have started labeling their products with the amounts of THC, CBD and CBN they contain. Though not all dispensaries have started doing this, MMPR-licensed producers have all been forced to start adopting this labeling procedure.

5. The Opioid Epidemic

Prescription narcotic abuse is a deadly problem in the United States today, killing thousands of people each month. With so many people suffering from prescription drug abuse, doctors are getting more training than ever on how to spot drug-seeking behavior and how to prevent over-prescribing addictive drugs. Considering what the narrative on marijuana has been for the past century, it’s no wonder why doctors are treating marijuana with the same wariness they’re trained to treat opioids.

If addiction is a primary concern of your physician, cite the evidence that marijuana is non-addictive and non-lethal, even in extremely high doses.

6. Scammers

Doctors who prescribe marijuana have to be exceedingly careful with their prescriptions. If doctors prescribe too many people, they might be accused of fraud and face fines, criminal charges and even revocation of their medical licenses. Especially problematic are scammers — people who seek out medications they don’t need. Many doctors have been burned by this type of person before and are naturally wary of prescribing controlled substances as a result.

If your physician is concerned that you might be a scammer, give them evidence of your need and time to process why you need a prescription. Your doctor needs to be able to trust that you’re not a recreational user looking for a medical prescription, so give them as much time as you can to get over their initial wariness.

Learn More About Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana still faces several challenges on the road to national legalization. Keep up-to-date on the latest news in medical marijuana issues by following our news blog. Simply check out our Medical Marijuana page to catch up on our latest articles!

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Published at Mon, 12 Jun 2017 04:00:00 +0000

Temporary Regulations Set for Medical Marijuana Doctors in PA

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Temporary Regulations Set for Medical Marijuana Doctors in PA

Posted by Jason Draizin on 06/13/2017 in Medical Marijuana

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As 2017 pushes forward, so does Pennsylvania’s Department of Health, which is developing the state’s Medical Marijuana Program for a 2018 release. So far, the department has built its Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup, as well as opened and reviewed applications for growers, dispensaries and labs.

The department’s latest step is the release of temporary regulations for doctors interested in helping patients through medical pot. The released regulations detail how physicians register and qualify as a medical marijuana practitioner, as well as how they issue patient certifications or prescriptions for medical pot.

What PA’s Temporary Regulations Are Proposing

Pennsylvania’s temporary regulations offer essential information for doctors interested in prescribing medical marijuana, as well as insight into the state’s approach to regulating practitioners.

Per the regulations, to register as a medical marijuana physician, doctors must:

  • Own an active medical license from the state of Pennsylvania
  • Complete and submit an application for registration

The registration application requires several pieces of information and supporting documentation, which includes:

  • Name of associated or owned medical practices
  • Work contact information
  • Education, training and experience
  • Credentials and area of expertise
  • Medical license number
  • Certification stating the applicant’s medical license is active and in good standing
  • Complete history of professional disciplinary action and an explanation for the action
  • Disclosure of direct or economic interest in medical marijuana organizations

The Department of Health prohibits approved practitioners from several actions, including:

  • Advertising their services as a medical weed doctor
  • Issuing prescriptions or patient certifications for their personal use
  • Acting as a caregiver to patients they’ve prescribed medical marijuana too
  • Receiving or giving medical weed samples
  • Accepting any form of payment to certify and issue a prescription, aside from a patient consolation fee

Doctors approved as medical marijuana practitioners do not have to file for renewal. They remain active until one or more of the following events:

  • Immediate or temporary professional disciplinary action
  • Inactive, suspended, expired or revoked medical license

Physicians are free to reapply after they’ve resolved either of the above causes for dismissal. If they’ve received disciplinary action, however, they must document and prove the issue has reached a resolution. The inclusion of evidence doesn’t guarantee a doctor will be recertified, though.

How the Regulations Affect Doctors and Patients in PA

The temporary regulations proposed by Pennsylvania’s Department of Health affect physicians and patients in different ways.

Registered doctors, for example, are required to review the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program before issuing or modifying a medical marijuana prescription. The purpose of the program is to ensure the prescribed medical weed interacts with any other controlled substances prescribed to the patient in a positive way, which prevents the possibility of an adverse reaction.

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Doctors also undergo a four-hour training course before offering medical marijuana to patients. The course includes:

  • Overview of federal medical marijuana laws and Pennsylvania’s provisions for the medicine
  • Review of scientific research on medical weed and the endocannabinoid system
  • Recommendations for prescribing medical pot for certain illnesses or chronic diseases
  • Suggestions for dosage amounts and forms of medical marijuana based on different patient needs

The Department of Health plans to offer the course through approved training providers, which will be listed on the department’s website. The state boards of medicine, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy and nursing will all adopt the course as a continuing education credit as well.

How these regulations affect patients is by providing them with safety and security, as well as the knowledge that their doctor is educated and trained in medical marijuana. The state is more than approving doctors — it’s ensuring they have the knowledge to offer quality care to those in need.

An added benefit is the state’s commitment to checking and maintaining its set of registered doctors. Each year, the Department of Health plans to review each registered practitioner. The review will verify the status of the physician’s medical license and any disciplinary action in the last year. Yearly evaluations allow Pennsylvania to maintain a list of qualified and licensed doctors for patients across the state.

Specific regulations that will affect patients include the issuing and modifying of patient certifications. Per the temporary regulations, doctors cannot write a medical marijuana prescription lasting more than one year. Prescriptions are also only modifiable every 30 days, though doctors can change them sooner by contacting the Department of Health.

Each of these regulations encourages patients to continue seeing their physician on a regular basis, as well as talk to their doctor about possible prescription adjustments to develop a dosage that works for their symptoms.

What the Regulations Mean for the Future of Medical Marijuana in PA

Pennsylvania’s continued development of its Medical Marijuana Program reveals the state’s commitment to releasing a program that is safe, reliable and trustworthy. Its regulations for medical weed practitioners emphasize that goal further, as the requirements demand an active medical license in good standing.

Other regulations, such as the practitioner prohibitions and required training, all contribute to the state’s goal of producing a program that’s aligned with everyday health care, which promotes the fact that marijuana is a medicine that helps patients find relief from pain that isn’t alleviated by pharmaceutical drugs.

The investment by Pennsylvania to develop its Medical Marijuana Program suggests the program’s 2018 launch will be successful. Its success and integration with health care could encourage more Pennsylvanians to consider a medical pot prescription as a natural remedy for chronic pain or other illnesses. Trained and educated practitioners may also recommend marijuana prescriptions to their existing patients, who may benefit from the natural medicine.

Find Medical Marijuana Doctors in PA

At MarijuanaDoctors.com, we help patients discover and connect with licensed and certified medical marijuana physicians in their area. It’s a quick and easy way for you to find a practitioner that’s educated, caring and passionate about helping you reach relief from your daily pain and discomfort.

Find a compassionate medical marijuana physician in Pennsylvania, or in nearby states where medical pot is legal, by using our comprehensive doctor search services.

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Published at Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:00:00 +0000

Researchers find increased pot use by college students

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Researchers find increased pot use by college students

The Columbian / Associated Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A study by Oregon State University researchers has found college students at an undisclosed large public university in the state are using more marijuana since recreational pot became legal two years ago.

The Register-Guard reports the researchers’ study was published Wednesday in a journal called Addiction. The study found increased use is mainly by students who are binge alcohol drinkers and by students who are under the legal pot consumption age of 21.

OSU researchers also found increases at six out of seven universities around the country. But the unnamed Oregon university rose above the others with the highest increase.

Data for the study came from 10,924 undergraduate students ages 18 to 26. The researchers also used existing data, previously collected by the University of Michigan.

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Published at Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:11:21 +0000

Study: Cannabis Consumers Among the “Most Well-Adjusted and Successful of American Adults”

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Study: Cannabis Consumers Among the “Most Well-Adjusted and Successful of American Adults”

A new study has found that many of the stereotypes surrounding cannabis are untrue, and that cannabis consumers are among the “most well-adjusted and successful of American adults”.

According to the study by BDS Analytics; “Public support for cannabis legalization is stronger today than ever before, yet the “stoner” stereotype — apathetic, unsuccessful, flaky — persists. But not, we believe, for much longer.”

According to the research group; “Cannabis consumers, it turns out, are among the most well-adjusted and successful of American adults, based on results from BDS Analytics’ landmark cannabis consumer research study, the first of its kind in history. The ongoing study is the most comprehensive and detailed look at cannabis consumers ever conducted.”

One theme that clearly emerges from the research is the “overall healthy well-being of cannabis Consumers (people who consume cannabis), when compared to Acceptors (people who do not consume cannabis but might consider it) and Rejecters (people who do not consume cannabis and would not consider it).”

Among the findings, Cannabis Consumers are:

Accomplished Personally and Professionally

  • Average annual household income among California Consumers is $93,800, compared to $72,800 for Acceptors and $75,900 for Rejecters.
  • The percentage of people holding master’s degrees among California Consumers is 20 percent, compared to 13 percent for Acceptors and 12 percent for Rejecters.
  • Full-time employment is enjoyed by 64 percent of Colorado Consumers, compared to 51 percent of Acceptors and 54 percent of Rejecters.

Satisfied with Life

  • Nearly five in 10 Colorado Consumers agree they are more satisfied with life today than they were a year ago, compared to about four in 10 among Acceptors and Rejecters.

Parents Raising Families

  • Cannabis Consumers are the most likely segment to be parents in California: 64 percent of Consumers are parents, compared to 60 percent of Acceptors and 55 percent of Rejecters.
  • In addition, Consumers in California are significantly more likely to have children ages 10 years or younger at home — 37 percent of Consumers compared to 23 percent of Acceptors and 11 percent of Rejecters

Active Socially and Creatively

  • Among Colorado Consumers, 36 percent agree they are very social people, compared to 21 percent for Acceptors and 28 percent for Rejecters.
  • Acceptors in Colorado were more likely to enjoy the fine arts and describe themselves as creative.

Enjoy the Outdoors

  • When compared to Rejecters, Consumers in both Colorado and California say they enjoy outdoor recreation at a higher rate — 50 percent for Colorado Consumers compared to 36 percent for Colorado Rejecters, and 57 percent for California Consumers compared to 26 percent for California Rejecters.

Nurturing and Volunteers

  • In California, 60 percent of Consumers agree that they are nurturing people, compared to 41 percent of Rejecters. Also, 38 percent of Consumers say they volunteer their time to help others, compared to 25 percent of Rejecters.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:45:14 +0000

Secret Service Can Now Smoke Marijuana

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Secret Service Can Now Smoke Marijuana

By Mike Adams, TheFreshToast.com

The Secret Service can now smoke marijuana: Apparently, it was really hard to find people to fill positions.

It has become so difficult for the U.S. Secret Service to find recruits that have never before experimented with marijuana that the agency’s new director, Randolph Alles, has thrown his hands in air on the issue, announcing last week that he has relaxed the drug policy for potential new hires.

During a recent press briefing, Mr. Alles, who has been at the helm of the agency for less than three months, told reporters that it has become necessary for the Secret Service to be a little more lenient when it comes to dealing with job candidates that may have used marijuana at some point in the past.

It is for that reason that, as of last month, the agency’s drug policy has been revamped to not immediately disqualify a candidate with a history of cannabis use. Instead, the Secret Service is now giving consideration to the length of time a person has refrained from using the herb when reviewing his or her application.

For example, applicants younger than 24 are only required to show they haven’t used marijuana for a period of 12-months. Other candidates, 28-years or older, are expected to be pot-free for at least five years.

Although the agency will no longer discount candidates who admit to smoking a little weed, Alles said the agency would still maintain a strict interview process, which includes a polygraph and an extensive background check.
Now that marijuana has become legal in a growing number of states, and attitudes over the dangers associated with the substance have become more relaxed among the majority of civil society, it has become next to impossible for federal agencies, like the Secret Service, to track down qualified applicants that have not at least tried smoking weed.

If the previous drug policy were to continue, Alles said the agency would struggle to fill thousands of positions.

The agency’s new drug policy is expected to facilitate in the placement of nearly 10,000 new employees over the next several years.

“We need more people. The mission has changed,” Alles said, according to CNN. “It’s more dynamic and way more dangerous than it has been in years past.”

There is speculation that the Secret Service, whose only two jobs are to provide security for the president and his family and investigate financial crimes, is beefing up personnel in an attempt to deal with all of the anti-Trump cases that are expected to emerge over the next four years. It is the duty of the agency to investigate every threat made against the President of the United States, even if the supposed menace comes in the form of Photoshopped image posted by a D-list comedian.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:33:53 +0000

Maine Legislature Approves Bill to Prevent Medical Marijuana Patients from Being Denied Organ Transplants

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Maine Legislature Approves Bill to Prevent Medical Marijuana Patients from Being Denied Organ Transplants

Maine’s full legislature has has passed legislation to protect medical cannabis patients from being denied organ transplants.

Maine’s LD 764 has now been approved by the state’s House of Representatives, and Senate, meaning it will soon be sent to Governor Paul LePage for consideration. The bill, filed by State Representative Deborah Sanderson (R) with eight bipartisan cosponsors, “prohibits the medical use of marijuana from being the sole disqualifying factor in determining a person’s suitability for receiving an anatomical gift.”

The full text of the one-page measure can be found below:

“Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows

     Sec. 1.22 MRSA §2423-E, sub-§10 is enacted to read:

10.Receiving an anatomical gift. A qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana may not be the sole disqualifying factor in determining the qualifying patient’s suitability for receiving an anatomical  gift.  For the purposes of this subsection,  “anatomical gift” has the same meaning as in section 2942, subsection 2.”

If LD 764 becomes law, Maine would become the eight state to protect medical cannabis patients from being denied organ transplants based solely on their use of medical cannabis.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 13 Jun 2017 01:17:02 +0000

Court: Neighbors can sue pot grower over stinky smells

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Court: Neighbors can sue pot grower over stinky smells

The Columbian / Associated Press

DENVER — A pot farm’s neighbor can sue them for smells and other nuisances that could harm their property values, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling revives a lawsuit between a Colorado horse farm and a neighboring marijuana-growing warehouse.

The horse farm’s owners, the Reillys, sued in 2015, claiming the pot-growing warehouse would diminish their land’s value by emitting “noxious odors” and attracting unsavory visitors. A federal district court dismissed the claim, and the pot warehouse opened in 2016.

The horse farm owners appealed, and a three-judge appeals panel agreed Wednesday that their claims should be heard. But the judges said the Reillys can’t sue Colorado to force the state to enforce federal drug law and not allow the pot warehouse in the first place.

The southern Colorado horse-vs-pot case is interesting because the horse farm owners are trying to use a 1970 federal law crafted to fight organized crime. The Reillys say that federal racketeering laws entitle them to collect damages from the pot farm, even though the pot farm is legal under state law.

“The landowners have plausibly alleged at least one (racketeering) claim,” the judges wrote.

Pot opponents say the racketeering strategy gives them a possible tool to break an industry they oppose. It could give private citizens who oppose pot legalization a way to sue the industry out of business, even as federal officials have so far declined to shut down most pot businesses operating in violation of federal drug law.

“This is a tremendous victory for opponents of the marijuana industry,” said Brian Barnes, a Washington-based lawyer who represents the Reillys on behalf of the anti-crime nonprofit group Safe Streets Alliance.

Owners of the pot warehouse, owned by a company called Alternative Holistic Healing, did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday. An attorney representing them in the case could not be reached, either.

The case now goes to back to a federal district court that had earlier dismissed it.

The appeals panel handed pot opponents a defeat on another case Wednesday, however. The judges ruled that a lower court was right to dismiss a claim from a group of sheriffs in Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma, who had asked the federal court to block Colorado’s pot law.

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Published at Thu, 08 Jun 2017 03:15:05 +0000

Vermont Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana for PTSD, Crohn’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease

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Vermont Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana for PTSD, Crohn’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease

A bill expanding Vermont’s medical marijuana program has been signed into law by Governor Phil Scott.

Senate Bill 16 was signed into law yesterday by Governor Scott, following overwhelming approval in the state’s House and Senate. The measure expands Vermont’s medical cannabis program, including adding three new qualifying conditions; post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Crohn’s Disease and Parkinson’s diseasey.

Senate Bill 16 also doubles the number of medical cannabis dispensaries in the state from four to eight, increase the amount of cannabis a patient can possess to three ounces, and allow patients to grow cannabis at home even when they have a designated dispensary (which wasn’t previously allowed).

In addition, the new law allows dispensaries to advertise, waves the three-month patient-health care professional relationship requirement “when the patient is referred to a specialist who completes a full examination and signs the medical verification form”, allows patients and caregivers to cultivate cannabis at home even if they have a designated dispensary, allows dispensaries to become for-profit, and requires the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets to “independently test marijuana-infused edible or potable products sold by a dispensary to ensure the appropriate labeling of the tetraydrocannabinol content.”

Cllick here for the full text of Senate Bill 16.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Fri, 09 Jun 2017 23:11:21 +0000